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Rainbow cookies, in the North End (Boston)

I don't know if they are made in house, but I like the ones at Maria's.

Oct 16, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Source for aquavit / scandinavian schnapps in greater Boston?

Man, I love me some Black Death from Iceland, and it is sort of like alcoholic rye bread! I guess I'll have to try the Aalborg sometime.

Oct 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Dinner 2014 reservations

Since I generally work Christmas Day, my wife and I usually go to dinner on Christmas Eve, and most places are closed then as well. We almost always have to do the hotel restaurants, since those are always open. For something special, I'd say L'Espalier, but that's going to be hard to do for $500 for 4. Island Creek Oyster Bar would work, but not sure what the vegetarian would eat. The new Boulud place, maybe?

Oct 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Onion ring rec

That's what salt is for! I like thin onion rings, so Bartley's fits the bill perfectly. I haven't been in a few years, but I always remembered them tasting clean and light, like onion, not greasy at all. Again, salt is the only seasoning I need on onion rings.

Oct 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Duels Finale (spoilers)

Sweet Cheeks isn't the best BBQ in the world, but it is one of the best in Boston. Her biscuits are amazingly good. Some of the best I've ever had, and I've eaten biscuits in the south.

Speakeasy - Boston

You can sit at the bar at Eastern Standard without eating, but not in the restaurant proper (at least I've never seen anyone doing that). I think the Hawthorne is the best bet for this, an adult bar with high quality cocktails, not filled with 22 year olds drinking sweetened "whatever-tinis".

Oct 09, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cutty's Next Special Cluckin' Sunday is Feb 9th, a Week from Today

There's one line for everything. I could see if someone were nice they might let you in line for just cake, but I can't imagine loads of folks being happy about it. The cake was a moist spice cake, similar to what my mom used to make. It was reminiscent of cider doughnuts in flavor. It has a little too sweet for me cream cheese frosting.They make it in a big sheet cake pan, and sell squares for $2.95. They sign also said "Today's cake is cider doughnut." I'm sure it rotates with the seasons.

Oct 07, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cutty's Next Special Cluckin' Sunday is Feb 9th, a Week from Today

We went this past weekend for the first time.

The good: Extremely well fried chicken breast, juicy, not dry, great taste to the coating
Mayo/honey mustard/lettuce
Amazing cider donut cake
The not so good: Too sweet of a roll, the brioche could be replaced by a less sweet soft roll
The cheese: not enough, or not strong enough to cut through the other flavors, didn't even think it was there at first.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but it's a bit too sweet, and I'm not inclined to spend another 45 minutes waiting for one. We got there at 10:05, was in line past the UPS store, line was to Village Pizza when we left, sandwiches and cake in hand at 10:50.

Oct 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Maine: Best and Most Unique Dining Experiences

Bobbert's advice is, as usual, spot on. Central Provisions is also quite good, though there's been reports of staff attitude creeping in.

Oct 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

What are can't miss dishes at Island Creek Oyster Bar?

The raw bar, the oyster sliders, and I usually order the trout dish.

Oct 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite nightlife spots for a drink

That's funny because we had sub standard service there in the dining room on our last visit, which is too bad, because the food was still quite good. The Salty Pig has a beer, wine, cordial license only, so they have to get pretty creative. Make sure you hit The Hawthorne at least once while you're here, it is exactly what you're looking for, and is my favorite bar in town.

Oct 03, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best place to have Maine Uni/Sea Urchin

I had this as an special appetizer at Miyake one evening. 3 small urchins, you just scooped out the uni. Fantastic.

Sep 28, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Those are small biscuits for Tiffani. The ones she serves at her Boston BBQ restaurant are huge, the biggest (and best) biscuits I've ever eaten. I actually looked at me wife when they said she was on and asked "Do you think she'll make a biscuit?".

Sep 18, 2014
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

Abe & Louie's or Grill 23

I am one who's not a huge fan of Grill 23. I suggest you try Bogie's Place (inside JM Curley's). They are my favorite Boston steakhouse at the moment.

Sep 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

VInland - Portland

The wife and I ate at Vinland for the first time this past Saturday. We did the 5 course make your own tasting menu (any 5 courses for $60) and had cocktails (neither of us was in the mood for paired wines).

The Good: Chicken with Crispy Skin. Quite possibly the best chicken I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Juicy, flavorful, varying textures. Phenomenal.
Pork Capocollo Also wonderful, juicy and flavorful
Herb Soup: wonderful flavors
Monkfish with kale, confit potato, and chard perfectly cooked fish, with excellent veggies
Cocktails: All inventively made, of course using local ingredients. The Gunsmoke was particularly good, with just the right amount of smoke. The Half Moon, while delicious didn't warrant it's $20 price tag. I also had the special cocktail, which used house made Cherry Heering and VERY boozy cherry garnish.

The OK: Oat and corn polenta with accompaniments. Perfectly fine, but a bit flat tasting

Beef Chuck Tender - not bad, but needed a bit more of the Maine sea salt

Raw beef. a decent form of beef tartare, but needed a pinch of sae salt, and was crying out for some fresh black pepper (which you are NOT going to get there-I wish I'd brought my own!).

