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Paul Bakery Natick

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

about 21 hours ago
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

December 2014 Openings and Closings

I can verify that, as there were folks eating there, when we walked by on Wednesday night on our way to the theater.

Dec 12, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

What are the Spiciest dishes at S & I and Thai North?

Since they continue to make what I always order the same (pad ga pow with ground pork and brown rice, som tum, sometimes an app), so I'll continue to get delivery from them.

Dec 11, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

7 layer cake and rainbow cookies

I'm thinking that 4 years later, the OP isn't still looking for 7 layer cookies.

Dec 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Portland (and some Portsmouth) weekend report

We ate at East Ender recently for the first time, and heard about them closing. The burger was unremarkable, but the smoked trout fritters (as well as the goat cheese fritters on my wife's salad) were outstanding. Looking forward to trying the Small Axe folks food sometime.

Dec 05, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

What are the Spiciest dishes at S & I and Thai North?

That has been my issue with the Pad Ga Pow Moo Krob in the past, and is why we have switched to the Pad Ga Pow (with ground pork), as it is always delicious and spicy.

Dec 04, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Globe article on local chocolate

My wife has been a fan of Burdick's for years, and I always went there to buy her chocolates. A friend of hers gave her a box of mixed chocolates from Byrne and Carlson, and she's now a convert. We were fighting over every last piece. Both the filled, solid, and dipped chocolates were amazing.

Dec 03, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Source for Premium Dried Fruit

I find that the mangled slab apricots at Trader Joes are the sweetest available. This is because they are made with ripe fruit, rather than hard non-ripe fruit like most. I like their dried blueberries (especially the dried Maine blueberries), as well.

Dec 01, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

What are the Spiciest dishes at S & I and Thai North?

The pad ga pow is 5 stars, but the Som Tum is only 3 stars, and it's markedly hotter. Honestly I think it's the hottest thing I've had there. The pad ga pow is more spicy than the pad ga pow moo krob, and I prefer the ground pork to the bigger pieces of pork belly in the pad ga pow moo krob.

Nov 26, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

What are the Spiciest dishes at S & I and Thai North?

The Som Tum was the first thing I thought of. I also like the very spicy pad ga pow, the ground pork version. I think it's slightly spicier than the pad ga pow moo krob. Both from S&I.

Nov 25, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

They are the best cookie I've ever had from Mike's.

Nov 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

We used to go to Modern for cannolis only, and since my wife is not much of a cannoli fan, we rarely went. My wife likes Italian cookies, and we used to go to Maria's for them, and their wonderful sfogliatelle. I never experienced the cookie staleness problem that some people had mentioned there. We ate at Umberto recently with a friend, and she rarely gets to the NE, and wanted to go to Modern. Rather than going to another store, we bought cookies there. We are not going back to Maria's. The Italian cookies were far superior at Modern, even the plain colored butter cookies were wonderful.

Nov 22, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

Yeah, those oatmeal raisin were awesome.

Nov 21, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

Clear Flour: Molasses Spice, Chocolate Macaroons, Almond Macaroons

Lakota: anything

Nov 21, 2014
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