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Cilantro Restaurant | Fusion Cuisine located in Salem MA

I recommend going straight to the dessert if you make it back and skip the rest.

Oct 26, 2014
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Cilantro Restaurant | Fusion Cuisine located in Salem MA

Churros: We were in Salem yesterday with visiting family to see the Calder exhibit and the Halloween scene. It was mobbed, as expected, and after a few hours of wandering we looked for a place to eat and rest our feet. We were lucky to find Cilantro's amidst many sports bars and had a fine meal there. The thing I would go out of my way to go there for again: the churros. Oh, my. They were filled with a kind of soft cheese and were truly exceptional. I don't usually eat desserts-- I prefer savory things-- these turned my foodie paradigm on its head.

Oct 13, 2014
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Take-out dinner options in Cape May

We are in Cape May this week and hoping to try the Seaside Cheese company in West Cape May for take out one night. A friend recommended it for this purpose and the comments I'vei seen on line are positive.

Jul 20, 2012
jeneff in New Jersey

Best mojito in South Beach?

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Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

My husband picked them up and they each fit in one of those aluminum roasting pans often used for turkeys, so they were easy to handle and transport. They were warm-- I called 1 hour before we arrived at the restaurant to tell them we were on our way. They put foil over them to retain the heat. I did not reheat them, as it was hot out, warm was good enough for me. For side dishes, I served a selection of antipasto (olives, bread, cheese, smoked meats; I made marinated Italian vegetables and roasted pepper strips the day before, both very easy); I made an orzo salad (very easy, served cold, my own recipe-- no vinegar! Happy to share if you're interested, it's become a warm-weather staple for us); pasta with pesto for the kids; mixed green salad; watermelon, and dessert. I would have added corn if it were seasonal. It worked really well, was extremely manageable and no-hassle for 25 people. If I did it again, I would include good rolls and such to make sandwiches out of the pork-- the pulled pork angle was a good one.

Jul 01, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Best mojito in South Beach?

So does anyone know how they make the Haitian mojito at Tap Tap? This is unbelievably good, and unreplicable, as far as I can tell from on-line searches. What makes it so good-- and different-- from a regular mojito?

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

It's possible that, given the transport time and gap from when we got it to when we ate it, without cooking it ourselves we may not have been able to get the crisp skin version, but I will keep the "leitao a pururuca" in mind! On a less hot weekend, I would have been willing to put it in our oven. But, really, it was great as it was. By the way, I worked with the chef named Nei on this order.

Jun 26, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

The skin was soft, so you didn't get those great cracklins you do with other preparations; I tossed the skin (maybe I could have kept it and crisped it myself?). The pigs were $160 each (could have been anywhere from 18-24#); this price includes the pig, the cooking of it, and a side dish of your choice from the restaurant.

Jun 26, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

They were excellent-- tender, falling off the bone, good flavor. I am considering making it an annual event! My husband (whose birthday celebration this was) says it's the best version of fresh pork (as opposed to cured) he's ever had.

Jun 25, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

Thanks to everyone for your ideas. I ended up ordering 2 pigs from the Midwest Grill for tomorrow's party. They were reasonably priced, the chef is great to work with, and I will get pre-cooked pigs from a professional for my trouble. I'll try to follow up with news on how they came out. I had trouble with the language barrier ordering from the Chinatown places, I'm sure if I could have gone in person to order it would have been fine.

Jun 21, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

Thank you-- it looks like that's a good option. I thought I might be missing something slightly easier to get to from where I am, but I can certainly do this. Thanks!

Jun 11, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Whole roast cooked suckling pig in Boston area

Hello, all--
I live in Arlington and am looking to buy a whole suckling pig already COOKED for a party I am having. I do not need side dishes or anyone serving it up, just 2 pigs about 20# each. Any thoughts?

Jun 11, 2012
jeneff in Greater Boston Area

Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI

Thank you! I will try your recipe.

May 28, 2010
jeneff in Great Lakes

Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI

Thank you for your thoughts-- yes, Welch origin sounds right. Armed with this info, hopefully now I will be able to find recipes for them on the web.

Mar 14, 2010
jeneff in Great Lakes

Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI

That's it! Teddywedgers-- couldn't pull that out of my hat for the life of me. Thank you!

Mar 14, 2010
jeneff in Great Lakes

Coal miner pastries in Madison, WI

I graduated from University of Madison in 1990. At that time, there was a place at the top of State Street by the Capitol that specialized in making coal miner's pastries that stayed hot for long periods-- they were kind of like a calzone.

Does anyone remember what these were called, or what the place was called? I'm interested in trying to reproduce these.

Mar 14, 2010
jeneff in Great Lakes