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Guy Fieri filming in allston

He was at Cafe Polonia yesterday. I went to get lunch there, and it was closed due to filming. I was sad, but ended up getting amazing sandwiches at DJs instead.

Best dishes at Taiwan Cafe?

Here are some of my favorites:

-Chilled Spiced Pork Ears
-Chilled Spiced Beef Tendon (slightly similar to the pork ears)
-Fried Minced Pork Roll In Tofu Skin
-Five Spiced Cold Cut Beef Shank
-Szechuan Style White Fish with veggie in spicy broth (not sure if this is the right one, but I think that it is)
-Beef with Long Horn Peppers

Where to repair Gaggia Classic espresso machine?

My guess is the head gasket. It's a $10 part and takes only a few minutes to replace. If you need more help than the link below, search youtube for instructional videos:

Instructions are here: http://www.wholelattelove.com/article...

where to buy lamb shanks in Metro West

I'm almost positive that John Dewar & Co used Kinnealey meats (since there is some connection between the two businesses).

Kinnealey has a retail spot in Milton and there should be a few places around the Metro West with their products.

Give them a call.

http://www.kinnealey.com/retail.php

Tasty little sausages at La Chapincita market in Waltham!

On Fridays they often have fresh chicharrón at the counter. Didn't know about the sausages. I'll pick some up later this week. Thanks for the tip.

Blue Nile vs Addis vs Asmara vs... for birthday dinner

I've been to Blue Nile a number of times, and I really like it. I've found the food to be consistent and quite good.

I find Addis to be a bit more expensive when compared to other Ethiopian restaurants, and I like the food better at Blue Nile and at Fasika.

D coal pot. Hyde Park Trini restaurant.

Thanks for the heads up. I'm looking forward to trying it. I haven't had Cow Heel Soup in years!

Also looking forward to their Chinese food. I've been loving what I've been making at home from the Naparima Girls' High School Cookbook.

Best Thai in the Boston Area (Not The Similians)

I second this! I'd rather go to S & I or Thai North, but Khao Sarn has some great dishes. Two of my favorites are:

-Moo Pa Lo - delicious pork & eggs in a broth - not spicy

-Beef (or chicken) Gaprow - spicy, sort of like larb meets nam sod

Antojito's Cafe - GREAT new Central American Place in Waltham

Antojito's has been around for a few years. I was addicted to that place when all of their tacos were $1/each. Their prices have gone up just a little, but they are still a bargain (and still delicious).

I haven't been there in a while, but your post has motivated me to get back there soon.

Thanks!

Looking for Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

Marty's in Newton has them. Not a great selection of bitters, but they have a few.

If you want to see & try a bunch of different bitters, head to Boston Shaker. they have tons of bitters our for sampling.

Smoking?

I use an old 22.5" Weber Grill that I found in the trash with a Cajun Bandit (http://cajunbandit.com/).

My favorite bbq/smoker board is the BBQ Brethren (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/for...

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Best tip that I can give you right now... St. Patrick's Day is coming up so buy a bunch of Corned Beef to make a quick pastrami since they will go on sale for a fraction of the price. You will need to soak in water for a few days to get a lot of the salt out. Check out some forums for rub & smoking instructions.

Other favorites are pulled pork (obviously), country ribs, pork necks (seriously, if you get meaty ones, these come out great- I smoke them just like I do the ribs). Also, pork belly is great in the smoker since the fat gets to the perfect consistency.

**RAVE** for Sevan Bakery in Watertown

Sevan's has the best taramasalata that I've had in Boston. Make sure you get the stuff that they make there, not the jarred one.

Live crawfish

When they are in season, you can find live ones at a few of the Vietnamese markets in Dorchester. I think that they are in season sometime in or around May.

Food Court in Waltham India Grocery

It's an amazing deal with two sizes of containers. I think that the small vegetarian dishes are $3.99 & the small chicken ones are $4.99. Sometimes the chicken can be a little dry due to the warming trays, but for the flavors & the price, I'm not complaining.

The kebabs are good too, but I always find myself at the counter that you went to or at the Chaat Station.

What to Order at Gourmet Dumpling House?

Can't think of the name, but there is a tripe & tongue dish that is delicious. My other favorites have already been mentioned.

