h

hckybg's Profile

Title Last Reply

4 days in Santa Fe - Report on what I've eaten so far, plus advice sought!

Not New Mexican, but at Jambo Cafe I had one of the best meals I have had in New Mexico. There is certainly East African in Boston, but this is still worth a stop. And it has something of the kind and friendly atmosphere of Baraka Cafe, which I miss pretty much every day!

Also, I'd recommend making an afternoon visit to Kakawa Chocolate House, near the Santa Fe plaza, which has wonderful drinking chocolate. Not Burdick's style, but equally good in its genre.

Jul 27, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
1

Frost Gelato opened in ABQ (ahem, in 2013) and it's excellent

Agree 100%! It is a regular stop of mine, and I also think it is the best ice cream we have found here.

Jul 21, 2015
hckybg in Southwest

Eloisa in Santa Fe

I think you mean the Drury Plaza Hotel. The Drury Lane Hotel is where the Muffin Man lives! ;) Thanks for the review--it looks like a nice place and sounds like it is worth it, with some caveats.

Jul 18, 2015
hckybg in Southwest

Santa Fe and Albuquerque

The green chile cheeseburger at Monte Carlo Steakhouse is also quite good, and if you like a 70s steakhouse ambiance, that's a bonus too. It is a nice place in a roadhousey, comfortable kind of way.

Also, meeps2002, I see you are a Bostonian, as I used to be (and so did finlero, a frequent poster on this board). I miss the city's exciting food scene and the New England region's cuisine. We don't have anything like the Chinese restaurants of Boston, nor great seafood. But Vietnamese is a strength here, as is New Mexican, as you surely realize. Definitely get a breakfast burrito while you are here. The Frontier is nothing fancy but has a good b.b., and I am sure others have their favorites. Duran Central Pharmacy also does the classics well, as ninrn mentions (they have another restaurant too, Duran Station). Many locals like dishes with both red and green chile ("Christmas"), which is a good way to enjoy both. If you want a change of pace, Kokoro is a very sweet and excellent Japanese restaurant. Banh Mi Coda is a great bakery with banh mi and spring rolls. And while I can't find a single craft cocktail bar in this entire city, microbreweries are a real strength and several are excellent. I like Marble best, as well as La Cumbre, but there are many favorites. Have a good visit!

Jun 18, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
1

Coffee Roaster in ABQ

I just went to Velvet Coffeehouse in Old Town (Albuquerque) for the first time today. It opened a couple months ago but I hadn't heard about it. It definitely moved up to the top spot on my favorites list, alongside Prosum. They use Iconik beans and pull a very good espresso. Although Albuquerque has an increasing number of interesting coffeeshops, my complaint has been very irregular barista quality--but the owner here is very skilled. Medium roasts and interesting single origins, as well as excellent baked goods and breakfast burritos made in house. They have a beautiful setting in one of the courtyards, with outside seating. I hope Old Town can get more of these interesting businesses that serve locals, since it is one of our few pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.

Mar 07, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
2

Awesome spring rolls in ABQ/SF?

Ah, sorry to hear it didn't measure up! I haven't been to your favorites yet so will be sure to do that. Banh Mi Coda is high on my list but every time I am there it is a Thursday or Friday and I can't resist the dumpling pop-up. Please update as you work your way through Vietnamese here. It is definitely a great strength and there are too many places to try them all easily.

Feb 18, 2015
hckybg in Southwest

Awesome spring rolls in ABQ/SF?

Pho 79 in Albuquerque has very good fresh spring rolls (as well as a generally excellent menu and very friendly service). Have you been there? If so, how does it rank on your list?

Feb 12, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
1

Coffee Roaster in ABQ

Endorse this 100%. Prosum is the only roaster we have found that matches the national roasters you mention or other niche regional roasters (Barismo, Cuvee, Heart, etc.) that take a lighter approach, offer single-origins, and flavor-forward espresso. We have had very good success with Cindy's beans in both at-home espresso and various brewing methods by the cup (usually Aeropress). She also pulls very good espresso at the shop.

Beyond all that, she also *puts the roast date on the bags.* At this point, that practice should be standard but we have found no other local roaster that does this. When one is pulling espresso, it is crucial and I bought a lot of stale (and over roasted) coffee elsewhere before I found Prosum. I just hope she expands her hours, so that it is even more accessible (though she did tell us she should be selling at Whole Foods soon, and Humble, which I haven't yet tried, uses her beans for at least some of their coffee).

