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Ashmont Grill near Boston is a winner

Had one night between landing at BOS and getting the ferry to Martha's Vineyard so got a Comfort Inn in Dorchester, just outside Boston proper. (Much cheaper, free parking.) Did a search for oysters, and found Ashmont Grill 1 mile away, with a Thursday "buck-a-shuck" deal! Restaurant has a really nice atmosphere, very nice servers, and we were able to get a table with no reservation at 7pm.

We had oysters, shrimp and clams. All freshm cold and delicious! Then we had some more. Also had the delicious ribs with fries, and the salmon tartare with taro chips. Good cocktails and beers.

There is also a nice patio out back.

If I lived around here, I'd be a regular. Especially on Thursdays!

I think this should be on the Greater Boston board but not sure how to change it.

Dinner and a movie

I want to have a few couples over to watch a classic movie, paired with an appropriate menu. Maybe a classic B&W movie. It doesn't have to be about food but would love suggestions for any movies that might have a great meal scene. Also could go with location theme. Maybe "Roman Holiday" and Roman food? Something like that.

Any creative suggestions welcome!!


Aug 20, 2015
Just One Bite in General Topics

"Pin It" Button

But before, people had to be on Chowhound, in the thread, to see the photos. Now someone can hijack (pin) my photo to their wall. And like OP said, it won't link to a recipe. I find it strange.

Aug 19, 2015
Just One Bite in Site Talk

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

Oh, believe me, I am absolutely looking forward to the local food and markets, especially Larsen's!! But we are renting a house for 3 weeks, and hosting 12 people during those 3 weeks, and believe me when I say I could have a lovely trip to Europe for what we are spending! We have 6 family members that live on the island full-time, and advised us on the things we might want to buy off-island to either save some money, or to get specific things that they don't have for meals I want to prepare and picky kids.

Other then that I will definitely relax, chill out and enjoy. So looking forward to having some real time there, instead of our occasional family visits of a few days!

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

Thanks! I forgot to mention that I live in Los Angeles! Flying to Boston, renting a car. Staying in a hotel in Dorchester for one night then going to the ferry the next afternoon. If I was coming from home. it would be a different story.

Happy about the TJ and WF recommendations. Now I just need to figure out where Hingham and Hanover are. LOL!

Anticipating awesome seafood, great summer produce and local cheeses on the island. Can't wait!!

Lunch in Pasadena?

Le Grande Orange

+1 Santorini

Pre-MV groceries...where to go?

I am looking for a place to get some grass-fed beef, higher-end staples and wine/liquor before taking the ferry (w/car) to Martha's Vineyard. Looking for a suggestion that is on the way from Dorchester to Wood's Hole. I didn't see a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's on the route (my usual go-to markets) so looking for something like that. I know I can get things on the island, but know they are more expensive! Any help greatly appreciated!

Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

I was looking for dinner, but am now considering brunch instead! So I'll look at the Royce. Good to know about them not being open for dinner on Sunday! Thanks!

Looking for a Tasting Menu or Omakase near Pasadena

its my birthday on Sunday, and I'd love to have a great Omakase or tasting menu. Don't want to have to drive too far, so probably anything around Pasadena/Glendale or even downtown would be good.

Some previous favorite tasting menus have been Providence and Melisse.

Where should we go? TIA!

Where to find fresh yuzu in Los Angeles? (Ideally westside)

We have a tree but it's pretty small still. High hopes!

Catch and Release - Marina del Rey

Sorry to hear that! I was looking forward to it too. Thanks for the review

Looking for sushi near Shinagawa tonight!

I'm in Shinagawa with my 84 year old dad, 22 year old nephew, and 4 in our 50s. We are looking for something like sushi sets, reasonable yet authentic. Our concierge suggested Tsukiji Sushi but it looks like a chain. But it might be good. Any suggestions or recommendations?


Oct 31, 2014
Just One Bite in Japan

Anniversary Dinner in La Canada area...Where would you go?

Thanks all. I think we will try Bashan!.Definitely in love with each other and good food! Been to the Flintridge Proper for cocktails, which are great.

Anniversary Dinner in La Canada area...Where would you go?

My husband and I are going to Descanso Gardens next Friday night for the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns event, and want to go to dinner afterwards. It’s our anniversary so I want it to be sort of nice but it doesn’t have to be totally fancy!

Any suggestions?


Where to get ingredients to make dashi stock?

LOL! That's actually JustOneCookbook! But thanks for the compliment.

I use her recipes too.

Tasting Kitchen Brunch Pictorial

Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Where to get ingredients to make dashi stock?

