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March 2013 Openings and Closings

Boston Eater posted a link to their new menu. I recognize all of the sandwich names from the Real Deal in JP. I'm guessing they are now owned by the same people?

http://boston.eater.com/archives/2014/02/24/the-brookline-spa-reopens-next-month.php

http://thebrooklinespa.com/_pdfs/menu...

Feb 26, 2014
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Chilli Garden?

If you don't think anything there is too spicy, I'm guessing you haven't tried the "wonton soup with chili sauce and vinegar"? I have a very high tolerance for spiciness, but it even makes me cough. It's delicious though- full of garlic, black vinegar, and a thick chili oil layer on top. Also love the chicken with mustard greens (pickled) and green pepper. They are by far my favorite Szechuan restaurant.

Dec 05, 2013
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Odd sausage question

Formaggio in Cambridge had some homemade garlic sausage over the weekend that didn't have fennel in it. It also didn't have hot pepper flakes which I'd think your friend also wouldn't want if she's avoiding nuts and seeds for digestive reasons (and would usually be in hot Italian sausage). It wasn't far off from an Italian sausage and I can vouch for the fact that it was tasty!

May 29, 2013
erfer007 in Greater Boston Area

Best eating region in Italy?

I am so jealous that you're going to be there this October! My husband and I went to Italy last late October to early November and it was a wonderful time to be there to enjoy good food! We particularly loved going to all of the festivals in Tuscany and Le Marche. In Tuscany, I know there was a truffle festival in the hill town of Volterra with lots of tastes of truffle preparations, local sheep cheeses and cured hams. As I mentioned before though, our favorite portion of our trip (by far, really) was in Le Marche staying at Vento di Rose in Monterubbiano. The owners Emidio and Emanula pointed us in the direction of wonderful food adventures every day and they were certainly excursions we would never have found ourselves. We went to a small vineyard producing "vino cotto" or "cooked wine" and chatted with the owner (Emidio translated for us through the trip!). We went to a wonderful large festival in a town at the base of the Sibilini mountains and a much smaller (but equally amazing!) festival and ate amazing risotto in the town of Monterubbiano. For us, having the hosts at our agriturismo guide us to the best eats and adventures made for a trip we will never forget! Oh, and if you go to Marche, make sure you go to this restaurant in the town of Petritoli with Sergio the chef- he only opens if he has 6 or more reservations and cooks one huge, incredible meal with many courses in this romantic dining room with a long shared table and a fireplace for something like 25 euros including wine and apertif! I wish I knew the name, but again, Emidio guided us there and I don't think they even have a sign. If you can get there, you won't regret it! I'm getting all worked up just thinking about it! Have a wonderful trip!

Aug 15, 2011
erfer007 in Italy

Best eating region in Italy?

I love how my original post months ago became such a great discussion- thanks guys! We ended up staying in Tuscany for the first half of our trip and in Marche (in a little town called Monterubbiano) for the second half. While we had some memorable meals in Tuscany (Osteria Acquacheta in Montepulciano and happening upon a truffle and cheese festival in Volterra stand out as delicious eating memories!) our greatest food adventures turned out to be in Marche. I'm sure that delicious food can be found all over Italy (as evidenced by all of your comments!) but I think the key is to have a local to guide you. We stayed at this agritourismo called "Vento di Rose" in Monterubbiano and one of the hosts there (Emidio) took us all over Marche to taste the best food and view local treats being made. We saw vino cotto being cooked down in large cauldrons, olives being picked and then pressed into olive oil, and visited incredible food festivals we never would have found on our own. Emidio also guided us to a "can't miss" restaurant down an alley without any advertising that opens only when they have 6 people reserved for dinner for the evening! It's in Petritoli and the chef Sergio makes whatever he pleases for the night (I wish I knew the name of the restaurant, but I'm honestly not even sure it was marked!). This was truly the best meal of my life.
So, I guess after tasting Sicily, Tuscany and Marche so far (hopefully other regions await me in the future!) my suggestion is to find a local to guide you to the best eats, and you probably won't go wrong. Also, if you're looking for a great guide to the best food experiences around, I highly recommend staying at Vento di Rose in Marche and telling Emidio you're interested in food adventures- you can't go wrong! You can see my review on tripadvisor for more info on our stay there- I get nothing for recommending them, but just thought I'd pass it along to other food-lovers!

Jun 19, 2011
erfer007 in Italy

Best eating region in Italy?

I know this is VERY subjective, but just looking for your opinions on where to find the best food in Italy. My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Italy in two weeks. We have our second week booked in the Marche region, but are trying to figure where to stay for the first 5 days. Sure, there are other considerations on where to stay (culture, scenery...), but I think some of the best memories are made from really good food! About us: We are in our early 30's, love eating whatever is local and fresh, but especially cheese and pork (and really any other meats), not so interested in seafood. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Oct 07, 2010
erfer007 in Italy