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July 2013 Openings and Closings

I saw that, too...but I can't find anything about a salmonella outbreak on the dept. public health sites. Do we know if anywhere else is affected?

Jul 15, 2013
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

July 2013 Openings and Closings

We did, too! I talked to Patrick last week at his sister's place, and he said he's definitely closed. He'll be at the Juice Bar for the foreseeable future. Boo!

Jul 03, 2013
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

July 2013 Openings and Closings

So disappointed to see that Royal Palace on Tyler St. is closed! Seems to have happened about 2 weeks ago.

Jul 02, 2013
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

1st Mtl visit for foodie with allergies

I'll be visiting Montreal with family for the first time in July. I consider myself an adventurous foodie, but unfortunately I've picked up a dairy allergy (the proteins, not just lactose) along the way. Does anyone have any recommendations for good restaurants that are either allergy-knowledgeable or have cuisines that are easily adaptable? I'll eat pretty much anything, as long as it doesn't contain dairy, and I absolutely love Asian cuisines of all kinds.

Thanks for recommendations!

Is Registering for a $2,400 Espresso Maker Rude?

I'm sorry, but in this economy especially, registering for a $2k coffee machine goes beyond tacky to downright obliviously stupid (unless, of course, this woman is a Rockefeller or a Vanderbilt). When my husband and I got married, we had a pretty good kitchen setup, and didn't really need much of the basics, but I still made sure that the most expensive thing I registered for cost $200. Even then, I didn't truly expect to get it, and I graciously accepted the 12 servings bowls we received. It seems most people have forgotten that weddings are about two people making a public commitment to each other supported by their families, not an excuse to see how much they can milk out of their hardworking relatives.

Oct 06, 2011
emmtilt in Features

can one argue that lutefisk and gefiltre fish are similarly controversial??

My husband and I are both Scandinavian-American, and he would stoutly defend lutefisk. Personally, I think it's disgusting, but he swears that, mixed with potatoes and butter, it's delicious. Which would suggest he's really appreciating the taste of potatoes and butter, but he claims that, no, the lutefisk lends an extra (desirable) "something" to the food. His grandfather eats the lutefisk straight, with a little butter. He always goes back for seconds.

It's funny, actually - many "real" Norwegians think it's adorable we still eat lutefisk. They also see it as a rather vile substance one had to eat when there was nothing else.

Having read all of the comments above, btw, I may have to give gefilte fish another try. Made well, it sounds like nothing more offensive than fish loaf, which I quite like. I had always assumed it only came in its jellied incarnation, and had decided it must be inedible.

Sep 30, 2011
emmtilt in General Topics

SOWA famers market + Gilson's Lyceum CSA questions

Thanks for the recommendations and the link to the monthly CSAs. I'll have to check all of the above out. It's a little disappointing to hear SOWA only gets one reliable stand per season. Will definitely have to look elsewhere for veggies.

May 06, 2011
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

SOWA famers market + Gilson's Lyceum CSA questions

Thanks for the recommendation! How late is it open? I work until after 7pm on both those days, and I don't know if I'd ever make it in time.

May 06, 2011
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

SOWA famers market + Gilson's Lyceum CSA questions

My husband and I went to the SOWA farmer's market last weekend for opening weekend, and I have to say we were really disappointed. There was only one real farm stand there, everything else was prepared foods, and the selection of food in general was tiny! Is this normal, or should I expect it to get more exciting as the season goes on? We're coming from NYC, where we're used to buying all of our groceries (barring canned goods/cereal) at the local farmer's market for very reasonable prices. Can I do that in the South End?

Also, it seems like Gilson's Lyceum is the only CSA offering pickup of fruits + veggies near us. Has anyone tried their CSA in the past...Can you recommend it? The principle (credit for the season) sounds really nice and flexible, but we're concerned about prepaying for something we really know nothing about....

Any advice welcome!

May 06, 2011
emmtilt in Greater Boston Area

Neurotic needs food storage advice

Thanks for the tips! Now I don't have to worry about using the entire package at once. ;o)

Nov 12, 2008
emmtilt in Home Cooking

Neurotic needs food storage advice

Ok, so I'll admit to being a tad bit paranoid about storing stuff too long and giving everyone food poisoning - I put it down to too many Reader's Digest stories about people dying of botulism read at an early age. Anyway. I just bought some red miso, and I have no idea how long the stuff stays good once it's open. I'm assuming it's not terribly long, but perhaps someone could enlighten me?

Thanks!

Nov 07, 2008
emmtilt in Home Cooking

Indoor Voices, Please!

In my opinion, there is in fact a certain "indoor voice" expected of diners in a restaurant, and it's totally fine for one to remind loud talkers of this fact if they're disturbing everyone else. If the restaurateur knows what they're doing, though, I shouldn't have to get up and interrupt my dinner - the waiter, maitre d' or other "official" figure should keep an eye on things, and (common sense here, please!) let the table know that they're being too loud. I think Helena is perhaps a little too willing to bend over backwards herself in order to avoid "bothering" anyone else. But let's face it, if people are being rude, they deserve to be told as much.

Naturally, this doesn't apply in bars or places with live music.

Nov 06, 2008
emmtilt in Features