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Gloucester weekend breakfast options

I wouldn't waste my time with Market, been several times. ComPLETEly overrated, overpriced and totally average. Too bad 'cus the chef/owners can do much better.

The only thing good about Market is the view.

Been to George's for breakfast, I'd say it's good, but Sugar Mag's has a more diverse menu. There is a reason for the lines, it's worth the wait. What most do is put their name in, then walk around to see Main St. things.

about 4 hours ago
treb in Greater Boston Area

Is sushi supposed to smell at all?

You're smelling what you're supposed to smell at such a close proximity to your nose, Fish!

about 23 hours ago
treb in General Topics
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The Clam Box, Woodman's or Farnham's - which one to choose?

Yah, it's way too close to the road for my comfort, there's really nowhere to eat and enjoy. I like the cod cheeks when they have them, the one thing that I don't like about Farnham's is their tartar sauce, yuk.

about 23 hours ago
treb in Greater Boston Area

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

For me it was the excitement of not knowing what I was going to eat. I just had a good feeling that it was going to get something real good. The chef didn't disappoint and it made the whole meal memorable. Also, he really liked creating the dish.

1 day ago
treb in Greater Boston Area

Gloucester weekend breakfast options

From the ones you mention, Sugar Magnolia's is hands down the best, I used to frequent there often. Skip 2 Sisters, been a few times, just average. Lobsta Land is also good, but I think Sugar Mag's has more creative offerings. Be prepared to wait in line.

1 day ago
treb in Greater Boston Area

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

Gin U Dee round three, spoke to the chef/owners and said, "Prepare a dish for me just the way you enjoy to eat for your self'.

Well, they didn't disappoint. He said this was what he had planned for him and his partner to eat for today. The dish is not offered on their menu.

He sent out some chicken satay to begin while he commenced to prepare the entree.

I enjoyed marinated pieces of flank steak stir fried with some garlic, good sized pieces of Asian eggplant, peppers, onions, green and red Thai chili's and Thai basil. The entree was awesome, he said the 24 hour marinade had a hint of lemongrass along with other herbs and spices.

The mix of tender beef and eggplant with a nice spice note had me taking a spoon to get every last bit of sauce from the plate.

I had a chance to talk with them for about 15 minutes, real genuine folks that not only enjoy preparing food, but live it.

I will head off to Taste of Siam for a three round tasting, but I will frequent Gin U Dee and continue to work their menu. Hopefully I will try some Pad kra Pao, as I like Thai spiced ground meat entree's.

2 days ago
treb in Greater Boston Area
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What's the problem with Costco's peaches?

I've had great peaches from Costco this year. Have you discussed this with the front desk?

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

What's the problem with Costco's peaches?

I've had great peaches from Costco this year. Do you refrigerate them? Have you discussed this with the front desk?

Congratulations on your first CH post!

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

You should write corporate. My Costco produce and meats are outstanding. I never buy frozen patties so I can't comment on that.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

2nd that!

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

I've never had raspberries last a week, that's really pushing the envelop.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

Depends on the weather, if it's very hot and humid, they will mold faster. I usually eat raspberries within 2 +/- days. Last week I bought some, they were very large berries, they lasted 3 days and the price was under 5.00 for 18 oz, a great value. I always look very closely at the packages. The brand was Driscoll.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Declining quality at Costco?

I think there are regional variances with Costco stores, especially wine selections. As for imported items and speciality foods they're usually available on a limited basis due to the vendor be able to support either long or short term demand. As for fresh produce, I've had excellent quality fruits and veggies from my Costco and far better than my local super markets.

Have you emailed Costco corporate? They do listen.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Chains

Cooking meat without a grill

Get a cast iron pan, get it screaming hot, pan sear and finish in the oven

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Home Cooking

Oysters

For me it's not about price when it comes to oysters and clams, it's about quality and freshness.

Like sushi, I'm not looking for the cheapest product, I'm more concerned about my internal systems and not screwing them up over a dollar or two.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

Committee

Totally agree, a significant miss not to to have taps with craft beers. I do like the menu.

Aug 27, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

Chow-heaven in East Boston

Agree, Jalisco is a great place and their food is always fresh made.

Aug 26, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

Hit the North Shore coast of MA, NH and down Maine.

Work you way beginning in Ipswich for some fried clams at The Clam Box.

Hit Newburyport next, continue up to the coast of NH, maybe even the first parts of Maine.

You might look at the CH Northern New England boards for recs beyond MA. Topping off your sojourn in Portland is a good goal for a day trip with plenty of time to enjoy the adventure. Hit up Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co in Portland for a good cold beer.

