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Is this tacky?

In the same league as Hamburger Helper is the godawful Tuna Helper. My mother served that all slop the time in the 70s; she thought it was healthier than Hamburger Helper because it had fish instead of beef. I just threw up in my mouth even thinking about it.

Jul 23, 2014
Kat in General Topics

New Restaurant in West Concord

Interetsting, thx for the news! Will keep my eye on the space. I wonde if Saltbox Kitchen is going into the Dabblers location or the old Orvis one?

Jul 23, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

"I Don't Cook"

My mother was actually proud of the fact that she did not cook. She blamed her parents for not teaching her, but its not like she ever picked up a cookbook and tried to learn. My grandparents were both great cooks, old school Italian. They fed us every night until they weren't up to cooking much anymore, and then it was Lean Cuisine or cold cuts until I figured out how to make a few easy dinners. I like being in the kitchen and I always host the holiday dinners: it never fails that at each dinner she throws passive-aggressive zingers at me for cooking a nice meal ("Well, you certainly prepared a fancy meal. Not that I would EVER have chosen to spend my time doing that, but I suppose you're not like me."). Ugh.

Jul 18, 2014
Kat in General Topics

New Restaurant in West Concord

I've heard rumblings of a new restaurant in West Concord going into the space recently vacated by the much-missed (by me, anyway!) West Concord Supermarket. Does anyone have any idea as to what it might be??

Jul 18, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Extreme Picky Eater/Selective Eating disorder

What does he eat?

Jul 16, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

Beef stew (potatoes, substitute corn for carrots and celery, can you eat onions?) is easy to make, especially in a crockpot, add red wine for more flavor. Shephard's pie. Tacos (easy to make with taco seasoning; no need to use salsa since you don't like tomatoes; add hot sauce, sour cream, cheese) with rice on the side. Omelets with the filling of your choice. Easy to bake a few chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, then add them to chicken broth along with the small pasta of your choice to make soup and top with grated parm cheese.

Jul 12, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Carrying the aroma/stench of a restaurant home with you

In Boston, there used to be a place called Fajitas n Ritas where the meat and grilled veg were served still cooking on a scorching hot grill. Every time, i walked out of there stinking of smoky onions and peppers. Clothes, hair, everything. Yuck. In those days you could still smoke in bars and clubs, too, so after dinner and a night out, you'd be a smoky hot mess.

Jul 12, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Day trip from Boston

Newport, RI. There are a number of places downtown with waterfront dining and a very lively vibe. Beaches in the area, walk ordrive Ocean Drive for views. And, of course the mansions.

Jul 12, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Portland Good Eats and Activities Trip Report - LONG

Nice report! I agree, I always leave Portland bemoaning the places that I didn't have time to hit. The good thing is, being from Mass., it is a short drive to visit again!

Jul 08, 2014
Kat in Northern New England

3 Questions about Gjelina

Update - had dinner here on Monday night. We were able to snag a patio table at 6:00 p.m., but it filled up quickly after that. I ordered the grilled asparagus with crispy egg and lamb sausage pizza and both were as delicious as i had hoped. Loved the lightness of the pizza. Spouse had the squid ink pasta and kid had the pate and steak frites. Lovely setting, good food and attentive service, despite the crowd. Finished by sharing the butterscotch dessert, but i was unable to manage more than one bite. Only negative thing IMHO was the crazy mark-up on wines by the glass: $19 was about the least expensive. Don't like to order a bottle and then drive.

Jul 03, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

LOL, Jelina/Gelina, thank you for the advice and the parking tips are highly appreciated. Glad that the lamb sausage pizza is a go because I'm already craving it. (That butterscotch dessert looks pretty good too).

Jun 24, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Saturday dinner, West Hollywood, without reservations?

Thanks very much for the suggestions!! I feel better having a list of go-tos.

Jun 24, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Saturday dinner, West Hollywood, without reservations?

Hello Again - I would gratefully appreciate suggestions of where to go for a dinner on a Saturday evening in West Hollywood. We have to be somewhere at 6:00 and I think we'll be done with that and ready for dinner around 7:30, but I'm not 100% certain of it so I am hesitant to book a reservation. I think it would be best to have a few places in mind where we can just walk in; having to wait a bit for a table is fine. There will be 3 of us, one can't have shellfish. Price point would be about $25 or under for an entree. Thank you.

Jun 23, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

3 Questions about Gjelina

Hi All - We have a reservation for an early dinner on an upcoming weekday. 3 questions have popped up:

1) What will be parking situation be? Website says street parking. This will be about 6:00 p.m. Can we expect to find a spot at that hour or will we be circling endlessly?

