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Produce Market- Malden?

although, unfortunately, upon googling, i found this article: http://www.townonline.com/malden/home...

hope they'll be back in business soon!

Jul 11, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Produce Market- Malden?

thanks! i'll definitely check it out.

Jul 11, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Produce Market- Malden?

I've been heading over to the new Super 88 in Malden for cheap produce and more eclectic ingredients, and I've noticed a produce and flower market on the same street (Commercial Way, I believe- the one that heads up from the Wellington T station, perpendicular to Rte. 16), a few blocks before Super 88, and I can't recall the name. Has anyone been there? Is it good? Decently-priced? I'm looking to get some nice fresh produce, but farmers' markets can get a little pricey and are somewhat limited to what's in season locally.

Thanks!

Jul 11, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

lunch options on a saturday near the cyclorama?

hello all-

we are headed to the extreme beer fest on saturday, and wanted to grab some food (preferably not dainty little bites so that we can be properly prepared for high-quantity beer consumption) for lunch in the south end, but there don't seem to be too many lunch places open on the weekend. b&g is, of course, tasty, but a little bit pricey. any suggestions? preferably close to the cyclorama?

thanks!

Feb 06, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

casual caterer suggestions for a luncheon?

thanks for all of the detailed suggestions! this really helps. i'll see what i can find for menus, etc. online for these places. money isn't too much of a concern, since it's on the office.. ;-)

Jan 18, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Does Boston Ave need another pizza shop (Pizza Days, Medford)?

i work over at tufts, and i noticed this new place, too. kind of odd. also considering that it seems to be located right smack in the middle of an autobody repair shop... haven't tried it, though, nor do i really plan to. not much of a pizza girl. i frankly think that nowhere needs ANOTHER pizza or sub shop. unless it's like a vietnamese sub shop with yummy banh mi or something... ;-)

Jan 17, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

casual caterer suggestions for a luncheon?

hi all,

i'm arranging a farewell luncheon for a coworker, to be held in medford, and i'm looking for suggestions for a fun or funky place that does reasonably-priced catering or volume delivery? probably about 50 people will attend, and i'm not looking for a sit-down thing; really just delivery of some luncheon platters or dishes, or possibly sandwiches. i'm thinking that something like brazilian might be fun. i actually did a similar thing for another coworker a few years ago, and i ordered a bunch of platters from picante in central. any other similar places you might suggest?

thanks!

Jan 17, 2007
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Good but not super-expensive dining in Vegas?

john- great suggestions! thanks so much. we were just talking about in-n-out last night! my bf has never been to one (i have in LA), so we'll have to at least grab a burger at some point. we'll check out some of your tips for the red rock canyon area. thanks!

Jan 14, 2007
melle76 in Southwest

Good but not super-expensive dining in Vegas?

cool- sounds neat. maybe we'll see what 'la femme' is like.. thanks for the tip!

Jan 14, 2007
melle76 in Southwest

Good but not super-expensive dining in Vegas?

hi kjs- thanks for the help. i think we're leaning toward red rock canyon? we want somewhere to take great pictures that's not too far away. maybe you have a better suggestion? if we do that, we'll likely check out rosemary's. that sounds good.

so, probably unlikely that we'll head to lake mead (esp. if it won't be too nice in feb.), but thanks for offering to suggest some places!

Jan 14, 2007
melle76 in Southwest

Good but not super-expensive dining in Vegas?

thanks for the tips- these are great! we were thinking about renting a car for one day to head out into the desert a bit, and then we can maybe finish off with a tasty dinner somewhere off-strip.

thanks again!

melanie

Jan 12, 2007
melle76 in Southwest

Good but not super-expensive dining in Vegas?

Will be heading there (for the first time!) next month, for a 4-night stay, and my bf and I would like to check out tasty some restaurants, but we're definitely not high rollers. Are there any decent places to eat that won't be like $100/head that is either on/near the strip or within a close cab ride?

FYI- we tend to like food that's more on the 'eclectic' side. ie. Oleana restaurant in Cambridge, MA, if anyone knows it (ie. Eastern Mediterranean); good Thai; Spanish; Sushi. That type of stuff- not really like steaks or Italian or what you might think of as more widely-appealing, if that makes sense.

