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Grits. Where can I buy them?

I like grits, slow-cooked either yellow or white, and not the instant. Must be my half-Southerness. I usually pick some up on my southern U.S. travels or mail order them from a grist mill.

I have seen them at Trader Joe's in Saugus.

We were invited to the Harvard Club over 20 years ago for a brunch before a red sox game.

It is likely Cumberland Sauce, which is a fruit sauce w/port. You can buy it in a jar from a British label called Tracklements http://www.tracklements.co.uk/sauces/... which I have seen at Whole Foods and gourmet shops.

I really enjoy making it at the holidays, it is delicious with roast ham or to go with a mustard pork loin. It is also easy to do and smells so good while you are cooking it.

pizza memories

Too funny. I remember going to the European with a bunch of co-workers, your mention of the maitre'd brings it all back, complete with bad lighting and the murals on the walls. We showed up with about 16 people including a few we met along the way and were seated in that big room in the back. I remember the biggest pizza I ever saw, and since, and my colleagues had ordered one with every possible ingredient, including anchovies.

I could not fathom how a salty sardine would be good with pizza and now it is my favorite thing to order with it. I have to get them on the side because no one else likes them! So yes, the European is a great memory.

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

Temple Bar between Harvard and Porter Square. It has something for everyone, a nice room and round banquettes that would be perfect for a conversation.

Here's a photo, request this seat by the curtain. It isn't as bright as this at night.

I often suggest this as good for groups. Always had a nice evening there.

Temple Bar
1688 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge
http://templebarcambridge.com

Indian Food?

We like Rang Indian Bistro in the center of Stoneham. Had two nice evenings out here with friends, hope to return again soon. Great meal and staff. Needs more love.

Rang Indian Bistro
http://www.rangindianbistro.com/

Colleague who knows a lot about cuisines asked for a good Indian restaurant from Indian friend, who recommended Pongal in Billerica. Have not been.

The Pongal
http://www.thepongal.com/

Bars/Restaurants that start with "X" or "Y"?

Yada Yada Cafe, in the Seaport.
http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...

Dutch food in Boston

Try Karl's Sausage Kitchen and European Market in Peabody. They also have a cafe there.

Karl's Sausage Kitchen
http://www.karlssausage.com

Anyone tried the Sugarbells at Wilson Farms? Or other outstanding sweet citrus elsewhere?

This is my favorite time of year for citrus. The Florida grapefruit at Market Basket has been delicious and juicy.

I also picked up Sunkist Minneola Tangelos this past week at Calareso's in Reading, and Star Market in Boston. They were some of the best I've ever had; sweet, bright flavor, easy to peel, and seedless.

I love Florida honeybells but the season is short, just a window of weeks' availability in January. Having them shipped is an option, though growers won't ship if it will be below freezing.

Birthday Dinner Recommendations (~12 people, early-mid 20s)

I've had good experiences at Kingston Station for a birthday and other group outings. There is a farm table in the middle of the dining room. We also had a holiday get-together with about a dozen college friends in their private room. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating about separate checks, etc. if that's a preference.

Kingston Station
25 Kingston St.
http://www.kingstonstation.com/

"Real" Eggnog

Our neighbor gave us a bottle of Shaw Farm eggnog from Dracut one year. Since then I have bought the Shaw Farm products at Wilson Farm in Lexington. At the link there is a list of stores that carry their items.

Shaw Farm
http://www.shawfarm.com/wholesalers/

Silly debate going on... What was the People's Republic in Cambridge called before...

It was indeed Drumlin's Pub until new ownership in 1997, when there was a proposal to change the name. I now remember some tempest-in-a-teapot over this, that some residents would find the name The People's Republik 'offensive.'

'But by the time the [Cambridge Licensing] Commission conceded, bar owner Philip Blair was irritated.' - read on...included as part of a 2004 Harvard Crimson compilation of A Communist Guide to Cambridge: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/200...

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

My professional group planned a casual networking social gathering for a Saturday afternoon in August. We contacted a few places in Back Bay / Fenway area to see if they could take an estimated group of 20 people at about 3-4 p.m., thinking it would be a slower time between the Red Sox game and drinks / dinner hour.

One place said yes, but that the group would have to spend $1000. This seemed kind of a steep bite for drinks and light stuff to eat in the middle of the afternoon. I realize this is their own business and they can charge whatever they want, but it seemed a little off-putting.

Is this something that is more of an expectation now for a big group that isn't doing private dining?

Shaw's > Star

Not really interested in the cosmetics. I asked one of the associates about the Essentials store line, and he said that was staying. I was glad about that because I like those products, and they seem to be the same as the Publix store brand which is a well-run chain.

Frankly I am very glad to see they brought back cashiers and got rid of the self-check out. I frequently noticed things that people had left behind from their transaction in the bagging area, and I appreciate the interaction and having a person there.

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

My sympathies are with the parent, who may not have had a choice. This is why public places need to have changing stations in BOTH the women's and the men's restrooms; it is unsanitary to change little ones on a public bathroom FLOOR of all things.

