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Rockport, MASS dinner?

not far off rte 128 is Brothers Kouzina in Peabody

A little bit of everything, though I've not been for dinner on a friday.

What is your perfect breakfast? of our backyard tomatoes on toasted dark rye with a little mayo, salt and a lot of black pepper.

as a a kid...soft boiled eggs dumped into a bowl with salt and pepper and buttered white toast.

in the colder months either poached eggs on toast or corn blueberry pancakes with bacon and VT maple syrup.

I love breakfast!

Jul 26, 2015
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Small Fried Clams

B&G Boathouse in Portsmouth had nice small belly clams a couple of sundays ago. Both steamers and fried clams. really good.

Waterfront table for 3 on a Friday evening in July?

Chronicle just did this, tonight. starts in NH but does a couple of options in Boston, Somerville and Charlestown.
good city views but not all the waterfronts are on the Atlantic.

Where to eat in Portsmouth, NH?

I have had good times at Chauncey, but we only ever order steamers and boiled lobsters, not sure about the rest.
Bugs have never been a problem.
I'd add B&G Boat House to the list. Nice setting on the way to Wentworth by the Sea and Newcastle. Good food but the lobster can be pricey.

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

We have been about 3 times in the last 5 weeks. And would go back weekly if time allowed.
Every thing we've had has been top notch, fresh, well balanced.
Mariscada is one of our favorites, and the grilled asparagus with romenesco is really good.
I would recommend lamb kabob, the fish empanadas, Croquetas de Bacalao and the olives. The Red & green pepper salad w/Octopus is bright and summery.
We have only had wine, none of the sangria or beer selections.
Busy tonight (Friday evening), I wish they were open on Sundays!

3 weeks in Boston after 2 years absence

don't forget the food trucks. Fun lunch on the greenway or at the farmers markets.

Fine dining around Lowell MA

Not sure how you define notable fine dining...but the food at Gibbet Hill is really well done.

Where is the Best Lobster in Ogunquit Maine plus other must eat places?

I've only had the fresh lobster, not the rolls.

good to know...was that recent?

Saturday morning breakfast in Burlington VT

Henry's is pretty good food except for the coffee but I like a strong dark roast. We walked from the Hotel Vermont, on the earlier side and had no problem with a booth.
Had a the special Benedict, tomatoes, spinach and homemade hollandaise. Can't vouch for the hash tho.

I can't launch the menu from my chromebook, but that might be chrome

Where is the Best Lobster in Ogunquit Maine plus other must eat places?

Not in Oqunquit but not far away is Chauncey Creek.

Fun place to eat, very casual. Fresh lobster.
not a huge menu, and I believe still a BYOB spot.

Cape Neddick has several seafood/lobster spots that might be worth checking out.

Masterchef returns with new judge

from the Chicago Tribune:

He's absolutely fine, and he's headed back to Chicago," Ramsay said about Collado, 29, a Wicker Park model/engineer who consistently placed well in challenges. A FOX spokeswoman said Collado left for "personal reasons" but would not elaborate. Collado declined an interview request through the spokeswoman.

Recommendations for Vacation Cooking Class?

The CIA offers Saturday classes in a lot of different areas.
The NY campus is beautiful and would be great for a long weekend, but it appears the classes are offered in several areas.

Jun 03, 2015
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Between Burlington and Nashua, NH

My youngest is starting college in Burlington VT this coming fall...this is great info. Thanks!

Fried clams around Seabrook, N.H. or Kittery, Maine

BG's boathouse is pretty good, and a nice view on the back deck depending on the weather

A little fancy, feels like a good value, veggie friendly?

I would add the Helmund to the mix, in Cambridge. The menu is light on fish but makes up for it on the vegetarian side.

Nice room, service and not too loud.

Best place for seafood dinner

The one in Salem is pretty good too, near the Peabody Essex museum. Not sure if the ferry from Boston is running but it might be worth looking into.


A vote for yellow peeps...all others are impostors!

Bring your shopping cart back where it belongs, please!

Eons ago in central MA, Donelan's Supermarket had a conveyor belt with bins that ran from inside the front of the store out to the the sidewalk.
Your (brown) bagged groceries were put in a numbered bin, you were given the corresponding number on a tag and drove up to the front of the store. Hand your tag to the young man and he opened the car door and put your groceries in the car. Very civilized.
No run away carts in the parking lot.
I always wanted to ride in bins but that wasn't allowed

Mar 19, 2015
grumpyspatient in Not About Food

Saltwater Taffy in the Offseason

Ye Olde Pepper carries taffy and I think have several stores as well as mail order. Haven't had theirs...prefer the half dips,
so I can't vouch for freshness.

China or stoneware - what is a good forever pattern?

We are a fiestaware family, lots of colors though not just one.

I can replace a setting or a piece and its been around for ever.

I eat it my way

In Spain we had smashed eggs for dinner, spanish ham, potatoes and fried eggs all mixed together
really good...

Feb 16, 2015
grumpyspatient in General Topics

Madrid - a first timer's experience

I wish we had discovered the 9th floor earlier in our trip, had coffee and a sweet there one afternoon. We wanted to have lunch but left the next day, looked like fun.
Our trip to Madrid was great, short but very interesting. We ate all over, never ran into any language or cultural barriers.
We just ate when we wanted to, sometimes late, sometimes early.
Seemed to work out for us.

Feb 16, 2015
grumpyspatient in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona-trip report, adding 2 more to my reviews

We were at Toto last September (twice I think) we still talk about that cauliflower. One of the best things we had on our trip.
Also enjoyed the ragout at Toro.

Feb 09, 2015
grumpyspatient in Spain/Portugal

Crab cakes to cook at home?

We've had good luck with the ones at the Andover Whole Foods fish 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 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