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Life Alive, Central Square, Cambridge

ok, i have to confess, i love their salads though i still think they're a little overpriced for what you get. what amazes me is the taste--as the previous psoter said, they get the seasoning just right. so right that it's bugging me. does anyone have a sense of how they do it? is everything steamed, and perhaps kept overnight marinating in the sauce? how can it be so flavorful and so freshly prepared at the same time?

Feb 06, 2012
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Any new or improved pizza options with delivery to Brookline?

Naked pizza delivery tonite. just ok. not enough topping--spinach and feta. upper crust is better, but i'm boycotting, so looks like brookline doesn't have much by way of good pizza for delivery (though i haven't had pino's in years).

Mar 16, 2011
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Favorite dish in Boston area - under $15

I second that. and it comes out of the oven so fast, and the guys over there are so friendly. what's not to like?

Nov 16, 2009
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Thanksgiving: Organic, Pasture raised Turkey?

where does Pollan talk about this issue? I've ordered my heritage pastured bird online but I want to know what he wrote and somehow i missed it last month.

Cambridge top 5 based on food

Salts
Oleana
Sofra
Mulan
henrietta's table

Feb 21, 2009
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Behind the scenes at Boston's best bakeries, etc.

the ladies in the pastry room at Formaggio are great. also, Lakota Bakery in Arlington. Fantastic cookies. What does Burdick's make inhouse?

Feb 21, 2009
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

help with choices-Sel de la terre, Vlora,Radius

I've been to the waterfront and the Natick ones. I'm not crazy about either. Once they ran out of bread, offered muffins from the morning (at 10pm) instead and offered to charge us $7.50 for them. yuck.

Feb 21, 2009
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

What is the best THAI food in Boston?

Montien has a nice set of lunch specials which includes the option of having one or two chicken curry puffs (theirs are terrific), they deliver locally, and you can get the lunch specials as take-out. I like the place a lot. I'd also say that the Eggplant Tofu Curry at Rod Dee is great. It may be new, I'm not sure.

May 02, 2008
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

In search of brioche

Flour does a loaf, too, which is terrific and freezes well.

Formaggio, Hi-Rise, and canto6 for rolls are my favorites. The cream bread at Japonaise is also great--i use it for eating straight only. it's too good for anything on top.

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Festive lunch in Cambridge or Boston

Henrietta's Table. Will have everything you seem to want, plus most of the food is local. It's in the Charles Hotel. The other roast chicken I love is at Rendezvous in Central, but I don't know if they do lunch.

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Dumpling Suggestions?

my chinese husband swears by Hong Kong Eatery. It may be cash only, IIRC.

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

PU PU Platter

I wholeheartedly agree. I was there for a bachelorette party and it was the best place for that. the staff were great and the food and drinks positively Proustian.

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

the great croissant hunt

YES! I love Canto 6's croissants. the almond-chocolate one is ridiculously sinful and worth every bit.

My other votes go to:

Clear Flour--Gruyere
Flour--Almond
Quebrada-plain

the best non--Parisian croissants I've ever had, oddly, were made in Lexington KY. That they were made by an Algerian makes it less odd, but still.

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Need reccomendation on the following restaurants!

Eastern Standard is great, but it's more or less casual--I wouldn't consider it in the same league as Mistral. I go to Rendezvous 5-6 times a month. they're fantastic. Oleana is also really good. And I'd second the Craigie Street rec. I'd add Haru to the sushi list. I've never had better sushi though I hear from this list that service is dicey at best (I got take-out just to avoid this problem).

Dec 07, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

middle eastern stuff

Where can I find preserved lemons and harissa? Preferably in and around Cambridge.

The recipes in the Times yesterday tempt me...

Jun 13, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

brookline russo's?

a friend insists that there's a russo's on beacon street. is this true?

Jun 12, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

I'm looking for wild berries to pick

the island of cuttyhunk has amazing blackberries, beginning, i believe, in late july. not to be missed !

Jun 12, 2007
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Lexington, KY advice?

Yes, it must be the beans and tomatoes. My meals there tend to have a lot of both. And their rice isn't better than old uncle ben's, come to think of it.
But...those complaints aside, that's all very good to hear! Thanks for setting the record straight.

Dec 02, 2006
JennyL in General South Archive

Lexington, KY advice?

I just found out from my husband's undergraduate student who works at Alfalfa's that all their food aside from the breads and salads and eggs is canned! I'm bummed. But I'll still go sometimes, because for what it is it's not bad.

Dec 01, 2006
JennyL in General South Archive

truffles in rome

oh wow! i had no idea. thanks. incredible.

Nov 25, 2006
JennyL in Italy

Lexington, KY advice?

