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Old Time Chinese Restaurant Sweet

Posharpstore.com in mass sells the pancake version of this candy.

Mar 14, 2013
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

BBQ in New Sharon outside of Farmington food wasteland

Awesome! We have a place in Vienna and will check this out. Also, is Cancun good?

Aug 12, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

What was that onion-ey garlic-ey smell in Haverhill on Saturday??

sorry, we have this happen in maine a lot. papermills have run off that smells like garlic. onions, chives. is there a paper mill in haverill?

Aug 12, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

awesome, looking forward to the switch, when is it to happen?

btw, dinners at the homestead have been fabulous lately.

Aug 12, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

Pad Thai Too in Waterville is really good.

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Pad Thai Too
400 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Waterville, ME 04901

Jul 28, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Montreal smoked meat--The Main v. Schwartz's

I think with the Main the other brining flavors come through much more. It is more peppery and herbal. Just a nicer experience overall.

May 16, 2011
lola22 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal smoked meat--The Main v. Schwartz's

We recently visited and tried the smoked meat at both establishments.

Both were very good but The Main was truly superior. Much more moist, we got "medium" at both places, and much more flavor with more pepper and such. I can't figure out why people think Schwartz's is so much better.

The Main had much better fries too, they tasted like...potatoes! Really really good potatoes.

And the Main had more room around the tables. We have a baby so that mattered to us.

And the wait, well because people flock to Schwartz's (but why??) the wait is not long at The Main so maybe that is a good thing and I should shut up and count my blessings!

Just better!

May 04, 2011
lola22 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

The Company - Farmington, ME

we didn't make it there after all but had a great breaker at homestead. i will report back when we do.

Feb 24, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Poutine in Portland?

we had duckfat poutine and it really wasn't so great. the whole thing was way too salty, the gravy especially, and the cheese was melted in a micro and was one big lump of melted goop.

have had terrific poutine in canada, but this wasn't close. and i love duckfat!!

Feb 24, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

agreed. but to have such a restaurant survive it would have to appeal to more than a handful of foodies from Mass.

Feb 19, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

The Company - Farmington, ME

look, you can't have it all in farmington! count your blessings that the beer and apps were good and lighten up!!! :)

i'm checking this out this weekend!

Feb 19, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

What was that onion-ey garlic-ey smell in Haverhill on Saturday??

papermill

Feb 18, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

The Company - Farmington, ME

lol! yes pls do!

Feb 18, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

We have a place nearby Farmington but we live in Mass. We don't go to Farmington for food. Why do you? You really can't bring high expectations to such a place.

Feb 18, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

Everything in Farmington, ME is horrible.

The Homestead is really pretty good, especially for breakfast. The Granary is not all together bad.

Feb 18, 2011
lola22 in Northern New England

No. 9 Park

Trust me, no afterglow and this isn't buyer's remorse. I have explained why we did not speak up.

No point in going around on this point. Asked and answered.

Nov 19, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Maybe. They have done nothing yet.

But I disagree with you.

If they are even half, half!, the restaurant they are vaunted to be, they would do something. It would indicate a sense of pride in their work.

If they don't, then I suspect they deserve the impression they made on me.

Nov 19, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

I think it comes down to this all too often when it comes to high-end restaurants: Status.

Without status symbols there can be no status. The way it works is you and all your fellow elitists agree on what is considered high-end/in-style and then you all judge each other on how well you keep up. "Look at me!!!" No really, look at me. I'm special, aren't I?

G&Ts only during summer, which high-priced restaurants are in (the more expensive the better), which cars are the best, when to wear white loafers, when not to, what's artistic and what's an abomination, etc.

If you dare to shoot down one of the sacred status symbols in Boston, how do you plan to impress your friends?

Give me the very best burrito, hot dog, 6 course tasting menu, churrasco, roast chicken, duck confit, excellent piece of fish, sushi, in town and I'll gladly go back, and I will pay a premium for it too.

But don't just serve me your reputation on a plate.

When did the restaurant business cease to be a meritocracy?

The truth is in highly competitive markets it hasn't. Boston just isn't one.

Maybe if the media reviewers sharpened their pencils and palates we would have a Darwinian process at work. Or if the look-at me(s) started keeping their credit cards or worse, expense accounts, only on the really best tables?

Nov 19, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Thanks! You can probably tell this about me: it does not intimidate me nor does it make me back down from something I believe. My mom installed a pretty good backbone.

Nov 19, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

Hungry Mother

I never found Hungry Mother to be all that. Some good items, but overall, meh.

Nov 18, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Stevie--I know, right? As long as you are speaking the truth of your experience, and it is an authentic post, isn't that one of the reasons the CH board exists? It can be a terrific resource.

I come here ALL the time to get steered, one way or the other. I trust CHers. I found Fuloon on here, and a great little Central-American joint in Nashua. Still haven't tried Speed's dogs, but plan to soon.

If people want to come here to blow sunshine around, then the board ceases to be useful. If you want to come here to read someone else's sunshine, then you should perhaps stick to those "restaurant reviews" that are really paid advertising you find in circulars and infomercials.

