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Sunday lunch between Lowell and Nashua?

Try Meena's Kitchen - their six course lunch is pretty much always amazing, and for 15 dollars per person, a bargain.

Mar 03, 2012
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Cupcakes for Baby Shower?

I'd recommend "Cakes By Erin" in Haverhill - they did a phenomenal job on a graduation cake last year, and the cupcakes I have seen have been lovely. The ones I have tried have been tasty, too. My husband reports back that the prices were also fairly reasonable.

May 23, 2011
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

"Ace of Cakes" style cakeries in the Boston Area?

My husband got me an absolutely amazing graduation cake from Cakes by Erin in Haverhill . Not only did it have fabulous fondant work, a gorgeous 3D top, and lovely painted characters, but the cake itself was tasty. I can't recommend her work enough.

She has a facebook page with samples - mine is the children' literature themed cake.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/CakesbyEri...

Apr 10, 2011
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Where can I buy Harissa?

I'm pretty sure I got mine at Sofra - it was pricey but delicious.

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Sofra
1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Feb 20, 2011
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Searching for a casual meal near Metropolitan Pavilion

My husband and I are coming to the city for the Salon du Chocolat and to see a Broadway show. I am looking for something quick and yummy somewhere near the Pavilion or on the way up to Time Square. I'm hoping someone might be able to point in some interesting and tasty directions! I think we are open to any cuisines and I don't think price point is a worry.

Oct 18, 2010
SunGlow in Manhattan

Marshmallows?

I love homemade marshmallow; marshmallows in general actually, but I haven't had any time to make any myself lately. Anyone have any ideas about where I might find fantastic marshmallows, marshmallow desserts, or marshmallow candies?

Thanks!

Sep 10, 2010
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Aruba - July 2010

Hi all - I just returned from a trip to Aruba and thought an update might be helpful. Overall, we were fairly underwhelmed with the dining scene in Aruba. We love fresh, local ingredients and appreciate the difficulty that the island presents to utilizing local food. Still, it was hard to see Alaskan salmon, etc on menus. Also, I am very concerned about the health of marine environments and was a little disheartened to see endangered/overfished grouper on so many menus. So now that you know my biases, here goes!

Wacky Wahoo's - Already a Chow favorite, we made this restaurant our first top, and we were very pleased. Our fish chowder was lovely; the corn and crab quesidilla was yummy. We shared a fish platter (wahoo) and were impressed with both the fish (wahoo is considered sustainable at this time) and the side of corn bread, plaintains, rice and veggies.

Pizza Bob's - Chosen more for location than the for the food, the pizza was adequate. The crust was a little bready and the spices/ herbs were l dried. It tasted a bit like a pizza pretzel.

Screaming Eagle - We enjoyed the experience here very much, and thought the food was fun. We took the opportunity to eat in "bed" and though it isn't something I'd want to do on a regular basis, we ad a great, albeit novel time. We had a duck liver mousse app that had been bruleed, which, while good, was FAR too much for two, and pricey at 24 dollars. I would have much rather have had half the food at half the price rather than send it back. The steak with polenta was tasty, and spinach tortellini were both quite nice, though I'm not sure that I would rush back if the restaurant was in my neighborhood. The desserts were so very pretty to look at, but a little more about style than substance.

Linda's Pancakes House - I usually love Dutch pancakes, but these weren't fantastic. My husbands's apple and bacon with incorporated ingredients was much better than my brie and walnut, which had the brie on top. I'm glad we got to go, but I've had better Dutch pancakes elsewhere.

Bergamot - outstanding!

Chiming in to say how much we enjoyed our meal. My husband, my (intensely picky) mother and myself went out Saturday night for my graduation dinner and we all enjoyed our meals. We had a lovely romesco sauce with bread rather than butter/oil, a yummy beet appetizer and three very nice mains. I think my lamb was the winner; my husband disagrees and says his monkfish was better. We were also pleased with our desserts. While my mother loved the grapefruit dessert, the chocolate chili pave was the clear favorite. We will be back.

May 18, 2010
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Craigie on Main advice?

They were fabulous to us - we had made an Opentable reservation, but mixed up the dates. Even though we were at fault, they made space for us and were extremely gracious. I so appreciated the extra effort, and we had a lovely meal.

May 12, 2010
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Best banana split

Last week my husband and I had a wonderful banana split at the Regal Beagle. The ice cream was from Christina's, their was homemade toffee and chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries, and of course, a banana. Sadly, I think this was a special and is no longer offered but I want another! Does anyone have a suggestion of where I might get another yummy ice cream treat?

