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Tiny Chef Challenge

It's not the "bar". I think they have a cocktail/traditional bar on the leftmost side when you enter. But there happen to be a handful of seats at what I should probably call the counter instead if the bar. My husband and I sat there our first time there (on New Year's Eve ages ago) and the chef treated us to all sorts of extras. We got a lobster mashed potato and he kept sticking all sorts of tastey bites on plates for us to try. He was very busy so I didn't engage him in too much conversation but the food was excellent and we kept raving at how good everything was and he was glad to keep feeding us.

Feb 26, 2014
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Tiny Chef Challenge

Scollay Square just around the corner from the Boston Garden has a great set of seats right in front of the kitchen. Their kitchen sort of wraps around the side of the space and you are literately face to face with some of the chefs. I think the desert station is towards the left and the appetizer station is towards the right. I'd call and ask for a spot at the bar ... go on the early side and I'm sure they would be happy to accommodate.

Feb 26, 2014
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Horseradish Cream Sauce

To get the traditional pink color, you need to add potassium nitrate or sodium nitrate also known as Saltpeter. Also very bad for you - part of the whole, "no nitrates" thing! It's what makes bacon super pink.

Nov 15, 2013
smcbride3 in Recipes

Corkage Restaurants?

Oh, and my favorite part of that article is the upper limit per person in "North Carolina it’s eight liters per customer"

Nov 08, 2011
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Corkage Restaurants?

Nov 08, 2011
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Corkage Restaurants?

In Boston, the law is that corkage/BYOB is only permitted in establishments that do NOT have a liquor license.

Nov 08, 2011
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Italian Style Roast Beef Sandwich OR Roast Pork Sandwiches

I'm a real sucker for all the late night TV on Food Network and Travel Channel and I keep seeing these amazing sandwiches that I've never heard of in this area. One is the roast pork sandwich with broccoli rabe which I saw on Diners, Drive-Thrus and Dives and is famous in Philly and the other was an Chicago based, Italian-style roast beef sandwich made by dunking roast beef in au jus and serving it on nice sub bread with pickled veggies.

Does anyone else know what I'm talking about. Can they be found anywhere in Massachusetts, or even New England?

Feb 18, 2011
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Craving Chicken and Dumplings. Where to go in Boston?

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

make it, its not rocket science. This is a super easy meal to make.

Jan 11, 2011
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

What are my options for local meat?

To comment more on Pete & Jen's and their meat. They always post a current list of what's available in their freezers right now on their site, www.peteandjensbackyardbirds.com. For FRESH meat, you usually sign up for it well in advance. For example, the chicken order forms go out in Spring and you need to jump or you will miss out. Then you pick up your FRESH FRESH FRESH birds on the designated Sunday of the month. They are actually killed at the farm the day before in their Mobile Poultry Processing Unit. And the quality is amazing and the best birds I've ever had.

Their pork is in the spring/fall and is butchered at Bloods on the same day the pigs arrive at there. You can get it fresh or frozen depending on your order (order in advance). They also have some for sale in the freezer too. The same goes for the lamb. Rabbits are all frozen to my knowledge and all the beef is too. Its not their own beef but from a grass/organic farm nearby.

Verrill's beef is pretty much grass fed and you can see the cows in the pasture on Rt 2 just before Emerson Hospital in their field on the left side of the road (going westbound).

Aug 10, 2010
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Babies in Bars

I think a lot of people are missing the point. The places this author is talking about ARE the publick house type places. She pointed out that it is illegal to bring minors of any age into any establishment that has only a liquor or club license.

I've had more fellow "diners" ruin my evening with poor behavior (cellphone talking, laptop clicking, rude-to-waitstaff) than children or babies.

Jul 02, 2010
smcbride3 in Features

scones, where do you buy the most delicious ones?

Verril Farm in Concord, MA definitely has the best scones. And judging by the fact that they sell out almost immediately, I'm not the only one. I really love the cranberry orange ones. And I made my own last weekend using the cranberry scone recipe from epicurious.com and replaced the dried cranberries with fresh. They came out PERFECT!

Jan 19, 2010
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

What the heck is Jamie Oliver's red chili?

Jamie Oliver's newest cookbook is a great read so far but I'm puzzled. He uses a red chili in lots of his recipes (okay, about 75%, some would say overkill) and I would love to know which one he uses. Its the same shape as a jalapeño but skinny and red. And the fact that he uses it quite often (all the freakin' time) leads me to believe that its no too spicy.

I'm not that versed in chilies but I do get to see a pretty good selection at the likes of Verril Farm (in the summertime), Idylwilde and Russos and some of the Stop & Shops in the city.

Can someone shed some light. And this is a link to the chili he's using ...

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fi....

Nov 18, 2009
smcbride3 in General Topics

I'm headed to Sam LaGrassa's tomorrow for the first time ...

I went twice since I last made this post I loved it so much. I got the chipotle pastrami both times, too. Ive gotten my whole office hooked on the place so I'm sure I'll be making the trek from Waltham to Boston on a regular basis.

Nov 18, 2009
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Best cupcakes?

I know you're trying to be frugal but crumbs is hands down (and up) the best cupcake EVER produced. I am an accomplished baker and have tried lots of the new trendy cupcake places and Crumbs really beats them with both hands behind their back.

They have a big range of sizes and a wonderful website so if you're ordering for kids, you can get the minis in a variety pack. Just be warned, they are extremely addicting and you will go back again and again. These are no silly frou-frou cakes with delicate designs. And they freeze really well too! I actually had over half my freezer dedicated to them while I was on maternity leave ...

The one catch - they aren't around here so adding the S&H makes them a bit pricey. Go to www.crumbs.com and you can order them for overnight delivery which is pricey but worth every penny. They ship beautifully and you won't have to drive anywhere.

Nov 09, 2009
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

I'm headed to Sam LaGrassa's tomorrow for the first time ...

Any recommendations on how things work at Sam LaGrassa's? I'm going for my very first trip tomorrow with much anticipation after seeing them on Diners Drive Thrus and Dives!

Nov 09, 2009
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area

Dairy Joy in Weston: Very Expensive, but ...

I just wanted to stick my two cents in as well. After reading all of this post, I was getting super hungry for some fried clams so off to Dairy Joy for my lunch break (I work in a building in Waltham just looking over the reservior so its about 6 minutes to drive to DJ). When I got to Dairy Joy, I ordered the 1/2 clam plate ($16.95) and added some rings for $2 more BUT guess what ... They have increased all clam prices by 25% due to the "extordinarily high cost of whole belly clams." The server taking the order pointed out the sign and said it had just been implemented in the past few days.

The clams were excellent and the 1/2 plate was giant, right on par with a plate from Woodmans thought not quite as good.

To sum it up, 1/2 plate (add onion rings) and a raspberry lime rickey = $28. All in all, not bad given the giant size of the plate. And they have the best raspberry line rickies around, not too sweet and fresh lime! And I was too stuffed to get my usual Java Berry cone, oh well.

Jul 14, 2009
smcbride3 in Greater Boston Area