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Thai ice cream rolls in Boston?

Haven't seen this. Looks good!
I am a fan of the Korean Shaved Snow they have at Sno Daes in Lowell, though.

http://www.snowdaes.com/

Unexpected night out tonight -- where to try?

Another thought near your 'hood would be Taberna De Haro

Unexpected night out tonight -- where to try?

How about Lineage or Sichuan Gourmet, both near you.

In over my head with BBQ ribs!

If you've the time, consider lowering the oven temp (to say 250) and cooking longer, say 4 hrs.

Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

I didn't review the whole thread again, but the latest Cooks Illustrated mentioned an update of their Pepper Mill reviews:

OVERVIEW:
Update: September 2015

The original version of our winning Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill ($40.00) featured a row of painted-on dots that indicated the grind setting, but we found that these wore off over time. We notified the manufacturer, which has since changed to more durable etched-on dots. We purchased one of the improved models, and after more than 16 weeks of heavy test kitchen use, the dots are still intact. To determine whether a mill has the etched-on dots, check the batch number, which you can find printed on the swing tag, above the UPC, or on a product sticker. The number should be 140228 or higher.

Did anyone here have an opinon about the Cole and Mason mill?

Aug 19, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Restaurant Week

I didn't even remember that it was Restaurant Week (excuse me, Dine Out, Boston) and my DC and I wandered into 80 Thoreau in Concord for a bite. The Dine Out menu was quite generous, and delicious. We shared one Dine Out meal and a couple of Bar bites, and were more than satisfied.
The dine out dishes included a tuna rillete that was very nice, and a main that was a special for the night: a duck leg servied on a bed of roasted kale, with shredded confit duck in it, and a wonderful peach bread pudding, really a great dish. The frozen lemon parfait dessert was also fab! No RW skimping here, we thought.
We added a duck liver pate and blistered Shisito pepers from the bar menu, and left full and delighted.
I hadn't been to 80 Thoreau in awhile, gotta keep from letting that happen again, i guess.

Vietnamese Restaurant Rec

Would the Pho Bun Bo Hue (Hue City) at Pho 88 in Lowell be comparable. It's got beef and pork in it, but is nice and spicy.

Foodini: One device will change how we cook forever

You don't think it's a reference to Houdini? Magic with food, etc?

Where to buy raw peanuts

Whole Paycheck always has 'em. Probably HMart.

Where does Market Basket chicken come from?

The other side of the road

How are these restaurants?

I went to Akinto, and liked it very much. No problem with noise or decor.

Alone but not lonely: Technivorm "one cup" vs. Bonavita 5 coffeemaker

What about the Cuisinart DGB-1? Grinds beans and makes a single cup. Saw it on sale for $59

http://view.newsletter.rakuten.com/?j...

Jul 01, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Really good hardwood charcoal in Lexington area?

The Ace Hardware (Moison?) in the Stop and Shop Plaza in Bedford carries the Komodo Joe brand of lump hardwood, which seems to be of good quality.

Also, not for nothing, but I think the Whole Foods hardwood is made for them by Cowboy.

Seoul Kitchen in Westford-Anyone Been?

Went for lunch with high expectations. I have to admit to being a little disappointed. The food seemed a little westernized. I had bibimbap, no cruncy rice at the bottom (I think the Korean version is called Nurungji?) which was a real loss. Also the gochujang seemed to lack much in the way of spice. Maybe just a one time bad dish, but a bad omen. I'll probably try again, maybe just bulgogi next time.

5 yr anniversary 4th of July

All good ideas, some way pricier than others, if that matters.
Have you been to Select Oyster Bar yet? That's one I really want to try out.

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

True that. I cook and smoke, but neither bake nor charcute much. So there you go. Got a precision circulator recently. Think I'll need a scale for any application of that?

I do, however, love my new precise Thermapen.

Jun 26, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

list your favorite kitchen gadgets

And that's the one I don't have/need

Jun 25, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Mellow?

Anyone heard of this new sous vide device? Kind of cool. It includes a refrigeration unit, so you drop in the bag of meat in the morning, and it keeps it refrigerated till 3, say, then starts heating and sous viding, so it's just done when you get home.

https://cookmellow.com/?utm_source=fb...

Jun 25, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

meat thermometer - instant vs leave-in

I know I bumped another thread, but those following this thread might be interested in another 24hour sale of Thermapens for 76.80

http://www.thermoworks.com/specials/a...

Jun 23, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Thermapen: Where to get the best price?

Bumping this thread because they're having another of their 24hr sales on Thermapen for $76.80

http://www.thermoworks.com/specials/a...

Jun 23, 2015
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What gadgets/cookware would you have in an efficiency apt? (my list) (kid leaving in fall)

Wow! What an awful dad! No anti-griddle to make late night frozen treats for his friends? And you can't send a torch? The sushi he makes will be so pedestrian without it, to say nothing of his sous vide medallions of veal.
Ah, well, the Spartan college dorm life, I guess.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Just seeing what you might like. It's been a long while, but I remember enjoying a meal at Maggiano's. gasp

Spaghetti & Meatballs

OK. Probably no spaghetti and meatballs, and more pricey, but how about a seat at the nearby Erbaluce?

Spaghetti & Meatballs

What if they offered you a reserved table at Rino's instead?

Japanese chef's knife: Tojiro DP or something else?

Amazon

Jun 18, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Japanese chef's knife: Tojiro DP or something else?

The 240 is currently $61.41

Jun 18, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Japanese chef's knife: Tojiro DP or something else?

Just thought I'd bump this thread to mention that the 210mm Tojiro DP Gyuto is now selling on Amazon for 49.98. With Prime and free shipping, that's hard to beat!

Jun 17, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Is my wok carbon steel or non-stick coated?

Wait, what?!? Don't do that! I'm with you, CK, it looks like a beautifully seasoned carbon steel wok. Hard to tell from the photos, though. I'd try CK's test (the paper towel, not the vinegar), or bring it to a friend who does a lot of wok cooking and see if they salivate.

Jun 17, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Difficulty lighting my gas grill

Possibly, but what if there's a web in there acting like a "ball valve"? It blocks the tube and lets no gas through, until fiddling with the gas et al flips the web open and it runs fine until it's turned off again?

Difficulty lighting my gas grill

That's what I was thinking. They also make "venturi cleaneers", flexible wires with brushes on the end, to get into the venturi. I'd give that a try.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/in...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_r_Y...