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where to buy pita/flat bread for gyros

And Massis, up the road a block! they get the same bread from Montreal.

Feb 26, 2014
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Bondir Concord Just Okay

Thanks for the CI tip, opinionated. I went there yesterday (I live near Verril too) and it took a while bec. I didn't know where it was, faster next time. I loved it and also liked the two Indian stores in the same row, and got some Deep frozen dishes, spices, etc. Oops, off topic!

On topic, I wish Bondir well and the decor looks inviting, but I am not in any hurry to try it based on reports, had hoped for a more affordable mid week neighborhoody place.

Jan 31, 2014
cassis in Greater Boston Area

What dessert would you serve after this pasta?

Very Italian would be good quality lemon sorbet with a few berries and a splash of vodka.

Jan 20, 2014
cassis in Home Cooking

Piment d'Espelette- Anyone Seen Local?

Christina's?

Jan 06, 2014
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Finding the Authetic Bolognese

The authentic ragu recipe can be found on a brass plaque on the wall of the city hall

Sep 28, 2013
cassis in Italy

Dinner for 150pp that celebrates a sense of place?

Season to Taste catered a fabulous 150 p wedding banquet at the Epi Center for my son's wedding. Very cool space, superb original food and wonderful service.

Aug 17, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Burdick Chocolates: Only Hedge Fund Managers Need Apply

Just curious--you say you tasted 9 varieties of chocolates, how does that work? Do they cut off a sliver like at the cheese shop or do they offer miniature portions for tasting? Do you pay a set rate for tasting, or do you mean that you bought 9 pieces?

Aug 09, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Pita Bread

Arax, Sevan, Massis etc in Watertown. I think it comes from Montreal.

Jun 22, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

good source for muesli (at a fair price!)

Make your own.
Read the ingredients of one you like and then buy the ingredients and combine.

Jun 12, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Destination town with decent lunch...

I always enjoy a walk on Plum Island, followed by lunch at Bob Lobster, then wandering around Newburyport.

May 23, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

The Harvard Experience

Actual students also go to John Harvard's Brew House and Veggie Planet; I've always enjoyed the food at VP.

May 19, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Why is Trader Joe's Sushi so off-putting?

The rice is overcooked, lumpy, compressed and it tastes funny. The wraps are heavy and slimy. The chicken in the grilled chicken salad was microscopic. But hunger usually hits me when I'm in Trader Joe's (the Burlington location near HMart, Market Basket, etc)--clearly I need to change my shopping pattern.

Apr 28, 2013
cassis in Chains

caterer west of Boston?

Season to Taste is great both for food and service, contact them to see if they deliver to Sherborn.
http://seasontotastecatering.com/

Apr 07, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Small meals for medical reasons?

Check the many online sites that list the protein content of various foods, and work more of those into your meals. Also check them for how much protein you actually need per day.

Egg/oatmeal/cottage cheese for breakfast; nut butters/cheese on cracker for morning snack; beans, hummus, sardine with salad for lunch; yogurt for afternoon snack; fish/tofu/beans with vegetables and whole grains for supper. Whole grains contain protein, so whole grain muffins, bread, crackers etc are good choices. Plus yogurt and cow/nut/soy milk are protein rich.

Feb 24, 2013
cassis in Vegetarian & Vegan

Ideas for good food and quiet conversation?

Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I will try all of them next time. As my son had to go back to work, we went to Myers+Chang. I had never been and and I loved the food, despite the small crowded tables. We were able to converse, too!

Feb 08, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for good food and quiet conversation?

Thanks for warning me: I hope I'm not the only one for whom noise level and tiny tables crammed so close together you feel you are in your neighbors' laps are real turn offs. I guess it's inevitable with the price of real estate. I'll check out the other suggestions.

Feb 06, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for good food and quiet conversation?

Metropolis does look tiny but I like the bistro-ey vibe: how about Gaslight, it seems to have some booths?

Feb 06, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for good food and quiet conversation?

