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November 2011 Openings and Closings

The Chateau is opening in Burlington on Wednesday, November 16th. It's located next to Old Navy over by the new Market Basket, future Burton's Grill, etc. Heard a rumor that 5 Guys was also moving in, but didn't see any signs of them over the weekend.

Nov 14, 2011
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Quick early dinner near Lahey Peabody?

I would also suggest Century House on 114. We always dine on the lounge side, so I can't speak about the dining room. The lounge can be a little dark (which may be welcome after a procedure), but always comfortable. Good steaks & comfort foods, and never a long wait.

Sylvan Street would also be a good option, especially early evening on a weekday.

Oct 25, 2011
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

North End private dining for 25-30?

We had a group dinner for 15 people in June at Ricardo's on North Street. We were up on the second floor. Service was great, the Pollo Exquisito is absolutely delicious and the prices were very reasonable.

Sep 14, 2011
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Kowloon, Floating Rock, More Attitude at Craigie, and Guanachapi

Most of my dining experiences at Kowloon were late nights as a teenager and the food was ok (nothing special) back then. Not much has changed over the years. However, the Saugus Wings are addictive. I only go back once or twice a year when I get a craving for these wings.

May 17, 2011
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

January Openings and Closings

Drove by early on Saturday night and the building was very dark. Sign on the door says "We are now closed. Thank you for your patronage."

Jan 31, 2011
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Group dinner in Chapel Hill - need ideas!

Thanks for all the suggestions. Due to the date, location, number of people, budget and a strong rec from one of my customers, we went with Weathervane. Unfortunately, I was too sick to travel and couldn't attend the dinner so I can't provide a detailed report. I heard everything was nice, nothing spectacular or memorable. I'll try to get more details from one of my colleagues.

Nov 17, 2010
robyn76 in Southeast

Unique restaurants in Boston

I never made it to Trani (friend of a friend owned the place), but it looks like they inspired someone else to try a similar concept. Shotcakes in the Burlington Mall has a large variety of cupcakes filled to order with soft serve ice cream. Cute idea and a nice treat on a hot summer day, but nothing to rave about.

Oct 29, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Crazy Sandwich Shop?

If you're in the mood for a heart attack, check out Neapoli Cafe in Malden. The Fat Willard Grinder has grilled chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and seasoned fries, topped with marinara sauce and melted cheese, served on warm garlic bread. This has made an appearance at a football game or two...

http://www.foodler.com/MA/Malden/Dess...

Oct 28, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Recipes That Intimidate - What recipes are you reluctant to try?

Pizza ghana, pizza chena or pizza gaina (not really sure which is correct) is an Italian Easter pie. This link doesn't contain my family recipe, but it will give you an idea of what's involved.

http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2008/0...

Oct 06, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

Recipes That Intimidate - What recipes are you reluctant to try?

Pizza Ghana - My aunt makes this every Easter and it's absolutely delicious. I'm not sure if it's the cost of the ingredients (expensive meats & cheeses) or the actual labor involved that scares me most. I would truly hate to spend all the time and money and have it come out horrible.

Oct 06, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

Group dinner in Chapel Hill - need ideas!

My contact at the university just sent me the following recommendations.

Weathervane
Crossroads at Carolina Inn
Il Palio at the Sienna Hotel

Thoughts?

Oct 06, 2010
robyn76 in Southeast

Group dinner in Chapel Hill - need ideas!

Keep the suggestions coming! Here's a little more information.

Private room - We would prefer a private room as opposed to renting the entire restaurant.
Business casual - The men will be wearing sportscoats, but not a suit & tie.
Pricing - Not exactly sure of our final budget, but would guess somewhere around $45 - $55 per person would be within reason.
Parking - Most of the attendees are from out-of-town, so we're providing a shuttle from the hotel. Only a few locals will be driving there.

Basically, we would like something comparable to La Residence. A nice place for special occasions (engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, etc.), but without the late-night drinking crowd that takes over the bar (what is that about?).

I've been to Top of the Hill a couple of times. Perfectly fine with friends and co-workers. I think it would be too casual for a customer dinner (they're all doctors and UNC faculty members).

Oct 06, 2010
robyn76 in Southeast

Has Mike's Pastry gone downhill?

Bova's is good in a pinch (and I love that they're open 24 hours), but Maria's pastries and cookies are better. I was never a big fan of Mike's.

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Bova's
134 Salem St, Boston, MA

Oct 05, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Group dinner in Chapel Hill - need ideas!

I'm from the Boston area and looking for some recommendations in Chapel Hill. For the past couple of years, my company has hosted a group dinner for customers in conjunction with an annual program at UNC. We have been to La Residence more times that I care to admit and would like to select a different restaurant this year. The food at La Res was ok, but the service was lacking during our last visit. (Very long delays in between courses.)

It will be about 30 people (business casual, ages 30 - 50) on a Friday night in November. We would prefer to stay in Chapel Hill, but will consider other options nearby if they're worth the visit.

I did a few searches on chowhound, but some of the reviews are a couple years old. Any thoughts on Spice Street or Bin 54?

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Spice Street
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Bin 54
1201 M Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 21517

Oct 05, 2010
robyn76 in Southeast

New to Arlington - Where should we eat?

I absolutely agree with Sweet Chili. It's one of my favorite places. The excited chicken and chili chicken are fantastic. Lots of good veggies and the sauces are delicious. Only serve limited beer & wine, but the staff is nice, prices are great, and the food is consistantly good.

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Sweet Chili
470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

Sep 30, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Wrap tray - I'm scared!

Toothpicks are an easy way to keep everything in place without using condiments.

