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Where can I buy black lentils aka Beluga lentils?

Christina's spice shop in Inman Sq. always has them when I go.

Dave's Pasta In Davis Square, Somerville; What IS My Problem??

I haven't had all of their sauces, but the mushroom cream sauce is quite good when I've had it, and the arugula pesto was also yummy. That said, I feel like the taste does vary from batch to batch, maybe they should standardize their recipe a bit?
- Gaby
http://:behindboston.blogspot.com

Apple Picking close to Boston

I'm seconding Russel. Good apples, great cider (some hard stuff too!) some pumpkins, and beautiful drive but not too far or too crowded.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

Where to buy Uni/Sea Urchin?

Kotobukia in porter actually closed. I heard rumors they were going to open up again in Medford sq, but I haven't seen any evidence.
Reliable market in Union should have uni all the time, in their newly expanded sushi section. And new deal will have it pretty often. Also, on Washington in the Souh End is Morse
Fish which might have uni occasionally.

Chinese Delivery Cambridge and surrounding towns

Their shrimp and pork dumplings are my favorite, and on weekends, the steamed meat buns. As far as the rest of their menu, my favorites are the dry-sauteed green beans, the diced chicken with chili peppers, and the shredded beef with green peppers.

Need kosher treat by Friday, 10/8, Metrowest

I'm gonna second TJs, they have all kinds of cool little snacky things, and most of them are kosher. If you want to go the candy bar route, plenty of them are kosher, no need to go to a specialty store, 7-11 will have them.

Chinese Delivery Cambridge and surrounding towns

Wang's on broadway in Somerville should deliver to you. They have good dumplings and if you order from their chef's specials section, pretty good food.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

Most creative and delicious cupcakes

I agree, $3 feels like a lot for a cupcake, but sadly that seems to be the going rate unless you buy them in a 6 pack at star. (sweet, rosies, lyndell's, whole foods, Danish pastry house, all charge $3 average)

Most creative and delicious cupcakes

Kickass Cupcakes is my favorite. There are places that might have better looking frosting peaks, but kickass wins in terms of creative flavors and variety. Just look at these super chocolate (hazelnuts on top), ginger peach (raspberry on top) , and banana cream cupcakes from my engagement party.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Kickass Cupcakes
378 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Garlic Free Dining in Cambridge- Need help with finding a restaurant

I'm pretty sure Sportello should be fine with the garlic thing.
As far as an "ethnic" place goes, Helmand definitely will have garlic in most of their food.
Have you thought of Koreana? There's plenty of meat, and the garlic is on the side so you can choose to not put it on the grill.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Koreana
154 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Sportello
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Dinner for 37 - near Boston Seaport Hotel - This Wednesday!

What about Red Fez (on Washington in the South End)? I know they have the space, and should be enough variety on the menu to suit everyone.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Red Fez
1222 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Best sandwich in boston?

I know it's not a sandwich shop and might be too trendy of a place, but I've recently become a fan of the Shrimp BLT at Cafeteria on Newbury. It's got poached shrimp and avocado and aioli in addition to the regular blt ingredients and it's made club sandwich style (with a slice of bread separating the shrimp and bacon from the avocado, lettuce, and tomato. Bread is perfectly toasted, shrimp is great, aioli is fresh and just spicy enough - yum!
Also very good there is the Lamb burger, if you're interested in more meatiness.

In terms of sandwich shops - I agree with the comments above, ASSBar is awesome, it's around the corner from my work and i find it hard to resist eating lunch there every day (my wallet can't take the punishment). And a bit more exotic, WrapPro on Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter next to Berry Line has very good middle eastern sandwiches.

- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

mediterranean

I've gotta say not so much on the Family Restaurant comment... I've been there several times and I find their food often too greasy, and I haven't had such great service either.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

where can one buy lemongrass in cambrdige/somerville??

