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Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

Clear Flour: Molasses Spice, Chocolate Macaroons, Almond Macaroons

Lakota: anything

about 3 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Who wants to make me a cocktail?

As an avid maker of Paper Planes, I can say with certainty that the Nonino Amaro is the best for making them. It's a milder flavored amaro, and many of the stronger ones take over the drink. I also don't use any bitters in mine, just equal parts bourbon (I use Buffalo Trace, but any decent bourbon will work), lemon juice, Aperol, and Nonino amaro. Shake over ice, strain, and enjoy! I always find it interesting that you have 3 bitter liquids with the bourbon, and the combination brings out the inherent sweetness of the bourbon.

Nov 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

However (Bourdain Continued)

The Boston No Reservations was loosely based on a classic Boston mob movie called The Friends Of Eddie Coyle. The heroin angle in the Massachusetts episode is that he is a recovering addict, and the heroin problem is huge in Western Ma, as well as in many bedroom communities across America. I liked that he stated that it didn't become a problem people cared about until it left the inner city. I live in Boston, and enjoyed both shows immensely. Then again, I enjoy all of Bourdain's shows, some episodes more than others. I'd put the Massachusetts episodes at about the halfway point of quality. The Vietnam episode and the Iran episode were both far stronger, but I like the fact that he's not just walking around a city eating and drinking. I appreciate the social commentary.

Best of Babka?

As I age, though I still love the Green's chocolate babka, their cinnamon has become my and my wife's preferred babka. I always think of the Seinfeld episode when I eat it, though, since he was so upset for having to settle on cinnamon!

Nov 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

The Green's brand is parve. I gotta say though, StriperGuy, while I generally agree with you on that point, the Green's babka is worth a try.

Nov 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

Chompie - I have not had the Green's rugelach, so I can't speak to them. The Green's babka is a loaf style, 24 oz, that is absolutely loaded with either cinnamon or chocolate. Here is a pic from the web of the cinnamon, the chocolate is similar in regads to the amount of chocolate.

Nov 13, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Branca Menta?

I have seen it (and bought a bottle) at Marty's Big Buys in Brighton on North Beacon Street.

Nov 13, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Sazerac rye

Most stores get a small supply every once in a while. I know the Marty's in Brighton near me, has it very occasionally. I bought the only two bottles they had about a month ago. I'd call your local places and see who carries it, and about how often they get it.

Nov 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

That is a great price!

Nov 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

5 best dishes in Allston

Love the Som Tum at S&I, it definitely has drfied shrimp in it. I like that it's super hot as well. A buddy of mine went to a place in the Super 88 food court and had their hottest Som Tum, and he said it didn't approach the version they make at S&I.

Nov 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

No worries, I'm leaning towards buying the 16oz loaf from Green's anyway, but wished to know for my own purposes.

Nov 10, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

Green's babka freezes very well. How much was the 24 oz loaf? The Green's website has them at $8.49 each. For my yearly work babka day, I usually buy the 16oz loaves (easier to cut for a big group. Green's sells those for $6.99.

Nov 10, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

The Green's sold at Wegman's, and on the Green's website are anything but dry. Super moist, and super chocolate and cinnamon flavors.

Nov 07, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

Science Chick - please come back and let us know how much they are, and whether they are the 1 lb or 1 1/2 pound loaves. Thanks!

Nov 07, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best of Babka?

I didn't know that. I'll have to see how much it is, and if it's less than buying from Green's directly (which is what I do now).

Nov 07, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

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