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How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

I figured you could build it in wherever you were going to put a microwave.

Apr 15, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

How can I get rid of the toaster oven on the countertop?

I'm not quite sure I understand the thread, and what you're looking for, but:
how about:
http://www.amazon.com/LG-LCSP1110ST-C...
Combo microwave/toaster oven with a pizza drawer that I'm sure would toast bread, no?

Apr 15, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Best Italian Restaurant in North End

Nobody's mentioned the Monica's: Vinoteca di Monica or Trattoria di Monica. I've had good meals at both. Not considered good enough?

Apr 15, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area
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Please suggest a wedding gift

I might include some cousins, too, but we're a close family! :o)

Apr 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

If I didn't think they needed it, didn't have it, and would love it... I probably would.
Someone upstream described those close enough to go "off registry", probably a good rule: if you're close enough to know something they'd appreciate : get it.

Apr 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

I guess I've found that most of my acquaintances are not CHers and don't have a nice chef's knife. Or if they do, might appreciate a new high quality one.
That said, I usually try to purchase at a store they have access to like a SLT, and include a gift receipt.

As with any gift (except off a registry, I suppose), there's always that risk.

Apr 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Please suggest a wedding gift

OTOH,
a nice chef's knife has been my go to gift for several years now. Personally I like to give a nice 8" Shun Classic Chef's Knife, but I've gone to Myabi on occaision as well. I always include a penny, and so far (knocking on my head) no divorces, except my own, and no one gave me a knife! I've gotten only good feedback on how much a nice quality knife enhances their kitchen time together. It's suprising how many people have never had a good knife, so a Shun is usually a reasonable start.

Apr 10, 2014
justbeingpolite in Cookware

JM Curley before a show?

OK, I'll try it. Still got a Back Deck res backup.

Apr 09, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

I was thinking of Bogie's. On their website it says "adults only" so I was thinking it might be only over 18. Maybe I'll give it a shot, though.

Apr 09, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

Junior in HS and two in college. Thanks for asking. Is a splurge at No. 9 Park too much?

Apr 08, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner near Northampton?

I'll check 'em out.

Thanks

Apr 08, 2014
justbeingpolite in Southern New England

JM Curley before a show?

Good thought. I can reserve there, too.

Apr 08, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

OK,
Thanks, all

Apr 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

How many seats? Does that mean no chance?

Apr 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

5:45?,
Or bag it and make a reservation at Teatro?

Apr 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

You think we'll have too much downtime if we go at 6?
I figured it would take a few minutes to get in, seated, and order. Probably not get fed till around 6:45. I think it would be fine, no?

Apr 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

JM Curley before a show?

I know we've had the conversation about where to eat before a show at the Opera House, but I'm taking three kids to a show this weekend, and was wondering if JM Curley would work?
What do you think?

Apr 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner near Northampton?

I'm on a wait list at Chez Albert. How do people feel about Lattitudes in West Springfield?

Apr 06, 2014
justbeingpolite in Southern New England

Graduation dinner near Northampton?

Got a son graduating from UMass on a Friday in May. Any dinner recommendations? Shoot over to BT's Smokehouse?Green St Cafe?
Gohyang (is it still there?)?
Chez Albert?

Apr 06, 2014
justbeingpolite in Southern New England

What is a traditionally odd, spicy and delicious thing to order at a Sichuan restaurant?

Also known as Chongqing chicken or dry fried chicken. Excellent. True dan dan noodles are also spicy and declicious...odd?, I'm not sure.
Ma Po tofu could be considered odd, I suppose.

Apr 04, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Best Steak House in Boston

Been a lot of good word on Bogie's place inside JM Curley, too, IIRC.

Apr 04, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Taberna de Haro, awesomer than ever!

Hadn't been since they expanded to the space next door, and now they've installed a gin bar, with a bar manager poached from Drink!! I didn't get his name but he was quite charming. I had their version of a Negroni, with No. 3 Gin and made with Aperol, I think, instead of Campari. Really, really good.
Loved the food as well, as always. Those croquettas!!

Apr 04, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Mulan Waltham Lunch Excellent

Funny, just drove by there at lunchtime the other day, on my way to take my daughter to lunch at Tacqueria el Amigo (which was great as usual, really liked the carne asada), maybe we missed out.
BTW, anyone know anything about the thai place that took Carambola's spot, Saab Thai (or something like that)?

Apr 04, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Dinner in Lowell?

"Walk down to Merrimac St.
Viet Thai
Mamba Grill
Mr Jalepenos (terrible name, but not bad mexican)
Babylon (terrific little Iraqi place)
Life Alive"

This was my thought on another thread last April. If you enter "Tsongas" into the search bar, you'll find a few threads.

Good luck.

Apr 03, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Brunch/Omelet bar Burlington/arlington area for shower

Tavern in the Square in Burlington, near the mall, has an omelet bar. Big, generic place, but I bet they have private rooms.

Mar 31, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Laksa? Go West, Young Woman

Saw a recipe for Laksa Lemak on Serious Eats today, out of the Lonely Planet's The World's Best Spicy Foods.
I've had good luck with their recipes:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Mar 26, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

wild salmon

Off topic, I know, but I find that to be the case with shrimp. Except when Maine shrimp are in season (*sob* for this year), I think it's better to buy frozen shrimp in the bag. The "fresh" shrimp out on display has always been previously frozen, so what's the benefit? I've had several episodes on amonia-y shrimp bought this way, before I switched my purchase pattern.
Do the members of the board agree?

Mar 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Looking for great eggs to sous-vide

Just was in Chip in Farm in Bedford. They are getting in duck eggs from Bedford Blueberry Goat Farm. They take orders $1/egg for as many as you order. They have a website:

http://chipinfarm.com/about/news/

Mar 21, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Szechuan Takeout Tonight

Chongqing Chicken (Dry Fried Chicken) can look scary, but if you don't want the spice and don't eat the piled on dried and green hot peppers, it's a nicely flavored dish.

Mar 12, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area

Pink curing salt in Boston?

2nd William Sonoma, you can buy a small jar, and won't use it up on a batch of bacon.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Mar 07, 2014
justbeingpolite in Greater Boston Area