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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.

Gujarati food in Boston area?

I loved Namaskar in Davis Sq for Gujarati food. Their food was light years better than Diva down the block, but Diva always garnered all the crowds (probably due to a prettier room? Namaskar had a modern but cold look). Does anyone know what became of them?

Jul 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Thanks for the link to Hannaone's website, which I've never checked out. I am a bit surprised by the nutritional info that he includes. 728 calories seems quite high but I am not a calorie counter, so far from an expert in that realm. I'm Korean, so it's always interesting for me to see actual recipes, which my mom and I do not use, as we both cook like Italian grannies (add an amount of ingredient X that just feels right).

Do try the garlic scape pesto while scapes are still available. I use Serious Eats' recipe (scroll to the bottom): http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

We've been leaving out the Parmesan just to keep things lighter and haven't missed it at all. And like all pestos, it freezes beautifully. I plan on using it on our grilled salmon sandwiches tonight - I am rising Lahey's no-knead olive bread as we speak, which will get grilled along with the salmon, slathered with pesto, few slices of farmers market tomatoes and arugula sprigs. Can't wait til dinnertime!

Jun 30, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Started with a salad of our garden greens (baby romaine, red leaf lettuce, and arugula) with a random mix of quinoa, black beans, and Rotel tomatoes with Habanero (hot version). Dressed with vinaigrette with shallot, Dijon mustard, rice vinegar, olive and sesame oils. B topped his with a small portion of grilled Coho wild salmon. Main dish was Trader Joe's veggie Italian sausage (very fennel-y, which we love) sauteed in a healthy glug of olive oil with loads of chopped green garlic (both the bulb and the green stalk) and crushed red pepper. Whole wheat penne just south of al dente was added back to the pan for a final minute or so of cooking and then finished with dollops of very pungent garlic scape pesto.

Vampires beware...

40th bday dinner?

At Common Ground in Arlington, we've had better-than-expected food (albeit we stick only to sandwiches, which have been very good across the board) and friendly service. They serve one of my favorite veggie burgers, which is made in-house and comes with pickled veggies and tzatziki. They have a function room out back.

Jun 29, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

Love the photo of your dad. My dad and B (1st Fathers' Day for him) choose to remain anonymous.

We had lunch a few hours ago - Melissa Clark's Tuscan kale salad with extra-strength dressing (more garlic and lemon than her recipe calls for because that's how we roll in this house), spicy cioppino, and crusty French baguette from Bread Obsession in Lexington, MA because I didn't have time to bake bread. I did manage to make a loaf of Smitten Kitchen's Jacked-Up banana bread to go with coffee since my dad's got a sweet tooth.

Dinner will be marinated grilled flank steak with Sam Sifton's grilled broccoli (marinated in tamari and balsamic vinegar), and a mushroom and soba noodle salad.

Giving dad (and mom) a break from rice, which they have every night. However, there is ssam (lettuce), sprouted rice, and joguchang in the fridge so that may make its way to the table as well.

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues

One of my favorite tofu preps is grilled. I often use Trader Joe's high-protein tofu, which is super-firm, stick the whole block or a few slices in a strainer with a bowl underneath to let it drain a little (an hour or so). Coat liberally with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill over high heat. The texture is wonderful, at least it is to me. I love it in a sandwich or in a brown rice bowl, with a few drops of shoyu for umami and some pickled greens, such as radish tops.

Jun 19, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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ISO Halibut - either retail or restaurant

I just bought halibut this past Wed at the Arlington farmers' market, which I was told was caught that morning up in Gloucester (I got the last 0.5 lb at 2:30 pm...market starts at 2 pm so you're not the only one hungry for halibut). I believe the Belmont market had some yesterday, too.

Too late for your purposes, but a few weeks ago, the Arlington Whole Foods had halibut steaks for the unheard of price of $14.99/lb (regularly priced at $24.99/lb). They grilled up beautifully, especially since they were bone-in.

Jun 19, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #370 The Grass is Green Edition! [through June 21, 2015]

I noticed that you love chimichurri as much as I do...Have you tried your hand at piri piri sauce for your chicken? It's a Portuguese-by-way-of-Mozambique sauce that we had the good fortune of trying in Lisbon a few years ago. I don't even eat meat but B "forced" a bite of roasted chicken doused in piri piri onto me and I swooned. But you might already know this, so I excuse me if I'm being presumptuous.