Thanks!

Jan 11, 2007
melle76 in Southwest

Affordable Sushi

zen 320 in brookline village has been pretty good for us. they have '1/2 price sushi' all the time, i think, or at least they used to. some might be scared off by the idea of 'discount' sushi, but i have enjoyed the food and (knock on wood) have never had any problems with quality.

Nov 29, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Any tips on grilling/cooking a more moist eggplant without much oil?

i've done breaded cutlets by peeling them, slicing them thinly, dredging in fat-free italian dressing, and then dipping in bread crumbs. i then bake them for a bit (can't recall exact temps/times- maybe about 400 for 20 min.?). they're good right from the pan, or sprinkled with diced tomatoes and feta. yum.

Oct 23, 2006
melle76 in Home Cooking

banh mi- where to get?

just went to ba le in dorchester this weekend, and it was pretty good! i have to say that i like the saigon sandwich's banh mi better, i think. maybe they're a little less 'authentic'- tuned to more american tastebuds- but i like that they have tofu as a filler. ba le only had pork and beef that day, and included some mysterious chewy noodles in the sandwiches, which ended up all over my shirt because they were so unwieldy!

i know there's a vietnamese population in chelsea, but have only seen a pho shop, which is on broadway. anyone know of a banh mi shop nearby?

Oct 23, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

any good boston spots to find 'food science'?

thanks for the response. alinea and WD-50 were both mentioned in the article, as was ferran adria (can't remember if el bulli was specifically cited). i have a good friend in barcelona... maybe i should take a visit!

thanks for the links. i'll check them out. catch in winchester looks yummy, indeed.

Oct 13, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

any good boston spots to find 'food science'?

i was just reading the latest issue of gourmet, and i was quite intrigued by the article about the somewhat newish entity of the food scientist/chef. the article highlighted a few of the best, in places like chicago, DC, and new york, if i remember correctly, but there was no mention of boston chefs. can anyone recommend somewhere where i might find some really fascinating dishes? i realize price might be an object, but i'd like to at least find out which restaurants might be doing this in boston.

thanks!

Oct 13, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Tis the season for pumpkin brews

shipyard pumpkin is tasty, and quite pumpkin-y, but not too tasty, if i remember. stone cat (an ipswich product) also makes a pumpkin porter- yum!

however, i'm afraid that neither of these might be available on the west coast... worth looking into, however.

shipyard on bevmo: http://www.bevmo.com/productinfo.asp?...

Oct 06, 2006
melle76 in Beer

banh mi- where to get?

i've had some TASTY and CHEAP banh mi from the saigon sandwich shop on washington st. in downtown crossing, and i'd love to find another place to get them. any suggestions? i'm guessing there are a few places on dot. ave. in dorchester that are probably good bets, as well as maybe the super 88 food court in allston. anywhere else? i'm in chelsea, so north-ish of the city is ideal.

thanks!

Oct 06, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Canned Beers

i second oskar blues- they're not terribly easy to find, but i've seen them at downtown wine and spirits in davis square, and possibly also at atlas in medford? the scotch ale (old chub) is quite nice.

Oct 06, 2006
melle76 in Beer

cilantro in salem- have others enjoyed their meals there?

we found ourselves in salem on saturday night, and had heard mention, in the past, of both finz and cilantro (probably both on the phantom gourmet, i think?). finz was PACKED (45 minute wait when we got there), and obviously a popular place, while cilantro had a few empty tables. we decided to try cilantro, as we both love mexican, and someone said, as we were looking at the menu outside, that it was 'really good'. however, the food did not really seem mexican to me at all. we both had seafood, and, oddly enough, detected old bay or old bay-type seasoning in both dishes (um, celery seed doesn't seem very common in mexican dishes, as far as i can recall...). my boyfriend's sides were: rice, a vegetable medley that was SO salty and appeared straight out of the freezer bag (crinkle-cut carrots, peas, lima beans), and an odd mixed green salad with broccoli. my shrimp was served in what tasted like a canned tomatillo sauce.

perhaps we've been spoiled by having had REAL mexican food in MEXICO, but we were just disappointed by this meal, considering the price. are they supposed to be mexican fusion?

