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Peppermint syrup & sparkling mineral water

I recall the TJ Maxx in Alewife having a lot, but I haven't been in there for a while.

Oct 19, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Concord, Lexington, Arlington?

Bollywood Cafe, on the Lexington/Arlington line, is my favorite Indian. Not a great place to eat-in, but it's perfect for take-out. They're very friendly, the food is always fresh and tasty, and they're always willing to make things for me that aren't on the menu.

Oct 19, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Peppermint syrup & sparkling mineral water

Try Home Goods or TJ Maxx for the syrups. When they have them, they usually have a large selection.

Oct 13, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Boylan's Mash: A Water Drink

I had this about a year ago at a bakery in Wellesley, but haven't seen it since. It's damn good stuff.

Jul 21, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

visiting boston for a weekend. What r good places to eat? I want Places as good as Flour bakery or Border Cafe'. Will go for any type of food. I just want it to be good.

There are many of "those of us who live here" who actually like the place. I know I'm not the only one, despite how much it gets bashed here on the board. True, it's not authentic or even the best you can get in the area, but sometimes you just need a bottomless basket of hot and salty chips and a huge plate of food for cheap. Try the caesar salad with shrimp and crawfish - garlicky with just a little bit of spice.

Jul 05, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Commercial seasoning blends, what's your favorite?

Yes, and toss after a little while to make sure they get crispy on all sides. I like them when they start to char a bit...

Jun 29, 2009
pamalamb in Home Cooking

Good basic baking cookbook for a teen?

The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book is phenomenal. Every recipe I've tried - from waffles to croissants - has turned out great. They also mark the recipes that are good for beginners, and there are tons of pictures, especially of the more difficult things to explain (like how to work with croissant dough, both as you're making the dough and as you're shaping the rolls).

Jun 28, 2009
pamalamb in Home Cooking

Commercial seasoning blends, what's your favorite?

I love Montreal Steak Seasoning on roasted veggies, especially French green beans. Just make sure to roast until crispy, like fries!

I also love Penzey's Tsardust Memories on corn with a little bit of butter. Good mix that includes salt, garlic, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, marjoram.

Jun 28, 2009
pamalamb in Home Cooking

Sightings: Kate's Real Buttermilk at MB

Market Basket in Burlington also has it. I was more surprised, however, to see Nielson-Massey vanilla bean paste at the same store.

Jun 23, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Kickass Cupcakes is sensitive to criticism

Amen!

May 22, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

Just because the crust is Greek style doesn't mean the toppings are. But if all you care about is the crust, then it's not for you. The toppings are fresh, the combinations are unique, and everything is well cooked/ dressed.

May 11, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Za: Hospital food, at airport prices.

I just went to Za for the first time last night and thought it was fantastic. We had an arugula and canteloupe salad (very nicely dressed), a mac and cheese pizza (surprisingly not too heavy), a red and green grape pizza (with fontina and feta - they said this one will be off the menu soon), and a cardamom orange coffee creme brulee. Everything was fresh and delicious - I would never think to get grapes, cheese, and caramelized onions on a pizza, but I'm so glad I ordered it.

As for the crust, it's like the crust that you'll get at any local Greek (House Of...) place around here. So yeah, if you don't like that style, you won't like this, but that doesn't mean it's cardboard. It has it's advantages - springy and a little sweet, with crispy edges.

May 09, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Subs near Dave's Fresh Pasta

I agree - Dave's makes some of the best sandwiches (and I'm not a big fan of sandwiches). They'll customize for you, too, so you're not stuck with the menu.

May 01, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

uburger?

The grilled chicken at UBurger is terribly addicting - I crave it occasionally.

Apr 26, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Flying in the face of "Chow Wisdom"

Definitely. It's not the finest Italian food, but it's more consistent than a lot of places. I love going for the full 5-course meal with friends - a true evening of gluttony.

Apr 10, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Good (and bad) Restaurant Week experiences

Nope, haven't heard a word.

Mar 27, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week-Why?

