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Birthday Cakes in Watertown

Lily's Cafe and French Bakery on Arlington Street in Watertown is wonderful. The caramel mousse cake rendered me ecstatic. Russo's is also a favorite.

Aug 17, 2010
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Watertown Greek Festival

We'll be there tomorrow afternoon! In 2009, that is...

Jun 26, 2009
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Joan & Ed's Natick

I used to love this place when I was a kid. We tried it just the other day for lunch. The service was good. Unfortunately, my Kishki with gravy was microwaved and dry. The Matzoh Ball Soup was, indeed, a bit on the salty side, but was warm and the matzoh ball tasty (not like my Gran's, but nothing is, really). The Ruben, however, was good, as was the corned beef sandwich. With such a large menu, I suppose it depends what you order... not that this should be the case.

Mar 23, 2009
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Status of Banjos in Cambridge and Weymouth?

Nothin' goin' on at the proposed Mass. Ave. location as of five days ago.

Mar 23, 2009
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holes in the wall

For Breakfast, try Slim Goodie's on Magazine Street.

Mar 23, 2009
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holes in the wall

Other restaurants offer Po Boys that are far superior to those at the Magazine Street Shop, IMHO. Although Ray and Al are nice guys (and my former landlords), I found their Po Boys to be average at best.

Go to Guy's up Magazine for Catfish Po Boys; Parasol's for Roast Beef; Frankie & Johnny's and Domilise's for shrimp and oysters. Don't forget to get 'em dressed!

Mar 23, 2009
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Bloody Mary's on a saturday

Monaghan's Erin Rose on Conti Street in the Quarter. The secret: a wee bit of Guinness in the mix. Scruptious and made to your spice specifications.

Mar 23, 2009
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Parasols?

Parasol's has a fantastic Roast Beef Po'boy, for certain. Garlicky gravy which you can also get on fries. And, yes it is mostly locals.

Other places do other Po'boys better than P.'s - like Guy's for catfish and Domilise's for just about anything else. But if you want Roast Beef, I unabashedly recommend P.'s.

I missed this episode - but did catch one about the River Shack Tavern, about 15 minutes up the River Road from P's. They do some terrific cookin'.

Dec 03, 2008
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K-Paul's or Palace Cafe

K-Paul's, hands down. When you make a reservation, mention that you're local and would like to sit downstairs. I don't mind the upstairs, but it's far less lively than the first floor.

Dec 03, 2008
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late night drinks.

Everything above is a terrific suggestion. I'll put in another vote for Pravda; it's a lovely atmosphere.

If you want a down and dirty dive, Monaghans' Erin Rose (on Conti, just off Bourbon) is renowned for their hospitality and conversations between visitor and locals. You'll have no problem talking someone else's ear off! Miss Natasha is a lovely bartender and she'll take good care of you.

Aug 28, 2008
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Food Recommendations for Jacque-Imo's?

Okay, the tennis shoe idea made me laugh - because I agree!

Aug 28, 2008
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Sometimes the lowliest of locations...

Don't forget to try the pizza at Sugar Park Tavern, way down in the Bywater. The folks who run the place are originally from Brooklyn and, while they don't make "New York" pizza, I've had a few tasty pies there.

Aug 07, 2008
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Ice cream questions

White Mountain Creamery in Wellesley (and other locations, I believe) serves fresh waffle cones.

Aug 07, 2008
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Rozy's Jazz Hall?

Congratulations!! We had our wedding & reception there in the Spring of 2005. We can't recommend Rosy's highly enough!!

Steve was an absolute wonder, helping me to ensure every detail was perfect (and I'm a bit particular about the details). The food was terrific - my guests expressed surprise that Rosy's actually provided the food, as the flavors were well above and beyond what they expected from a "function hall." And the staff wrapped up a couple of plates for us at the end of the night.

Service was spectacular. When my husband requested a kind of beer Rosy's didn't usually carry, the bartender walked across the street to the grocery store and picked up a six pack for him - and wouldn't let anyone else have one unless my husband said it was okay!

We picked Rosy's for the atmosphere - not too formal and definitely New Orleans. Ella has been on that stage; so has Stevie Wonder. Based on our experience, I'd say you and your guests will really be able to feel that everything is under control and enjoy yourselves.

Cost... I'm sorry I don't remember. Maybe two payments of a couple of thousand? Certainly not more than five thousand for 150 people - remember, that's for hall, food and liquor.

[Other details: Flowers and plants from The Plant Gallery out on Airline. Rather than fill Rosy's atrium with flowers (cost-prohibative), we rented a couple of large potted palms for the evening, in addition to a few arrangements. And ordered rose petals to scatter on the small tables, so as not to take away from the space for plates. Also, cake was from Maurice's in Metarie. The bands were The Jazz Vipers & Clockwork Elvis, with whom I negotiated myself, although Steve will be able to help you, if needed.]

May 30, 2008
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Best Entrees at Cochon, Herbsaint, & Jacques?

bataille2, I agree completely with the rabbit and dumplings; it had a terrific rosemary flavor! Best dish we ate there, by far.

