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Ba Co Banh Mi

I was also excited about the faux meat options! Unfortunately, their sandwiches were pretty gross. The 'meat' was flabby and soggy, and it was drenched in something that tasted like watered down BBQ sauce, plus the sandwich was really greasy. I tried them about two months ago (not long after they opened), so I don't know if there were kinks they were working out - but in my opinion, it's a waste to eat there when Pho Viet is so close!

Jun 23, 2013
dorkphoenyx in Greater Boston Area

You're Not Allergic to MSG and 6 More Culinary Secrets

I should add to my comment: I, however, love the fact that MSG is stored in giant barrels in the kitchens of certain restaurants (ex. Chinese restaurants in Chinatown). I think almost everything can be improved/ accented by MSG; it's like salt, things just lack substance if there's not enough.

Jan 05, 2011
dorkphoenyx in Features

You're Not Allergic to MSG and 6 More Culinary Secrets

ike04 and glyph - I don't disagree with the fact that people have MSG sensitivites; I just disagree with the ones who are telling me that while eating Cheetos. Unfortunately, I think most people just avoid MSG because they heard someone sometime say something something MSG OMG. Like the people who claim sulfite allergies but eat dried fruit. Sorry you're mistakenly lumped in with idiots.

Jan 05, 2011
dorkphoenyx in Features

Beer and Cheese

Great post, and don't forget about dessert-style pairings; I'm fond of Belgian lambics and good Taleggio or Camembert.

P.S. Muenster is the rather insipid, bright orange cheese made in America; Munster (Münster) is the cheese with character.

May 08, 2008
dorkphoenyx in Features

Do Let Them Eat Cake

I generally either ask them what they would like - if I'm by some restaurant, I'll ask them if I can get them something from there. Or I will get them what I would want in their position. One of the nicest conversations I've ever had on the subject was on a hot night on South Street. Asked for money, no cash, so I stopped at a Haagen-Daaz and bought a milkshake. The gentleman's response was that you need to eat to live, but sometimes it's just nice to enjoy yourself (and a five dollar milkshake is not something he would have bought, even if he had the money).

Sep 25, 2007
dorkphoenyx in Features