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

yes, I'm pretty sure that would fill a whole thread. among most large ethnic populations in this city, opening a good restaurant is apparently low on the list of priorities.

about 4 hours ago
fara in Greater Boston Area

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

one last overly pushy vote for Montreal, especially as it will be summer.... but have fun regardless!!

about 4 hours ago
fara in General Topics

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

second this!! the last time I went -because mil loves it- I ordered a plainish salad with vinaigrette and a plainhamburger. none of it was edible. the vinaigrette and hamburger both had this off taste. so I left hungry after a very basic meal any similar chain Should master.
I wonder if it's due to a general decline in the food supply with an unwillingness to raise prices. tgifs had a similar, only slightly more edible version of the same meal. ruby Tuesdays seems to be fine for plain food (hint: stay away from the shrimp dip).

about 18 hours ago
fara in Features

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

clear flour and iggys are probably top 10 in the US, yes. for me especially as I don't like sour dough.
does anyone else think the lack of good Brazilian restaurants is strange? living in queens, NY this was one of my favorite cuisines.

about 18 hours ago
fara in Greater Boston Area

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

bouillon and boxed stock
also a very quick onions, peppers,ketchup and soy sauce to make taco bean seasonings.
I keep boxed uht milk in the cupboard because we never drink it.
Frozen vegetables of all kinds are often better in winter. Frozen berries as well. I'm not Afraid to admit any of these though.

What's the point of celery in recipes?

make chicken soup with and without celery, you'll notice a difference. I like it cooked to add a depth of flavor to slow cooked recipes.
cut up in small pieces in tuna salad, ugh.

1 day ago
fara in Home Cooking
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how would you describe the Boston restaurant scene to an out of towner?

you have only a minute or two to tell someone what's worthy of eating out in Boston (and surrounding area), what do you tell them?

for me, simply Khmer in lowell. Cambodian is a delicious cuisine not found in most major cities.
cha yen Thai in Watertown, sukkothai noodles...wow
tenoch in Medford, considering what passes for Mexican food- even near the Mexican border- I would recommend this.
it's possible to get a good falafel and pita, many places it is not. I recommend ramis or Boston kabob.
oleana: reasonably priced higher end dining with interesting food and excellent wine.

please keep it short! especially if you're well travelled explain how Boston excels in your opinion!

Jan 26, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Best Cheesesteak in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville

wans in allston. just a sandwich shop.

Jan 26, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

McDonald's walks fine line with 'Signs' commercial

this is not enough to me. it's a chain that doesn't pay living wages. how dare they, it's loke Walmart claiming to help the town. yes they help their employees get govt subsidies.

Jan 22, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

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

they are great in small amounts to flavor chicken soup. they're very strongly flavored

Jan 22, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Subway's new chicken strips

exactly. they look the same.

Jan 22, 2015
fara in Chains

Marilyn Hagerty reviews McDonald's

she's a cutie, in terms of her writing style. she doesn't realize fries and fruit are part of the happy meal.

Jan 22, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

McDonald's walks fine line with 'Signs' commercial

how is this possible? all management and food decisions must come from corporate? all food comes from corporate. what exaclty do the local guys do that's significant ?

Jan 22, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

assorted vents & rants

how times have changed, re:sonic

Jan 19, 2015
fara in General Topics

Ethnic breakfasts?

tenoch in Medford has Mexican breakfast.

Jan 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Bao Nation

I loved all of the different wing flavors at do wee. they were amazing.

Jan 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

there's some really good ethnic and asian fusion in Vegas off the strip, can't say the same for cheesecake factory! actually when I go to cheesecake I try to get some version of a pub appetizer and a drink. last time I had the guacomole and chips and a Corona for dinner. not so healthy but we rarely go. they did that well. (dh adores them).
oh also, I *highly*recommend the kids hot fudge sundae. real and delicious fudge, and it was hot. all these recs are relative to another chain, if it were up to me I'd never go there.

Jan 19, 2015
fara in Chains

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I agree. smashburger has the most beefy taste, which the other chains miss in favor of cheese, salt, etc. I prefer a plain large (because bun is made for large) Smashburger with cheese, lettuce and tomato (no sauce) to anything I've had at another chain, including shake shack. their fries were pretty weak but i don't usually have appetite for both. also there aren't really an chains with fries I like, have to get to a local place for that.

