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Tony G's Barbeque, Belmont: Anyone?

As a belmontian, I would say that a good BBQ place would do very well. That location is iffy - parking is terrible, very little foot traffic, etc - but I would certainly frequent it if it was good.

Aug 06, 2015
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Milk and Expiration Dates

I had a problem with trader joes milk not frothing. The extra-protein, 2% "over the moon" milk seems to work great.

Jun 25, 2015
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Native Strawberries....anyone seen 'em?

Picked 18 lbs @ russell orchards in Ipswich on Saturday... now have a shelf-full of beautiful strawberry jams.

3$/lb, less than 12 pounds
2.75/lb 12-18 pounds
2.50/lb greater than 18 pounds

Fields were fairly picked through - very few perfect strawberries, many imperfects (which are perfect for jam)

Jun 22, 2015
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Meat CSA 2015

From David's Email:
Snow Farm is a small family farm in Southern Vermont that supplies responsibly raised meat to high-end restaurants in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We also deliver the same meat straight to families as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share. Our cuts are USDA processed, vacuum sealed, and delivered fresh, not frozen.

At Snow Farm, we move our cattle and lambs to new grass every day. The steer get organic corn to give them some marbling and the lambs get grain to help fatten them up. The pigs get organic corn and grain, hundreds of pounds of local apples, and whey from Grafton Cheddar. Our animals are tended to by our family and spend their days outside on pastures around our home in Newfane, Vermont.

In our seventh season, we are offering shares of our naturally raised beef, lamb and pork. The meats will be delivered, fresh, to drop-off points in Cambridge and Concord (as well as down in Chester, CT) once a month in September, October and November. When you pick up your share(s), you can also buy additional retail cuts, chat with me and other Snow Farm members, and then head home to make fabulous meals! You can expect to receive serving sizes that work for your family in a variety of cuts over the three deliveries.

From emails with david, it seems that the cambridge drop-off site is in fresh pond very close to mount Auburn hospital. Don't know where the Concord site is.

Feb 25, 2015
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Meat CSA 2015

My much loved Houde Family Farm meat CSA closed about two years ago. I have been casting about for a replacement since then, unsuccessfully. I just signed up for Snow Farm pork and beef CSA based on a mention on another chowhound thread. Three (beef) or four (pork) deliveries in the fall, and there is also a lamb share, if desired. Beef is $320/30lbs, Pork is $380/36lbs and Lamb $240/15lbs.

David Hull is the farmer. I can't find a website, but his facebook is or email is

His latest email indicated that beef is 1/3 full and pork/lamb are 1/2 full, so shares still remain.

Feb 25, 2015
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A Question for the Dragon-Mouths !

sichuan peppers are (ideally) mouth numbing, not spicy. The red chilis noted above are supposed to be spicy. I eat them if they are spicy, discard them if they are just dry and chewy. Many things determine how hot the chilis are including preparation, age, and original growing conditions.

I too pay for it the following day, but haven't yet been willing to sacrifice current joy to avoid future pain.

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

Slate article explaining that triple damages are only awarded in certain cases, such as when the business does not offer to settle. Also only awarded in cases over 25$.

Personally, I think this guy is a dick and deserves to be shamed both in public and private.

The Armenian Market, off Arsenal Street?

I'm no expert, but I stop there frequently and like the shawarma. The family has tried other things, and it is a popular place for all, including my rather picky daughter.

Feb 06, 2014
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Whisky Tasting

Cambridge center for adult ed has several whiskey courses on rotation. My wife and I did an American whiskey course a few years ago, and they also do a variety of scotch courses.

Feb 03, 2014
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Chowhound red herrings

Had a nice rendition at Summer Shack 6 months or more ago. They definitely should not be gritty and are generally meatier than other clams.

My first razor clam was caught by me in the marshes of nantucket when I was 6 or so - the fact that I could catch it digging by hand should have tipped me off, but instead I got to enjoy my first bout of food poisoning ever.

The fact that I am still eating them just goes to prove that I'm not that smart.

Turkeys 2013

I drove home last night to the sight of 9 big wild turkeys in the yard... In Belmont of all places (not exactly rural). I have always wanted to try the turkey-poaching ideas from Danny the Champion of the World - wonder if they actually work, in which case I will have a really free range turkey for thanksgiving...

Oct 30, 2013
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Neptune's Lobster Roll

Yes, differential prices - commonly called a "lunch menu"

Oct 28, 2013
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Neptune's Too Good for the North End?

My wife's family is from western pennsylvania, and they have "italian" restaurants (pronounced eye-talian) that I would recommend never visiting. Olive Garden is an authentic Italian restaurant in comparison.

Jul 15, 2013
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Nightmare at Average Joe's Needham.

To be fair, Comella's is also a local chain, and while better value for the money, is certainly not fine dining.

Jun 13, 2013
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Cinchona Bark sources?

