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What's for Dinner #378 - The Hot! Hot! Hot! Edition

We vacation in Southeast Asia on a regular basis (well, we did pre-Chowpup who came along 8 months ago) so this weather is nuthin' to us! I'm probably the only native New Englander who relishes the heat and humidity. Just think cool thoughts and you will remain cool under the collar.

Nevertheless, dinner was simple - a mishmash of tomato, cuke, corn, chickpea, mozz, and green bean over arugula. Coho Salmon in tacos or steak tips over rice and beans. Pureed apricot and breastmilk for Chowpup. I gotta try kimchee with him one of these days.

SE Mass: New Bedford, Fall River, Fairhaven, Westport...nearby RI

Steve Johnson of Rendezvous has opened "Red Dory" in Tiverton, RI. Sadly, I have not been but there have been a few positive CH reviews.

Jul 26, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Maryland style crabs near Boston

I dunno...I could totally see a place up north offering crabs MD-style seasonally. I think a big point of picking crabs is not just to eat crab, but for the social aspect of it. You laze around a picnic table full of crabs for a few hours in the summer as day turns into twilight with good company and cold beer. A lovely thing to do under some trees and with twinkling lights.

Jul 26, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Maryland style crabs near Boston

Well plenty of folks eat Sichuan or Vietnamese food here in Boston rather than eating it at the place of origin. Or French, Italian, etc...

Plenty of ex-pats from all-over living in Boston. One would think there would be at least one enterprising Baltimorean living in Boston who could cash in big time by simply steaming blue crabs up in Old Bay, dumping them out on newspapers, and offering cheap cold beer. Maybe a mallet.

Jul 25, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Maryland style crabs near Boston

Summer Shack supposedly used to offer them on Wednesdays but every time I called the Cambridge locale to confirm, they never seemed to have them (hubby was born in Baltimore and still has roots there). Haven't seen them advertised anywhere locally since. I'll be following your post with much interest.

Jul 23, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

July 2015 Openings and Closings

Lady Siam on Mass Ave in Arlington is now closed (same block as Toraya). The new awning reads, "Thana Thai."

Jul 23, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Luke's Lobster

B had lunch at Luke's with a colleague this past Tuesday. The roll had a proper, griddled-up bun, lightly-dressed all claw meat (B was hoping for a mix of claw and tail), and the aforementioned seasoning. No liquor license just yet. Both guys found them enjoyable and decently priced at $18. B had tried the Summer Shack version ($24) just the week before and I believe he gives that one a slight edge due to the mix of claw and tail meat and the excellent homemade chips. However, the roll was too "baguette-like and bready."

Both rolls a considerable step up from our McDonald's experiment a couple of weeks ago. Lol.

Jul 23, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Quick Newport trip report

Slightly off-topic, but check out the Eastie KO Pies, especially if it's a nice day. Great vantage point of Boston. The only bummer (although it's been a couple of years since I've been) is all the plasticware, none of which is recyclable or compostible. Next time, I'll bring my own utensils from home.

OK, hopping off my soapbox now...

Jul 23, 2015
digga in Southern New England
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Nanaimo/Qualicum/Ucluelet Vegetarian Options

We had lunch at Gabriel's in Nanaimo last year which had ample veggie and meat choices. Meat-eater B was happy with his veggie burger and I liked my HUGE tofu/brown rice bowl.

In Ucluelet, give Jigger's a try if you both like fish and chips.

We simply drove through Qualicum, getting out only to stretch our legs but it was a pretty stop.

Funny - I was checking out this board this morning because I was remembering fondly our trip last year. We did a very similar trip to yours. We had a fabulous time. Have a super trip!

Jul 21, 2015
digga in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

Word, bobbert. Frankly, I was speechless at the supportive posts for this "lobster roll" but to each his/her own. The wine definitely helped me choke this one down.

The video spot is pretty damned funny, though. Which is the most I can say for our little experiment.

Jul 20, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Luke's Lobster

Thanks for your report Penny. We had an excellent experience at the Park Slope spot last year, so we're looking forward to trying out our local Luke's, though we wish they had chosen Camberville.