I had that Jonathan's fish recently too. terrific stuff. Never a bad meal there. I like Holly Hill Inn in midway a lot and think it's worth the drive. but in terms of stuff close to rupp and cheaper I'd have to say Tomo is good for creative japanese and delicious appetizers.

I've never had a good meal at le deauville though their wine bar is fun.

for a short drive there's a fav new place, jean farris winery, out on old richmond road. they have their own wines, which aren't bad and are ridiculously cheap at $3 a glass. they serve popovers!!

Dudley's is great too, I agree.

Tuna sandwiches at Alfalfa's are good, but I wouldn't go there for dinner.

terrific new southern indian place on south limestone: Banana Leaf. Buffet lunch or dinner, but esp. dinner.

Nov 23, 2006
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truffles in rome

we're about to go in a couple of weeks and a friend wants us to bring back a white truffle. I have a few salumerias in mind but was wondering if anyone has a great rec. for a trustworthy place (after that NYT piece on Roman restaurants and US tourists this past summer, I am not very trusting...)

Thanks!!

Nov 23, 2006
JennyL in Italy

Oishi Sushi: "Oh My Precious"

I love the omakase too.

It's best to get their really nice dishes when you're eating in and can afford it-- basically own their specials and the ones invented by customers-- and stick to lower-priced places when ordering more 'normal' dishes. I've been blown away by the truffles, gold flakes, tasty sauces, and of course the delicate fish and exquisite presentation.

Another secret (well, not so secret...) about the place is that they do do take-out which only applies to those same 'normal' dishes, like their reasonable $10-$15 lunch specials. So you can get it on the go and avoid the lines and the steep prices.

Nov 16, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Hei La moon was better then ever today!

yes that's absolutely right. This is a very popular dish that tends to be announced in Chinese, it is steamed rice buns with fillings in it-pork, chicken (which is mostly pork!), lotus paste, sometimes bean paste. you can tell how stingy a place is by how much they put inside the buns. In this case, there was next to nothing in the buns. So I wouldn't recommend ordering there this very authentic and usually generously prepared dish.

Nov 16, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Hei La moon was better then ever today!

Yeah, I'd say it's a seriously downhill alert-- their food was very disappointing. Also the shrimp dumplings were very salty--too much MSG, which isn't the case at Chao Chow City--and they had too little actual shrimp. That was appalling, to tell you the truth. And the buns had way more steamed rice than filling! If you're going to skimp on lotus paste, which costs next to nothing, that's a bad sign. I wanted to like it, a lot, esp after the first news I got here about it, but there was no way to leave CCC after this visit. But I guess it depends on what you're looking for.

Nov 15, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Mmm, noodle soup at Hong Kong Eatery

My husband has loved those soups for decades. He will travel miles and miles for them. They also do a mean take-out roast pork, allegedly (I'm vegetarian). That's truly a terrific place! Second to theirs are the dumplings in the Chestnut Hill mall's Bernard's, surprisingly.

Nov 15, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

Za is totally wonderful. Our waitress was disorganized, but we were in a rush, and I think she was new and flustered. I can't say enough about that place. the pizzas are creative and delicious.

Nov 14, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Hei La moon was better then ever today!

I went to Hei La Moon this summer with my husband, who grew up in Hong Kong, and a half dozen friends based on hargau's suggestion.

I was mortified.

It was horrible and I was ridiculed by my husband who grew up eating at the finest places in HK, and who prefers (as do I) Chao Chow City though all dim sum in boston is pretty bad compared to SF (not NY, though, which is only a little better).

Hei La Moon's skins on all their dumpling type things is super-thick: a sure sign they are giving you less for more. Their vegetarian selections are really limited. The steamed buns have so much bun and so little filling you need a magnifying glass to see the latter. All the fillings for the veggie items--steamed rice rolls, dumplings, buns, was identical, and worse--CANNED. The Calamari was soggy and overpriced. Nothing we had was fresh or even fresh-tasting.

The only thing that was the same as CCC was the "dofu fa" which
is really hard to mess up.

And at 10am the crowd was ridiculous--only after some serious flirting did our wait time get cut to 10 min but if I hadn't been "connected" it would've taken over an hour because as we left some people were still waiting.

Nov 14, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

Food Gift Baskets--urgent

Help! I would like to send friends who just had a baby in Boston a gift basket of food. What do you recommend? Or for Boston-area food gifts that aren't baskets of food-- such as the delivery of a nice pie or other fresh foodstuff? I'd like to do this asap. Thanks.

Nov 05, 2006
JennyL in Greater Boston Area

bbq in Lexington/Frankfort

On Monday nights, Wallace Station in Midway has a huge BBQ fest. I'd call them and see if they'd cater. I don't eat the stuff but my husband raves about it. In a pinch I'd get Billy's--I do eat the chicken, and find it quite good.

Nov 05, 2006
JennyL in General South Archive