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white truffles in boston?

Thanks! (figures it would be Menton) and hiddenboston - I agree. would love to get a hold of some real ones and make truffle butter....mmmm...

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Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Oct 14, 2010
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

white truffles in boston?

Hi everyone, last post I saw on this was from 2008 - wanted to discover if anyone knows of shops or restaurants that have white truffles? Or is it too early in the season? Thanks,

Oct 14, 2010
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Comprehensive Chowish Craft Cocktail Compendium '09

I aspire to join that douchey crowd...tomorrow night...

Jan 15, 2009
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Bunny in Boston

Sulamona Meat Market in the North End has rabbit, reliably. However I think it costs about $5/lb as well.

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Sulmona Meat Market‎
32 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA

Jan 05, 2009
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

End of the year Dining Chat [moved from Boston Board]

Devra First responds to this thread: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

Jan 01, 2009
Anon12 in Food Media & News

Best bet for Turkey-day dining out?

T.W. Food is having a family-style thanksgiving dinner. http://www.twfoodrestaurant.com/ $65 for person, not including wine.

Nov 16, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Best Beer Store in Boston?

I've found Downtown to be the best for my tastes. I like Liquor World a lot - I think they make the best use of their space for spirits and wines as well as beer.

I've been shopping at Downtown for over two years - no issues with outdated stock in that time period. And I find beers from all over the world that I cannot find in other shops.

Sep 16, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Bar Options

Not sure where you're staying, which will probably affect recommendations. Also, a lot of upscale restaurants in Boston have great bar seating, I urge you to search through the Boston threads, you'll find a lot of good recommendations there.

Couple places that are great for apps and drinks - including wine:

1. Eastern Standard Kitchen, right at 528 Commonwealth Ave. Just follow the crowd out of Fenway and onto the street and they will lead you there. Note that this place will be quite crowded after a game.

2. Central Kitchen in Central Square. This will require a trip into Cambridge - but if you map it it's actually a rather nice walk from the Fenway/Kenmore area. 567 Massachusetts Ave - also very close to the Central Square T Stop. They have a stellar, affordable wine list and a very nice selection of appetizers - small plates really.

3. For game watching - there are tons of excellent sports bars in Boston. My favorite place for beer/upscale pub food/television is Deep Ellum in Allston: 477 Cambridge Street. But again, this may or may not be easily accessible to you, it depends where you're staying.

I'll leave North Shore recommendations to the folks who know - again a search of the board might be fruitful. Good luck.

Aug 29, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Best wine lists?

Central Kitchen in Central Square has a nice deep list which contains great value. You can get a good deal on twenty year old second growth Bordeaux (still expensive, but a great deal for that bottle) or a great deal on a small production wine out of Cali. I'd also recommend Prezza in the North End. Their reserve list is huge, and also contains great value, but Prezza tends to be much more expensive.

Jul 17, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Peet's Coffee - Great Customer Service

I work in downtown Boston, every couple weeks I treat myself to an espresso drink at Peet’s. On this particular occasion (during rush hour) I had a bad experience, related to the relative inexperience of the barista. The drink I ordered was badly made. I suspected this while in the shop and confirmed it once I reached work and tried the coffee. After I reached work, tried the coffee, and did some actual work, I decided to write to Peet’s about what had transpired. I gave an account of what I thought had gone wrong with the making of the drink and the reasons why I was upset about it, chief among them that a $4 coffee from Peet’s is something I can only treat myself to on occasion. Within two hours I had a response from the web customer-service manager for Peet’s, followed by a response from Peet’s district manager who let me know he had passed my criticism along to the store manager. Peet’s sent me cards for two free coffee drinks, one of which I used a week later. I had the same barista as on the previous occasion, but this time the espresso drink was well made and tasty. A good experience, in the end.

Jun 23, 2008
Anon12 in Chains

Anyone else noticed any recent price hikes on Boston chow?

National Geographic did a piece on the sudden food shortage in May: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ne...

There are a number of factors contributing to shortages and higher prices - argo businesses growing corn instead of wheat, corn being allocated to ethanol fuel instead of food, flooding in places like Bangladesh that wiped out an entire rice crop. Add that to supply-stores that suddenly hit a low level and the prospect of future supply shortages and I imagine that suppliers of grains and other foodstuffs might suddenly raise their prices, hedging against even worse news to come.

