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All You Can Eat Lionfish, an over population solution

It is an excellent, lightly flavored firm white flesh fish. Takes to sauces wonderfully. I have had it numerous times on Bonaire, in the Caribbean. They are VERY active in removing them from the reef there(and eating them!).

Jan 26, 2015
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

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

Your question screams Alden and Harlow. Great small plates, great cocktails and service. Make sure to get the kale salad, pancakes, and chicken fried rabbit.

Also second Ribelle, my wife and I were just saying how we need to get back there soon.

defunct restaurant

Yep, first time there (Brookline) was huge portions of serviceable pasta. By the time they opened the others, it had become a joke.

Jan 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

New Bedford dinner recommendation

Waterfront Grille was very good on my last visit.

Jan 23, 2015
kimfair1 in Southern New England

Anyone tried the Sugarbells at Wilson Farms? Or other outstanding sweet citrus elsewhere?

We tried some of our Florida honeybells this weekend, and they were as phenomenal as usual. We buy ours through Indian River Fruits. We have tried ordering through Hale fruits, but those came with about 20% of the fruit moldy.

https://www.indianriverfruits.com/

Jan 19, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Anyone tried the Sugarbells at Wilson Farms? Or other outstanding sweet citrus elsewhere?

We received our Honeybells yesterday from Florida. I have not tried one yet, but will tomorrow morning. I'll report back on their taste/juice level.

Jan 16, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Boston – Ep. #11 – 01/14/15 (spoilers)

Shucked is an awesome read! I was seriously bummed that both Mei's brother and Mr Tony dumped all of the liquor out of the oysters! What a waste. I also agree that Jeremy Sewell and Skip Bennet should have been judges (though neither would have been happy to see those liquor-less oysters), especially as they do have 2 (3 actually) of the better restaurants in the Boston area.

Jan 16, 2015
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

Afternoon Tea in Boston or Lowell

Not sure about Lowell, but I think you'll have a hard time keeping it under $20 in Boston. The Taj has afternoon tea, but their's costs $30-50 per person (price range from Opentable).

Jan 15, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

St George Gins [California]

We stopped in a bar last evening, and the bartender gave us a taste ogf the Botanivore. Very nice taste, I'm not generally a martini drinker, but I could see myself enjoying a martini made with this and some nice Dolin vermouth.

Jan 15, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Davis Square

I always choose to eat at Johnny D's when I see a show there for the same reason. It's nice to have a seat already when the show starts, and the food, while not mind blowing is solid.

Jan 14, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Graduation dinner/May 2015

There are some great ideas here, but whatever you choose, be sure to make a reservation as early as possible. Boston has a ton of colleges, and that time of year starts getting tight for reservations quite early.

Jan 14, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Besito (Chestnut Hill)

Oh we were greeted in Spanish. Thought the whole thing very weird.

Jan 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Besito (Chestnut Hill)

Had to go to the Chestnut Hill mall on Saturday, as we were very hungry so we decided to give Besito a try. Having remembered the lackluster guac stories here, we passed. We got some queso fundido, Mexican street corn, mushroom and goat cheese empenadas, and carne asada tacos. We each had a classic margarita.

Margaritas = fine, though I've had much better ones B+
Queso fundido = basically a bowl of large pieces of onion and peppers covered in a huge glob of melted cheese with little or no chorizo to be seen. Awful. Wanted something closer to the chili con queso at Lone Star. F
Street corn = Excellent roasted corn flavor, served off the cob with no discernible aioli or cojita cheese. A+ for corn flavor D- for lack of the other two important parts of Mexican street corn.
Carne Asada tacos = tasty steak in a single soft corn tortilla with so much romaine lettuce and tomato salsa that you could barely hold it all together. Came to the table cool. C-
Mushroom/goat cheese empenadas = huge pieces of under seasoned mushrooms, with barely any goat cheese at all. C-

Complimentary churros = best part of the meal. A

$80 with tip, will not be returning.

