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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.


New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

thank you very much...we're really looking forward to the trip!

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

OT-but I am heading to BCN next week, any recommendations?
I've been monitoring the Spain/Portugal thread but would be interested in your thoughts?

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

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.

Sep 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in Chains

Trader Joe's YAY/MEY/NAY - September 2014 [OLD]

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 [OLD]

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.