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New Deal, Court House, other?

Oh yes, I try to buy whatever they have fresh that day, but I just mention the types of fish I can eat. Salmon & tuna for example are too strong for me and make me feel not so great. Shellfish I'm allergic to so that's out. At any rate, yes, it was Alive & Kicking I got some haddock at. I couldn't remember the name.

Jul 18, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

New Deal, Court House, other?

Thanks for the great responses, everyone! This is very helpful!

Jul 18, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

New Deal, Court House, other?

Thanks for your input! Good info. I'm not far from Fresh Pond Whole Foods, but from what you're saying, it seems like I'd be better off sticking w/ New Deal. Oh, I did try the lobster place on Western Ave. in Cambridge...I forget the name. I got a piece of haddock there. It was ok. New Deal was still better. Maybe as others post I'll find that New Deal really is the place to stick with, but who knows. Always good to research.

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Farmers' Market/farming question re: IPM--are farmers markets better for produce than at grocery stores as a result? [moved from Boston]

I was hoping someone might be able to explain to me what IPM is? I like to go to farmers' markets to get veggies/fruits. I like to support the local farmers/farms and the produce I find tends to be fresher, not genetically modified/using huge doses of pesticides (unless I'm being lied to). Believe me, I'm not naive to think that I'm not eating pesticides every day on my veggies or thinking that local farms don't use them, but I noticed some of them stating they do IPM for pesticides and that is somehow safer/better? I know certified organic is the way to go if you really want virtually pesticide-free produce. My usual market is the Harvard U. Farmers' Market at the Science Center. I think there is only one "organic" farm represented there (Plato's), but their selection of veggies/fruit is minimal. I did see that Ward's Berry Farm and E.L. Silvia farms use IPM for pests. Is this a safe practice? Am I fooling myself that the farmers' market is a better place to get veggies/fruits? Is it any better than going to Whole Foods and buying conventional produce (I assume yes, even if just for the fact that the produce is traveling less to the farmers market than from California to Whole Foods plus you are helping the small business owner vs. a big company). Thanks for your help on this. Just trying to learn as much as I can about it all.

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

New Deal, Court House, other?

Hey folks. I'm trying to find a reliable and good fish market. I can't eat shellfish (allergic), but I do like to try to eat haddock, cod, sole, halibut or milder white fish once a week. I have tried New Deal Fish Market and really liked their fish. I have also tried Court House which was good. I went to a fish vendor at a local Farmers' Market and I normally have gotten good fish there, but the last time, I had bought a piece of hake. When I cooked it up, it tasted like ammonia. I threw it out and had researched and found that it probably was not fresh (it didn't appear spoiled nor did it smell that way, but the taste was definitely ammonia-like). I haven't been very keen on going back to that vendor. I have been told about Cyndi the Fish Lady at the Brookline Market. I got on her mailing list so I will try her out. In your opinion, where do you think the best quality fresh fish in the Boston/Cambridge area can be found? Are my best bets to stick w/ New Deal and Court House or are there other places I may not be aware of that offer good fresh fish? I figured it'd be good to try a few places and then decide who to use as my primary fish market. Thanks for your help.

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Ground chicken

Whole Foods, River St. Cambridge has it, but I usually buy my own dark meat and grind it myself.

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Best Whole Foods in Boston Area

I shop regularly at Whole Foods River Street and like it. They have a good variety of food/products and the people who work there are friendly and helpful. I try to go during non-peak hours...aka, not on a Sunday or right after work.

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

I COMPARED PIZZERIA REGINA (NORTH END) TO SANTARPIO'S TODAY

In all my years living here, gasp, I have not tried Santarpio's. That needs to change. Ha ha! I do like the original Regina's in the N. End. A spot I like is Oggi in Harvard Sq. in the Holyoke Arcade. They do a nice job, have interesting flavors in addition to the regular cheese, pepperoni, etc. I like their crust, cheese and sauce. I do also like Otto in Harvard Sq. When I go to Santarpio's what should I get?

Jul 17, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Pita Bread

Agreed...Samira's Homemade pita bread is good. I get it every Tuesday at the Harvard U. Farmers' Market along w/ the sundried tomato and basil hummus and the stuffed grape leaves. Yummmm!

Jul 16, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Best Vietnamese that's not a hole-in-the-wall?

Le's in Harvard Sq. is very good. I've never had a bad meal there. I usually get the tai pho or chicken noodle pho and fresh summer rolls. I was there last night and it did not disappoint. Very inexpensive as well.

Jul 16, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Qingdao Garden, Cambridge -- yum!

I love their dumplings. I ordered from there once and the owner did the delivery. He was telling me all about the restaurant and that I should stop in and try some of his special dishes. I will definitely go! Thanks for the great review!

Jul 16, 2013
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Central Kitchen

I hear ya! I couldn't find anything online for them as far as a menu, etc.

May 20, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Central Kitchen

Has anyone been to Central Kitchen recently (2011). How is it? I was thinking of going there w/ my mom on Saturday. I'd love to hear some feedback from recent visits.

