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May Graduation Dinner with elderly grandparents

Third vote for Mamma Maria's. It's Italian, but they always have steak and seafood options.

2 days ago
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Missing Maine Shrimp (year 2), Looking forward to Shad Roe & Soft Shell Crabs

Bought 2 pair of shad roe last week, from Courthouse Seafood in East Cambridge, for $10 per pair, very reasonable.

Apr 21, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Oysters

Hi, OpC, have you seen The French Chef episode where Julia demonstrates how to do it with a beer opener? She de-terrifies the whole process.

Mar 29, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Missing Maine Shrimp (year 2), Looking forward to Shad Roe & Soft Shell Crabs

My mom used to freeze shad roe for me every spring, as a treat for when I got home from college. It was fine.

Mar 29, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area
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Mussels not de-bearded?

That's ridiculous. I've cleaned and debearded plenty of mussels in my 56 years. Generally it takes about 5-10 minutes per pound, depending on how dirty they are. Wonder if he makes his kitchen staff devein the shrimp.

Mar 16, 2015
pasuga in General Topics

non vday vday dinner

If you are willing to drive to the North End, their parking garage at the bottom of Prince Street is just steps away from Massimino's, one of my favorites.

Feb 11, 2015
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recs for teas/juices/soups/drinks/other foods that act as decongestants

I was amused to see my family recipe posted recently as a good cold remedy.

HOT TODDY

you will need a large mug, juice of at least one lemon, and a big dollop of honey, at least two tablespoons. Conbine, add boiling water and stir until the honey dissolves. Add between an ounce and a jigger of rum or whiskey if the patient is over 18.

Jan 25, 2015
pasuga in General Topics

What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

When making soup or stock I almost always add bouillion cubes or flakes.

Have a much-loved pasta salad recipe with lots of vegetables. Folks and family know me for my Caesar Salad, that I make from scratch. The pasta salad dressing is sn entire bottle of Paul Newman's Caesar dressing with another good 1/4 cup of real parmesan.

Under $30 in North End?

L'Osteria or Massamino's.

Jan 16, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Casual, cozy restaurant for lunch in Back Bay area

http://losteria.com

Very good italian food and kid-friendly.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Casual, cozy restaurant for lunch in Back Bay area

I would suggest L'Osteria in the North End as both a cozy and kid-friendly place, with good food. Walk two blocks and see the Old North Church, where Paul Revere's cohort hung the lantern.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner/May 2015

Also check out Mamma Maria in the North End. Much pricier than Davio's, but they have private dining rooms and the food is usually stellar.

Jan 14, 2015
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Graduation dinner/May 2015

Second recco for Davio's. I used to work nearby and went to several corporate functions there. Food and service was always great.

Jan 14, 2015
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Best North End Restaurant for Family

I would definitely recco L'Osteria as family-friendly. Lived in the North End for twenty years, and moved away several year
s ago, but the small kids who brought my water and bussed the tables years ago are now running the kitchen.

Nov 27, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I don't know beans about authentic Mexican, but really like the food at Ole in Cambridge, and Casa Romero in Back Bay.

Nov 22, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

I need some help with a trip to your city around Dec 5th

I have never been, but O Ya gets a lot of sushi reccos on this board.

Nov 22, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

The Bored's...

No, not alone. The lively give and take is gone. I miss it. The Boston board, where I live, is so boring,no one has posted a anything interesting in at least a year.

Nov 12, 2014
pasuga in Site Talk

Copley area with a college student

I would make a reservation in the North End at L'Osteria, and feed her comfort food. It's a great place to eat and talk.

Oct 18, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Onion rings at what can only be called a truly unknown location...

Just forwarded your post to a friend who just moved to JP. Thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Simple but interesting all-in-one chicken dishes?

Soba's chicken with mustard recipe is very similar to one I make regularly with chicken or rabbit, that I cut out of the NY times years ago.

I like to use whole grain Dijon mustard, coat the meat, and marinate for at least an hour before cooking. Also usually use a good dry vermouth instead of white wine. Rice or roasted potatoes and a salad and you're all set.

