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Cake... if you can't make it yourself...get it mailed?

I order a Smith Island cake from Mary Ada for each of my husbands "big" birthdays. Decadent and amazing!
http://www.smithisland.org/cakemaker....

Edited to add: she makes them out of her house. She mails them herself too. Don't call on Sunday's and give at least a weeks notice.

about 23 hours ago
foodieX2 in General Topics

Biggest, Baddest Burger on the South Shore

You do realize that the OP is from 2004 and the updates from 2008?

That said I can attest that the Rivershed is awful. The Hingham Beer works burgers are mediocre at best and every time I have been there (all after work deals) the burgers ordered medium rare or below by my coworkers were served medium to medium well. And while I rarely order burgers when out a few months ago I had one at Burtons at the Derby St Shoppes that was slightly above average but had the a godawful brioche bun. I am finding that, at least on the south shore, it is getting harder and harder to get a burger that couldn't be made better at home.

about 24 hours ago
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

Thats a pretty pathetic looking lobster roll. Thanks for trying AND reporting back. I owe you one!

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1 day ago
foodieX2 in Site Talk

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For me too

1 day ago
foodieX2 in Site Talk

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

So glad you had a nice time. Hoping there is a date number two in your future.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

Happy post Independence Day to those who celebrated!

We enjoyed a traditional parade in a very traditional town. Tribute to the all the Vets this year and the floats did not disappoint. Weather however did so the post parade festivities of pool, bocce and badminton switched to eating and drinking all day on the porch.

Since I knew I would be busy all morning (I chose to walk the 5 miles to the parade) I tried to keep the prep to a minimum and chose an array of foods over a period time. However the star of the show were the BBQ onion bombs that had been making the rounds on FB.

http://www.littlethings.com/bbq-bacon...

I only used it as an inspiration though and instead chose to make my own meatball mix using pork and beef that was seasoned with catsup, horseradish, siracha, italian seasonings, parmesan cheese, S&P, and processed oatmeal as the binder. After I wrapped them in the onion and bacon I baked them at 300 for about 40 minuted, cranked the heat to 450 for 15 minutes and then basted with BBQ sauce and cooked for another 15 so the sauce could caramelize. They were so delicious and the texture was perfect. Served them with a mixed green salad and kohlrabi slaw. Washed down with mounted vodka lemonades.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations

Hope Alfie is feeling much better today!

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

Yikes-feeling the pressure since its s holiday, lol! Fingers crossed!!

Jul 04, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Desert for July 4th Party?

For a casual pool party I would bring a cooler full of hoodsie cups and/or ice-cream sandwiches.

Your favorite pub or restaurant . Would you mention to the manager that the restrooms are getting a little dirty ?

Absolutely! Dirty bathrooms are a deal breaker for me. If I was a regular (member?) I would say something immediately. A good manager/owner will be very appreciative. Think about how many folks saw the dirty bathroom and walked?

Jul 04, 2015
foodieX2 in Not About Food

Is it okay to ask guests at a suprise party to pay to attend?

To answer your question-No, it is not OK.

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Jul 03, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

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STILL HAPPENING!!!

Jul 03, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

New weirdness from popup ad

It has happened to me at least 4 times today. Really sucks on long threads because when you reload it shows all posts as read. Hate this!

Jul 03, 2015
foodieX2 in Site Talk

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

IIRC, Maine sells the most McD's Lobster rolls than any other state where they are offered, mostly due to the price and awareness. While there are "road side stands and shacks all over NE" selling them you would be hard pressed to find one in a comparable size that sells for less than $15.

Jul 02, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

Jul 02, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

Maryann and Andy have done a nice job with Hola but nothing has come close to Saporitos.

Jul 02, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

Too funny Otter. I have never seen them for sale around here but saw them selling in Maine a few years ago. Can't remember if it was McD or BK though.

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Cold soup for summer cocktail party?

