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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

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

Tips to cut grocery bill

I used to buy diapers on amazon. anything else is available there or at some other discount store more cheaply than at the supermarket or costco. I still buy my paper towels and toilet paper on amazon.
costco might work for a big family or people that need bulk for whatever reason.It's not really cost efficient for most.

Apr 28, 2015
fara in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

We were spending SO much at Peet's. We have a demitasse coffee pot. I then found Lavazza in vacuum packs on Amazon, 4 for $16 or less. That's 8$/lb instead of 18. A very big difference given the amount of coffee we consume. If you want to save money, give up the daily indulgences and find something you're ok with for every day. I still have my good olive oil but I use TJ's spanish olive oil for almost everything. Sounds like the good coffee and beer could be an occasional treat.

Apr 28, 2015
fara in General Topics

Tips to cut grocery bill

Not the most interesting,but we're in your boat and boil plain beans from dried either once a week of once every 2 weeks. They last forever like this. They are completely good if they are totally plain and left in the fridge for 2 weeks, obviously in a sealed container. We make tacos usually but you can add to whatever you want. This cuts down somewhat on price but certainly on time (which ultimately means saving money) and you can do this to make hummus or add to soups, etc. You know the dried are better.
I also make tomato sauce and that lasts 1- 1.5 weeks in the fridge. Again plain, vegetarian tomato sauce. Then you can alter your portion as needed for that night.
I would imagine in CA you can get good produce much cheaper than out here! Jealous!

Ok, so...for milk you don't need to buy organic necessarily. Most milk nowadays is hormone free. There may be a local non-organic version that's as good. For eggs, I buy local cage-free from whole foods (we don't have anything but wf really in Boston). They are much better than regular supermarket and only ~$3 for 18.
Staples like beans, rice, coffee, tea, flours, can all be bought on amazon or at your local asian market.
How much food are you throwing out? I don't think you need to meal plan if you're using it all up. I always buy whatever apples are on sale that look good, the berries when they go on sale, and of course everything here is cheaper in the eastern growing season. I don't know what the prices are like in CA, but in the summer I spend about $50 less per week because we live on beautiful fresh veg that is so flavorful on its own.
think simple. My grandmother was a great healthy cook with 2 kids and a job. She really taught me how to multi-task- sounds like you do that as well. Maybe find a few more staple meals?
We do bean tacos (corn tortillas), chicken cutlets, pasta with tomato sauce and canned tuna, frozen cod is great as fried fish when you can't get out. Ah I see you're vegetarian- cream added to tomato sauce bulks it up. Fried eggplant. Mushroom omelettes. If you're going to buy a good cheese for eating plain, just buy one really good one you love. Try to minimize the delicacies, they add up.Hope this helps.

Apr 28, 2015
fara in General Topics

Banana and Coconut special ice creams at JP Licks

A little bit of each went amazingly well topped with whipped cream and raspberries.

Apr 28, 2015
fara in Greater Boston Area

mcd s chicken strips?

i dont like their sauces

Apr 27, 2015
fara in Chains

mcd s chicken strips?

i think part of it is, mcds is everywhere. i would never eat there if it werent right next to my office. kind of like subway. im not going to seek it out but i get excited if theres something edible there, as im occasionally reliant on them.

Apr 26, 2015
fara in Chains

Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

in mall

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