The Meh: desserts, I had the Maine blueberries with anise hysop custard, the wife the buckwheat sandwich cookie. Both were Meh, I'd skip the dessert course next time, and just get 5 savory courses.

The weird - I "get" the whole idea of using only local ingredients, though man that tartare needed pepper, but it seems antithetical to their ethos to change out the silverware with each course. Seems like they'll use a lot more water that way. We'll return, but we won't rush back.

Sep 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Blackstrap BBQ

When they first opened, the portions were quite small for the price. Since those days, they have increased the sizes of the portions, without raising the price. It's still pricey for BBQ, but most BBQ restaurants don't use heritage pork, etc. I like their BBQ for Boston, though if I'm anywhere near central MA, I'm going to BT's. Sweet Cheeks biscuits, however, are the best I've ever eaten, and I've eaten my share of Southern biscuits.

Sep 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best restaurants in Portland, Maine

Yeah, that really must be it, as the descriptions of other people's meals at 555 sound wonderful, nothing like the fairly poor meal we had. We also had a 3 course prix fixe, and didn't order off the menu, not sure if that was an issue, either. I didn't comment on your Otto Brookline experience on the Boston board, but I like the other posters, have never had anything but excellent pizza at that outpost (especially that bacon scallion), so your idea has much merit. We're trying Vinland this weekend, but I'll keep working on my wife to give 555 another chance some time, as we are in Portland at least once a month to visit my mother-in-law.

Sep 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Best restaurants in Portland, Maine

Why is it that every review of this restaurant sounds like a completely different place than we experienced? It's frustrating, as our meal at 555 was so poor, my wife says she's sworn off it. I've tried yo get her to give it another chance, but she's not budging. Somewhere on CH is my detailed review, but the thing that sticks out the most in my mind was the "famous" donut that tasted of nothing but old past it's prime grease, and was so greasy and leaden, I barely had 2 bites (and I love me some donuts!).

Sep 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

+1 on Finz, nothing earthshattering, but solid, and do not miss the Yin Yu House, an amazing exhibit!

September 2014 Openings and Closings

I read this asking myself why I wrote it, then I remembered it was at Hops and Scotch that I had those great chorizo Scotch eggs, not Wink and Nod.

Sep 09, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Sausage Bloody Mary?

Not sure I'd use the abbreviation BM for Bloody Mary, but that's just me. ;~) I would use a nice spicy sausage like a chorizo, or Portuguese Linguica.

Sep 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Look on the top of the menu linked above, it quite clearly states that there are dinner specials available after 5pm. They had so many people wanting the grilled romaine salad, the burger, or the sandwiches at dinner time that they relented, and have them all day now, but they still do have dinner only plates as well.

Sep 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Our 4 Days/3 Nights of Enjoyment in Boston

Thanks so much for the detailed report, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay, and had some great food. I love Coppa, even though I don't get there as often as I should, but that beef heart pastrami is to die for!

Sep 03, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best food in Boston with kids?

Be sure to stop by Gallaria Umberto for lunch (closed Sundays and Holidays). Great pizza, arancini, and calzones, great for kids, and cheap, cheap, cheap!

Sep 02, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best Chicken parm sub in Boston

Nope, they are closed.

Sep 02, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

September 2014 Openings and Closings

I hope they still do the chorizo scotch eggs, those things rock.

Aug 30, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

trying to remember a pizza place

We went to Bel Canto quite a few times over the years, though I remember a pretty precipitous decline in quality on our last visit. It closed a year or two later. If I remember correctly, the business was being taken over by a younger generation, and they screwed the pooch.

Aug 30, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Looking For A Good Beginner's Cocktail Kit

I agree that it is much cheaper to buy the items individually rather than in a kit. Instead of a set of jiggers, you could go with this Oxo 2 oz measuring cup, which is graded in 1/2 oz increments inside. This allows you to have one "jigger" rather than several sizes.
http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Steel-Angle...

I also would get a heavy glass pint glass and a stainless shaker (collectively known as a Boston shaker) for shaken drinks, and a nice glass vessel for stirred drinks. You'll also need a julep strainer as well as a Hawthorne strainer. The Boston Shaker, a great store here in the Boston area, has great stuff, though they are a bit pricey. You can use their tool section on their website to see the different types of tools you'll need. Page 2 of their tools section has a gorgeous glass mixing vessel, that will not only work wonderfully for stirring your martinis, but is beautiful to boot.

http://www.thebostonshaker.com/

Aug 26, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

I too found the food at Wink & Nod very expensive. Especially the $17 3oz steak frites, that came on an 8 inch by 2 inch plate. I found the cocktails fine, but after enjoying bar service at most of Boston's best craft cocktail bars, I found the actual bartenders to be free of any personality or obvious enjoyment of what they were doing.

Aug 26, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

ISO Juanita's Tortilla Chips

I've never had Juanita's tortilla chips, but the in-house made tortilla chips at Star Markets, of all places, are the best I've ever had. Certainly better than any commercial brand I've tried. The stock them near the deli in my local Star.

Aug 25, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area