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Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Fire & Ice is an option. I have only been once to the Cambridge location right after they opened many years ago. But it is all you can eat and you make your own combos so maybe that will satisfy what you're looking for. May be fun for out of town guests.

2 days ago
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Ohlin's donuts and fritters are probably made at 4:00 or 5:00 am so by mid afternoon your selection/freshness won't be optimum. Still good, but not at it's best. This is a bakery and they don't keep making fresh donuts all day. Also, nothing else really worth eating there (maybe a muffin) so stick to the fried dough.

2 days ago
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

My nearest MB is about a 25 minute drive so I would only go once a month to stock up on certain items. Now I don't feel like I should shop there until the unrest is resolved.

I was looking forward to the Waltham store opening, I wonder now what's going to happen. with that one.

Jul 21, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I've been shopping at S&S my whole life, mostly because of location as it's close and cheaper than Shaws/Star Market. They have been revamping the stores a bit late, probably because of the competition moving in such as Market Basket and Wegmans.

I hate when they discontinue their own products. When I was a kid they used to make something called Coffee Cake Bread. Like a cinnamon swirl bread with a coffee cake crumb on top. So delicious. A few years ago they discontinued the New Fangled Muffins. They were mini loaf size corn muffins (and bran I think) that were so good toasted.

Jul 21, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

What do I do with bananas?

If you are familiar with jam making, banana jamis a lotbetterthan it sounds. Quite delicious.

Jul 19, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Oh no another tipping thread! When is no tip justified?

Definitely no tip. The only time I never left a tip was back in college. A mostly empty restaurant outside of Toledo (on our way back to MSU) and a surly waitress who literally "dropped" the plates on the table from about a 6 inch height and left to talk to her friends. I'm sure we paid in cash being college students, and we may have left 4 pennies on the table to make our point!

Jul 16, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

If it's a fresh baked bagel then plain cream cheese, never toasted. Only toast day-old or older bagels. A toasted bagel can get either butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter.

Jul 15, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Munich with Young Children

I was in Munich last September. I had dinner at Ratskeller in the Marienplatz. Yeah, probably touristy but it was fun. It's a big place, lots of different rooms so you can choose which room calls out to you. I don't eat meat and ended up with a nice salad and vegetarian potato soup. They do have other veggie options on the menu. I think kids would love it. I don't recall any smoking in the restaurants I visited.

http://www.ratskeller.com/files/ratsk...

Jul 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Europe

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

It's been on my mind to do. I think I will in the fall. My mom used to make donuts when I was a kid. The cake kind. They were so good.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I just listed three food types that I like plain and simple. I love plenty of exotic tastes, but I don't want that in a donut. To me a donut is simple. I want to hear the crunch of a well fried cake donut and taste the hint of nutmeg. I love the texture of a good yeast donut, soft but with a little chew and a simple sweet glaze that doesn't overpower.

Not trying to live a life of simplicity, just want some of my "old fashioned" foods to stay that way and not be gussied up!

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

It's not about difficult it's about cost. I'm sure the little bakeries don't bother adding expensive honey to the glaze which is powdered sugar and water, maybe with vanilla flavoring.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

Read an article in Boston Magazine hyping the food and chef although it does mention all the beers available. Maybe it's more "loungy" in the late evening and famlyish earlier. Although given the location it may be catering to the young crowd.
I do love all the veggy menu items. Maybe I'll give it a try for lunch before all the college kids come back to town.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I'm sure there's no honey in it, I think it's just a regional name for the glazed donut. Exactly the same thing. Maybe they used honey once upon a time but I'm sure they don't now.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Let's talk about white bread

I grew up on Wonder bread. While I mostly eat hearty breads today I still by Wonder bread to make and Albanian sweet stuffing for Thanksgiving and I will save two slice for myself to make either a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a Fluffernutter! You can't have a Fluffernutter on any other kind of bread.

Jul 14, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

I agree, Brighams vanilla has always been my favorite. I don't think it's in NYC tho.

Jul 13, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

Yes Talenti.

Jul 13, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

Thinking of going with friends. I really like the menu. Would love a report if someone has been. Also, if we're coming from the burbs is there anywhere to park around that neighborhood? My recollection is that you cross your fingers and hope to find something on the street if you're lucky.

Jul 13, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

In desperate need of ideas on what to cook my Mother-in-law for dinner!

