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Saturday Brunch Near Cleveland Circle?

Any suggestions? The archives seem mostly focused on dinner places. We're preferably on foot, but can drive if necessary.

Thanks.

Dec 03, 2010
makiman in Greater Boston Area

where can I get a heart?

This is food -- sort of. It's actually for a science project, but this is an organ meat, no? I figure if anyone knows where to get one... North Shore preferred... pigs are best. A sheep pluck would be cool, too. And then I could make Haggis!

Makiman

Jan 19, 2010
makiman in Greater Boston Area

whole local shrimp

local shrimp are $2 a pound, head on, at intershell seafood, which just opened a retail place (this has probably already been covered, but I've been out of the country)

Would people suggest cooking these head on, or heading them first, for a peel-and-eat session?

thanks,
makiman

Jan 17, 2010
makiman in Greater Boston Area

lobsta land

How do folks feel about lobsta land in Gloucester? I haven't been there and just got invited to a dinner there. Anything to recommend or avoid? Thanks as always.

makiman

Nov 19, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

thanks for rec

enjoyed gran gusto, loved the homemade pasta. Right next to theater, too. Thanks.

Makiman

Nov 11, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

dinner with my (fresh pond) movie?

Thanks so much, all... will let you know.

Makiman

Nov 10, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

dinner with my (fresh pond) movie?

Hi. Movie at 7, fresh pond.

My wife wanted Amelia's (teele sq) because she hasn't been in ages but the buzz here was not positive. Suggestions?

thanks,

makiman

Nov 10, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

pizza in beverly with a pdd kid?

Hi.

I'm looking for a. good pizza and b. an environment where a kid who can't sit still won't bother other people. I'm seeing counter service....

idea?

thanks so much.

Makiman

Nov 07, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Sable Fish $12.00/lb Market Basket Danvers

Too expensive, I think it didn't sell and they are trying to move it before sell by date of this Friday. But it was $3 for four ounces. I got two.

makiman

Oct 06, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Expanded retail at intershell

Intershell, Gloucester MA, sells seafood and sushi stuff wholesale and retail.

They have a new retail space under construction, don't know when it's open but I'd guess a few weeks. Right now, there's a tiny retail space in the administrative office with everything you need for sushi. They also have littlenecks and oysters. I like it.

Sep 01, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

asian market close to south shore plaza?

Hi. I'm a north shore guy who has to visit the south shore plaza. Is there a good chinese market close by? I want to avoid parking in Chinatown.

thanks

Sep 01, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Seaweed salad

Try intershell in Gloucester. You can buy individual portions, or two kilos frozen, and cut off chunks as you need.

maki

Sep 01, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

davis sq suggestions

Hi. Catching a movie at the Somerville theatre. Do folks have recommendations for decent food/value?

Thanks

Jul 29, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Chowder at Halibut Point, Gloucester

If you order a bowl of 'half and half' at halibut point in Gloucester, you will get equal amounts of New England clam chowder and a tomato based sicilian fish soup, unmixed.

They work great together. First, let me recommend it, and ask Is this a halibut point thing, or more common?

makiman

Jul 23, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Yemenite Restaurant?

Is there a Yemenite restaurant anywhere around? Only ones I k now are in NYC.

thanks,

maki

Jul 23, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

Corn season just started in the pioneer valley. Ears are smallish - definitely early corn - about $5 a dozen. I was just there, and the small farm stands were putting corn out.

A farmer friend of mine out there says the rain has put the season about two weeks behind.

makiman

Jul 15, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Malden super 88 closing? or really low on inventory?

The same thing happened to me at the allston one... I think they were getting ready for construction. I took a friend who hadn't been before, and couldn't get noodles or chopsticks. It was like a bad joke.

Jul 09, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

lobster recommendations please

yep. LIke the lobster pool. I also like the causeway (gloucester). Their lobster casserole entree (19.99) is a good value. The lobster pool has a nicer location.

Makiman

Jul 09, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

good value on smoked salmon

Whoops, sorry.

Connelly's is located in Gloucester. They're a seafood processor with a decent retail counter. I think the retail counter is open something like 9:30 - 3 weekdays and 9:30 to 1 saturdays, but maybe double check if you're making a trip.

makiman

Jul 09, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

good value on smoked salmon

You can get frozen sides of smoked salmon at Connelly's seafood for 10.95 per pound. They have two pound sides, and also 8 ounce trays but I think the trays are all tails from filleted fish.

the sides come in sliced and unsliced. I prefer to slice them myself, much thinner than they do. I think it brings out more flavor. The sliced sides will say 'presliced' on the package, and the unsliced come in the same package with the word 'presliced' covered with a sticker.

makiman

Jul 08, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

market basket strength/weakness?

Hi.

I've been told to be careful because Market Basket carries items closer to their expirations, and thus the lower prices. I haven't noticed; I don't check sell by dates as a rule, and make the same on-the-spot checks with produce I'd do anywhere.

So do I need to be careful, and if so, of what?

