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breakfast and dinner San Pedro/Crown Plaza

thanks all. I've done a bit of research and had both Rex's and Omlette on the list of options. Good to get your endorsements too. I'm a breakfast gal and husband is more fish inclined so seems like a win/win.

Feb 07, 2014
tweetie in Los Angeles Area

breakfast and dinner San Pedro/Crown Plaza

hello from Boston
Fingers crossed we'll be in San Pedro on Sunday staying at the Crown Plaza before heading up the coast to San Francisco. Looking for help with dinner on Sunday and breakfast on Monday within walking distance of the Crown Plaza. Public transport is an option too. We are good for a couple of miles each way so think beyond a couple of blocks. Thanks!

Feb 07, 2014
tweetie in Los Angeles Area

kouign amann at Flour

Joanne calls it Breton butter cake. Anyone had it? Recently had a most delicious one from Lee Napoli's Bread and Butter. simply divine. Heading to Flour tomorrow for almond croissants, twice baked brioche and my first shot at her version of this elusive confection.

Nov 07, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Waltham Sunday bruch suggestions?

I really like Papa Razzi in Burlington. I'm sure you can get a bloody mary but a complimentary bellini or mimosa comes with the brunch menu. Full dining menu is also available. Especially love the french toast, the complimentary foccacia starter and the brownie sundae.

Oct 27, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Old Quebec first time

many thanks to both of you. I have a feeling we won't go hungry!

Oct 09, 2013
tweetie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Old Quebec first time

We'd love some advice on must try places. Particularly on the look out for my latest obsession, rare and elusive in Boston, kouign amann. Almond croissants are a must too. Would also appreciate casual dinner recommendations.

Merci from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2013
tweetie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Donuts!

Now I know why so few cake donuts at Christine's. They apparently haven't gotten to that chapter in Donuts 101. Cinnamon and sugar looked promising because it was actually tossed in real cinnamon and sugar mix not the powdered stuff but consistency was bad, rubbery and dry.

By far, the simple glazed yeast donuts-- toffee and caramel were the best in box. Really sorry not to like this place but it's a no for me. Back to Donna's on the other side of town.

Oct 02, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Donuts!

hi chef. Went to Christine's this morning after my run. Since I was halfway there, the time was right and a sufficient number of calories had been burned I felt justified. It's in the old Jardek's location, another donut place I learned of on these boards. Four flips later this couple have been in the spot for 16 months.
Kind of a strange experience. Small quantity of donuts, a very few bagels (plain, everything and french toast)muffins of unidentifiable variety and croissants. The menu board shows cookies and bars but none were available. Maybe 2 breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Very limited. I don't know how they sustain the business. Two large and empty bakery cases looked sad and well, empty.

so the donuts.......all these yeast........sliced almond, maple, toffee, caramel, coconut, heath bar, honey dipped. Filled.....vanilla cream and jelly. Cake, my personal preference extremely few which prompted me to ask why. Got a shrug as an answer. chocolate, chocolate chocolate frosted, plain and cinnamon sugar. that's all folks.

got home, cut them into fourths and began tasting. Yeast variety were light and tender and the toffee and caramel glazes were pleasant and subtle. Heath, coconut and almond toppings which looked substantial really didn't add much flavor, more eye candy than flavorful. Surprisingly, the chocolate donut had much greater depth of flavor than any chocolate I've had, leaving me to wonder what chocolate they use. Overall they were tasty but for me, it's a one hit wonder and don't see myself heading that way again, run or no run!

On a business note, the owners were so difficult to engage despite my attempts to give them a chance to promote their product. Lots of one word answers, full stops and dead ends as I asked about their stuff. I was the only one in the place and both owners were sort of rattling around so it's not as if time and attention were in demand.

Also got the corn cookies breakfast sandwich for my sister-- bacon, egg, cheese on "cookies". Dropped it at her work. No report yet.

I wish them well but it looks like a tough sell to me.

