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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2014-June 2014 [old]

The frozen raw jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, are gone. The clerk told me it was a "quality control" issue. Darn - they were my quick go-to protein when I didn't have anything else handy, and I created a bean puree side dish that was a really good accompaniment to them.

Feb 20, 2014
Ketzela in Chains

CHOW Reviews: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 12-Inch Everyday Pan

I do find this a great everyday pan. And the benefit of those two short handles is that it fits easily in to the cabinet where I store pans.

Feb 01, 2014
Ketzela in Cookware

duck legs ?

I saw them Christmas eve day at the Whole Foods in Arlington - both breasts and whole legs.

Dec 26, 2013
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

September 2013 Openings and Closings

According to a neighbor, the owner of Tom Yung Koong sold the Arlington Heights site to an employee, and expects that the new restaurant will have a menu very similar to TYK's.
The more things change . . .

Sep 05, 2013
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

I haven't been to the Woburn one is a while, but last year they were roasting in-house and had a pretty good single-origin Columbian available.

Jun 28, 2013
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Sel de la Terre Back Bay: CLOSED

So sorry to hear this - their steak frites with a glass of red was my celebration-comfort-self-indulgent treat. They had a very nice by-the-glass wine list, too.

Jan 29, 2013
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Zocalo Arlington Actually Worthy?

La Posada. Small, friendly, very good and open for lunch!

May 21, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Japanese buckwheat: soba gome.

An update for anyone else who might want to find this ingredient. I couldn't get it at H-Mart or the little Japanese grocery (Miso?) in Porter Square by the bus stop. I haven't been to Ebisuya yet to check there, but in the end, I ordered it online from naturalimport in New Hampshire. They carry the Mitoku line of soba products, and the soba gome was beautiful! Much milder in taste than kasha, chewier and more distinct in granulation (more like rice) than Bob's Red Mill Cream of Buckwheat. I prepared it by toasting it in a pan on the stove (I'm not sure that was necessary with this version, but I do it with Bob's Red Mill to get a richer flavor.) Then I mixed in some unsalted sunflower seeds and chicken stock and cooked it in my rice cooker. Really good!

P.S. H-Mart does carry buckwheat flour for anyone looking to make their own soba noodles.

Apr 01, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Japanese buckwheat: soba gome.

Actually, the buckwheat used for soba is a different variety than that used in eastern European cooking. It has a smaller hull and a different flavor; it's not just the difference between toasted and untoasted buckwheat. I will try Ebisuya, a new resource to me and I don't live all that far from Medford!

Jan 19, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Japanese buckwheat: soba gome.

You are right, emannths, the eastern European kasha style of buckwheat groats are not the same. The Japanese buckwheat groats actually puff up a little when you toast them and they have a milder, although still nutty, flavor. (But I love kasha, too.)

Jan 19, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Japanese buckwheat: soba gome.

No, thanks for the suggestion. I will look there.

Jan 19, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Japanese buckwheat: soba gome.

My Whole Foods doesn't have it. Would H-Mart? I'm looking for the fine buckwheat groats imported from Japan.

Jan 19, 2012
Ketzela in Greater Boston Area

Discontinued at Trader Joe's (started 6/19/2011) [old]

It's been years, but I am still in mourning for the Ginger Jubilee Cake. Sliced thin and toasted it was my go-to pick-me-up with a cup of tea. When it disappeared, I begged them to reveal the source, but all I was told was that it was supposed to have been a rough copy of Dancing Deer gingerbread. While I love DD gingerbread, too, the Ginger Jubilee Cake was nothing like it - lighter, less moist and with crystallized ginger chunks inside. I'm still baking every recipe I can find that seems similar in hopes of recreating it, but so far, not so good.

Sep 29, 2011
Ketzela in Chains