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Which is your favorite supermarket chain, and why?

Yes - they are indeed an exceptional family run business that totally takes care of it's non-union employees. If I recall Fortune Magazine voted the company the best to work for in the whole USA for two years in a row (maybe more). There are lots of examples - - just do a Youtube search for Wegmans Northborough and listen to the departmental managers introduce their departments. Wegmans hires college degreed professionals to run their departments (often from schools like Johnson and Wales, Providence) who know what they are doing around food. They don't open new stores in a rush - usually only a couple a year so they can control the process and quality. I used to work there as a kid and have met some of the family. I think here in Massachusetts the big problem is acquiring large enough sites for new stores and I am guessing that is what led to there new smaller store concept for Boston city. Be patient - I am sure they will continue to expand in New England over time.

Which is your favorite supermarket chain, and why?

Addiez - couldn't agree with you more. We are also from Rochester NY - the Wegmans mother lode location. We moved to "south of Boston" over 5 years ago and the supermarket story has been a struggle. Our closest is S&S but we have so many horror stories we keep praying they will be replaced by a Wegmans someday. I just got home from the nearest S&S - 8AM on a Tuesday morning and the produce department looked like a bomb went off. What was left on the counters was old and wilted. Absolutely no grapes or bananas and the apples all had rotton spots. Not an employee in site. How these people stay in business always amazes us as well as how our neighbors seem to accept the status quo. I was driving 20 minutes to the nearest Market Basket where I was saving up to $500 a month on family groceries. I just got lazy and tired of the trip. We now like Trader Joes and I do go to a fairly close Hannafords which we like.

Best Supermarket In USA: your nominations

Yes - we follow it closely. Waiting for one hopefully to the south of Boston.

Aug 06, 2013
davefoxdad in General Topics

Best Supermarket In USA: your nominations

Wegmans! YES - - - -when oh when will you open near me?? Live in New England and patiently wait! Visited the Rochester Penfield store last month and saw whole bags (10 lbs?) of fresh clams for sale for family clam bakes. I have never seen this in New England and we are only minutes from the ocean. Just one example of many. I still love New England though! I try to like/love/get used to the local supermarkets but it has been a struggle. Once you know what Wegmans is like it is always a mental comparison.

Aug 06, 2013
davefoxdad in General Topics

How to find Butcher to debone whole chicken in one piece - Norwood to the south area?

Thanks so much - this is very helpful for the future. We ended up doing two by ourselves quite successfully except I got the breast side confused with the back side on one of them. I was able to save the day. We also decided not to debone the legs. The result was a two beautiful stuffed birds!
I have given up on supermarket butchers and we are now buying pork, beef and occasional poultry directly from the farms.

How to find Butcher to debone whole chicken in one piece - Norwood to the south area?

Thank you all - great advice. I did check the videos and just deboned two chickens. The first was somewhat mangled but my wife is now salvaging with thread and needle. I think for the future, rather than getting stressed with supermarket meat crews we will do this ourselves. Thanks again for your advise.
Dave

How to find Butcher to debone whole chicken in one piece - Norwood to the south area?

We have a traditional Christmas dish (Chicken Rilleno) that requires a whole (one piece skin and all) deboned chicken that is then stuffed and baked - YUM! We have had awful experiences with the supermarket chains butchers - - they most all seem to have a great deal of "attitude". We have been told we are crazy - such a thing doesn't exist (Ralph's) to butcher's who eventually agreed but we ended up with a chicken in 12 pieces (Stop & Shop). We are at the point of giving up and trying our own hand but I thought I would ask on this board if anyone has any suggestions. We are near Norwood to the South. Thanks!

where to buy fresh / live seafood?

I completely agree - it is a great resource for the Boston area

Best Fried Clams in New England

Bubbling Brook (in season) in Westwood or Red Wing in Foxboro

Help with the Patriots game this Sunday

You could also do a burger at FIVEGUYS (right in the mall next to the stadium). Your son may prefer that over a formal restaurant. Also there is an Olive Garden in the southern end of the Gillette shops - -next to Bass Pro Shops. You could also time it to go very early and take in a movie (again right next to stadium) and even get food there.
GO PATS!

Need to buy VEAL SHANKS for Osso Bucco - -South of Boston - - - any suggestions?

Yes thanks - I had a feeling Market Basket would be a good choice - thanks

Need to buy VEAL SHANKS for Osso Bucco - -South of Boston - - - any suggestions?

Yes - thanks - I will try both Market Basket and Whole Foods in Bellingham - - -both only about 20 minutes away. Thanks to you both.

Best of Quincy

WITHOUT A DOUBT - China Pearl at Kan Man Plaza

50th Birthday Dinner?

Try Post390. We had a fabulous meal there a couple weeks ago -- -Back Bay area.

Need to buy VEAL SHANKS for Osso Bucco - -South of Boston - - - any suggestions?

are there Italan butchers south of Boston where I could buy veal shanks? Even frozen would be OK. I have tried BJ's - no luck. Maybe Costco? ....or some of the bigger supermarkets?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

Where to find Bak Kwa (Chinese sweet/salty meat jerky) in Boston area???

Thanks so much! We found we can order online which my wfie did yesterday. Thanks for this information.