Oct 02, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

chai cafe in arlington center

i just want to put the word out there about this place, if you don't already know about it. it's a really great little indian cafe and shop. it's more for a quick meal or snack than a sit-down dinner (although, there is some seating), but the food is really spectacular, and quite cheap! i just ordered a chick pea and samosa dish (samosa chole chaat, i think?), and man, is it tasty. they put all these lovely cilantro-y onion-y condiments on top, and it is SO good. really, if you're in arlington and want a quick meal, try here.

they also have loads of bagged spices for cheap! and naan in the fridge/freezer.

yum.

Sep 18, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Vegan friendly recommendation?

well, it's not really fancy, and in a less-showy part of town, but the grasshopper restaurant in allston is VERY good. stricty vegitarian, but i'm sure vegan is a high priority as well. it's always packed, so you know it's tasty. even my meat-loving boyfriend liked it! it's also pretty moderately-priced with HUGE portions.

Sep 18, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Taquerias in East Boston!!!

taqueria cancun (right next to the Maverick stop) gets raves, although i found that it seemed a bit expensive for what it was. there's another taqueria at maverick square, but i'm blanking on the name- they were pretty good. i have to say that i actually enjoy taqueria mexicana in union square or tacos lupita near porter a bit better. however, i haven't explored too many of the options in eastie. i hear rincon limeno (near orient heights, i believe?) is really great if you would be okay with peruvian. ;-) i'm in chelsea and there are a few el salvadorean places that are good, and i've heard that bella isla (puerto rican) is good.

sorry to not be of much help! have fun, though!

Sep 15, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Cape Ann recommendations

the franklin cafe in gloucester is yummy and has nice atmosphere.

Sep 08, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

Where to have brunch ?

i went to the elephant walk for brunch a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it. the menu is not necessarily all that brunch-y, but they have a lot to choose from, and the prix-fixe option is great (includes a mimosa, if you're so inclined!).

Sep 08, 2006
melle76 in Greater Boston Area

this may be opening a can of worms... ;-)

wow! thank you all for really stepping up to the plate here! this is great. the library tip is a good one- i might head over tomorrow. but my borders gift card is really burning a hole in my wallet! ;-) i've heard good things about the zuni cafe cookbook, so that might be one of my purchases, for sure. i have the bittman book, as well as the joy of cooking, and i really should give those more use than i do...

thanks again!

Sep 02, 2006
melle76 in Home Cooking

this may be opening a can of worms... ;-)

i've just noticed the 'new bride' cookbook post, so have gotten some good tips there, but i'd be open to any other ones!

Sep 01, 2006
melle76 in Home Cooking

inexpensive, but good, olive oil? [Moved from Home Cooking]

i'm currently using a Wild Oats extra virgin, and that's been pretty good. i'll check out TJ's, as well.

thanks, all!

Sep 01, 2006
melle76 in General Topics

this may be opening a can of worms... ;-)

but, what are your staple cookbooks? i've collected, over the years, random, and usually-from-the-budget-section cookbooks that i have to say, i've rarely even used. don't know why. perhaps because the recipes don't, for the most part, excite me. plus, i tend to print recipes off the internet, before i leave work, so i know what to pick up on the way home. so! i'd like to overhaul my cookbook collection with a few gems: books with lovely (and hopefully, not too difficult), gourmet-ish recipes. i've heard nigella lawson's 'feast' has some nice recipes, but i'm wondering if you all might suggest some that you really cherish. i'm heading to borders this weekend with a gift certificate, so i'd like to pick up one or two. to help narrow this down a bit: i love to cook with things i can pick up at a farmers' market, and i love goat cheeses, baguettes, nice wine. so, i guess i'm looking for sort of 'artisanal' cookbooks, but for someone who's not a great cook. perhaps a tall order! can anyone help out?

thanks!

Sep 01, 2006
melle76 in Home Cooking