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America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

Pretty sure the American people haven't evolved significantly in the last 30 years.

Jun 30, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

40th bday dinner?

Dh is turning 40 and there will be about 20 people in attendance.The plan is to keep it a suprise with some people flying in. I am thinking of reserving space in a restaurant or catering at home. Dh is not into high end dining and most enjoys a pub type atmosphere.What would you recommend? thanks

Jun 27, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Map: The most uniquely popular cuisine in every state

apparently you didnt read how they determined more popular foods.

Jun 25, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Map: The most uniquely popular cuisine in every state

also more popular in utah!

Jun 25, 2015
fara in Food Media & News

Help! Best Indian Restaurant in Boston

the rice was terrible the one time we went to shan a punjab, and we ordered off the menu. darbar is the best quality if youre looking for meat dishes, rice, and naan. dont get the buffet or anything else but i think all in all its high above other meat serving restaurants.

Jun 19, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Subway made 2 mistakes that are destroying its business

i think it might be a genetic ability to smell their "yeast" which means its probably not yeast that were smelling. you know like asparagus pee, cilantro soapy taste, curling your tongue- many people can smell it, and it doesnt smell good.

Jun 19, 2015
fara in Chains

Lunch near Ikea??

I understand, it is disgusting apart from the ability to get a decent steak.

Jun 14, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Lunch near Ikea??

wow, ive been there! i always order rib eye and it was fine. but the service and all other food items (like salad, chicken or bread) were terrible. i was eating my salad with two utensils and some food didnt quite make it, our waitress giggles and commented "just laughing at the way youre eating. " um, ok. do you not have any training or even manners??
anyway, in general servers at TR are terrible. for a chain though, the meat is well above average. just get a plain ribeye and a plain baked potato. flat top med rare is optimal.
but we were stuck in the area on a sunday, not exactly a destination meAl.

Jun 13, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Is Pizza Hut's New ‘Hot Dog Pizza’ Actually Pizza? An Investigation

its a good idea but i have a feeling irl its disgusting

Jun 11, 2015
fara in Chains
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Popular (and Successful) vs. Good

Fugakyu. yes its $$ and 1985 wants their decor and food back.

Jun 11, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

dont they have good hot dogs? also their reubens and latkes are better than anything in boston. wouldnt have the fish there though.

Jun 07, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

thanks guys! i always go with my father who lives in the area, and i didnt know about the impostor!

Jun 05, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Between Burlington and Nashua, NH

we love simply khmer in lowell. its about 45 min, but we sometimes drive there and back from boston just to eat there.

Jun 04, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

a vote for RHein's deli in Vernon CT and Pepe's pizza in Manchester. Both right off 84.

Pepe's has clam pizza if that's your thing.

Jun 04, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Seeking Malaysian or Burmese Recs

jenny o, while ive had many good meals at shanghai gate, it is terribly inconsistent. the service is also generally brusque and defintely not a place Id recommend for 3 kids in tow!

Jun 02, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Seeking Malaysian or Burmese Recs

Which places in Allston would you direct people with 3 kids coming from Austin and traveling only by subway to go to? There are some good places, not sure if anything is really worth the trip alone. What's nice is living there or in the area and visiting your favorites when you feel like it..or let us know, which ones would you tell someone to travel to?

Jun 01, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Seeking Malaysian or Burmese Recs

I do love the variety, but there are very few places that stand out as worth the trip as outlined by op. i love allston aswell but very few best in the country/world dishes going on kwim?

May 31, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

clear flour has a great pain au raisin. how is that off topic? lol

May 30, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

This seems like a very rude comment considering I just spent 10 min trying to recommend what is unique about Boston food scene over Austin and was having a hard time. (car accessible only). Well I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Clear Flour is one of the top bakeries in the country. Their ancienne is great, as is their pain au raisin. It is metro accessible.

May 30, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Seeking Malaysian or Burmese Recs

I've ben to Yoma a couple of times and Penang in other locations. I would highly recommend NOT going to Yoma. The only thing worth eating there was their tea salad. The rest was just not good quality and very bland. They also delivered to us once curry that had turned.
I don't know what's available in Austin but we have some passable Korean if that interests you. Thai food can be quite good here, if you hit up a few places.Its not the sweet and sweet flavors you find in most of the country. Maybe it's me but most of my favorite places are car accessible (Oishi sushi (for sashimi only) and Simply Khmer for Cambodian, Chen Ya Thai, and lately Tenoch in Medford for Mexican.)
I mean what could we possibly recommend....? Maybe pizza is better here? It's not the best pizza int he world but both Otto's and Upper Crust are good. Also maybe go early to wait outside of Neptune Oyster bar ....wait no, probably not a good idea with 3 little kids. Atlantic Fish Co is easy to get to fine for kids. I'm not even sure we have better dim sum here than in Austin, maybe not.
Get a cannoli at Maria's in the North End, do not go to Mike's.

edit: my takeaway from what I just wrote is that people don't come to Boston to open restaurants. We have ethnic populations you probably don't have in Austin, but for some reason not many restaurants to represent them. No good Brazilian, for example.

