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

http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2...

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...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rijsttafel

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.

http://houdefamilyfarm.com/index_file...

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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Did your Valentines Day dining met your expectations? Do you rec it for next year?

Nope. Belmont.... the seafood counter was rockin' however - two people getting live lobsters and two others for fish in front of me. Rarely have to wait in line, although I normally shop late at night to avoid the crowds.

Feb 16, 2012
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Did your Valentines Day dining met your expectations? Do you rec it for next year?

Called our local shaws at 4:30 to steam a 2 lb lobster, cool enough to handle by the time I picked it up an hour later. Picked it, chopped the tail, saved the claws for garnish. Chopped tomatoes, basil, cut the rind off of two wedges of brie and chopped the soft innards. Made crab cakes with extra crab left over from superbowl. Everthing in fridge to allow the whirlwind of picking up kids from various activities, checking homework and bedtime, then in 5 minutes flat boiled fettucine, tossed lobster, basil, brie and tomatoes with pasta in hot pot, fried crabcakes in butter and plated on pinkest plates I had (I kept the pink turkey plate for myself, roses for my wife). It was one of the nicest, quickest valentines dinners ever.

Feb 16, 2012
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Did you grow up eating homemade Boston Baked Beans? [moved from Boston]

For me (born in 1970 outside of Boston) it was an occasional, special dish. I'm sure that I could get the recipe from my mother. My father's family are multigenerational new-englanders, and I am sure that the recipe came from his mother. In addition to the war-time stories above, my grandmother still prefers maple syrup in her morning coffee - sugar rationing made maple syrup a cheaper, more available sweetener.

Feb 09, 2012
tdaaa in Home Cooking

Cookbook 101: List Some Fundamental Cookbooks (Suggestions Needed)

My most used general cookbook is also Joy of Cooking, although I find that the older edition is much better than the most recent one (I have both)... don't go too old, though, tastes do change markedly over time and recipes that were popular in the 50s and 60s may not translate well. My older JoC has lots of stuff on canning and preserving, as well as more extensive "american" dishes. The more recent one has more "international" recipes, none of which are very authentic or good. I don't like the better homes and gardens cookbook - it is very basic, uninteresting and seems to have a lot of processed food ingredients. On the other hand, if you are a beginning cook, it does have simple recipes to get you started.

Jan 31, 2012
tdaaa in Home Cooking

Lovely Hospitality at Masa - Woburn

I stopped in (without reservation) last winter with my 10 year old, wanting tapas. The bar area was full, the dining area almost empty. After being seated in the dining area, was told that I could not have tapas in the dining area... that was only for the bar... and there were no available seats in the bar, and none would become available due to reservations (several tables were actually empty at the time). I walked out and vowed not to return - it is their perogative to limit the bar menu to the bar, but I also feel no need to patronize inflexible establishments.

Jan 04, 2012
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Fresh Cheese on Fleet St., in the North End - tel no disconnected???

When you buy your milk, make sure that it isn't "ultrapastuerized" as this will not work. Made some with my son two weeks ago, compared whole cows milk with a mixture of cow/goat milk and they were both fabulous. Way better than anything I have bought, and easy to make.

Dec 21, 2011
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