Home brewing classes or guidance?

I've been brewing for decades now. Any local homebrew shop will lead you in the right direction. Start on the easy side with an extract or a partial grain recipe/kit. In most cases, a partial grain is a drop more work, but you get a better flavored beer. When you have a few brews under your belt, think about all grain.

homebrewtalk.com is a great forum for all levels of homebrewers.

Kennedy Fried Chicken

I like Kennedy's, but my favorite place for fried chicken is in the basement food court of Waltham India Grocery. The chicken is always crunchy, moist, and has a hint of spice. It's $1.25 per piece. It's not worth making a trip to Waltham just for the chicken, but it is worth going to if you are in the area. The food court also has many other great things, such as the chaat station.

What do you do the night AFTER great food?

Find an area that has a few places where you can stop in for just a drink & an appetizer and then go to the next place. If you want to stay near downtown, maybe Marliave, Stoddards, ...

Wine Grape Selection from local providers

Thanks so much for the info. I'm going to head to Silvestro either today or later this week.

Boston Cocktail Summit Today! (Saturday, Oct 6th)

I've seen pretty much no press about this. There are seminars at the Park Plaza, but across the river at the Royal Sonesta Hotel is the Craft & Fine Spirit Showcase from 11-1 & 2-4. It costs $25 to get in. I went yesterday, and the place was empty. Since it is Saturday, there will probably be more people, but due to the lack of advertising, there probably won't be many people.

Too much good stuff to list, but some of the most interesting things that I've never had before were by Koval who had some interesting organic whiskys and cordials and Dunc's Mill who had an elderflower rum.

http://www.bostoncocktailsummit.com/c...

Cider for hard cider

It might not be the fanciest cider (mainly because it uses cheap juice), but Apfelwein is simple, cheap, & delicious. Full fermentation takes many months. I use the cheap apple juice from any of the bulk stores (making sure that it has no preservatives or additives).

Here is the recipe:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/man-i...

Drinks & Appetizers in DC

Thanks for the ideas. The Kentucky Fashion along with the appetizers at PS7 look great . Just what I'm looking for.

Any review for Szechuan Garden in woburn?

Last I heard, which was just a few months ago, he was still working on it. I really hope it works out, and not just for my own selfishness for wanting to not have to travel all the way to Woburn to sit at his bar.

Drinks & Appetizers in DC

I'm going to be in downtown DC for a few days and am looking for places to get good/inventive appetizers & great classic inspired cocktails.

So far, The Pig is on my list, but their drink menu looks sweeter than I normally like.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Any review for Szechuan Garden in woburn?

Can't believe that no one mentioned the cocktails that Ran makes at this place. They are delicious & creative. If you don't see something that you like on the drink menu, let him know what you like & he will come up with something.

The food is also really good. The last few times, it seems that things were saltier than normal, but I really enjoyed the miso glazed whole fish and one of the intestine dishes.

American Craft Beer Fest -- what are you looking forward to?

I haven't been in a few years, but last time my two favorite breweries were Surly (MN) and Livery (MI). I'm not sure if they are going to be there this year.

And, as others have said, get there early!

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe, Chelmsford

I was about a half hour away from Gene's and had about an hour to kill so I checked it out. I got the You Po. It was damn tasty. The noodles were amazing! The flavors were great! I'm still stinking of garlic hours later.

I'm looking forward to going back there next time I'm in the area. Definitely worth the 30 minute drive.

Thanks so much for posting about this place!

Singh's vs Ali's

I second almost everything that Matt H says. The only difference is that I like the roti at Ali's much better.

The doubles at Singhs are much different than what I had in Trinidad, but, damn, are they good. His hot sauce is amazing! It's worth a trip there just for a couple doubles.

Fried Chicken at Waltham India Market & more

I haven't tried their falafel, but have had their shawarma (for some reason, they never have lamb kebabs when I'm there).

I didn't realize that the steam trays are the same offerings as Kebab & Tandoor's buffet. When ever I go to Kebab & Tandoor, I can't order anything but their mutton biryani.

Fried Chicken at Waltham India Market & more

The Chester Fried Chicken is sold at a different market on Moody St. (a few doors down from Waltham India Market). I'm spacing on the name.

Now, I'm going to have to try their fried chicken next week.