Jan 19, 2015
fara in Chains
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McDonald's walks fine line with 'Signs' commercial

I just saw it. I was surprised they painted themselves as a local company, sort of the antithesis of local.

Jan 18, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

I feared the worst, but Starbucks' new flat white is actually not bad

I agree, I had one and it was -relatively- great. they must use a lot of water in their regular espresso shots because their lattes are terrible.

Jan 17, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #11 – 01/14/15 (spoilers)

he actually said "take it easy" or something like that, George laughed afterwards

Jan 16, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

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

it sounds like you want high end, but just in case,
vegetarian mezze platter at Boston kabob in allston
sichuanese noodles, spicy, at sichuan gourmet Boston
cauliflower and broccoli rabe sandwich at strip ts
ramis falafel sandwich
sukkothai vegetarian noodles

Jan 13, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area
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Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

again, you can listen to your own body (which might also pick up on this) or just assume that new products with altered chemistry are the same as naturally exidtng ones. here's a new result as referenced below- the problem here is food manufacturers are innocent until proven guilty by the American people, which is not how I view artificial food sources. if you do, that's your business.
http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/f...

Jan 12, 2015
fara in General Topics

Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

because this is chowhound, not Nature. I'm describing my own experience with hfcs and cane after 30+years of eating and living. ridiculous if 1) people can't understand the sensations I'm referring to or 2) that only strictly documented blood work is acceptable for discusssion on chowhound. an OR above described it this way, and in retrospect I should've described the up and down feeling and not claimed blood sugar. next time I'll be sure to ask for everyones journal referncee when they speak casually about their own bodies.
and if you think that hfcs is the same as sugar, at least as its commonly used by manufacturers, try cutting it out yourself and see how you feel. nutrition's not my field, nor am I diabetic, so I don't have a study or hard data for this. I was trying to be helpful and people can see for themselves.

Jan 12, 2015
fara in General Topics
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Vegan and traveling in Korea

I've never been there, so this may not be helpful, but my korean friends all cook A ton of vegetables and eat many varieties of brown rice and other grains- perhaps you could look to stay with a family somehow or otherwise in an area with a big supermarket. it seems korean food could be readily adapted to vegan/gluten free more easily than a standard ameircan one.

Jan 12, 2015
fara in Vegetarian & Vegan

Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

no I wasn't being so precise, I don't measure my blood sugar. I'm speaking of the sugar high and low I experience after drinking equivalent amounts of cane and hcfs sodas.

Jan 11, 2015
fara in General Topics

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Montreal: go to Au pied du cochon with your kids. it's not formal and there is a back area where they seat families.get the onion soup and "duck in a can". also reasonable prices considering how filling and absolutely amazing the food is.
the supermarkets in Montreal are also fabulous so you can eat well at home. lots of delicious pork sandwiches and hot chocolate, and they have all kinds of things for kids in the city, they love children. the biodome and sledding in winter for example. it's set up extremely well for winter with a heated underground and excellent heating everywhere.
New Orleans is great but not as kid friendly in terms of whats going on downtown. also while the food can be very good, generally what you get in Montreal will be of a much higher quality.

Jan 11, 2015
fara in General Topics
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North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Montreal definitely has better food than quebec city.

Jan 11, 2015
fara in General Topics

North American destination city for culinary vacation with young kids?

Montreal: go to Au pied du cochon with your kids. it's not formal and there is a back area where they seat families.get the onion soup and "duck in a can". also reasonable prices considering how filling and absolutely amazing the food is.
the supermarkets in Montreal are also fabulous so you can eat well at home. lots of delicious pork sandwiches and hot chocolate, and they have all kinds of things for kids in the city, they love children. the biodome and sledding in winter for example. it's set up extremely well for winter with a heated underground and excellent heating everywhere.
New Orleans is great but not as kid friendly in terms of whats going on downtown. also while the food can be very good, generally what you get in Montreal will be of a much higher quality. New Orleans does have a great food as well as music scene though, so imho I would check it out first with your dh.

Jan 11, 2015
fara in General Topics

Economics of High Fructose Corn Syrup vs. Cane Sugar in Soda

i see this argument a lot, so why do the HFCS products taste so different? is more used? can we detect the difference? are there other compounds in hcfs?
as someone else noted HFCS soda also give me blood sugar swings worse than with with cane sugar soda. I can say this confidently as I rarely drink eidther.

Jan 11, 2015
fara in General Topics