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peachy peaches?

Bought the peaches at Trader Joes Sept. 5th on your rec and they were excellent.Thanks

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

Sep 06, 2011
raf945 in Greater Boston Area

recent st. martin trip notes

Hatch,thanks for the link.I found it very helpful and it gave me an insight before I leave in a couple weeks.

"Polynesian" style Chinese restaurants

I too, like Polynesian.Bob Loo's in Salem was very good.There was a place on route 101 in Portsmouth N,H. that was very good.The Kai Lau in North Attleboro Mass was good but they closed.Right now I go to the Mon Kua in South Attleboro Mass.(Washington St.,just over the R.I. border).

Aug 09, 2009
raf945 in Northern New England

recent st. martin trip notes

Great post with lots of info as I will be there in Nov.Thx

New Inexpensive Downeast Lobster Rec, Tracey's Sullivan, Me.

Great post.Thx for the info.

Aug 05, 2009
raf945 in Northern New England

Go back in time...Cape Cod circa 1968

Great post!

LA Chowhounds 2 Days in Providence For The First Time

Federal Hill rules!!

King Crab Legs?

I have eaten at Custy's and although it is good,it is not the best in the area.If you go to their website,you will see that they serve snow crab like all the Chinese restaurants do.A big plus for them is that they are five minutes from Foxwoods casino.The best all you can eat lobster buffet in that same area is the Nordic Lodge in Clarlestown,R.I.It is the same price as Custy's,but TAX AND GRATUITY ARE INCLUDED and it is overall better quality,and they do serve ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS.Plus,it is all you can eat lobster.With the savings of the tax and gratuity,it amounts to about $19.00 per person compared to Custy's price.It is about 15-20 minutes north of Custy's but it is a little difficult to find,as it is in a rural area.I go there 2-3 times a season(they are only open mid April to mid December).It really is good.Your husband won't be disapointed.If you bought 2 king crab legs at a wholesale club,you could pay $15.00.The prime rib is excellent.All the shrimp dishes are excellent and the rest of the fare is excellent.The only problem with the place is that after you top your feast off at their sundae bar,you really are full for the next 2 hours or so unless you have self control.Google them to see when is the best time to go as it is not uncommon for them to host 50-75 busses at a time from all over New England,New York,Philly,and New Jersey.

Mar 27, 2008
raf945 in Manhattan

Wicked a Boston Bistro- Sharon, MA

Is it within walking distance from the MBTA?

Fuel: Lewiston ME

Peter B Wolf,a great review as all of these were.I have to say,I do respect the fact that Eric Agren replies to these posts.It is not always easy to address criticism,but I have seen him respond again and again.For this reason,I believe he is doing his very best to please his patrons,and I believe he will succeed.I travel to central Maine quite often,and I will make this a stop,whether each and every experience was to my liking.The reason for this is I believe I will see progress in motion each and every time I visit.Keep up the good work Eric.

Mar 26, 2008
raf945 in Northern New England

Soup in RI

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your father.As a legend in R.I.,I am sure he lives in the hearts of many.Yes,at the corner of Pine and Dunham.He had that place for over forty years.My grandmother was instrumental in running a successful place.I worked there for many years from a very young age.I can remember you working along side your father.You in the back of the house,him both in the back and front.I remember the place being very clean.Whenever I eat out,I always look at the air vents in the ceiling.There was never any dust around those vents.If I'm not mistaken,he ran Bobby's on Bank street prior to Chelo's.

Soup in RI

Well,if you would,tell your dad I said hi.My grandfather knew your father from Attleboro.Tell him Gus from Dunham St.We would eat at Chelo''s in Pawt.at least two or three times a week.And at other times,I would drive for forty-five minutes to get what was equivalent to a gallon of cream of mushroom soup.Everyone loved it.In fact,all of his food was good.As my kids were growing,it was theie favorite as well.I can't ever recall a time when we were there and your father wasn't there.I liked his concept back then He didn't try to make it a Ruth's Chris.He saw the need for fresh ingredients,good size portions and reasonable price.And the people did come.The tables were always full.There was no messing around in his place.The staff worked very hard.Would you ask your dad what he thinks of the foodservice industry in the coming future?

Skowhegan,Maine Where are all the seafood restaurants

Hey Robert.It took me a minute to figure where we have met in the past.Sounds like you are doing good.When are you going to come out of retirement?The area could use a place with you at the helm.

