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Sunday lunch, not brunch, between Worcester & Newton?

Thanks for the recommendation. I will see if our companions will want to eat brunch after 1pm. We tend to be early risers, so it would probably be a second breakfast. :-)

Sunday lunch, not brunch, between Worcester & Newton?

Oh my gosh! That brunch menu looks amazing. I'm looking for something a bit closer to Newton for this weekend, but Armsby Abbey is definitely going on my must try list in the future. Thanks!

Sunday lunch, not brunch, between Worcester & Newton?

Hi Chowhounders. I'm looking for some help with an area I am not familiar with. I'm meeting up with friends for a leisurely afternoon meal and drinks on Sunday. If possible with outdoor seating. Restrictions would be no Asian cuisine and not predominately seafood. My friends are on a budget, so a place with entrees between $10-$20 would be helpful.

I was thinking of Natick or Framingham, but I've only been finding chains near the Natick Mall or good reviews of various Asian restaurants. Both parties are driving, so we have some flexibility with location. Can you help me out with some suggestions?

Nashua area news?

S-C, I agree, Who You Callin' Cupcake, is definitely one of the better places in NH. I got 6 different kinds in late January and they were all done very well. The cake was moist and had good flavor and the frosting flavors were just right.

Looking for Merrimack-area dinner suggestions

You've really listed all the restaurants in the immediate area. I prefer the Common Man to the Homestead, but neither is amazing. I just haven't had much luck at the Homestead, but others seem to enjoy it, especially the upstairs bar when they have a band.

If you want to trek to 101A, I really enjoy Crush Pizza. Some think it's pricey, but they really use quality ingredients, so I think it's worth it. It's a bit closer to ext. 8 off the Everett rather than 11 for the Cinemagic, but you could get to the theater in 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic lights if you go up 101A.

Mavi Bistro, Hudson NH

I went last night in a party of 4. The space is small, but nicely decorated. The owner brought us an amuse bouche of a sauteed eggplant and onion salad. It was my first time eating eggplant; I thought it just needed a bit more salt, but my companions enjoyed it. We started with a fried cheese wrapped in phyllo and the shepherd salad. Both were nicely done. My DH, who doesn't care for raw onions or tomatoes enjoyed quite a few bites of the Shepard salad. The dressing was just the right amount.
The website is very accurate with it's description as Turkish with a french flair. Some of my dining companions were hoping for more traditional Turkish dishes and they were a bit disappointed there wasn't a doner and some other traditional dishes on on the menu. However, when our entrees arrived all disappointment vanished.

My companions ordered the chicken kebab and the beef kebab. Both enjoyed the seasoning and said the meat was cooked perfectly. I ordered seared scallops with bulgur and roasted mushrooms. Amazing! The scallops were perfectly seared and the bulgur was a lovely chewy contrast. The mushrooms were roasted and had little caramelized bits on them; the earthiness of the mushrooms was a nice balance to the scallops. I was so happy with this dish.

We had a little room for dessert, and the 4 of us split a creme brulee and baklava. The plate came with 4 one inch pieces of baklava which, according to our server, is made by the owner's wife. It was a bit heavier on spices than other baklava's I've had, but delicious nonetheless. Normally, I have not been a fan of creme brulee in the past. This creme brulee had a thicker texture and was served in a tea-cup like dish. I was a bit slow getting to the brulee, so I only had one bite, but I could have eaten a full portion myself.

All in all, it was a lovely meal and worth the buzz it's been getting. The portions were just right and the food was well executed. I look forward to another meal and recommending Mavi Bistro to others.

soft food post wisdom teeth

I just had my wisdom teeth out in Feb. (All 4 were impacted and the incisions were stitched shut.) After the first 3 days when I just wanted cold shakes, I really relied on mashed potatoes. Garlic mashed potatoes especially. Then I had tuna sandwiches on soft bread. Pasta with marinara. Pureed soups: butternut squash (no cream), carrot and lentil would be good non-dairy options. Maybe hot & sour soup would be good for you? The first week was really the worst, but after that I was able to eat more protein and cooked vegetables with small bites. Good luck!

Apr 15, 2011
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Company's Coming - Looking for a Roast Pork Recipe that will blow guests away. . . would you share one?

For Christmas I made a pork roast that got rave reviews, even from my MIL. I got a rack of pork frenched from a local butcher. I just used a basic garlic & herb rub with olive oil.

