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Reservation Confirmation.

Nope, not yet!

Apr 06, 2014
granolagurl in Not About Food

Reservation Confirmation.

YES, that is another BRILLIANT idea. I know Craigie and Main does this (or at least they did the last time I made reservations which was some time ago)!

Apr 04, 2014
granolagurl in Not About Food

Reservation Confirmation.

I know this probably shouldn't annoy me......but it does.

When I make a reservation for a restaurant (for example, I made a reservation tonight at Sarma), I usually get an email reminder from OpenTable and the restaurant usually calls a day or 2 in advance and leaves a voicemail reminder. Lately, I have been noticing that more and more Boston area restaurants are asking for a phone call back to confirm. This REALLY annoys me (for multiple reasons).

I TOTALLY understand that they want to make sure that the party actually shows up as table space is valuable and an empty table is not profitable. I guess in my ideal world (you know, the world in which I make all of the rules), OpenTable would send out an email reminder and there would be a button to "confirm" that you do in fact intend to show up. This could be part of the OpenTable protocol. Users would understand that if you do NOT confirm the reservation the day before by email (or call the restaurant to confirm instead if email is a problem), then the reservation will be made available to someone else. Likewise, if the reservation is not made through OpenTable the restaurant would inform you when you make the reservation that a confirmation call is expected.

I know this is a "first world problem" and really shouldn't get-my-goat everytime it happens, but it does. My poor coping is to ignore the request for a call back and hope that when I show up at the restaurant my table is still available.

Does this bother anyone else or am I the only A*&*hole on this board?

Apr 04, 2014
granolagurl in Not About Food

Veggie Galaxy--anything good to eat there?

i dislike veggie galaxy. i have been there a number of times and have found their veggie burgers to be mushy, onion rings/french fries icky, and potato salad inconsistent (sometimes tasty, other times bland and undercooked). if i am going to eat "unheatlhy" food, it better be SUPER tasty or i don't think it is worth the calories. i much prefer life alive (i ALWAYS feel healthy and happy after eating there). the vegan desserts at veggie galaxy do look good though.......

Dec 09, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

September 2013 Openings and Closings

I stopped by the Beacon Street Whole Foods today on my way home from work to check out the store and eat some free samples (gluten-free chocolate brownie bites = yum!). I am SO glad that they have a small bulk foods section (yea for being able to buy 1/2 cup of nuts or rice or.........). Also, I was super EXCITED that they sold Iggy's hamburger (sandwich) buns individually. I wish the other stores would also do this. The only potential problem is the entrance/exit area is small/tight and it took some time to get out of the store with multiple individuals slowly pushing their carts. Not a huge deal, but I imagine this might be frustrating if you just need to grab something quick and dash.

Sep 04, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

August 2013 Openings and Closings

If I can remember all the way back to this morning (it feels like FOREVER ago!), I think the "now open" was written (in lipstick? wax pen? marker?) across the front windows. About as classy as the sign. There are already 2 reviews on yelp for it so they must be up-and-running.

Aug 15, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

August 2013 Openings and Closings

My hubby and I went to eat at Beantown when they first opened. We were getting ready to order the vegetarian burrito when the customer in front of us happened to ask whether the rice (and maybe the beans, I can't remember) in the burrito had chicken broth in it. He was told "yes." We were going to live in ignorant bliss, but once we knew with certainty that the vegetarian burrito was in fact NOT vegetarian, we left. Haven't been back since. Suppose it is probably worth asking again (perhaps maybe the recipe has changed since????).

I am discovering that a lot of places actually "sneak" chicken broth in where you would least expect it. A friend of mine told me that Masala (Indian in Teele Square) uses chicken broth in their rice. I have yet to confirm this. Unfortunately (and naively) I have a tendency to believe that things are in fact vegetarian when they are marked as such.

Aug 15, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

August 2013 Openings and Closings

Cancun Taqueria is now open on Mass Avenue between Harvard and Central Square. Wonder whether their rice and beans are vegetarian as I have been craving a good burrito!

Aug 15, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

thanks for the b-day cheer!

Aug 10, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

oy vey! i was all set on getting my cake from eldo but now i have to reconsider. while i like the idea of a light cake, the idea of shortening/gelatin cream is not in alignment with my desire to eat food as close to its natural form as possible. an fruit in heavy syrup is the biggest sin known to man (in my book). blech! perhaps i will have to stop by for a taste test myself before making the bigger commitment of a whole cake.

