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Lunch near Symphony Hall?

+ 1 on this format sux. And Moby Dick.

2 days ago
loper in Greater Boston Area

Any hidden gems for culinary gardening?

I've toured the greenhouses at the Herb Lyceum, and let's just say that your issues with whiteflies coming from their stock are not a surprise.

May 22, 2014
loper in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

There's a lot more refreshing to be done in there than just the menus - here's hoping for a substantial renovation (and associated closure from what I hear).

May 15, 2014
loper in Greater Boston Area

John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

I had heard over the summer that they were losing a lease on the property they used - pretty crummy to not take care of their CSA folks if that is the case.

Apr 02, 2014
loper in Greater Boston Area

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

I went a week or two ago with some friends and many dishes similar to the ones you write of. All were quite good to excellent, with just a couple issues for me in the cooking of some of the meats. That he uses ingredients that some find exotic or unusual seems to be an issue for the staff right now in finding the right balance of explanation for a new audience, but I for one am happy to know that the mangalitsa pork is local, and that sweet potato dish was wonderful (and where is he getting american chestnuts?). Compared to 80 Thoreau, which we like very much, Bondir presents a menu that is a little more challenging and very personal to the chef/owner, and it may take a while for its audience to sort itself out after all the hoopla of a new opening in town. Staffing is likely also a challenge - our server was a bit on the condescending side until we made it clear that we actually understood most of the menu and would ask about items we did not. Very happy to have it here - and that Juniper Whey sherbet was a highlight of the evening - could have eaten a quart of it.

November 2013 Openings and Closings

Open now with a limited menu, officially Nov. 21st, per their twitter account.

Nov 15, 2013
loper in Greater Boston Area

Boneless vs. Bone-in Fried Chicken [split from Boston]

Cutting meat off the bone, particularly in smaller animals like chickens, severs connective tissue, breaks up muscle groups and disturbs the integrity of tissues that are designed to, in part, retain moisture. Cutting beef ribs off the outside of a rib roast is indeed quite different from ripping the thigh bone (or leg bones and associated tendons) from a cut of chicken. Carefully seaming and disarticulating the muscle groups from a leg of lamb will give you different results that cutting those same muscles across the grain into steaks. I've never seen this properly explored, but it very well may be your "why". The best fried chicken I ever had was an itty bitty quail leg preparation at the French Laundry. It was on the bone.

Nov 05, 2013
loper in General Topics
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A really good high quality brunch?

Lineage had a nice basket of house made pastries available last time I went for brunch (admittedly a number of years ago) and makes for a nice relaxing white table cloth sort of experience.

Sep 10, 2013
loper in Greater Boston Area

Lobster, live and kicking... $3.99lb, Market Basket, Woburn.

If you add in the health care costs associated with consuming that grade of meat product regularly, the lobster might come out as a better value.

Aug 22, 2013
loper in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Padron Peppers locally?

Not the answer you are looking for I know, but I am growing some from seed (johnny's) this year and as a total amateur they are going gangbusters. No bugs, no deer, and more peppers than I can eat from 10 plants in the ground. And I can eat a lot of padrons. Doing shishitos as well, which are doing well also, though not as vigorous for me. So for next year it's worth trying...

I have also seen them for sale in plastic containers at whole foods from time to time.

Aug 06, 2013
loper in Greater Boston Area

BYOB in the greater Boston area?

Except where there is, like these 4 in groton - a stretch for "greater boston", but not that far from lowell.
http://www.thegrotonline.com/2013/07/...
Do other small towns in the outskirts issue carry in permits? I seem to remember one in marblehead years ago...

Looking for chef to cook dinner at house. Any suggestions?

kitchensurfing.com recently started operation in Boston, and is set up to hook people up with chefs for just this sort of occasion. Won't be much in the way of reviews given that it is just starting, but the concept seems to be working in New York.

Mar 27, 2013
loper in Greater Boston Area

Lyle's golden syrup

Pretty sure I saw it at the West Concord Grocery the other day, worth a call - quirky place.

Nov 01, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

The Area's Worst Food Towns

I think what Concord needs isn't the craigslist-promised big time boston restaurant (already made my call on that one), but a small, creative, chef-run place w/ a bit of quirk factor going on, a la Strip-T's or Nudel (lenox).

And a Cutty's for lunch after a bike ride.

Oct 23, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

The Area's Worst Food Towns

The irony behind the discussion of Carlisle, Westford, etc.... is that while there isn't a restaurant scene to speak of, the abundance of local farms can make it a fabulous area for food from the perspective of someone who cooks at home. And it's easy enough to get to Cambridge for a night out. (In the case of Carlisle, there is talk of a buyer for the dilapidated property next to Fern's trying to put a restaurant in it's former barn space, so someday we might get an option other than weird pizza, sandwiches and ice cream.)