No sure where you are, but Marukai is where my family goes (we are Japanese.) There are about 6 locations in the Southern Cal area.

Hondashi is basically an add-water dashi stock.

Marina del Rey recommendations please

I love Playa Provisions! I've been there 5 times since it opened a few months ago, and everything has been amazing (except the lobster roll, which I liked but didn't love. However I know a few friends who love it.) Good seafood, drinks, fun small plates to share and ice cream to go.

In MDR, Killer Shrimp also has a good happy hour from 4-7, with a daily $3/$4 beer, $7 for 3 really good sliders, and more. More than shrimp!

Cafe del Rey is nice for dinner. Tony P's is good for lunch or for drinks & sports. Mendocino Farms is great for a quick lunch, or take out.

Izakaya Fu-Ga report

Oh, BTW, there was more steak on that plate. I just didn't get to my camera fast enough!

Izakaya Fu-Ga report

I've never heard of this place but I wanted a place in Little Tokyo for Father's Day that would take a reservation for 6. This place had good reviews, and my family was willing to trust me, so we went. The entrance is down a narrow staircase from the street, but there is an elevator somewhere. There is a bar on one side of the room, and tables/chairs/booths fill the rest. I thought it might be dark & dank, being underground but it isn't at all.

The food was delicious! It's an Izakaya, so there are lots of items on the menu along with lots of beers, sakes and a full bar. I did the sake sampler, which was about an ounce of 5 different cold sakes for $20. Very fun, and helped me figure out what sakes I like which is not always easy to remember!

We tried so many of the items on the menu, and enjoyed them all. Highly recommend the sashimi sampler which had about 8 different items, 2 (generous) slices of each. The Hamachi Carpaccio with jalapanos was delicious too. The Rib-eye was grilled perfectly, and so savory. We all loved the shishito peppers...have never had them in a sauce and they were great. We ended up ordering another one. Also had the shrimp & vegetable tempura, udon, spicy edamame, yakisoba, yellowtail collar, karage chicken (perfect) and the crunchy roll. Everything was fresh, perfectly cooked, well presented, generous portions and delicious! It was great going with 6 people, because we could try so many items. Can't wait to go back, and try some more! And my family thinks I'm a hero. :)

Providence offering an $80 tasting menu throughout June

Thanks for the photos! I loved my meal at Provence. The SB sea urchin was one of the best dishes I have ever had.

Remember these Restaurants?

I love Orange Julius. I haven't tried it, but here's a recipe that is supposed to be just like it!

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

My mom would split the Krispy Kreme donuts, spread them with butter and put them in the broiler. The sugar would get all crispy & glazed, and the saltiness of the butter....mmmmmmm. Those were the days!

Rec for Wailea/Makena area

I loved Ka'ana Kitchen in the new Andaz Maui hotel. They also have very good cocktails at their bar. Just went in December.

Feb 27, 2014
Just One Bite in Hawaii

Claud & Co Eatery (Pasadena)

I'm going tonight, and the menu is Mediterranean. Can't wait! Also learned that you can BYOB. They have a $6 per person "Glassware" fee.

Maui Trip Report (mostly Kihei and Wailea)

Great report! I'm in Kihei right now and will use some of your suggestions!! Thank you!

Feb 05, 2014
Just One Bite in Hawaii

Authentic Saimin around Kihei?

Brought my 83 year old dad to Maui for Thanksgiving vacation. He keeps talking about great Saimin he had years and years ago, and is looking to recreate the local taste. We're staying in Wailea and going to Kihei later today so if there is a quick suggestion is love to hear it! Thanks!! And I will do a trip report later...we've had some great meals!

Dec 02, 2013
Just One Bite in Hawaii

Gyu-Kaku, Gaon or ??? Fun for teens?

Pasadena. But I think the S'mores at Gyu-kaku might nail it! How do you order there? The set menus or the "courses?"

Gyu-Kaku, Gaon or ??? Fun for teens?

I have 2 13-year olds visiting. Tomorrow is our "Spa Day" (hair, mani, pedi) so want to take them to dinner. They are pretty active & into food, so thought something interactive would be fun. Has anyone been to Gyu-Kaku and/or Gaon? Both sound interesting & fun. Or any other ideas?

Thanks in advance!!

Food and/or drinks by Natural History Museum on a Sunday?

Some friends and I are going to see Charles Phoenix at the Natural History Museum on Dec. 16th. The show is at 7pm, so all the museum cafes are closed.

Any ideas on places around there to have a pre-show meal?