Aug 09, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

oooooohhh!!!! so many options. now the trick will be choosing something. i am particularly intrigued by either a japanese/chinese cake (love the lightness factor!) and by swissbakers. anyone tried a cake from swissbakers? i do love their pretzels. what about japonaise bakery? i am a bit confused as their website has been offline for the past month and i seem to remember hearing something about them "consolidating" stores (or is this code for "going out of business?"). eldo's also looks like a viable option, although driving there to pick up the cake might kinda stink.

thanks again to all :) in my ideal world, i would buy a cake from each of the bakeries mentioned and go into the next year of my life on an eternal sugar high! wheeeeeee!!!

Aug 05, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

yea! thanks for the suggestions so far. i forgot to mention that my b-day is september 1st. i am wondering if local strawberries will still be around.

Aug 04, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

cake, cake, cake! (help needed to find my perfect b-day cake).

hello,

yep, another birthday is on the horizon and this year i am hankering for a cake of the strawberry-and-cream variety. no, not some low-brow supermarket version, but something made with the finest ingredients and no artificial crap. i have spent some time searching some of the major baking spots (e.g. flour bakery, tatte, etc.) and am turning up short. just for point of reference, i do NOT like the cakes at rosie's bakery, mike's pastry, lyndell's, or quebrada baking. am i being too picky? (my husband just nodded his head to the affirmative). does anyone know of any other places i could try?????

thanks a million, billion times in advance!

Aug 04, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

August 2013 Openings and Closings

I walked by Miso Market (Massachusetts Avenue-Porter Square) this morning and saw signs posted announcing that they will be closing in August. Something about the owners breaking their lease. Boo!

Jul 23, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Rialto = boo!

There are 3 reasons we did not speak up about my dish/send it back:

1) After taking our order the waiter was not seen again until the end of the meal to clear our dishes and deliver the bill. I would have had to get up during the meal and track him down which would have been uncomfortable/awkward. Traditionally, a waiter comes by 5-10 minutes after a meal is served to "check in" and see if anything else is needed. I might have asked for some salt or additional seasonings if he had. As he was clearing our plates, he asked how we enjoyed our meal. My husband said, "Some of it was good," and we both frowned at my (still full) pasta dish. The waiter did not inquire further. He looked as if he understood that I did not like my dish and did not ask me if I wanted to take the leftovers home.

2) I don't think my post "trashes" the restaurant. We just didn't care for the pasta there. My husband enjoyed his antipasti just fine and while he found his pasta to also be bland, did eat it.

3) My husband is MORTIFIED of any type of verbalized criticism while we are eating out. He would NEVER send a dish back EVER. When I told him about this post, he said, "They didn't mess the dish up in any way (e.g. overcook it or undercook it), it was just a shitty dish." And by "shitty" he means, not to our taste. Does one send something back simply because hey don't care for it? In my husband's opinion, you just suck it up, pay the $26, and call it a day. Just because it was not to my liking doesn't mean that it is not to someone else's.

Cheers.

Apr 06, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area
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Rialto = boo!

We have wanted to eat at Rialto ever since seeing Jody Adams on Top Chef Masters. We ate in the bar. There was only one waiter working the bar area and he was rushed and distracted at best. We ordered:

Me (vegan):
CHICKPEA PASTA: peppers, eggplant, chickpeas, garlic, and saffron ($26). The pasta itself was interesting. My hubby didn't care for the texture, but I thought it was fine. What wasn't fine was the total BLANDNESS of the dish. It was boring, boring, boring. Since the pasta essentially had no taste, the sauce needed to be peppy, complex, and incredibly flavorful. It was not. I ate 2 bites and declared the dish not even worth eating. I think this is only the second time in my life that I have ever not eaten a dish that I have ordered. What a shame, especially at this price point ($26).

Him (vegetarian):
PAN ROASTED BROCCOLI: evoo, pecorino ($5) = good.
SEARED ENDIVE: pomegranate, honey ($5) = awesome.
VEGGIE PENNE: mushrooms, brussel sprouts, squash, kale pesto, parmesan cream ($14) = mediocre. Also, incredibly boring (snore!). My hubby described this dish as "pasta 101" and we both agreed that we make penne better at home.

The dishes were dropped off by someone other than our waiter and our waiter only returned to our table when it was time for the bill. We were never served dinner rolls with our meal and when I asked him about this, he told me that he could bring us some. At this point, we were already long done with dinner and plotting what other restaurant we would go to so that I could get something to eat.

