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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?

http://helmandrestaurant.com/index.html

about 14 hours ago
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Pay by Check no more!

I miss Carberrys....

1 day ago
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Heinz 57 Sauce

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

Aug 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

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.
http://www.kevindundon.com/category/m...

Aug 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in Food Media & News

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.

http://www.britishdelights.com/

Aug 18, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area
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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.

Aug 17, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area
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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.

Aug 17, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

MasterChef US: Possible Top 6 spoilers

Red and Blue Aprons

Aug 12, 2014
grumpyspatient in Food Media & News

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.

Aug 08, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

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.

Aug 08, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Food related television commercial failures

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

http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Rjb/peeps-min...

Aug 02, 2014
grumpyspatient in Food Media & News

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.

Aug 01, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

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.

http://sweetmaplecafenh.com/

Jul 30, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

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.

http://bgsboathouse.com/index.php

Jul 29, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Grocery store on our way?

Philbricks Fresh Market in Portsmouth might cover what you need, but it is pricey...more so than whole foods.
http://www.philbricksfreshmarket.com/

Jul 28, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

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.
http://www.jumpinjays.com/menu.html

Jul 23, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Cafeteria Food - Universities and Hospitals

Mass General! i was in for a few different stays...not too bad. and they had lots of placards letting you know how healthy your choices were.
Umass Lowell...my oldest attends...some of the best tater tots ever. and the desserts certainly looked pretty good. He missed the freshman 15 cause of all the walking he did.

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

13-perfect age for that...my kids said bones cause they knew they had those themselves but didn't quite get the outside shell concept. and I think I kinda kept the live lobsters from them before cooking...that whole don't eat a pet/animal you named concept. (really OT now!)

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

I meant shells, the kids called them bones when they were younger..."look at that pile of bones" after we over indulged. Sorry

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Lobster Blues

A little OT I know but does anyone steam/cook lobsters by pulling legs and tails off and just throwing those into the pot? cooking the bodies and bones later for stock?
I'm not really squeamish about doing this, it just goes against 30+ years of cooking habit.

Jul 20, 2014
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Sunday Lunchtime Steak?

No real views to speak of, but would the Kenmore or South End Petit Robert work? They offer steak frites on the Sunday menu, white table clothes and a little attitude.
And are open at 11:00. The menus do vary a little.
http://petitrobertbistro.com/

Jul 15, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Boston Hounds Moving North

congrats, a great walk around town. If you are fan of good cheese check out Joppa Fine Foods, I think its Water Street. Really interesting selection and they have pretty good prepared food too.
http://www.joppafinefoods.com/

Jul 15, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area
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Boston to Storyland... Any good roadfood?

I would recommend Cafe Nostimo, its not right off RT 95, but worth the additional 5 -10 minute drive.
real good solid greek food, the chicken fingers are the best we've had in a while.
and you avoid being in downtown Portsmouth. Which is a great city but not a quick in and out.
the exit for Nostimo is before you branch off toward Conway.
http://www.cafenostimo.com/

Jul 14, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

searching for great ginger ale

Blenheim is the best (imho), but you can't get it locally, we order from the website.

http://www.blenheimgingerale.com/

Jul 13, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Frills in Ogunquit

Yes, that's the one, next to a church (that's a gift shop now). big umbrella with tables and a bar too.
never been for dinner but we like it after the beach for lunch.

Jul 01, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

Frills in Ogunquit

We made it to Ogunquit Beach early yesterday. It was a beautiful day, nice breeze off the ocean. Lots of walking, no swimming though. The water was still pretty cold.
We ended up at Frills for lunch, an outdoor cafe that's been open for a while.
We split the fried clams for openers, they were perfect, not too breaded and just the right size bellies. So good. I'm not a big tartar sauce fan but I enjoyed theirs very much.
DC had the fried haddock sandwich. Lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche. Looked very good, and disappeared pretty quickly.
I had lobster salad on a croissant. Fair amount of lobster, could of used a touch more seasoning. Maybe lemon. Homemade potato chips were really good.
We had waters but the table next to us had really good looking sangrias.
It was nice to sit outside, under a big umbrella. Its not right on the street so I didn't feel like someone was going to reach over the fence and take my chips. A good lunch option.

Jun 30, 2014
grumpyspatient in Northern New England

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Creme Brulee, Keon's Haverhill MA
not cold, vanilla bean and maybe a few berries with fresh cream.

Jun 23, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area

Confession

my favorite dressing on a burger or maybe a salad with steak tips.

Jun 21, 2014
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HELP! Lunch tomorrow!

petit robert central has a great wine list. and legal harborside 3rd floor will have the view. it looks like a nice lunch menu but can't locate a wine list.

have a wonderful lunch!

Jun 19, 2014
grumpyspatient in Greater Boston Area