2) The grilled asparagus with crispy egg and pancetta as well as the lamb sausage pizza caught my eye. Are these decent choices or are there better options?

3) How do you pronounce "Gjelina"? Is it "Jelina"? Or "Gelina"? Or ???

Thx!

Jun 23, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Thx for the heads up about this new Mexican place! Will have to try it. I still haven't made it over to Red Raven, but had a very good lunch at Bondir recently.

Jun 20, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Knorr & Other International Products - which ones do you use?

We always have a sizeable stash of Aromat in the house. My spouse just loves it and uses it to season almost everything savory; I find it to be too salty.

Jun 18, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Is Freeman's Still Open?

Thx very much.

Jun 18, 2014
Kat in Manhattan

Is Freeman's Still Open?

The website is up and has a link to Opentable to make a reservation, but when I did so, Opentable says the restaurant is offline. Also, I can't find any current or recent reviews here. Trying to make a reservation at the request of a colleague. Thank you.

Jun 18, 2014
Kat in Manhattan

Scissors and Pie Pizza on Newbury St.

I've also only seen pay-by-weight pizza in Italy, but in my experience it was always a thin crust. Paying by weight for a slice consisting mostly of dough? No.

Jun 16, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Does anyone make mirepoix just to eat ... mirepoix?

I've seen it at TJ's,but pre-packaged in the refrigerated produce case, not frozen.

Jun 14, 2014
Kat in Home Cooking

Are there any American Restaurants in Europe?

I was in England in 1988 as well, just out of college and I worked in London at the Hard Rock Cafe shop, speaking of American restaurants. We had one free meal per shift and that was pretty much what i lived on. We had to pick up our meal in the kitchen and the hygiene in there was nearly unspeakable. However, burger-craving Americans lined up in DROVES to eat there.

Jun 14, 2014
Kat in General Topics

First Dunkin' Donuts Lands in Santa Monica

It is coffee for people who don't like their taste buds to be challenged. Donuts are a step above basic supermarket quality. This is from a born, bred and still resident New Englander.

Jun 11, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area
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Outdoor lunch, Father's Day, Metro West

Allora is now opposite the lake in Marlboro; there used to be another restaurant there. Next door to Allora there used to be a different restaurant with an outdoor upper deck from which you had a view of the lake, but that restaurant is no longer in existence.

Jun 06, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

2014 Soccer World Cup viewing locations in L.A. area

Awesome! Thank you for posting this info!

Jun 06, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Sycamore: Stellar Food but People Problems (What Would Garrett Harker Do?)

Speaking ftom my own experience, we were once detained over 30 minutes on our way to a dinner reservation in New Hampshire by a truly horrendous rainstorm that completely blinded our view of the road so we had to pull over and wait for it to clear. I called the restaurant,but they couldn't hold the table since we didn't know when we'd get there. When we arrived, the restaurant was slammed due to a Sting concert in town ( for which we also had tix). The restaurant had given away our table and refused to give us another one. We ended up waiting for seats at the bar, gulping down a couple apps and barely making the concert. Were we annoyed? Yes, but it was just one of those "life happens" things that occur. The rain wasn't our fault, but the Sting concert that caused the huge crowd wasn't the restaurant's fault. No one died, no one got cancer, so in the end, its all good. (re: the cell, you don't need the latest IPhone, just a basic phone for your own safety when you're on the road)

Jun 04, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for SGV Chinese Restaurant, No Shellfish

Thanks for the link to this excellent list! Much appreciated!

May 30, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Park's vs. Kang Hodong Baekjeong?

Is lunch at Park's less expensive then dinner? I checked the menu on their website but could not see any prices. Thank you!

May 30, 2014
Kat in Los Angeles Area

Who should pay for the dinner in this scenario

I think it is really weird that the friend invited herself over to your house to celebrate your wife's birthday. I just wouldn't do that, even with close friends. "Hello! Happy Birthday! We'll be over at 7. Be sure those apps and drinks are ready!" Maybe it was your wife who decided on the casual dinner because she didn't want to have to deal with hosting on her birthday? I do agree that the two visiting friends should have treated your wife to her meal, since they are her friends.

May 29, 2014
Kat in Not About Food

Intrigued...watermelon and lime?

That is going to be my new favorite summer drink!: frozen watermelon, lime and vodka. Can't wait for the first hot day! (since it's about 48 degrees here today, I may be waiting a while...)

May 29, 2014
Kat in General Topics

The Deck: On the Water, Ocean Breeze, Good Food, Historic View !

Good to know. Always looking for the rare place with both good food and a waterfront view!

May 29, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area