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Tea bag turns cheap lager into craft brew

What about for those who drink non alcoholic beer? Would this give them more variety?

Apr 24, 2015
viperlush in Beer

Sunday brunch: Coppa or Aquitane?

Also in my experience with brunch at Coppa, they serve the dishes as they they are ready. So for us there was an quite a lag between the serving of the sandwich and the baked egg dish. The meal was great and fortunately the hangry person got served first and the least hungry got served last. But next time we will either ask for everything to come out together, or maybe order a couple things to share.

Apr 24, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Who owns the leftovers?

I'd prefer feeding to the dog. "You fed my $50 dry aged steak to the dog?!".

Apr 24, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Please interpret this menu pricing....

The waiters explanation does make sense ( but not to a reasonable person), or at least well practiced (like any good deception should be). When ever I see pricing like that on a menu I think full portion /half portion (salads and pasta). And I can see that the 1 skewer/2 skewers could mean that some dishes come with one, others two (but really, why would one think that 1/2 a skewer is even an option?). And that maybe you should have confirmed the prices when ordering since in hindsight there are multiple ways to interpret the pricing (shrimp at market price does seem odd).

However, you couldn't have been the first and only party to be confused about the prices and shocked by their bill. Any reasonable person would be as surprised and upset as you.

Creativity belongs in the kitchen or behind the bar, not in the billing.

Who owns the leftovers?

It's mine.

Apr 20, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

One of the tastiest sandwiches in Boston got even better!!

Ah, I always look at the little sign.

Apr 20, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

One of the tastiest sandwiches in Boston got even better!!

I like it, just wish that they put paté on the sandwich. I find bon me sandwiches more filling and interesting.

Apr 20, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Wedding reception food/questions. Professional input welcome....

Sounds pretty awesome to me. Relaxing and personalized. Throw in some yard games, cotton candy, shaved ice and umbrellas (or some other sort of shade).

Apr 19, 2015
viperlush in General Topics
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Complain or Shut Up?

Makes sense when you hope/need to maintain a relationship Or the experience wasn't that bad.

In the example I gave above (overly salted food) there wasn't anything I wanted from the restaurant and I have no plans to return. So no shit sandwich for them.

A recent meal at an expensive well regarded (and family favorite) restaurant in NoVa might have deserved one for a couple minor serving issues. Delay in getting wine, not describing the charcuterie board, and timing between apps and main. Nothing major, but because of how important service is to them, the owner/manager might have appreciated a shit sandwich as we said goodnight.

Apr 17, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Complain or Shut Up?

FWIW in a recent Miss Manners column she addressed this. She basically said is not polite/good manners to complain.

Unless something isn't edible, I just say fine and leave it at that. The last time I responded honestly to the waitress (burger and fries so salty my lips were crusted), I received a half hearted sorry about that and an offer to get something different. I just find it easier to stay quiet and not return.

Apr 12, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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The re-vamped Bukowski?

Do they still do the dollar burger?

Apr 09, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

salmon croquettes ahead of time

If you want a recipe and other suggestions search for jfoods salmon croquettes. I plan to make a batch later this week. They also freeze well.

Apr 08, 2015
viperlush in Home Cooking

Water Added Cold Cuts

Have you tried the store brands/in house cooked cold cuts at your local grocery store?

Apr 08, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Sarma and the Multiple WOW!s

they do the same thing at Oleana with the trout spanakopita.

Apr 08, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

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

I assume that their morning rush is ending at 8:30am. Walking past Flour between 8- 8:30am ish there is a long line. Walking past closer to 9 and its a lot shorter.

Apr 07, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Starting Dinner Early

You did make a good point. If the family is still at the table and keeps the OP company while she eats its one thing. But if they leave her to eat alone, or try to rush her its more of a slight.

What makes a good host ?

I'd still accept the invite. Especially from a good friend since food always comes second to good company. However, I would eat a sandwich before going and tuck a granola bar in my pocket.

Apr 07, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food
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Don't Waste Your Allowance on Ordinary Sweets! Hold Out for the Good Stuff;Hold Out for Paris Baguette!

What time do you go? If I stop in its around 8:30am. The pastry case is basically empty, but they are on the process of refilling it.

