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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Great idea! I think I will go to Costco (which treats its employees well) and get some water and snacks for the picketers. Too late to do it today but perhaps tomorrow or Friday?

about 12 hours ago
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Indonesian market

It's almost 2.5 years later, but I wanted to say THANK YOU for this post. I needed candlenuts (aka kemiri nuts or kukui nuts) for a recipe. China Merchandise had exactly what I needed.

Funny thing, I used to shop there sometimes when I worked near the Burlington Mall. Back then, China Merchandise had a large selection of Chinese groceries, plus the other nationalities you mention. Now, however, it is primarily Indian. I would look elsewhere if my goal was strictly Chinese ingredients, but for Indonesian, it is the best source I have seen in the area.

Thank you Chowhound for being an amazing source of help!

1 day ago
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I will definitely boycott them. Arthur T (the CEO who was kicked out) was doing a great job - better than average margin for the company, great prices and quality for consumers, and good jobs for the people who worked there. What's going on now is a perfect example of what can go wrong when a few individuals are motivated by greed and revenge.

We do get to vote with our dollars, though. This afternoon I stopped by Hannafords in Walthm instead of making a trip to the Burlington MB.

Jul 21, 2014
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two-bite bastilla

Saffron comes from a special variety of crocus (a flower). Mace is the outer covering of a nutmeg seed. Saffron and mace do not come from the same plant. Perhaps you were thinking of some other substitution?

Jul 21, 2014
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I was very put off by the $1.99/pound onions but it was a cooking emergency with no time to go elsewhere. The bagged onions were $2.49 for 2 pounds - less exorbitant than the loose ones but still ridiculously priced. I gritted my teeth and bought a bag while promising myself that it would be a long, long time before I tried shopping at Shaws again regardless of the name on the sign.

Jul 20, 2014
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

After hearing many reports about Star -> Shaws (horrible) -> Star (improved from Shaws), I checked out my local (Waverly Square, Belmont) Star. Yes it is cleaner but the prices are still absurd. $1.99 for a pound of regular (loose, ordinary yellow) onions? Give me a break. It is still worth the time and gasoline to drive to the Burlington MB (or, if I am only looking for produce, Russo's or even Wilson's).

Jul 19, 2014
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Kate's Buttermilk

I saw it at the Burlington MB about a week and a half ago.

Jul 16, 2014
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Pecan Crescent Cookies .. Do you have a favorite recipe?

Those are devine! They break easily, so you have to be careful when packing them into a container. Soooo good.

Jul 12, 2014
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June 2014 Openings and Closings

http://belmont.wickedlocal.com/articl...

Not much more info than on the website, but there's a mention of Montreal bagels. Unfortunately they are getting only one shipment a week. Real NYC bagels go stale in a day. Wonder how long Montreal bagels keep?

Jul 08, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

It's beginning to look like west coast locations have the Tuscan Olive Oil but eastern stores do not. Hmmm.

Jun 28, 2014
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June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

To expand a bit on LindaWhit's answer, a CSA is an arrangement between you and a farm. Typically you pay in advance for a season and what you get depends on the harvest. There are CSAs for produce (usually weekly distributions from June-October), fish, and meat in the Boston area. There are different styles of operation. For example, take produce CSAs. In many cases, you go to a pick-up point once a week and get a box or bag that has been pre-packed for you. Other produce CSAs work more like a market, where you get to choose a certain number or amount of items from a variety that is available. Usually a CSA share is sized to be enough for a family. Some CSAs also sell half-shares. If you search on the Boston board you will find threads discussing experiences with various CSAs in the area.

Jun 24, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

Where, oh where, has the Kirkland Tuscan olive oil gone? It's been missing from the Waltham MA store for about a month now. When I first asked an employee about this he was as surprised as I was. Anyone know if they have run out of the 2013 harvest? Or is this purely a local matter?

Jun 18, 2014
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Farm fresh eggs?

Do you have to go to the mothership to get Shaw Farm butter? I can get their cream at Wilson Farms in Lexington, and sometimes score some non-homogenized Shaw Farm milk (delicious!), but I have never seen their butter anywhere in my area (Belmont/Arlington/Lexington nexus). Chip 'N Farm also has their milk. Do I have to make a trek to Dracut?

Jun 13, 2014
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June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

You will not be disappointed!

Here is a hint about the pickup. Google maps shows the address a bit further down the road than the entrance to the farm. If you go past Verrill Farm then turn right onto route 117, the entrance comes BEFORE where Google puts it on the map. Look for a small parking area along the left side of the road. The driveway is at the far end of the parking area (as you are driving along). My preference is to go down the driveway and park at the bottom of the hill. There is always room there. It is not so much about the walk down and up the hill. I just hate backing out of that parking area onto route 117.

