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Problem with stove top espresso maker

For me, the problem was that I had purchased regular gaskets and I needed special ones for my stainless steel pot.

Aug 23, 2014
ClippyZ in Cookware

Problem with stove top espresso maker

It was actually a new filter, so that wasnt it, but i think i figured it out: there are different gaskets for stainless steel and aluminum; i bought aluminum ones assuming they are the same but they are thinner.

Jun 06, 2014
ClippyZ in Cookware

Problem with stove top espresso maker

Also trying to resurrect this as I'm having the exact same problem with a new gasket and filter. Anyone have any luck? Thanks!

Jun 05, 2014
ClippyZ in Cookware

study snacks for a crowd

I often get dumplings from Wangs in Somerville for a group of students -- always a huge hit!

Apr 30, 2014
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Don't see much about The Blue Room in Cambridge Lately?

I had a really poor experience there a few months ago, after being a longtime fan. The two lowlights: service that didn't seem to understand, "No, we're not in a rush to make a movie," (seriously, it was like eating at a diner) and two $11 side salads that contained nothing but tough and some rotting lettuce. It was a very expensive meal and felt mediocre at best.

Mar 30, 2014
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

I spent most of my childhood in rural Texas, and it was always cube steak, and the batter always seemed to be pretty thick. Also, always white gravy, never brown. But I think there's as many versions as there are high school football fans ...

Mar 30, 2014
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

BoMag cheap-eats feature

Poor fact checking, though. At one point Doo Wee and Rice was on this, though it looks like they have since taken it down.

Jan 30, 2014
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Best in Watertown?

Happy to see this as we too are about to make the move from city to this same area (belmont). Really great suggestions so far. A friend in the area likes the creatively named "belmont pizza" for your garden variety pizza delivery. And ohlin's bakery has some great bagels and donuts.

In particular, any suggestions for good weeknight delivery/carry out options? Kashish Indian was sadly bland and also pricy, Patou's menu seemed pretty limited.

Thanks!!!

Jan 25, 2014
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Does anyone have any info. on the Palm steakhouse?

I also had a really mediocre experience there this summer. For the price, I should actually say sub par. We were there for my husband's 40th, and it just felt stressful. Service was slow, awkward and constantly changing hands. We both had to send our steaks back to be more done, and then both came back charred on the outside (is it that hard to get it medium first time around)? Manhattan, like that of rlh, took too much explaining. It just was a really forgettable meal, with the exception of the price, which was painful (as one would expect at a steakhouse, but one would also expect the steak to be done properly).

For my money, best dry aged steak would have to be purchased at Savenor's and grilled at home.

Dec 18, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area
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Sunday brunch near opera house?

Thanks for the suggestions. We went to Artisan Bistro in the Ritz, and it fit the bill perfectly. The food was good, there was a reasonable sense of occassion for a brunch, and it wasn't as insane as some of the other places (4 seasons!). We spent about $25pp including tip. I'm really glad I made reservations - they weren't taking any walk-ins -- even someone staying at the hotel couldn't get in!

Dec 08, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound red herrings

Agree on Blue Room. Have been many times and the last few have just been consistently bleh. The two lowlights: service that didn't seem to understand, "No, we're not in a rush to make a movie," and two $11 side salads that contained nothing but tough and some rotting lettuce.

Nov 26, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Parmesan rind?

Mostly soup, but especially vegetarian soups. They add SO much flavor to these soups that you don't need any broth. I first used them with some Jack Bishop/ A Year in the Vegetarian Kitchen recipes. But I think I probably put too much in each batch.

Nov 21, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Parmesan rind?

I saw them in whole foods today and was surprised by how thin and anemic looking they were! Wow. Thanks for all of the advice everyone!!

Nov 21, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Parmesan rind?

I often find that my consumption of Parmesan isn't enough to keep up with my need for Parmesan rind. Is there such a thing as buying just the rind? If so, where? Alternately, how does one use up a lot of parmesan? Thanks, fellow cheese lovers!

Nov 19, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Does anyone manage to shop in one supermarket, or do you have to make the rounds to find what you need?

Thanks for the link to that supermarket comparison. It's really very interesting. I have some friends who are MB-phobes, and now I can - with scientific proof - let them know that MB is, in fact, 22% cheaper than S&S or Shaw's ... not to even mention whole foods. Linked here:
http://www.checkbook.org/interactive/...

Sunday brunch near opera house?

Thanks so much for the recs! I had actually forgotten about the Ritz (was thinking it was residences only), but I think that will fit the bill. So excited to pay lots of money for a mediocre breakfast! ;) (but will report back!)

Nov 14, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Sunday brunch near opera house?

We will be celebrating my mother-in-law's 70th on a Sunday in December with brunch and the Nutcracker. I'm looking for a brunch place that, ideally, meets the following characteristics: has a moderate sense of ceremony, given the big birthday; is a pretty close walk to the opera house (some people joining us aren't big walkers); and takes reservations. Some of the places I've found meet 2 of the 3, but I'm wondering if I've overlooked anything or if there are general Chow-ish opinions?

Options I have found:
- Bistro du Midi - Would be perfect if it took reservations
- Sip - No reservations, and questionable food/atmosphere (right?)
- Four Seasons - a bit longer walk, and spendy ($48pp)

Thanks for your thoughts!

Nov 13, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

October 2013 Openings and Closings

We were at Oleana last night and it sounds like they're having some soft openings this weekend and fully opening next week.

Oct 01, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Working mom needs some cooking inspiration

It's usually water + fruit or veggies, maybe some nuts or cheese. I try to think of it as a part of dinner rather than a snack, since I know it will get eaten regardless of what it is!

