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September 2015 Openings and Closings

Sounds like it. I had heard it was shooting for a lower price point, but with seafood as the focus, I'm not sure how that's possible.

about 4 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

Not sure, I generally only get over there for bagels in the morning.

about 4 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

In speaking to the bar manager while we sat at the bar last night at Alden & Harlow, we wee told that Scelfo will be opening up a seafood centric restaurant in Central Sq Cambridge, sometime soon. No other info on name, etc.

about 4 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Portland, Maine daytrip with kids

South Portland is more of a bedroom community than Portland. Smaller houses, not too many apartment buildings. Scratch bakery is quite good, and they sell the same more Montreal than New York style bagels at 158 Picket St Cafe. I don't do lobster rolls, but folks rave about the rolls at Bite Into Maine truck at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, right near So Portland. The views there are also spectacular. We also enjoy Bug Light for the views, and it's close to Scratch and 158 Picket St cafe, so you can put together a picnic, and eat at one of the tables at Bug Light. If you want too try the unique sandwich known as an Italian (you won't find them too far away from Portland) the best known proprietor is one of the many Amato's you may see, but DiPietro's in South Portland makes the best. They are an open face sandwich with ham, American cheese, tomato, green peppers, onions, back olives, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

If you are going to Scratch for their awesome bagels, and they are either A. sold out, or B. the line is ridiculous, go to nearby 158 Picket St Cafe in South Portland for the same bagels. Last Sunday morning, we were staying with my wife's family in So. Portland, and at 7:15 I went by Scratch, line out the door, people looking for parking. Went by to 158 Picket St Cafe, parked in front, got a dozen bagels, walked out, drove by Scratch on the way back, and the same folks were still waiting outside. It's really good, but like I say, if it's the bagels you want 158 Picket St Cafe has the same ones.

Sushi

That does look awesome! I have bought fish there, but never sushi. I'm thinking that is going to have to change!

Aug 26, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Ebb And Flow Portland Maine

If I had 5 dinners in Portland, and cost was not an option, I'd probably do:
1. Central Provisions
2. Hugo's
3. 555
4. Miyake
5. Caiola's

I also love Eventide, haven't yet tried Honey Paw, have had a great meal at Vinland (though again, I wanted some black pepper!), had a solid meal at Petit Jacqueline and uneven experiences at Grace (First time awesome, but the last time there was a disappointment).

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

Yeah, I'd do Portland as well, especially if food is your focus. Where did you go when you went recently? There are so many excellent places to go. HUgo's (dinner only), Eventide, Honey paw (haven't been yet), 555 (dinner only), Holy Donut, Central Provisions, East Ender, Miyake, Portland Hunt and Alpine Club (great cocktails), etc, etc.

Aug 26, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Ebb And Flow Portland Maine

I'm a sucker for interesting egg dishes, and the bread with butter and egg saboyan at Central Provisions was phenomenal, ditto the smoked carrots. Have not eaten at Streets, Walter's, or Emilitsa. My current Portland list (where we have been lately for good meals) is Central Provisions, Eventide, Caiolas (Italian), East Ender (not with the well reviewed new owners), Slab, Vinland, Petite Jacqueline, and Hugo's.

Aug 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Unexpected night out tonight -- where to try?

It's been quite a while, and nothing on the online menu rings a bell. They had been open only a month or two at the time. I did have an interesting talk with one of the owners who was behind the bar, who owns the building, which is why he's willing to stick out the harder times until some proposed housing is built nearby.

Aug 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

If I Were A Fundamentalist Locavore in Boston...

Yeah, the food I had at Vinland was really great, the steak tartare I had there was screaming for a few turns of fresh ground pepper. And we found it odd that although they were very cognizant of the distance food came from, partially to reduce the carbon footprint of the restaurant, yet they replaced the silverware (even unused) after each course.

Aug 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Unexpected night out tonight -- where to try?

While I didn't find anything too sweet, nothing really wowed us on our one trip there, though we do need to try it again. It is nice to have a nicer place in the neighborhood, even if it's a bit difficult to get there.

Aug 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Ebb And Flow Portland Maine

So we wanted to eat at Hugo's this weekend, but couldn't score a reservation at a decent hour, so we decided to try Ebb and Flow instead. It's a relatively new Mediterranean inspired restaurant on Commercial Street. We had:

The Excellent:
Htipiti - whipped feta with chilies and roasted tomatoes, served with a dinner plate sized hot freshly baked pita. The best dish of the evening.
cocktails - we had 4 different cocktails from the list, all were excellent, well balanced, and well made.

The very good:
Tomato braised lamb shank with pappadelle
The strip steak portion of my wife's meal

The should have been awesome, but wasn't:
Horiatiki - Greenhouse heirloom tomatoes, barrel feta, cubanelles, onion, cucumber

I realize that greenhouse heirloom tomatoes are great in February, but at this time of year, you should be using the awesome fresh local tomatoes, who's flavor would have knocked this dish out of the park. Also, the feta was one thick slab on top, not easy to handle.

The awful:
Truffle Croquetas, 5 year Iberico ham
Bartender said there was black truffle, gruyere cheese, and "love" in the croquettes, unless b y those three things he meant wall paper paste he was lying. No discernible truffle flavor (not even truffle oil flavor), nor any cheese flavor, just pasty insides with a small strip of what was far closer to Serrano ham than Iberico ham (having had some real Iberico ham in Boston a few nights before)

The fries on my wife's steak plate. An abomination, any kitchen should have deep sixed these limp awful things before they ever left the kitchen. We each had one. While the bartender never mentioned it, he removed $3 from the $42 cost of the steak on the check.