Oct 01, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Donuts!

we love Donna's but will most definitely try Christine's. Website is a bit lacking in detail. Tell me more, please!!

Sep 30, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

second Royal. There is one in Lexington too.

Aug 09, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

death by pulled pork

really not as desperate as it seems. We live a couple of miles from one of the best barbeque joints in the area and had ordered burndt ends from them. That's been this birthday party plan for the past couple of years....keeps the birthday boy off grill duty. Called them and got a catering order of pp so we're good to go.

Looks like you're a grill master wood, so you know the feeling of falling in love with the meat, massaging dry rub onto it, prepping the perfect sauce, planning the timing. I had to have my pity party but I'm over it.

so, rounding out the menu:
corn bread
baked beans
Texas caviar
pineapple peach salsa
our own pesto and italian bread to dip
Ina's roasted eggplant dip and homemade pita chips
massive fruit salad

and assorted usual store bought suspects, chips and salsa, hummus and veggies,

and.......homemade ice cream cake for dessert

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/909055

all accomplished with a little help from my friends here.
thanks all.

Jul 21, 2013
tweetie in General Topics
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Any of you ever travel to Santa's Village? Did you eat??

love the Moat and miss our annual trip to Storyland because we always ate there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very busy and I don't think they take reservations so go early or be prepared to wait.

Jul 21, 2013
tweetie in Northern New England

death by pulled pork

My feelings exactly. I would not want to be a guest where the hostess took this chance. For a moment I thought wwjd......"what would Julia do" but visions of her picking things off the floor and wiping on her apron sealed the deal for me. Casual and carefree works sometimes but not with meat.

thanks to you all but especially to woodburner for the V8 slap to the forehead.

Jul 21, 2013
tweetie in General Topics

death by pulled pork

It had come from the fridge and was in the ceramic liner of an All Clad stainless steel crock and the meat was cool to the touch when I checked it in disbelief this morning. Part of me says that the pot acted as an insulator but I really don't think I can serve it in good conscience. When in doubt, throw it out. At least that's how I'm feeling now although I'm continuing to cook it........

Jul 21, 2013
tweetie in General Topics

death by pulled pork

just awoke to find that the pork loin that I placed in the crockpot to cook overnight spent 8 hours in a pot that was not on. I borrowed one from a friend and set in incorrectly. So, in 8 more hours I have 30 guests coming for what is now going to be a salmonella party instead of a birthday.

I know the answer to my question but posting anyway. It was cool to touch but had sat out all that time unrefrigerated. Do I risk it or order pizza and save lives?

Jul 21, 2013
tweetie in General Topics

Which ice cream stands don't make their own?

who am I to argue with trash? Something definitely gets lost in the translation and I would bet that only a handful of flavors are purchased from Richardson's. What I had most certainly wasn't. If I were ever to go back I'd do some back alley sleuthing but I have no intention of ever wasting calories there again!

Jul 20, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area
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Which ice cream stands don't make their own?

I politely disagree. Just went to Cabots for the first time and was so disappointed! Yes, cute, old timey feel and oodles of combinations of sauces, toppings and fun concoction names but most assuredly not Richardsons. Mass market, Restaurant depot quality at best.

Jul 20, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

dyi ice cream cake for 30

I decided to jump in and give it a try and although we haven't tasted them yet, the process was much easier and curse inducing than I imagined! Used 2 deep foil pans instead of one enormous one and as originally stated bottom layer was Texas sheet cake minus frosting. Froze it, cut in half and the pieces fit beautifully into the pans. Layer of cookies and cream, middle layer of homemade fudge sauce on one, homemade peanut butter sauce on the other. Another layer of chocolate chip ice cream and both frosted with more fudge sauce.

Lined the pans crisscross with plastic wrap and that was a great technique. Chopped pecans, almonds and walnuts and pressed into the fudge frosting on half of each for the nut lovers.
They're in the freezer now for the party on Sunday and I'm delighted. They are a bit more basic than I would prefer but I decided to try to appease the masses instead of myself. 20 of the guests are children so kid friendly is important but when I do this again, the sky is the limit as wyogal showed us. Wow, I'm impressed and inspired.