Sep 19, 2013
ClippyZ in Home Cooking

Working mom needs some cooking inspiration

Ha - my daughter! I wouldn't be married to him if it was my husband! :) She has an "appetizer" in the car on the way home from school, but if I don;t keep it light, she doesn't eat dinner. And it's also a matter of a sheer lack of time in the evening - if dinner gets pushed back, so does bath, so does bed, etc etc.

Sep 18, 2013
ClippyZ in Home Cooking

Working mom needs some cooking inspiration

Thanks, foodiex2. This is really helpful. I do like to cook, actually, but hate the rush. I was good about the cook ahead thing in the winter, but it seems summer hasn't been as conducive to that. So many other fun things to do on weekends, and somehow many of those cook ahead things didn't seem as appealing.

A question about the slowcooker, though. I have one but think it might be too big. I can't leave it for too long unattended unless it is full, and that results in quantities to feed an army. How big is yours?

Sep 18, 2013
ClippyZ in Home Cooking

Working mom needs some cooking inspiration

Ha! Yes, I tried that with my husband, but he's actually home later than me, and his idea of home cooking is pasta with Prego. :)

Sep 18, 2013
ClippyZ in Home Cooking

Working mom needs some cooking inspiration

I'm a working mom, and I've found that I'm in a total cooking rut lately. Or, as my husband puts it, I've lost my cooking mojo.

I basically have 30 minutes or less from the time I walk through the door to get dinner on the table (or meltdown city ...). This means, either very simple recipes, or a lot of pre-prep the night before.

My daughter is a pretty good eater and will at least try most things (even if she doesn't like everything), though heat-spicy stuff she won't. Family favorites are roast chicken, chicken soup, peanut soba noodles, enchiladas, pasta (of course!), roasted sausage with peppers, tofu stir fry ...

What do you cook for your family that is a crowd pleaser? I'd so appreciate some inspiration!

Sep 18, 2013
ClippyZ in Home Cooking

Special Dinner for 2 in Boston?

Indeed, that was what got me to Erbaluce the first time about a year ago. I really enjoyed it (despite really, really inattentive service), but it just didn't seem as inventive and original to me as Marcuccio's did. Then again, I experienced Marcuccio's when I was really just beginning to appreciate good food, so maybe my memory of it is more than it should be!

Jun 27, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

A Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington Brainteaser

What about North by Northeast in Cambridge for a nicer dinner? Pretty dairy limited, good veg options.

Also, not sure why Painted Burro is off the menu. Tons of non beef options, and given their tacos are great, you can easily ask for one customized w/o the offending element.

Jun 27, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Special Dinner for 2 in Boston?

For my husband's 40th in August, we'll be taking the long trip over the Charles from Somerville and are staying at XV Beacon. I'm looking for a dinner venue that's close-ish (not looking to head back over the river, but anywhere in Back Bay, S End, N End, etc) would be fine.

It's a special dinner, and I'm happy to splurge, but I don't want stuffy (No 9 Park - tho maybe for cocktails only) or scene-y. Just great food in a comfortable (but special) environment. He loves steak, Italian, French, American, just not seafood.

Some ideas that came to mind and new to us were: Hamersley's, Moo, Sorellina, Mistral. Places I've tried and might consider going back to if I can't find someplace new (want to take advantage of a date night!): Mamma Maria, Grill 23, Erbaluce.

I feel a bit ridiculous asking for advice given that we live so close, but we have little ones and tend to stay in the Camberville area. If it helps, some favorites in our area are Oleana, Ten Tables and North by Northeast.

Thanks for the help!

PS - The first birthday we celebrated together was in 1998, and we went to Marcuccio's. Oh, how I would love to replicate their food!

Jun 26, 2013
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Hong Kong question

Phil, that sounds about right. Most of them were on a street parallel to Stanley (which made me think they weren't Gutzlaff, per the post above).

I'm excited to try one next trip to HK. I was having serious meal regret and thinking of having dinner no 2!

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!

Hong Kong question

Hello,

I was just in Hong Kong, and after a dinner at Mak's Noodles on Wellington (which was fine; nothing spectacular), I went for a stroll. I stumbled across an area somewhere between Wellington and Queen's Road that was alley like with a string of outdoor eating places - not fancy, just little tables and stools with outdoor cooking. Given the number of tourists, I'm sure it's something semi-well known, I just couldn't figure out what it was. Any thoughts? The food smelled and looked great!

Thanks!

Ideas for 15 person fun dinner party?

Hi there,

I'm currently planning a February dinner party for my company, and we're looking for someplace willing to do a fixed menu for about 15 people. We don't necessarily need a private room (though that is acceptable), but would like a good corner/alcove.

For price we're thinking about $40pp before alcohol and tip, though less is always OK, too. The other important factor is that I'd like this to be a fun evening, not too stuffy. This group doesn't have particularly gourmet tendencies, so solid (as opposed to extraordinary) food and fun atmosphere are important.

Location can be anywhere in Cambridge, Somerville or Boston. Some thoughts I had (none of which are 100% what I'm looking for but could be fine): Monica's in the N End, Dali in Cambridge, Eastern Standard.

Any additional ideas would be much appreciated!

Thanks, ClippyZ

Dec 20, 2011
ClippyZ in Greater Boston Area

Chianti ... with a toddler

Thanks, everyone, for the responses with specific restaurant suggestions. I hope we get to try Minchili's suggestion and have prosciutto as old as our toddler. :)

I'm sorry to have started the debate about children in restaurants, though. I didn't intend to bring the grouchiness out. I would think the fact that I ASKED about appropriate venues would suggest that, like Ambra, we're extra sensitive to making sure we don't disturb people around us. But kids have to learn somewhere. Which is why I asked about *appropriate* places. We're not going to crash anyone's romantic dinner or slow food experience ...

Thank you!

Sep 22, 2011
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