Until then, I'm off to experiment with toffee sauce recipes...

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Regal Beagle
308 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446

May 01, 2010
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Two Chowhounds from Canada - Boston April 16-22

Oleana might be a nice change, as I think Upscale Turkish/ Mediterranean food is not something I've ever had when I'm in Calgary. I know not everyone likes it, but Zaftig's in Coolidge Corner has fantastic blintzes and potato pancakes. Make sure to try some ice cream too; I have eaten so much wondeful ice cream since I moved to Massachusetts!

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Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Apr 01, 2010
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Spiced Pear or Castle Hill?

We had a minor family emergency, sadly and were forced to reschedule the trip.

I'll let you know about the ultimate choice though!

Jan 06, 2010
SunGlow in Southern New England

Visitor from Toronto seeks ambiance, affordability and great eats!

I'd try Oleana. You are moderately close and I think the food there (especially the appetizers) is fantastic.

Dec 22, 2009
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Southern Comfort Eggnog?

I've been searching for this brand but haven't seen it anywhere. I made a fantastic cheesecake with their Vanilla Spice Eggnog last year and would love to make it again this year. Anyone had any sightings?

Dec 19, 2009
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Spiced Pear or Castle Hill?

My husband and I will be celebrating my birthday in Newport on January 2nd. I think I would like to eat at either The Spiced Pear or at Castle Hill Inn. I can't drink right now, so food is the big draw for me.

Any suggestions on which you prefer, or other places that I might want to consider?

Dec 17, 2009
SunGlow in Southern New England

Sofra recommendations

We just had the chick pea in romesco mezze and the goat cheese with raisins... yum...

Aug 01, 2009
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The Friendly Toast!

Thought I'd chime in here. A friend and I went on a weekday.

The Pros
The hot chocolate was completely amazing. It came with a thick cup of homemade, delicious whipped cream on the side. Yum, yum.
Our service was fine - a little frazzled, maybe, but mostly prompt and friendly.

The Cons
We both got the Damned Good Grilled Cheese and (this could very well be personal taste) but we both found it far too spicy as a whole. The Strawberry haberno jam was mouth tingling, the home fries were peppery, the sandwich itself had a bit of a kick. I left most of mine since I just couldn't enjoy the dish with all that spice.

I'm willing to give it another go, if just for the hot chocolate.

Jun 08, 2009
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First time in Boston - 2 adults no kids - what are your favs?

I have to recommend Oleana. I know it has been getting a few lackluster reviews as of late, but for my husband and I, its our go-to Birthday, celebration, etc destination. Very yummy (I believe) Turkish inspired food.

Oh, I want the Tamarind Beef with smoky eggplant right now...

May 05, 2009
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Fiddlehead fever

Got mine at the Chelmsford Hannaford at 5 a pound. They look great!

May 04, 2009
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Best Cupcakes, for sure!

I know it seems random, but there is a little bakery in Tyngsboro called the Bittersweet Bake Shop that does a sinful chocolate cupcake. Its nothing special, per se, just a moist cakey cupcake covered with fudgy icing. Its my go-to treat out here in the boonies.

Feb 22, 2009
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Le Patissier

I found out about Le Patissier from this thread and tried it out with a group of friends on Saturday night. We had a great time. I had a lovely portion of sticky toffee pudding with a nice sweet caramel sauce, and the cranberry pumpkin bread pudding, Hazelnut delice and a Lemon trio sampler were equally enjoyed. We all loved the seasonal inclusions!

Thanks for the great suggestion, we will be back.

Dec 09, 2008
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Mussels?

Thanks all! I can hardly wait to try all of your suggestions.

We started our seafood journey with a make it yourself endeavor. We had mussels with white wine, thyme and garlic and they were great!

Nov 17, 2008
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Mussels?

As a recent transplant from a very land locked place, I have been enjoying my introduction to seafood! I recently tried Mussels in Portsmouth and loved them. Can anyone give me any restaurant recommendations for good mussels a little closer to home?

Thanks in advance!

Nov 05, 2008
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Bad Sushi experience, Sakura Chelmsford

Interesting. We moved from a place not known for its seafood - Saskatchewan, but always, always the menu would designate crab versus crabstick. I guess I thought that moving to a place better known for seafood that the quality of my sushi experience would go up. But it hasn't. Saskatchewan sushi cost more, but the food was much better.

Oct 13, 2008
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Bad Sushi experience, Sakura Chelmsford

So my husband and I had sushi at Sakura a few months ago. It didn't blow us away but we weren't revolted either. We decided to give it a second try. Bad idea.