Jun 09, 2014
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June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

That raspberry infusion is sooo good. My favorite way to use it is in salad dressings (with almond oil, some salt and pepper, maybe something like some thyme). However you don't have to go to the farm to buy it. I have seen it (very recently) at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods (almost wrote Bread & Circus!), by the refrigerated salad dressings.

Jun 09, 2014
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June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Yes, you have to order in advance. I believe they still may have a few available for July. You probably should not wait to check and see. Sometimes there are extra birds, but they are only available to people who have already ordered.

The chickens are very fresh. The usual practice has been to "harvest" the chickens on Saturday and distribute them on Sunday. I think this most recent time they may have done the chicken processing on Friday, as they (for the first time) used a processor in Rhode Island. However they will be back to doing it themselves in July.

Very rarely people miss a pick up or there are so many extra birds in a batch that some remain unsold. In those cases the chickens are frozen and offered for sale in the Pete and Jen's honor-system "mini-store", just down the road from Verrill Farm. It's worth checking out on its own merits. They have fresh eggs daily from their own flock, their pork and lamb, and beef from Wheelview Farm (in Vermont) along with things like frozen packages of chicken feet (great for soup or for making into a dim sum dish), pure rendered lard (regular and leaf), etc. I think you need to email them to get access to the store. At least that was the procedure back when I started going there.

Jun 09, 2014
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June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

There's lots of action going on in my neck of the woods:

The Belmont Farmer's Market opens for the season this Thursday.

Waltham Fields Community Farm has its first distribution starting on Wednesday. They have warned that the first week will be slim pickings due to the weather this year.

I just picked up a Freedom Ranger chicken from Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds (Sudbury).

Jun 08, 2014
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Arlington Greek Festival this weekend (June 6, 7 and 8)

No, everything else from prior years seems to still be there. They still do have grills going (sausage and kabobs, I think) and the roast lamb plate that I got was very good.

Jun 08, 2014
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Arlington Greek Festival this weekend (June 6, 7 and 8)

No lamb (or pig) on a spit this year. A friend and I went yesterday evening and were so disappointed! It was not a matter of running out. It's completely gone from the menu. <weep>

Jun 07, 2014
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June 2014 Openings and Closings

Hmmmm....

While I am not sad to see Mimi's gone, the Bellmont Caffe website is hardly encouraging.

www.bellmontcaffe.com

Haven't tried it yet, though. Anyone have a report?

Jun 05, 2014
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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

I've seen Narragansett yogurt at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. It's not with the other yogurts. It's over by the cheese department, up on a high shelf near the fresh mozzerella, etc.

May 29, 2014
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Costco Food Finds - 2nd Quarter 2014

I've seen no evidence of this at the Waltham MA Costco.

May 27, 2014
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My Other Kitchen - Pleasant St. in Belmont

For those who remember Andros Diner, it's the same people.

May 15, 2014
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Comfy cozy resturant for dinner Watertown, Belmont, Lexington, Arlington?

Kitchen on Common is a hidden gem. I think of it as a place that's perfect for a meal when you just are too tired to cook but want something nice and reasonably priced. Parking is on-street but rarely is a problem. You can even take the T (#73 bus). The menu is short but sweet. The ambiance is nothing special, so maybe not a great place to take a date but definitely in the zone for dinner with old friends.

Apr 26, 2014
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Cantonese Restaurants

Oh my, back in the 70s when I was a student we would go to a movie screening on campus and then head to Yee Hong Guey for late-night food. This was back in the days of the combat zone, so if the meal was boring one could always watch the action outside. Heh heh.

Apr 26, 2014
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Best delivery pizza around Cambridge?

Agree, the OP should definitely check out Armando's. They serve my favorite pizza in Cambridge. It's pretty darn close to NY pizza. Love the thin but not too thin crust. Just the right amount of sauce. Yum.

Mar 26, 2014
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2014 Food Truck Schedule for Boston released

Based on another mention on a different thread, I visited the Pennypackers storefront location (Medford Street in Magoun Square, Somerville) several weeks ago. The porchetta sandwiches are to die for. Others whom I have since introduced have given thumbs up to two other sandwiches (roast beef and artichoke salad) that are on their rotation.

Mar 26, 2014
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March 2014 Openings and Closings

What a shame. I have a friend in Lexington who has been known to be... shall we say... reluctant to try new things. (Other characteristics make up for this!) Khushboo was on the list of approved menus... As for me, I enjoyed their selection of breads, which seemed to be a much wider variety than most Indian restaurants, even the ones on Moody Street in Waltham.

Mar 22, 2014
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New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

Scored some this afternoon at the Burlington MB. There were several units of half sours on the shelf...

Mar 20, 2014
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New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

Thanks! Sadly, not my usual stomping ground. I will look for them in Burlington...

Mar 12, 2014
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