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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

YAY - Biggest in the world for Cookie Butter Ice Cream. Holy crap it's good.

Jan 25, 2015
marcreichman in Chains

Thursday lunch in Milwaukee

Yes on the casual for Le Reve.

Note on blues egg. You will ALWAYS wait. It's very busy, and IMO not necessarily worth it.

Sep 10, 2014
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Coming to Milwaukee this Sunday....What to eat?

If you make it for brunch I would recommend Brocach. Great hashes and a decent bloody.

Sep 10, 2014
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Milwaukee Ethiopian Restaurant

I went to Alem Ethiopian Village a year ago or so. Was very good! Had a mix of vegetarian and meat entrees and the flavors were well developed, heat was good and everything was just fine.

Aug 31, 2014
marcreichman in Great Lakes

MKE- pacific produce opening a north side location

According to this article (scroll down):

The market should be opening soon.

Feb 03, 2014
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - September 2013 [old]

Third yay. those things are crack. The subtle cocoa flavor is really excellent.

Sep 07, 2013
marcreichman in Chains

Hip in Milwaukee....

I spy cumin lamb. Now on the list!

Jul 21, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Waukesha County Indian

Haven't been there yet. Have been to the badly-named asian fusion bistro on silvernail road in Waukesha. Good Indian buffet with Thai and Japanese options, as well as a couple Hakka Chinese items.

Jun 23, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Kusaka - Mineral Point, Wi

Looks like there may be a local option for miso and shoyu ramen!

Apr 30, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Kusaka - Mineral Point, Wi

We've been going in West Allis, actually. We'd had random comments from friends/family that the West Allis one was better. I'm game to go to the Hales Corners location, though. Can you speak to the differences?

Apr 19, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Kusaka - Mineral Point, Wi

Izumi's is a place I went to a few years ago before we moved here and I would like to go back. My first time was with some ramen and sadly the broth didn't do it for me. I'll try some sushi next time and see how it goes.

Umami Moto and Sake Tumi are on my list, and I'm (slightly) curious about this buffet w/sushi on the east side.

Other Asian cuisines seem very well represented here, though. Love the Pacific Produce market, have had my fair share of Banh Mi and Pho here in Bayside, on Layton, and have had some great Thai at Singha and Bangkok House (still haven't gotten to ee-sane), and Fortune is a common place for us, love that Chinese menu.

Looking forward to continue eating!

Apr 19, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Kusaka - Mineral Point, Wi

Thanks! I am new on Great Lakes but was active for a number of years in Greater Boston on Chowhound.

I've only been here just shy of a year but I am very impressed by the general Milwaukee food scene. So much great creativity and ingredient selection. I have an ever-growing list of where to eat. Luckily with my wife growing up here and other family around, I'm not totally in the dark but it's good to keep up on what's good.

Apr 19, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Kusaka - Mineral Point, Wi

One year lurker, first time poster, I think!

My wife and I moved to Wauwatosa almost a year ago. She grew up on the south side, I am from NJ, along for the ride. We moved from MA where we both went for school. She was there for 7 years, me for 15. Boston is not necessarily a Japanese Mecca by any stretch, but there are plenty of options from casual to fancy, and from sushi to ramen to curry rice.

So far in Milwaukee we are finding things a bit lacking in the Japanese department. The sushi is good not great, but we also haven't tried every game in town just yet. I read an article a couple months ago about Kusaka, a non-sushi Japanese restaurant in Mineral Point. Yesterday my pregnant wife graciously let us drive the 2 hours there to check it out.

We got to start a Tsukemono salad and an order of Gyoza. The salad was good but could have used a bit more time in the brine, but the Gyoza were great. Hard to tell if they were homemade. I was distracted, however, by the noodles being cut in the kitchen out of the corner of my eye. I was so very excited! My wife got a bowl of udon which she praised for clean favors with good depth, and I had a bowl of miso ramen. The noodles had such good chew, and my miso broth was nice and spicy. The decor and service were also great.

Now I need to justify another trip out there to try the curry! Maybe the lands end tent sale..

Apr 14, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

MKE - Cafe Hollander in Tosa

That is right down the road from our neighborhood. I agree - great bloody! Decent food, occasionally inconsistent.

My other favorite spot for a "whole meal" bloody mary is Highland House in Mequon or Sheboygan.

Feb 14, 2013
marcreichman in Great Lakes

Delicious Sushi, Odd Service at Toraya Arlington

God, I got back here via e-mail reply to this thread. You guys are making me miss Toraya SO MUCH. I haven't found sushi even close here yet. My wife always got a Chicken Katsu bento, and I would get Chirashi. It was our little Saturday lunch date.

Hope everyone is well.

