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Seville Oranges

With my marmalade recipe in hand I am wondering if anyone has seen them sold locally in years past?

Jan 09, 2014
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Sources for duck that are cheaper than Savenor's?

Not only do they have duck at Market Basket, they have frozen Brome Lac duck breasts from Quebec, which we had the pleasure of enjoying when we were there on family holiday. We all agreed that it was one of the best duck breasts we ever had. After trying to figure out if D'Artagnan carried them, or we could have them shipped, low and behold, on a Sunday trip to Chelsea MB we were so thrilled to find them there. They were $9.99/lb which amounted to $6.99 for a breast.

Nov 08, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Asta

My husband took me there for my birthday this past Tuesday, and wow, we both agreed that it was nearly too cool for Boston and felt transported to somewhere much more cosmopolitan. The transformation from the old Despina's space was really well-executed, service was so friendly and fun and as the OP mentions the food was really thought-provoking and delicious. I would go back in a heartbeat.

They also seem to have the right dispositions for an open kitchen, and it is great how the chefs interact by running food. It always makes me laugh when chefs with bad tempers decide to put an open kitchen in their restaurant.

Nov 08, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area
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Short and Main- Gloucester

The center of the pizza is about the thickness of two quarters stacked, somehow without being saggy or soggy, the perfect amount of cheese and sauce, the crust is light, airy and tender with a delicate crispness to it. Ugh, now I want it and it's 3am in Boston.

Nov 08, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Short and Main- Gloucester

I am absolutely bonkers over this place. Pizza dreams are made of, great oysters and fantastic cocktails. Simple concept, simply decorated, but done well, not overwrought or pretentious. Just what Gloucester needed.

Oct 30, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Something reasonable at the intersection of 93 and 128

Pardon me, I should qualify that with 'north of Boston'.

Oct 30, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Something reasonable at the intersection of 93 and 128

Does anyone know where a group of eight of us could grab a decent burger, Mexican, Italian to celebrate multiple birthdays? Nothing expensive or fancy or even chowish, just reasonably good.

Oct 30, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Chow Finds in Arlington?

I had a great 'back way' to Russo's from my former Arlington apartment which took 20 mins, I went there all the time. Now Dorchester to Russo's seems too far for me, but it really isn't. Google map it, cutting through Belmont and behind Watertown Sq.

I would add in Barismo for an outstanding, albeit, awkwardly served (part of its charm) cup of coffee. There is no place to sit though, but the coffee is worth it.

Jan 08, 2013
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Quick! Where should I go for my birthday tonight?

Thanks Chowhounders! We ended up at West Bridge where did their tasting menu and were well impressed. Venison with freekeh and mastic was a highlight as was skate with kuri squash and buckwheat. Service was excellent. Glad to be turned on to a great new place.

Nov 05, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Quick! Where should I go for my birthday tonight?

West Bridge looks interesting, any favorite dishes?

Nov 05, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Quick! Where should I go for my birthday tonight?

Rendezvous is exactly where I will go if I can't come up with anything else, it is my very favorite, but I was just there two weeks ago. I have a tree nut allergy and the last time I went to Oleana I felt like I was asking for trouble just walking in the door, although I love the style of food, what do you think?

Nov 05, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Quick! Where should I go for my birthday tonight?

Boston is fine too, HM is another tough reservation, but a favorite of mine as well.

Nov 05, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Quick! Where should I go for my birthday tonight?

My husband was trying to surprise me with a reservation at Bondir, but alas, was unsuccessful. Any thoughts? I can't decide...no need for anything too stuffy, but should feel a bit special...

Nov 05, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Yet another Rendezvous shout-out

I never miss an opportunity to sing the praises of Rendezvous. We went there Monday night and it was as warm and welcoming as ever. The bluefish cakes were out of this world, so many flavors! It is still my favorite place to eat in the Boston area and is just quietly and unpretentiously awesome and demonstrates how the focus and attention of the chef/owner really does impact the customer experience. Steve is there, paying attention and he seems to have fun doing it. I can't wait to go back.

