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Oven or kitchen torch for Baked Alaska?

Thanks, everyone... looks like there isn't a "right" answer, at least! I think I'll go for the oven, with the torch as backup for any necessary specific browning. Thanks!

Dec 13, 2012
fargleberg in Home Cooking

Oven or kitchen torch for Baked Alaska?

I'm making my first baked alaska for a dinner party on Saturday (planning on assembling it on Friday, including meringue, keeping it in the freezer overnight, and then just browning it on Saturday when it's time for dessert), and I can't decide whether to brown it in the oven or with my brand-new kitchen torch. Torch definitely seems cool, but I'm wondering if it's nicer for the cake/ice cream to get just a little unfrozen in the oven while the meringue browns... any thoughts? Also, if anyone's got a favorite recipe, I'd love to hear it -- am currently planning on using Martha Stewart's Baked Alaska with Chocolate Cake and Chocolate ice cream.
Thanks!

Dec 12, 2012
fargleberg in Home Cooking

anyone know about the London Cafe at Royalton Suites?

There's a Groupon for tea at the London Cafe on Newbury St., but I can't find anything on the internet about it other than one Yelp review from yesterday... anyone know anything about it? Worth taking a chance? They say they have clotted cream, which is a plus.

Thanks!

semi-dressy restaurant driving distance from Lexington?

Thanks all for the suggestions! We ended up going to 10 Tables in Cambridge, which was fantastic (I found it on a thread that I was reading following up on some of these suggestions), but I'm keeping all of these ideas for next time!

semi-dressy restaurant driving distance from Lexington?

Hi all,

My husband and I are heading out for an anniversary dinner on Sunday. Have a babysitter, so don't want to go too far (maybe 20-30 mins from Lexington), and don't want to go into Boston proper, but we'd like to go somewhere a little romantic where we can get a bit dressed up (not too fancy). I was thinking of trying J's at Nashoba Winery, but they're closed on Sundays. Flora in Arlington was a possibility, but they're just doing an extended Restaurant Week menu this month, which makes me cautious. Anywhere to recommend?