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Newsflash - New England Charcuterie opening in Waltham

Salem Food Market closed. Casa d'Italia is still open.

Oct 15, 2013
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

Here's yet another recipe claiming that I cut out of the Boston Globe in 1977.

The official Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffin Recipe

1/2 cup shortening (see note)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup of milk
1 pint blueberries
sugar for top

Note: shortening may be all vegetable solid, all butter, all magarine, or a 50/50 blend.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Clean and rinse blueberries. Grease muffin pan and lightly flour it. Grease the top of the pan too as muffins will peak and cause a mushroom effect on top.
Beat shortening with sugar and vanilla until well mixed. Beat in eggs. Mix dry ingredients and mix in alternately with the milk. Fold in blueberries. Batter will be very heavy.
Fill muffin cups to top.

Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Lower heat to 375 degrees and bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes until golden. Cool and remove from pans. Makes one dozen.

Dec 07, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins

My Aunt would always buy us the Jordan Marsh strawberry tarts whenever she made the trek into Boston. Those were my favorites with huge ripe strawberries, wonderful pastry cream and a strawberry gelatin glaze in a pate brisee shell. They were quite expensive for their time (50? years ago), but she never failed us.
Joanne

Joanne

Dec 02, 2012
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Upstairs on the Square Thanksgiving

Hi,

Does anyone have experience with Thanksgiving dinner at Upstairs on the Square?

Thanks,
JoJo

Nov 16, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

vongole (little clams?)

Hi Claudio,

When I was summering in Italy as a young girl, I remember the clams called telline used in pasta alle vongole, which were no more than 1/2 inch in size or smaller. If that's what you're looking for, I've never seen them here in the US.

JoJo (Giovanna)

Oct 20, 2012
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Il Capriccio Review

Hi everyone,

Four of us ate at Il Capriccio for my sister's birthday last evening. There wasn't a complaint to be heard.
For starters, we ordered the sformato di porcini (2 of us had this), the veal carpaccio and the salumi plate. For primi, three of us had wild mushroom/eggplant cannelloni, gnocchi with clams, and rabbit ravioli. For the last course, we ordered the lamb chop special, a haddock dish, and 2 had the pork with prosciutto in a wine and cream sauce. Then two of us ordered desserts of lemon mousse and apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream. Everything, as I mentioned, was superb. The meal was followed by limoncello, brandy and Fernet-Branca. It was a lovely family evening. The tab was a little over $400 after tip and worth every penny.

Joanne

Apr 03, 2012
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Finding the Seaweed Used in Japanese Seaweed Salad

Thanks for the latest posts. I'm going to get there yet.

JoJo

Mar 26, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Finding the Seaweed Used in Japanese Seaweed Salad

Thanks for your responses. I guess I'll give the frozen option a try. I bought 3 different types of dry seaweed at Hong Kong (ex super 88) about 3 weeks ago but none of them was the right one. I'd hoped that there was an easy answer.

Have a good Sunday.
Joanne

Mar 25, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Finding the Seaweed Used in Japanese Seaweed Salad

Hi everyone,
I've fallen in love with seaweed salad and want to make it at home. Anyone know where I can
buy the seaweed in bulk? I have all of the other ingredients and now just need the main one.

Thanks,
JoJo

Mar 24, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

ISO salt-packed capers

I but my salt oacked capers at 2 places: Arax Market in Watertown and Salem Market in Waltham.

JoJo

Mar 02, 2012
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Sunday brunch reservations for group of 8 - Boston/Brookline/Newton/Watertown ?

I'd reco Henrietta's Table (brunch buffet) in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Sq. On the pricey side but well worth it in my opinion.

Jan 20, 2012
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Cheesecake in and around Cambridge

Market Baskets that have in-store bakeries such as Burlington and Woburn carry Alden Merrel cheesecakes. They used to be great. Don't have recent experience with them though.

JoJo

Jan 19, 2012
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Max and Leo's. Real pizza just off exit 17, Newton.

I just returned from getting a pizza from Max and Leo's. I ordered the "L'Enza", which is sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and sausage. Leo took great care to continuously turn the pizza so that it was evenly charred on all edges. Haven't seen that care taken in a long time. It's a very tiny place with 3 or 4 stools at the bar and 2 2-tops so I can see them being totally reliant on take-out business to prosper given the accommodations. I thought the pizza was delicious. I actually just sat in the car to try a slice and ended up eating 3, hot and just out of the oven. I'll definitely return.

