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Canadian foodies looking for central Boston reccs

The OP also specified Boston. Brookline and Cambridge are separate cities.

In Boston
Coppa in the South End for small plate Italian, charcuterie and pizza. Serves a popular Sunday Brunch.

Island Creek Oyster bar in Kenmore Square for seafood. Also in Kenmore is Eastern Standard. Keep in mind if the Red Sox are in town restaurants in the Kenmore area tend to get busy.

If the OP is planning a visit to the MFA the restaurant in the courtyard is ok. The restaurant at the Gardner is also okay.

If the OP wants to cross the river into Cambridge (outside of their stated preferred area) there are many other options.

1 day ago
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Late night eats and drinks ( after midnight) on a Thursday night in Kendall SQ. or vicinity

That late night menu for Lord Hobo looks fine. The burgers and fries are usually a safe bet. I'm not a fan of the food at State Park, but it is a more comfortable location. My suggestion is if you want a large beer selection go to LH or SP for cocktails and probably a shorter walk to hotel.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

The bag doesn't have an address or name on it and we live in a multi family house. Weekly we get numerous bags of store circulars. It could also be one of the many people who dig through our recyclables for redeemables. Or someone walking pass. The joys of city living.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Is the food better when the owner who is the chef cooks your food ?

I was just thinking about this at one of my favorite restaurants (Jaleo in DC). This past Dec at the MD location the owner was with a group eating. This past Fri at the DC locationhe was in the kitchen. Two separate locations, months apart. It made me wonder which is better, having the owner as a fellow diner or in the kitchen cooking? Both meals were great so I didn't think too hard about it.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

Drop off on the front steps. Sometimes I get it, sometimes my neighbors take it.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Is Anyone Food "Couponing"Anymore?

I can't remember how, but we signed up for free delivery of just the inserts from the Globe.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

I had http://www.redfirefarm.com/ . Enjoyed it, but decided that it wasn't worth the price.

I think I used this thread to help me decided.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8037...

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

This gives a pretty good explanation of CSA's and what to expect. As well as tips about how to choose which one is right for you.

http://www.localharvest.org/csa/

The vegetable CSA that I was a member of for the past two summers was very clear about the risks of crop failures. And they were pretty good with keeping members updated on the status of certain crops through their newsletter. At the end of the season they also sent a nice letter explaining where the money went, and why there would be a price increase for this summer's share. They also allowed you either make a one time payment or spread it out over the growing season.

Apr 16, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Whole belly clams vs. strips

I like a combo of both. Get both flavors and textures. I can get overwhelmed when eating just bellies or oysters. I want some strips for balance.

Apr 12, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

Perfect thank you.

Apr 07, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Reservation Confirmation.

I have a dr appointment Wed morning. Got call just now reminding me, asked me to press 1 to confirm. Nice quick and painless. My dentist office will call, leave a message confirming and ask me to call back if I can't make it. Quick and easy.

Apr 07, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

Thanks. Why would he need to do this? The ice was normal size and it didn't seem like he accomplished much with the couple whacks. The drink it was cloudy and it looked like there were small chips of ice floating. It is a way to slightly dilute the drink?

Apr 07, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

BF and I were at a bar known for their cocktails (drinks $10+). I noticed one of the bartenders holding ice cubes (normal size) in his hand and whacking them with a spoon to break them. He then dumped them in the shaker and continued to make the drink. Didn't see him wash /wipe hands before or after.

Is this normal/acceptable bartender behavior or is it a reason not to return to this bar?

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity.

Apr 07, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Apps for tracking food

Thank you. I'll have to check it out.

Apr 07, 2014
viperlush in Special Diets

Apps for tracking food

Is it pay or free?

Apr 06, 2014
viperlush in Special Diets

Apps for tracking food

My mother is diabetic and will be getting a smart phone shortly. I'm sure she will be asking me which phone to get (droid or iPhone). Are there any simple and useful apps that she can download to help keep track of her diet? Or that can used to scan products? I'm not a smartphone user.

Thanks

Apr 06, 2014
viperlush in Special Diets

Pennypackers in Magoun Square,

Yes, we got the porchetta sandwich and a grilled eggplant. One bite of the porchetta was perfect, my other bite was ways too salty. The eggplant was good, however the olives were overwhelming. But I still enjoyed it and would return. If I was still eating meat I would have ordered the beef cheek.

My main issue was the 20 min wait for two sandwiches. The only other party in the restaurant was receiving their food as we ordered. I was full after my eggplant sandwich and the BF was still hungry after his porchetta.

