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Restaurants with parking?

We went to Sweet Cheeks from JP the other night, largely because they have validated parking next door at the Trilogy building (the person on the phone told me it was free when validated but it actually was $3, FWIW). The food was really good (crispy and moist fried chicken, and really well-cooked pork belly with sides) and it's nice and hearty post-shoveling! In JP there is the lot behind Blanchards if you want to go to Centre Street Cafe (though I think that lot tends to be a bit crowded these days). Please let it stop snowing soon!!!

Feb 17, 2015
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Seville Oranges in Boston?

I want to say I've seen them at Formaggio in Cambridge. Maybe give them a call?

Feb 16, 2015
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New Menu Format at East by Northeast

Those brussel sprouts and ramen sound delicious!! Rarely get across the Charles these days, but I'll have to put this on my list for the next time I do. Thanks for sharing!

Jan 20, 2015
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Ethnic breakfasts?

If you're willing to travel down to Jamaica Plain, we've got a Scottish brunch at The Haven and a Spanish-inspired brunch at Tres Gatos. Both really unique and delicious IMHO. Not your every day "eggs and bacon" sort of breakfast joints. Both I think are only open for breakfast/brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Sounds like a fun club- enjoy!

Jan 17, 2015
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A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

Yes- two different restaurants- it's Sichuan *Gourmet* vs Sichuan *Garden*, both in Brookline. The hand-pulled noodles are at S. Gourmet- they're always there, on the specials menu. The "smoky hot..." dish we get is actually beef and is at S. Garden. It's confusing, but all tasty :).

Jan 06, 2015
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Instacart- are people using it? How is it working out?

I actually haven't found this at all. I used Instacart for Whole Foods and all of the prices that I knew by heart were the same on Instacart as they are when I shop in the store. Of course, you don't benefit from the sales in the store (although they had a few of their own sales) and the produce prices seemed higher than in store, but everything else looked the same. Anyway, just one person's experience... I'll definitely use it again!

Jan 04, 2015
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A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

I can't speak about the other Sichuan Gourmet, but I find the Brookline one to be consistently delicious! In fact, I can't seem to stop craving the food there, so we've been eating there a lot lately. The "Gan Guo Beef" and the "hand-pulled noodles," along with the "hot and sour wonton soup" to me are as good as any Chinese dishes I've had anywhere. Sichuan Garden is also quite good- especially the cellophane noodles with minced pork and the "smoky hot shredded beef with cayenne chili". If you like Szechuan food, I really don't get the idea of needing to leave Brookline to find good Chinese!

Jan 04, 2015
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JP Scores Another One! Centre Street Cafe

I haven't tried the new CSC (although I'm hoping to make it there for brunch tomorrow) but I actually couldn't stand the food at the old version. I figure I'm likely in the minority given the lines that formed every Sunday for brunch, and I went back a few times for brunch and dinner thinking I must be wrong with them having such a following, but I just found the food really bland, under seasoned and less well-prepared than I could do at home. I've heard good things from other local friends about the new version so I have hope... Of course, everyone's tastes are different!

Dec 31, 2014
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Local meats/eggs w/o breaking the bank...recommendations?

I agree and was going to say something similar. We eat essentially only local, family farm-raised meat, but since we don't have tons to spend we only but cuts that cost under $10/lb (ground beef or pork, sausage, short ribs, stew beef...) and use less of it. I think this is an instance where you almost always get what you pay for- the "organic" meats you get at the supermarket just isn't as different from the non-organic stuff as you'd think. For this reason, I buy almost exclusively at farmer's markets, lately mostly from Lilac Hedge Farm. HTH.

Dec 16, 2014
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Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

Went to the Brookline Sichuan Garden for a late lunch today. Had a delicious, hot bowl of Sichuan Beef Noodle Soup with a rich, spicy broth, fresh spinach and spiked with Szechuan peppercorns. The scene was entertaining- an elderly man came in off the street offering advice on putting disclaimers on menus. An NECN reporter and cameraman walked in looking for an interview. The staff sat off to the side looking at the coverage and laughing lightheartedly. To anyone claiming that a mom and pop shop like this one isn't just un-tech-savvy, but instead is purposefully leaving incorrect info on their website to make an extra buck or two, can you explain why these websites tend to just be terrible in general (poorly designed, often not working, etc.)? Is that part of a grander scheme to make money off outdated menus? I would argue that this all just points to the fact that just because you're able to run a restaurant (and perhaps answer questions on twitter and Facebook) doesn't mean you're able to run a website. I am a well-educated, 30-something woman and there's no way I could design/run a wordpress site myself.
So, just food for thought. I think their response to this whole thing (I think someone posted the link below) was genuinely kind and classy. Their food is tasty and it's a nice mom and pop Sichuan joint, so I'll keep patronizing them (internet inaccuracies and all) and encourage others to do the same!

Dec 10, 2014
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"Real" Eggnog

Thatcher Farm's eggnog (which comes in a glass bottle) tends to be fairly, thick, creamy and delicious! I usually find it at City Feed and Allandale Farm in JP (although I imagine they distribute it elsewhere as well) but I'm having a hard time finding it this year. I bought Crescent Ridge Dairy's eggnog at Whole Foods last week and found it to be a little less thick and creamy than I'd like, but definitely better that many. Good luck!

Dec 08, 2014
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apple sorbet

I know that JP Licks has an apple cider sorbet right now. Not sure what the closest location is to Bedford or how far you're willing to travel...

Nov 20, 2014
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September 2014 Openings and Closings

Noodle Barn on Centre St in Jamaica Plain looked like it was ready to open when I walked by it this morning. I'm really hoping their Vietnamese food is tasty and their Thai is much better than it's predecessor Ban Chiang (although that's a REALLY low threshold...).