Jan 21, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
1

Santa Fe Talin Market's Crazily Awesome Monday-only "Pop-up Dumpling Bar"

Sweet! I must get there soon. I had a great dish with smoked tofu last time; the name didn't really describe the dish but it was excellent.

Jan 21, 2015
hckybg in Southwest

Santa Fe Talin Market's Crazily Awesome Monday-only "Pop-up Dumpling Bar"

Just once, and didn't order the XLB. How are they? Gourmet Dumpling House/Dumpling Cafe level, or at least a good enough alternative?

Yes, this area is definitely Boston's equal in regional cuisine, though in an entirely different flavor. Not even close at the high end, however, but I never could afford that in Boston anyways. But we have done pretty well at the middle end: recent great meals at Jennifer James 101 in Albuquerque and Jambo Cafe in Santa Fe. Nothing will replace Strip T's or Bondir or East by Northeast in my heart, but I do appreciate the unique things you can find here.

P.S. I remembered your upside-down avatar immediately when I saw it! That stuck in my mind, apparently.

Jan 20, 2015
hckybg in Southwest

Santa Fe Talin Market's Crazily Awesome Monday-only "Pop-up Dumpling Bar"

It *is* great, maybe my favorite restaurant in Albuquerque right now. We went for the second time last week and were thrilled both times. As others have said, the family is Sichuanese and gives me my fix (which I have only otherwise found here on the "secret" Sichuan menu at Pacific Paradise). The young man who works there actually said the beef noodle soup is his favorite dish, but I have yet to try it. But the mala cucumbers and the dumplings are great, and I enjoyed the buns too. Next time, the soup and dan dan noodles.

Also, finlero, you probably don't remember me but I remember you--I lived in Boston for a long time and was active on the great Chowhound board there. I moved to NM fairly recently. It is nice to cross paths with you again!

Jan 19, 2015
hckybg in Southwest
2

Puritan and Co.

Bondir is also just not that expensive. With the half-portions, two people could order four things for dinner and share a dessert and it would be about 50/person. I was disappointed when I saw the prices at Puritan & Co. I still hope to try it, but knowing that I can have a cheaper and excellent meal at East by Northeast, Bondir, or Tupelo means that I am unlikely to rush there.

Dec 08, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

A Tale of Two Visions: Shanghai Gate versus Menton

I still haven't stopped thinking about the mole burrito I had at Villa Mexico a few months ago. That thing had more horsepower per cylinder than perhaps anything else I ate in Boston this year.

Dec 07, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

December 2012 Openings and Closings

See you there?

Dec 05, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Charge for still water and no bread [moved from Boston]

Bondir has a very nice bread basket but do not charge for it. I guess I could see a place putting bread on the menu and charging if you order it--makes total sense. I'd be very miffed if a place put bread on the table and charged for it, or the same for water. But as others have pointed out, this post does seem a bit fishy so maybe we are all wasting our time on it.

Nov 29, 2012
hckybg in Not About Food

Charge for still water and no bread [moved from Boston]

For decades, American restaurants have provided bread at no charge. And all along, it has been common for European restaurants to charge a small fee for such things (but, as the earlier poster noted, the expectation is that the diner will tip less). It is a bit odd to make it sound like it is an unusual expectation to have "complimentary" bread at a finer restaurant. This isn't a question of going to the Olive Garden if you want such things. If the OP has given us all the details, it is a question of why a restaurant has suddenly decided to charge for something that it is unusual to charge for at American restaurants. I think that is a totally reasonable question.

Nov 29, 2012
hckybg in Not About Food

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Yeah...I didn't want to be too picky, but this is undoubtedly true. He has demonstrated skill at attracting hype, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say. I am more interested in Bronwyn, which offers a new concept for the area. Puritan & Co. reads to me as much less original, but I do enjoy that style of food too.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Puritan & Co. is supposed to open in Inman any day now. The menu has been posted here (as a PDF):
http://www.urbandaddy.com/uploads/ass...

I am sure it will be tasty but I must say that I was surprised by the price point. Soups in the low teens and ten dollar desserts are unusual for this area. Even East Coast Grill has several cheap options among a more expensive menu. This was one of the mistakes that seemed to doom Benatti, but perhaps Gilson's reputation will help. It will be busy in the short run, regardless.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

It's about time someone reserved spots for the exotic car owners who love to dine out but feel discriminated against.

Nov 28, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Mario Batali opening a restaurant in Boston?