I vote for just asking her what she wants. Unless you two don't get along. "Hey mom, shall we go out to dinner or would you rather stay in for a simple meal on your first night here?" Regardless of the answer ask her what she might like and don't waste your time guessing.

Jul 11, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking
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Simple is better than exotic for some foods

My donut icon is classic! Actually a simple chocolate iced raised donut with a little maple drizzle! ;-) Aside from jelly I hate the filled donuts and aside from some cream I hate filled cupcakes with a million flavors going on.

I do like exotic too, but I find that as I get older certain foods taste better in the simplest of forms. I used to enjoy all the wild Ben & Jerry's flavors of ice cream. Now I find they all taste too sweet and overpower. I just want a something simple and usually one flavor.

Jul 11, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

In desperate need of ideas on what to cook my Mother-in-law for dinner!

If she's getting in early evening she may not have the energy to go out to dinner. She may want to drop her bags at the house and get comfortable, especially if it's a long drive from the airport.

I wouldn't stress, make something simple. Throw something on the grill with side salads. Treat her to dinner out another night.

Jul 11, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Simple is better than exotic for some foods

I like a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting.
I don't want a key lime cupcake with pomegranate/coconut filling and strawberry balsamic frosting (a la Cupcake Wars.)

I like Belgian chocolate gelato, sweet cream or peach ice cream.
I don't want burnt caramel ice cream with chocolate covered sea salt pretzels and swirls of coconut marzipan.

I like a honey dip donut or maybe a jelly stick.
I don't want a chocolate cake donut covered in white chocolate, drizzled with mocha and topped with espresso bean

Some foods just shouldn't be gussied up!

Jul 11, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

There's a Russian market in Newton, Baza, they have had the frozen sour cherries both times I've been there. I bought some a couple months ago, not sure if they have them year round.

Jul 08, 2014
Jpan99 in Greater Boston Area

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

Either, but in this case Indian casino. ;-)

Jul 03, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

You're walking around the buffet filling your plate. You're in line waiting for a slice of prime rib and you're hungry so you grab a potato wedge off your plate and start eating. If the line is long maybe you grab another.

Is grazing okay or should you wait until you get back to the table?

Jul 03, 2014
Jpan99 in Not About Food

A pineapple baked good that is NOT upside-down cake?

I've had this recipe bookmarked for a while but haven't made them yet. I was toying with subbing dates for the macadamia nuts. I think they sound good either way.

http://www.virtualteatime.com/muffins...

Jun 30, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

That's pretty close to the one my mom wrote down over 40 years ago! The differences: 1 1/4 cups sugar mixed with the butter; 2 1/2 cups blueberries with the 1/2 cup getting mashed then adding 2 more cups and no vanilla in hers. Also baked at 375 (it looks like it originally said 350 but she changed it! But it also says let cool in pan 30 minutes. I'm always so impatient I can't wait that long but I think these fall apart if you remove them hot.

Of course now that it's blueberry season and I'm drooling over this recipe I'm going to have to make them!

Jun 19, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

Good Blueberry Muffin Recipe

While that recipe looks tasty it's not the Jordan Marsh recipe. My mom had it, I'll try to find the original. One thing that stands out is in the Jordan Marsh recipe you smashed up some of the berries and mix them into the batter.

Jun 19, 2014
Jpan99 in Home Cooking

The Paula Deen Network..

Amen.

Jun 15, 2014
Jpan99 in Food Media & News

You Know It Isn't "Good Cuisine" But You Like It Just the Same, So There!

Most of my local groceries sell the unfrosted. They always have strawberry and usually brown sugar cinnamon and some even have the blueberry. Those are the only three unfrosted flavors they make. I'm in Mass. not sure where you live but you can buy them on Amazon but only in multiples.

Jun 15, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics

You Know It Isn't "Good Cuisine" But You Like It Just the Same, So There!

Yes, there are things I eat that I don't usually speak of to anyone. Most of them are haunts from my childhood that I can't shake and still have once in a while.

Like unfrosted Pop Tarts in strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon. Toasted and smeared with butter.

Kraft Mac & Cheese, original in the blue box. It really is gross but sometimes you just crave the taste.

I eat my share of bran cereal but I love Frosted Flakes.

Jun 13, 2014
Jpan99 in General Topics