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Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I think you are asking too much from fellow Chowhounds. Clear up the confusion, make a handout with all the bars in the area to pass out to the 800 people, or start making phone calls.

No kids allowed?

Why not, I don't have kids. Though I think it would make more sense to ban kids after 7pm or on Thurs-Sat night. Don't really know how you enforce it, do they expect the kids to carry ID? Why not just have a blanket "disruptive customers will be asked to leave" policy.

Jul 30, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

The BF has a lot of work happy hours there. Surprisingly good beer list and average snacks. The benefits are they have the space, cheap, and being so near other better bars/restaurants in case they want to move about. But if Flat Tops in considered an option then I'd say stay at the Marriott and go to Champions.

Jul 28, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I'd also throw in Cambridge Brewing Company. Not as close to the hotel, but not a long walk either. But there are about 6 alternative options in that area if people want to break away from the group to eat/drink. Maybe Catalyst?

It would be best to call the restaurants and ask them about the seperate tabs and reserving a space.

Jul 28, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Do you pray before a meal?

Nope, but probably growing up. While just dating, my father "forgot" to tell my mother that his family took turns reciting a bible verse before dinner. Expecting her to fumble, my father was disappointed when my mother politely recited John 11:35. Well played mother.

Forget the best burger... how about the worst burger in boston?

And in contrast the burger and fries I had at the Independent in Union Square were so salty that my lips were salt crusted after only a couple bites.

Jul 22, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

$500 on the line with a friend in a steak cook off

On a side note how is whiskey in a pumpkin pie "too much flair", but a sous vide bone in tenderloin with a blackened brown sugar crust and garlic herb butter is "flair free"?

Viale or Oleana - at which one can we hear each other better?

And that row of tables that look out into the courtyard seem to be in the quiet side.

Jul 17, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Unbelievable !!

Because it was a fat man with a thin cigar and not a thin man with a fat cigar?

Jul 15, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Does parking make a difference for you ?

In an unfamiliar area, parking matters. Especially if I'm driving alone. If I'm driving my car I avoid tight spots. But after living in cities for the past decade, I've learned not to pass up a open nonresidential/ nonmetered/nonvalet/ etc. spot no matter the distance from my destination.

Jul 15, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Starbucks

As long as I can get the drink of my choice for less than $5 I don't really care about the price increase.

Jul 13, 2015
viperlush in Chains
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Eating massive maki rolls?

I deconstruct. Eat the fish on top separately or poke some of the innards out and eat separately.

Jul 12, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Which post are you referencing?

Jul 07, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

Since movie theaters make most of their profit off of concessions I hope they keep selling, and people keep buying them. I'd hate to see how much ticket prices would increase.

I'm just curious if there was ever a time that concessions weren't sold at places of entertainment. I suspect that throughout centuries the cultural norm is to eat while being entertained.

Jul 07, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

A guy walks into the movie theater with his own sandwich...

If outside food is not allowed and the movie hasn't started, then fine go find someone and complain. If outside food is allowed and movie hasn't started, ask for a refund/rain check and tell them why you are dissatisfied. If the movie has started either suck it up or leave. Say something to the manager as you leave. But don't be the ass that causes a distraction while the movie is playing.

What food or snacks do you have hidden ?

Hidden sounds a little selfish. Don't you love your family? I prefer to call it strategically placed food or food purchased on the dl. Not my fault the bf doesn't know our pantry that well and doesn't do the food shopping. I suppose if he looked he'd find the cookies or chocolate chips. And being that I'm lactose intolerant is only fair that I buy lactose free ice cream and frozen yogurt. It's also possible that I've trained him to look only in his pirate chest for his snacks. But truly I do it all out of love and support for his desire to eat healthy.

I need opinions

To build on this of ^ think local. What products from my town/city/state/region? Think of what your area is known for and send that. If I was so living in Bmore I would have sent old bay, crab flavored chips, and berger cookies. Here in the Boston area Teddy's peanut butter, fluff, and a bag of dunkin donuts coffee. And from where a grew up in Jersey a bottle of local maple syrup, local jams, and maybe some chocolate.

Jul 02, 2015
viperlush in U.K./Ireland

First trip to Boston

I would consist taking the train or ferry up to Salem.

Jul 01, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

When to get lunch/a snack on this trip?