Oct 23, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

What the Hey? No Dry or Roasted Soybeans at Boston Area WF?

much further away from winchester, but saw them in the bulk section at wegmans the other day. (first visit while in the neighborhood - hated it.) So you'll be able to get them in Burlington in 2014 I guess...

Oct 16, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

"hot new restaurant" in Concord. (?)

agreed. And Hamersly likes bostonchefs.com, and has no listing there. There is, however, a listing for a chef de cuisine at Bond. The chef at Bond, Mark Sapienza, has "presented a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York", and is therefore "recognized". Needs a chef de cuisine for the Boston restaurant, "recognized" by the Beard folks...

Oct 06, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

"hot new restaurant" in Concord. (?)

There is something in the grandiosity of the announcement that reminds me of the (frequent) job postings of a certain cambridge establishment, though its brevity may rule that out.

Oct 04, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

"hot new restaurant" in Concord. (?)

Anyone have any intel?
old Walden Grille location?
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/fbh/...

Oct 04, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

Shishito Peppers

They show up at the River Street Whole Foods all the time - usually unlabeled, so you generally end up paying a generic "chile pepper" price. Given how light they are compared to, say, a jalapeno, that makes them ridiculously (and probably mistakenly) cheap.

Mar 02, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

Where to go for breakfast in Boston - Brookline area other than Zaftigs

The Coolidge Corner Clubhouse? Brunch is not their strong suit. (Television saturation and comically large menus may be.)

Jan 16, 2012
loper in Greater Boston Area

great meal at Bondir

cod do come nearshore, particularly as the weather gets colder. When they were more abundant it was common to catch them with rod and reel off the beach during the winter. In this instance, probably referring to the port of origin.

Oct 27, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

Globe Article on Seafood Substitutions.

Waterfield farms in Hadley and E&T on the Cape seem to be 2 local sources for closed system tilapia, though most or all of their fish end up in the live fish trade at asian markets and restaurants.

Oct 27, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

Globe Article on Seafood Substitutions.

Discounting the bland factor, what do you think of the closed system farmed Tilapia?

Oct 27, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

Boston Globe investigating study - mislabeling of fish at Mass. restaurants.

Sablefish, Black Cod & Alaskan Butterfish are all market synonyms for Anoplopoma fimbria - the reporter could have spent 30 seconds on google and found that out. (so could the restauranteurs for that matter...)

Oct 23, 2011
loper in Food Media & News

How to Avoid Fake Fish in Boston [moved from Boston]

"alaskan butterfish", "sablefish", and "black cod" have long been market synonyms for the same fish - Tsai is not being disingenuous, it's just that market names aren't accurate - the other fish sometimes called butterfish bear no resemblance, and while I prefer "black cod", it isn't a cod. Pan-roasted Anoplopoma fimbria just doesn't sound as tasty I guess. Also, leading the story with the Tsai example, then burying his comments at the end seems a bit sensational.

The article points out a range of problems, some rooted in the market naming, some in supply, some in indifference and miseducation, and some in outright deception - what it doesn't do is shed light on the problem in any meaningful way, as it seems no one decided to consult a biologist to check which case is which. It struck me as not dissimilar to the slow news weeks when the local crew pull out the "lets see how much bacteria is on your doorhandle" story...

Oct 23, 2011
loper in Food Media & News

Blue Nile Ethiopian...

And when I lived in Mission Hill, my official postal address was "Roxbury"... so there you go.

Oct 18, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

Dinner near Paradise Rock Club?

Worth noting too that you're walking distance to the Coolidge Corner area if you're looking for something with a different vibe. Cognac Bistro, Regal Beagle, Shiki, Lineage to name just a few.

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Shiki
9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Regal Beagle
308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Cognac Bistro
455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

Oct 14, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

Craigie on Main Burger Question

The Craigie burger is certainly much more fussed over than Lineage, what with the marrow, miso powder and C-vap and all. Whether the fuss is worth it is certainly a matter of opinion. I'm fond of a burger at the bar at Lineage myself, but have been known to grind a thing or two into my own beef at home to try and up the ante, so I can see the attraction.

Oct 12, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area

May 2011 Openings and Closings

From one cult to another: on Green Street in Coolidge Corner, the former Kabbalah center space sports a sign saying "coming soon: Osaka, sushi & hibachi". You know, because we need more sushi in Coolidge.

May 20, 2011
loper in Greater Boston Area