Thanks for all the tips and advice.

Jul 16, 2013
tweetie in Home Cooking
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dyi ice cream cake for 30

do I want to take on this challenge? I'm on the fence between biting the bullet and paying $60 for one and doing it myself. Right now I'm thinking of using a foil lasagna pan (10x12)

- first layer Texas sheet cake cut to fit the pan
-layer of fudge sauce
-ice cream layer
-caramel sauce and something for texture....not sure, m&ms, nuts, reeses
-more ice cream
-fudge sauce on top

done a bit of research on the subject but would love your thoughts and experiences. got to get off the fence and start layering! thanks

Jul 13, 2013
tweetie in Home Cooking
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In a Pickle, Waltham

aw, disappointed with the reviews but will give it a try. I tend to pass on multi- layered anything and whipped cream at breakfast so I'll go understated tomorrow. thanks!

Jun 23, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

In a Pickle, Waltham

Don't think I've read anything about this place on this board. Heading here for the first time Monday morning. Lots of things on the menu appeal to me, particularly the Caramel french toast and the coconut, chocolate chip pancakes (may be banana in there somewhere too!) I'd love to hear about your visit and experience to help me focus. I tend to go sweet, not savory for breakfast. Thanks.

http://www.in-a-pickle.com/menus/

Jun 22, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Almond Croissants, again

Victory! Seems I not only love Joanne's twice baked brioche but the almond croissant turns out to be just what I'm looking for. Right under my nose the whole time. I've never given the croissants a glance before. Flaky, buttery and positively stuffed with frangipane. And so, we have a winner at least in my book.

Quebrada's was quite nice too but paled in comparison to Flour. That said, it was a stand out from the others I've tried along the way.

Jun 01, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Arlington Heights - Nicola Pizza

Definitely closing end of June, per Mrs. Nicola. "Not movin', closin'. Fody- two yeeas is enough."

May 31, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Almond Croissants, again

love bostok. Flour has it daily but it sells quickly. I always order ahead and get a few slices. It freezes very well.

May 22, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Almond Croissants, again

road trip!! Heading south sometime soon. Thanks!

May 20, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Almond Croissants, again

I thought I gave up this search after deciding France is the only place to get a worthy one but i've fallen off the wagon and taken up the cause again after having a couple of decent ones in London of all places. In researching new venues I came across I couple I missed the last time, Flour and Quebrada. Also saw a glowing review and impressive photo of one from Lyndelle's (huh, what?) slathered with generous almond goodness inside. That's what I'm talkin' about.

My gripe is that the almond is almost always nonexistent, save for a couple of sliced almonds thrown on top. Just this weekend I threw 2 in the trash from a place in Concord NH, Bread and Chocolate. Cardboard with trace elements of something almond-ish. An abomination.

Most recently had one from MA France, supplied by Pain d'Avignon, and one from Iggy's. Iggy's won that face off.

Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? Well, I guess that makes me guilty of almond madness. Anyone else?

May 20, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

Checked today and noted that the chewy ones which are not bad at all are in a brown bag with gold lettering and called Simply the Best. Not to be confused with the thick ones in the clear plastic tubs. Yuck.

May 13, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

Yes, they go on sale every couple of weeks. Never tried the lemon or oatmeal so I can't concur but glad to hear you liked them.

got to love the finely tuned and nuanced palates of some chowhounds like greygarious. I think I'm pretty discerning and sensitive but posts like yours show me that I've got a lot to learn!

May 11, 2013
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite recipes that use ground almonds?

Many thanks, flashria. Can't wait to try it.

May 11, 2013
tweetie in Home Cooking

Your favorite recipes that use ground almonds?

Just back from London and would love your Bakewell Tart recipe. And nofunlatte, could you post the Linzer bar recipe too? Many thanks!

May 10, 2013
tweetie in Home Cooking