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Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

I'm in WMa, and my local supplier (a local orchard) says they lost their whole sour cherry crop due to the cold spring. I don't know if that's a widespread problem...I sure hope not.

Jul 09, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Seriously dark chocolate?

I'm not a fan of Cardullo's because their stock doesn't seem to turn over very fast. I've gotten bloomed chocolate from them a time or six, enough to make them a rather distant last on my list.

Thanks for the Cocoanuts rec, I'd never heard of it, sounds definitely worth a list.

Harvest has a little stuff, probably not as much as Whole Foods. Theo 85% is on sale now at Whole Foods, decent price.

Jul 08, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Post dinner drinks in South End/Theater district/chinatown?

You mean "flouting" the law, not "flaunting".

"Yeah, see, here's my law, check it out!"

Jul 08, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Cherry Picking?

Ditto the window closing, it is a short season. Maybe try http://www.farmfresh.org/food/pickyou.... I know that one of our local orchards has no sour cherries this year because of the cold spring.

Jul 08, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

I like the ducklings photo shoot idea for memories, and maybe a swan boat ride (not to be confused with a duck boat tour, which is also maybe not a bad idea if your wife gets footsore). But it's "the Common", not "the Commons".

Your hotel is close to Dumpling Cafe (not to be confused with Gourmet Dumpling House). Great for a light meal especially late - don't miss the juicy pork dumplings.

Jul 05, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

It's a bit early yet, but there are some farmers in WMa who grow a dwarf variety that tassels out very early. So, maybe soon.

Jul 05, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Yak and Yeti -- Somerville Nepali grubz

The way it's mostly done IN Nepal is dal baht, dal baht, dal baht. Meat is a rarity -- people love it but can rarely afford it. Momos are Tibetan, not properly Nepali, but you get them in Nepal because of the exile Tibetan community -- two kinds, vegetable momos and buff momos (water buffalo).

Jul 03, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Brown Rice Paper Wrappers in Boston?

Really? In my experience, many (not all) of the Asian grocery stores carry rice paper wrappers. I've yet to see one that has brown rice paper wrappers.

Jul 01, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

One day in Portland, want seafood

Thanks for the recs, all! JillO, we will be staying near PDX, going to Forest Grove Friday AM. So, OK, Portland's not a seafood town, we can skip that (but I might put in a vote for Boxer Sushi). What does Portland do especially well, if not sushi?

Jul 01, 2014
LilBrownBat in Metro Portland

Reccommendations for upscale Halal restaurants in Boston?

No direct experience myself, but have you looked at Moroccan Hospitality?

Jun 30, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Brown Rice Paper Wrappers in Boston?

I will be really happy if you find them, because then you will have found a store with a decent selection of southeast Asian groceries, and that will make me glad.

Jun 30, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Where can I BBQ at the beach in Boston??

Yeah, it's a crapshoot. The bottom line is, they can shut down your party anytime they want, so why risk it? What's most important to you -- the party, the alcohol or the venue? Choose accordingly.

Jun 30, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

One day in Portland, want seafood

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to spend a week in Forest Grove with some friends, where we'll be eating cafeteria food (yay...). We have one day in Portland, and we're looking for recommendations for seafood (we're from Massachusetts, so yeah, seafood, we like it). Casual is good (we'll be carrying a ton of gear and won't have room to pack the dinner jackets), as is moderate price. We're wondering if there's anything that answers that description. We will be staying near the airport and getting about via public transit. Any suggestions?

...and if you happen to also have recs for Forest Grove, because I expect eventually the cafeteria food will send us screaming into the night, that would be excellent too. TIA!

Jun 30, 2014
LilBrownBat in Metro Portland

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

I think it depends on what you're after, catsmeow. Some visitors like the obvious tourist orientation of much of the area around Copley. Others might prefer to walk along the Esplanade, a tour through Beacon Hill, or to get to Back Bay (if that's your destination) by a nice stroll down Charles Street, through the Public Garden and then down Beacon or Marlborough or Comm Ave, rather than the louder, busier, more tourist-oriented Boylston or Newbury.

