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Indian Food?

you better, because chowhound has soo much traffic nowadays that responding to new queries is difficult ;)

about 10 hours ago
fara in Greater Boston Area

Best Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich around

If you're near green ts you've got to get an egg sandwich at "pats"!! which is located inside Brigham and womens. go up the new plaza from Huntington. once inside look to the far right- there's a tiny hallway leading to an exit. best egg and cheese sandwich I've had in Boston. if you want meat get it with bacon. greasy and perfect.

Feb 28, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Great Boston restaurants with my kids

better yet head to o to "great taste bakery" on the dim sum side- dim sum every day from 8-3/4. the foods better than the others because it's made fresh from the kitchen. no carts but it's worth it and patronized by local chinese workers. also the attached bakery has the best Portuguese egg tarts and red bean cakes, as well as chinese style black coffee. get the taro cakes, shrimp dumplings, and shrimp rolls on the dim sum side.

I think oleana and strip ts are tops. also the burger and fries at catalyst is worth it. similarly adventurous kids tend to love sushi and either "fish market sushi" in allston or "oishi sushi bar " in Chestnut hill for the bill -depending on whether you prefer interesting sushi or just really good sashimi respectively.

Feb 28, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

ottos in NYC is not good at all.

Feb 28, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Ive been a few times. I thought the first time with eat in service was the best- sukkothai with duck, mushroom larb, and pa plad fish. it was all really good, simple and fresh tasting and unique for this area. my husband had the Tom yum - tasted like any other place. I next ordered the roti appetizer - delicious (!) roti but the curry tastes like its out of a can. so I don't know if thats what theyre going for it if theres just not enough time to make everything perfect. the salmon salad was pretty good. so all in all- I'm not sure what to order next- obviously they're doing something special but one needs to be careful about what to order. S&i thai in allston has better curry. maybe I will try more noodle dishes, fried items and salads? the freshness of these cant be beat. also even though it's largely take out I find these things are better eaten in.however it's a very welcome addition to the area.

Feb 28, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

I think what people are saying is if you want to find a compatible partner and potential spouse, you're going about it all wrong. read through these answers and reconsider your perspective. you sound young and naive- food is important but your approach is off putting. know that I'm saying this kindly.

Feb 25, 2015
fara in General Topics

Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

I've only been to "pollo tipico" which I recommended above - but not clearly enough -and which was recommended to us. it's nothing fancy but the chicken was good and it's an under appreciated cuisine. so, you know, something new for most people but cheap.

Feb 22, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

really surprised (or not) that no one mentioned any of the Dominican places in Lawrence. Dominican cuisine can be quite delicious. Fried chicken, roast chicken, and meat stews along with rice and beans, and fried plantains are typical. it's not fine dining, but apparently pollo tipico is the most popular.we went and it was very good, especially missing that food as I was. the chicken has a complex but subtle flavor which is typical of Dominican preparations.

Feb 22, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Sharis Berries- Any good???

because they were late or smething, we ended up with 2 boxes of a dozen each while my mil was staying with us. she gave one to my dd every day although I couldn't get through even one...

Feb 21, 2015
fara in General Topics

DIrty Family Secrets

yes lidia bastianich has a recipe for amaretti cookies crumbled over ravioli

Feb 20, 2015
fara in General Topics

The best first date spot, especially for foodies: the Sushi Bar. Agree or Disagree?

this is a funny and somewhat philosophical question. after eating good sushi I feel somewhat light and ethereal. not too many meals will you make feel this way. if your date is the same way, all it says it that you will have a great time with someone that also enjoys food. I'm not prepared to base my entire relationship experience on food however. I like that my dhs food preferences have changed for the better due to my influence. in general if there is no room for growth than the relationship can be kind of boring, IMO.

Feb 20, 2015
fara in General Topics
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

I think for many people food is the culturally acceptable drug of choice.

Feb 19, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Heng Lay - Lowell

can anyone recommend some more sure fire dishes at heng lay? my dh loves simply Khmer. we both love Cambodian but he's slighly less adventurous, and I don't want to disappoint after the long drive. some things we get at sk: the sweet and sour soup with furry squash, the jalapeño stir fried chicken, the Tom yum (this is where he's more adventurous, I don't like Tom yum), the spicy chicken wings and their amazing spring and summer rolls.

Feb 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

if only people took responsibility for their over eating the way they do for over drinking we wouldn't have a nation full of food addicts. it's culturally more acceptable to over eat than smoke or drink.

Feb 19, 2015
fara in Food Media & News
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Is Costco Making Us Fat?

my point is, yes if everyone had the luxury of your lifestyle the majority would no longer be obese. eating in restaurants but not ordering a carb and not eating your portion are silly when you're there because you're too tired stressed and hungry to cook. take the extreme example of a minimum wage earner working 2 jobs and feeding their family at McDonald's. now dial it back to two working professionals with a family who manage to cook most nights but by Thursday are wiped out and want something fast, easy, and not going to break the bank. at the same time interesting but not too much so that the kid won't eat it. et voila
pretty good Thai takeout curries and stir fried that are obviously hugely calorific due to the amount of oil/fats used and the need for some rice on the side. plus they don't add enough vegetables to the curry. they also want to feed people cheaply.
this is how even professional families in America get fat from more dining out/delivery.
and we use plenty of fat and salt at home but restaurants invariably use more. salt Isnt an issue except that it's an easy way to hide the poorer quality of the ingredients, thus inducing you to eat more, etc.
and before anyone says it's your choice- yes I guess one of us could throw away our career and thus push us to move to the middle of nowhere, but is that worth the 10lbs?

