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Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

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Apr 21, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Drinks near Ribelle?

ribelle has the best cocktails ive had in a while... figure this in ;)

Apr 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite every day kosher cookbooks?

I'm not looking for holiday food recipes. I would like more ideas for relatively simple main dishes and lunches (particularly kids lunches!) we can make. We tend to gravitate towards Sephardic and Ashkenazi type foods, but I've found many cookbooks that provide traditional Jewish recipes to be too complicated for every day. I would like simple recipes that don't require a lot of prep time. So preferably these cuisines s well as traditional American. Even kosher Mexican recipes would be welcome. I'm tired of adapting non-kosher cookbooks..Thanks!

Apr 17, 2015
fara in Kosher

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

le bernardin. we got in without a reservation and they sat us away from everything except two swinging kitchen doors. they didnt seem to treat us very well and i resented the seating and asked if there was anything else. they then resat us at a table tightly in between other tables such that i was bumped and pushed every time a server passed. as for the food well.. it may have been transcendental under different circumstances, but to me was very bland adequately fresh seafood. nothing approaching what my own new england foddie family makes for casual visits.
this was 10 years ago.

Apr 16, 2015
fara in Not About Food

Top Bread - a division of Great Taste Bakery

Great Taste has opened another location-on harrison st. I was happy to stumble upon the same portuguese custard after it was sold out at the original location. There is a large selection of cute animal cakes. I bought one for my daughter, it was impressive but slightly too artificial tasting (though not as much as i expected).

Apr 16, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

mcd s chicken strips?

lol it probably has all to do with the kind of week i was having at work.

Apr 12, 2015
fara in Chains

Good and old school.

We tried Reginas in allston the other night. loaded small pizza, cheese pizza meal for the kid, and dh liked his sandwich. Admittedly dh is a fan of this bar atmosphere. Also it was fun to sit next to the trains. But I did enjoy my pizza as a classic example of Anerican pizza. very good from that perspective.
A what are some other dining establishments that are worth checking out from this perspective ? I'm not comparing it to the best pizza I've ever had, and on a regular basis I might not want it often. A great american chinese place, a relatively authentic italian but not touristy place in the north end of elsewhere that's not $$$, anything along these lines. I'm from NE by the way, I think some of what's considered good and old school vs just "old"might be based on childhood preferences.

Apr 12, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

mcd s chicken strips?

they look about 300% smaller, which is probably a good call by them.

Apr 11, 2015
fara in Chains

Top quality chinese restaurant in(near) Boston

what do you order at sichuan gourmet ?

Apr 06, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

More thoughts on moralistic culinary elites

blah blah blah.

I wish conservatives would admit that the government is already very involved in our lives. also that they already determine what we eat. also that farm subsidy poltitics disrupts that deity of theirs, the free market. so yes people are often eating at mcds because their "busy" is overworked and underpaid lifestyle doesn't accommodate much else. and the food is dirt chela. not because the food is so freaking amazing that a healthy person would want to eat it every day.

mcd s chicken strips?

have I lost all self worth ? I never would have eaten anything but a filet o fish, cheeseburger, or fries from mcds before this. I now saw someone surreptitiously eating the chicken strips when I was very hungry after work.
bought some: they are smaller than I remember them being- is that to fit a normal seeming calorie count of ~100 each? they were also quite good for fried chicken immediately available. sh&$&@@t...

Apr 01, 2015
fara in Chains

Critique my (first!) Pesach menu?

I think you have a good attitude and the menu sounds delicious. Chag sameach!

Mar 31, 2015
fara in Kosher
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Moving to Andover / Salem area, need guidance from locals please!

nearby in lowell there is amazing Cambodian food. try simply Khmer.

Mar 31, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

our local Greek pizza often tasted of cologne. it was always disappointing even sans cologne.

Mar 25, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

Lol, when Una Pizza and i were both in NYC, I went to visit new haven and was treated to pepes. I had the same reaction. however pepes is a rough Italian american version that is its own thing really. also it tastes amazing compared to nearly any other american pizza. the fact that we are talking about one joint that moved toSF from NY hints at how rare really good Italian pizza is here, or anywhere.