Thanks

Makiman

Jul 06, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

boca burgers?

Are boca burgers kosher? I can't find a mark of kashrut on the package.

thanks

makiman

Jul 06, 2009
makiman in Kosher

Where are people buying eggs?

Where do people get their eggs? I just saw the display at the henhouse at Drumlin Farm (Lincoln, MA) and it made me realize I wasn't paying much attention.

Thanks.

ps for what it's worth, Drumlin says if you read the code on a box of eggs, the three digit number is the day of the year the eggs were packaged, and the letter P followed by four digits codes for the plant that produced the eggs.

Jul 02, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

Ketchup Season? [moved from Boston board]

I just read 'The Man Who Ate Everything', by J. Steingarten.

The article 'Playing Ketchup' says that during the summer, ketchup is made directly from tomatoes, and from preserved tomato paste the rest of the year. He says ketchup eaters in the know can tell the difference, read labels for manufacturing dates, and stock up on late summer ketchup.

Has anyone heard this before? Does it really matter? If so, where's the good stuff?

Makiman

Jul 02, 2009
makiman in General Topics

seeking Israeli Chinese fried banana dish

Hi.

Chinese restaurants in Israel serve a dish described to me as deep fried bananas, pralines, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream.

Does this ring a bell for anyone? Recipes or local sources? I'd like to duplicate it for a guest, but I'm at a loss. Thanks.

Makiman

Jul 01, 2009
makiman in Greater Boston Area

shout out: good cheap mom and pop Chinese in Beverly

Well, the menu looks like any 'ordinary' chinese restaurant, chicken fingers, general gau's chicken, and so on... the stir fries were not exotic vegetables... I had a nice balance of mushrooms, peapods, bamboo shoots, broccoli, peppers, etc, on one visit, and my visit today (she was cooking), I was less impressed... more carrots and onions.

But -- I bothered to post this because I found it fresh, and fresh tasting... generic Chinese usually puts me off. I'd rather make it myself. Also, they themselves were eating stuff that didn't look like it was on the menu. I'll bet if you asked for something special, you'd get it, but I don't know that for a fact. I'm making the assumption because it's a small outfit and I had a good experience. You may find it to be ordinary Chinese food....

Oct 06, 2007
makiman in Greater Boston Area

shout out: good cheap mom and pop Chinese in Beverly

Hi.

I made an exploratory visit to Ruby House in Beverly, since I visit the Cummings Center frequently. It's one of those places built in to an old KFC.

To be honest, I've only gotten lunch special stir fries, but they were plentiful, cheap, and made while I watched -- very fresh tasting. And they are sympathetic when I have to handle my two pre-schoolers, smiling benevolently and bringing out extra napkins without being asked.

Husband and wife run it (he usually cooks) and their school-age daughter takes orders some weekends. Dad's English is OK for ordering, Mom's not really (couldn't understand when I said 'no MSG', and she won't answer the phone when he's not in... this merely increases authenticity to me) Daughter, of course, probably speaks English better than I.

Clean but not terribly attractive, rather 'Chinese in the rough' feel. Maybe some more adventurous eaters can check it out and supplement this post.

Best,

Makiman

Oct 06, 2007
makiman in Greater Boston Area

seeking china pearl/dim sum boston advice

Hi.

I'm looking for advice on what time it starts to get crowded at China Pearl in Chinatown. I have out of town guests, and we can't afford to wait too long.

I'm also open for other suggestions for Dim Sum, but as my Chinese buddies took me there preferentially, it would be my first choice.

Thanks so much

Makiman

Oct 06, 2007
makiman in Greater Boston Area

asian markets north of boston?

I got the knife from shinichi watanabe at watanabeblade.com. He sells a standard quality knife in a set... range from about $150 to $200 for five knives, depending on what he's including at the moment. The steel is the same quality as much more expensive knives, and he keeps prices low on these models with machine grinding and cheaper handles -- a small sacrifice, in my opinion. I got a combination waterstone (can't remember the name at the moment, but I'll look up if you want) for around $35, and can get them shavin' sharp.

Also, there is a sushi wholesaler in gloucester, called intershell. Sells all sorts of stuff (clams for raw bar at 30 cents each, for one thing), but you have to buy restaurant size portions.

thanks for your response, best

makiman

Sep 09, 2007
makiman in Greater Boston Area

asian markets north of boston?

Hi, All
I live on the north shore, and am wondering about asian markets north of boston. I am aware of the one in burlington, and the super 88 in Melrose (I searched archives of this board). I was hoping maybe Beverly? Salem?

I'm annoyed the local supermarkets (stop and shop, shaws, market basket) only sell nori in a cardboard box of 5 that prices to $9.40 for 10 sheets... I know they used to sell it by the seafood counter for nearly normal prices, but obviously realized they can turn rice into gold on their own, and don't want the competition.

Thanks so much

makiman

ps -- I'm new here -- I've attached a photo of a recent dinner I made as a hello to other Boston area foodies

Sep 07, 2007
makiman in Greater Boston Area