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Erbaluce (long)

Very nice review, makes me want to go there as soon as I possibly can!

Nov 18, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

October 2014 Openings and Closings

I was in over the weekend just to poke around, I really didn't need anything. They have some house-made prepared foods and some items from decent vendors -- real Scottish smoked salmon (St James Reserve) and like that. They are also very happy and proud to be on their own and excited to expand what they offer. Nice folks.

Oct 27, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

5 best dishes in Allston

Also at Boston Kabob, their Foul Mudammes is spectacular. http://bostonkabobbrighton.com/

Oct 27, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area
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Strip T's Jared Forman leaving Oct. 26

Well, Jared and the team outdid themselves last night. A number of staff who worked there in the past and have moved on, either to Ribelle, other restaurants or other phases of life, came back to work the event -- Tierney, Gabriel, Sean, Jonathan, Kerri, many others -- and they were all having fun with each other, with Jared and with all the regulars who were there. The place was packed and really buzzed with excitement. Oh and the food was great too! I had pressed gravlax sushi; the best pasta carbonara I have ever had (with a poached egg on top); a wonderful duck breast with "turnip cake" which was rich with duck confit and accented with cranberry mostarda, crispy Brussels sprouts and maitake mushrooms (main picture); and goat milk panna cotta. Jared does not know (or at least is not saying) where he will land next but I know I speak for many when I say I can hardly wait.

Oct 27, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Roasting Beef Tenderloin

This. Tenderloin is great at room temp so you can do it ahead and have one less thing to fuss about the last hour or so.

Oct 19, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

best deli corned beef and pastrami

Both the corned beef and the pastrami at Moody's Deli in Waltham are available by the pound and both are absolute knock-outs. They really are in a different league than commercially prepared deli meats. The fact that it is a 30 minute drive for me is the only reason I have not gained a million pounds since they opened as I have zero self-control around their corned beef and pastrami. Everything else I have tried there has also been top-notch.

Oct 16, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Dinner 2014 reservations

wow, good to know, glad to have that reality check

Oct 15, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Dinner 2014 reservations

You might consider Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square. I am not sure what they do for Christmas but the food is always good, the service is lovely and they are excellent at dealing with dietary restrictions.

QUICK BREADS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2014)

That looks incredible! I am picturing it with minestrone and drooling....

Oct 13, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Strip T's Jared Forman leaving Oct. 26

Well it makes sense to me, he is far too talented to want to make sandwiches for dinner. Will be interested to see where he ends up going.

Oct 13, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area
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Nduja in Boston??

I have seen it at Moody's Deli in Waltham.

Oct 13, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Jamming, canning and preserving 2014

I want to try this recipe -- it looks fantastic!-- but not sure I want to make 10 pints. How has it held up for you??

Oct 09, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

October 2014 Openings and Closings

Prime "Your Trusted Butcher" in Arlington has a big sign saying Grand Opening October 18 but they are in fact open for business already, I do not think they ever closed.

Oct 09, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

What's for Dinner #328 - The It's Fall Edition! [through October 3, 2014]

So sorry to hear that news, bz. Glad he has your company and is still enjoying food.

Oct 01, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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Home Cooking Dish of the Month (October 2014) Nominations

How about FALL VEGETABLE (AUTUMN) MINESTRONE? Then we could use squash, dark leafy greens, leeks, parsnips, all kinds of yummy fall veggies. There are loads of recipes out there if you google Autumn Minestrone. And that kind of soup freezes well so we can stock up for winter...

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

I completely agree with everything everyone has expressed about disappointment with a lunch-for-dinner menu. I too had been a frequent visitor (until recently for reasons other than anything to do with Strip-T's) but with the change to sandwiches for dinner will no longer be. Sandwiches are not what I generally what I want for dinner.

Sep 22, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Sushi Sam's - My First Time, But Not My Last [San Mateo]

I went back last night (sadly without CH mariacarmen who is travelling in Europe, lucky thing). Once again the omakase was outstanding. No ankimo this time (I believe it is out of season) but had amberjack, butterfish, artic char, bonito and torched toro, among other things I have forgotten. Sat at the sushi bar and both the sushi chefs and the waiters were friendly and welcoming. I feel very lucky to be out here in business 4 times a year and able to get to Sushi Sam's every time. What a fabulous place!

Sono Asian Cuisine, Arlington. Continues to improve

471 Summer Street, Arlington http://arlingtonsono.com/

Sep 14, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

They told me that they are playing around with it. My guess is that if dinner business drops off they will revamp again, but as kimfair1 says, this was at least in part in response to customer demand for the iconic romaine salad, burger and fried chicken to be available all the time. Another change is that they are now open straight through from 11 to 9.

Sep 08, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

Moody's 1st Impressions

Thanks to the MC Slim JB rec upthread I tried the Moody's corned beef this weekend and it might be the best thing I have ever put between two slices of bread. Seriously. Not for the fatphobe, what makes it great is the marbling, but holy cow! That corned beef is amazing. Also worthy of note is their chicken liver mousse, which may well be the best exemplar of that item I have ever had.

Aug 31, 2014
GretchenS in Greater Boston Area

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

(Catching up on my posting, this was a week or so ago.) Way overloaded patty melt. When will I learn that a good patty melt requires restraint? Thin patty, a careful hand with cheese. This was a wretched excess of a patty melt and has tattooed (hopefully) in my brain the need for discretion in patty melt making. :) As always, the dog cheerfully helped finish the meat and cheese part.

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Goat burger with 2 kinds of goat cheese. The goat meat was far leaner than it looked and the cheeses didn't melt right but it was tasty with FM tomatoes, cukes and sweet onion. The goat meat I have in the freezer will likely be made into merguez burgers with a good glug of olive oil mixed in to negate the leanness.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

NAY to to TJ's Goat Cheddar. I bought it to go on goat burgers but it didn't melt properly, just got kind of chalky and with a nasty skin.

Aug 26, 2014
GretchenS in Chains

Trying to hack toum...

Did you remove any green or visible sprouts in the garlic? They can make garlic very bitter. And I personally would use grapeseed oil which I find much more neutral than the specified oils. Last, you could try tempering the raw garlic for a few minutes in some lemon juice, then draining it off and proceeding -- that will take a lot of bite out of the raw garlic.

Aug 19, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

Love your garden John. Really great idea for a thread!

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #317 - Yes, it's Summer, Summertime is here... [Through August 9, 2014]

So very sorry for your loss lingua, they do leave such a hole. The dog has gotten a lot of extra love this week in honor of the Dude.

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

I know a soft roll is more traditional but I like the contrast of crispy toast and soft burger....

Aug 10, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Cheeseburger. Grass-fed beef, fontina, dill pickle, sweet onion, summer tomato on my favorite Iggy's whole wheat sourdough toast. Really yummy. Couldn't finish it but the dog was happy to help out. Sorry for lousy photo, I do not have L.Nightshade's talent with the camera!

HAMBURGERS! Home Cooking Dish of the Month for August 2014

Those look great LN! I probably would have liked some quick-pickled cukes and onions to cut the fattiness. Must keep these in mind....

Aug 09, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking

Picnic - Appetizers - Ideas Please

This is a great suggestion. Old-school or not it is ALWAYS a hit when I make it for parties. I add some finely chopped smaoked salmon in addition to the called-for amount of regular salmon. (And monfrancisco, I make a small dish for me and hide it at the back of the fridge because there are NEVER leftovers! :) )

Aug 06, 2014
GretchenS in Home Cooking