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What the Hey? No Dry or Roasted Soybeans at Boston Area WF?

WF does not have Bread & Circus roots. WF bought Bread & Circus, then digested them and passed them out the corporate bunghole.

Oct 16, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Better than Stumptown

The wonderful aroma of roasting coffee? I've been in cafes that have their roasters on the floor. The aroma is not wonderful. The aroma of <i>brewing</i> coffee can be very nice, but the aroma of the roaster is very different.

Jun 08, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Miso Market - Porter?

I agree--I have to give these guys credit. I still miss Kotobukiya, but Miso Market is clearly making an effort to improve their inventory, and they have some otherwise hard-to-find items, such as good quality mirin.

And I also agree with Tatsu above--decent dashi is easy to make with bonito flakes and kelp, why bother with powder?

Jun 06, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Boston Mangowatch 2012

How many mangoes are in a box?

May 29, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Faux Meat - Recommendations

I agree--the Field Roast sausages are the best mock sausage by a wide margin. I like the Morningstar farms breakfast patties for weekend brunch, but most of the rest are terrible. A good sausage should be be loaded with fat and spices, not some soft, tasteless mushy thing.

May 23, 2012
Moopheus in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks

A lot of good suggestions here. One of my favorites that I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned yet is Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons. frequently the first place I look.

May 23, 2012
Moopheus in Vegetarian & Vegan

BEst Meatballs (Italian) Needham, Newton, W. Rox, etc

While it is a bit of cliché to cite grandma's meatballs as the best (in my family, it was my grandfather who was the meatball master), it is the standard by which many of us judge. And many fail--either by skimping on what we might consider essential ingredients, or by making a relatively simple thing too complicated. Some tings just don't translate well from a home to restaurant setting.

May 20, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Best spots to buy culinary herbs (to grow)

I saw most of that for sale at Ricky's in Somerville. Not sure about the borage, pretty sure there was some Thai basil, but I was just looking for the Italian basil so not looking that closely. Pemberton Farms in Cambridge usually has a good selection of herbs, but I haven't got out there this season, so I can't say for certain what they have.

May 17, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Best Indian Takeout or Delivery near Harvard / Porter

I've been to Darul Kebab a couple of times for lunch because it is near my office. My impression has been that the basic curries and dals and breads are not bad--okay for a cheap(ish) lunch if you're in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

May 04, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Best Fresh Bagels In Boston?

In addition, they have cheapened their cream cheese. I was living in Troy, NY, when the first Bruegger's opened there, so I have some frame of reference. They used to actually put quite a bit of lox into the lox spread. Now it is just barely flavored.

More recently, given the scarcity of decent bagels around this area (and in Cambridge in particular) I've taken to baking my own. Then I get them fresh right out of my own oven.

May 03, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

A nice shout out to the Langley Deli

Yes, it was kind of funny--here's this article about Charlie Trotter, and suddenly I was thinking about pastrami sandwiches and salami hanging in the window, already forgetting about Trotter.

Apr 14, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Passover Dinner: Not Brisket, so what now?

I had to laugh when I saw the thread. Brisket for Passover was one of the few things my grandmother actually knew how to cook.

Apr 05, 2012
Moopheus in Home Cooking

What to eat at Faneuil Hall Marketplace

There's one place along the food court (I forget the name offhand) that actually does a pretty decent clam roll with Ipswich clams and hand-cut fries.

Apr 05, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

What Kitchen Scale Do Chefs Use At Home?

A scale that could do sub-gram accuracy over 5 kilos would be way more expensive than most people would want to pay for.

Apr 04, 2012
Moopheus in Cookware

Sharpen daily use knives.

I really like my hard-rubber Sani-Tuff cutting board. Much easier on knives than anything else I've ever used.

For sharpening I use an EdgePro Apex kit.

