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recipe request: portuguese style marinated "blade meat"

Anyone out there remember the marinated pork made by the long-closed Zito's Market in Attleboro, MA? It was, to my recollection, a pork blade steak or similar cut done up in a strong marinade with base of vinegar and hot peppers. Anyone happen to have a recipe (or their recipe?) for this? I've searched on the web and found a few recipes for caciola that are also referred to as "blade meat" but so far I haven't found quite the right recipe.

(For all I know the marinade I'm thinking of might just have be a jar of some particular vinegar-pepper sauce poured over the meat, but this was a favorite food when I was a kid and I'd love to be able to recreate it).

Thanks in advance for any info or suggestions.

Mar 16, 2011
Jardinia in Southern New England

Outerbridge's Sherry Pepper Sauce- anyone carry it locally?

Updated: Delighted to report that Cardullo's in Harvard Square is carrying it!

Feb 14, 2011
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Falmouth MA for a Couple of Days?

This thread is a bit old, but right on with what I'm looking for. Anyone have any updates/additions they want to make? Thanks much for any additional info. Cheers!

Polka Brunch at Cafe Polonia!

Cafe Polonia has advertised "Polka Brunch" on their website for years, but whenever I've gone it's just the regular menu, and I've never heard a single polka... only weird pop music. I'll believe it when I see it. Anyone able to confirm this?

Jun 15, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Kotobukiya closing?

Any news on the new shop?

Jun 15, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Any outdoor clambake experiences in Charlestown?

Sorry, misspoke earlier. I thought Ipswich was the company that will do a real on-site clambake, but that is apparently not the case any longer according to their website. Woodman's, maybe? There used to be a place that would do them if you could get a permit for a site where a fire was allowed. Anyone know who that was/is?

Jun 10, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

The Friendly Toast!

Went a couple weeks ago on a saturday eve for drinks and apps. It's a good thing that this is all we were after, because they were apparently out of everything else! What we did have was good. It was pretty dead in there so we struck up a conversation with our waitress, who said that only a couple of staff came down from Portsmouth, the rest are all new. She also mentioned that the new staff were all left hanging during the period when the opening was delayed, and then one thursday they got a call saying "be here tomorrow at 6 am" for basically one day of training and then launched into operation that saturday. Which sounds insane to me, esp with a lot of really green staff. She also said that they are still trying to get the supply chain issues worked out, since the breads and much else comes down from Portsmouth. Interesting details, but hope they work out their kinks soon. This is not a model to follow.

Jun 10, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Can we talk about Nantasket / Hull?

Went to hull with some friends randomly a few weeks ago. Had never been. Were steered to Schooners by some locals. Split one of their fishermen's platter 4 ways- an arterially apocalyptic platter of fried seafood (fish, shrimp, clams) on top of a bed of fries, covered by a layer of onion rings. It was like an archaeological dig. It was decent. and a ton of food, but standard fry-o-lator stuff. Nothing special and no need to dress up, but if you're looking for an epic platter of fry you will find it here.

Jun 10, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Best Clam Shack "Experience" in/near Boston

Is this very far from the Wollaston T? I don't know that area well, and of course the website only gives driving directions... lol

Jun 10, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Source for aquavit / scandinavian schnapps in greater Boston?

ooh, great idea. I had forgotton about Downtown Liquors, I used to live in the neighborhood and loved that place. Zubrowka may have it's place in my picnic too! Thanks!

Jun 10, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Source for aquavit / scandinavian schnapps in greater Boston?

Oh- random factoid from my research- to be called "aquavit" in the US the spirit has to be flavored with caraway. So if you search only for aquavit here you'll end up with that singular flavor profile. Good to know, at least for those of us who aren't crazy about a strong caraway flavor.

Jun 03, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Farmers Markets ect. - week of May 18th

I went to the first SOWA Open Market of the season and I believe that Silverbrook Farm and the Herb Lyceum were both there with herbs, honey and jam, and spring veggies. There may have also been another vendor but I can't recall now.

Jun 03, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Banana leaves?

I have seen them cut into large squares (about the same size as a full sheet of nori) frozen in packages in several chinatown markets.

Jun 03, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Source for aquavit / scandinavian schnapps in greater Boston?

Ja, tack- I know that there is, sadly, no resemblance between euro "snaps" and american "schnapps". I have specific name brands I'm looking for, which normally I either carry back with me to the states or have received as gifts from visitors. I personally don't care for Aalborg much and so it's (of course) the most common to find here, alas! I have some recipes for flavoring vodka that I can use to make substitutes if it's required. I will check out these other places too, one never knows what treasures will be found! Skol!

Jun 03, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Source for aquavit / scandinavian schnapps in greater Boston?

Helping to plan a swedish style midsommer feast, looking for a source of aquavit , brannvin or other (scandinavian) schnapps. I have seen an occasional bottle of Aalborg mixed in with the ouzo at shops here and there but no real selection. Would especially love to find a source of Hallands Fläder, as it's a favorite. Anyone know of a place with a good schnapps selection in the greater Boston area?

Tack så mycket,

Jasminia

Jun 03, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

best lobster roll

Lobster muscle varies at different times of the year- for example, lobsters molt (shed their shells) to grow about once a year, and part of this process biologically is that they shrink their muscle mass so that they can get out of the old shell. So you may have gotton a lobster that was ready to molt, not atrophied from lack of motion or in bad health.

May 28, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Public consumption of alcohol: any place where this is allowed (ie with a picnic, etc.)

