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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

Actually, except for that mention in the headline, the news release mostly refers to document verification and I-9 violations. I still think it's very unclear whether every business fined was guilty of the the same violations, given the very wide range of fines relative to the numbers of documents in question for each fine levied.

1 day ago
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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

Which still suggests that MB's violations, while large in number, may have been comparatively minor in degree.

1 day ago
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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

I'm puzzled as to why two businesses listed were hit with substantial fines ($8360 and $10,000) when they had NO suspect documents.

1 day ago
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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

That article is spectacularly uninformative. Yes, the Ashland Market Basket received a $38,000+ fine for some kind of problem with the documents of 119 employees. But that averages out to about $325 per violation, whereas another business was fined nearly $6600 for violations on only 2 employees, and another was fined $7000 for 6 employees. Without more details about the specific violations and the breakdown of the fines, that suggests that the Market Basket violations, while related to many more workers, may have been comparatively minor.

There is no evidence in the article that the violations have anything to do with undocumented workers, rather than with bad record keeping. If you have more detailed information about the specific nature of the fines, please provide it.

1 day ago
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Soul fire in Brighton

"Major slammed"? "Swimming in a pool of fire"? Here's the thread about the Soul Fire wings:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857942

There are a LOT of digressions in this thread, and a lot of discussion among other posters that doesn't really have much to do with your own comments, but I don't see anybody being horrible to you about calling the wings BBQ, just a bunch of explanations of why they aren't, in fact, BBQ, even if they are dressed with BBQ sauce.

The closest thing I saw to "major slamming" was the argument about whether or not the wings at Buff's are better than what any corner pizzeria in upstate New York sells, but that certainly wasn't directed at you.

Apr 16, 2014
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Late night eats and drinks ( after midnight) on a Thursday night in Kendall SQ. or vicinity

Given that the OP already said that Central Square was too far away, it seems unlikely that Union Square or Harvard Square would work.

Apr 16, 2014
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Taro Chips near Boston?

Odd - I did a search specifically for the taro chips and they list B&C's distribution center in Everett, and the B&C on Washington Street in Brookline, but no other branches (at least when I search w/in 10 miles of Allston.)

On the other hand, they list pretty much every Stop & Shop and Shaw's/Star in the Boston area. I will try to remember to check my local Star when I have a chance.

Apr 15, 2014
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A tasting of local French macarons: Formaggio Kitchen, Whole Foods, Tous Les Jour, Violette Bakery

Humid weather might well damage the texture, but I can't see how it would render the macarons flavorless.

Apr 14, 2014
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Whole belly clams vs. strips

The Clam Box? I love their belly clams (although not a fan of the big bellies.) Jenny Ondioline, who is Not From Here, prefers their clam strips. I have tasted them myself, and they are very good. I still prefer belly clams but am happy to acknowledge that there is room for both in the world.

Apr 12, 2014
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Help me find a dairy-free chocolate Easter bunny

Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline Village has both milk and dark chocolate bunnies, and their website specifically states that the dark chocolate ones are dairy free. The ones in this link are big 10-ounce bunnies at $15 apiece, but I know that they have smaller ones as well.
http://www.serenadechocolatier.com/ea...

Apr 09, 2014
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30 Yrs of Michael's Deli?

Ah, here's the explanation: it started out in Marblehead in 1977, and moved to Brookline in 2002.
http://michaelsdelibrookline.com/our-...

Apr 09, 2014
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Date Nut Bread

I thought this request rang a bell! Here's a thread from a couple of years ago with a handful of suggestions:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8468...

Apr 08, 2014
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ISO japanese curry roux blocks

I had a gut feeling it had to do with apples...
http://justhungry.com/house-vermont-c...

Apr 08, 2014
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Best dessert in Brookline

And which *is* your favorite Party Favors cake? I've never had anything but straight yellow or chocolate cake from there.

Apr 07, 2014
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Arak?

I've seen arak at Martignetti's in Brighton. No recommendations about brands, sorry.

Apr 06, 2014
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M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

I am genuinely baffled by your parenthetical comment about the waiter's "aloof demeanor." Why would his sex have anything to do with it?

Apr 06, 2014
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KA Pie Filling Enhancer?

