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Dairy-free mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving?

It's not exactly the same, because there's no dairy, but it's very nice to make a warm potato salad with slightly mashed cubes of potatoes, mayo, and salt. you could even add some chopped pickles if you think it would go, because they will not be the kind of potatoes that go well with gravy. however I can see these on the table with some homemade cranberry relish, various root vegetables baked with olive oil and maple syrup, green beans, challah..potato salad is better than mashed sometimes!

about 3 hours ago
fara in Kosher

New Yorker in Boston for three days.

a special inexpensive place...

hmm, walk around harvard square in Cambridge. and around Boston public garden, Boston just is simply more beautiful than NY. Boston has some good ethnic food but you generally need a car. Chen ya Thai and the Cambodian food in lowell (simply Khmer) are unique to the area. also agree with vintagemolly recommendations for moderately priced food, probably cheaper than New York if I recall. except me bartlys isn't even good.

1 day ago
fara in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

so ack, lots of fighting in the thread. but if you want good Mexican, albeit with some influence from other central american countries, g-d forbid, I recommend montecristo Mexican grill on Huntington at Brigham. the tacos, rice and beans, enchiladas, and breakfasts are all excellent for the price. apparently do not order delivery but I recommend the tacos.

Nov 24, 2014
fara in Greater Boston Area

Who Has Boston's Best Bagels?

the best bagel is a hot fresh one you can pick up and bring back to your house in 15 min on a Sunday morning.

Nov 23, 2014
fara in Features

Menu Advice - Mushroom and Pea Risotto as the Main

ok you can take what you want from my suggestions but if I were serving that risotto I would start with a fennel and Orange salad, maybe some nuts and olives as snacks beforehand with drinks.
then serve the risotto and follow with a pecan pie. the cream cheese seems too similar to the risotto. and please don't serve soup! if you are incorporating any meat at all you could put out prosciutto and grissin and some hard cheese with the olives.

Nov 22, 2014
fara in General Topics

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I agree, mcds is kind of like going to a cheap chinese bakery. if you think of the food as fluff+savory meat, and as a way to enjoy your coffee you'll see its utility. I always order plain cheeseburger

Nov 22, 2014
fara in Features

What are your 3 favorite cuisines to cook other than your own?

Lebanese/Persian/Armenian (recipes are mainly from one fantastic cookbook by Linda chirassian)
"healthy" Tex-mex
coconut curries influenced by Thai, as we use thai curry paste.
with the exception of a few dishes and the one quite broad region mentioned above we don't cook outside of our ethnic backgrounds much. it seems expensive and not worth it to try making most asian cuisines at home for a novice, given that it's so cheaply available in restaurants and is much better.

Nov 21, 2014
fara in General Topics

best inexpensive but intensely good food items in QC?

rental apartment, so food shopping for delicacies is a great option

Nov 21, 2014
fara in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

best inexpensive but intensely good food items in QC?

thanks lagatta. by QC I meant Quebec City, is this the wrong abbreviation? I saw some of the finer restaurants in St. Roch I wanted to check out. Again, hoping for some cheaper food recommendations as well

Nov 21, 2014
fara in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

best inexpensive but intensely good food items in QC?

we are on a budget and are in large part in QC for the food. what do you recommend for normal expense meals? we will be right near the river at rue du pont

Nov 21, 2014
fara in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Korean in Allston?

I like kaju tofu house and bibim but neither has a bar. korean garden has a bar.

Nov 20, 2014
fara in Greater Boston Area

Quebec city before Christmas ?

downhill

Nov 19, 2014
fara in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quebec city before Christmas ?

what are your recommendations for the best meals, all price points but only french/french Canadian food ? we are staying downtown for a few days and would also like to spend a day skiing/snow shoeing nearby. any recommendations for essentially beginners level ski areas with good food?
pork, foie gras, and hot chocolate made an impression on us when we visited Montreal

Nov 19, 2014
fara in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Olive Garden has gone downhill fast (modernflavormagazine.com)

I just posted something similar, on yelp. it was a ridiculous experience and the food was just ok, like food court good. not restaurant quality. dh loves chains because that's how he was raised so I try to accomodate sometimes

Nov 18, 2014
fara in Chains

Do certain menu items put you off going to a restaurant?

it does make sense..what area is this?