Skowhegan,Maine Where are all the seafood restaurants

Thx to all who replied.It just seems that with the best lobster in the world only an hour east,the area restaurants should be flooded with them.Everyone raves about Charrier in that area.I have eaten there and think it is just o.k.I have eaten at Frenchy's for breakfast and did enjoy it.I have never eaten at The Heritage House but I have heard good reviews about it.I have been by the Lobster Trap in Winslow but have been told by the locals to stay away,although every time I go by the place,it seems busy.I liked the Old Mill Pub for typical pub food.The Empire Grill;only there because of Ed Harris! The Purple Cow cloesest to the Sappi paper mill was terrible.Now it's the Flatlander.The one further down in Fairfield was better.Sandy's place on 201.I'll reserve comment.The Snack Shack,never again.Skowhegan House of Pizza;not the best,but the best of the rest.Bolly's hot dogs;just o.k.The outdoor hot dog stand in Winslow was better.Just now, Mr. G's deli in Fairfield comes to mind.I have yet to try that one.2007 food at the Skow fair,probably the best year yet.I know,I know but it's fair food. I have eaten at the Weathervane in Waterville,and to me it is just like the chain restaurants in the area,although chowhounders give good reviews to the original one in Southern Maine.John Martins Manor was always good if we just wanted a buffet other then Chinese.They sold lobster too,but the only time I had them there they were soft shell and there was not any meat in the claws.Not their fault,but don't tell me they are hard shell.Speaking of Chinese,I did enjoy a good meal at Ming Lee in Waterville.I am going to look for the Bread Box.I believe it is down by the old post office.I have had many a good lobster on the coast,but it usually turns into a four hour affair,and my time is limited to about an hour and a half.I have seen a Youngs Seafood truck in the area.The best idea might be to purchase off of him,and cook them in my turkey fryer at the public picnic grounds.Thanks again.

Skowhegan,Maine Where are all the seafood restaurants

Having spent many nights in Skowhegan,it was impossible to find a lobster dinner anywhere in the area.We don't like to drive out of the area.Also,are there any suggestions for decent restaurants in general?Thx.

How do you eat a steak?

I have to agree.Your post drove me crazy too!!

Mar 18, 2008
raf945 in General Topics

Name your favorite burger joint!

Thanks for the lead on the Red Bridge Tavern.I go by there often,now will have to stop in.

clam cakes? Definition?

Just a few comments.Yes,Maine clamcakes are like wafer style cakes that resemble Maryland crab cakes.Stuffies are the very best,and I have refused many dollars for my recipe,which I have had for many years from my Portguese-Italian grandmother.Rhode Island hard shell clams are unlike anything else in the world,which makes for a great stuffie or clam cake-fritter.Although a pretty good cook(not chef),I can not make a good clam fritter so go with the pre-made Krispee brand that I buy in bulk in Providence.I do know the important part of making cakes is not to over mix the batter,as they become tough and heavy.Light and airy is best.Let the clam broth do the work.Just give it a couple of tosses.I have never,never heard of cheese in a stuffie,and would NOT even consider it.EVER!!No insult intended.To each their own.I do make variations with celery,green pepper,and chourico though.I have eaten at Aunt Carries and Iggy's and will never go back to either.If CTSCORP would like,I would kindly send a dozen stuffies out to Iowa.No charge.No problem.Five dollars of dry ice and their off.I am not looking for another customer.I just like what I do.In fact,I would not like it if you said can you send me a couple dozen.I am not in the mail order business.The dry ice is just to expensive.

Mar 12, 2008
raf945 in General Topics

From Attleboro to Cranston et al (long)

Passing thru,great post!!I am within 10 miles of all of the places you have mentioned and will make it a point to visit.Very informative. Very interesting to read.Thx.

Best-Coolest Restaurant in Providence

Would somebody please clarify what Pan Asian refers to.Thx.

Soup in RI

Interesting.If you don't mind me asking,what are you referring to when you say"my dads".

Soup in RI

Yes,that was the place.

Soup in RI

I cant wait to go.I used to LOVE the cream of mushroom soup at Chelo's but they did away with it many years ago.Thx for the tip.

Pub with separate function space within 15 miles of Attleboro MA

The Volcano Grille in Pawtucket has received good reviews,although I have not yet been there,but they do have a private room.Spumonis in Pawtucket has a private room as well,and having been there many times,I think it would fit the bill.I have not heard one good thing about the Moose Cabin.Another option would be Corrines right over the Attleboro-Pawt line,but this has had mixed reviews.

Angela's Coal Fired Pizza

Treb,thanks for the website.There is no question in my mind where my next pie will come from.

Mar 03, 2008
raf945 in Greater Boston Area

Good Eats Near Marriott Long Wharf

Very good post.

Mar 03, 2008
raf945 in Greater Boston Area

What is "Flint style coney sauce"? [Split from Southwest board]

Thanks to all who provided links for recipes.I honestly can't wait to start preparing them.One other note.I DO enjoy the Olneyville System,and living close by to them,I will pick up their spice package as well.

Feb 27, 2008
raf945 in General Topics

Stuffed cabbage--country of origin

Exactly how I make them.

Feb 26, 2008
raf945 in General Topics

Stuffed cabbage--country of origin

The basis of your rolls sounds great.How about sharing the recipe?

Feb 26, 2008
raf945 in General Topics

What is "Flint style coney sauce"? [Split from Southwest board]

Can anyone provide a recipe for the Flint style Coney Island sauce? Thx.

Feb 26, 2008
raf945 in General Topics