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Where to buy frozen pigs-in-a-blanket (party franks) in the Boston area?

spring something (farm/hill?) is the company that makes them. much cheaper at costco than at restaurant depot. (by half)

Dec 02, 2010
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Any Info on Chinese Restaurant with Private Rooms

royal east in cambridge has private rooms. they're super nice and well versed in banquets. otto is the owner (he is the son-in-law of chef chang in brookline too!)

Nov 28, 2009
abattoir in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a great Indian restaurant for a first date

ballsy first of all to take a first date to indian... will she/he judge you if you order the food mild or even hot?! good luck.

we love punjab palace, but the ambiance is not necessarily date worthy (if you need a flat panel tv playing bollywood to keep the flow of the convo, let's hope it's your last date) . i would agree with aforementioned posters on Mela. More expensive, but definitely more cozy than punjab. you can also find a nice spot for a post-dinner cocktail if all things go well. You can also check out tamarind bay in brookline. some really great fish dishes.

Oct 15, 2009
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Another One Bites The Dust - Persephone

i like how you put owner in quotes. so, he's the owner when times are good, when times allow for a $100 sandwich, when he received positive press, most likely when he received a paycheck (obv not profits), but not the true owner when coming to working with his customers or when the place closes? i get the separation of biz stuff, i agree that restaurants are not in the business of giving away free meals, but this would seem like a good chance to make a positive, long lasting impression.

Sep 04, 2009
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Another One Bites The Dust - Persephone

that is so lame! business and customer service really should go hand in hand in this situation. so, instead of honoring a GC (how much, $50, $100), Leviton has probably just lost a customer at his current and future restaurants? lame and bad busines-- especially in this market.

Sep 04, 2009
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Where to get chihuahua cheese?

stop and shop in south bay dot.

Aug 28, 2009
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Vegemite

foodies in the south end and many shaws. you may find marmite instead of vegemite.

Aug 04, 2009
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Need to send food to family sitting shiva in West Newton

Barry's, Zaftigs, Baker's Best, even WholeFoods-- really the point is to provide food that can be eaten standing up and can last out on a buffet for a period of time.

If I am not attending shiva, I always send a basket from Zabar's in NYC or Zingermans in Ann Arbor. Both put together some amazing stuff to nosh on and can overnight it.

Aug 03, 2009
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Heaven Held By Chopstix: Mary Chungs Again!

after reading all the replies to this posting and the event planned, we stopped by Mary's tonight. Maybe Wednesday is an off night for them since they are closed on Tuesdays, but the entire meal was disappointing. We ordered the dun dun noodles with shredded chicken, suan la chow shau, ya hsing eggplant and baby bok choy.

the suan were luke warm with littlle sauce. mung beans were soggy, not fresh. my DC used to frequent this place, recalled the suan as being ethereal, and just couldn't get over how bad these were.

the dun dun noodles were underdone (i know what lo mein noodles should taste like, and these were def underdone), had almost an ammonia flavor to them, and the chicken ..imagine the little bits you get off the carcass AFTER 3 days...

baby bok choy was fine.. hard to mess up.

eggplant was the only saving grace. but it was doused in a sweet sauce and TONS of oil.

while the meal was cheap, $26, it will never garner a repeat from us.

i wonder why anyone would go here, when you can get amazing, fresh food at places like gourmet dumpling, peach farm, or a handful of other spots in chinatown.

Jul 29, 2009
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First trip to Santarpios tonight, any curveballs?

i must be in the minority here-- i do NOT like the lamb/sausage/pepper sampler. we are regulars and order it every 3rd time hoping for a change in the quality of the lamb, but continue to be disappointed. the meat is tough, tasteless, filled with connective tissue and just boring. the sausage is fine; has a decent spice to it. you might as well order it, just to get a perspective of your own.

as for the pizza, stick with the originals.. cheese, pepperoni, etc. just know that many toppings come underneath a covering of cheese, not ontop. salty too.

and the waitstaff will know whether you're a regular or not (they know the minute you step in the door), so feel free to get a menu. you're not fooling them.