If you are vegetarian, my advice would be to order off the Antipasti menu. If you are vegan, I suggest you go elsewhere.

We did see Jody Adams in person so that was pretty cool!

I have been trying to transition to a vegan diet and have been finding this REALLY difficult in Boston. I do not expect restaurants to have tons of choices for me to choose from, but I do expect the 1 or 2 choices they do have to be palatable. Particularly at a place the caliber of Rialto.

Apr 06, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

March 2013 Openings and Closings

Not an opening or closing per se, but "House of Tibet Kitchen" on Holland in Somerville has a sign in their window advertising "Business for sale."

Mar 06, 2013
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Great food not too far from Faneuil Hall

yep, i have (and many others). i just don't have the "veggie" burger making touch :(

Dec 06, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Great food not too far from Faneuil Hall

I don't think you will (or should) get slammed for this suggestion. I have written about my love for Hillstone's veggie burger on this board before. In fact, I even tried to replicate it at home with disasterous results.

Dec 06, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

YumeWoKatare Ramen - anyone been yet?

hi otter. no expectations here. i realize that the desire for a vegetarian ramen option is just a delusional pipe dream but so be it, i can dream!

Oct 16, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

YumeWoKatare Ramen - anyone been yet?

yep, i was hoping for a vegetarian option myself-boo!

Oct 15, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

October 2012 Openings and Closings

i am SUPER sad that the broth is pork-based and that there does not seem to be a vegetarian option-boo! :(

Oct 12, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Cannoli Contest and some advice

Yep, I also read the Globe article and was FREAKED OUT by the lard comment. What? For a moment there I believed my beloved cannolis might not be veggie friendly . Horror!

Aug 22, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

August 2012 Openings and Closings

iYO Cafe in Davis Square is now open.

Aug 03, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Amsterdam Falafel: The Good, The Bad, The Sad

We fInally made it to Amsterdam last night. Used all of the "tricks" I learned on Chowhound while there: brought a piece of wax paper, removed one ball from pita so toppings would fit better, smashed other balls down into pita. Meanwhile, granola-guy is rolling his eyes at me (he is a BIG rule follower!). The falafel balls themselves were probably the best we have ever had. I liked the topping bar. We are kinda big food freshness and safety geeks and didn't find the bar offensive or unsanitary (as we all know food bars can sometimes be).

A few thoughts:
1) The falafel plate might benefit from the addition of lettuce. That way, you can at least pretend you are eating a "healthy" salad.

2) Diva should close and Amsterdam should expand into that space (ha, don't hate on me for saying that!).

Jul 18, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

June Openings + Closings...Mostly Openings

Nice investigative work! I am (crossing my fingers) that they will have vegetarian ramen.

Jun 03, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

June Openings + Closings...Mostly Openings

It looks like something is gearing up to open in the old Zing Pizza space (?). There are signs pasted all over the windows but they are written in Japanese and I am unable to read them!

Jun 01, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Great Sushi Chef Documentary Coming to Kendall

Boo! Granolaguy and I were looking forward to meeting up with you but are heading out of town early for the long weekend. Please let us know about future events as we would love to join!

Apr 08, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

Great Sushi Chef Documentary Coming to Kendall

Granolaguy and I would like to see this film again and think it would be fun to join other Chowhounders for sushi. What show time will you be at and how do we go about meeting up?

Mar 31, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area

The Painted Burro

Area Man-how very observant of you. Yep, I used to be a pescatarian but ~6 months ago returned to being a lacto-ovo vegetarian.

Bob Dobalina-unfortunately I have yet to discover any mind-blowing veggie Mexican food in the Boston area. Thankfully, Granolaguy is a motivated and creative cook and together we have perfected a few amazing Mexican veggie staples (delicious and full-bodied beans, Mexican rice, and grilled veggie tacos w/homemade corn tortillas). Granolaguy also recently returned from a trip to Tucson with a suitcase full of flour tortillas!

Emannths-I guess it would be nice to have at least one more veggie taco choice. Perhaps simply grilled veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, etc.), served with some sort of creative vegan sauce or with the option for cheese. I will certainly try their current veggie taco, but my concern (for them, not me) is that if their veggie options are limited, they may fail to draw in a veggie/vegan crowd. Or, if a veggie/vegan dislikes their meal, they will fail to return (since there will not be alternatives to try).

Mar 20, 2012
granolagurl in Greater Boston Area