Jun 05, 2008
Anon12 in Not About Food

Tuscan Grill... oh well

I grew up in a burb west of Boston, and I remember the buzz among food-aware adults when the Tuscan Grill opened in Waltham during my teen years. "There's a new place that's good, and it's in Waltham!?!" A lot has changed since then, in Waltham and all around the metro area.

I had an opportunity to have dinner at the Tuscan Grill recently with some family members. I hadn't been there in... more years than i care to admit. In short, it was tremendously disappointing. Whether the restaurant has truly fallen from great heights or my bar has just risen to a proper chowhound level really doesn't matter at this point.

So, now to the dirty details. A "tempura" softshell crab app was battered as thick as a pancake and not cooked through. Salmon was okay but the risotto it was served with was impossibly bad. Terrifically salty with a powerful taste of canned chicken soup. I don't think they're making their own stock. Monkfish was tough and dry, and the rather flavorful ratatouille it was served with was far too oily.

There are better restaurants in Waltham. Thank goodness.

May 20, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Greatest meals

Couple things, both from three or four years ago.

1. Duck confit at Hamersley's Bistro. I know that's a basic bistro dish, but I had avoided it for years after several experience with duck in Boston where the bird was tough and chewy. This one was a revelation that completely turned me around on the bird. Also had it with my first Cote Rotie, it was a rather lucky pairing, perfect.

2. Homemade papperdell pasta topped with a heap, a real heap of just-shaved white truffle. This was at No. 9, it still rings.

May 17, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Toast now Precinct in Union Square?

I read that a new place, Precinct, is opening in the space that was Toast Lounge in Union Square Somerville. The manager is Ronan Geary. Anyone have any idea of what the place is going to be live?

May 14, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Pike's Place at Starbucks - anyone tried?

A co-worked just brought me a Clover brewed cup of Starbucks' new "not burnt" Pike's Place Blend. I've generally stayed far away from Starbucks - I hadn't had Starbucks' coffee for years, but have tried their Clover coffee three times lately. The Pike's Place is not the best of the Clover brews I've had, but it's not bad, and I'm finding it a little reminiscent of Peet's coffee. Anyone else tried it yet?

Apr 08, 2008
Anon12 in Chains

TW Food - disappointing

Agreed. I had a great experience with the prix fixe from the winter menu in early Feb.

Apr 03, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Starbucks Clover Coffee and Flat Patties Chicken Sandwich

I also have a hard time believing that the implementation will work smoothly for Starbucks - making a clover drink does seem to take at least three minutes, and unless Starbucks generates some real demand and then staffs to meet that demand making a few clover coffees will really slow up their morning rush.

Apr 03, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Starbucks Clover Coffee and Flat Patties Chicken Sandwich

I hope this isn't veering too off-topic, but Simon's on Mass Ave between Porter and Harvard also has excellent coffee. Like True Grounds they use Howell's beans for coffee and espresso, and they occasionally bring out some roasts from Atomic Cafe as well. The coffee is excellent, the espresso is sublime.

Apr 03, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

The Haps On No 9 Park

I've been going to No. 9 for years, so the folks there seem to know us and we always get excellent service. I still think that No 9 has the best mixology (hail John Gertsen) in Boston and a really kick-ass young-Burgundy list.

That said, I've been a tad disappointed in the food of late. It's still quite good, but I found certain textures and tastes a little off, or a little dull. I can give a couple specific examples if there is interest, but really I just wanted to put in my two cents - No. 9 is still excellent, but the food experience isn't quite where I remember it being a couple years ago.

Apr 02, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant week sucks! [moved from Boston board]

Thank you MC Slim. This thread has been very interesting for me. I personally have reservations about RW but have not seen the topic discussed on CH before. It's nice to be able to read all these perspectives.

Mar 26, 2008
Anon12 in Not About Food

Deep Ellum Slightly Annoying

I really don't have a problem with beer prices and portions at Deep Ellum given that it's often stuff that I never see anywhere else and the tap lines are impeccably maintained . For anyone who is interested, they're also building an amazing whiskey collection - I believe they currently have all ages of Black Maple Hill bourbon and rye. Those booze are pricey, but well worth it if that's what you love.

Feb 22, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area

Deep Ellum Slightly Annoying

Deep Ellum has fewer taps than Publick House, but they carry more expensive beers - in some cases limited editions where only a cask or two is produced. I think that's why the prices are higher.

Feb 20, 2008
Anon12 in Greater Boston Area