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Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

Katsuji's dish would have been more visually appealing if he left out those beans and thinned out the beet puree.

about 15 hours ago
viperlush in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

Amy and her lemons. Could have made a dessert or a preserved lemon dish.

But I'd also count Poe as a poet. Though I do agree that Dickinson was the odd one out.

about 15 hours ago
viperlush in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

People are more familiar with the classical authors than the modern. For the most part all of us in the US had to read and study the authors mentioned. Their stories have made into movies or referenced in tv shows. Its not the same for the more modern authors. I know I read a lot, but I have plenty of time. I wouldn't expect the cheftestants to have the time.

They do seem pretty focused on the history of the Boston area.

about 16 hours ago
viperlush in Food Media & News

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

To me her dish looked like an early spring day at Walden Pond. The smell of the earth, the hope of fresh non root veggies, and the disappointment of that late snow shower.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

I'd expect a Jets fan to say something. Maybe make 4 short sausages with a long in the middle?

It did seems almost forced. Like he was trying to get Gronk's attention so he would stand out and be remembered. Show that he is a football fan.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #9 – 12/17/14 (spoilers)

I think George needed to be inspired by Hung's Smurf Viilage. More playful and bright.

Surprised Greg didn't go with the Telltale Heart.

And why would anyone mention that they are a Redskins fan? Is not like they are relevant or a rival of the Pats.

Best Transparent Restaurants in Boston?

Ribelle in Brookline

Dec 15, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

Drudge posted it a few hours ago.

If you go to the Food Media and News page you can see another Chowhound discussion on this subject.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/998475

Dec 10, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

Well it has definitely boosted their yelp stars. Many people posted in support (some customers, some not).

Dec 10, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

So the amount of time he (and assistants?) had spent on this is worth $4/$12 to him?

If $4 was that important to him, give no tip and cite the prices discrepancy as the reason.

Dec 10, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

Link to the Boston Board discussion

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/998401

Dec 10, 2014
viperlush in Food Media & News

Eggnog - Love It or Leave It

Would start out loving it, but by the end of the season I was ready to see it go. Unfortunately my lactose intolerance has increased and drinking it now a no go.

Dec 09, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer, fka The Spirooli

It's not the same. The reviews don't look that great on the website and they even say it's made exclusively for them.

So then I guess another question is had anyone bought the Sur la table one.

Dec 08, 2014
viperlush in Cookware

Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer, fka The Spirooli

I'm looking at getting one of these for my mother for xmas. Does anyone have experience with it?

Dec 08, 2014
viperlush in Cookware

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

I think it really come down to know your guests/hosts. Be on the same page and make expectations clear. Is it a formal sit down dinner or a casual get together? A potluck buffet or plated multi course? A day long food orgy while watching football or everyone conversing around one table? Reading this thread I know that at a couple of these households I would feel uncomfortable as a first time guest. Not because they are "snobby" or "trashy", but because they celebrate differently than I'm use to.

Dec 08, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

Yes

Dec 07, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

I agree. There is always that mysterious crab legs, lobster, etc. seafood dishes that no one ever ordered. The price made them tempting (and frightening), but no one strayed from the "safe" pages.

Dec 07, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

What makes a Diner special?

Our Diner was byob.

Dec 07, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Funny you mention that. In my family basketball at xmas was the tradition. My best memories are watching basketball with my grandfather, uncles and cousins. It was standard for half the group to eat in the family room/kitchen watching the game, and the other half in the dining room.

Dec 07, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Harvard Square Dinner

I guess it depends on how much you eat and what you order. BF and I get out there spending not much more than $50 (chirashi, sampler, and a roll) not including tax and tip.

Dec 06, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

This is the first season that I've truly disliked her as a host. Seems more bitchy and entitled.

Dec 05, 2014
viperlush in Food Media & News

You can't go home again ...

The ability to move to Belly, Blue Room, CBC, Hungry Mother or State Park for drinks after is what me think of West Bridge. I know that there are a couple other restaurants in Kendall, closer to the T ( on Main St and 3rd) but I can't think of them. At Meadhall, if not reserved or packed, the upstairs in comfortable.

Dec 05, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

I think Greg and Katsuya knew that they were on the weaker team. Decided it was best to stay out of the line of fire, keep their heads down and just get their dishes done. They knew how RW works and played the odds.

And I think Katie deserves some credit for recognizing the dessert wasn't working and trying to do something. At least they got something out.

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #7 – 12/03/14 (spoilers)

One of my friends was a server for 4 Pigs. When she mentioned it a couple months ago she said that she was happy that she wasn't with the other team. Yelling, confusion, etc. Now I see why.

And I like to think that Lynch was being sarcastic or mocking when she said Beantown.

You can't go home again ...

I know it's not your prefered area, but what about one of the places in Kendall? Might be interesting to see just how much that area has changed since you left.

Maybe West Bridge?

Dec 04, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Holiday Gift Baskets

It happened 10 yr ago when we didn't live near a Blockbuster. That's a lot of effort to get rid of a $5 giftcard. Easier to just let it expire or get lost in the clutter. But your right I should have opened an eBay account and a PayPal just for that.

Dec 04, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Harvard Square Dinner

Cafe Sushi.

Holiday Gift Baskets

Far from it, they are more than generous and don't expect more than we can comfortably give. It's not the amount of money spent, it's wanting the gifts to be equal. The value of a sweater is easier to compare with a pair of earrings than a jar of homemade jam. After 15 years of being part of their family, I accept it.

Dec 04, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Holiday Gift Baskets

Exactly, with my family there really isn't a set amount to spend on gifts. My brother just wants pickles. I know my dad is eagerly waiting for this year's jams and nuts. And my mom will see the 3 bars of chocolate I bought her and know the time and money I put into picking them out. But if we tried giving the same or similar gifts to my bf's family they would think that we are skimping and be looking for the rest of the gift.

We once received "a date night in a box" for xmas from the bf's cousin. Blockbuster gc, boxes if theater candy, and a couple bags of microwave popcorn. Cute idea, but bad for us. The gc went unused and the popcorn in the trash. I much prefer gift cards for restaurants, trader Joe's and whole foods.

Dec 03, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Florida Breweries?

Do you get Cigar City (Tampa) on NY? Their IPA is good.

Dec 03, 2014
viperlush in Beer