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August 2012 Openings and Closings

I also believe that that super hot fish dish was on the travel channel or the food network, maybe someone like Ming blabbed about it and had the chef cooking it on "Best thing I ever ate" ? It was weird once, seeing that dish on almost every single table on a gross muggy humid boston night, then I turned on the food network channel the next day... Oh wait, there's another thread about that dish.

Aug 17, 2012
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Oursins (sea urchins)

I've had them at Oishii (Newton one) before-- but only particular times of the year-- I believe that when it was in the shell, they were shipped in live from California or something. We were at the bar and trying as many sea urchins we could get our hands on that day--a little nuts, but really delicious!

Aug 17, 2012
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pork jowls in boston?

If this is within your travelling range, have you tried Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds? Concord, MA? I just checked their fridge yesterday. They have piggy feet and sometimes they sell bacon ends. I believe that they also sold jowl bacon when they process their piggies. They also have a lot of chicken feet and chicken guts! http://peteandjensbackyardbirds.com/i...

Aug 16, 2012
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PYO or bulk blueberries

Carlson Orchards in Harvard= $2.99/lb PYO. You can get them in pounds instead of pints there. It's also time to pick peaches there now, I think...

Aug 02, 2012
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DimSum in the burbs

Taiwanese dim sum can be had a Formosa Taipei in Lexington, however they don't really have seating or carts or the grumpy chinatown cart lady experience, which leaves you to mainly do takeout. They have a thorough Taiwanese dim sum menu- you name it, they have it, especially if it involves pork, or dough, or beef noodle soup.

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Formosa Taipei
315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Mar 05, 2011
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Chinese Bakery in Chinatown?

If you are willing to travel, I have two places for you: The bakery section in the Kam Man grocery store in Quincy has HUGE steamed buns, that you can watch them making them on certain afternoons, namely Wed. and Friday afternoon. They sell plastic containers of pork bao and occaisionally chicken bao and veggie ones 6 to a pack. If they are making them, you can ask for one off the steamer. On other days, they run out. The other place is Formosa Taipei , the takeout place in Lexington and their big restaurant in Nashua, NH. These steamed bao are not as big as Kam Man, but completely perfect and fluffy, and have a nice sized glop of pork inside. Lastly, It is actually pretty easy to make steamed buns, you can make them w/a yeast bread recipe and not stuff them before steaming, then cut open the bao and fill it afterwards, or just eat w/ butter and pork floss, which I grew up doing.

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Formosa Taipei
315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Feb 24, 2011
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4/17/10 Elephant Walk Favs?

Any time I go, I seem to only order one thing, the Amok Royal, and I can't deviate. It's a seafood stewy thing that comes in a bamboo cup, a nice presentation. It's sooo good! I bet it never left the menu since the last time you were there. They sometimes extend their restaurant week menu to a prixe fixe, and I can safely say the 4 course meal is an insane amount of food.

Apr 17, 2010
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Tell me which Concord Area restaurants a Camberville Foodie would like?

I can sooooo relate to you, Inman SQ girl! I just moved away from Cambridge too to Concord, MA, and I've been too paranoid to try the restaurants there, but I have been to Nashoba Brook Bakery, Oishii too, Woo Jung in Ayer, and takeout at Twin Seafood, and that's it I like them all and can wholeheartedly recommend all of them for various reasons.
For instance, I have only gone to Oishii too and am too scared to eat at Sushi House because I used to live across the street from New Deal Fishmarket.
And Woo Jung has reliable but simple Korean food, and the presentation and ingredients are basic, not as fancy as Koreana, or as fresh as the korean places at Super88...
And Nashoba Brook Bakery is nice because you can watch them make the bread while you eat it and take home a bread loaf souvenir that's at least $2-3 cheaper than buying it at whole foods. I eat at home A LOT more now, and drive into Cambervile for cheaper better food, during non rush hours, it only takes half an hour, right?
SO, instead of actually eating at local places, here's what I've been doing instead:
1. Buying in season produce at Idylwilde farms, carefully avoiding the chocolate and bakery aisles, but finding a lot of their nice cheeses. And juicing oranges.
2. Joining that Cape Ann Fresh Catch CSF, which had a pickup in Lincoln and Acton this winter. I used to buy pounds of Maine shrimp at new deal, with the head on, and this was my only way to get my hands on it this year.
3. Going to Carlson farms for apples or all of the other farms around Bolton/Harvard/Ayer to pick your own fruit! I'm still enjoying frozen and canned stuff from this summer.

4. I will probably start picking up farm eggs at Codman Farms or Pete and Jens Backyard birds soon...
5. And then Verril Farms. Thursday evenings they sell pulled pork sandwiches! Friday is chili night. If you can't cook, these evening takeouts are reasonably priced and as close to homemade as you can get, especially if you also pick up something from their brownie table...
In all, I've really enjoyed cooking at home living in Concord, and in the end, don't feel too guilty about occaisionally dropping by Oishii too and spending the big bucks.

Mar 04, 2010
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Apple Picking Near Boston NOT Like Disney?

Yes, you SHOULD definitely drive about an hour, northwest, to go to the orchards! It's totally worth it. The same orchards that supply all of the restaurants and local stores also have U-pick sections, so they aren't going to mess with kiddy zoos and demos. There will be seasonal workers, lift trucks, and semi's rolling in during the week, not petting zoos... They seem to be mostly located around the Rt.2-2A-495 corridor. Harvard, Ayer, Littleton, and Bolton, there's a concentration of orchards, peach and apple orchards, so have at it!
I recommend Carlson Orchards because you can also get sparkling cider and it's a very attractive working orchard, and their trees are GORGEOUS, and heavy, and perfectly laden with fruit.

Sep 21, 2009
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Group dinner for 20 in Cambridge/Boston

I actually recommend Henrietta's table-- I just had a 20 people gathering in their private dining room and it went very well! The special events coordinator is great, their choices are very New Englandy, and they accomodate for special diets without hesitation. The food is very good and presented like real local food, without silly sculptural gimmicks (which bothered me a little bit at EVOO). Decent wine selection too.

Sep 21, 2009
conchens in Greater Boston Area