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Looking for Sunday brunch - Lowell, Andover, Chelmsord, Dracut area

Aprile's European in Chelmsford might be able to accomodate either size.
Also, if dim sum is a possibility, you could give China Star Dim Sum Lounge in Lowell a try.

Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Don't want to cross the highway for a drink and XLB at Sichuan Garden?

Top quality chinese restaurant in(near) Boston

There it is

Top quality chinese restaurant in(near) Boston

Beijing in Lexington Center, perhaps?
What is it you're looking for, exactly?

Vitamix 6300 from Costco is junk!!

Yes, check with Costco, I'm sure that they'll make it good. I have to say my 6300 has been running fine for more than a year, and the device looks like new, despite hearing many gripes about the Costco model.
Just got my brother a Blendtec, which Costco just started carrying. Looks like it'll be a winner, too.

Apr 06, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Pre-ballet dining

JM Curley or Bogie's Place?

Best beef tartare?

The Bancroft in Burlington does a nice version

Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

I think I've had 'em at Udupi Bhavan in Lowell

Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

Is that the pastry called vada?

Kitchen shears or scissors you recommend?

I love my Shun shears. The ones with the asymmetric finger holes. Easy come apart for cleaning, very strong, easy to use.


Apr 02, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Go To Thai?

I thought that might be it, but had started the error. Went to Bangkok City, which was very good: We ate off the Thai menu in the back. The Salt fish Fried Rice was very good, as was the spicy squid dish (i forget the name)
Got to try Pho Basil, the line there is always long.

Go To Thai?

I meant Pho Basil, not Thai Basil, whoops. Anyone got thoughts on Pho Basil? I know they're both Vietnamese and Thai,

Ethnic breakfasts?

China Pearl is not bad, but spottier. Can get some not so fresh dishes. Variety is pretty good though.
China Star is generally very good. If they don't have what you want on the carts, you can usually ask for it, and they'll bring it out, nice and fresh.

Go To Thai?

Anybody got an opinion on Thai Basil or Bangkok City? I'm thinking of going to one or the other before Symphony.


Steve's House of Pizza in Bedford is still there: purveyor of a standard greasy Greek style pizza, not bad, but not unique. The same could be said for the cheese steak, and many in town prefer the cheese steak at the slightly better known Bedford House of Roast Beef, particularly the Jack's special, with James River BBQ sauce on it.

Ethnic breakfasts?

I've just skimmed this thread. I see you're going up to Lowell for Heng Lay. Good choice, though I haven't tried much on the menu, yet. As long as you're willing to head up to Lowell, has anyone suggested China Star to you? Really good dim sum. Make sure you go to China Star Dim Sum on Middlesex St, not the one on Broadway. They serve dim sum from 9am to 3pm.

Are electric can openers worth it?

Mar 26, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Have it at Sichuan Garden in Woburn with one of Ren's Trader Vic's Mai Tais. Great pairing!!

Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

Thanks for the update OC. Good news, as one of the owners is apparently about to open Hilo in the vacated Dalya's space in Bedford!

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

I think there was a dip for a while, but went recently and was quite pleased.

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

East Coast Grill? If you can get in the Tiki room, that's fun for kids. Plus the waiters are usually generous with the animal shaped cocktail decorations, my kids loved those at that age. Reasonable choices: some BBQ, seafood for those who will eat it, even the grilled veggie platter of the day was a big hit with my picky daughter during her vegetarian days.
Gran Gusto's fine, though

The Rise of Boston: America's Next Great Food Town

To be fair, the caption on the photo does identify it as a Branzino... or branzini

Oisa Ramen Pop Up Tickets on Sale NOW

Look at the address on the website. Click on any of the dates as if you're purchasing. It's in Martin's Coffee Shop, 35 Harvard St in Brookline

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Nobo, a new Japanese Steakhouse/restaurant, is supposed to open today in Chelmsford. Probably a sushi and teppanyaki place. Waiting for reports 1 positive review on Yelp, so it's definitive!!
Right across the street from Sakura, hmm.

Shun Fuji vs. Miyagi Birchwood SG2 7" Santoku

Thanks, all!
Don't want to stoke any fires, though, so I'll run with that.

Mar 11, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Shun Fuji vs. Miyagi Birchwood SG2 7" Santoku

I know I'm late to this conversation, all, and I can see it's getting frustrating. Nonetheless I have a question to ask and want to pitch in to muddle further.
1. Alexrander said the SG2 edge doesn't fold over, but I know that when I sharpen my Shun on stones, I get a "burr", which is essentially a folded over edge, no?
2. If a steel is really no good for the edge, why does Shun manufacture and sell one? They can't be that jaded, can they?

Mar 11, 2015
justbeingpolite in Cookware

Seafood Dim Sum recs

I think both China Pearl and Hei la Moon have a pretty good variety of seafood Dim Sum: including Har Gau and many shrimp dumplings and patties, as well as clams and periwinkles in black bean sauce. Not so much fish, I'd guess, though.

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Have you tried the arancini at il casale in Belmont?

The Daily Table - prepared meals from salvaged ingredients

Was just thinking of posting this from the NYT:

About two screens down there's a reference to The Daily Table.