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Cinquecento Clarity Please

I have been reading very mixed reviews and need some clarity. Will be having dinner for two next Friday night.

1) Is it really so uncomfortably noisy that it will make conversation with the lovely lady unbearably awkward?

2) If you had bad food there, was it still better than Bertucci's?

3) Anyone have good, attentive service?

Aug 28, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Friday Dinner for Two in South End

I like the size, ambiance, food, and professional staff of Eastern Standard. Is there an equivalent in the South End? Cinquecento is reviewed "too noisy." Coppa, "too small." Looking for consistent food and service in a place quiet enough to talk but not a hole-in-the-wall.

Aug 28, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Bo Ssam + Asian Slaw + ??

At home, 4th-of-July date. I think I've settled on cooking Bo Ssam and Asian Slaw - I was thinking along the lines of an Asian 4th of July - but it needs something else. Presentation wise, all I have now is a pile of pork and slaw.

I've thought of pork buns and lettuce wraps but those are a little too bloating for a date. Something more delicate. Help!

(I'm willing to replace the slaw with something else if I have to . . . but it should be something I can make together with my date)

Jun 30, 2013
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking

Looking for Glasses with Cowgirls

Thanks, though I am hoping I can find them in the Greater Boston Area!

Jun 27, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Glasses with Cowgirls

Looking for glasses with pictures of cowgirls or, if that is too specific, a shop that sells various different types of printed glasses. I will be using them to serve a Bourbon Milkshake so I'm trying to find glasses that reflect a bourbon-theme or a milk-theme. Used is ok.

Jun 27, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

What Can We Cook Together? [moved from Boston]

I wonder if I can tweak this to be a 4th-of-July version of David Chang's Bo Ssam (slow roasted pork shoulder: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/mag...)?

The trouble is that most of the side dishes for Bo Ssam require pickling - something that cannot be done together. But think: Asian Influenced 4th of July.

Jun 26, 2013
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking
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What Can We Cook Together? [moved from Boston]

North Shore, actually. And fireworks will be shot off from a barge on July 3rd.

Jun 26, 2013
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking

What Can We Cook Together? [moved from Boston]

Fifth date, cooking together at my place and watching the fireworks from my balcony. Recommendation for a fun meal to cook together?

Preferables: takes a few hours (we would like to walk the beach while something is cooking), something interesting (ethnic? July 4 themed?), doesn't require fancy utensils or fancy foods (I'm not made of moneybags!), ingredients easily sourced at Whole Foods.

Jun 25, 2013
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking

Suggestions for a place to lounge?

Looking for quiet place for two to lounge on a couch and sip on reasonably priced cocktails.

Jun 23, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Sushi Joint in Boston? Out of Boston?

Is Oishii Boston not as great?

Jun 20, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Sushi Joint in Boston? Out of Boston?

Looking for a sushi place that is intimate, VERY delicious, and perfect for two. What is your favorite place inside Boston? Outside of Boston (we're willing to make an <1hour drive)? Which is better?

*would be nice if there was a place to sit at the bar with exciting and friendly chefs

Jun 20, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for Brunch Near SOWA

Any recs for a Sunday brunch place near the SOWA market in the South End? Plans are to have brunch then walk over to the market.

Some place bright, open, happy.

Jun 06, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Dinner Date South End

So, I ended up at Franklin. It is a place I have wanted to go for quite some time. The food was good, though there was an issue with two very sandy fried clams. The lovely lady had a carrot entree which had an interesting array of flavors.

The atmosphere was, indeed, "strangely dark" as another poster suggested. Very noisy. Service took forever.

Thank you for all the suggestions!

Jun 06, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Dinner Date South End

Any recs for a Sunday night first date? Quiet but not too quiet, nice but not too stuffy. Unpretentious. Simple. No long waits. Average entree under $50. In the South End.

A place where jeans and sneakers are welcome.

Apr 10, 2013
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Cooking Class?

Less than $100; Greater than 2hrs. Also, something where the instructor is very involved with the process and does not merely supervise you as you do a recipe on your own.

Sep 18, 2011
TommyJayDee in Los Angeles Area

Cooking Class?

Every cooking class I have found is too pricey, too short, or both!

Looking for a cooking class/demonstration for two people (preferably sushi, preferably in OC . . . but we're flexible on both). When I lived on the East Coast, there were a few well-known restaurants that offered cooking classes/demonstrations after hours.

Sep 18, 2011
TommyJayDee in Los Angeles Area

Where's the Duck Fat?

Any great deals on Duck Fat around Boston or the North Shore? Not sure how much I need but I need enough to cook french fries for 15 people in a few days.

If you have an appx. price, that will be helpful.

Feb 07, 2011
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Bourbon Ice Cream Question

Can I make my own Bourbon Ice Cream (for about 15 people) without an Ice Cream maker?

Will adding bourbon to regular vanilla ice cream give me the same thing?

If not, where can I buy the best Bourbon Ice Cream for home consumption?

Feb 06, 2011
TommyJayDee in Greater Boston Area

Need Presentation Idea

I would like to serve David Chang's Country Ham and Red-Eye Mayonnaise (coffee mayo) as an hors d'oevres. His current presentation does not lend itself easily to the cocktail party atmosphere where guests have only one hand available to take and bite. It is also very basic: country ham flat on a plate with a bowl of mayo.

I'd like a more elegant presentation and I don't mind adding more ingredients if I have to. Any ideas?

Feb 06, 2011
TommyJayDee in General Topics

Find me this Restaurant!

How very informative and depressing! I'll try to skimp on other areas (i.e. hotel) and see if I can increase my eating budget to open up more options. Looks like a toss up between WD-50, Corton, and Forgione's.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Corton
239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Nov 18, 2010
TommyJayDee in Manhattan

Find me this Restaurant!

My date and I should feel relaxed. The food should be good, really good, but I do not want presentation to overpower our conversation. WD-50 seemed a bit over the top. Marc Fargione's place (Forge), mentioned below, looks almost perfect (price, food, presentation, chef) . . . I'm just not a fan of those chair-and-booth combinations.

$250 is my budget for two, including wine, tax, and tip. I'm a fan of tasting menus.

Other things to consider are whether there is a nice lounge/bar nearby. I'm all about sitting on a couch with my date and drinking in some place jazzy.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Nov 18, 2010
TommyJayDee in Manhattan

Find me this Restaurant!

1. Romantic. Preferably we can sit next to each other in a booth/love seat contraption.
2. Chef is well-respected amongst fellow chefs.
3. Food is amazing but not overly pretentious/intimidating.
3. Reservations are not impossible to get. (I will be visiting from out of town).
4. Price is not ridiculously high.

Nov 17, 2010
TommyJayDee in Manhattan

Crostini Too Hard

think i could make it with bagel pieces?

Nov 11, 2010
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking

Crostini Too Hard

Great. So now I have a box full of hard Crostinis. ANYTHING I can do with them?

Nov 11, 2010
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking

Crostini Too Hard

I thought it would be a good idea to top Crostinis with dollops of lobster salad as an hors d'oeuvre for a cocktail party. However, after purchasing the Crostinis at Whole Foods and testing them at home, I discovered they are very hard.

My fear is that guests will also find them hard and messy to eat - the tenderness of the lobster salad and the hardness of the Crostini will probably not make a good combo.

Any tips on "softening" these things up prior to serving?

Nov 11, 2010
TommyJayDee in Home Cooking