Mar 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Tilapia (farm raised)

whole foods sells frozen cod in large packages. it's totally fine for these kinds of applications. not sure if its pacific or atlantic but it's quite cheap. also it depends where you live I think. various white fish is available locally

Mar 19, 2015
fara in General Topics

a few of your favorite things??

funny thing is I could easily eat like this if I didnt work. it would just require daily shopping and a bigger food budget ;)

Mar 19, 2015
fara in General Topics

a few of your favorite things??

if I had a private chef, I would have them prepare me multiple small healthy meals/snacks throughout the day.mostly vegan/vegetarian with some fish maybe start with a homemade almond milk latte or green tea latte. some berries to go with it. mid morning Id have either a perfectly poached egg on a small homemade crumpet with home cured lox and tomato or a nice peice of crusty baguette with goat cheese and some crunchy raw carrots and cucumbers on the side. lunch would be sashimi, salad, and some sort of flavored rice. perhaps an edamame salad as well.
mid afternoon snack would be a low sugar baked good and/or fruit. dinner would be a homemade salad with a piece of delicate fish and cooked veg.
I find it hard to keep up with salad greens at home and I don't care too much for the boxed ones...

Mar 19, 2015
fara in General Topics
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how much do your kids eat? how old are they?

my 6 yo became picky around 4.5 years old. however before that she was introduced to enough diverse foods (although in retrospect there were things I missed like raw tomatoes), that she still loves mushrooms, blue and other strong cheeses, and Brussels. but give her something new and she can be pretty picky. the amount is probably normal. sometimes she will eat a lot of tacos or pasta but otherwise seemingly appropriate portions for her size (she's on the small side to her age).

Mar 19, 2015
fara in Not About Food

Best Green Line-accessible lunch between Back Bay and Newton?

depends what they're in the mood for. allston has so much. if you are willing to walk down to Brighton ave from the b line, Boston kabob, fish market sushi**, Bibim on harvard (nice atmosphere).given your description ** fits the bill best.

Mar 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Harvard St Brookline.. One old, one new.... How are Reubens and Brothers?

Both are better than zaftigs. brothers has a decent breakfast and lunch food. less greasy then a diner, but the food was pretty bland and not IMO worth the price. however they have a lot of fresh fruit available.
Rubens is good enough if you order properly. I liked the fish cake. the burger and stuffed cabbage are ok. not sure what else you'd get there, again price is high for entrees, however here they can and must do this because its a kosher establishment.

Mar 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

so how are other people supposed to judge the location based on your experience ?

Mar 15, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

What's that smell and why is it permeating my food?

I lived in a cheap apartment with off odors, but it was mostly in the living area, not the kitchen. how strange that the fridge gives off the same odor. maybe the previous tenant had some sort of strange business going on? or they used a cooking oil were not familiar with? I assume you keep opened baking soda in your fridge and freezer? you could add more of those.

Mar 15, 2015
fara in Not About Food
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Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

may I suggest respectfully it could have been the timing?. I've been to the Manchester location many times and I'm super picky...

Mar 15, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Mays fusion cuisine in Brighton? closed?

I wanted to try this for the first time. Arrived and there was a sign saying it's only open a couple days a week. Called on one of those days and no one answered. Are they in business? and how is the food?

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

noodle kugel

Check the kosher caterer along harvard and Butcherie.

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

agreed, tasted the same as new haven to me. I'm just having a hard time imagining it there amongst the luxury stores and over priced mall restaurants. I'm in the area a lot though - love that it's coming.

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

not trying to be annoying, but look at the ingredients and sodium content. it's not remotely healthy for anyone. you're better off layering on the fat, protein and carbs yourself.

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

maybe someone should open something like mcdowells, a place where hipsters and whole foods goers, or just old timers can get mcds the way it used to be. I think most people are ignorant of how many artificial ingredients and flavors are in the food. why? because that's the American market- even in Britain mcds has far less trans fats. but they assessed american food preferences and there it is... personally I would prefer a natural but similar version of mcds. the food is way too salty and leaves weird artifical aftertastes.
and let me say there is a market for the aforementioned mcdowells! I keep trying with mcds plain cheeseburgers... fool me once... fool me a hundred times.

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

I was so excited, but the mall? and chestnut hill no less. I can't imagine a sharper contrast in culture. I also tend to associate worse food with interior mall locations... but of course I will try it at least once.

Mar 14, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area
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