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bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

All the reasons listed by others as to why we in Boston do not have patisserie as in France are valid, but one has perhaps not been mentioned: labor costs. Patisserie is extremely labor intensive, with all the different choux/sable/puff/yeast/etc doughs, all the different creams and icings, the fruits and chocolate treatments, and the incredible care put into decoration. That complexity and variety would be cost prohibitive here.
I visit Mirepoix in relatively undeveloped South West France every year, and for a population of a little over 3000, there are 3 very good patisseries, not counting the supermarket.

Japanese Bento Boxes

Most Japanese restaurants offer lunch specials and they are often served in the traditional lacquered boxes.

Feb 22, 2015
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants with parking?

Gaslight? Oleana? Gran Gusto? Sam's?

Feb 17, 2015
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Polenta or Cornmeal from Local Organic Corn?

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury sells corn ground at their grist mill:
http://www.wayside.org/shop/whole-cor...

Feb 12, 2015
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Source for barley, rye, farro and kamut flakes in Boston area?

Harvest Coop in Central Square used to have several flakes: rye/wheat/barley,but I haven't shopped there since they moved across the street. King Arthur http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i... has oat, wheat and barley.

ATK recently featured a bread they call Dakota Bread made with the addition of a 7 grain cereal mix which they soaked in water before adding to bread flour.

KA flour also has what they call Irish Style Wholemeal Flour http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/f... which is a coarser mill than our wholewheat flour, but I think the gluten content is lower because it's meant for soda bread, so add some gluten (from Bob's).

I would love to find locally grown freshly milled flour, so do post if you find a source. I believe Debra's has some from New Hampshire but I haven't tried it.

Feb 06, 2015
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Best Fishmonger/ Fish Share in Medford/Arlington/Somerville?

I've been a member since they began, and they are great!

Nov 06, 2014
cassis in Greater Boston Area

Scissors and Pie Pizza on Newbury St.

Their website spells pezzo (piece) PETZO. That's like spelling pizza PITZA. Are these guys Italian? Does not inspire confidence.

Volturno Pizza in Worcester as seen on Chronicle a few months back sounds authentic although Neapolitan style.
Anyone been?

Jun 26, 2014
cassis in Greater Boston Area
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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