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Duck place in Flushing

Has anyone tried the dick place in the New World food court? Not sure of the name, but the logo has three duck heads.

Thanks!

Mar 15, 2014
SeattleMonkey in Outer Boroughs

Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

Interesting...Blanching is supposed to improve anthocyanin bioavailability in highbush blueberries. I wonder if frozen berries are blanched.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22...

Nov 08, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

"Boreal Wild Blueberries" are certified to be free of pesticides and herbicides; synthetic products cannot be applied in the 12 months prior to harvest.
http://www.wild-blueberries.com/pages...
http://www.spbq.ca/images/documents/a...

"Organic" forest-harvested blueberries:
http://www.spbq.ca/images/documents/a...

Quebec Blueberry Production Guide:
http://www.spbq.ca/images/documents/a...

Nov 08, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

I'm not sure that 100% of Quebec blueberries are free of pesticides/herbicides either, but they seem to have a natural advantage with their cold winters killing many common pests.

Crop Profile for Lowbush Blueberry in Canada, 2011
http://publications.gc.ca/collections...

Satellite image of blueberry fields:
https://maps.google.com/maps?q=lac+sa...

Syndicat des Producteurs de Bleuets du Québec
www.spbq.ca

Nov 08, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

They're the same species, but the climate in Quebec is completely different. Quebec might be right across the border, but it's an enormous province that extends all the way to the Arctic.

Here's a list of pesticides used on Maine blueberries:
http://umaine.edu/blueberries/files/2...

Another article I found:
http://www.pressherald.com/life/fooda...

"However, pesticides are still very much a part of wild blueberry production in Maine. This was highlighted most recently in late 2004 and early 2005, when Maine's two largest blueberry growers, Cherryfield Foods Inc. and Jasper Wyman & Son, agreed to halt aerial pesticide spraying after a coalition of Maine environmental groups threatened to sue the companies for violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

This change didn't reduce or eliminate the amount of pesticides being used by these companies; it just altered the application method from aerial to ground spraying.

"The bulk of organic, wild blueberries come from Quebec," Bell said. "It's a very tough market for us to compete in. One of the challenges Maine has is the fruit fly maggot, which they don't have up in Quebec.""

Pesticides are everywhere, and I'm sure blueberries from Maine are legally safe to eat...but I recently decided to increase my blueberry intake, and with blueberries being such a delicate, thin-skinned fruit, I'd much rather go with the Canadian ones if I have a choice.

Nov 07, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area
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Frozen Wild Blueberries from Quebec: Where to Find?

Does anyone know where I can find wild (low bush) blueberries from the Boreal region in Quebec? Trader Joe's has them for $3.49 for 454g. Wyman's blueberries are from Maine.

Quebec blueberries are supposed to be much better than American blueberries because they do not contain pesticides. I have a friend from the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region who claims that their blueberries really are "wild." He also claims that these tiny berries are the primary food source of black bears.

Nov 07, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

sweetgreen= delicious

Sweetgreen is great. I just wish they had more locations. It's so hard to find healthy food in boston

Oct 09, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

Which one is your favorite? Dedham? Cambridge?

Which one carries the most interesting products?

Which one has the best in-house coffee roaster?

Jun 27, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Newton Four Corners - Sichuan Gourmet House and ?

Not yet. I got their menu in the mail though

Jun 27, 2013
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Athan's in Brookline

I have a gift certificate. What should I spend it on?

Apr 26, 2012
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Good late night study spots in the Boston area

I'm looking for some cafes open until 11pm or later in Boston, Brookline, Newton or the MetroWest area. Do they exist? Why does everything shut down so early?

My current spots:
Barnes and noble in Prudential Center (10pm, limited seating)
Starbucks on Boylston near Copley (10pm?, dirty)
Tables in Prudential Center near PF Chang's entrance (quiet, often empty)
Panera in Brookline (10pm, ample seating, relatively easy parking)
Starbucks on Beacon St in Brookline (10pm, Washington sq?)

Bad:
Thinking Cup (awful lattes, no wifi, uncomfortable cramped seating, tiny tables, loud, poor lighting)

Nov 05, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

2 months in Boston-which eateries are a must?

The Panera in Newton Centre is a must-try. Greater Boston's best kept secret, and easy on the wallet too!

Oct 21, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Uncle Cheung's / Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham

Has anyone been to either of these places recently? Any good?

Any recommendations on what to order? I'm Chinese

Thanks!

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Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Oct 16, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's Fresh Pasta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any good?

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Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Oct 09, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Chains

Reasonably Priced YERBA MATE in Boston Area?

Anyone know where I can find loose leaf bags of Yerba Mate in the Boston area? I've been buying the tea bags at Trader Joe's, but they are getting expensive!

Oct 09, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Looking for good lattes in greater Boston - like in Seattle

I do NOT recommend the lattes at the Thinking Cup.

They have been AWFUL the three times that I've been there. I want my $15 back....

the bread pudding there is decent though, and coincidentally the cheapest desert item on the menu

Oct 07, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Boston Area

Chinook's at Salmon Bay = BEST salmon in Seattle?

Oh? Can you recommend other places where I can get a good, inexpensive salmon dinner? I will be renting a car so i will have access to the suburbs as well. I'd like to eat as much salmon as I can on my upcoming trip to Seattle. :). Thanks!

Jun 14, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle

Affordable, good SUSHI in greater Seattle (<$25/person)

Really? Is sushi that much better in Vancouver? What are your favorites in vancouver? Thanks :)

Jun 14, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle

Affordable, good SUSHI in greater Seattle (<$25/person)

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I think I will give Shiro's a try. Their online menu has a sushi dinner combo (Chef’s Choice of Nine Nigiri Pieces and One and a half Rolls) for $26.75 http://www.shiros.com/html/menu.htm

How does sushi in Vancouver compare to Seattle sushi? I will also be traveling up to Vancouver, and I'm wondering if I should save my sushi dinners for the Vancouver portion of my trip

Jun 13, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle

Chinook's at Salmon Bay = BEST salmon in Seattle?

I've been told by some foodies that Chinook's serves the best salmon in Seattle. Is this true?

If so, it sounds like a real bargain. Their website says that they offer FREE parking, although their menu doesn't list prices. I wonder how much the salmon main courses cost here.

Jun 13, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle

Best Cantonese food in Richmond!!!

I am visiting Vancouver for the first time, and I plan on having lunch in Richmond, which I hear is the Cantonese food capital of North America.

I am very excited, but I don't know where to go. Any recommendations?

Should I go to a dim sum restaurant, or should I sample different foods in a food court?

Jun 11, 2011
SeattleMonkey in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

What does "entrée" mean in Seattle?

I have been looking at menus online and I am confused by some of the terminology used.

Is an "entrée" the main course in America?

What do "small entrée" and "small plate" mean in Seattle? How "small" are they? Are they enough to feed a normal sized man or large woman?

Please forgive my ignorance. I am French and not very well-traveled.

Jun 11, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle

Affordable, good SUSHI in greater Seattle (<$25/person)

What is your favorite affordable place to get sushi in the Seattle area? I used to be a big fan of Flo in Bellevue, but I'd like to try some new places!

How does it compare (in terms of price and quality) to sushi in Vancouver?

Jun 11, 2011
SeattleMonkey in Greater Seattle