Sep 13, 2014
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John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

If you keep reading that thread, you'll find that the Lunenberg address belongs to Parker Farm and they were not aware their address was being used by "Moonlight Farm" until someone brought it to their attention. It sounds like some of the John Crow people (or friends of theirs?) were buying and packaging meat with the name "Moonlight Farm" and selling it using Parker Farm's address without their knowledge. The whole thing (and just about everyone associated with it) just seems really dodgy.

Aug 03, 2014
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Lasagna... a bit fancy but not too pricey?

Dave's Pasta in Somerville makes a very good lasagna and it's made with their homemade pasta noodles so I think it would be softer? Maybe worth a try? So sorry about your mom :(.

Jul 31, 2014
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Where oh where to get "mushy peas"???

The Haven in JP serves "minty" mashed peas with their fish and chips. They are served cold (the peas- not the fish and chips). Not sure if that's traditional or not.

Jul 04, 2014
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It's Strawberry Season Again! Anyone seen the local ones yet?

We went to Russell Orchard's strawberry festival on Saturday and picked up a quart. They are so sweet and kind of perfume-y... Delicious! Way better than the more tart ones we got from Stillmans the week before. Also picked up a pint of their first cherries! Yay summer!

Jun 23, 2014
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Farm fresh eggs?

I got chip-in eggs at Capones in Union Sq. a couple weekends ago. They were $4.

Jun 09, 2014
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Very fresh mozzarella coming your way soon

Oh, wow! We go to that Rozzie market and I was already excited for opening day but now even more so!! Thanks!

Jun 06, 2014
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Outdoor brunch this weekend?

It is a really wonderful place! Always so welcoming of my toddler as well (for brunch, I wouldn't bring her for dinner at this age). Yes, the TG folks have apparently bought the Centre St Cafe! This is some of the best food news out of JP IMHO! People line up at CSC's brunch and having tried it a few times, I honestly have no idea why. Dinner has always seemed to be pretty quiet there. I am excited to see what the TG guys do there!

Jun 05, 2014
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Outdoor brunch this weekend?

Tres Gatos in JP has a Saturday jazz brunch. They have a patio in front- not the most beautiful view (busy Centre St, CVS...) but they do have some plants out there I think. I personally love their brunch- very unique menu. The chickpea pancakes are really soft and flavorful, the patatas bravas with salsa roja and aioli are a can't miss, and their brunch cocktails are also interesting (had a great tamarind cocktail there one brunch that was particularly memorable!). In any case, it's not a huge menu so best to check it out online beforehand to see if it meets your needs. Also, their website never seems to work for brunch reservations, but I believe they'll take them by phone if you call. Good luck!

Jun 04, 2014
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Ice cream with a peanut allergy?

I personally live in JP, but bought it at Union Square Farmers Market in Somerville this am. Not sure where else they're selling- they seemed like a newer business (or at least I'd never seen them around before). I'm in no way related to them- just excited that my nut allergic kiddo can eat ice cream this summer! Note that they don't advertise the fact that they're nut free on their website- they just told us that this morning.

May 31, 2014
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Ice cream with a peanut allergy?

I just found a local nut free ice cream! It's called Tipping Cow Ice Cream based in Medford, MA and it is ridiculously delicious! They have flavors like "sweet corn" and "strawberry basil" as well as several others- all nut free and made in a nut free kitchen! I don't think they've been advertising it as nut free- I think they're actually using a commercial kitchen that happens to be nut free and were seeing it as somewhat of a disadvantage. I let them know that there are many moms and dads who would see that as a great selling point! We picked up a pint (I think it was $6) at Union Sq. Farmers Market in Somerville. Not sure where else they sell. After trying several samples I can say that this stuff is ridiculously tasty even without the nut-free-ness!

May 31, 2014
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Seriously dark chocolate?

Formaggio has a great selection. Got a Spanish dark chocolate bar that contained olive oil the other day. It had a somewhat gritty texture a la Taza, but was somehow smoother. Lots of choices there but definitely not cheap.

May 29, 2014
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Awesome burgers: new thread

Yeah, parking is actually pretty easy (and free!) but like alisonk, I'm also happy to be able to keep walking in without a reservation so long as they're doing okay :).
IMHO, JP used to have an unearned reputation of having lots of good restaurants when we really did not. Now, with mid-range/nicer restaurants like The Haven, Tres Gatos and Ten Tables and a couple solid casual/ethnic places like Blue Nile Ethiopian, I think we've actually got some significant tastiness going on here. But again, I'm happy to be able to get into my favorite local spots without too much advanced planning...

May 22, 2014
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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

I don't know where you're from, but I saw their yogurt today at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain. That market in RI mentioned below is amazing! We love their winter market especially- totally worth the hour drive! Good luck!

May 22, 2014
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Awesome burgers: new thread

The burger at The Haven in Jamaica Plain is outstanding- chunks of bacon, carmelized onion, tomato, arugula, "house pickle sauce" and cheese- juicy and delicious served with nice steak fries and homemade ketchup. Need a stack of napkins to handle it, but really delicious!

May 21, 2014
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Ice cream with a peanut allergy?

Do you happen to know what it was called?? I'm trying to find it online and having no luck. I'd love to take my peanut-allergic kiddo!

May 10, 2014
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Delicous Pizza Dough

Agreed. Clear Flour's dough is excellent and makes a great pizza. Fornax in Roslindale makes excellent dough (in white or wheat) too and sell at a few places in JP (Harvest, City Feed) as well as at the shop in Roslindale. Both are significantly better than any other dough I've had.

May 05, 2014
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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...

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

Feb 26, 2014
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