I've had good meals at Pizzeria Mozza and the Eataly pizzeria as well, and a great meal at Del Posto. As much as celebrity chefs annoy us onlookers, he has a pretty good track record.

Nov 27, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

Shouldn't there be reserved spots for Fiat 500's since that is conceivably where the name came from, or at least what it most immediately brings to mind?

Nov 27, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Booo for Mooo

It was just a little satire/teasing, neither of which are out of line.

Nov 16, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Booo for Mooo

How were the portions?

Nov 16, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

The Beacon Street location is much more cleared out than I expected only two days into the sale. I would estimate that about a third of the inventory is gone, and by the time I left this morning, almost every single cart was in use. So I would guess there won't be much left after today. The employees did, indeed, seem very sad. And I couldn't help but notice all the things that are well priced there, including spices, canned goods, cage-free eggs, and yogurt, and all the things I like that I won't be able to get at Whole Foods, including Chex Mix, normal hot dogs, and Eggo waffles.

Nov 04, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

I would suggest that for the people who go to Johnny's to buy salt cod or linguica, or for the staff who have worked there their entire careers, or for the folks who go there every day to play the lottery, it is not just a grocery store. And if you did understand the sense of loss that accompanies change, then perhaps you would undertand that it is not in fact just a sense. Nobody is saying that we should picket Whole Foods. I'm only pointing out that this change resonates in a real way for a lot of people, where you seem to see it through a pretty clinical view. And since we already have a Whole Foods in Inman, where I do my shopping each week alongside my shopping at Johnny's, it seems more than a little silly that we are getting a second Whole Foods.

Nov 01, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

It is absolutely about economic equality, but that wasn't actually my major point in my post. As itaunas said, this is a food board and my response grew out of a sense that Johnny's has served as more than a grocery store for many Somervillians, as grocery stores do in many communities. I don't have a problem with Whole Foods per se, but happen to live in a neighborhood where we already have a Whole Foods and getting another will mean a major loss of convenience and community for many of my neighbors, who actually bear a lot more responsibility for the quality of this neighborhood than do yuppies like me. Your viewpoint seems to derive from the sense that a neighborhood gets "better" when it becomes more affluent, in part because that means your home is worth more money. I happen to see a neighborhood as "better" when it provides for many kinds of people. Johnny's is a profit-driven company and the owners want to get out of the business--fine. Nobody is stopping them. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a sense of loss among people who depended on it for many things. I have a lot of empathy for those people. You asked why many people on this board are frustrated by the acquisition, and this is one answer to that question.

Nov 01, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

On the rise for whom? More desirable for whom? For my Somerville neighbors who go to Johnny's every morning to see their friends, or to buy groceries that they can afford on fixed incomes? I am fortunate that I can afford to shop at Whole Foods if I need to, but I also understand that there is more to a neighborhood than whether my home is worth more than it used to be. I'd rather know that I am living in a diverse and inclusive place where all residents, old and new, can feel like they belong. I like Inman Square because I can eat at East by Northeast or S&S, or I can shop at Johnny's, or Whole Foods, or the Marxist convenience store, or Boutique Fabulous, or the Catholic goods store. You say "on the rise" like that is an objective concept, but it is not. It is a metaphor that describes a neighborhood becoming more to the taste of affluent people. But besides the sheer oddness of having two Whole Foods within ten minutes of Inman Square, as we will soon have, I don't personally like to see neighborhoods that become all one thing, especially if that means that nice people who have made the neighborhood what it is can no longer live comfortably there. I will add, just for the sake of evidence, that every neighbor I have talked to about this, from all stripes, has expressed the same frustration and sadness.

Oct 31, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Globe reports Whole Foods looking to buy chunk of Johnnie's Foodmaster stores

Hear, hear.

Oct 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

Trina’s Starlite Lounge

Trina's is much quieter on weekdays, though as the others said it tends to get loud as the drinks flow. I disagree that Parlor Sports is louder though. I usually meet people at Parlor when I want to be able to have a conversation, including on a Saturday night when both the baseball playoffs and college football were on every TV. They don't blast music and only play one audio at a time, so I find it much easier to hear there.

Oct 29, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area

October 2012 Openings and Closings

I just saw today that Barismo is moving a couple doors town, to a bigger space that will have seating and some baked goods, presumably from Dwelltime.

Also, I had to laugh at the post above, that the Kazakhstan edition of A4 had snotty baristas. In a world of differences, I am glad some things are true anywhere!

Oct 14, 2012
hckybg in Greater Boston Area