Aug 11, 2014
latertater in Food Media & News

Best Soft Pretzels in Boston Area?

I just had one of the Pretzel Stix from Swissbakers, they were at the Boston Public Market today(Monday afternoon). They are $1.50, add mustard sauce for .50. A good little snack after a long hot walk, and right across from the Greenway.

Swissbakers
http://swissbakers.com/sb/?page_id=30

Student Prince (Springfield) is closing this weekend [moved from Boston board]

That's just so sad. We loved The Student Prince; a friend of ours from Springfield took us there and we tried to visit when we were traveling on the Mass Pike or out at the 'Big E.' I can understand that it is a LOT of work to operate, combined with owners getting on in years and the changing economics. But it is such a shame, and ironic since that kind of food is now taking off again.

There are some recipes at the charming, early-1990s Student Prince website: http://www.studentprince.com/

Where can I BBQ at the beach in Boston??

A nice alternative would be to have the group go to the Boston Harbor Islands. You can go 'island hopping' and a boat circuits the three of them that are close together, and there are food and drinks that you can purchase there. You could augment it with your picnic too of course. The catering company will organize a clambake if you want to do that. Here is information about it: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/fo...

The caterer also offers a BBQ and cruise, which might be the easiest of all: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/en...

Otherwise I would contact the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages parks in the city and state. There are several places with large covered shelters that you can rent for a group.

Department of Conservation and Recreation
Group Day Use: http://1.usa.gov/1lV14AU

You also might show this to your college librarian and they can connect you with more resources too.

Ice Cream Trucks near Waltham or anywhere near Boston/Metro West that carry FrozFruit

I passed by an ice cream truck in Back Bay dubbed 'The Cool Truck' yesterday and saw he had multiple FrozFruit flavors.

Ice Cream Trucks near Waltham or anywhere near Boston/Metro West that carry FrozFruit

I used to love those too. Banana, coconut and pineapple were my favorite. I am pretty sure I saw these at Symphony Market, a convenience store in the Fenway.

A second choice is the Whole Foods 365 brand of frozen bars. They don't have all of these flavors but the Strawberry and Caribbean ones were quite good.

Pearl Jalapeno Beef Frankfurters

I like that little market, thanks for the information.

When I went to Fred's Franks, the hot dog cart with the Big Green Egg, he had these and I tried one - spicy and tasty. I haven't been this season, but it seems like something he should offer regularly.

Fred's Franks
http://fredsfranks.com

Mandalay

Thank you for this cookbook recommendation. I remember going to Mandalay with my parents before the BSO with a high school friend. I think we must have had a 'pre theatre' selection because the curry chicken is what I remember being so good. I'll see out the book!

its fiddlehead season yeah

They have a subtle but wild flavor to appeal to foragers.

I have made soup with them and once tried sauteeing them but my husband became ill from that - they have to be cooked pretty well.

The Wilson Farm cream of fiddlehead soup recipe is quite good: http://www.wilsonfarm.com/recipes/lyn...

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I found a website of this architectural firm that worked on several restaurants in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s. Check out Cricket's...such a 1970s fern bar.

I don't remember the Copley Court at all, I can't even picture what is there now.

http://www.rfarchitects.com/hospitality/

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I think it is where the Pizzeria Uno is now.

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I just remembered over the weekend: Club Cafe. The first time I went there was for lunch in the restaurant. It was the first time I ever saw hummus on a menu and tried it. This was 1988.

I was also walking along Gainsborough Street past Our House East which proudly says on the awning: Since 1981. Thought of you guys.

Our House East
http://www.ourhouseeast.com/

Delicous Pizza Dough

That is my husband's favorite dough. It says it is made in Wakefield, MA and has a red-and-green bag. Usually in the deli area.

We also like Calareso's dough for the quantity.

Also tried out beer-flavored pizza dough from the Portland Pie Company, which was found at Hannaford's.

http://www.portlandpie.com/the-dough/

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I loved Spasso and they had one of the best things I ever ate in Boston. They had this thin crust pizza called Funghi with a mushroom sauce. It was so good. I also remember having penne with sun-dried tomatoes there which I had never had before...this was about 1992. Thanks for the reminder!

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

Here are some more suggestions:

Dali (1989)
Papa*Razzi (1989)
Skipjack's Back Bay location, 1988
http://www.skipjacks.com/index.cfm?pi...
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Sunset Grill and Tap, 1987

The following are from the 1970s, but were popular in the 1980s:

Casa Romero
Sol Azteca

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

Davio's on Newbury was purchased by Steve DiFillipo in 1985:

https://davios.com/bos/about/history

also see Ciao Bella. Not sure when it opened, but it has been there at least twenty five years.

Ciao Bella
Fairfield and Newbury Streets
Back Bay
http://www.ciaobella.com/index.html

study snacks for a crowd

Maybe Taco Party could cater a taco bar for you, they do catering. Or one of the other food trucks?

http://www.tacopartytruck.com/caterin...