Oct 19, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

birthday dinner on a budget

How about the Rendezvous Sunday night pre-fixe ($40 I believe)? My DH and I order it and then are extra piggy and order an additional course on top of it. It is fabulous every time and just talking about it reminds me that we haven't been there in a while...

Jul 10, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

July 4th dinner in the Thick of Things

It may be hard to find places on the fourth that will be open. Eastern Standard will be most certainly, they take reservations, the food is reasonably good (there will be something for everyone on their menu) and should be busy and convivial that day. It is also not too far from the esplanade, if thats where you are headed afterward.

Jun 19, 2012
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O Ya… Consistency whittled down to the dull art of repetition; or One and Done

Yes, sit at the bar and engage him, he is a total peach. That being said I have had great omakase in his absence as well.

May 14, 2012
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O Ya… Consistency whittled down to the dull art of repetition; or One and Done

No more baseball references for me! Thanks Slim.

May 14, 2012
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O Ya… Consistency whittled down to the dull art of repetition; or One and Done

Cafe Sushi has a long history of being a mediocre neighborhood sushi place when it was run by Seiji's father (who still owns it). Seiji was an artist and a chef in San Fransisco and felt the need to come back to Boston and take his father's business by the reins. I would compare it to Peach Farm in the sense that if you were to go there and order General Gau's Chicken and Lo Mein you would not be impressed, but the salt and pepper calamari (or anything for that matter) and surf clam with vermicelli are a whole different ball game.

I went there on the recommendation of the owners of Hungry Mother looking forward to what I thought would be a good meal and was shocked at how excellent it was. A renovation and elimination of lunch specials would be a game-changer for that place.

May 13, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

O Ya… Consistency whittled down to the dull art of repetition; or One and Done

I love Cafe Sushi. Seiji is a fantastic chef and an interesting and charming guy to chat with. We have had a few outstanding omakase there, they are batting .1000 so far. On par with Uni and Oiishi, a total hidden gem. The ambiance is pretty standard sushi bar, but the food is far from it. Beautiful fish, and tons of finesse and subtlety in the preparation and a good sake list. I have been meaning to give this place more love here, so thanks Ramp Girl for the opportunity.

May 13, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

I would like to tell you about the food at Orinoco (Brookline)

That is pretty messed up. Maybe they live in such fear of the owner that they didn't dare seat you. In a rational world you should have priority and the owner should wait, really out of pure selfishness, since you would have been a revenue source, whereas the owner's meal is a loss to the restaurant. As someone who has worked in restaurants it always galled me that owners would come in during peak hours, take up a table, make lots of fussy demands, get everyone nervous and shift the focus of the staff to themselves, leaving paying guests in the wake.

May 13, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Anh Hong Dorchester

What is a must have at LA Baguette?

Apr 25, 2012
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Anh Hong Dorchester

Is it just me or is the service at Pho Hoa horrible?

Apr 23, 2012
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Anh Hong Dorchester

As a fairly recent transplant to Dorchester I am continually astounded at the delicious food options available here.

After a drink at 224 Boston Street which was charming and convivial, we went to Anh Hong.

As I continue to explore new Vietnamese places they just seem to keep getting better. Anh Hong was no exception. The roast quail appetizer was crispy and tender and hit all of the flavor notes. I had a curried tofu which was absolutely perfect and very balanced. My husband had a beef pho with tendon and tripe and noted that all of the meat was particularly well executed. I am looking forward to returning soon. We were the last table in the restaurant on this miserable rainy Sunday and as we were about to pull away the waitress came running out in a t-shirt to give my husband his hat that he had left behind.

Any other ones we should try? I have been to Ba Le Bahn Mi, Sunrise, Pho Le, Pho Hoa, Pho 2000.