Oct 08, 2014
pasuga in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014 [old]

Yeah to the sticky pecan buns! Am not big on sweets, my yearly consumption generally adds up to a couple pints of Haagen Daz and a Three Muskateers bar. But remembered my Mom making the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and gave into the impulse - they're bloody wonderful.

Oct 07, 2014
pasuga in Chains

Legal Sea Foods Prudential closing?

Reminds me of the Damon Runyon stories, where the unnamed narrator kept reiterating that the liquor at Charlie's (during Prohibition) was "strictly for you the tourists."

Maybe the Pru location is where Legal's makes or breaks their employees.

Oct 01, 2014
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Recipes Using Prepared Caramel Sauce

I really love Maya Angelou's grandmother's caramel cake recipe. Unfortunately the story that goes with it isn't on Oprah's Web site.
http://www.oprah.com/food/Maya-Angelo...

Sep 20, 2014
pasuga in Home Cooking

"I Don't Cook"

I've never done it, but remember her draining the broccoli or cauliflower, and throwing the veggies back in the pot, with a handful of tofu cube. Remember making dinner one night, and giving her steamed broccoli with lemon and a pat of butter. Her eyes got big, and she said, "I didn't know it could taste this good!"

Jul 20, 2014
pasuga in General Topics

"I Don't Cook"

About 30 years ago I had a roommate who was constantly on a diet and could only steam vegetables, she'd throw some tofu over them to melt for protein.

Almost daily, she'd tell me, "I was so good today, I only had a can of chicken for lunch!" Never saw canned chicken in the cupboards, but figured she bought it on her way to work, until one day she handed me a can, and asked, "Is this chicken or tuna?"

It was Chicken of the Sea.

There was a weekend when I'd made a vegetable/pasta salad with Caesar dressing and put it in the frig, then went out for the day, when I got home at midnight, she'd eaten the entire thing. (A pound of pasta!) She must have been starving most of the time.

Jul 17, 2014
pasuga in General Topics

"I Don't Cook"

Many years ago (mid-80s), one of my first after-college roommates had never been taught to cook. We were in a small 4rth-floor walkup in Boston's North End. She loved all the local coffee shops, and got a cappuchino maker for her birthday. First time she tried it, she turned the burner on high (gas stove) and when it started making noise she panicked - really screaming. I ran into the kitchen, thinking something had caught fire, and just turned off the burner. She never tried to use it again. Another funny/sad story: she was always trying to lose weight. I'd often get home, and she'd say, "I was so good today! I only had a can of chicken for lunch!" I wondered, because there was never any canned chicken in the cupboards, but figured she was buying it on her way to work...until one day she handed me a can and asked me, "Is this chicken or tuna?" It was Chicken of the Sea. The really sad thing was that anything I made, she'd devour without thinking about calories, she must have been starving most of the time.

Jun 28, 2014
pasuga in General Topics

H Mart Open in Central Square!

If you go during off-hours (evenings, weekends) the Green Street garage is a block away, and not pricey - $1.50/$2.00 per hour, something like that.

May 30, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Shad roe

Has anyone found shad roe or soft shell crabs around Boston grocery stores in the last few days? This winter has been so cold, am hoping they're late.

Mar 14, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Boston Help!

In the North End, definitely Neptune Oyster for seafood, but plan to get there early for lunch or dinner and be willing to wait. (11:30 for lunch, 5:30 for dinner.) Pizzeria Regina is always great. My two favorite places for great Italian-American food are L'Osteria and Massimino's. (I lived in the North End for 20 years.)

French Bistro food, you'll do a lot better trolling the boards.

Mar 10, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area

Limited-Time Left Living in Boston! Where to Eat Before I Move?

In the North End at this time of year, Massimino's for their soft-shell crab specials. L'Osteria for the stratachelli soup and fabulous antipasto salad. Neptune for just about everything. And would want one last chicken kabob salad from Dimirios, the little place on the corner of Brookline & Putnam in Cambridgeport.

Mar 07, 2014
pasuga in Greater Boston Area