Jul 27, 2009
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sunday brunch for 20-25, private room?

the pp is quite high-- $60-$75, so it leaves many options for the party with regards to price. as for menu, we just don't want a buffet; open to all other permutations.

and i appreciate your help-- we're quite familiar with the boston food scene and would never rely on open table for planning such an event---it requires a little more attention than a few clicks of a mouse, and many reliable/interesting restaurants are not on their site.

Dec 30, 2008
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sunday brunch for 20-25, private room?

I'm planning a birthday brunch for 20-25 people. We've already reserved the private room at Henrietta's Table, but the menu is buffet and we would much prefer a pre-fixe/customized event. Any thoughts on where we could go in Boston/Cambridge? This is a sunday brunch event.

thanks!

Dec 29, 2008
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Where are the Best Cheese Fries????

we just tried townsend's for the first time-- i won't get into a thorough review, their poutine wasn't half bad. while the slices of cheese were just too large for me (curds are used for a reason-- greater distribution) and the gravy came on the side, once you drowned the fries in the gravy..let's just say, i wouldn't kick the dish out of bed.

Dec 03, 2008
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Where are the Best Cheese Fries????

i absolutely agree on the Kelly's cheese fries. covered in a velveeta sauce, real bacon bits, salt and pepper. make sure to eat them with a fork so you can get a bite with everything.

plenty of places are doing poutine, but they're generally fancy and not as sinful.

Dec 03, 2008
abattoir in Greater Boston Area

Looking for meyer lemon source

i just bought them at trader joes.

Nov 24, 2008
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Peppermint extract in Arlington/Cambridge area?

christina's spice shop in inman should carry it. 1255 cambridge st. same block as east coast grill.

Nov 12, 2008
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anywhere notable to eat near ikea?

as it was lunchtime, we stopped at lynwood cafe. definitely off the beaten path. it's a soda, beer and only pizza place. one pizza, two diet cokes for $12. pizza is the size of two large slices-- so relatively pricey for the size, but tasty crust, good flavor and quite convenient to ikea. would not, however, make the trek from boston just for the pizza. what was most impressive was the quantity of takeout orders being processed. one guy walked out with 20 pizzas!

Nov 11, 2008
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anywhere notable to eat near ikea?

we're headed to ikea-- is there anywhere to eat down there?

Nov 11, 2008
abattoir in Greater Boston Area

boston chefs in NYC in search of insane bar dining

we're very familiar w/blue ribbon. used to go there often when we lived in nyc. trying to hit up new/notable spots. thanks for the rec tho. definitely in that ilk.

Nov 05, 2008
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boston chefs in NYC in search of insane bar dining

we used to be new yorkers, but moved to boston 4 years ago and have had little time to return to the city to explore new and fun food. coming next weekend and want to eat well. we're not looking for fancy per se, but some impressive food w/equally impressive service. we like dining in a bar scene. while that does not purely denote bar stools, it should reflect our sentiment. would prefer to say within the manhattan confines, but east/west/lower/upper-- we are well versed w/the subway.

thanks in advance.

Nov 05, 2008
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Hanger Steak...Your Help Please

dewars sells it. if you have enough heads up, your local whole foods butcher can order you some as well.

i, however, respectfully disagree with the assertion that flank steak is a viable alternative to hanger. hanger has a meaty, phenomenal flavor and chew. flank is sinuous and somewhat bland. while it is true that there is only one hanger per cow, it does have two "pieces to it" and you can easily get a few portions out of the cut.

