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Are you snacking on anything right now? **End of summer edition**

Fresh pineapple to curb my sweets cravings.

Conway (Not North Conway) Higher End Dining

Greetings - Heading up for a brief leaf peeping/birthday getaway this fall and would like suggestions for a higher end restaurant to celebrate my b'day dinner. We'll be Staying in Conway and don't want to drive far for dinner after driving all day. Looking to spend not more than $30 pp for an entrée in a place with good meat options (can't eat shellfish). Thanks!

Aug 20, 2014
Kat in Northern New England

Tell-Tale Terms

Communal tables. I know they are trendy and supposed to promote community among diners, but sitting at one always makes me feel like I am eating in my high school cafeteria. Yeck.

Any other hunters/shooters here?

Spouse of an East Coast deer hunter here. He field dresses the deer but then we send them to a local butcher. I think the loin is my favorite, but I also love ground venison for chili and "cheesesteak" subs. It is such a lean, flavorful meat. Not too many hunters in our area and the deer population has really exploded; they are everywhere.

Aug 18, 2014
Kat in Not About Food
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Good restaurants in/around Natick?

The Met at the mall is OK; probably as hip as you will find in a town where, as agreed, there is very little hipness. I've eaten there several times and while there isn't much in the way of culinary uniqueness, the food is satisfactory.

Aug 17, 2014
Kat in Greater Boston Area

MEAT DONENESS -- then and now

My Dad loved T bones but my OCD mom firmly believed that deathly bacteria lurked in all meat that was not incinerated. So, dry,tough and well done was how steak was cooked in our home. Now, i like medium rare.

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in General Topics

Dining alone near Swissotel?

Thx!!

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in Chicago Area

Dining alone near Swissotel?

Hi All - Just wondering if there are any updates to rhis thread? spouse is staying at the Swisshotel this week for a conference and looking for inexpensive places for dinner within walking distance of the hotel. A 20 or so minute walk is fine. Likes Asian food, seafood, BBQ; not fond of Italian or pubs. Any ideas appreciated, many thanks.

Aug 10, 2014
Kat in Chicago Area

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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