I agree - if a restaurant can't be bothered to put out a good meal, I know I won't go back. Serve me chicken, or pasta, or whatever's on sale that day, but make sure you cook it well and in a style that corresponds to your regular menu.

I've had a number of RW meals that were excellent - this year at Radius (what a steal for $33!), Clink (I could eat that peanut ice cream all day), and lunch at the Melting Pot (an incredible amount for food for $20 - I know, it's a chain, but they actually do what they do well). In the past, I've had amazing meals at Excelsior and Davio's, as well as a really strong showing from Grotto. All of these places (except Excelsior now, obviously) are places I would return to because they took a stressful time (for them) like RW and made themselves shine.

Mar 26, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Upscale Pizza/Pasta 5-10 min walk from quincy mkt

Antico Forno in the North End would be a good option - brick oven pizza, and lots of great pasta options. Some of the meat dishes are over $20, but there's enough under $20 that you'll find plenty to eat.

Mar 25, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Marliave-RW- anyone go yet?

When I went, I was also compelled to order the Beef Wellington and was unimpressed with the results. The foie actually made the meat taste worse, and indeed, the puff pastry was gummy - that is probably a product of them being cooked individually, not giving the pastry enough time to cook through, versus a whole Beef Wellington, which takes longer to cook.

The rarebits, on the other hand, were fabulous - I would definitely go back to sit at the bar for that and some drinks.

Mar 23, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Good (and bad) Restaurant Week experiences

I have emailed... we'll see what they say.

Mar 22, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Good (and bad) Restaurant Week experiences

We tipped about 15%, although he was claiming it was 10%. Regardless of the amount (so long as we didn't stiff on the actual price), a calculator is unacceptable. We didn't talk to the manager on the way out because we were flabbergasted that it had even happened.

My statement about age was because it seemed that he decided we were only there because of RW and that we didn't know much about "dining out." He was talking down to us when he came over with the calculator like we were children. A very surprising end to the meal.

As I've been telling people about this, I've had someone else mention that the exact same thing happened to them this week when the went for RW.

Mar 22, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Good (and bad) Restaurant Week experiences

I ate at Locke-Ober this week for RW and was really looking forward to it. The meal itself was good (the pea ravioli in potato soup was my favorite part - I was savoring every bite), but I was horrified at the end when the waiter came over with a calculator to tell us that he didn't think we had left him enough tip. He was quite demeaning and even left the calculator on the table for us so we could go over our math again. Granted, we were younger than the typical clientele and were clearly there for RW, but it was still not acceptable behavior.

Mar 22, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Good (and bad) Restaurant Week experiences

I agree! I quite enjoyed my RW meal there last year, and the number of interesting-sounding options made it hard for me to pick.

Mar 22, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Alewife T snacks - Samosas, Dosa

If you stop by the restaurant, try the pakoras -they're excellent! Bollywood also makes my favorite saag.

Mar 16, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Best Sweet Potato Fries

Boston Beer Works has my favorite sweet potato fries, and they serve them with raspberry vinaigrette.

Mar 01, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Another No. 9 Park Review (it's long)

Wow! Thanks for this full report! I've been trying to decide on a graduation blowout dinner this May and have been leaning heavily towards No.9 - I think you may have just sealed it for me!

Feb 25, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Any Brookline must tries?

I think you mean they only take cash. They also serve a lovely brunch, complete with live jazz (although sometimes it's a little too loud in such a small space). I've been happy with every meal I've had there (although there are plenty of people on this board who have not).

Feb 25, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Any Brookline must tries?

The su bouregi is fantastic at the Brookline Family Restaurant - I make it with my mother occasionally, but it's a real pain and you need 4 hands to do it right. I'd much rather order it out!

Feb 25, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

pastry bags

Try Party Favors in Coolidge Corner. Their baking/decorating supplies are in the basement.

Feb 23, 2009
pamalamb in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound jargon glossary?

"Meh" is fairly universal for mediocre - I've seen it on other boards (about other topics) more than I've seen it on here.

Feb 06, 2009
pamalamb in Not About Food