Sep 23, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

Saugus Wings?

I know this is an old thread, but I ordered some Saugus wings over the weekend and can't stop thinking about them. The waiter told me that they use honey and vinegar in the sauce. After a quick search online, I also found their regular chicken wing recipe on their website. Time to start experimenting...

Sep 02, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

Romantic Wedding Venue with Outstanding Food?

I also went to a wedding at Brooksby Farm and it was very romantic. They were able to decorate and choose they're own caterer, so you can make it as festive or low key as you like. They ended up choosing a clambake and everything was fantastic.

Aug 06, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Need to find a nice upscale venue for a rehersal dinner for 50

Ok, I was wrong. A friend had a company event at the Harvard Club this past weekend and said the views were beautiful, but the food was absolutely awful.

I'll change my rec to Mistral or Abe & Louie's.

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Abe & Louie's
793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Aug 03, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Need to find a nice upscale venue for a rehersal dinner for 50

Good to know...

Jul 20, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

I agree with you on CPK and Digiorno. I recently got a coupon for half off a box of Digiorno pizza w/breadsticks. Don't bother - it was disgusting.

Totino's Party Pizza (cheese or pepperoni) - that's one of my guilty pleasures from childhood. Luckily, the nearby grocery stores don't carry them. I once traveled to the closest Walmart (30 minute drive) when I got a craving during my pregnancy. After eating it, I decided it wasn't worth the trip and never went back.

Jul 20, 2010
robyn76 in General Topics

Need to find a nice upscale venue for a rehersal dinner for 50

I've heard the Harvard Club (Downtown) is fantastic.

http://www.harvardclub.com/Club/Scrip...

Jul 20, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

Shameful Food Secrets

Potato chips either dipped in ice cream or mixed with M&Ms. To me, there's nothing better than chocolate and salt mixed together.

For the past few family gatherings, my aunt has made chocolate dipped platters that contain strawberries, biscottis, pretzels and Pringles. The Pringles are always the first to disappear!

Jul 14, 2010
robyn76 in General Topics

Boston - on the water?

Don't bother with Whiskey Priest. My friends and I were going to a concert at the Pavilion a few weeks ago and stopped in for dinner & drinks beforehand. The service was terrible and the appetizers were average at best. The waittress took so long to check on us, we didn't have an opportunity to order meals.

We would have preferred Atlantic Beer Garden, but the wait was too long.

Jul 13, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

The site of the old Marino's restaurant in Cambridge?

Our office also had a holiday party there before they closed. It was terrible. First, the parking lot is far too small for this building and you run the risk of being towed if you park on the right hand side. (No joke, one of my co-workers had their car towed that night.) Then the meal was just awful. The individual butter packets were fuzzy (I kid you not) and then I found a hair in my salad. I couldn't wait to get out of there and pick up some fast food on the way home.

I would love to see something else open in that building, but the parking just stinks. Then again, it's Mass Ave and many other restaurants are doing well and they don't have parking lots or reserved spaces.

Jun 29, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

What are you baking these days? Part IV [old]

If you're talking about the Armenian cake, it's delicious! My husband is part Armenian and I thought it would be a nice treat for Father's Day. After a quick search online, I found similar recipes that include walnuts, pecans or cinnamon.

Jun 23, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

What is your guilty pleasure?

Sorry, I should have been more focused on the Boston area in my original post.

DC and I have a tendency to go to restaurants that have been around forever and dine along with the early birds. One favorite is The Chateau in Waltham. I just can't resist getting their toasted raviolis each and every time we go.

Another is the Century House in Peabody. Has anyone else become addicted to their potato skins? We always sit on the lounge side (actually, we've never been on the other side of the restaurant) and love watching people playing keeno and pull-tab lottery tickets.

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Century House Restaurant
235 Andover St, Peabody, MA 01960

Jun 11, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

What is your guilty pleasure?

I've seen several posts detailing favorite restaurants, favorite dishes, great recommendations for out-of-towners to try, and everyone has differing opinions. This got me thinking... what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Do you occasionally find yourself at a local dive or chain restaurant and think "I know this is not great, but it really hits the spot." Maybe you only go once a year, or after a long night of drinking, or when you get together with old high school friends, but you still find yourself enjoying every last bite.

I'm Italian and have a difficult time finding a really good Italian restaurant, especially outside of the North End. However, I can't resist going to Carrabba's once in a while for their fried mozzarella and chicken soup. Then there is always McD's breakfast sandwiches. I only get them once a year and always regret it immediately afterwards. Finally, I spent a brief period of time in the south and LOVED Waffle House. It's dirty, it's cheap, and it was the best breakfast ever!

What's your guilty pleasure? Don't be ashamed, we're all friends here...

Jun 11, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area

What are you baking these days? Part III [old]

This isn't as fancy as some of the other posts, but I've been stuck on cake balls for a little while now. You can do so many different combinations!

Bake any flavor cake, let it cool and crumble into pieces then mix with your choice of frosting. Shape into balls, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and dip in chocolate.

I don't usually purchase cake mixes, but they were on sale and I was curious about making this recipe. Now I'm just trying to find the perfect combination. Buttery yellow cake with mini-choc chip frosting and dipped in white chocolate was one of my favorites.

Jun 10, 2010
robyn76 in Home Cooking

Lunch near National Heritage Museum

If you have any interest in Mexican, check out Ixtapa in Arlington. They're right on Mass Ave just a few minutes from the museum.

http://www.ixtapacantina.com/home.php

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Ixtapa
349 Main St, Woburn, MA 01801

May 06, 2010
robyn76 in Greater Boston Area