Jun 18, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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Good dinner this Saturday before PPAC (Providence Performing Arts Center)

I personally love the Red Fez on Peck St. It's probably a 5 minute walk to PPAC. Sit downstairs for a casual dinner, head on upstairs for the fun bar (although at that hour, it'll probably be on the quiet side, especially with Brown and RISD out for the summer).

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

No need to be "icked" out by the white albumin....it's simply coming to the surface during the cooking process for not completely known reasons. You are eating it either way, whether it rises to the surface or remains internal. Albumin is just a protein, like any other you are already ingesting when eating the fish. We are trained to think that it looks bad, but it doesn't bother me one bit.

Jun 08, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

I never measure out my rice:water. I use the ol' Korean knuckle measurement that I learned from dad....Throw however much rice you want into your rice cooker, then add water to cover - enough to reach the first knuckle of your index (pointing) finger from the top of the rice layer. Works every time no matter who's cooking or how large their hands are (for Seinfeld fans, even for ManHands).

I'm gonna check out the Perfect Rice thread...y'all post so often on Home Cooking, it's tough to keep up!

Jun 08, 2015
digga in Home Cooking

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

We were in the mood to carbo-load today...No problem getting a 1:30 pm reservation. We were stuck at a two-top right next to the emergency exit since we had a stroller so it was tough to check out the "action" at the various bars...oh well, such is life now. B started with the peas and prosciutto - the peas were fantastic and screamed spring. Crisp and bright green with a healthy dose of mint, red onion, and hit of acid. My farro with charred ramps was tasty and rustic, though I wouldn't have guessed the presence of ramps. A tiny bit of heat from jalapeños. We split the mushroom and scarmoza pizza and the linguine with crab/lemon/breadcrumbs/jalapeño. Pizza was fantastic - beautiful charring but my quibble was that it was floppy in the middle, a pet peeve of mine. The tip droop didn't bother B one bit. The linguine was well-cooked, but we couldn't detect lemon or jalapeño. A subtle dish, but pleasant enough. Not something that will keep me up at nights, thinking about the next time. Props to Chowhounder RM for the pelaverga recommendation - a grape with which we were not familiar but paired fantastically with all of our food, particularly the mushroom pizza (the sommelier even praised our choice). Finished with a cappuccino and the gelato trio (olive oil, our favorite; dark chocolate, a departure from my usual hazelnut, which I will try next time; and strawberry, a refreshing counterpoint). I think we got out of there for ~$90 before tip. No service issues.

Jun 07, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

We did grilled coho salmon with an amped-up chimichurri last night and it was delicious, especially with the crisped salmon skin. I absolutely love a pungent chimichurri. I don't chop the parsley up too finely, as I like the look and mouthfeel of intact parsley leaves. On the side were trumpet mushrooms (on sale last week at my local Whole Foods for $10/lb) sliced thinly length-wise and sautéed in a generous glug of good extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, and chili flakes (I like the hot variety from Penzey's). As we do every night, HUGE salads to start, tonight with a variety of lettuces, a bit of arugula, blanched green beans, corn, black beans, sliced up grape tomatoes, and drizzled with my vaguely Asian vinaigrette (dollop of TJ's Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, few drops of shoyu and sesame oil, healthy amount of seasoning).

And, to quote Linda Whit, there was wine.

Where to eat in New England while traveling from NYC to Maine?

Be careful if you decide to stop at "Pepe's" in Manchester. We made the mistake of stopping at Pepe's and not at Frank Pepe's and ordered their clam pizza before we realized our error. It was horrible but it gave us material for a funny story. B got cornered talking to a woman who was larger than he and pounding Bud Light out of a football-shaped stein.

Jun 05, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Meager stipend or not, I would still turn back the clock to do something like that. Believe me, stipends here in the States are pretty meager, too...though, of course, Tokyo is outrageously $$$. But I think kids his age are fairly resourceful. Fresh, cheap sushi could be had at the stalls lining Tsukiji fish market, if he is so inclined.