I was thinking a really big gaudy sunhat could be worn over one of those baseball hats that hold two beers... LOL No worries, was just wondering if the republic of cambridge or some other local place had a "zone".

Yes, discretion or abstinence then.

I made mention of Paris and Tokyo because they are places where I have enjoyed very civilized outings with a nice bottle of such and such to compliment a meal, and it was delightful. Alas.

I hear you about the T, especially after yesterday's power outage debacle, but thank our lucky stars that we have generally excellent public transit when you compare our system to most other american cities. Anyway, off the soapbox and onto the weekend! Cheers!

May 22, 2009
Jardinia in Not About Food

Public consumption of alcohol: any place where this is allowed (ie with a picnic, etc.)

Boston, while a wonderful city, is no Paris or Tokyo. Given that the public consumption of alcohol, even with the utmost decorum and discretion, is generally illegal in Beantown, are there any "picnic zones" where you can freely uncork a bottle amongst friends and have a civilized picnic without having to hide it? Very curious. I would so love it if this were possible.

Thanks!

May 22, 2009
Jardinia in Not About Food

best lobster roll

I can't believe that nobody's mentioned the Charlie's Kitchen double lobster roll. It's a totally straight-up lobster roll with no pretense, a little mayo and celery, but the lobster's fresh from the tank and the price ($12) can not be beat. They also serve a lobster melt, but that sounds a little over the top to me... lol I'll also say that I love the lobster roll that 'Live N Kickin' makes, while I haven't had it in a year (far too long) the super fresh lobster meat and butter-laden toasted bread is pretty fabulous, especially when you can sit at their picnic table and dig in immediately. Yum! Plus you're supporting a local biz in both cases, which makes it even better IMHO.

May 22, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Tupelo in Cambridge

Finally made it to Tupelo with a party of 10 for some serious eating. You can tell that the place is new-ish because the waitstaff was great but our server was a little tentative at moments. Food was excellent. Tried variety of apps: fried oysters, grits served cubed like polenta, both excellent. Gumbo a little salty but delicious to share. My entree was a soft shell crab, which was fantastic- meaty and tender with a satisfying yet subtle crunch. With the entree comes a side of your choice from the menu, but for the price of the crab dish ($17) it would have been nice to toss in a second veggie side, since the price point for grits and mash are pretty low, no? Notably, the crab was available as a starter for $13 (which a few of my dining companions ordered) and it was plated almost identically to the entree except that it didn't have the side the entree comes with. Also tasted the crepes and the beef dish on the menu, both very nice. Sampled a few desserts, the strawberry rhubarb cobbler with ginger biscuit topping was the table favorite, tho the pecan praline pie was a close second for it's amazing, buttery richness. Overall, I envision myself coming back when I'm in the neighborhood. Relaxed, casual, good time had by all.

May 22, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Providence's Red Fez: still going strong?

So happy to hear from you both, thanks!

onigiri withdrawal: source for individually wrapped sheets of nori

No prob- it was great fun to go there and poke around, they have a great selection of other products, I bought a bag full of goodies. I'll doublecheck on my next trip, who knows- maybe they were sold out.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Floating Rock - Whew!

If they are recommending the market that I used to be familiar with, Angkor Thom, the aisles are wide but boxes of produce and similar sometimes partially block aisles... you could probably manage with a friend to help in any tight spots. If there are stairs or obstacles I don't remember, someone will probably chime in.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Best NE summer food festivals? Music/other activities also a pro!

Putting my "staycation" calendar together and was wondering if there are some local niche food-related festivals in NE that are underattended and deserving of more attention- Anyone have a suggestion or two?

Providence's Red Fez: still going strong?

Was curious if the Red Fez was still open, and what people think about it. Had a memorable evening there a couple of years ago, would like to go back. On anyone's radar? Thanks! Jardinia

Ingredient Meccas

You can buy pandan leaves at the grocery stores in chinatown, they are in the frozen food section. Look for long plastic packets of things that look like palm leaves. You can also find pandan flavoring for baking, but it's not that great and usually is colored green (so baked goods are colored) so it would not be a good substitute in a rendang or curry.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Floating Rock - Whew!

This sounds fantastic! I was wondering what the scene was like up in that neighborhood these days, I used to go to a little hole-in-the-wall style place for the most unbelieveable green papaya salad. Will definitely check this out.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Best Cupcakes, for sure!

I've got to say that my officemates have enthusiastically patronized the Sweet that just opened in Harvard Square, and while some of the cupcake flavors are novel, I've sampled about 6 flavors now and none have been that great. None have been awful, but given the hype about them, I'm not that impressed. Also, since they give you fairly extensive descriptions of each, I also expect to be able to discern the ingredients mentioned- for example, their carrot cake has pineapple in it, alledgedly, but it can not be detected in the cupcakes. So, meh. They're ok.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

Best casual French in Boston?

My vote would go to Sandrine's, they make excellent terrines and fois gras, and their steak is fantastic. The menu as noted is heavily alsatian-influenced but there are a few reliably wonderful bistro style meals on the menu. I also love Hammersley's, and agree with what is posted below (it's not strictly french, but a great interpretation of the bistro experience.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area

onigiri withdrawal: source for individually wrapped sheets of nori

Just in case anyone finds this thread while searching for individually cellophane wrapped sheets of nori for takeaway-style onigiri, Reliable does *not * stock them. They do otherwise have a very good selection of nori , in a variety of sizes and in both japanese and korean styles. Their meats and fish also look great, it's a good option for me in now that Kotobukiya is no more. I will check out Super 88 also and report back.

May 14, 2009
Jardinia in Greater Boston Area