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Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

If you don't want to go to the North End, the Seaport's not so far: How about Sam's (closer than the rest) Nice views, small plates.
Or Ming Tsai's Blue Dragon?

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

Tapas bars: Bar Mut, Cal Pep
Tried to get into Tickets, no luck
Did a tapas/wine evening tour (Spanish Trails, I think, couldn't get into the Aborigens Barcelona tour) tons of fun, guided by a local who had worked in several of the places. I'd definitely recommend it for one evening)
Don't forget to hit the Gaudi places (la Sagrada Familia is amazing as it progresses) and the Picasso Museum.


Turns an egg into custard.

I've seen this "golden egg" trick before. I think you can accomplish the same thing if you just shake an egg really hard, then boil it.

Sep 24, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Family Dinner for 12 in Cambridge/Somerville or a little further out

Late to the conversation, just perused it. Has anyone suggested Area Four? Good food, but a little less "upscale" and they have those great pizzas for the kids. I think there's a back room that could be used for a party, as well.

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

Very much like the quantity in Spain for tapas, or pincho as in the name of the restaurant. It seems like in the States the tapas portions have gradually gotten larger, like everything else.
Just back from Barcelona, and I think the prices were also fairly equivalent.

Quintessential Cookware Set?

You guys are all pretty close to what Cooks Illustrated is recommending:


Sep 24, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Fred's Franks- New home in Medford- NOW OPEN !!!

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Right, Roadhouse

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Was that the Village Smokehouse?

wk end buffet greater lowell area

Take 'em to Udupi Bhavan for a South Indian Buffet, if the group's not too big.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

Yet very few for Bondir Concord.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

What about Concord. It's not as far a trip for you as Boston, and it's not Cambridge.
The new Bondir in Concord is a lovely space and, I think, meets your criteria for dark, not family friendly, and cool.
Also I'd take a look at 80 Thoreau.

ISO Boston Shave Ice

2nd Snowdaes!

Looking for a good-quality, SMALL gas grill

How small? I have a Weber Q series. It's fast, gets really hot, but only has one burner. I think there's a Q that's slightly larger (still small) with two burners, though.
Check here:

Aug 04, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware


If you like big bellies:
last time I had the fried clam plate, and it was about 8-10 HUGE softshell clams with enormous bellies, almost too big! It was just after a red tide ended, so maybe the clams had all grown?


The Lobster Pool by Halibut Point

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Did you call, or check Open Table? Sometimes if you call, they'll have spots not listed, particularly early (say 5:30 or 6)

Using a steel on Japanese knives?

Interesting. Thanks, guys

Jul 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

You can get apple chunks (and mesquite and cherry, I think) many places, including Sears or Ace Hardware stores. I've used apple, mesquite, and no wood at all, just briquets or hardwood low and slow , with good success for bluefish.

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I know I don't know the whole story, and may be being duped, but I like the whole "Arthur T's a great guy, a man of the people" mythology, and will probably support the boycott, until I hear a strong opposing argument.

Using a steel on Japanese knives?

One comment about the draw through sharpener. Most of the new ones have an "asian knife" slot with an angle of 15-18 degrees. If you look at the photo zackly posted, there is indeed an "asian knife" slot on his/her sharpener. As for steels, the one Shun recommends has "micro-ribs", maybe that would be better?

Using a steel on Japanese knives?

Shun sells a steel with a template to angle for their blades. As long as you use the appropriate angle, you're probably ok. As for the sharpener, given your inherent laziness, go for it. You won't damage the blades more than sharpening them poorly on a stone.

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

Just had a pretty good chile relleno at Tu y Yo.
Just saying.
Nice sauce, like the pomegranate.

Lobster Blues

My kids say "exoskeletons"

Lobster Blues

Yes. yes it does. It makes me feel much better, thank you.
I'm claiming provenence for my brother.

Won't demand it for "bugs", though.

Lobster Blues

My brother was using the term 30 years ago. Not a SK reader to my knowledge. I personally have tasted a "rubbery" taste with banded lobsters, so I put em in sans bands. Haven't had an issue with snapping, just gotta be a little more careful.

Lobster Blues

Nice looking pile of bugs! You don't find that leaving the rubber bands on the claws affects the taste?

Miracle Fruit in Boston

True, true....just trying to help OC out.

Miracle Fruit in Boston

Well, there is a link towards the end of the article to a grower in Florida who will ship the berries.

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

What You're Saying:
"Gee this menu is a lot more interesting than that suggested by that less-than-helpful Globe 'Quick Bite', don't you think?"