May 30, 2008
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Best (or even good) Coffee or Espresso in N.O.?

For a cup, an acquaintance has recommended Kahve Coffee Shop 2001 Royal Street (at Touro) in the Marigny for good espresso.

May 30, 2008
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Fried Chicken in the Quarter

It's more than a year after the last reply here, but in case anyone looking for Fiorella's stumbles upon this thread - Fiorella's is officially closed.

Whether it will reopen with another owner is anyone's guess. But as of this week, friends in NOLA remarked that the owner took down the famous sign and shuttered the doors.

May 30, 2008
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Dinner near Newton-Wellesley Hospital

On Rt. 16, just over the highway and into Wellesley is a Papa Razzi, if that suits.

Apr 29, 2008
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Anyone been to Cochon? How is it?

Follow-up: We were underwhelmed last month, given the hype. A decent meal, but by no means revelatory.

That being said, the rabbit stew with dumplings was delicious. And the moonshine tasting was terrific.

Apr 29, 2008
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What's your favorite neighborhood spot?

Guido's, 13 Belmont St., Watertown. Wonderful home made meatballs and sausages, plus this area's ubiquitous steak tips done just as I ask for them. Bartenders who treat us very well. Friendly patrons, including a softball team or two in the evening. Some might say it's a dive, but for us, it's a nice, casual, friendly place to hang out and watch the game.

Charlie's Kitchen, Harvard Square. With the caveat that we go *only* in the summer, when school is not in session. Twin lobster rolls with waffle fries for $11, generous bartenders, good jukebox.

Deep Ellum, Allston. Max is a top-notch mixologist. Their food is a wee pricey for preparation that's just "all right" in my book, but it's the warm, friendly vibe that inspires us to stop in, if we're in the neighborhood.

Apr 16, 2008
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Where to find orgeat syrup

You probably have it by now, but for future reference, I go to Marty's in Newton for all my not-necessarily-mainstream drink-making needs.

Apr 07, 2008
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Lunch in Brighton

My folks love the Stockyard, especially for the Prime Rib dinners. It certainly has an old-fashioned meat-and-potatoes focus (both the menu and the crowd), but don't let that deter you if that's the kind of food that appeals. We've never had a bad meal there and would recommend it if steak is the order of the day.

Apr 07, 2008
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Yo Mama's vs. Port of Call

We really enjoy Yo Mamma's, every time. Substitute a salad for fries, if you like - the greens are usually quite fresh. Plus, their tequila selection is good and the bartenders friendly.

Apr 02, 2008
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Sad news about Bacchanal

If anyone would like to assist with fund raising for Chris and Otter, or simply to be kept in the loop, there is a mailing list here:

http://lartnoirneworleans.com/mailman...

A trust fund is expected to be set up by Thursday.

Apr 02, 2008
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Who makes your favorite Bloody Mary?

Jim used to own both bars, and left Molly's to his son and The Erin Rose to Troy & Angie.

Apr 02, 2008
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Who makes your favorite Bloody Mary?

Bars or bartenders - who makes your favorite savory, restorative Bloody Mary? Besides you in your own kitchen, I mean.

Personally, I'm partial to the recipe we followed at Monaghan's Erin Rose, which included a dash of Guinness - I still do that at home. And I'm always looking for new concoctions to try!

Mar 27, 2008
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Ten best things to eat in New Orleans

How about a few beverages to go along with your meals?

Sazerac: (my house or) Arnaud's French 75
Champagne: The porch at the Columns Hotel
Frozen Irish Coffee: Molly's on the Market
Bloody Mary: Monaghan's Erin Rose (there's Guinness in there)
Wine by the glass: The Delachaise
Cognac: The Bombay Club
Ramos Gin Fizz: The Ritz Carlton Library Bar
Tequila from an oak barrel: Vaughan's
Moonshine: Cochon
Shot of Jameson & a High Life for $5: R Bar

Mar 27, 2008
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Anyone been to Cochon? How is it?

Your post brings back a memory of dining at Emeril's Nola a while back (believe me, I didn't pick the restaurant). In addition to the ingredient-explicit menu, the servers reiterated all the ingredients in and preparation of each diners' dish as they set down the plates. I felt polite behavior dictated listening to the shpiel about what had been put in front of me - even though, as they talked, our food was getting cold! It's one of this former service industry worker's pet peeves.

We'll be at Cochon this weekend, so thanks in advance!

Mar 27, 2008
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Boiled Crawfish

I second this - Big Fisherman not only has the boiled crawfish, but also potatoes, sausage and corn to accompany your meal. Instead of Audubon, cross Magazine and go to The Fly - it's behind Audubon Zoo, across the train tracks. The Fly is a wonderful park where a lot of families spread a blanket and while away an afternoon while the Mississippi rolls by.

If you are taking public transportation, use the 'Zine Machine (the #11 RTA bus) to stop at both.

Mar 27, 2008
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Meal Plan For April Visit

Dick & Jenny's has been hit-or-miss lately, which is disappointing. Perhaps One R&L, or Brightsen's instead?

Mar 24, 2008
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