I know they advertise as a seafood restaurant, but most of the seafood they offered was strong flavored fishes, which neither of us are fans of.

Disappointing for about $200 with tip.

Aug 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Looking for Maine rec's for Camden & Portland + critique of choices so far for upcoming trip

I see you still have Ebb and Flow on your list. We went for the first time this weekend and were not impressed. I'm going to put my review in it's own thread, but I would recommend replacing it with either Hugo's or 555, both far better.

Zabar's Mail-Order - Pastries!

Green's babka is fabulous, and is cheaper from Green's directly than either from Russ And Daughters or from Zabar's.

http://www.greensbabka.com/

Aug 21, 2015
kimfair1 in Manhattan

Lays Potato Chips --World-Wide-- Flavors

I have had Lays Baked Ham chips in the Caribbean, and they were great.

Aug 20, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

Science Questions About Ice Cubes

This relationship of ice and cold water is also why if you have a cooler for beverages you want ice cold, it is better to use a lot of ice, and cold water. Most folks just put the ice in alone. If you add cold water, it is colder (since the water between the ice is a better conductor than the air), and will retain it's cold far longer. It will also ensure that your drinks are ice cold. When I've done this at parties, the next morning, the ice may be melted in the colder, but the water is still ice cold.

Aug 20, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

portland / south: oddball seafood + newer portland places?

Yeah, I really enjoyed my early winter meal at Vinland, but the steak tartare was SCREAMING for fresh ground pepper. I wish I'd brought my own.

Aug 19, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Absinthe Orinaire or Herbsaint for cocktails??

I use Herbsaint in my Sazeracs. I don't generally use any other anise flavored liquors, though I do have a bottle of Pernod for those times.

Aug 17, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Best Year EVAR for MA Melons and Peaches

I also agree. Even the supermarket fruit has been great this year. Will be on the look out for local melons.

Aug 17, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Ode to Brookline

It really is sad. I don't have any idea why they bother with it, actually. When I first saw the sign, I was excited, then I went to the market. Well, the walk's not too far to the Brookline farmer's market.

Dinner Pitstop Heading to NYC from Portland ME

Yeah, I've never been there after 6pm.

Aug 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Southern New England

Best dishes at Oishii Boston? not Chestnut Hill.

The sakura smoked hamachi sashimi under glass was outstanding.

Aug 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

NOTHING about the Som Tum at S&I can be described as bland. I always get that and the also nearly as spicy ground pork Pad Ga Pow whenever I get S&I delivered.

Aug 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

portland / south: oddball seafood + newer portland places?

I know it's not seafood, but the duck tataki at Miyake was one of the best things I've ever eaten in a sushi restaurant. I also had a special of Maine uni in the shell which was to die for. The pizza at Slab is phenomenal, I've not eaten Sicilian slices in New York, so I can't comment on it's relative quality, but it's great.

Vinland was very interesting, and is probably a better bet in the summer when there are a lot more options for the chef. I know he really wants to stay local (everything but the wine comes from within 100 miles of the restaurant), and the beef tartare we had there was excellent but it was screaming for a turn of quality fresh ground black pepper. Central provisions is excellent, and though I haven't been, the new East Ender is getting rave reviews.

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

The price of scallops

Depends on the direction of the flesh.

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Moved to Brighton, MA. Looking for great food, reasonable price!

Man, I couldn't get anything right today! Thanks for the correction.

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Scratch Kitchen, Salem: Kooky Food Experience !

We were in Salem this Saturday to see the Thomas Hart Benton exhibit at the PEM (Highly recommended BTW). We ate at Scratch Kitchen for lunch.

My wife had the BLT on oat bread, she asked to have cheese added, but it wasn't.
I had the special brisket Rueben, the bread was good, but I thought the brisket was tough.

We had the complimentary plain popcorn, and we ordered the bacon popcorn to go. No appreciable bacon flavor from cooking in bacon grease (it was greasier than the plain popcorn), and no flavor from the "bacon dust". I was planning on having the turkey, but they were out, and in OC's defense, the menu said the turkey sandwich was "served with chips". I don't think most people would expect that they would be 'on" the sandwich rather than on the side. I wouldn't have been too happy had I gotten that either, and I was eating in. We had the 2 sandwiches, the bacon popcorn and 2 house Arnold Palmers, and the bill was $44 with tip, not a great deal, in my opinion.

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Pitstop Heading to NYC from Portland ME

Yeah, I've never waited very long, and the last time I was there, Brimfield was in full swing, and we still had food and a seat within 10 minutes.

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Southern New England

Moved to Brighton, MA. Looking for great food, reasonable price!

I've lived in Brighton for 20+ years, and 5+ years in Allston prior to that. The neighborhood is much better for food than it used to be. I don't mind Jim's as a greasy spoon, but The Allston Diner is much better breakfast, and their coffee is wonderful. Their eggs are perfectly cooked, never a speck of brown. The Breakfast Club on Western Ave is an old school diner.

Most of my favorite Allston/Brighton places have been mentioned already, but we love:
Thai:
S & I Thai
Greek:
Esperia Grill
Asian:
Shanghai Gate
MDM Noodles
Bon Chon Chicken
Pho Viet
Kantin
Sakayana
Jo Jo Taipei
Middle Eastern:
Garlic and Lemons
Boston Kebab House
Italian:
Carlo's Cuchina Italiano
Tacos:
Lone Star Taco Bar
Dorado
Bakery:
Clear Flour Bakery
BBQ:
Soulfire
Bar food:
Deep Ellum

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Aug 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area