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Zaftigs disappointment

We were in the neighborhood and decided to finally try this place. What a letdown. I had the much touted banana stuffed french toast which was so overwhelmingly seasoned with nutmeg that it was impossible to taste any other components like "date butter" or the banana. And that banana stuffing? More like a baby food puree which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I sort of expected fresh slices. No matter what the consistency, there was zero banana flavor. Topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries which ended up being the best part of the dish so maybe it should be renamed mixed berry toast. As for the all important bread component, also very disappointing, sort of a large flavorless sponge when I was expecting a lovely challah. A big yuck.

Husband had the lean corned beef Reuben. Meat was tough and chewy and overall, it was a ho hum experience. By comparison, we really love the Reuben panini at Neillio's in Lexington.

We left feeling that Zaftigs may be one of those places that gets "best of" recognition in airline magazines, travel guides, weekend restaurant shows and early evening local TV which results in out of town visitors but as locals it was a one and done.

about 13 hours ago
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Edward's cream pie

Thanks Trish. Cool whip is banned from my kitchen so I'm thinking whipped cream stabilized somehow, which is something I've never done. I've read about using gelatin, marshmallow or mascapone cheese and now must decide which way to go. The adventure continues!

Oct 07, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

Edward's cream pie

Someone in my life (who shall not be named!)thinks this pie is to die for. (looking at the ingredients is just about killing me!) I want to make a homemade version. Any suggestions? Got the cookie crumb crust (a la Smitten Kitchen) and the chocolate layer but not sure how to go with the "cream" layer. Help me lead him to the other side!

https://www.edwardsdesserts.com/froze...

Oct 06, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

Kouign-amann (Breton cake) in the Boston area

Flour's version is not great and the folks at MA France had never even heard of it when I stopped in to see if they had it. Lee Napoli's at Bread and Butter is fabulous. Haven't tried the TJ's version although I've seen it in the frozen case.

Flour Bakery

love the lamb sandwich, the twice baked brioche and the almond croissant. Agree that the rest of the dessert line up is solid but not mindblowing.

Oct 03, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket crispy chocolate chip cookies

Grey, they've always been there and they just make the choosing more difficult because they are lovely too. It really is just a matter of flavor favorites with these cookies as the ingredients for the entire line are all right out of a home baker's pantry, meaning all things you can pronounce and recognize like those straight off of your grandmother's recipe cards. Not a thin and crispy one but from the same vendor, the Scottish shortbread is really sandy and buttery with the same ingredient profile. So good!

Sep 20, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Banoffee pie crusts. Is this a good idea?

I make what we call baby Banoffees all the time. Use cupcake liners, drop in about a tablespoon of your base crumb mixture and flatten it with the bottom of a glass, the same technique that is used to flatten some cookie doughs. I bake the bottoms for about 5 minutes or so and when cool, remove from the tin and proceed with the layers. Great presentation, portion controlled and of course, delicious.

Aug 29, 2014
tweetie in Home Cooking

sour milk

I'd say it's on the verge. I'm thinking about when I sour milk with vinegar or lemon. I wouldn't drink that but I guess I'm wondering about bacteria vs. an additive to induce curdling. Mine isn't curdled, just getting funky.

Aug 24, 2014
tweetie in General Topics

sour milk

Just as I was about to pour down the sink the remains of my half gallon of milk which has begun to sour I had a revelation. Why can't I freeze this to use in baked goods that call for sour or butter milk? Is this a no brainer that just dawned on me or is there some reason to dump it?

Aug 24, 2014
tweetie in General Topics

Artisan/premier bakeries in Boston?

I love Lakota Bakery, Arlington. Legendary for cookies but the cakes are my all time favorite. Owner Barbara is a lovely lady and will work with you to customize and delight you.

http://lakotabakery.com/cakes/

Aug 24, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

any thoughts on L'Andana?

really? checking it out now. Thanks hotoynoodle!

Aug 20, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

any thoughts on L'Andana?

We've never been and are considering a first visit via Restaurant week. The price point on a regular day would be a stretch for us so we thought this might be a good introduction. Definitely a Dine Out menu, not their usual, but we're still interested. Thanks for your thoughts.

http://www.restaurantweekboston.com/r...

Aug 20, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

Don't leave Salem before visiting Turtle Alley chocolates on Essex St. just down the block from the PEM.

http://turtlealley.com/

Jul 26, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

going!

Jul 23, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

I buy these for my brother in Miami. My cousin in Oregon can't get Necco wafers or Belle's seasoning, an essential for stuffing. Trappist jams, Fluff, Teddy peanut butter?
https://www.bostonfruitslice.com/

Here's a similar thread

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856273

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Boycotting, heck yes. I also attended the rally in Tewksbury on Monday. Just drove past Burlington and the parking lot was freakishly empty. Maybe David can slay Goliath.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Boycotting and attended the rally in Tewksbury this morning. David vs Goliath but I had to join. Love the Basket from all the way back to my childhood days in Somerville.

Jul 21, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Tew Mac Tavern, Tewksbury

oh where oh where were you folks yesterday??!!

For a variety of reasons like rush hour traffic (and in Burlington, planes landing in fields off Middlesex Turnpike!) we nixed our first choice of Gibbet Farm Grill in Groton. It seemed like the sweet spot, not a chain, in our price point and not above the sophistication/appreciation level of the 4 young guests. Tried to get to Cap Grille for lunch but again, conflict. L' Andana, Bancroft, Tryst, Flora, Coach Grill were considered but all a bit of a stretch for dinner. In the end we found ourselves right where we vowed to avoid. Ah well. We are not giving up and will just consider NYAJ the appetizer round. We will not be defeated.

Jun 12, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Tew Mac Tavern, Tewksbury

just returned from Not Your Average Joe's in Burlington. I thought I had lowered my expectations enough to survive it but even the teens said the place should be renamed "Below Average Joe's." Absolutely abysmal. The plus side is that we've decided that it was so bad we must do a retake as it was more punishment than celebration--at another venue of course.

Jun 11, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Tew Mac Tavern, Tewksbury

Under pressure to find a place for a graduation dinner tomorrow night (Wednesday) The guests of honor are high schoolers and not very discerning diners...yet. Trying to avoid chains, get a bit of atmosphere at a $25 pp price point. Heading out from Billerica. Someone mentioned Tew Mac Tavern at the Tewksbury Country Club. Any thoughts on this venue or any other suggestions would be much appreciated. The crowd leans toward steak and fish. Thanks!

Jun 10, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

Zaftig's a question.

as does Neillio's in Lexington-the pastrami that is. It's a Thursday special, I believe.

Thursday:

Roast: Romanian Pastrami
Entree: Hearty Beef Stew - Chicken Roulade with Roasted Peppers & Fresh Basil

Apr 30, 2014
tweetie in Greater Boston Area

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!

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

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.

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