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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.

Jul 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

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.

Jul 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

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?
http://shun.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knif...

Jul 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware
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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
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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.

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Lobster Blues

My kids say "exoskeletons"

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in General Topics

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.

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in General Topics

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.

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in General Topics

Lobster Blues

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

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in General Topics

Miracle Fruit in Boston

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

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

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.

Jul 20, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

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?"

Jul 14, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Snowdaes

I was in today; they were offering the "shaved snow", the hawaiian type shave ice, and something called korean shave ice, I think. I had some coconut shaved snow with plain moochi and condensed milk drizzle. Delicious! if it's really lower in calorie than froyo like that, I'd take it every time.
BTW, the BonChon next door has improved significantly since it first opened, much higher quality wings now (meatier, though still quite small, which I like)

Not too crowded, hope they do well and stay in business.

Jul 14, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

accessories for the outdoor cook

I'm not sure what cleobeach has in mind with thongs and spatulas, but it sounds fun!!
If you want to be a little tamer:
I recently got a Maverick remote thermometer, and love it.
Heavy duty heat proof gloves for pulling stuff off the smoker or grill.

Jun 26, 2014
justbeingpolite in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Moving to Medford . . . What are the local haunts?

I also like the billerica sichuan gourmet best, but if I were "out" for a nicer ambiance, and especially drinks, too, I'd definitely go to Sichuan Garden 2 in Woburn. And, in fact, for some dishes (Chonqing Chicken, I'm looking at you) there's no real drop in quality.

Jun 25, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Moving to Medford . . . What are the local haunts?

Haven't been, but the rumour is that the W Medford Regina's is one of their better outposts. Can anyone verify?

Jun 16, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

BBQ Spare Ribs

Nice looking slab!

Jun 13, 2014
justbeingpolite in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Del Frisco's Steakhouse

All that negative stuff said...if you still want to go and stay in the suburbs..I think the outpost near the Burlington Mall is to open in two days...
Or you could try (and tell us about) the Bancroft, a new steak house on 3rd ave (by the Burlington Mall and the new Wegmans), just opened by the folks from Gibbet Hill

Jun 13, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

Thank You, Allstonian! I knew someone would be able to explain what ice cream base was. So apparently Richardson's sells their own base to Bedford Farms.

Jun 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

Next time I run into Joe V I'll try to get more detail, but I think the "base" is more basic than that.

Jun 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

I think it's more than just that. Even the vanilla is completely different. He uses the "base" powder from Richardson's, but uses his own types and amounts of cream, vanilla, eggs, etc, I assume. He does his own mixing, churning, etc.

Jun 09, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

ice cream stand?

No they use Richardson's base, but make almost all their own flavors, except a few small batches from Richardsons. I was chatting with Joe Venuti, the current owner, and he and his son make most of their ice cream.
They've been doing mostly their own for about 5 years, I think

Jun 09, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Asian Market between Worcester and Newton?

Sichuan is right, though, not Szechuan

Jun 05, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Asian Soups w/ Delicious Broth, Even w/o the Solids ?

2nd on the Pho broths. I'd check at Pho 88 in Lowell/Chelmsford. I bet they'd be happy to oblige. And good for you to keep posting after getting so lambasted on the Sycamore thread. You have interesting stuff to contribute, we're not all going to agree on everything, but stick it out.
Good luck on the surgery thing, too.

Jun 05, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area
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Elegant Woburn-area lunch?

As noted before: No lunch. Exclamation point.

Jun 02, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Elegant Woburn-area lunch?

There's a new Del Frisco's opening across the street from the Burlington Mall, they open June 12, I think.

Jun 02, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

It looks pretty close. Descriptions would be nice.

May 29, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Mr. Chan's in Burlington

Yeah, awhile ago. Don't remember much except that it was not great.

May 24, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Graduation Lunch Near Northeastern With A Child

Eastern Standard Kitchen. Big and bustling, a child won't be considered out of place, and will be entertained by the energy. Menu choices that can appeal to all.

May 23, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area