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Sunday 1 pm dim sum best quality/wait time/overcrowding ratio

Agree with TimTamGirl - Winsor or one of the other places where you order from a menu, all of which are smaller than the big cart places. Besides Winsor, I also like Great Taste and Bubor Cha Cha.

By 1 PM I think the crowds should not be too bad at any place.

about 10 hours ago
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area
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Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Yes, they should be pitted first, but then can be put in a zipper bag with any juice that collects and frozen. To be honest, even when I get fresh sour cherries I almost always seem to find myself pitting and freezing the cherries and making my pie at a later date.

about 15 hours ago
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Bethlehem To Go (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8651...) seems to have abruptly transmogrified into K Town Chicken. Saw a new banner on the storefront as I passed on the bus last night. It looks like they're already up and running under the new name, but I think that happened just within the past few days.

1 day ago
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

Please please please. Just to clarify: this appears in the sidebar on individual thread pages - the header reads "New Community Conversations are here" and then below it lists the different post categories, and says
"DISCUSSION
"The web's food experts are ready to debate."

This is SUCH off-putting language. PLEASE change it.

On the main page for the boards, at the top where one can start a new post, the different categories are shown and if you hover over the little "Discussion" balloon, a pop-up reads "Looking for in-depth food conversation? Our knowledgable [sic] Community is ready to discuss (and sometimes debate) all things food." I'd prefer to lose the "debate" part altogether, but this is much less off-putting wording. Surely it would be possible to paraphrase this in eight words or so without challenging folks to a debate with "the web's food experts."

1 day ago
Allstonian in Site Talk
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Where to eat near the Doubletree?

China King is terrific, but the entrance is up two steps.

Jul 29, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Ongoing Feedback for New Conversation Types

Yes yes YES - weirdly, this is one problem that seems to be MUCH worse on desktop/laptop than on android/tablet. The difference between read and unread threads is barely perceptible.

Jul 29, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk
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Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

I bought frozen sour cherries at Berezka in Allston this afternoon. I was a bit unsure myself whether they were sweet or sour, but Google Translate helped me out. It appears that there are two different words for "cherry" in Russian; one is sweet cherries and the other is sour. Looks for the Russian label to say "вишня" ("vishnya").

We also saw fresh NY sour cherries at Russo's yesterday, but they seemed quite overripe so I passed on them.

Jul 28, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Quiet dinner near Northeastern

My standby in that neighborhood is always Brasserie JO. It's big and bustling but not loud, and I'm always happy with the food.

Jul 28, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Do you like or dislike the new format ?

Despise.

Jul 25, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk
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three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

I admit I've never taken the ferry, but I've walked to the PEM from the commuter rail stop and that doesn't look much closer, at least on a map.

Jul 23, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

I'm confused - why do you need to find transportation once arrived in Salem?

Jul 23, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast near airport

Small correction: Betty Ann is closed both Sundays and Mondays.

Jul 23, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

"Eat It Up: Food Talks" series

Jul 22, 2014
Allstonian in Northern New England

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

It sounds like spectra21 is looking specifically for dinner buffets, not brunch.

Jul 22, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

Disagree on the value of a visit to Salem. The Peabody Museum at Harvard (along with the other museums in the same complex, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which includes the famous glass flowers collection, and the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum) is one of my very favorites, and I spent countless hours there in my younger days. But it's not really anything like the PEM, which is also an excellent museum and well worth a visit. The PEM is not entirely unlike the ROM (although not as big), to put it in Torontonian terms.

As to the witch-related museums and tourist attractions, I agree, they are tacky in the extreme. But the open-air memorial to the victims of the witch trials (http://www.salemweb.com/memorial/memo...) is very moving, and I've enjoyed a stroll through the old cemetery that adjoins it. And the architecture in that part of town and around Salem Common makes a walking tour well worth your time.

Jul 22, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

It's probably no more than 15 minutes on the C line, even with traffic (depending on the time of day) - the Green line is a streetcar line, so stops are only a few blocks apart. Still, Washington Square is further than "a couple [of] stops." Since you're not local, I thought you deserved a heads-up so you wouldn't be preparing to jump off at every stop aboveground.

That said, a quick stop at ICOB before moving on to Ribelle sounds like a great idea.

Jul 22, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Responsibility

Interesting!

Jul 22, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Based on Jerseygirl111's other thread on this board, she'll be here this coming weekend.

Jul 21, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area
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Responsibility

Really? No cream in risotto or carbonara, for sure, but the recipe I use for Alfredo sauce, from Marcella Hazan, is cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Is that wrong?

Jul 21, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk

To the new Market Basket management team.

Speaking of unexpected actions, I was rather surprised by this report yesterday, also in the Globe:

"Seventeen elected Massachusetts officials on Saturday called for an immediate boycott of Market Basket supermarkets and announced support for employees and members of the public who have protested the ousting of Arthur T. Demoulas as president."

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014...

Jul 21, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

"ICOB has great drinks and a fine beer selection and then you are just a couple stops from Ribelle."

It's an easy shot on the C branch of the Green Line for sure, but just to be clear, "a couple stops" in this case = 9.

Jul 21, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Thank you for this concise run-down of a bit more of the background on this dispute.

Jul 21, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area
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three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Do you mean Bread + Butter? I don't think they have Italian pastry there.

Jul 20, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

This is nonsensical.

Jul 19, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

Link? Thanks.

Jul 19, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893705

Not all boulangeries are patisseries. Not all patisseries are boulangeries. The La Boulange chain in SF does appear to be both, but it's in SF, so I honestly don't see why it should be considered pertinent to this discussion at all.

This thread demonstrates that there are MANY fine boulangeries in Boston and the surrounding towns, some of which are also producing some fine Viennoiseries. I agree that the city could use a good French patisserie, particularly since I still vividly remember the days of Delphin's Gourmandise in Coolidge Corner. But even on that front I strongly disagree that we suffer from a "sad crappy bakery scene."

Jul 19, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

No, the Stars were all converted to Shawses some years back, but then Shaw's discovered that there was strong local loyalty to the "Star" name/brand (as in, I think there were a lot of Boston-area people who never adopted the name "Shaw's" for the renamed locations) so now they're reverting a lot of those back to Stars.

Jul 18, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

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

Ha! So did I! One more example of why I truly wish folks would think twice about using abbreviations and/or initials. This kind of "shorthand" is not as clear as people think it is.

Jul 18, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Kneading Conference

Jul 17, 2014
Allstonian in Northern New England

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Will try to check them out at some point but that's neither in my immediate neighborhood nor even an area I pass through on a regular basis. What all did they have? Any idea of their hours?

Jul 16, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area
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