Jul 18, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Any decent brunch places reasonably close to Faneuil Hall?

How is that place Koy across from Faneuil Hall? Anyone have any experiences, positive or negative? I guess for me, I'm not into Western breakfast-y items (eggs, potatoes, etc). Asian food at breakfast time sits better with me.

Jul 16, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

I love Flats Mentor...I feel like it's the type of program that Sam "I Am" Fuijisaka would have dug. I still miss that bugger. :`-(

PS I should mention that there may not be solely Hmong enrolled in the program, but folks from all over Southeast Asia.

PPS The green amaranth made a lovely saute. I'm using the other half of the huge bunch to make a Korean-esque miso soup with tofu cubes.

Jul 15, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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Quick Newport trip report

For as compact as Newport is, I don't think I've ever eaten on Bellevue, though I love the area, especially the Tennis Hall of Fame. I tend to eat on Broadway (Pour Judgement and Salvation Cafe for example and I've heard good things about Malt). I'm pretty sure I've been to Cappy's though. Thanks for bringing those places to light.

Sadly, I'm in Greater Boston, so not near the RI coast physically, but only in my mind...

Jul 14, 2015
digga in Southern New England

What's for Dinner #375 - the Cornzapoppin! Edition [through July 19, 2015]

To reinforce that thinking, I just saw some corn at the Lexington, MA FM today (forget which stand) and I steered clear. It's way too early as someone who has spent time in Central Illinois for grad school, in my humble opinion.

On the other hand, the Hmong farmers had beautiful amaranth, which I'll sauté like Swiss chard along with trumpet mushrooms and garlic. Grilled striper will be the protein and some sprouted rice for a side. I have some nice lettuce from our garden and from the Hmong farmers so the fish may also go into lettuce with gochijang and rice for ssam.

Reports on farmers markets, CSAs, farm stands etc. July & August 2015

Big changes underfoot at Lex Farm (formally Busa Farm) right on the Arlington-Lexington line. I've been a little out of commission so I've not been following all the steps towards the changes (basically an ownership turnover) but it is good. The farm stand is being "manned" by cute Jaclyn who I think is also responsible for much of the buying. They're open Wed-Sat 3-7 pm and are carrying all sorts of local products in addition to home-grown produce. In the last few weeks, I've bought oat flour and wheat berries from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA; pizza dough from Tuscan Pizza Co in Woburn (I normally make my own, but I've been short on time lately); NOLA's salsa from JP; Nella ravioli from Boston; absolutely gorgeous broccoli rabe, mizuna, and Swiss chard. I have to pinch myself that we live within a 5 walk of this place. They seem to be doing a brisk pick-your-own business this season for CSA members. I can't wait until Chowpup is old enough to walk the fields.
http://lexfarm.org

Jul 14, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area
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Quick Newport trip report

Joanie - As always, a fun read! For such a small state, we love our gigantic portions! It's all about value for Rhode Islanders. I haven't been in Newport in ages, so thanks for the report (although these days, nearby Warren has been hopping - there's a new place, called Bywater, that I want to try). Sounds like a wonderful hooky day.

PS If I had been in your shoes, I would've run straight back to the gelato place with the empty cone and a sad face - I bet they would have filled you up again, or given you a discount.

Jul 14, 2015
digga in Southern New England

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

For me, it can't be hot enough! Boston was quite toasty, in the 90's this weekend so even I wanted to keep things simple. We had my parents over for the weekend. While they entertained our Chowpup, I made a salad of soba noodle, sliced up shiitake mushroom, and mizuna and a side dish of sautéed broccoli rabe with tons of garlic and crushed red pepper (a beautiful specimen of rabe from our local farm, a 5 minute saunter down the street...their rabe doesn't have florets as one usually sees in grocery stores, but just gorgeous, elegant leaves). B grilled up 4 huge king salmon steaks that were on crazy sale at our local Whole Foods - on the bone, so they were really flavorful and moist. Sunday breakfast was eggs (except for me) and English muffins with surprisingly good slices of tomato and avocado seasoned well with S&P. Sunday lunch at a lobster joint up north, which is one of our favorites (we had our wedding feast there). Unfortunately, the bread on our lobster rolls, particularly mine, was subpar - mine was downright soggy, while the others were not crispy as they usually are. They had an ownership change recently. Bumma. Dinner that night was leftover salmon tucked into TJ's corn and wheat tortillas with more of that luscious tomato, avocado, black bean, and jalapeño.