Feb 19, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

mcf, I think you've solved the obesity crisis! if only everyone lived like you...

Feb 15, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

This is not the case for most people or restaurants. And I'm not talking about eating crap- chefs are notorious for adding more fats (ie. calories) to the preparation than people do at home. On average, from high to low end, restaurant meals are higher in calories -even subbing some sad broccoli for the fries.

Feb 15, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Is Costco Making Us Fat?

There was a study a little while back demonstrating that globally, lower food prices achieved over the past few decades correlate with obesity. In the U.S., shopping less frequently, a taste for delicacies either from our own or from many different cuisines, the prevalence of eating out, higher stress jobs, and cheaper food staples (not fruit and vegetables) have all ramped up obesity levels. we just keep on eating more, having less time to properly plan a meal, and getting less exercise. personally I start to feel deprived if I haven't had a restaurant meal in a week- and we're both pretty good cooks. restaurant meals tend to be both more meat, carband fat heavy, ie lower nutrient density, than the most basic simple dinner. but we've become habituated to enjoying meals out/take out. also we tend to go when we run out of food towards the end of the week.
I should say I'm not obese or overweight but definitely over by about 15-20 lbs what my family members of the same age weighed after kids in the 80s.

Feb 15, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Top 10 Hot Dog Lies (in no particular order)

agree in the south the local hot dog stand, that specializes in hot dogs and has a whole building for the purpose us invariably worse than Oscar Meyer. I never jonesed for a sausage so much as when I lived there. (ahem). One had to drive to an Austrian specialty shop to get just a decent sausage.
it's difficult to get any that approach the butcher shop ones I had as a child. it's definitely not a real hot dog without a good casing. and they shouldn't taste only of fake smoke and msg.

Feb 13, 2015
fara in General Topics
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Does the snow keep you close to home?

by necessity we've hunkered down for the most part. but after the first snow storm S&i Thai came out to us- poor driver but it was great. another night I managed to carry a large pizza from Ottos in one arm and hold onto a child in the snow with the other.

Feb 10, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Scrambled eggs with ketchup - how strange/common is this?

eggs and tomatoes are also great together: both chinese and Italian cuisines do this, among others.

Feb 10, 2015
fara in General Topics

What can I use instead of beer to make Brisket?

I have a recipe that calls for both apple cider vinegar and whiskey. Just use a dash of bourbon and about 1:2 cider vinegar to water. add lots of ketchup, onions, garlic, cayenne, cumin, fresh or powdered ginger, bay leaf and some vegetable oil. cook at 325 until falling apart with foil covering the whole time. turn up heat afterwards and cook down some of the liquid.

Feb 08, 2015
fara in Home Cooking

Best Sandwich at Subway?

this is a common complaint. subway smells - I've noticed this outside of stand alone locations.

Feb 07, 2015
fara in Chains

Best Sandwich at Subway?

subway is everywhere, and often it's a food court choice between subway mcds and cheap chinese. I get the steak and cheese on "Italian" with lettuce and cucumbers and mayo. unfortunately all they have is light mayo, but I do not feel as sick afterwards as if I were to eat fried fast food. I used to get the meatball sub on bus trips (again confined as that was the only choice). I wouldn't be able to handle their cold cuts.

Feb 07, 2015
fara in Chains

Whole Foods consistently overcharges

this. I check my receipt every week before I leave the store. if you notice that you're overcharged they often either give it to you for free or give one item free, etc. it is a hassle but I have a fairly good memory for prices and it can work out in my favor.

Feb 07, 2015
fara in Chains

Why is Trader Joe's Sushi so off-putting?

my mil likes artificial foods the way a lot of people can detect and prefer natural foods. her favorite sushi is from tj's.

Feb 07, 2015
fara in Chains

Best Place to Get an Eggplant Sub?

panellis pizza and parm in brookline looks like it's worth checking out.

Feb 07, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

I miss old school Chinese restaurants.

hmm always hated egg rolls asa kid. my Madeleine's are banana pakoras from the indian restaurants on 6th st and take out char siu bao.

Feb 06, 2015
fara in General Topics

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

I agree. Doug was already eliminated as was the Greek guy(I apologize but already forgot his name)... ah George. clearly mei and Gregory have always been the only contenders.

Feb 06, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #14 – Pre-Finale - 02/04/15 (spoilers)

just my two cents. I'm very sensitive to that and I don't get the impression at all that toms mysoginistic. if he ever talks over padma, so does Gail. last episode at the dinner demonstrated Gregory's probably the better cook. let the best person win.

Feb 06, 2015
fara in Food Media & News