Weekend Menu

1) Clam Chowder

2) Egyptian Red Lentil Soup
-yogurt

3) Caesar Salad

4) Grilled Romaine Salad
-fresh peas, watermelon radish, Gorgonzola, buttermilk dressing

5) Breakfast Sandwich
-2 fried eggs, cheddar, Sriracha aioli
-w/bacon

6) Grilled Eggplant Sandwich
-sharp provolone, salsa verde, oil cured olives, lemon pickled fennel, fava beans

7) Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich
-pickled slaw, greens

8) Porchetta Sandwich
-salsa verde

9) Beef Cheek Sandwich
-sharp provolone, pickled mushrooms, watermelon radish purée, arugula

Apr 05, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Best Steak House in Boston

Apr 04, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area
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Blings, Pings, ETC

Those sounds cause seizures in my pseudo IL's dog (as well as their former). Pseudo FIL had become an expert in finding ways to kill those sound or it at least muffle them.

Apr 03, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food
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How often do you drink alcoholic drinks?

Infrequently. Maybe 15 alcoholic beverages a month? Rarely more than one on any given day. When I do drink it's beer, wine (only at home) or the occasional gin based cocktail.

Apr 03, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

<The partial treat of the other person(s) in your party while completely ignoring paying for you and your husband (their HOSTS) is the other bizarro situation. And a good bit rude of them.>

My first reaction was is the guy trying to sleep with the women.

Apr 02, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

April Foods Day Pranks

If people were stealing candy out of my desk without permission I would do the same. But I would do it frequently, not just on 4/1.

Apr 01, 2014
viperlush in General Topics
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Would you eat sans bathroom?

Some are grandfathered in so they don't have to provide restrooms.

Apr 01, 2014
viperlush in Not About Food

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

I asked for ( and received) a gift card to this place for Xmas just for that chicken. It's up there with Soulfire as my favorite on the area. The other dishes we enjoyed (dinner Q4 '13) were the fried tomatoes (cut thick with a good no flaking crust), the biscuits, and the pork belly (not too fatty or dry). The sides were ok, but didn't seem like a great value and might have been too salty. Expensive, but the portions are large enough that I think next time the BF and I will ignore the suggestion on the menu and share a platter.

Apr 01, 2014
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Eggs - What a Beautiful Thing!

Anytime I make a simple scrambled egg (no milk, no bacon drippings, etc) with only a little butter, I am amazed by how good it tastes.

My favorite " lazy" dinners are crustless quiche and omelets. I use up what ever veggies, cheeses , etc i have on hand.

Mar 31, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

sneaking in canned clams into tuna casserole?

I wouldn't unless you made two separate casseroles. The texture is too different. I wouldn't want to mess with something she loves.

Mar 31, 2014
viperlush in Home Cooking

What food have you lost a taste for?

I'm with you. For awhile I was buying a 4-6lb chicken each week to roast. It required eating chicken every day to finish it up. And I would feel guilty throwing the carcass away so stock was made, portioned and stuffed in freezer. Now I'm sick of eating chicken.

Mar 30, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Migraines: Coffee vs. Coke?

<I've recently been prescribed a high dosage of Imitrex, but it leaves me feeling zombielike, and I seem to be having an allergic reaction to it as well (tightening of the throat, etc).>

Pseudo SIL stopped taking Imitrex because it also made her zombie like. I've found that if I take ibuprofen right before I take the Imitrex it lessens the side effects (sore head and neck, burning sensation, etc). I'll drink caffeinated beverage to deal with the zombie like feeling if I can't take a nap or shower.

<Eating the coffee gounds, though, is one possible solution I've never heard before.>

I thought it was pretty strange when he told me that. I like cocoa nips and chocolate covered espresso beans, but a spoonful of Folgers seemed odd.

Mar 30, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Migraines: Coffee vs. Coke?

Whichever I have available to try to prevent/diminish migraine, but I don't feel like caffeine helps with the pain once I have one. The OTC migraine medicine which contains caffeine doesnt work fore, but pseudo SIL ginds its very affective if she gets to it on time. I do try to have either coffee or coke every morning to prevent a headache. When I'm in a cycle of cluster headaches I find that caffeine helps with keeping my energy leave up so I can better handle them. I drink which ever is available.

One friend doesn't wait for the coffee to brew and eats the grounds when he feels a headache coming.

Mar 30, 2014
viperlush in General Topics

Cheesecake Factory gift card

Did you try calling the # on the back?

Mar 29, 2014
viperlush in Chains
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