Bywater (Warren, RI)

Ditto....Wooden Midshipman is one of my favorite shops anywhere - Katie has a discerning eye, so I'm sure that extends to the restaurant. I love how they are helping to invigorate Warren, which badly needed a shot in the arm. I don't get down to Warren often enough these days but I also can't wait to check it out. As always, thanks for the thoughtful report.

Jul 10, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Trailblazing restaurateur to close Rue de l'Espoir after 39 years

Oh man, I was thinking of Pot au Feu when I wrote my response. Of course, the Rue is eclectic - I knew that! But I still somehow never got over there. Thanks for setting me straight!

Jul 09, 2015
digga in Southern New England

What is it with Massachusetts and steak tips?

Funny - my mom says the same thing about oxtail and short ribs. The butcher used to give her oxtail for free and she could get short ribs at bargain basement prices many moons ago. Her beef bone broth was second to none and her kalbi is still renown. She was a (Korean) hipster cook before her time! Without all the pretense.

Searching for...spinach/feta pitas...help appreciated!

Piling onto this old but useful thread...Not South Shore, but I wonder if Zaatar Bakery in Arlington carries them? I'll try to check it out and report back if I do.

Jul 07, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Trailblazing restaurateur to close Rue de l'Espoir after 39 years

I hadn't heard of the closing so thanks for posting. Regrettably, I had never gone to Rue de L'Espoir even though I'm a born and bred Rhode Islander. French food never appealed to me since I've always considered it too meat-centric for my sensibilities. Nevertheless, it is sad to hear this news. I consider "the Rue" a RI institution, and NOT in the same vein as Twin Oaks and that ilk.

Jul 07, 2015
digga in Southern New England

McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

We decided "what the hell, why not?" today (well, that was more B's attitude than mine as I protested, but whatever...I secretly hoped it would be good). We stopped by a McDonald's in Salem (Traders' Way) on our way to Marblehead for a picnic. Got rolls with green leaf lettuce and without (one can also order it with shredded lettuce). I wanted mine without because I thought it would be too much filler, but B said it was much better with, if only for some textural contrast. At least it looked better (forgot to take a photo but not much different than what is depicted). A mix of what could only be described as lobster salad and a previously frozen claw - it was pretty obvious that it was frozen due to the weird, stringy texture. Roll, though split-top, was not the typical hot dog-type. At least it was griddled inside, on one side and buttered on the other. B thought it would be fine in a pinch (we were not in a pinch, just experimenting) while I thought it was an abomination. We were glad that they were only $8. And that we brown-bagged some chilled rose to accompany our experiment and had a gorgeous seascape in front of us while we pondered our results.

Equidistant from Providence and Boston?

British Beer Works in Walpole?

Jul 03, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Gujarati food in Boston area?

Yeah, I know they closed...we lived down the street. I was wondering if anyone involved, particularly kitchen staff, ended up at another venture in the area.

Jul 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

Taking the MBTA ferry to Hingham is also a fun trip (it only runs during the week). Cheap and if the weather is good, a fabulous cruise of Boston harbor...the Hingham shipyard has a bunch of restaurants (none of which would be considered Chowish by folks on this board, but fun nonetheless...I would suggest Boston Beer Works Hingham for pub grub).

Jul 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

Funny, hubby went to UT-Austin and UT-Houston for school...he would flash you a Longhorn sign! That's about as much abuse as you would endure up here.

Jul 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

First trip to Boston

Really? We liked the food quite a bit when we stopped in, granted it's been a year or so.

Jul 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Best price on wild salmon?

I just bought Coho wild salmon for $9.99/lb at the Medford Whole Foods this past Monday. It made for some mighty good grilled salmon sandwiches on homemade olive bread slathered with garlic scape pesto last night.

Don't know if it is still on sale so do call ahead to your local WF.