Apr 04, 2012
Moopheus in Cookware

Best Cooking Gadgets

I guess I don't really think of a waffle-iron as a "gadget" in the usual sense. It's just the thing for the job. I mean, if you want to make waffles, what else would you use? Usually the things that fall into the "gadget" category are things that are (allegedly) labor-saving devices to substitute for some other method; most of them are useless if you have decent knife skills. I mean, sure, I use a food processor and a blender (and even an immersion blender). A stand mixer. I guess basically I think of a "gadget" as something that hasn't really proven it's worth in the kitchen.

Apr 04, 2012
Moopheus in Cookware

Inexpensive catering in Cambridge (on a student budget)

Might be worth a call to Basil Tree. They might be able to do something buffet-style that wouldn't bust your budget.

Apr 04, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

What Kitchen Scale Do Chefs Use At Home?

About six or seven years ago I got a My Weigh KD-600 from oldwillknot. It's been great for just about everything I've needed it; I use it every day. Occasionally I think about upgrading to one of the newer models that work in bakers' percentages, but my old scale refuses to conveniently die.

Apr 02, 2012
Moopheus in Cookware

North End Reasturants that will accomidate 1 Vegan in a group

For large-scale commercial cheese production, bacterial rennet is more or less the rule these days. For smaller, more traditional makers, it could be either. In a restaurant setting, without knowing the source or the ingredients, it would be hard to be certain.

Apr 02, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

All Star Sandwich Bar expanding into pizza

The Chinese takeout place (Yun Yun Kitchen) has been replaced by a somewhat less awful Thai takeout place. Aram's #2 is still there and still not good. My guess is that no matter what, the new pizza place has to be an improvement.

Mar 28, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy brown mustard seeds

Christina's definitely has them; I get them there routinely. But yes, any Indian market should have them, they're a basic staple.

Mar 26, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

ISO Great Boston Doughnuts

"Sweet has four locations!"

Yeah, I don't get that. Esp. since the one in Harvard Square hardly ever seems to have anybody in it.

Mar 22, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

ISO Great Boston Doughnuts

Donuts with a Difference basically makes the donuts that Dunkin's used to make, back when they made more than three kinds and they were baked fresh in the shops every day.

The Doughnut Plant donuts are pretty good, but the basic problem is that if I'm going to spend $3-5 on a donut, I'm not going to spend it on a donut. Even when I lived in New York I'd only get them when someone else was buying. Sure, in New York and LA you've got a large enough population of people with enough money that you can sell almost anything at any price, but that doesn't make it a good idea.

Mar 21, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

learn to make a f#*%ing coffee

It does. The baked goods they had looked decent, too, but I didn't actually try any, as someone had already got donuts for us.

Mar 19, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

learn to make a f#*%ing coffee

I went to one in Providence last week, as I had to be at Brown for business. Not the best ever, but definitely much better than average (this was for regular coffee). I didn't know they had locations around here.

Mar 19, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Non-gourmet Food Trucks

Years ago when I worked in Harvard Yard, there used to be a great cheap felafel truck that hung on Oxford St. But it's been gone for a long time now. Now we have lobster rolls and overpriced cupcakes instead. So I feel your pain. But I'm probably one of the few here who actually kind of miss Elsie's sandwich shop

Mar 19, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Best Affordable Place To Get A Wedding Cake?

That's disappointing to hear. Rosie's did our wedding cake and it was very good. But that was 20 years ago.

Mar 12, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Getting so bored -- new ideas welcome

The Greek place is Desfina. No Asian leaves out places like Mulan and Similans. What about Indian? Is the OP okay with Indian? We've got that.

Mar 04, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

Zing Pizza - Porter Square

Keeping the place closed and driving away the employees would not seem a good way to do that.

Mar 04, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area

learn to make a f#*%ing coffee

And most of the places serving good coffee in New York are of pretty recent vintage; it was really a different scene ten years ago. Now NYC is pretty well blanketed in S-bucks. And some of you may be old enough to remember that we used to have the Coffee Connection, until George Howell sold out to Charbucks.

Mar 04, 2012
Moopheus in Greater Boston Area