It really is important to speak the truth about some of these "look-at-me" places, if the ratings really aren't based on the food being groundbreaking and/or extraordinary but more on the "experience" and the bragging rights of having eaten there.

Nov 18, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Nickls--Geesh! Now who is ranting, engaging in hyperbole or off the exaggeration deep end?

Also, I did not use any of the words you have attributed to me.

Bottomline--did not like the food, the drink, felt ripped off, don't understand why the restaurant gets any buzz, there are better places to go. I wish I read a post like mine before I went. I would not have gone.

And for what it is worth, there are others here who have echoed, if more subtly, or in part, my sentiments.

If you disagree with me, why don't you just let it go? Tell you what, I will. C-ya! (but not at No. 9 Park!)

Nov 17, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Will do. They have an opportunity, so we'll see.

Nov 17, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

nickls:

How do you figure? A bad night? A rant? We had 6 dishes, two drinks. 4 dishes were terrible. 1 ok, one good. One drink, the god forfend G&T and while it was ok, it was not worth $9. For $9 I would expect a better brand. The other drink, the wine (@12/gl) was terrible, the more it sat, the more it put off a chlorine odor. Those aren't good odds for a Chili's never mind a high priced supposedly top notch restaurant. But let me be very clear. Had this meal cost $85 all in, I would still have posted. We have a right to expect better food in Boston. That globe reviewer ought to, I don't know, have to eat 20 cubes of the deflated, separated, crusty foie gras?

As for the poster that also got the calfouti, maybe my night it was overcooked? But it WAS dry, and it did stay on the plate. Those jelly cubes were dreadful weren't they? Like the jello blocks my mom made in the 70s.

As for how many of those hideous chunks of ruined foie gras-- I ate one, DH ate one, and I admit, I ate the third one. Why? Frankly, I could not believe they were that bad! I figured it was the bourgeoisie hopeless wench that was eating it! Surely everyone could not be wrong!

I'll tell you the only other thing I ever left on a plate. In Paris, andouillette. Go ahead, google it. I figured it must be me, right, this can't REALLY taste like $hit. I ate three bites of that too. I should have known when I ordered in barely passable French and the chef kept peeking out to see if I really ate it.

As for the Beefeater drinkers out there, I'm sorry to offend. I am sure it is fine gin. I would not know, I despise all gin! In spite of the fact that DH likes a GT year round, I still love him, so quit it!

And yes, I really do wish I had the nerve to say something right away. I was frankly in shock. We both were.

Nov 16, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

that sounds awesome! but there won't be a next time!

Nov 15, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

We def. should have, wished we did. I just sent them a note.

And no, of course the ticket was not their fault! It was just the cherry on the evening.

Nov 15, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

He loves a G&T, what can I say. We try not to blindly follow food/drink rules. He love's Bombay and really likes the new Anchor Steam gin.

I get that they have lots of cool cocktails, but they should apply the same attention to quality to all of their drinks. If they want to make a well drink like any of the crappy bars around town they should charge $4 for it. And we will gladly pay the 8 or 9 to up the quality to a better gin.

Nov 15, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

I know, Hammersley's delivers every time and it is not overly ambitious.

I have to tell you I still cannot shake the sensation of that foie gras in my mouth. the texture, the taste. I shudder. We had to stay up until 2 last nite just to get that food to digest enough to go to sleep.

I wish I had my $300 back, plus we got a parking ticket. I am seriously thinking of calling and asking for a refund! I have never, not even a greasy McDonalds burger, so regretted eating something.

The service WAS excellent. The tip I would not want refunded!

But the drinks were only so so. My husband's G&T was Beefeater. A beefeater G&T? WHO DOES THAT? And then charges $9 bucks for it? A Beefeater G&T should be free at an all you can eat BBQ place.

Nov 14, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

No. 9 Park

Just went after wanting to go for so long.

The food here was a very big disappointment to us. We have eaten all over the world, all over Italy, Spain and France and the best parts of the US and never had a meal we wish we had not put into out mouths.

What they did to foie gras was simply an abomination. Grilling it? Ruined every thing that foie gras stands for. It ended up tasting like chicken skin. I can't shake the food memory of that and I really want to. Badly. Dreadful consistency.

The gnocchi were ok, certainly not the best dish in town as it has been rated.

The porcelet was four types of pork completely destroyed. Alternately dry, stringy or flavored in such a way as to overpower the pork. Less IS more. The apple was the best item on the plate.

The concord grape calfouti with little cubes of grape jelly and the worst thing every made from peanuts--I wish I had never tasted this. Too sweet or too bitter depending on which part hit your tongue first. Again, just thinking about this dish makes me want to wash out my mouth.

I wish I had the nerve to send the entire table of food back. Along with the $12 glass of red wine that reeked of chlorine.

We should have gone to Hammersley's and you should too. In fact, save your $350 and go twice.

Nov 13, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area

kalbi?

I made kalbi recently after my husband came back from korea demanding it. i bought flanken style at super 88, but it wasn't enough so i bought some short ribs and cut the meat off lengthwise.

by far the better finished kalbi was the latter. i don't bother chasing down flanken cut anymore.

Jun 22, 2009
lola22 in Greater Boston Area