5lb pork roast
1/3 cup olive oil
12 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
2-3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste. I think I used about 1 TBSP salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper.

I let the roast come to room temperature with the rub all over it. Maybe 45 minutes out of the fridge. Then roasted at 425 until it hit 150 degrees on the probe thermometer, maybe a bit less than 2 hours.

With pork, the trick is to mind the temperature with a probe thermometer. Anything over 160 degrees will give you shoe leather.

Good luck!

Jan 23, 2011
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

brunch at Epoch Exeter, NH???

I can't speak to the brunch at Epoch, but my husband and I celebrated our anniversary there last weekend with a date night package the Exeter Inn (dinner, rose regale, and a room for the night).

The service was outstanding and dinner was excellent! When I made the reservation on Open Table, I noted it was an anniversary celebration and we were very well taken care of.

We did have breakfast there Saturday morning, I ordered the Huevos Rancheros which were very good; the eggs were perfectly cooked. My husband had a ham & fine herbs omlette which was also perfectly executed. I will definitely be back and would recommend it.

New Restaurants in TULSA -- eleven short yet succulent reviews

I will take a moment to de-lurk and say I greatly appreciate the details Brian S has shared. I have a quick visit to Tulsa for a wedding next week and I'm thrilled to have such a wealth of information!

Oct 18, 2009
Lady Godiva in Great Plains

Manchester NH Chinese

It's close to home for me, so I tried it back in December with my DH. We ate in on a weekend during lunch time. The buffet was small and nothing looked promising, so we ordered off the menu. Gloppy sauces and a lack of veggies (which is a more serious crime in my book). I wasn't impressed and won't be back.

Quizno's Torpedos

I had the Turkey Pesto the other night. I like the torpedo roll better than their regular bread. But the execution leaves a lot to be desired. They slice the meat & cheese in half to make it fit on the roll. But then they can't fit any veggies on it. The bag they put it in leave almost 2 inches sticking out; which makes it a pain to transport, but slightly easier to eat.

As for taste, it was decent, but I think I'd be happier ordering off their regular menu. So, you'll probably want to try it, but it's not a "wow" experience.

Mar 25, 2009
Lady Godiva in Chains

Lunch prices at August?

Hello! I've been poking around gathering information for my upcoming visit at the beginning of April. The one thing I can't seem to find is a general price range for Friday lunch at August. I've seen people talk about general dinner prices here, and zagat mentions dinner entrees around $50. Can anyone fill me in on the general range? I know the menu changes a bit, but I need to be able to run the price range by my dining companions.


Mar 11, 2009
Lady Godiva in New Orleans

Strategy? AKA - how to please the mother-in-law

Thank you all for your thoughts! I'm leaning towards #3, but there is plenty of time to decide.

Dec 14, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Strategy? AKA - how to please the mother-in-law

For Christmas dinner I'm getting a 5 lb. boneless rib eye roast (choice grade). I've already scanned the boards for recipe ideas which are so helpful.

But I'm unsure about what to do for this situation: I like my beef med-rare, my husband & FIL like medium. But my MIL will only eat well done.

I seem to have a few options, but I'd like some feedback about the options.

1) Should I just start with a high temperature roast and then drop it? This seems to be a method to get varied doneness, but I'm worried I would over cook the whole roast.

2) Or should I cut the roast into 2 pieces and just over cook one of them to satisfy the MIL?

3) Cook the roast to med-rare/ medium-ish & let it rest, then cut off portions for MIL and put them back in the oven to cook to well done.

Thoughts on the best way to get this done? Other options? What would you do?


Dec 13, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

What frosting would go with this cake?

Putting one of the layers in the freezer is a great idea! I hadn't thought of that and it will definitely help me manage the portion size.

Dec 07, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

What frosting would go with this cake?

I'm not much of a baker, but I came across a recipe for a chocolate pumpkin cake that I have to try tonight.

I am trying to watch my calorie intake and the caramel icing for this cake looks to be a bit too heavy with the butter & heavy cream. I'm wondering what else I could make that would be a bit lighter. A spiced cream cheese frosting? A vanilla drizzle? What else? If you have a recipe, please post it.

Oh, and it's going to be a layer cake instead of a bundt cake because I don't have that type of pan.


Dec 07, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Breakfast in Portsmouth NH area?

