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Seen Dried Raspberries in Boston Area?

Trader Joe's definitely carries blueberries, strawberries, raspberries in individual (not mixed) packages. Arlington must have just been out. I've purchased in Back Bay, Cambridge, and Framingham.

Jun 05, 2013
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Am I searching for something that doesn't exist in Boston/Cambridge??

ICOB if you can get a reservation would work. Eastern Standard is insanely packed and very, very loud in general.

May 24, 2013
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Am I searching for something that doesn't exist in Boston/Cambridge??

Shojo in Chinatown might fit this.

May 23, 2013
hoodwich in Greater Boston Area

Cinquecento

Sorry MC, but I've got Maggie's back here in a big way. Went last night for the first (and only) time.

Appetizers were good (bruschetta) to excellent (fresh ricotta), and everyone in our party of four liked their cocktail. Then it went downhill fast.

The second course never came out. Inquired of the waitress 40 minutes later when she was setting our dinner knives. She was unaware we hadn't (a problem in itself) and went running off to check. Salads and salumi finally came out. One of the ladies really disliked her salad, which was chicory based. Extremely bitter with no balance. She ate two small bites and abandoned the full plate. No one ever came back to apologize for the delay or check on the course. Busser finally clears the full plate, clearly tells no one.

Main course then comes out. But our silverware hasn't been replaced, so we can't eat it. One of the ladies gets up after a couple of minutes and steals some from an open table. My dish (Veal Saltimbocca) was cold. Appears to have been sitting since before we asked about our salads. When the server finally reappears I send it back.

[let me be clear, I never, ever do this. Might be the second time in my life. but I am seriously pissed at this point, so I get over my typical embarrassment at not wanting to cause a scene and do it]

Plate comes back, original plate has been blasted under the salamander for a couple of minutes. So the plate and cabbage fondue are now hot, but the delicate veal preparation is ruined, and the middles of the veal sections are still cold.

Manager comes over to apologize, saying he understands "they've had a little difficulty getting our meal out", asks if my "dish is now cooked to my liking" like I'm being difficult or, you know, they actually had re-prepared my dish. I give the (honest) answer he deserves, "well, they just threw my plate under the salamander for a couple of minutes". The veal sections are now grey. Nothing about them looks like it should. He says nothing, but everyone at my table is done with their entree at this point so I let it go. He sends over dessert on the house and leaves my entree on the bill.

2:15 for dinner on a Wednesday night, with the worst service I've had since a night at Anthony's Pier 4 fourteen years ago.

Apr 25, 2013
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Group dinner in Boston/Cambridge on a Saturday night - with some specific requirements

A4 is a good idea.

Something a little off the wall that West Coasters might find interesting/different is Amhreins in Southie. A block from the Broadway stop.

Apr 11, 2013
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Restaurant Near South Station Teenagers in Tow

Should have thought of this. Blue Dragon is a great idea.

Apr 04, 2013
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Why Does Everyone Pick on the Seaport?

The sports bars drive me crazy. It shouldn't be so hard to find a high quality sports bar in downtown boston. The cocktails at Remy's are tiny and poorly made, but the space is fairly well set up for a sports bar. Such a waste (and yeah, it is packed on a Saturday or Sunday but I expect that in a sports bar and frankly that's part of the fun if you are in the right mood)

But Remy's is better than Atlantic Beer Garden, which isn't run like a sports bar, but like some weird southie version of cask n flagon. The food might be a touch better than Remy's though that isn't saying much. TVs are not good and there is a ton of wasted wall space.

Mar 28, 2013
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Looking for Braided Easter Bread-- with the whole egg?

I've been able to get that in Salem St. in the North End. Its been a few years but I'm pretty sure the bakery is still there

Mar 28, 2013
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List on Non-RW Options?

thanks all.

Mar 27, 2013
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List on Non-RW Options?

Need to schedule a nice dinner Friday night, hoping to avoid Restaurant Week shenanigans. Does anyone know of a list/link to non-participating options?

I swear I searched first. Only found a discussion re: 2012 Restaurant Week.

Mar 26, 2013
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Bacon flavored vodka

thanks for the info. guess I'll stock in some extra bottles

Feb 07, 2013
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Bacon flavored vodka

I've had Bakon. I love booze and I love bacon. I also like playing around with flavored booze in cocktails. I assure you, this stuff was crap. I would vehemently recommend not buying it. If you absolutely must have it, I got it at Marty's in Newton. I think I've seen it at Martinegtti's on Old Soldier's Field Rd too.

It is very astringent and only had the slightest hint of bacon flavor. Nothing about it was good.

I was hoping to do bacon bloodies. didn't work at all.

off topic, but I would highly recommend Hanger One's Chipotle Vodka for bloodies. Fantastic stuff. Also Square One's Basil vodka makes an unbelievable caprese martini.

Feb 06, 2013
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