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Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Pantry moths or any kind of infestation, never been a problem. I suppose if there were issues along that line I would be less annoyed as it would be a regular routine. But its not, and the change makes no sense, unless TJ's got a really really good deal on the bags.

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grumpyspatient in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

yes, we have thought of this, but why the change?
makes no sense....silly really.

Sep 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014

Not a food Yay/Mey/Nay but a big NAY for the new rice packaging.
We eat a fair amount of rice and like the basmati but the opening is 2/3's up the front of the bag now, instead of along the top. Difficult to pour with any control and only smaller measuring cups fit inside.

I know one of us is going to be sweeping it up from the floor one of these nights.

Sep 17, 2014
grumpyspatient in Chains

Vermont Creamery Maple Sea Salt Butter, Stonewall Farm Maple Bacon Onion Jam

We have had the butter in the house once. It went in a flash, on toast, baguettes, pancakes and the best-on french toast.
Haven't bought it since.
We do like the regular butter with sea salt too and buy that more often

WF in Andover carries it, in the soft cheese display, not the regular dairy section.
Its a nice treat for the holidays.

Sep 15, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

wk end buffet greater lowell area

The Bamboo Rest. in Westford offers a dinner buffet. I have found the lunch buffet pretty good for the price, can not comment on dinner.

There is always Kimball's for dessert.


Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

I would add B&G's Boathouse, sitting on the back deck with a chowder and lobster roll would be a nice lunch.


Lawrence-Andover-North Andover Eats

Has anyone checked out Karma in Andover, Rt 28 plaza next to the old Marshall's space. Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine.
The menu is pretty comprehensive which makes me wonder if the chefs can do justice to all the items offered.

I can not find a website although there is a resto by the same name in Westord. So maybe a connection.

Seeking deep fried calamari with Asian dipping sauce

the thai calamari at Sweet Basil is usually pretty good.
I know I have seen it or a version of it, on most thai menus.


Market Basket

we were in the North Andover store this morning. Steady but not crazy as it can be on a Sunday morning.

No alot of yogurt (fage) but plenty of milk, cheese etc.
and most meats were stocked although not the ribs were were considering for Monday.
And there was plenty of fresh fruit and veggies.
the staff had cake for all the customers, to show their appreciation. I felt like I should be bringing them cake.

good to be back!

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

We had lunch at Mary Chungs today, a back to college/end of summer celebration. Five of us, 2 over 50 and 3 under 21.
My husband and I could not convince the youngsters to order a couple of plates at a time, so all at once we had
dun dun noodles- a little heavy on the peanut oil/sauce for me, but I did eat my share.
peking raviolis-never a favorite of mine but loved by everyone one else
wonton soup-looked great but did not try
Rice pearls-really good, especially in the chow show sauce
Suan la chow show - could eat this all day..so good.
Scallion pancake- really good, nice crisp and a good foil for some of the spice. Should of ordered more than 1
Pork and Veg bun-did not try only because it was inhaled, apparently it was very good.
chicken wings - nothing special
beef shanghai noodles- good earthy mushroom dish with glass noodles and veggies. we all enjoyed a bite.

It was fun and good, just what we expected. will be back for more suan la chow show, especially when the cold weather arrives.

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

that does sound vile, how long ago was that?
and did you speak to anyone besides wait staff?

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

Check out Chauncey Creek. Its a beautiful spot, the food has always been good, and you can bring in anything they don't sell including beer and wine.

From York its easier to get there the it would be to the Lobster Pound and you are sitting on the water. There is covered seating,
I would recommend a late lunch, early dinner.


Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

I would add Frills to your list for this, beach wear, jeans, whatever.
its off shore road, down a little alley under umbrellas. food is really good, small bar scene.


How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

its in cambridge, its afgan not french american or Italian and does not have champagne by the glass but the Helmand is easy to get to, has parking nearby, and is an intimate classy space.

the food is consistently good, service has always been great, lighting is low-key and personal. I would only be comfortable dining there in skirt/dress and heels and I don't think my husband has ever dined without a jacket. To us, its that kind of place.
Maybe it this is an opportunity? Expand the perimeters?


Pay by Check no more!

I miss Carberrys....

Heinz 57 Sauce

glad it might work out....the candy and crisps are really why I go!

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I really like Kevin Dundon's Irish Cooking.
He is on Create TV and PBS. very low key, but some nice recipes.

Heinz 57 Sauce

Last time I was here they had Heinz 57 from England, as well as several other interesting sauces/condiments.
Might be worth a trip, and you can stop at Kimballs for ice cream.


What do you eat when you don't know what you want?

scrambled eggs and dark toast.
(lots of pepper)

Aug 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

A little OT...but my husband and I were in Salem yesterday, met up with friends to see the Turner exhibit at PEM.
And we ended up at Turner's Seafood and Grill in the Lyceum building.
It was pretty good, mussels in a Belgium Beer cream sauce, RI style calamari, bakes stuffed shrimp, hake marsala, fish and chips and a grilled halibut special, all really fresh and well cooked. and less expensive than Legal.
We've sat at the bar in the Melrose location and enjoyed that as well. Its a good alternative to Legals if you're near either.

Where are the best tomatoes north of boston?

We've been pretty happy with tomatoes from Manns in Methuen. Haven't had the big beefsteak ones, just the smaller ones they sell in the quart container. Their grape and cherry tomatoes are pretty good as well as the peaches and nectarines.

MasterChef US: Possible Top 6 spoilers

Red and Blue Aprons

ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

thats the rub, 2 sleeves cost $9.38. Grounds shipping to Massachusetts is $11.00.
$10.00/per hundred count isn't terrible,
but when you order 4 and split the $11.00 between 2 people (or 3 people), the overall cost is much better. And once you start to use these, you won't ever want to give them up.

ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

I buy from Webstaurantstore.com too, usually get a couple of friends to order with me.
The more we order, the better the product to shipping ratio.
Comes flat, shrink-wrapped on cardboard that easy to store.

Food related television commercial failures

His sister is starring in one of the mini peeps commercials.
she could star in The Bad Seed remake.


Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

Several years back my dad had a massive stroke. After a pretty aggressive surgery at Mass General and rehab at Spaulding he had a pretty normal life, except for chewing/swallowing in public.

He found baked scallops to be his go-to meal.
Easy to cut with the side of his fork, small bites that he could almost swallow with out chewing. As he got use to it, he added fried scallops and some flaky white fish to his menu, the darker fish were harder for him to handle.
Eating at home was another matter entirely. Made mom cut his steak and potatoes. Enjoyed steamers and soft boiled eggs.

Was hard to handle at first but he and we managed. I hope your friend does too.

New Hampshire Shopping Trip

check out the Sweet Maple Cafe for lunch (and breakfast if thats an option)
really good food, well priced and presented.

The spiced french toast is "beyond the pale" as my father would say.


Best Lobster Rolls in Portsmouth NH

Try B & G Boathouse, out toward Wentworth by the Sea.
Good lobster options, reasonable prices. Sit on the deck, its pretty good.


Grocery store on our way?

Philbricks Fresh Market in Portsmouth might cover what you need, but it is pricey...more so than whole foods.

Two dinners in Portsmouth - please help

Do put Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe on your list. Very fresh fish and a really nice bar to sit and sip and share some apps.