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Looking for our new go-to restaurants: strong flavors, fun atmospheres

Restaurants worth considering that haven't been mentioned (or I missed them in my read through)
Bergamot- nice salads
Kirkland Tap and Trotter (try the chicken liver pasta)
Casa B
Haven't been, but a nice review of Cafe Art Science in Kendal Sq makes me want to try it.

Oyster knife and glove issue

Almost verbatim!!

Jan 22, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Umm, that great hand-pulled noodle, that's what!! Definitely still worth a try. If you have #4 without the pile of fresh chopped garlic, that'll cut the spice enough that it should be enjoyable for you. Go!

Oyster knife and glove issue

I've generally used a Dexter knife with a plastic handle. You'll find them on Amazon as well, a little cheaper than the wood handled ones. An old dishtowel has always served me well to grip the oyster and protect my other hand. The towel can then just go in the wash. The residue, particularly on an oyster that's been shipped to Indiana, shouldn't be that bad.

Jan 22, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Investing in kitchen knife...which to buy??

Also, if you want it for dicing and slicing veggies, you might think about a 7" Santoku rather than a chef's knife. I had the Santoku first, then got a chef's knife, and find I often prefer the Santoku:
For cutting boards, it's true end grain are often very thick and heavy. I got this slightly thinner acacia board from WS, and have been very happy with it. It cleans well, no separations or warping.

Jan 22, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Cacio e pepe in Boston

Chowhound has a good recipe as well.

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus

How come, darla?

Jan 17, 2015
justbeingpolite in Recipes

Cacio e pepe in Boston

Had a good version at Gran Gusto in Cambridge within the last year.
Haven't been, but I hear they do it well at Cinquecento. Looking at their menu, looks like it's a special over bucatini on Mondays

Help me plan a birthday dinner for my husband

I wouldn't go for corn right now, you're not going to find any good corn out of season.
Here's an easy 1hr marinade for pork chops: 1 can of coke, 1 or 2 minced cloves of garlice, and a 1/4 cup of soy sauce. My mom taught me this one years ago. Marinate for an hour then grill, bake or broil. Serve with Mashed potatoes (or the CH recipe for mashed sweet potatoes with Maple Syrup) and apple sauce.
Pretty quick for an after work meal.

Jan 12, 2015
justbeingpolite in Home Cooking

Three Cup Soft Tofu Hot Pot with Meat or Shrimp Stuffing?

Thanks for the follow up! Glad you liked it. I'm still deciding how I feel about the restaurant as a whole, I'm leaning towards it being a nice addition to Lexington.

A Big Meh for Chef Chow's House, Brookline

Are you being purposefully obtuse for us Enlish only speakers?
Lao Sichuan is Sichuan Gourmet, in all of it's locations

Three Cup Soft Tofu Hot Pot with Meat or Shrimp Stuffing?

The new Beijing Restaurant in Lexington center has a dish called "Tofu stuffed with Shrimp in Hot Pot". That might be your dish!


If you're there, try the shrimp stuffed eggplant in black bean sauce, really a nice dish, IMO.

Best Dishes in Chinatown

I always thought that tautog were related to grouper. Guess I was wrong. and I always used "Kings play cards on front green steps".

Mustard-Peppercorn Rib Roast

Terrific coating. Used it with the CH Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus recipe, and it was fabulous. Moist and tender.

Dec 26, 2014
justbeingpolite in Recipes

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus

That's not raw, just rare, moist and juicy. Mine came out great, used the mustard peppercorn coating (http://www.chow.com/recipes/30533-mus...) with the slow-roast technique and it came out great! Big hit. But the texture cutting it is rarish, need a very sharp knife.

Dec 26, 2014
justbeingpolite in Recipes

Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus

Can you use this method with the CH mustard peppercorn crust recipe?

Dec 23, 2014
justbeingpolite in Recipes

Meat Buying Club in Boston?

Here's a link to the Stillman Farm CSA, which has gotten good reports on CH:


Meat Buying Club in Boston?

I don't know if a meat CSA is the same thing to you, but there are a few around. Such as:

I used to be a member of Shady Pines Farm out of New Braintree
The minimum share was 10lbs/month. Good meats.


what is a good restaurant near Mass General hospital

That's the one: Ma Soba. It wasn't terrible for what it was.

what is a good restaurant near Mass General hospital

Did Seoul replace a pan asian/sushi place?

what is a good restaurant near Mass General hospital

How about Little Lamb Mongolian Hot Pot? Is it still open? Any good, folks?

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

At least it looks like he ordered some tasty dishes..
Hope this doesn't affect SG to much. They seem to be firing on all cylinders right now, great food and great cocktails. There was a rumour awhile ago that Ran might be leaving, hope this doesn't push him out the door.

You can't go home again ...

I had a nice Corpse Reviver at Eastern Standard a couple of months ago. If you have a chance to get by Kenmore Sq and see how completeley that's changed from your days (no hint of the Rat, now), you should. Eastern Standard might be a nice treat for you.

real sheppards pie

I think I had one at the Tavern at the End of the World in Charleston, made with chunks of lamb, not ground lamb.

December 2014 Openings and Closings

Heard a rumour that Dalya's in Bedford is closing, and an Indian restaurant will be replacing it. If it's any good, could be a nice addition.

Restaurants in Concord/Lexington

Bondir in Concord is also very good. Without drinks could probably get by for $100.
Dalya's in Bedford, as well, though I heard a rumour that they're closing, don't know when.
Il Casale in Lexington had a spotty start, but hopefully is improving. Nice room.
If they like "ethnic", the new Beijing restaurant in Lexington, or the older Royal India Bistro are both nice, as is Ginger in Bedford for sushi.
Haven't been, but want to get to the newish Artistry on the Green in the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington.

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.