Thanks for all the recommendations. I have quite a list of new places to try in the next few months. We ended up at Cafe Espresso in the Islington Plaza because of the huge parking lot and they would take a reservation (not to mention it would be fine for my insanely unadventurous MIL).

Overall, it was decent and accommodated everyone's taste. Nothing that was "wow", but I did have a very good malted waffle. The home fries were definitely unimpressive.

Breakfast in Portsmouth NH area?

I checked out the menu of Friendly Toast online. It's definitely my type of place, but my MIL is so picky I knew she wouldn't enjoy it. I'm totally going to go with my husband in a few weeks though. :)

Thanks for the warning about Dover. We changed out route and managed to miss the chaos of downtown.

Breakfast in Portsmouth NH area?

Thanks Bewley!

I didn't get to make it there this weekend, but the menu looks fantastic. I'll have to make it on one of my next trips in that area.

Breakfast in Portsmouth NH area?

I'm going to meet some of my Mother-in-law's extended family this Saturday. And I made the suggestion of meeting for breakfast before we meet with the larger group. My MIL is staying off exit 4 on I-95 and we have other family members coming from Boston. There will be a total of 6 adults.

I need to know of a place that has a good breakfast that is (ideally) within 5 - 8 miles of the interstate. However, we will all be traveling to Dover NH after breakfast, so if there is a restaurant that is between Portsmouth and Dover, that would be an option.


I have never made cheesecake-can I do this?

I haven't used a disposable pie pan, but usually the recipes for cheesecakes wouldn't fit all the batter into 1 pie pan. So, you'd have to make multiples, which probably isn't that bad. But, I would be concerned about the timing, the smaller pie plate would take less time, but I have no idea how much less. Additionally, a springform pan doesn't have sloped sides, so it's easy to cook the cheesecake evenly. The pie pan would be more of a challenge.

I think it'd be easy to get it out of the pie pan, just use kitchen shears to cut the pan when you serve it.

Aug 29, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Quick Favor - Naan Ingredient List - Mangoes & Curry Leaves

MMRuth, I'm going to try the yogurt marinated chicken recipe you posted on another thread. I just wanted to double check, the lemons & limes are used after cooking and not in the yogurt marinade?

Aug 29, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Help, 1st time with oven french toast

Oh, that does look really good. Thank you!

Aug 24, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Help, 1st time with oven french toast

Sherri, Thanks for all the guidelines and ideas. I really like the idea of the filling in between the layers.

I have another question, if you don't mind. How much extra egg "batter" should there be? I had all my slices in a 8x8 glass dish and after it soaked overnight there was still about 1/3 inch of egg left. Is that normal or too much?

Aug 24, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Help, 1st time with oven french toast


One of my husband's coworkers told him about a french toast they made overnight and baked for holiday celebrations. He thought it might be neat to try. So, the reason is my husband asked and it was something I hadn't tried before.

I did make the original post quickly and didn't explain the details of the dish very well. The recipes I've been reviewing seem almost like a bread pudding because the egg mixture stays in the pan with the bread. Here's an example:

Aug 24, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Help, 1st time with oven french toast

Maplesugar, Thanks for the info.

Aug 23, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Help, 1st time with oven french toast

My husband has requested an oven baked french toast for tomorrow morning. I've never made one before so I've been checking recipes online. But I'm a bit concerned about it being soggy in the middle. I've never cared for bread pudding or custard desserts, so I'd like to enjoy it as well. Is it possible to not have it be soggy? The bread I'm using is stale, so hopefully that will help.

Here's a recipe I'm thinking about.

6 - 1 inch slices of bread
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup half & half
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp Sugar (I might use honey)

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Do you think there's too much liquid for 6 1inch thick slices of bread? This will only be serving 2 people. Any other tips? Thanks!

Aug 23, 2008
Lady Godiva in Home Cooking

Manch, NH: what's the best thing you've eaten recently?

The BBQ chicken breast at KC's Rib Shack. I normally don't order white meat in a BBQ place because it tends to be dry. But it came with the combo meal my DH and I shared. The breast was very moist and slightly smoky with no sauce on it, just some seasoning. I was in heaven! Needless to say it made a very good impression on my first visit.

Bangor Maine

Irwin - Bagel Central is still closed on Saturdays. I was in downtown yesterday for the sidewalk art show and the hours of operation have it close on Saturday.