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Long Beach Island, NJ?

p.s. the locals call it "The Cheg."

Sep 20, 2010
leahbird in New Jersey

good eats on long beach island - nj

I almost don't want to sing the praises of the Holiday Snack Bar... it's a gem, a real throwback. We have to go once every visit to LBI, even if it means waiting in line. Many days, they--if you can believe this--don't have any lights on in the place, it's entirely lit by natural light coming in the windows. So you feel something's different/calmer/nicer but can't exactly put your finger on it. They don't have very reliable air-conditioning, it's cooled by breezes coming in the windows. And people scoot their stools around so you can get your boisterous part-of-8 seated together. The food isn't the main reason to go, although it's really good. The reason to go is that it's a look back into small seaside "snack bars" of the 50's, and it hasn't been kitsch-ified. Wonderful spot.

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Holiday Snack Bar
401 Centre St, Beach Haven, NJ 08008

Sep 20, 2010
leahbird in New Jersey

Best Pho in Newton/Waban/Needham/Watertown

This place is the BEST! If it's cold out, have a big bowl of Pho (clear soup with noodles, meat, greens...) or if it's hot out, have a Vietnamese summer roll and a bowl of Bun. The food is fresh, the sauces are made by hand by Mr. Le, and Vin, their son, will whip you up a fantastic martini at the bar. (Let him suggest something based on flavors you like...) It's a bargain, it's reliable, the service is fast and friendly, and the ambiance is really nice, especially in the back where it's quiet. What's not to like?

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Le's Restaurant
300 Boylston St Ste 20, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

May 05, 2010
leahbird in Greater Boston Area

Why don't dry beans come out like canned beans

Why on earth would you want them to? Fresh/dried-cooked beans are firmer, have a little "tooth" and much more flavor. Also, the canned ones tend to be really salty, and you can control that if you cook them yourself. Some are remarkably different when cooked from scratch--like chickpeas. You won't believe how tasty they are, totally different from the mealy, slightly bitter canned ones.

Mar 05, 2010
leahbird in Home Cooking

lupini beans???

Denise, I just saw this thread because my lupinis are finally ready to eat after 2 weeks. For people who say they have no taste, I disagree--it's about the same intensity as avocado, if you ask me... subtle but very nice. Can't wait to put them with olive oil and pepper! It's definitely an "artisanal" food, you can't get them any other way except soaking them yourself.

Mar 05, 2010
leahbird in Home Cooking