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College Graduation Dinner?

Since you will all have cars, I will suggest Grain and Salt in Allston. It's not too far off the pike and should have ample street parking since it's off the main drag. It's perfect in a tucked-out-of-the-way skid-row on the outside, warm and comforting on the inside kind of way. It opened in the last year or so, and I read the message boards that the owner makes special efforts to welcome newcomers, and that was borne out on our first visit. Plus, Indian food is rife with vegetarian entrees. The only potential negative is they don't yet have a liquor license. The restaurant is kind of divided into two smallish rooms, so they might even be able to make one of those exclusively for you. Good luck!

Apr 26, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Does anyone grind their own flour?

Well, I finally decided to try the hard red winter wheat from Whole Foods and I'm very happy with it. I also started my own sourdough starter using 100% of this kind of wheat and it looks like it's right on schedule and will be ready for baking in a couple days. I have to sing the praises of using freshly ground whole wheat. Maybe coincidence/placebo, but I honestly have had more energy than before. I have never been known as a morning person, but I have practically sprung out of bed this past week. In fact, I have made it a point to eat a slice of WG bread each morning. The taste is also much better than the flour I bought at WFs, which may have been sitting on the shelves for a while. Thanks to everyone who responded. I am very grateful for your suggestions.

Apr 25, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Does anyone grind their own flour?

I just bought a flour mill and am having trouble finding a source for either red spring wheat (lightest loaves according to Laurel's Kitchen) or hard white wheat flour (milder wheat flavor). Whole Foods has hard red winter and Harvest Coop has soft white... Does anyone know of any other local stores that have whole grains in bulk bins. I'm stumped. Just in case anyone is interested, I ended up baking a loaf with 50% ground spelt and it is a tasty substitute, but I'd still like to find actual wheat. Thanks!

Apr 10, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Go to Gitlo's!

Just wanted to add my two cents. Hubby and I went to Gitlo's on Saturday night (2/1) and there was no one there. After reading all the rave reviews here, I was afraid of a long wait, but I was a little sad to see no one there. He's extremely friendly and the service was great. We had a char sui bao (steamed pork buns - sorry if I misspelled that). It's not on the menu, but is listed as a new item on the wall. I thought it had ample stuffing, or at least didn't skimp on the sauce which is my favorite part. I can't remember the names of everything we had (taro spring rolls, sticky rice, shrimp dumplings, puffy sweet potato thing), but it was all superb and unbelievably fresh! If you, like me, have only had stale dim sum on a cart (which is still pretty darn tasty by the way), this is an entirely different experience. In my opinion, freshly made dim sum is a real treat and we plan to go back many, many times. May Gitlo's live long and prosper!

Feb 05, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Please post one NEW chowish find

I have to nominate the roasted beet with goat cheese, walnuts, basil sandwich at Cafe Kiraz. It's to DIE for!

Feb 01, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

outback steakhouse in quincy or bugaboo in braintree?

A little out of your element, no? Just kidding of course! It's a dilemma we've all been in. I went to Bugaboo in Watertown once and thought it was decent. I don't remember what my entree was, but the garlic mashed potatoes were pretty awesome. I'm not much of a steakhouse kind of lady though. I went to Outback ages ago and I think I had a negative experience or I have an otherwise irrational bias against it. Also, since Bugaboos are rarer, maybe your guests will perk up at the opportunity to eat their meat and potatoes with slightly different preparation? Good luck.

Jan 30, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Is there Burmese food in Boston?

I really like YoMa in Allston. I've been there a few times now and everything has been great.

Jan 30, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Grain and Salt: Go. Now.

I agree with readers saying to go if you want it to stay. It's a little (and I mean about half a block) off the beaten path in Allston. The food is awesome and the owner is the best. He was so proud to be named one of the Boston Globe's "Best of the New" - I think it came out this weekend - that he brought the letter to our table. His pride and devotion to quality are evident in the food.

This is one of those few restaurants that I can't stop thinking of since I've been and almost feel anxiety over it not making it. So PLEASE go and see for yourselves. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

Jan 30, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Wife want's Indian food who has the best?

Right, I first wrote masala and Safari did the red-dotted underline thing when you misspell something. Without thinking too hard about it, I changed it to marsala, which is a wine, not an Indian dish. Silly me!!!

Jan 26, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Wife want's Indian food who has the best?

Also in Allston is Grain and Salt on Cambridge St. A couple friends and I went there and it was the best Indian food we've since moving to Boston. It has a pleasant romantic ambiance, and the owner is very warm and welcoming and obviously takes great pride in his food. We ordered the lamb marsala, aloo matar and some beef dish in a yogurt gravy. Triple yum...

Jan 25, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area

Louie's Alive and Kickin Lobster

Has anyone ever been to Louie's Alive and Kickin' Lobster (269 Putnam Rd) in Cambridge near the River St. Whole Foods? Their sign says they have fresh fish, scallops, lobsters, shrimp, etc. It's in an inconspicuous residential area, and I never knew it existed even though I've driven past it probably 20 times. It looks like it could be one of those hidden neighborhood gems...

Jan 25, 2008
amygrace in Greater Boston Area