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Central Kitchen
567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

May 19, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Iggy's Croissants Rock

I think Petsi's Pies also has Iggy's croissants. I love their butter croissants (Iggy's) and will be psyched to see them at the farmers' market.

May 17, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Coffee Shop/Wine Bar for Book Club Meeting

Trident Cafe on Newbury Street has coffee and wine and a bookstore. They used to advertise part of the cafe space for meetings, so maybe give them a call and find out if they can accommodate you.

May 02, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Pizzeria Posto

I too would probably send back a bad item, but as Runningmom states, they were already waiting a long time for their meal and sometimes, it's not worth it to have to wait even longer for it to be corrected. In my friend's case w/ her charred pizza, we had no time to wait around after we'd waited forever for our food and trying to even flag down a manager was moot because the staff was not being all that attentive...it would've made us late to try to do that. I guess the other option is to go back the next day or call and say something about it, but who knows. I have been in that position before though where sending something back wasn't feasible at the time.

Apr 27, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Pizzeria Posto

I too like charred as well, but no, the pies you show are not what this pie was. It was charred as in black as in if you picked up the prosciutto and bit into it it was practically ash. No exaggeration either.

Apr 08, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Pizzeria Posto

I was excited to go to this place because of wonderful reviews I had heard. I have to say, my experience was just "meh." Perhaps they were having an off night. I might go back another time to find out. Anyhow, we were seated. Shortly after, our drink orders, app orders were taken. I hate when this happens, but our app orders came out well before our drinks. They had also failed to give us plates to eat the apps on so we had to flag down the server to ask about the drinks and if we could get plates for the apps. Our drinks came about 5 minutes later, but the plates came sooner, thankfully. We ordered the calamari which was excellent and we ordered the olives which were excellent as well. My friends and I ordered a glass each of the Lambrusco and it was wonderful. Onto dinner... I ordered the mushroom pizza, my friend ordered one w/ prosciutto and my other friend ordered the sausage pizza. My mushroom pizza was just "ok." It wasn't very flavorful. I've had better. My friend who had the pizza w/ prosciutto wasn't impressed...her pizza or actually the prosciutto on the pizza was charred in many places. By charred, I mean black to the point of inedible. Must have left it under the fire too long. My other friend said her sausage pizza was just ok too, but that the cheese on it was excellent. While our server was very nice, we barely saw her and actually had to flag her down or flag someone down to help us. Again, perhaps it was just an off night. I wouldn't write this place off as of yet, but I'm not in a rush to return either.

Apr 08, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Good Bar/Food in Cambridge or Brookline

Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square is good. I know they have the bar upstairs and I want to say there's also one downstairs.

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Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Feb 04, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Looking for feedback on Deuxave

I remember in college in the 90s there was a place called Baci's in that location. They sold coffee, food, wine. Owners were NOT nice.

Feb 04, 2011
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Only 1 good Italian Restaurant in Cambridge and no French Restaurants at all

I disagree as well. Sandrine's is good as is Rialto and Dante. I've heard great things about Craigie on Main & Chez Henri.

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Chez Henri
1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Sandrine's
8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Dec 22, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Who has consistently fresh and nice Asian greens (Cambridge/Belmont/Watertown area)?

Drat! The Harvard U. Farmers' Market has a Hmong (sp?) farmer stand and they sell excellent Asian greens, and their prices are wonderful. The problem is, the Harvard U. Farmers' Market's last day was on Tuesday. Perhaps they frequent other farmers' markets in the area?

Oct 29, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Harvard Sq Dinner Recs

I have still got to go to Shay's! I've wanted to go there but just haven't yet.

Oct 29, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Harvard Sq Dinner Recs

I second Russell House Tavern. It's an excellent place. Grafton Street is decent--Russell House is far better, however. For Chinese cuisine I like Yenching. The food is good and the people are nice.

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Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Oct 29, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Looking for bistro-ish dinner Friday-- Back Bay/Kenmore area

You could do Petit Robert Bistro which is just a few doors down from Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square.

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Petit Robert Bistro
468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Oct 27, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Prepared Pizza Dough Boston

Ah...I see. Well, if you like a certain pizza place, go in and ask them for some dough. The worst they can do is say no. Most places will sell it to you though.

Oct 22, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Prepared Pizza Dough Boston

If I'm in a pinch and don't have time to make my own, I'll use Trader Joe's pizza dough. It's good and 99 cents for a ball.

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Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Oct 22, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

Geoffrey's Back Bay

I'll definitely have to check it out. I missed them when Geoffrey's moved out of Back Bay, but I am glad they are back. I always liked them!

Oct 15, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area

South End Chef Boots Whiny Patron

Thought this was interesting and wanted to share. In my opinion, this diner should have been kicked out. What do you all think? Also, how has Tremont 647 been lately? It's been years since I've been. Updates on the food/service would be good. http://bit.ly/9VCtQa

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Tremont 647
647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

Oct 05, 2010
BackBayGirl in Food Media & News

French for Friday

Actually, we did end up going to Sandrine's because it is close to my house and by the time we wanted to go to dinner, we didn't feel like T-ing anywhere. We had a delicious meal & I would definitely go back!

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Sandrine's
8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Sep 14, 2010
BackBayGirl in Greater Boston Area