I'd just suck it up and accept that there will be no good food options and think more about when you want to eat. When I have a morning flight I usually bring a bagel or cashew nut sandwich with a banana for breakfast. I either eat at the gate if I can or on the plane. And pick up a sandwich from the airport. Doesn't matter from where, just not from Potbelly or Quiznos (don't want it warm). I'd just get a sandwich from Reagan and bring it. I'd rather land with a full stomach, and have one less thing to deal at the destination airport. Especially when I'm not the one in control.

Jun 25, 2015
viperlush in General Topics
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Any Must Order at Jaleo?

Our favorite dinner spot Bethesda and lunch spot in DC. As a family we go a couple times a year.

To add to what has already been mentioned:

Piquillos peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Great spread on top of the bread.

Fried bacon wrapped dates. They are pretty sweet, but still have a nice smoky flavor. The other fritters are also in rotation. The cod, ham, chicken depending on who is with us.

Chorizo wrapped in crispy
potatoe. they are like fancy little cocktail wieners wrapped in potatoe chips.

Fried baby squid. Basically anything fried is good.

Baby squid sauteed with white beans. The squid are tiny, not much larger than the beans.

I'm not a fan of endive, but my parents enjoy the endive with goat cheese and orange. A nice crisp, fresh break from the richer dishes.

We tend to stay at from the meat dishes since the portions aren't as easy to share and the shrimp because of an allergy. But the quail, lamb, and steak had always been well cooked and tasty when ordered.

Shucked Island Creek Oysters at Wegmans Burlington MA.

Usually we just get a sandwich to eat when we are up the, but I'll have to remember this. Thanks for the tip.

Jun 24, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Now, THAT is SOME Kinda Pie!

Pretty disappointed with the turtle pie. Except for a sprinkle of pecan on the whipped cream (?) and the drizzle of caramel on top, there really wasn't much turtle. If there was any nuts and caramel on the crust it wasn't much. There was too much of the chocolate to taste anything else including the crust. It would have been better listed as a sea salt and chocolate mousse. The chocolate was nice and smooth which I enjoyed. Not too rich, but rich enough that I had to take half home. I was able to actually taste the crust on my bf's slice of key lime. Would have preferred a denser key lime filling, but it was still good.

Jun 23, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Favorites from Watertown Markets?

I think the bakery items and drinks are comparable to other coffee places/bakeries. I had a Turkish coffee, tahini shortbread cookie, and a pistachio nest for about $6. A nice afternoon snack for not much cost. But those grocery items are tiny and expensive. And the meal prices are pretty high for the portions. But I also think the same for Oleana.

Jun 21, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Not to mention delays, flights that overlap with traditional meal times and tight connections. I don't get one any flight without bringing a meal or multiple snacks.

Best lobster

Yankee Lobster or James Hook for no frills.

Jun 17, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Current restaurant pet peeve

#8. Craving steamers while on the Cape. Stopped at a seafood restaurant. Decided on steamers, little necks, and oysters. Go to order, and its "sorry the steamer is down (there goes the steamers and any lobster dish) and we are out of little necks". Would have been nice if the chalk door out front, specials menu, the hostess, or waitress mentioned the broken steamer.

Jun 15, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Yes, Again: Prices On Specials

Last time we went out we had to have the server recite the four specials multiple times before we even cracked open the regular menu. The first time we had to ask for price after every dish description. Then after reading the regular menu we called him back over to recite the specials again. And then when we ordered we had him recite them again with prices. Total waste of his time, really could have been avoided with a printed menu.

Don't Waste Your Allowance on Ordinary Sweets! Hold Out for the Good Stuff; Hold Out for Paris Baguette!

Got an orange cronut this morning around 8:45. Total waste of $4. Overly sweet icing, flavorless filling and greasy. Felt like I gargled with oil. Don't think I'll need any chapstick today. But it did have nice flaky layers and was a good size.

Jun 10, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

How do you solve problem when you are hungry while traveling, but don't know what to eat?

I've learned to never leave home without a granola bar. A quick snack to tide overt until able to get to/ decide on a real meal.

Jun 04, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Gift Card "etiquette" when dining out

We've had restaurants apologize profusely for not accepting those credit/debit gift cards. Their credit card systems didn't accept them? They didn't know how to process them? So now we just don't use them at restaurants.

Jun 04, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food