n

nomadgirl's Profile

Title Last Reply

Providence for 2 foodies and 1 picky eater

Hi --

I'm looking for recommendations in Providence for two foodies. But, we'll also have with us one teenager who pretty much only eats basic chicken and pasta. Emphasis on basic.

We're staying at the Biltmore.

Thanks in advance!

Hidden Gems in Sydney?

I have one night in Sydney and I'm looking for a "hidden gem." Something that will give me a nice, but not super expensive truly Australian experience. Thanks!

The Thirsty Pig - Portland

Anyone who likes sausage and lives near Portland - or plans to visit Portland - needs to check out the Thirsty Pig. Located right in "old Port," it's a great gastropub that focuses on house made sausage.

I tried the kielbasa one night - Lithuanian kielbasa on a grilled, buttered hot dog bun with sauerkraut and mustard. Next trip was the buffalo chicken sausage. That was outstanding!

Non -sausage lovers - no worries! There are other options.

They also have great local beers on tap and free peanuts.

A must try!

Recommendations in Tewksbury area?

I'm looking for recommendations in the Tewksbury area. Preferably a casual, but good place. Ideal is something along the lines of a gastropub.

But all suggestions welcome!

Thanks!

Mar 12, 2012
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Rino's Place

I've been to Rino's Place once. The food was awesome but the wait was 3+ hours. It was a Friday night.

Has anyone been there on a Sunday night? I'd love to take my parents there while they are visiting, but waiting a long time, outside, would not work for them.

But, if it's not crazy busy (in general), I think we can swing it.

Thoughts?

-----
Rino's Place
258 Saratoga Street, Boston, MA 02128

Mar 14, 2011
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Knife Sharpening in Boston?

Formaggio in Cambridge has a guest knife sharpening person in some weekend days. I think the next one is Sunday, Feb 6.

Feb 01, 2011
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

North Shore (ish) recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for somewhere between Wakefield and Haverhill. I know, not really North Shore....

Thanks!

Feb 01, 2011
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

New Years Eve in Portland?

Any recommendations on where to go on New Year's Eve in Portland. Looking for fun, not necessarily posh.

Karl's Sausage Kitchen

I was at Karl's over the weekend. Their fresh (not smoked) kielbasa is great (said by a girl who has only eaten butcher kielbasa, no Hillshire Farm). Also, they were talking about how they will have smoked salmon if they can source wild salmon. They said they won't sell smoked salmon made from farm raised salmon. Impressive.

Dec 07, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Cheap/comfort food near Suffolk?

I'm taking my homesick, freshman in college, cousin for dinner tomorrow night. She goes to Suffolk. Last time we went out, we went to Silvertone's. Any recommendations for cheap comfort food near Suffolk?

Thanks!
KLK

-----
Silvertone
69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

Nov 17, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant/Bar in Waltham

A friend is hosting a networking event in Waltham on Winter Street. She's looking for recommendations for an after party -- somewhere with food and drink.

The Naked Fish is the closest location, but they close at 9:30/10pm, making it less than ideal.

Any suggestions?

-----
Naked Fish Restaurants
455 Totten Pond Rd Bldg 1, Waltham, MA 02451

May 08, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Superbowl Viewing -- Metro West

A friend and I, two single women, are looking for a good sports bar to watch the Superbowl. Prefer the Metro West area, reasonable prices and decent food. And of course, many and/or visible screens.

Any recommendations? Would the Chicken Bone work? I've heard there's an event at the Biltmore Grill in Newton -- is it any good?

Thanks!

Jan 26, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Chinese New Year 2010

Any recommendations for celebrating Chinese New Year in Chinatown? Good places for dim sum? Places to avoid?

Thanks!

Jan 26, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

ISO Plugra Butter in Massachusetts, the sad story of its TJ disappearance

I haven't looked for it, but recommend trying the Euopean delis. Baltic Deli in South Boston and Karl's Sausage Kitchen on Rt 1 in Saugus.

Jan 25, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner

I'm a foodie and love Boston restaurants. That said, for my graduation, my roommates and I hosted a family & friends party. We divvied up who made/brought what and everyone had a great time. Obviously, it was cheaper, but more so, it was a great celebration. So much so, that my brother and his friends did the same when he graduated two years later.

Jan 25, 2010
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Venue for a group event

I'm in charge of planning an annual dinner for a non-profit group. We'll have 80 - 100 people, making us a little small for hotels, and slightly large for most restaurants.

Ideally, I'd like something with an "old school" feel -- our members are mostly in their 60s+.

Any recommendations? Hotels I've looked at seem to be extremely overpriced.

Nov 11, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

ISO piri piri sauce

I bought piri piri sauce at a farmer's market in NJ and it is my new favorite condiment. But I'm running out.

Any recommendations on where I can get some in the Boston area?

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

ISO farro?

Formaggio in Cambridge carries farro.

-----
Formaggio Kitchen
244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

wanted: dark cozy irish pub

I second the vote for Mr. Dooley's. Very cozy -- especially when crowded. They pour a great pint and the crowd is usually good. Unless you are there on Sunday for Irish breakfast, I'd skip the food.