Apr 07, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

That makes it even worst. I hope they were as attentive to their food and service as they were to their parking lot.

Apr 03, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

I'm the turtle at the table .

Dare I say, this on point little rant is exactly what you should say to your friends? "We are in Canada not fuckin' Spain, let's eat while to food is still hot".

COPPA : At the Top of Its Game

Went last night for a post members preview at the mfa dinner. Overall really enjoyed what we had. Since we had to wait 10? minute for our table to open up, everyone was apologetic and we received a complementary dish of their meatballs. Nice light texture with a bright tomatoe sauce. We ended up using all our bread to sop up the sauce. BF had the oysters and mortadella pimento spread. I assume he enjoyed both because I didn't get an opportunity to taste either. The highlight of the meal for me was the insalata estiva. The grape-caper dressing went perfectly with the shaved radish, seared sugar snap peas, and baby rainbow carrots. It was as a fresh taste of spring. Our other two dishes were the low points. Bronzino with heirloom bean stew, crispy artichokes, and pickled celtuce. Flavors and portion size were great, but the bronzino was dry. We also split a half portion of the parsley cavatelli with escargot. Another light, spring dish but I found myself wanting more. More snail, more lemon, maybe some salt or pepper. It didn't really pop. For dessert bf had the Nutella tiramisu and I had a scoop of blood orange sorbetto. Was a perfect end to the evening.

Apr 03, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Best place for seafood dinner

I think ICOB and Neptune are the most frequently recommended because people expect Boston to be full of seafood restaurant and request suggestions for seafood restaurants. Instead of trying to explain that most of our restaurants serve seafood, that great seafood can be found at all price points, and the history of our port, it's easier to just answer what's asked. So ICOB (and row 34) and Neptune become the go to suggestion.

Apr 02, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Oh I know. My mom got towed at the pharmacy while running in to pick a prescription because she forgot to hang the handicap tag. The trucks roamed the parking lot because people were always parking in the handicap spots illegally.

I assume that parking was a big issue at this restaurant. They seemed awfully quick to pull the trigger and call for a truck.

Apr 02, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

So within 10 min they were able to call for the truck, the truck was able to load your car, and leave before you or your mom noticed? Bad luck.

Would have been nice if they could have said something when you walked in. They had the length of your meal to figure out a solution.

Apr 02, 2015
viperlush in Not About Food

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

What do you like at Praline? All I've had are a few macarons and I wasn't a fan.

Apr 01, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

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

I know it's a minor thing, but I'm not a fan of the self serve. I've enjoyed a sweet potato pastry and the twisted chocolate chip pastry, but I really don't like those tongs.

Apr 01, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

I'm the turtle at the table .

"I'm starving let's eat?"

Places to eat near Tufts?

Redbones for bbq. Not the best bbq in the Boston area, but it's in that area.

Mar 31, 2015
viperlush in Greater Boston Area

Another CSA discussion?

Kale and collards I can deal with. Like to eat them and can freeze. The over abundance of lettuce drove me crazy. A large bag of mixed lettuce plus 2-4 heads? There are only so many salads 2 people can eat in a week.

Mar 30, 2015
viperlush in General Topics

Another CSA discussion?

I did A CSA for a couple summers. I missed the local farm stands of my youth and wanted to eat fresh off the farm again. Also the CSA that I joined had a PYO component. So on the weekends bf and I had a reason to drive out to the country and enjoy the farm. And finally, it really forced me to cook seasonal veggies and get in the habit of cooking veggie focused meals. I enjoyed learning how to can and make jam. Living in a city apartment with limited space it wasn't that hard to find space to store excess in freezer and cabinets. The CSA was good at giving recipe suggestions and long term storage suggestions. Price wise it was not that bad for organics. Price was a sliding scale, but they encouraged you to pay as much as you could. I think they donated the left over allocations when people forget to pick up shares.

After two summers we cancelled because of a price increase for our pickup location. Summer vacations made us miss a couple weeks each summer. Although we tried to have friends pick up for us out never worked out. And the price increase really bothered me. So I decided It wasn't really worth it anymore.

Mar 30, 2015
viperlush in General Topics