Oct 08, 2008
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Drinks & Dinner: First Date

ugh-- longwood is sorta no-mans food land. i agree that est std is always a fun place. they do great cocktails and the environment is what you make of it. you can sit at a hightop, outside, or at the bar-- do not take a reg table, way too formal for a first date.

while i haven't been to beacon st tavern since gerry left, it could be a nice alternative. the lighting isn't great (a little bright for me), it does have a full bar and a relaxed scene. as does audobon circle. i would recommend washington sq over those two though.

Sep 11, 2008
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Drinks & Dinner: First Date

the real question is, where does she live? i know this sounds so antiquated, but first dates should be in her neighborhood-- so she can walk to the date and when all goes well, you can walk her home. moreover, unless you are having a 6p date, she is probably going home to change and put on some uncomfortable shoes.

I would choose a place that you can start with drinks and if all goes well, you can easily suggest that you grab a bite at the bar from which you have already imbibed. bar dates are so much more intimate than table dates could ever be-- you can share and communicate much more easily and your neighbors generally are minding their own biz-- so the getting to know eachother aspect is much more fluid.

so, provide her 'hood and i will provide suggestions.

Sep 10, 2008
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spega yogurt?

any idea where to find spega yogurt in the glass containers in boston?

thx!

Jul 08, 2008
abattoir in Greater Boston Area

E.Coast Chefs in LA for 3 days- end of june

thank you all for your thoughtful responses. will be sure to report back. we are also leaving later in the day on Wed, so we definitely hit up the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Jun 12, 2008
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what happened to the tasting room?

the tasting room was our go to spot when coming to nyc-- loved the e.1st outpost. did the expansion/move kill them?

Jun 11, 2008
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E.Coast Chefs in LA for 3 days- end of june

we're splitting our time between santa monica and los feliz, have rented a hybrid (v. la, we hear), but not entirely worried about carbon footprint on this trip.

definitely have heard of father's office, and a friend mentioned the hump. can someone expand on the san gabriel valley and anywhere else that is notable?

thx in advance.

Jun 11, 2008
abattoir in Los Angeles Area

E.Coast Chefs in LA for 3 days- end of june

We're two east coast chefs en route to Sonoma and and then LA for a week. We're in LA from Sunday the 29th of June to the 2nd of July. We're into the whole gastropub movement and would love some suggestions. But anything flies for us-- fancy to diners. sushi to burgers. we plan on eating out for every meal.

thanks!

Jun 10, 2008
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Gran Gusto, Cambridge: the best Neapolitan pizza in Metro Boston

we finally made it out to gran gusto last night. it was a comical evening. while i hope it was because the restaurant was significantly understaffed, the service was abominable.

Walked in, were barely acknowledged, finally led to a table, seated and ignored for the next 10 minutes. finally bread and water were served. overhearing the 4 next to us complain that they had been there 30 minutes and had yet to receive their salads, we probably should have left, but did not.

Another 5 minutes pass and the server asked if everything was okay?-- as in-- are you enjoying your meal. mind you, we had yet to be offered drinks, beyond water, or told the specials, if there were any. informed the server of this (strange since he was the only server) he promptly took our order : carpaccio, caesar, tagliatelle bolognese margherita pizza. we were told that the resto was out of buffalo mozza.

food was fine. nothing to rave about. nothing to overtly criticize. the service was just so awful we could not help but get a laugh out of it. The meal also took over 2 hours-- not, mind you, as a result of us loitering and having a grand experience. Definitely would not go back. I would much rather go to Upper Crust or some other pizza joint.

May 20, 2008
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steak ta tare

we actually seek out tartare. KO prime has a great waygu beef tartare (a really pleasing mouth feel) that is beautifully presented. Est Std also makes a fine tartare--we always ask for mustard to accompany it. Agree w/ MC that the tartare at Gaslight is just awful. Recently had the Mooo rendition, but to be honest it left absolutely no impression. It could have been good, but I just don't recall.

I also find that most restaurants that feature meat, on a slow night, will be more than willing to make you tartare. there is a cult love of that dish in kitchens and cooks like to show off their chopping skills.

May 07, 2008
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