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Mandarin limes

Thanks - The smoothies used the fruit pulp, but it's worth poking around these markets if they have the juice.

about 5 hours ago
Bob Dobalina in Greater Boston Area

A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

Thanks for asking and answering this question. I have always felt guilty that I was being a wimp for not chowing through the pile of peppers.

about 5 hours ago
Bob Dobalina in Greater Boston Area

Mandarin limes

Sorry don't have an answer but we fell in love with guanabana smoothies in Costa Rica - also called soursop - does it contain a neurotoxin or does it cure cancer? While the debate may continue, there is no debating how this creamy delicious food is great as a icy cold smoothie on a hot tropical day.

Here's to hoping that a place with mandarin limes might also have a line on this fruit too.

about 9 hours ago
Bob Dobalina in Greater Boston Area

What's for dinner during a blizzard?

Just curious ... For the places that were open yesterday, how did the employees get in during the "huddle in fear" order?

about 9 hours ago
Bob Dobalina in Greater Boston Area

Korean in Davis Square?

I've eaten there a few times but it's been a good while so hopefully other folks can weigh in. Always thought the chow there was perfectly adequate although never really stayed beyond the standards like bibimbap. Sort of a dingy room and a little out of the way in Union which is why I thought the price point might make an interesting comparison.

how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

It's a little nutty that we lack for good diners in a college town. I have been bemoaning this for years, after going to school in Baltimore where things got started at the diner around 1 a.m.

Second the mid-range excellence, especially in Somerville and Cambridge. It's cool what you can do when the rents are reasonable.

Korean in Davis Square?

What would be an acceptable price? The menu at Buk Kyung lists it at $10.99.

Where to buy Scotch in Boston?

Also a large number of Polish cordials....thanks for the link.

Korean in Davis Square?

Geez, it was a soft opening... Tough crowd.

Are there any highly recommended vegetarian entrees in the Greater Boston area?

Btw, asparagus causes the same reaction in Everyone....but....some people can't smell it!

Are there any highly recommended vegetarian entrees in the Greater Boston area?

And to think she of all people gave a hoot.

I like the wrap with eggs and spinach - my DW always tends toward the Goddess bowl. It's healthy at least.

Cacio e pepe in Boston

Just remember - add the water to the cheese and not the other way around! :)

need advice on affordable New England wedding venues

Hi Danielle - sorry that I missed your question for so long. We got married at the Pierce House in Lincoln, MA. Our caterer was Tastings in Framingham, who was great.

Gordon's Waltham Ain't The Wine Shop It Used To Be

I like the wine guys at Federal Wine downtown. They are super knowledgeable and any snobiness comes with a wink and a smile. Every so often they feature bargain wines at their Wednesday tasting but they seem to know thei high end stuff too.

Btw, David Raines appears to still be affiliated with Gordon's.
https://center.gordonswine.com/conten...

Where to buy Scotch in Boston?

Yep, Joe's the man.

Cacio e pepe in Boston

I was trying to make fun of the Cinquecento marketing, not you my friend. :)

Cacio e pepe in Boston

You guys do get that Rome is like ... the CAPITAL of Italy?! Duh!...

Anyone tried the Sugarbells at Wilson Farms? Or other outstanding sweet citrus elsewhere?

Will just note that I bought the four pound bag on navel oranges at Russo's and they were all like candy.

North End: The Best

There is no place in the North End that is cool AND upscale. Strega Waterfront in South Boston strikes me as a better option.

Best sandwiches in Boston?

Whoa - smokestack lightnin'!! Had no idea that existed...know what I am getting for lunch this weekend...

Best sandwiches in Boston?

Not necessarily worthy of the 9 best in Boston, but the tiny Grass Roots Cafe in Downtown Crossing deserves a shout-out - Lots of offerings - they make a nice sandwich.

For example, have a Gobbler that is made with thick, hand-cut pieces of turkey - others with Asian influence - just had the East-West Pig which had hand-cut chunks of roast pork, cheese, spicy bbq, lettuce, tomato on a bulkie - delish.

Sure beats the snot out of the Pret that opened across the hall in the same building - handmade quality sandwiches at this place that deserve our business over the borg sandies of the world.

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Not sure it is a January opening but saw a sign for Hale and Hearty next to the Pret on Franklin St. across from post office square.

Speaking of Pret, I thought it was expensive but tasty enough and quick enough that it was worth it for lunch. But lately have seen a steady uptick in prices and slightly smaller quantities, all the while they continue to expand Walmart-like through the downtown area cutting more and more into the bottom lines of the local places, imho. Getting to not like Pret so much for these things

"Tickets" for Restaurants

If a place is as much performance art as cuisine like Alinea, I certainly have no problem with the concept.

Porter Exchange 2015

Just did not sound like a high demand item but I trust you if you say it was fresh.

Porter Exchange 2015

Would it fair to assume that a lot of these fried items were not prepared in house / fresh? I would think it's hard to keep on a supply of octopus balls on hand and make any money...

The best sfogliatelle in the North End?

*soiled* - I guess you REALLY like your sfoggliatelle! ;)

Rainbow Radishes?

My DW bought rainbow/watermelon radishes at Russo's a couple of weeks ago, but when we got home, they were decidedly not those - either were a turnip or a very sharp radish - not sure if it was a misnomer by Russo's or we just grabbed from the wrong bin, so take care.

pho in Cambridge

Pho n Rice is such a drag - was going to try the new place, Pho House, but decided to give Pho n Rice one last try - it just has not been very good since maybe the first year it was open -

Kind of the same product since - pretty bland pho broth, meh toppings, bruisy basil - just an overall meh experience -

Drove my wife to shrug and plead, "I threw out the menu - can we just not go there anymore? It's just not that good."

Yes, dear. :)

January 2015 Openings and Closings

New food truck not previously noted here - Saigon Alley -

Prices on par with the Bon Me truck - $6 for banh mi, $7 rice noodles with bulgoki, $6 rice noodles with veg (tofu, mushrooms), $9 special beef pho, which seems like an enticing option in winter.

I tried the noodles today - appreciated the noodles were par-cooked but heated thoroughly to order (as opposed to only cold noodles from Bon Me), fresh herbs sprinkled atop (whole leaves of mint, cilantro, basil) with a fair serving of chopped peanuts, could dress up flavor with soy and hot sauce, compostable fork.

Had chunks of lemongrass which were too tough to chew, but at least they were in there I guess - more rustic basic flavors overall - more generous portion than Bon Me.

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Meju, the second location of Bibim, the Allston Korean restaurant, appears to be close to opening in Davis Square and has signs up for opening in January 2015 - it also has a Stop Work order posted on the door marked as "No Contractor" so I guess we'll see. I think this is the former McDonald's space - amazing the difference.