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Aug 25, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for planned leftovers/make ahead meals

Meals I cook on Saturday, I can vary them up and easily serve on Mon & Weds, Meals I cook on Sunday I'll do the same and serve on Tues & Thurs, I also have frozen homemade soups, pizza dough and tomato sauce in the freezer, totally and quickly microwaveable. Plenty of raw veggies to make a salad or just cut up veggies. Lastly, there's always tuna or PB&J.

Aug 25, 2015
treb in Home Cooking
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Chow-heaven in East Boston

Had to resurect this old thread for another Eastie establishment.

I was going for dinner to Rincon Limeo for some Peruvian food when the aroma of roasting chicken coming from a hole in the wall next door took me over. The place was packed with local resident families.

El Chalan specializes in Peruvian food, especially roasted chicken. I ordered a half chicken with salad and fries. The chicken was a good sized roaster bird with a rub of spices, amazing flavor. The fries were probably the best, perfectly fried, fresh stick fries I've had in a long time. I wish the skin were a bit crisper, but the taste of this chicken more than compensated for that. Cost just under $13.00.

Their menu also features beef, seafood including ceviche and a variety of other local plates. The staff was very friendly and out going.

They don't serve beer or wine, too bad this would have been perfect with a cool beer.

Another Eastie gem!

Aug 25, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area
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Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

I am anxious to have them prepare an entree of their choice for me. No questions or requests, just feed me.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

So did you just wear the stain ?

I wear my stains well. Can't ever seem to get out a certain restaurants without them. Red sauce, oil from a salad, wine dribble. Can't tell you how many neck ties I ruined over the years. Hey, I'm just glad that some of the food made it down my pie hole!

Aug 22, 2015
treb in Not About Food

Healthy snacks for Disney?

I always rely on baby carrots, celery sticks, cheese etc. There are enough distractions in the park such as churro's etc.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in General Topics

Would you travel out of the U.S. for a great steak?

As you know it's all about the raw materials you begin with. I do travel for olive oil.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in General Topics

Declining quality at Costco?

I just bought yellow peaches, I usually keep them in a sunny area for a day then move to a shaded spot on the counter. In my area it's been very hot and humid, so i have to watch them carefully as they ripen quickly. I refuse to put them in the frig, it just kills the flavor.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in Chains

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

Neither it's just a choice of chicken or squid with veggies. You order rice or noodles on the side. I was practically licking the plate.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area
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Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

I understand the owners concern, it's like going for breakfast and ordering your toast burnt, then when it comes out burnt you say, "hey the toast are burned, I don't want them'. There goes your profit margin.

Don't hesitate to ask how you would like a dish prepared, they'll accommodate you. Talk to the owner/chefs, nice folks.

Next time I'm going to ask the chef to prepare me a traditional Thai dish of his liking, can't wait. Also, if you want something special, call ahead as sometimes he has to marinate meat over night.

Aug 22, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area

Gin U Dee - Thai in Stoneham

Back again for round two. Had the Drunken Chicken and Green Curry with chicken.

The Green Curry had a nice medley of fresh veggies. The curry broth had well balanced back notes of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and Thai basil, none over powered the other. It also had a subtle kick from Thai chili's. Nice.

I asked for the Drunken Chicken to be liberally spiced. The owner came through with fresh Thai chili's stir fried with green beans, mushrooms, bell pepper, baby corn. This dish was outstanding, just go there and order it.

He did say that he is somewhat reluctant to heavily spice an entree up due to past experiences, at their old place, where people would ask for spicy and then send it back stating it was too spicy. I assured him that if I request heavy spice, I own it. He said, OK, I will give you all the spice you ask for.

The owners are very nice gentleman. One has family in Thailand that has owned a restaurant for many years. Here, they only use fresh made noodles for their Pad Thai dishes. More interestingly, he also said, that he would be glad to prepare special request entree's not on the menu. I asked if he could prepare a favorite entree of his that he would like me to try, no problem.

They're going to have a booth at 'Stoneham Day' on September 19th. He's going to make some easy to eat items including a Thai dessert that is like a custard with a brûlée style top.

This visit was excellent, I need to try more options.

Aug 21, 2015
treb in Greater Boston Area
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Restaurant staff self-grooming

First; if a anyone was combing through their hair, scratching their scalp and cleaning their fingers nails then delivering food to me I'd refuse the food and ask for the MOD. That's just gross. Next; I'd tell the MOD about the habits you observed and suggest that person be trained about health code issues etc. Lastly; I'd leave the restaurant and go somewhere else.

Aug 21, 2015
treb in Not About Food

Fast Food’s Big Challenge: Fresh Ingredients

Wendy's has to wait till the alpha dog and others in the pack eat first. They're not big enough to demand that honor.

Aug 21, 2015
treb in Chains