Nov 18, 2014
fara in General Topics

Ihop for birthday dinner.

I'd order either chicken and waffles or regular short stack with a patty melt on the side. why dont you just go at actual breakfast time though?

Nov 18, 2014
fara in Chains

November 2014 Openings and Closings

what about lees burgers in brookline? does anyone know what's happening, there used to be a sign up,
now nothing. also I've never been to the Newton location so maybe I'm anticipating too much.

Nov 17, 2014
fara in Greater Boston Area

Smashburger -taste!

I order it plain, I noticed the sauce was quite strong.

Nov 15, 2014
fara in Chains

price point of mid level chains? ie Olive Garden

"you could do worse", yes exactly! that's why out of all the chains that offered the option I picked OG. otoh, prices at Applebee's are...also $$? and for me nothing is edible.

Nov 15, 2014
fara in Chains

price point of mid level chains? ie Olive Garden

hubby had a veterans day discount of a free meal at many chains and we chose Olive garden. we both ordered salad and breadsticks plus 2 entrees for 3 of us (including small child). my entree of Alfredo with seafood was $17... we could have gone to a fine dining restaurant for that entree price. how exactly are these restaurants surviving with, let's say less innovative, less healthy, and poorer quality food for the same prices as more upscale restaurants ? and by less healthy I mean the artificial bacon bits in dhs entree with other various off chemicals and my seafood of interesting texture. don't get me wrong, it was fine for once a year and I enjoyed my salad and
cheesy bread, as well as the alfredo, just doesn't seem like the price point is appropriate.

Nov 15, 2014
fara in Chains

Smashburger -taste!

I didn't see any existing threads on this chain. we tried it the other day and I have to say I'm looking forward to retuning. I got the plain cheeseburger with american cheese, lettuce, and tomato. the burger is good, juicy and with a beef flavor I thought was totally gone from chain restaurants or most restaurant burgers. now, I was also very excited about shake shAck the first 1/2 dozen times and I won't eat there anymore because it tastes too salty. but Smashburger should be tried if you miss beef flavor in your burgers. I didn't care for anything else there, but the burger is the most important anyway.

Nov 15, 2014
fara in Chains

In Italy and kinda over the food

try going to markets and eating bread, fruit, cheese, etc in your hotel room. eating out or special occasion meals in Italy arent meant got every day and you are likely sick of the richness

Nov 14, 2014
fara in Italy

What bygone food fad do you still enjoy? [NYC]

come up to Boston, allston specifically. there are 2 bubble tea shops per block.

Nov 13, 2014
fara in Manhattan

Kosher Valley Chicken/Turkey

Maybe so, but it really does taste different. Not the ground chicken, but I like everything else a lot. Also whole foods carries a large selection.

Nov 09, 2014
fara in Kosher

Food Health Fads Vs Science

I stand by what I said, and I had already read the article you linked.

Nov 09, 2014
fara in General Topics

Food Health Fads Vs Science

yes peer reviewed research is more valid. one can publish in any level of peer reviewed journal, and so all that's required at some levels is a certain sample size and the scientific method. if no one's reviewed it then it's just someone writing up their opinion- clearly you're on the fringe here. it doesn't mean that everything that's published will hold the test of time or not disagree with other findings, it is completely normal to be skeptical of even the most high profile work. but non reviewed work is much more likely to be bunk, and in fact scientists will not accept it at all.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #4 – 11/05/14 (spoilers)

Gregory and Melissa for personality and talent, but so far it seems like mei is a better chef than Melissa. so far those three though stand out as the top to me.
either he wasn't taking the bar challenge seriously or they asked him to be less perfect.., anyone read toms comments on the contestant whose talent they had to hide the whole season?

Nov 09, 2014
fara in Food Media & News

Best Cheesesteak in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville

Wans in allston

Nov 08, 2014
fara in Greater Boston Area

I really like <fill in chain> and I look forward to returning

smashburger, plain cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. I could taste actual beef!

Nov 08, 2014
fara in Chains

Food Health Fads Vs Science

you can keep on eating toxins, the rest of us will try to avoid them. as for nutritional guidelines, nutritionists can't seem to get it right. they've been making a living off a very reductionist approach that is continually proven wrong. I recommend pubmed if you want to read actual studies, scientific american IS people magazine for all intensive purposes.

Nov 07, 2014
fara in General Topics