The stereo was blaring hideous Muzak. As it segued from an overwrought piano version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to a bombastic take on Phantom of the Opera, I began to have second thoughts about our relaxing Friday night out. The place smelled bad, like old fish, rancid deep frying oil and smoke. None of these three odors are normally associated with a good sushi experience. The air was filled with little flies, hopefully from the garden cut flowers on the surrounding tables but still not cool.

To the food. We had a yummy Philadelphia roll. But the California roll was nasty, filled with a brown gooey old avocado that I would have chucked and imitation crab. It clearly said on the menu crab meat, not imitation crab or crab stick. I was ticked, since most restaurants admit on the menus if the crab is not real. The tempura sweet potato roll was greasy and the Chelmsford maki had the yuckiest mouth feel ever - filled with slimy bits and mashed fish. I was able to eat and enjoy the Philadelphia roll but couldn't try more than one bite of the other rolls.

I know this is Chelmsford. We are landlocked. But this was downright unappealing. We won't be back.

Oct 12, 2008
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Thoughts on Banq?

This was one of those places that I wanted to like, but my experience was only so-so. We had brunch and we really enjoyed the food. My husbands steak and eggs were yummy and my ricotta stuffed french toast was scrumptious. But the service was abysmal. Our water glasses remained unfilled the entire time. My friends scrambled eggs were extremely runny, a problem that could have been easily remedied. But no one ever came to check on us and the eggs had to be thrown away. My friend had to leave and so we had to go looking for our waitress to ask for our check. We were snottily told "when I get to it". Twenty minutes later we had to go search the place for her again. When we finally got the bill, it had someone's completed comment card, including phone and e-mail address. I guard that info tightly, and I like to think that most restaurants will also be careful with my personal data.

I liked the food enough that I may give it another try, but I hope the service is better - they are shooting themselves in the foot here.

Oct 12, 2008
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area

Disappointing sushi at Sakura, Chelmsford

So my husband and I had sushi at Sakura a few months ago. It didn't blow us away but we weren't revolted either. We decided to give it a second try. Bad idea.

The stereo was blaring hideous Muzak. As it segued from an overwrought piano version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" to a bombastic take on Phantom of the Opera, I began to have second thoughts about our relaxing Friday night out. The place smelled bad, like old fish, rancid deep frying oil and smoke. None of these three odors are normally associated with a good sushi experience. The air was filled with little flies, hopefully from the garden cut flowers on the surrounding tables but still not cool.

To the food. We had a yummy Philadelphia roll. But the California roll was nasty, filled with a brown gooey old avocado that I would have chucked and imitation crab. It clearly said on the menu crab meat, not imitation crab or crab stick. I was ticked, since most restaurants admit on the menus if the crab is not real. The tempura sweet potato roll was greasy and the Chelmsford maki had the yuckiest mouth feel ever - filled with slimy bits and mashed fish. I was able to eat and enjoy the Philadelphia roll but wouldn't try more than one bite of the other rolls.

I know this is Chelmsford. We are landlocked. But this was downright unappealing. We won't be back and will instead head to Kyoto in Tewksbury where the food has been much more consistent.

Carmen - Pleasant if uninspired

Haven't seen any recent reviews, so I thought I would take the initiative!

The good - The service was excellent. Our servers were friendly, attentive and never batted an eye when I told them I wouldn't be having any alcohol. The sauce on the ravioli and peach appetizer was yummy yummy. I had to use our bread to sop it up. The tuna and scallops were superb, juicy and perfectly cooked. The tuna's side dish, mashed celeriac, was tasty.

The bad - The bread and oil was so-so. The risotto that came with the scallops was not so good. It was watery, with slightly undercooked, crunchy carrots, large mealy green peas and none of the promised mint flavour. A mysterious, flavourless orange sauce surrounded the risotto. Perhaps a carrot puree?

My husband and I had a pleasant experience, but won't be hurrying back.

Aug 31, 2008
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Looking For Chunky Peach Ice Cream

You might already know this, but J.P Licks has a seasonal peach flavor. I admit that I had only a tiny sample, but it did have some definite peach pieces in it.

Aug 23, 2008
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Sticky Rice?

In New York recently we had a yummy pho meal. The definite highlight was the sticky rice. It was perhaps slightly sweet, appropriately sticky with savory chunks of some sort of mild sausage. I'd love to have something similar here in Boston. Any thoughts?

Aug 05, 2008
SunGlow in Greater Boston Area