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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.

1 day ago
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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?

1 day ago
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Breakfast near airport

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

1 day ago
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"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
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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
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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
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Responsibility

Interesting!

Jul 22, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

This is nonsensical.

Jul 19, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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July 2014 Openings and Closings

What is it named?

Jul 16, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Is there something going on with the site for iphone again?

Same here,both on my Android phone and on my tablet.

Jul 15, 2014
Allstonian in Site Talk

searching for great ginger ale

??? So am I. I think you may have mis-read it. See the link in my post.

Jul 15, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

searching for great ginger ale

There is no H-Mart in Amherst. It appears that Bruce Cost ginger ale is sold at Atkins Farm in Amherst, and at H-Mart in Burlington (and possibly also in the Cambridge H-Mart.)
http://www.freshgingerale.com/where-t...

Jul 15, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Seafood dump on the table in Boston

Probably better to post this on HisHungry's other thread, over here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982406

Jul 14, 2014
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Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

Oh dear. I'm not getting how that's significantly different from Tavern IN the Square or White Horse Tavern. Just what the neighborhood doesn't really need more of...

Jul 14, 2014
Allstonian in Greater Boston Area

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

Be VERY careful not to park illegally anywhere in that area (in private lots of businesses that are closed for the day, in the Walgreen's lot, etc.) There is a nearby towing company that patrols the neighborhood and tows aggressively, and I guarantee that your convivial evening out will be ruined if you find yourself having to cough up $100 plus - cash only - to get your car out of hock.

It might be worth calling Lulu's to ask whether they have parking in a lot nearby.

That said, I live in the neighborhood but haven't eaten there yet. A couple of Yelp reviews that mention that the place has a bouncer checking IDs *at the door* rather than at table makes me think that they're not exactly positioning themselves as a restaurant.

Jul 14, 2014
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searching for great ginger ale

Per Google, at H-Mart.

Jul 13, 2014
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Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

Yes! Had these for the first time just recently and they were wonderful.

Jul 12, 2014
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