It's been a pleasure!

I have never been a major force on this board, just a post here and there and a many-year lurker. We are picking up and moving to the Milwaukee area, so the great lakes board will be my new home :)

I will be back in town a couple of times a year for work, so I will have to catch up on local developments when I do!

Thanks everyone, keep eating.

Singabella Cafe, Mass Ave past Porter

Just reviving this again after our dinner tonight. I got their lamb gyro plate, and my DC had a mushroom panini and a cup of lentil soup. A-mazing. I commented that I am kicking myself for not getting their food more often because it is so close, and I wanted to make sure it got more love here.

Lamb gyro plate. Matchbook-sized chunks of well-seasoned lamb with a mix of sautéed bell peppers and onions on a bed of rice. Tzaziki and hummus on the side, small salad and a piece of their MASSIVE pita, split and grilled. The lamb looked like it was spit-sliced and thrown on a grill with the peppers and onions. The sauces were great, the hummus shockingly so. I say massive with the bread because it is seriously a full inch thick and very fresh. Quite a plate.

Mushroom panini is basically the same bread, split, with big chunks of Portobella, spinach and a balsamic dressing pressed with a small amount of indicipherable cheese. Big enough for two meals and well seasoned.

Soup was good, it had a strange citrus note we couldn't place, like sour orange or something. It was referred to as "Italian Lentil". Good but probably the low note.

Please go here. It's hard to find as good gyro flavor and fresh pita around here, and the owners and service are just friendly and charming.

hand-pulled noodles

The thread is that old.

Grill menu at Toraya?

Could have been an off night; I usually have consistently excellent food there, including agedashi tofu. We always get a side of Japanese pickles to pass the time.

For me it's chirashi, for my wife it's a bento.

Don't give up.

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

Bad choice of words, Unfoodie. My bad.

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

I agree wholeheartedly. For me, it's simply craving the pizza I ate growing up, which is *my* perfect, which may not be yours, his, hers, etc.

There is a lot of crap everywhere :)

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

Somewhat amusing that the quoted piece was the unrelated and doubted reference to a style of pizza that doesn't fit the description of Andrina's..

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

Very interesting! I assumed from its texture and char that it was hand tossed and cooked in a baker's pride like back home.

It's still awesome!

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

They sell slices. I had a couple of plain ones on Friday at lunchtime.

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

You know I thought that too on the web site. I ASSURE you it's not that kind of pizza. Guessing that it's some kind of stock photo.

Andrina's Pizza - Arlington - Best pizza I have had in MA

To start, I am one of those people who originally came from NJ, and will say things like "every random corner frankie's or joey's pizzeria in NJ beats out most of Boston without even trying". I have lived here about 15 years, and have tried MANY of the places in the area.

With that out of the way, it's kind of hard for me to believe that no one has written about Andrina's just yet.

We've had delivery from them twice, and yesterday I picked up a couple of plain slices to go around lunchtime from a fresh pie. I am not necessarily saying that Andrina's is the best there is, but for *me*, it's perfect. Previously I held Sabatino's in this regard, and if you like that style you will LOVE this. It features good char on the chewy and thin crust, a good amount of garlicky sauce (this is an area Sabatino's lacks), salty cheese with the just the right amount of grease, and, in the case of previous orders, very fresh toppings (large artichoke heart quarters, big pieces of ham, etc.).

I made sure to get food from here several times before writing to make sure there wasn't any consistency issue, and I have not been disappointed. This is definitely not any kind of fancy/attempted fancy pie like Cambridge 1 or Picco but just very well-executed NJ/NY style thin-crust pizza. I would say this is not to be missed.

For reference of my particular style, pizza around here I would vouch for:
Andrina's (duh)
Sabatino's (also duh)
Mangia (South End)
New York Pizza (Roxbury)
Cappy's II (Huntington Ave., Fenway)
Gran Gusto
When Pigs Fly Pizzeria (Kittery, ME)

I do not care for the pizza referred to around here as "greek"-style, or anything that comes off a conveyor belt. For places like this, I find I appreciate the plain slices so much that it's hard to convince me to cover up the awesomeness with a topping.
1060 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA

Tenoch - Medford square


That sounds like an awesome meal. Will definitely get the chile verde soon and my wife will be happy to try a fish taco when they get em.

Basil Tree Catering and Cafe West Cambridge


Basil Tree Catering and Cafe West Cambridge

What about Casbah? I haven't tried it yet but it's right there. :) Also hi-rise a quick bike ride or drive away.

You at BBN?

POLL: Can you walk to an actual grocery store?

Arlington, MA. One 5 minutes (I can see it from my house windows) and another few in 10-15m walk range.

Mar 16, 2012
marcreichman in General Topics