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Fernet-Branca at retail in Woburn area?

Is Medford to far out of your way? Atlas has everything.

Authentic Mexican restaurant recommendations?

I'm afraid it's also a Besito, tatsu. Decent americanized Mexican, I guess.

Sunday Brunch/Lunch for 10 in Boston or Cambridge

East Coast Grill. Love the brunch, fun for kids..Not a ton of veggie options, but some: grilled avacado, plantain,cornbread crusted french toast.

Asados Dona Flor Lowell

Tiny Colombian hole in the wall on High Street behind Saints Memorial. Anyone been who knows Colombian food? Just went for lunch. The place filled up with Colombians (I assume). The food was really tasty. Nice crisp tostones. Deep fried tamales (or are those puposas?) filled with meat or cheese. Aroz Mixto was tasty, not too strong flavors, but with a little of the house made hot sauce ( vinegar and cilantro and chiles), yummy.
Seemed good to me. Didn't find any CH mentions.

pizza in Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Malden -- where to go?

No love for Gran Gusto? Or is that to far to the Arlington side of things?

Sakura Bana

There was a Roka restaurant in Lexington for several years. I'm not sure if it was related to the HS Roka, but I always thought so. It was replaced by Dabin, which is still there.

the great croissant hunt

WS is William Sonoma

ISO fun special occasion spot w/ 5yo and picky mom

If you're liking that, you should also think about Sichuan Garden in Woburn. It's in an old mansion with many different rooms, which is fun. The bar is excellent (which got it into the latest Boston Magazine top 50 of Boston). The Sichuan food is excellent, and the American Chinese is good, too (my daughter loves their lo mein). So, something for everyone.

ISO fun special occasion spot w/ 5yo and picky mom

How's the brunch at East Coast Grill these days? If it's still good, the food's great and there are fun drinks, too. Little parking lot across the street.

Ooops, also Sunday, I think. They do a Saturday lunch though, that looks good and includes the "make your own" Bloody Mary:


ISO fun special occasion spot w/ 5yo and picky mom

How about dim sum at China Pearl in Woburn? Is brunch at the Blue Room still good (parking lot next door)?
Brunch (with valet parking) at Eastern Standard Kitchen?

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

I liked the out of the city choices. I'm a fan of The Market (it's in Annisquam, BTW, not Gloucester) While many prefer Sichuan Gourmet, I've found many excellent choices at Sichuan Garden in Woburn, and the bar is terrific. I'm looking forward to trying Sycamore.
Ommissions? I agree about Journeyman and ESK. Casa B might have been worth it. Lumiere? Perhaps, but Area Four might have been the Leviton choice, and bumped it. (I guess that could be true for ESK, as both ICOB and Row 34 are on there)
Thought I might see Angela's as well.

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

Admittedlly it's been awhile, but I remember Bergamot as having a fairly quiet ambiance.

Costco - looking for Kirkland Signature EVOO (Toscano) at a local branch

Saw it in Waltham on Thursday.

Anyone Know Dough-Joe Pizza Steels and Stones?

My mistake! Definitely a good deal, then.

Oct 28, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

My Bacon

What'd you use to slice it up?
How long did you smoke it?

Looks fantastic!!

Embarrassing gadget you love?


Whoops just read the thread.

Never mind.

Anyone Know Dough-Joe Pizza Steels and Stones?

The Dough Joe is 1/4 inch thick, as is the Baking Steel pizza steel, both cost $79. The Modernist cuisine edition from Baking Steel at $99 is 3/8 of an inch. The Big from Baking Steel is 1/2 inch and is $119


Oct 26, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

Just joshing you, SC.
No harm meant, in fact, I'm usually a big fan.

Also, I was a paleo-anthropology major as an undergrad, many years ago.

and i loves me a batch of lard cooked clams!!!

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

As a creationist, I'm having a problem with it.

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

Yup I saw that after I'd posted. My bad, I thought I'd read a few places how they changed their vegetable oil regularly, and read that it was just veggie oil. Wrong, if we can trust Science Chick, and whoever she spoke to.

~$100 to spend on chefs knife

If anyone was following this thread and still looking for that $100 knife,
the 8" Myabi Evolution Chef's Knife and 7" Evolution Santoku are now both on sale for $99 with free shipping from Sur La Table.

Oct 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

What I've read is that only Woodman's and Essex Seafood still use ALL lard to fry their clams. Some others, apparently including the Clam Box, use a mix, while others (Farnham's) use all vegetable oil

Doing the North Shore drive with wife and kids tomorrow. Best clam shack !!!

Nope, at the Clam Box they definitely fry in vegetable oil:



Lunch in Gloucester

Halibut Point restaurant in Gloucester (not the place, though the Lobster Pool restaurant at Halibut Point has gorgeous views)
Lobsta Land

Onion ring rec

They used to make a good #3 at Woodman's, FWIW

Fugakyu Sudbury Appalling

Happy to help :0)
Got to try Sono, Roy. Since Sushi Island left I've been at a loss for where to go when I can't get to Cafe Sushi. Ginger's been my standby, but not quite the same.

Fugakyu Sudbury Appalling

Yup, you get what you pay for sometimes. I loved Oishii II last time I was there, but it's been about 5 years.

Fugakyu Sudbury Appalling

Pity. So how's Oishi II these days. Been a long time since Ive been to either.

What are can't miss dishes at Island Creek Oyster Bar?

I've done great with the specials, I remember one halibut dish that was great.

Oops, you already went. What'd you have, and how'd you like it?

~$100 to spend on chefs knife

No one's mentioned the Myabi Evolution. There was a lot of conversation about the 8" on sale for $99 at Sur La Table. I don't know if they still have it at that price, but it was a good buy. Japanese steel, but with a western angle blade, I think. I gave a couple as wedding gifts and the recipients loved them. The price may no longer be there, though.
I did notice, however, that William Sonoma has a 7" Shun Classic Chef Knive on sale for $99. If 7" is ok for you, that's also a good price.

Oct 06, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware