Allstonian's Profile

Title Last Reply

T.W. Food: An Expensive Adventure Pays Off

Looks like it's back on the menu:

about 11 hours ago
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

October 2014 Openings and Closings

Both Swissbäkers and Clear Flour have offered pretzel croissants for some time (Swissbäkers regularly, Clear Flour only occasionally.) It is basically a plain croissant washed in a food-grade lye solution before baking, as for pretzels, and topped with a sprinkling of pretzel salt.

about 14 hours ago
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

The last time we ate at Hungry Mother, we were initially seated next to a really raucous group, and the staff were incredibly gracious about moving us to a quieter table.

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

The main dining room at Bronwyn can be pretty loud (admittedly the last time we were there it was during Oktoberfest and there was a live band in the room!), but if you eat at the bar it's not at all bad. Also the food is awesome.

Chilli Garden?

Yes, I was so baffled by that description of super hot dishes at Jo Jo Taipei that I half wondered whether opinionatedchef was confusing them with a different restaurant. Not least because her original review mentions no such problem:

Key & Peele - Macedonian Cafe

Words cannot encompass how much I loved this sketch, as both a food nerd and a Balkans nerd.

Oct 27, 2014
Allstonian in Food Media & News

White Mountain Creamery in Wellesley MA has shut down

BTW, just FYI, has changed their policies on links (in fact, they added a new "Link" format for posting.) See this in the FAQ:

Ads That Play Automatically

Mucinex ad (charming!) just started auto-playing out of the blue.

Oct 24, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk

November 2014 Openings and Closings

Way back when, before it was Rosie's, that was Tea-Tray in the Sky. Two doors down from Joie de Vivre.

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

Fei Fan Eatery (the Japanese hot dog place) closed about a year and a half ago.

October 2014 Openings and Closings

Curry leaves

Why do you prefer dried? My understanding was that curry leaf loses almost all flavor when dried, but I admit I've only ever used fresh.

I've bought my fresh curry leaf at Russo's. I would expect that they also have it at Waltham India Market. Waltham India is probably a best bet for dried as well.

Silly debate going on... What was the People's Republic in Cambridge called before...

The Q&A format does not allow for response to other answers, unfortunately.

Jack's was further towards Harvard Square, near Mass. Ave. and Bay Street; the building burnt down in 1987 and was replaced by condos.

There were several Fatherses, not just in Kenmore - in fact, before Wonderbar was Bunratty's, it was a Father's. I don't remember People's Republik being a Father's, but it definitely was Drumlins.

Apple cider donuts?

Yes, that's where they are normally sold fresh and warm (and yes, 6 to a bag.) I wonder if they pre-made a bunch for early sales? The ones I've gotten at that window in the past have always been fresh and good - it would be a shame if that has changed!

Apple cider donuts?

I don't want to eat either feathers or baby skin!

The Cider Hill donuts are not actually made from a dough, but from a batter, which is dolloped into the hot oil in a ring shape by a very cool machine which does the whole cooking process.

Best Place to Get an Eggplant Sub?

Useful update on Caruso's since this is a very old thread that got bumped recently. Kingbee's post recommending Caruso's was written in March of 2007.

best deli corned beef and pastrami

Jenny Ondioline and I liked the pastrami fine (we may just not be huge pastrami fans), but LOVED the corned beef.

Rainbow cookies, in the North End (Boston)

It's my understanding that the rainbow cookies are a pain to make, and that most bakeries that sell them actually buy them from bigger commercial bakeries. I got some from Modern a couple of weeks ago. I dare say you can get them at any of the North End bakeries, and chances are that they all come from the same source.

Any hidden gems for culinary gardening?

Glad you're enjoying them! Our one plant is still going strong as well.

Chocolatier, pastry shop or anyone making jimmies/sprinkles/hagelslag?

I don't know if anyone sells them locally, but King Arthur Flour sells real chocolate jimmies made by Guittard.

Keurig Coffee Maker

I'm appalled at the waste involved in K-cups. (I also don't think much of the coffee quality, myself, but it's the packaging waste that's the dealbreaker for me.)

Onion ring rec

I think part of the problem is that there are so many bad versions of #3. We've had a good rendition of that style at John Harvard's in Harvard Square, which I liked a lot.

A Tale of Two Donut Shops (long)

I finally got around to reading "Distressing Accident." You have nailed it! (Also, great piece - many thanks for the link.)

Christmas Dinner 2014 reservations

Where will you be staying?

Who's featuring local (New England) cheeses?

On October 28, L'Espalier's weekly Cheese Tuesday series will feature Massachussetts cheeses:

A Tale of Two Donut Shops (long)

It's pretty confusing for sure, but as far as I can tell, the message is that pie is the best kind of donut.

Out of town friends visiting for a weekend - help with ideas

The neighborhood is swarming with college kids any weekend night, which can be a bit tiresome for grown-ups. I prefer eating out on a weeknight myself. I honestly don't know whether the Head of the Charles will make it significantly worse.

Also, much as it grieves me to say so, since I hate it when people dismiss Allston dining altogether because of parking issues, but juliapfel specifically said that they would be driving in from the burbs, and parking will be a challenge.

Your first-ever Boston T restaurant map

Yeah, the only argument I can see in favor of Blu over actual Chinatown is that it's a lot closer. But for the Tufts stop, Dumpling Cafe is literally around the corner from Jacob Wirth, and while I've had some really fun visits to Wirth's, I know where I'd go for quality cooking.

Blood Farm Groton

I've been googling regularly to follow the news, but I missed this from a couple of weeks ago - woo hoo!!!!!!

Out of town friends visiting for a weekend - help with ideas

Indeed. This is actually one of the things that I *love* about Bronwyn - it's not just "German food in amber" for those nostalgic about some memory of the cuisine, nor does it offer three or four wursts plus sauerbraten and Wiener schnitzel and call it at that. Instead, it's a very modern, wide-ranging take on German and Central European food. (With a lot of small plates options, BTW.)