May 30, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Casual Sushi Rec

never been but avana sushi on chinatown is recommended

May 25, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

McDonald's Has Revived the Hamburglar Because Nostalgia

he looks like a sidekick to the 1980s joker in batman.

May 13, 2015
fara in Chains

I am in your town. I have 100 USD and an afternoon off. Food crawl. Where do I go??

my favorite stretch in boston is in Allston on brighton ave, on the southwest corner with harvard. there are also some good places within 1 min walking but these are all next to each other and my favorite restaurants in the city.
1) start light at boston kabob with a mezze platter: falafel, baba, hummous, tabbouleh,
salad and freshly made pita. $10
2) go next door to s&i thai and get a spicy pineapple curry $10
3) again next door to fish market and get shitake mushroom tempura roll, some sashimi, and whatver is on special there, or even their omakase $40(have to use up this money)
4) ok now cross harvard and go to ariana Afghan cuisine. stick with the amazing appetizers and homemade desserts, like homemade baklava. $30
5) depending on your mood; ok youve actually maxed out the best of the best in this one little corner area. there a ton of good restaurants but for something unique inwould recommend walking all of that off on your way to st marys and beacon. you can then hit up japanAisse bakery. get an azuki bean cream puff and a coffee. $5

May 12, 2015
fara in General Topics
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Whole Foods will open a lower-price grocery chain targeting younger shoppers

Ive spent a lot of time comparing prices at whole foods vs trader joes and others. i even go beyond that and consider product density and spoilage.
for example tjs ketchup is slighlty cheaper than whole foods, and wow it has less sugar, but using both of them you realize the tjs version has significantly more water.
tjs frozen broccoli may be cheaper than whole foods but youre buying larger pieces of older tasting broccoli.
my solution has been to carefully evaluate the cheaper options at whole foods- there are always apples on sale vs apples at higher prices.
for nearly everything i prefer whole foods quality over tjs. the exception may be the olive oil ive gotten used to at tjs. part of this is due to the fact that i dont have time to go to both, i would probably save literally a few dollars on avg if i shopped tjs. but the time and variable quality compensate for this.
whole foods knows this but also has an extremely easy return policy which reinforces a busy persons bias towards the store.
whole foods is just higher quality and one can shop their reasonably. its your choice how many delicacies to buy. but at least around here its higher quality and essentially same price relative to other chains. im sure they price according to these factors. if theyre losing money they likely opened in bad locations or similar poor choices.

May 11, 2015
fara in Chains

Strip T's is going Izakaya

i understood the base price was $15. got it

May 06, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Strip T's is going Izakaya

omg, that is some wicked expensive ramen!

May 04, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area
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Shanghai Jade yet again: Great Dim Sum in Brookline

I went today. It was ok. The stuffed eggplant was really good, at least the eggplant part was. The soup dumplings I've had there at other times were ok as well (big and juicy like real soup dumplings but not too much flavor). Everyone is really nice. Overall I would say it's a good option if you don't feel like going to chinatown, but it's not something to replace chinatown.

May 03, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

Why Yelp Sucks!

In boston, i use yelp to find the 5 star retaurants. if it has 5 stars and not 4, you can pretty much guarantee its good. a 4 star restaurant is a good choice if youre craving a particular cuisine and theres nothing else. the masses generally average out to a good rec at 5 stars. good food with decent service is universally recognized, at least if you average yelp reviews. my grandmother or daughter might be too picky for it, but theyre not writing the reviews. drunk frat boy reviews not focussed on food also tend to be pretty obvious.
below 4 stars i need a chowhound recommendation to try it ( or im starving at lunchtime for example). below 4 stars but recommended on chowhound tend to be either divey with only a few good items, inconsistent, or poor delivery operations.
yelp definitely has its place-for finding new restaurants as well as getting there with your iphone, it links to the map app. super handy as well for directions to any kind of store/arena.

May 02, 2015
fara in Food Media & News
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Washington Square Tavern in Brookline

I have to disagree. I had a rubbery baked chicken there (nice and salty sauce but very rubbery). Dh had a terrible veggie burger, and it was all $$$. My wine was also not great...we will not be back.

Apr 29, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

That's it! Cheese! (The Boston cheese thread)

La Tur is my favorite from Whole Foods. I will have to check out the cheese shop in Cambridge.

Apr 29, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area