Jun 04, 2015
digga in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Gio - Agreed. I made a dinner salad of raw shredded kale pecorino+lemon topped with grilled mahimahi (on sale at Boston-area Whole Foods for $10/lb) that was delicious. Definitely a fantastic summertime dish for those who eat fish and love kale (even for kale novices). I added drained canned chickpeas, quartered grape tomatoes, and red onions to "beef" it up. The pecorino paired well with the fish.

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11...

I gotta hang out more often on Home Cooking..Y'all have way more fun than on the other board that I read/post to frequently (the others are great, too, except for this one unnamed board).

What's for Dinner #368 - The "I Have No Title for This Thread" Edition [Old--through 6/9/15]

Tokyo will blow his young mind...it did for me as a 30-something. And as a parent, you won't have to worry too much...it is ultra-safe.

To eat cheaply, he should definitely take advantage of the noodle bars. They can be intimidating initially, but that fades quite quickly. At the the hole-in-the-wall joints, you order from a vending machine contraption - ramen, beer/beverages. It's fantastic and efficient..and perhaps utmost in importance to your young 'hound, cheap! We've had some of the best ramen in our lives in no-name places all around Tokyo. You probably know all this, but thought I'd post anyway. Hope he has a fantastic experience - as that great philosopher Cher once sang, if I could turn back time....

Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence

I love this roll-call of late night joints in PVD that you have been compiling. Makes me wish that I still lived in Rhody (ex-West Sider).

Jun 02, 2015
digga in Southern New England

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

I think you mean Nick's 'eef and Bee' House (I think the "f" was missing).

Jun 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Looking to rent a private home for a 100-150 people wedding. Northern New England.

How about Laudholm Farm in Wells, ME? We visited one weekend last summer when they were setting up a wedding for that evening. It is a gorgeous, laid-back setting.

Jun 01, 2015
digga in Northern New England

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

Ah...good to know. I was wondering about all the Rauxa references. I left Boston for Chicago and then Champaign-Urbana for a total of 6 years so I missed that era of Boston eats.

Jun 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Fantasy Question for Boston Old Timers

I miss the post-club/bar places that I used to frequent in the 90's, such as Gyuhama rock n'roll sushi as Roy Ron mentioned, and the original Ginza in Chinatown when it was actually good and was quite the scene at 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays...packed to the gills with foreign Asian students with too much money (not me).

Other places - the original Elephant Walk in the old jailhouse in Union Sq. That was my first taste of Southeast Asian food as a young 'hound and I got bitten by the (flavor) bug big time.

I concur with Canadian Tux about Deli Haus...and how about Capt. Nemo's for kicks? Hell, anything in Kenmore before it got "spruced" up (not always for the better). I haven't thought about Caffe Lampara in ages (thanks kimfair1 for jogging that part of my brain) where I had upscale-ish (to my young tastebuds) meals when my parents were in town to take me out.

Infomaniac - I used to work at MGH in college to make some spending money when Buzzy's was still around. I was the "closer" at the microbiology lab at nights and when my co-worker finished up, he would head straight to Buzzy's along with a gaggle of 2nd shifters from the hospital. For them, it was a welcome beacon after a long shift of hard work. I never ate much there since I was a vegetarian (I turned a blind eye to eat french fries), but I had more laughs in that parking lot/eating area than I had ever had...still miss that place like hell.

On the other side of the river...The Tasty for raspberry lime rickeys and that crazy mustachioed dude who always seemed to be working the flat-top (did he run the place? Who was he?). Nick's 'eef and Bee' House. More recently, Mexican Cuisine as mentioned by OpChef, but known to me as Forest Cafe, but not for the food. Sitting at the bar was the place to be where I saw many a hard-drinking/life-loving Cantabrigian intellectual holding court or just hanging back to drink and soak it all in (I vaguely recall a hazy discussion about string theory with a grad student before it became all trendy).

Jun 01, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area

Seeking Malaysian or Burmese Recs

Agreed but if someone asks "yo, what's the best Chicago-style deep dish pizza in Boston," I think it's not unreasonable to temper expectations. Same for any other cuisines. Especially if the poster has actually eaten the particular dish at the point of origin. I personally love that the Bostonians here seem like a diverse bunch and bring interesting eating experience to the board. That rich tapestry should inform everyone's input, and not be restricted to what we eat solely in Boston.

May 29, 2015
digga in Greater Boston Area