Using Minute (instant) tapioca rather than pearls helps a lot with this - I had no problems with globules.

Apr 04, 2014
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KA Pie Filling Enhancer?

For a juicy fruit pie filling - cherries, maybe blueberries, super-juicy peaches - tapioca seems excellent. The recipe I used was from the KA Baking Companion - it called for 6 cups of canned or frozen cherries, drained, plus 3/4 cup of the drained juice and 1/4 cup of tapioca, which you mix together and let sit for 20 minutes before adding to the cherries and assembling the pie. (Along with sugar etc. added to the cherries.)

I got the perfect level of set in the filling - just firm enough for clean slices that didn't melt out of the crust overnight, but not solid. Possibly my best cherry pie to date.

Apr 04, 2014
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Anywhere for good, legit Japanese style Ramen?

I just looked at those results, and they are singularly unhelpful. Most of them appear to mention ramen only in passing.

koalb, there are a few ramen places around - Yume Wo Katare and Sapporo in Porter Square, Inaka and Pikaichi in Allston, to mention just a few. Not sure about those runny yolk eggs, though - the seasoned eggs I've had in my ramen were all almost but not quite hard-cooked, definitely not runny.

Apr 04, 2014
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KA Pie Filling Enhancer?

I bought it once, but didn't care for the fact that it's got sugar in it (made it harder to calibrate sweetness of my pies), plus I thought it thickened some fruit pie fillings *too* much. Haven't tried clearjel.

I just made a pie with frozen sour cherries using minute tapioca, and was very pleased with the results of that.

Apr 04, 2014
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John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

The link does not appear to work. What is the name of the FB page?

Apr 04, 2014
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Boston restaurant reviews will suffer?

bostonglobe.com has quite a bit of food writing every week - it seems unlikely that that would go away. What is disappearing is the biweekly chat - Devra had one Tuesday, and said that she had asked that The Powers That Be let her know before her last one, so on may hope that there's at least one more to come. (On the other hand, Miss Conduct said that her chat yesterday was the last one.)

Apr 03, 2014
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Birthday Dinner-Allston

Not actually opened yet - according to their website, the "anticipated opening" is this coming weekend.
http://www.glenvillestops.com/

Here's some more information:
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaur...

Apr 02, 2014
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Does anyone know what's happening with Cafe Brazil in Allston?

Sorry - you are out of luck. Cafe Brazil is long gone, soon to be replaced by Lulu's Allston:
http://www.lulusallston.com/index.html

I don't think there's a know opening date yet.

Apr 02, 2014
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April 2014 Openings and Closings

Made from this, one would presume:
SOUPS
7 WILD GAME CHILI
local cheddar, scallions, sour cream, baguette

While the wild game/venison chili served at the annual wild game supper in Bradford VT is a favorite - and quite a good chili - I'm kind of dubious about those garnishes, particularly the scallions and baguette.

Apr 01, 2014
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Boston's Best Toast?

It breaks my heart that I wasn't able to get a photo, but I swear that this is true: someone pulled a terrific April Fool's Day hack this morning in Brookline Village. As I passed on the bus around 7:45, I spotted a big poster proclaiming "Coming Soon - Todd English's Toast!" with photos of TE himself and a slice of toast, in one of the ground-floor windows at 202 Washington Street (next door to the former Japan Village Mart, a 3-story brick building that was supposed to really have a restaurant "coming soon," about 2 years ago.)

Apr 01, 2014
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Brunch/Omelet bar Burlington/arlington area for shower

I used to like the brunch buffet at the Colonial Inn, but the last time I went it was pretty disappointing, especially for the fairly high price (currently $28.)

Mar 31, 2014
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Cochon555?

They used to, but weren't those seating areas eliminated in the last renovation a few years ago?

Mar 31, 2014
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M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

No, Jenny Ondioline and I both asked her several times over because we were so flabbergasted by her insistence that it was chicken, and finally resorted to pointing out the item on the menu - "Buttermilk Chicken Fried Steak." She continued to insist that it was chicken.

Mar 31, 2014
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M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

The waitress was not American, and one can perhaps forgive her for not being familiar with the concept of "chicken fried steak," but her native language was English for sure. None of that excuses her for making up an answer to our question, rather than asking in the kitchen.

Mar 31, 2014
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