I am not a huge cucumber fan but my BFF loves them. She has served this soup at every summer brunch she has hosted since she discovered it. The Hendricks makes it. Bols Genever would be good too.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

A friend just recently made strawberry soup that was wonderful. I can't find the exact recipe but this is very close.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

looking at the article the Plum and Red wine soup as well as the Cherry Borscht one sound wonderful.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/hea...

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

I won't be running out to try one any time soon. Anybody take one for team yet?

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

Glad to help! Please report back on where you end up. And here is to a wonderful evening-Cheers!

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

I always forget about Solstice-good call.

What about the Sun Tavern? I haven't been in years but IIRC it is a romantic spot.

This is where I really miss Saporitos.....

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Vegetarian and Vegan BBQ foods

Halloumi is a great idea! I serve it with a lemon caper dipping sauce.

Vegetarian and Vegan BBQ foods

What about portobello mushroom "burgers'? I made a variation on these last year and they were a hit among carnivores and veggies alike. For a non vegan option they are wonderful topped with goat cheese.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

This mushroom loaf is very popular in my house. Treat like any meatloaf and then slice and grill. As is with some sides would be good or you could make it into sandwiches. (not vegan but you could replace butter with oil.Not sure about the yeast extract?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/dont_mis...

Vinegar based potato salad's are a great BBQ side. I love Ina's french version-just omit the small amount of chicken stock and replace with water or veggie broth.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

This coleslaw is always a hit too. To make it vegan replace the honey with a sweetener of choice.

http://picturetherecipe.com/index.php...

Corn bread is a popular side a BBQ's too-tons of vegetarian and vegan recipes out there.

Not sure I have any survival tips since your family clearly disrespects you being vegetarian other than to grin and bear it. I have veggie niece who I go out of the way to cook for whenever she comes over. I find it heartbreaking to think even your parents don't support you.

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

That's too bad! We eat there a few times a month and feel the food is as good as always. Agree it's not the most romantic spot but a two top by the window or the one in the far left corner is nice and quiet(er).

One is hard pressed to find the level of romance you would find at the Hungry I here on the south shore. Where would you recommend for both food and romance?

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

Romantic restaurant, South Shore

Oro is wonderful-food and service very good but not what I would call romantic. The space is small, the tables are very close together and it can get quite loud.

My vote would be Tosca in Hingham for both ambience and food. Let them know it’s a special occasion and get a table by the windows.

Some folks like Alma Nove in Hingham, especially to sit outside but I find the service lacking and the food just ok. Very pretty spot though.

For old school romance you might want to consider the Barker Tavern in Scituate. The clientele can run on the older side so we are not talking trendy/hip. Food is ok, better if you stick with things like lobster casserole and other New England classics.

Bridgeman’s in Hull is under new management and we have had two good meals there recently. They have a 4 top in small secluded corner upstairs that over looks the beach. Would be very romantic, especially at sunset. The owners are very pleasant and I have seen couples seated there even though it’s a 4 top.

Rye Tavern in Plymouth gets raves from my friends that live down that way. Big "date night" place but I have not been personally.

Jul 01, 2015
foodieX2 in Greater Boston Area

quick crockpot question

Wrapped in foil? I wouldn't do it

Adding to crock pot, covering with sauce and cooking? Do it all the time.

Jun 30, 2015
foodieX2 in Home Cooking
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Marthas Vineyard restaurant suggestion

Everywhere on the Vineyard is pretty casual and no one has an enforced dress code so you will see plenty of folks in shorts/tees next to folks who dressed up. Virtually everyplace will provide something for the kids even if they don't have a kids menu. Couple of ideas:

State Road
Beach Plum Inn
Outermost Inn (call first about kids. They accommodated us in the past but it is prix fixe so if there are more than a kid or two they might say no)
L'Etoile
The Terrace at the Charlotte Inn (call first though, the Inn only allows kids over 12)
Henry's at the Harborview Hotel
Lure

Jun 29, 2015
foodieX2 in Southern New England

Why is there no Chowhound App?

Asked but never really answered many, many times. You would think it would be a priority as the mobile site pretty much sucks. Would rather a an excellent, fully functioning mobile site or app than the ability to tag but that is, of course, just MHO