I'm looking for a restaurant where my son and I can sit in a booth or quiet corner, not too loud, not too bright--and not at a tiny two top squeezed in among others or out in the main traffic area!--where we can enjoy a quiet, delicious, leisurely mid-week dinner and conversation. In the South End or Cambridge or en route between the two.

Entrees under or around $20, decent wine and beer, any cuisine but I'm picturing a French bistro type of a place. Any ideas?

Feb 05, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Large Packages of Roasted Nori Snacks?

H Mart?

Feb 05, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Fenway First Date

Cafe G at the Gardner Museum www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/cafe

Jan 17, 2013
cassis in Greater Boston Area

vegetarians: how do you keep your grocery bill down?

I find that what drives my food bill up are all the extra exotic ingredients that I need for each particular ethnic dish--things like kimchi, tamarind, curry leaves, posole, etc.--that I may not use again for several months. It's great to live in a city where these ingredients are available, and it's fun to branch out and try different cuisines, but it can get out of hand even though the ingredients are not expensive!

Jan 11, 2013
cassis in Vegetarian & Vegan

Should a Single Male Buy a Food Processor?

I love my Cuisinart. I don't use it that often because I don't cook that much but when I do it does the job better and faster than I could. Pie dough, cookie dough, bread dough, soups (in batches), pesto, hummus, salsa, coleslaw, sauerkraut, puddings,etc. Worth it for the pie dough and bread dough alone! I got a basic 7 C model on sale at Macy's for I think $90 maybe 12 years ago, still going strong. I would be very impressed by any single male who had one!

Jan 04, 2013
cassis in Cookware

F/V Foxy Lady ll Fund

Just in case some of you missed this, the fishing boat that was recently reported missing was in fact one that supplied our Cape Ann Fresh Catch fish share. A reminder of how dangerous fishing still is.

/www.news.capeannfreshcatch.org/

Dec 21, 2012
cassis in Greater Boston Area

50th birthday dinner in Western Suburbs

How about 80 Thoreau St in Concord?

Dec 19, 2012
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Season to Taste is Amazing (Long)

Season to Taste IS amazing! They catered my son's wedding and we had dinner at that table last year---not 6 courses, though--to taste what they could do. It was so much fun sitting at that table and chatting about the dishes as they were being prepared.

Dec 14, 2012
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Paella Pointers

Note that the bottom of the pan is slightly convex because it's meant to be nestled in the ashes. So on a flat stove top the rice will cook unevenly unless you stir it around a bit.

Dec 14, 2012
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Charge for still water and no bread [moved from Boston]

Restaurants in France and Italy serve plain bread because it's used to sop up the sauces and dressings that are typical of those cuisines. A morsel of bread is used almost as much as a a fork. With those dishes there is really no need for fancy breads or butter or dipping oil. Bread and still water are included in the modest cover charge, but one is not required to leave a tip. Isn't there also a service charge?

Nov 30, 2012
cassis in Not About Food

Posting a negative report after previously recommending it? [moved from Boston board]

Thanks for the detailed education in food poisoning. I was merely stating that I would never return to a restaurant that served me aging/browning/curling ingredients. I wouldn't excuse the restaurant as just having a one off bad night because it shows lack of respect for both my health and my hard earned dollar.

Nov 30, 2012
cassis in General Topics

Posting a negative report after previously recommending it? [moved from Boston board]

"They just had a bad night." Yes, but on this bad night they used ingredients which according to Bob's description, should have been tossed on the compost pile. I would never return to a restaurant that used ingredients that had the potential of making me sick.

Nov 29, 2012
cassis in General Topics

good warm lobster roll - convenient from Waltham?

Alive and Kicking on Putnam St just off River St in Cambridge is pretty easy to get to--park in the Whole Foods lot on River St (which is off Mem Drive). Huge very fresh lobster "sandwich" in a lobster shack setting.

Nov 14, 2012
cassis in Greater Boston Area