Jun 27, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

I know Nan Ling, but I wasn't aware that it was part of any food court, damned or otherwise.

Jun 26, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Openings and Closings

Cupcakes are just fine, but that place deserved to close. The three times I tried to get something there, I was unsuccessful each time (closed, didn't have anything, taking 20 minutes to fill a 4-cupcake order for a couple of dudegirls, etc.). Always an issue.

Jun 26, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

I imagine you can find some decent bun at pretty much any Vietnamese place. Try Japanese restaurants for standards like zarusoba and somen.

Jun 26, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Dinner recommendation? - heading N. on 91 from Bradley International Airport

You do not say how far "into Western Mass" you are going.

Jun 26, 2014
LilBrownBat in Southern New England

Where to stay near walkable, local food/shopping

It's probably helpful to define what you mean by "cool shops". With that said, to varying degrees all the neighborhoods you mention tend to cater to tourists, so the unique and local factor is lower than in some other neighborhoods. You may wish to consider other areas, where you're likely to find restaurants that are both more unique and a better value. However, if you want to make sure that you "see Boston", meaning the stereotypical stops (which are still quite worthwhile, mind you), I'd go with the Copley recommendation.

Jun 26, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

Sure, not so fun, but quite possibly within the scope of what was allowable when you moved in. If you live in an area zoned agricultural, your neighbor may not be keeping pigs when you move in, but they are still entitled to start keeping pigs at any time thereafter.

Jun 25, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

I want to propose that you don't get to nominate anything that Boston has only one of. Best pizza? Sure. Best banh mi? Works. Best sandwich? Makes sense. Best free-range gluten-free artisanal narwhal brochettes? Makes no sense at all.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area
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Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

StriperGuy, if you moved into a small studio apartment next to a bbq joint, would you then feel entitled to insist that the bbq joint move or shut down? How about if you moved into an apartment next to a location that was zoned for commercial use, including restaurant?

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Freds Franks only open for 2hrs a day

That sort of new-to-town NIMBYism is exactly why many rural communities are enacting right-to-farm ordnances.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

Boston to Cape

About 15 hours.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Southern New England

Boston to Cape

The Wagon Wheel is a roadside ice-cream-burgers-and-fries place. While it has rather more offerings than is typically found in such a place, and while it does offer a local beef burger, it's not quite what most people are looking for when they ask for "local meat" (i.e., upscale locavore-chic) and "al fresco dining" (hey, they got picnic tables).

Perhaps more to the point, it is not really near the route you would take from Provincetown to Amherst. Typically you'd take Route 6 to 495 to the Mass Pike to I-91 to Route 9. Route 2 parallels Route 9 but is farther north, beyond where you will be going. The Mass Pike is awful in summer if you ask me, though, and a crime against humanity on a busy weekend (hint: it's a lonnnng time between exits and you won't be moving, so plan your rest stops accordingly and pack a lunch), so who knows, maybe Route 2 makes sense.

If you want something that's more on your way, stop at Local Burger in Northampton. They serve truly exceptional burgers, fries and shakes. No alfresco and no kitsch, sorry.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Southern New England

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

I just don't get the tater tots thing.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

"Drunk food" is its own category. It is not "good food". It is good for a particular purpose, namely (when ingested late at night) converting alcohol into something that will not give you a hammering hangover the next day. There are many Chinese greasy spoons whose uninspiring-to-awful food can perform this same magic.

Jun 24, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

buying fresh curry paste - Asian Markets?

Available at C Mart.

Jun 19, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

buying fresh curry paste - Asian Markets?

Jun 19, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

It's Strawberry Season Again! Anyone seen the local ones yet?

PYO just got started out here in western MA. I think it'll be a decent season, or at least better than last year's. Going picking this weekend.

Jun 19, 2014
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area