Jan 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Eating Raw Oysters, Is it safe?

For anyone truly interested in this subject, I would recommend the book Shucked about working at the Island Creek Oyster farm in MA. Fascinating.

Jan 09, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

Songs with restaurant names in the lyrics

Folk singer Todd Snider has a couple.

Moondawg's Tavern (in Frasier Tennessee)
The Ballad Of The Devil's Backbone Tavern

Jan 09, 2015
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

Best sandwiches in Boston?

Spicy beef on saj at Garlic and Lemons
Spicy Chicken on saj from Garlic and Lemons
Pork gyros at Esperia Grill
Beef kafta on house made pita at Boston kabob House

Jan 08, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Portland (and some Portsmouth) weekend report

Name is probably changing, not sure where the chefs are going, we just overheard someone at the restaurant telling the table next to ours. It was our first (and only) trip to the East Ender.

Jan 07, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

The hawthorne in Kenmore, how's the food?

Well, it's in Kenmore, not Kendall, so that changes things a bit. The Den is a small area in the main bar area, but is not a separate area. It has several couches/chairs in an area that is probably 10 x 12 feet or so. The third picture on the web site gives you the best look of the Den, the picture is taken from within the Den. I would describe the food as excellent bar snacks. The deviled eggs, soft hot pretzels, and toasts are stand outs. The steak salad, and cheese and meat boards are also excellent. Definitely in the small snack, not a sit down meal camp.

Jan 07, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Birthday Dinner Recommendations (~12 people, early-mid 20s)

Eastern Standard or Island Creek Oyster Bar (harder on the vegetarian), drinks after at The Hawthorne (yes in Kenmore, but fabulous), OR Alden and Harlow in Harvard SQ. Many places fr drinks afterwards.

Jan 04, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Pickle Juice - How Do You Use It

Pickle Pops rock!

Liquid Art House

Liquid Art House is directly across Arlington St from the Smith and Wollensky castle.

Dec 31, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Jumbo/Giant Salted Cashews

Third on Fastichi, and they now have a shop in Boston on Beacon Hill.

Dec 29, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Babka in Boston?

The style sold at Whole Foods is more bready, less chocolate/cinnamon, don't think it has the raisens or white topping. It may be more traditional that way, but I'll take the Green's style any day. That's not a MA company, by the way, the bakery is in New York.

Dec 29, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Paul Bakery Natick

Have you tried them at Clear Flour? Admittedly they are my only experience with caneles, but they are quite good.

Dec 26, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Slab reports, please!

Yeah, it was one of the best Sicilian doughs, maybe THE best, I've ever had. My wife and sister in law were talking about getting the meatball sandwich, until I pointed out to them that it came on a whole loaf of bread!

Dec 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Best two small plates (tapas size) in Boston under $30 total?

Alden and Harlow
Ubiquitous Kale Salad $8
Chicken Fried Rabbit $15

Dec 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Slab reports, please!

Went to Slab for the first (but not last) time on Saturday. Phenomenal p[ie, I tried the hand slice, my wife the very spicy meat wedge. I judge pizza almost completely by the dough, and this one is phenomenal.

Dec 22, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Kossar Bialy's in Boston?

While I've not had a bialy as fine as Kossar's, I agree with Blumie about the frozen Bell's, and I've even enjoyed the ones that are made at the Stop & Shop bakery under their own label.

Dec 22, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Babka in Boston?

Wegman's definitely carries Green's brand, at $7.49 a 1.5 lb loaf, about a buck less than the Green's website. It is phenomenal. I have had the Whole Foods product, while fine, it is a drier product than the Green's, far less chocolate or cinnamon in them. It is not in the same league as Green's.

Dec 22, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cockscombs

It's entirely gelatinous, like a soft mushroom. barely, slightly chicken flavor. I've only had them at Cragie On Main in Boston, an a ragout of vegetables and soft egg.

Dec 12, 2014
kimfair1 in General Topics