Do you have a recipe that you would share? I have been using Tomr's tonic concentrate, which I like, but would certainly consider making my own instead...

May 30, 2013
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Closest place for Rijsttafel ???

For those who are ignorant of Rijsttafel, as I was...

Now I'm hungry... sounds like quite an event.

May 21, 2013
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Mim's Cafe Belmont?

Stopped in about 45 minutes before posted closing time a few weeks ago - was greeted by an overwhelming odor of cleaning fluid, wet floors, and a register that had already closed.

My son got a slice of cake to go (not made in house, but he reported it was very good).

They have a very limited menu - basically coffee and pastry/cakes. Nothing made in house.

There is really nothing to draw me back, and I have a problem with places that post hours but do not follow them. I too really hoped for a good alternative to the chains and banks that occupy belmont center, but this is not it.

Mar 04, 2013
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Meat CSA that delivers?

Doesn't look like Stillmans have any spots available for home delivery.

Both the Chestnut Farm pickup locations are really convenient, but I am concerned about the apparent rigidity of pickup locations/times. Makes it hard to commit.

Jan 31, 2013
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Meat CSA that delivers?

My beloved Houde family farm is getting out of the meat CSA business. Do any other meat CSAs deliver to homes? Pickups are difficult due to irregular work schedule.

If I do have to pickup, any suggestions for meat CSA that would be convenient to Belmont?

Jan 29, 2013
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Where do you buy your real vanilla beans?

I got all pissed off at paying 10bucks for a single skinny dried out bean at the grocery store, and went to amazon, where I got 1/2 lb of beautiful, fragrant, plump beans for about 20 dollars. Sealed some in plastic for future use, gave away handfulls, and put a bunch in a bottle of vodka just for fun. I still have the grocery store bean in its glass bottle just to remind me of what a rip-off it was.

Jan 28, 2013
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Pricing from high end Boston-area caterers

My wife just ran an event with "Lavishly Dunn" for 120 people that ran about 80pp - I thought they did a very nice job and were certainly willing to work with her regarding menu, service, etc. to keep the cost down. Hotel catering departments are much more expensive, and always seem to have a bunch of charges that get added at the end, without adequate prior notification.

Oct 12, 2012
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I <heart> Lord Hobo

FWIW - I thought the 16th anniversary Ale was one of the best beers of the year. So good I bought a case, which I rarely do given all the great craft beers out there. A matter of taste, I guess.

Sep 04, 2012
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Rave for Arlington Restaurants

Muddy, undifferentiated flavors. Lack of imagination in the menu.

Aug 07, 2012
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Grocery food items that are unique to Boston/New England?

I just gave a bottle of this to a friend from singapore, so she can cook "real chinese food".

Although I grew up here and only discovered it in the last year.

Jul 03, 2012
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duck eggs

Houde family farm advertised them on the extras list 2 months ago - 6$/doz - they were all snapped up before I emailed, so I can't comment on quality. My cholesterol levels are happier this way, but I did want to try them.

Jun 26, 2012
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Rave for Arlington Restaurants

I made one trip to Kathmandu spice, and have to say that the food was better than what I ate when in Nepal, but was still bland enough to be impressively bland. Worth a visit to see what Nepali cuisine is like, but not really worth a revisit. I believe arlington and somerville have moderate Nepali populations, which may keep them in business.

Jun 26, 2012
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Any place to get a reasonably priced side of beef?

Houde family farm advertises $4/lb, hanging weight.

I use them for meat CSA, $8-9 per lb, but have made a concious decision that I prefer knowing where my meat is coming from and how it is processed, as opposed to the $1.99/lb grocery store special (with pink slime, etc


Plus, it tastes better.

Apr 24, 2012
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Fundraising dinner for ~200 people, 100$pp or less, Video

FYI, this is for a Nepali healthcare charity, if that brings anything to mind.

Apr 03, 2012
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Fundraising dinner for ~200 people, 100$pp or less, Video

My wife is in charge of a fundraising dinner for about 200 people. The venue needs to have capability to show a 40 minute video (which is professionally produced, and would benefit from large screen/great audio) as well as the usual speeches, etc. To maximize fundraising, would like to keep price less than 100$pp, preferably less than 75$.

Looking at State Room, have used Omni Parker in past.

Also would be interested in cheaper options/buffet-type catering with better projection facilities. I am thinking about something like ART in Cambridge - was there once for mount Auburn Hospitals "evening with your favorite authors" with light dinner afterwards (carving stations with sandwiches/ salad). Thanks for any help or experiences... this is way out of my knowledge base.

Apr 03, 2012
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Bob's Lobster-Plum Island

Although I think it is "Bob Lobster" - a name that should probably end up on one of those grammar websites.

The scallops are always great there as well. My wife is always happy with the fish and chips.

Mar 19, 2012
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