Apr 22, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

need advice on affordable New England wedding venues

Good luck saving money and congratulations to you!

We just did our wedding for about 80 people and used every restaurant and wine industry connection we had getting a lot of things at or below cost, had an open standing beer/champagne/wine reception at the church (we did have an oyster bar, but had insider connections and didn't tell them it was a wedding beforehand), paid a chef to roast a pig and cook some sides (food was at cost), my aunt did the flowers at cost as a gift, a friend did a cake as a gift, we printed our own invites and made our own favors and I think we still managed to spend $6000 easily.

If you want to save money you will have to do a lot of work yourselves and a wedding is exhausting and stressful as it is with tons of things to consider, so be prepared to be extra exhausted when it is all over. I got so sick afterward I was in bed for a week.

That being said, it was a great day, we had a lot of fun and our guests did too by all accounts.

The other posters are absolutely right about just hiring your own bartender ($200-300) and buying your own booze, also a couple of waiters (same price as above for good ones) too to set up, run the party and clean up. Handles of booze offer a significant cost savings. That being said not a single person complained about beer and wine only at our wedding.

Avoid telling vendors that it is a wedding, just say 'event' or else you will see dollar signs lighting up in their eyes.

Blue Ribbon BBQ will bring masses of food to you for relatively short money. They ask for a head count, but give you so much food that you could easily estimate at 25% less and everybody will still be stuffed.

One piece of advice I got from another friend was that by trying to save money and have it on a piece of his parent's land he ended up spending more because he had to create infrastructure (bathrooms, electricity, water) where there wasn't any previously and that ended up costing him much more than it would have to just have it somewhere that was already set up for a wedding. Considering the needs of elderly relatives and small children can also create limitations, so don't forget about them!

Best of luck!

Apr 11, 2012
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Cheap groceries? Moving to Brookline area,,..from out of state

Trader Joe's in Brookline has some good values if you want to stay local.

Jan 11, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Russo's type market near Quincy??

Lambert's in Dorchester is worth checking out, but it is different than Russo's. The produce selection is not nearly as good, but they do have a butcher shop and fish market, their ground beef is particularly excellent.

Jan 09, 2012
suzysue2 in Greater Boston Area

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

Regular masking tape works well.

Jan 09, 2012
suzysue2 in General Topics

Wasted Food - How to Stop This Horrible Habit

My chest freezer is my best friend and I love pulling out delicious things that I have made previously when I am too tired to cook. Some things freeze better than others though, soup and braised items being examples of things that freeze well. However, I avoid adding rice or pasta to them and then freezing them because the starches get soggy. I make my starch fresh while my frozen block of stew/soup is in a covered saucepan on medium turning into dinner.

Lasagna freezes beautifully (I use my vacu-sealer for that, but foil could work also). I also like to make large batches of chicken stock, tomato sauce, meatballs and pesto. I find that Deli-tainers (the plastic containers they serve takeout soup in) are excellent for freezing things in, they are durable and space efficient. Another thing I always have going in my freezer is a bag with chicken bones, once I have enough, I make a giant batch of stock.

Air is the biggest enemy in your freezer so getting as much of it out of your food storage containers is key. For cstout's chicken and rice casserole the vacu-sealer would have been my first choice for storage and I also would have defrosted it overnight in the fridge and probably microwaved it to heat it up. The reheat method is important too. I have also learned a lot by simply googling 'can you freeze...?' and reading a few opinions on various blogs and chat rooms.

Cooking in large batches saves time and money so sometimes I devote a half a day to cooking a few things, portioning them and freezing them and I am happy that they are there waiting for me on lazy days.

Jan 08, 2012
suzysue2 in General Topics

A Rendezvous revelation

I've sung Rendezvous' praises many times and I will sing them again. I have enjoyed my dinner every single solitary time I have been there and even with all the new places popping up to try I find myself back there again.

Oct 03, 2011
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