Avoid the Black Rose, Kennedy's, Purple Shamrock, Kinsale.

It's a shame the (old) Littlest closed. I haven't tried the new Littlest yet.

-----
Kennedy's Midtown
44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

Black Rose
160 State St, Boston, MA 02109

Purple Shamrock
1 Union St Ste B, Boston, MA 02108

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Where should I be eating near Copley Plaza?

In that neighborhood, I love Parish Cafe. Reasonably priced and great food. Stop for drinks at the Oak Bar. Tapeo, a tapas place on Newbury, is great as well. If you go to Eastern Standard, man up and get the pisco sour. The steak tartare is fab!

-----
Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Parish Cafe
361 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar
266 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

Oak Bar
138 Saint James Ave, Boston, MA

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Waltham Area Catering Suggestions?

You may want to look into Season to Taste (www.seasontotastecatering.com) catering. They are very locavore focused, vegetarian friendly. Great food!

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Quality sardines at retail?

What do you do with canned sardines? I'm a huge anchovy fan, but have only had fresh grilled sardines (on the Medit. coast). Would love to try -- any suggestions?

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Karl's Sausage Kitchen Trip

I'm late in replying, but as a Polish girl who grew up on Polish deli kielbasa (Hillshire Farms is NEVER allowed in our house), I wanted to comment on Karls.

I found the smoked kielbasa at Karls a little too salty, and not garlicky enough. But then again, I like super garlicky kielbasa.

But, while I was there, they were making fresh kielbasa -- which I waited for. If you haven't had fresh kielbasa, it's basically a fresh sausage, not smoked. Karls' was outstanding.

Now, how to cook kielbasa. Traditionally, prick the skin and boil. Grilling is always an option. But my favorite way to cook -- and now standard go to way -- oil up the sausage (fresh or smoked) with olive oil. Throw in a roasting pan and prick the skin a lot. Throw into a hot oven -- 400 ish and roast for 45 minutes or so, or as Julia Child says, cook until you smell it.

You can eat it hot, room temp or cold.

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket heebie-jeebies

I'm not a fan of prepackaged fish, but don't discount frozen (filets, etc., not processed) fish out of hand. Much of the industry freezes at the processor, before even shipping. Much of the "fresh" fish at any fish counter is defrosted from original flash freezing.

Nov 07, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Superb dishes at mediocre restaurants

It's no longer on their menu, but Uno's (when it was Pizzeria Uno's) had a thin-crust pizza with roasted eggplant, roasted peppers, artichokes and feta cheese. I swear, I was the only one who liked it. And I LOVED it.

They have something similar now -- but not the same. And it's not as good.

Also, to steal from Julia Child, there really is something about McDonald's fries. If hot.

Sep 16, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Cielito Lindo?

I'm considering a girls night at Cieltio Lindo. Any feedback? A friend loves a Mexican place in Andover (not sure of the name) but Beverly is closer.

Sep 12, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Restaurants everyone seems to love but you don't

I love Taranta, but it has its great dishes and its average dishes. Here's my list of dos and don'ts.

DO:
Mussels -- possibly the best mussel dish I've ever had
antipasto -- good, regardless of number in your party, only get the antipasto for 2. It's huge.
pasta with huacaty (sp?) -- not sure what incarnation is on the menu right now, but this is a Pervuian herb sauce, like a pesto
parpadelle with mushrooms -- excellent
seared tuna -- tuna is a good piece for a good price, braised leeks are amazing. I think I could live on them
double pork chop -- I confess, I haven't had it, but have heard great things about it
filet -- usually very good

DON'T
Calzonini -- nothing special
misto salad -- just skip it
baked pasta in parchment -- I think this is just on the menu to satisfy those who go there wanting something close to pasta in red sauce. Just sklip it.
cocktails -- as someone else said, they have limited cocktails. skip them and stick with the beer and wine
dessert -- not worth the calories. want dessert? go to Vittorio's.

That said, if you stick with the dos, I think you'll like Taranta.

Sep 12, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Reasonable food at Copley Place or nearby?

For reasonable in that area, I'd recommend a few block walk up Boylston to the Parish Cafe (between Berkley and Arlington). Not "fine" dining, but great food. It's "thing" is sandwiches and dishes created by different chefs in the city.

Sep 12, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Buffalo Wild Wings aka BW3

OK, yes, this is a chain restaurant, and yes, I prefer "foodie" locations.

I've noticed Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3) is advertising locally on TV (cable TV). Any idea if that means they'll be opening up location locally?

No, they are not Buff's, but larger and you can actually walk in and get a seat.

Sep 09, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Pork Chop

While admittedly not a pork chop gal, I've had many a dining companion RAVE about the pork chop (actually, I think it's a double pork chop) at Taranta.

I can recommend (highly) starting with the mussels first.. Best mussels ever.

Skip dessert -- head to Cafe Vittoria instead.

Sep 09, 2009
nomadgirl in Greater Boston Area