JoJo

Nov 09, 2011
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Uncle Cheung's / Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham

Hi,

Hyde is talking about Sichuan Gourmet, not Uncle Cheung's.
JoJo

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Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Oct 16, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Vinny's at Night Last Minute Question

A little late for the OP but my favorite is the stuffed veal chop, which is large, perfectly cooked, juicy in a really delicious wine sauce. I usually start with an arancino and add the mafalda as my choice of pasta. I'm going to be dreaming about this from now until the next time I can get there.

JoJo

Sep 22, 2011
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Salem Foods Waltham

I've been a regular customer of Salem Market for about 20 years. It's not a deli but an Italian market carrying all types of Italian food products. They do make subs but It's primarily an Italian grocery, which carries raw meats, including sausages, ground hamburg, roasts, veal cutlets, etc. plus a large variety of Italian cheeses, pastas, canned tomatoes, dried and canned beans, olive oils, etc.

Sep 22, 2011
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Coffee roasters

I swear by D'Amico Foods in Brooklyn, NY. I've been a customer for years. Their prices are excellent and their regular ground shipping arrives in two days at the most, sometimes the next day. Compare their prices. They're half of what Blue Bottle charges for the same roasts.

http://www.damicofoods.com/organiccof...

JoJo

Jun 19, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Aji in Newtonville

Thanks for the info, CookieLee.

May 05, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Aji in Newtonville

Hi everyone,

Does anyone have a recent experience to share about Aji Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Newtonville Square on Walnut St.? It would be great if it's decent since it's so close to home.

Thanks,
JoJo

May 05, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

March 2011 Openings and Closings

Mulan on Main St., Waltham in the former Beijing Star spot opened on Tuesday. I stopped by for lunch today and it was mobbed with mostly Chinese patrons. The food I ordered and the portions were excellent. To start there was some marinated cabbage and a small bowl of peanuts for each table. I ordered the luncheon special of shredded pork in garlic sauce. It came with choice of soup, choice of rice, a crab rangoon, and some tempura veggies. Everything was delicious. I'd probably avoid the traditional lunch hour in the future, and go a little earlier or later because the waitresses were flying around the restaurant trying to accommodate the full house.

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Beijing Star Restaurant
835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

Apr 01, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Why no good Chinese Cuisine west? 帮助

Not sure how far west you're considering, but in Belmont, there's Shangri-La and Golden Garden. In Framingham, there's Uncle Cheung's. Search for them on this board for recommendations.

Joanne

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Shangri-La
149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

Uncle Cheung's Restaurant
266 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702

Golden Garden
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

Mar 28, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

March 2011 Openings and Closings

Hi all,
I called MuLan today to see if there was any news on its Waltham opening. The person answering the Cambridge location said "maybe 2 weeks".

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MuLan
228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

Mar 03, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Suburban Italian Restaurant?

I'm partial to Vinny's on Broadway in Somerville. We recently took advantage of the February 50% off Sun-Tues. dinners and really enjoyed ourselves. We had the arancini for appetizer, the veal osso bucco, the stuffed veal chop and the veal marsala. Definitely worth returning to even at full price. Try the home made mafalda or fusilli for a pasta side.

Joanne

Mar 01, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

What to order at Golden Garden in Belmont?

If you like calamari, try their salt and pepper version. It has a nice kick to it and is wonderfully crisp
and delicious. It suffers a bit as take-out but is so gooood at the restaurant. I also like their spinach with garlic and beef chow foon.

Joanne

Feb 04, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

February Openings and Closings

Hi all,

I called Mulan yesterday to get an estimated opening date for the Waltham location but the response is still "We don't know yet". Boohoo

Feb 04, 2011
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Mulan in Waltham Update

Hi everyone,

I just called Mulan in Cambridge to see when the new restaurant will open. It looks like it's going to be February. I purposely decided not to add this to the January openings and closings thread.

Joanne

Jan 04, 2011
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December Openings and Closings

Victor's is open again. Just some repairs, it appears.

Dec 26, 2010
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

December Openings and Closings

I took a drive by Mulan in Waltham yesterday to see how the work is progressing. It still looked like it's going to take a good while to open. There were ladders and drop cloths and it seemed devoid of workmen. I didn't stop to take a really good look but that was my general impression as I drove by. Boohoo.

JoJo

Dec 17, 2010
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

Yet Another Promising New Chinese Place - Golden Garden Belmont

One of my favorites is the salt and pepper calamari, which is usually a very generous portion. I also love their beef chow foon. joanne

Dec 05, 2010
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area

December Openings and Closings

Thanks for the update. Joanne

Dec 05, 2010
JoJo5 in Greater Boston Area