Where to find Bak Kwa (Chinese sweet/salty meat jerky) in Boston area???

Used to get this at Bee Cheng Hiang in Singapore and miss it so much!

Where to buy fresh deboned chicken??

Anyone have an idea where we can buy fresh chicken and have them deboned? This is for a Christmas dish. We haven't had much success in the past getting grocery store butchers to do it for us. We are looking for a butcher somewhere to the south/southwest of Boston if possible.
Thanks for any help!

Where can I get farm store free-range fresh dressed chickens south of Boston?

Yes - not far at all. This is a great suggestion and I never knew it existed before - thanks very much for informing me.

Where can I get farm store free-range fresh dressed chickens south of Boston?

Thanks very much! It is only about a 30 minute drive -- I will give them a call.

Wegman's Update ?

What you may be missing is that the issue may be more than a liquor license ---- Wegmans' won't be good news competitively for any New England chain. I really think the competition will be good for local New England consumers.

Nov 23, 2011
davefoxdad in Chains

Where can I get farm store free-range fresh dressed chickens south of Boston?

We get whole pigs and cows from farmers in Northeast Connecticut and next on my list is to find a farm (or market) where I can buy freshly slaughtered free-range (no hormones or chemicals at all) dressed chicken wholes or parts south of Boston. I think I saw these at Kan Man market in Quincy - need to check that out again but that is a hike north for us.

Wegmans to Open on Sunday, 16 October

Well - LONG TIME COMING - congratulations to Wegmans and I am looking forward to more stores being opened. I guess 125,000 visitors to Northborough opening speaks for itself. As a relatively recent (4 years ago) implant to Boston area from Rochester my money is that they will succeed here as they have done throughout the North East. Since arriving we have settled down unhappily by splitting our shopping between S&S and MB. If I had a Wegmans convenient to us I would give them all our business. There are many reasons - -but primarily it this their management and staff who are very customer oriented. Anyone who frequents their stores over time will see this I think.

Wegman's- looks like it's really happening?

I don't know - you could be very right. I was told once by a S&S manager that there were only three people in her store she could effectively manage (the three most senior). How do you run a successful business if you can't manage it? She also told us we would be better off going to Whole Foods as S&S would continue to disappoint us. She said they get the occasional newcomer to the area who gets initially disappointed with the store but after some time they always come back when they realize they don't have a lot of choice.

Wegman's scoping out a site in Westwood, MA

"Walmart" used in the same breath as "Wegmans" is an oxymoron in my opinion!

Wegman's scoping out a site in Westwood, MA

We bring the white hots back from Rochester with us in a cooler twice a year. The kids just love them. My big fear is that Wegmans' wont offer them here (do New Englanders really want them I wonder? They seem to be happy with their existing choices --- Italian Sausage - spicy or mild). Love the "split open" Zweigle's.

Wegman's- looks like it's really happening?

Being new to New England and having grown up in Rochester NY (Wegmans home) you can imagine how disappointed we were to the grocery scene here. We quickly had terrible experiences at S&S and Shaws and have settled into to a couple trips a month to Marketbasket and only going to S&S (nearby) when we have to. From my uneducated perspective I am guessing the New England supermarket problem has a lot to do with having difficulty competing with the high union mandated wage costs. I am only guessing however. We are always amazed at why the consumers here put up with it. To be fair I have become more and more impressed with how S&S has tried (with some success) to improve on many fronts. Now Wegmans will open their very first New England store in a few weeks in Northborough. I will find it interesting to watch this. Their "model" begins with their employees who are well taken care of and chosen. They really enjoy their jobs. Wegmans for two years running was voted by Fortune Magazine to be the best private company to work for in the USA. Not a small achievement. Then they move to the "customer experience" - - if you have not been to one of their stores you are in for a treat. Expecially if you are a "foodie". You want olives? They will have a hundred varieties all beautifully displayed. Since we have not been living in a Wegmans area for some time I am not really sure of relative costs - - they won't be the cheapest I imagine. They seem to tend to locate in affluent areas where price may be less of an issue. I find I save up to 50 percent just by shopping at MB compared to S&S but that margin is reducing recently.
I am really happy that Wegmans has decided to move into New England and wish them great success. I think it will be a win-win for everybody.

Wegman's Update ?

Thanks for that info. Well I hope it happens (we miss Wegmans so much) but it certainly doesn't look very promissing. On the positive side Wegmans won't just open one store only in New England and I am sure there are more to come - - - hopefully this time South of Boston!

Dec 13, 2010
davefoxdad in Chains

What is it with the sausages - why only Italian?

Well - I decided to make a batch this morning and was surprised at the outcome! Very close to the real brotchen I believe. It is a bit of work and I need to add more yeast next time but now I know how to do it so THANKS AGAIN. I am betting my kids will want to consider them equivalent to the Bertucci's pizza dough rolls which they love to dip in the spicy olive oil. I will need to hide some for my Kalteplatte Fruehstueck tomorrow!

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Bertuccis Restaurant
6 Plaza Way, Plymouth, MA 02360

Wegman's Update ?

Any updates? I know Northborough appears on track but I was wondering where Westwood now stands?

Dec 12, 2010
davefoxdad in Chains