Reliable Market in Union Sq usually has it. Also, Elephant Walk on Mass Ave (yes, the restaurant) often has it and a few other random ingredients in a case at the front.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Elephant Walk
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

Taking relos from LA for a night out - drinks near commons?

I vote Pops, either for food or drinks, both are great there.

In terms of by the Common with good ambiance: don't forget Ivy, good food (not perfect, but better than some of those high end chains I think) and definitely good ambiance, great wine list.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

mediterranean

My top 5 mediterranean places around town:
Vlora (Albanian I think?), Cafe Mangal (Mediterranean with a Turkish slant), Istanbul'lu (Turkish), Oleana (Gourmet Turkish), Sofra (Mediterranean bakery)
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Vlora
545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Cafe Mangal
555 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482

Sofra
1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Where to buy fresh ikura/masage/tobiko?

Reliable market in Union sq in Somerville has a newly expanded sushi section with all manner of such things.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

Boston for Torontonians - Oct 8-10

Right down the street from where you're staying is the Boston Kebab House, which is a great Turkish lunch place, decent prices too. Flat Black, on Milk St. has great coffee. Vintage Lounge on Broad is good for a drink, I've never eaten there. For dinner I'd recommend strolling down the greenway to the north end, I'm sure you can find plenty of rec's on here. Another place along the greenway is James Hook, great lobster rolls.

Last place I'd suggest is totally out of your way but a great place to get early dinner with kids is Highland Kitchen in Somerville, but it's not all that easy to get to (have to take a train and a bus).
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Boston Kebab House
7 Liberty Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Vintage Lounge
72 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110

Fresh Feta?

Honestly, I don't shop at Turkuaz much, I generally prefer Sevan since they're closer to me, I think their prices are better and I like their prepared foods.
In general, I highly recommend black olive paste (marmarabirlik), green fig jam (incir reçel), and one of my favorite ingredients in sauces, pepper paste (biber salçası) which comes in mild made with bell peppers, or spicy, which includes some bell and some chili pepper.

Fresh Feta?

Thanks for the advice, I'll leave my blog as is.

Fresh Feta?

Trakya is amazing because its just a bit tangy, not too salty, and incredibly creamy. It's (imho) what the Bulgarian feta would taste like if it was made with higher quality ingredients. Of course it's also more expensive, not sure how much you want to pay for feta. If you go to Sevan, they'll let you taste a bunch and you can pick your favorite.

There is a very broad spectrum of hazelnut spreads (fındık ezmesi), think of it like different kinds of peanut butter, except all of them are at least a little bit sweet.
There are super sweet creamy ones (dessert only), and then there is the spread you linked to which is more like a chunky low sugar added kind, still sweet but not cloying and much more hazelnutty, you can cook with it, bake with it and eat it on toast. I have a jar in my fridge :)
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

In Boston for 4 Days

My vote goes to LaVoile on Newbury St or if you're up for a walk over to the South End (only a 15 min walk, Pops is very good - especially their short ribs.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

In Boston for 4 Days

I'm sure you'll end up in Faneuil Hall/ Quincy market and if you do, may I recommend the downstairs oyster bar of Durgin Park. Upstairs is a bit overpriced but downstairs is good for a quick bite.
East coast grill is great, not traditional anything, but great food, in Inman Sq so it's a little bit of a walk, but toally worth it.
Louie's lobster (mentioned above) outside of Central has amazing lobster sandwiches and also totally worth the walk.
Red Fez in the South End is a good place to hang out on the weekend, they have live music, and since they re-did the menu, their mezze are good.
And finally, near where you're staying, stop into Sportello for a drink.
- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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Sportello
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Fresh Feta?

I'll third and fourth the recommendation for Sevan. The Bulgarian feta is very good, but try the trakya, it's amazing.
Another place you can go if you live on the Boston side of the river is Turkuaz on Brighton Ave (Packard's corner-ish). Here's their website: http://www.eturkuaz.com/

- Gaby
http://behindboston.blogspot.com