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Crab cakes to cook at home?

We've had good luck with the ones at the Andover Whole Foods fish counter...is there one near you? Not sure they are all made the same.

Costco or BJ's membership?

It was probably a couple years ago. I was a member for a year and liked it well enough. but just prefer BJs. the one by me is new-ish and has less of a warehouse feeling.

Jan 25, 2015
grumpyspatient in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

I think I got a pass at the service counter at Costco, not a trial membership.
It was good for the day.

Jan 25, 2015
grumpyspatient in Chains

Costco or BJ's membership?

I think it depends on what you want to buy.
I found BJs to stock items I wanted (and knew) while costco had less recognizable names and less of the household things I would need. not a criticism of Costco, just a preference.
Both offer a temporary pass, I would recommend checking both out to see who offers what you would use the most.

Jan 24, 2015
grumpyspatient in Chains

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

fair enough. but what would brunch be to you? do you ever have eggs, pancakes, waffles etc after 10-11:00 am?
or it just wouldn't appeal to you then?

I could eat that anytime of the day...is that brunch?

Jan 04, 2015
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Am I the only one who doesn't brunch?

Brunch to me is a late breakfast, after 11:00 or so. Its not a buffet which is hardly ever worth the price regardless of the meal nor does it include alcohol.

It does typically include eggs, toast and whatever...bacon, home fries, hash, pancakes-whatever I did not eat at 7:00 am that now appeals to me. Sometimes its breakfast for dinner.
My youngest son's favorite meal.

And its usually at home.

Boagman-I get the feeling this is not what you are describing/disliking.
Its the Mother's Day buffet brunch at the Hilton with a complimentary rose for mom as well as a mimosa or bloody mary for each adult diner. Carving station with standing rib roast, ham and turkey and a complete dessert table that will send the kids over the edge.

Two different animals?

Jan 04, 2015
grumpyspatient in General Topics

March vacation with good local produce?

Take a look at Sarasota. March airfares have pretty reasonable in between school vacations.
we really like the beaches, museums, and the downtown.
They run one of the best farmers market on the weekend.

restaruants are pretty good and I would suggest a day trip to Busch Gardens in Tampa. they have some great exhibits especially the razorback gorillas. a little less frenetic than disney for a little one.

I would recommend checking out airbnb.com for accommodations, good prices and locations.

Sibling dinner in lieu of Christmas presents

Coppa came back to the forefront in another post...might be a good spot. the menu is pretty good although the beer selection could be considered weak? Worth considering.

what is a good restaurant near Mass General hospital

always enjoy the Paramount on Charles after my appointments.

Looking for a Peppermint Pig in the Boston area

Give Cardullos in Harvard Square a call, they may have them for the holidays.


Weekend In Barcelona - What Not To Miss

We had a really good lunch at Paco Merlago on a Sunday afternoon in early October.
we walked in, probably on the early side but I do think they take reservations. Among several really good dishes the baked scallop was a stand out.

Dec 06, 2014
grumpyspatient in Spain/Portugal

Holiday Gift Baskets

I have several transplanted new englanders in Florida and gift baskets from Stonewall for holiday breakfasts seem to be pretty popular. real maple syrup, bacon, pancake mix, pretty good jams, all things they could get in Florida but probably wouldn't..its a nice treat and a bit of home on Christmas or New Year's mornings.

I've sent seafood baskets too and have found that legal seafood is the most reliable. (Those are always appreciated.)

Dec 03, 2014
grumpyspatient in Not About Food

Thanksgiving Dinner in Portsmouth NH or Kittery ME

Good to hear, thanks for the update!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Portsmouth NH or Kittery ME

How was Warren's buffet for Thanksgiving?

Pre-marinated wings?

McKinnons will have them. Several different kinds.
Everett is the closest, not sure that will work?


ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

I have them instead of rice at Thai Sweet Basil in Andover and have bought them at H-Mart in Burlington
Like them better than rice.
try Trader Joes, they might stock them.

Barcelona-best area to stay in for restaurants

+1 for Eixample. We rented a studio there the last week of October and really enjoyed it. Walked all over and the subway was easy to get to. Some nice neighborhood spots for eating.

Nov 16, 2014
grumpyspatient in Spain/Portugal

Raw Bars on the North Shore???

I would add Jumpin' Jays in Portsmouth, if you are looking that far north.

Which way to cook many steaks in a same cast iron in a same time?

Can you consider a spoon(sirloin) or standing rib roast(s)?
If beef is your choice for dinner? You could cook 2, one medium and the other rare, cover all the bases.

Oct 24, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Can't find Fage Yogurt at MB.

We do most of our food shopping at the MB in North Andover. Lately we have not had much luck with Fage yogurt selections. We like the 0% fat versions with the little side container of flavorings.
Yesterday there was only honey available in the non-fat and key lime pie in the 2% fat version. Passed on both. Missing my raspberry!

Anyone noticing this at other stores? Is it just MB?

breakfast on I-93 in & around Boston suburbs

+1 on the Irish Cottage

Once I tasted ___ from a farmer's market, I could never go back to the grocery version.

Iceberg Lettuce. The CSA we were members of put heads in for a couple of weeks. Couldn't believe the difference. We had the best wedge salads and lettuce wraps ever.

Oct 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Thanksgiving Dinner in Portsmouth NH or Kittery ME

Wentworth by the Sea offers both a buffet and a prix fixe dinner on T-day. About $50.00 per person, before tax and tip.
I would guess other hotels in the area would offer dinner as well. But Wentworth would be the best, quality wise if you are thinking of a hotel for dinner.

I would give Mombo and The Library a look, they might be serving that day.

Retire where?

Barcelona! or perhaps downtown Sarasota if you want to stay in the US. Although that may be a bigger community than you might want.

Oct 16, 2014
grumpyspatient in Not About Food

The food's terrible...and such large portions

Cracker Barrel...salt salt salt.

Once was enough....blah!

Oct 11, 2014
grumpyspatient in Chains

Where to buy dry-aged, Iberian pork chops (and other BCN-related questions)

We just got home yesterday from Barcelona and Madrid. We rented on Valencia in Eixample and right on the corner was a butcher shop that I know has several different cuts of beef and pork,as I would think you'd find in your neighborhood.

We also went to the Boqueria and you should definitely check it out. Its a little touristy but has some great stalls.

The local supermarket we visited had a pretty serious meat counter with a butcher.

We ate out more than we should of but plan to cook in more on the next visit.
I hope you have Paco Meralgo on your tapa list, its really good

Have a great time, we hated to leave.

Oct 10, 2014
grumpyspatient in Spain/Portugal

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Sorry....was running errands yesterday. I was late to the boards!
If you do make it, I just remembered that Accent (in the red shaker) must be used. ;-)

Sep 28, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

I forgot the ketchup, it was like a second vegetable on the plate!

Sep 28, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Hamburger and mashed potatoes?

Growing up my Mom would make brown onions in the cast iron skillet, throw the hand made (sometimes hand ground) patties into the pan and cook.
Pull them out and make a pan gravy with a water, maybe a bullion cube and flour. Served with homemade lumpy mashed and peas.

Comfort food!

Sep 27, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

ISO north-of-Boston stores with extensive wine selections

I would second the wine connection. they often have tastings all day Saturday. And they will order most anything if you ask. and beat NH State prices.