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Fairsted Kitchen im Brookline

Went back to Fairstead Kitchen last evening to check out Stephanie Cmar's new menu. I must say we were very impressed with the food we got. We had the deviled eggs (finally somewhere that gives you 4 half eggs instead of 3!), the citrus and radish salad, a cold dish of Jerusalem artichokes and mushrooms, a phenomenal cold smoked trout app, and we had the braised lamb neck (serves 2-3). The lamb neck was really great, tender braised meat served on the bone, which falls off said bone with very little resistance. It was served with a vegetable ratatouille, and some cut up pieces of flatbread, plus a small feta dressed green salad. We finished our meal with a very intriguing and delicious Blood Orange pie, think a Key Lime Pie, but with blood orange instead. Cocktails were again top notch. While we enjoyed our last visit in 2014, I think the food this time far surpassed our first visit. Not cheap, but not crazy expensive, all the food, plus 8 cocktails (we were walking home!),plus tip were about $240. The lamb neck was VERY substantial, as we had plenty to eat, and I brought home about a third of the dish, which I enjoyed for my lunch today.

about 20 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Anyone seen white asparagus?

Not sure of the country of origin, but Whole Foods in Brighton had big thick spears of white asparagus yesterday afternoon when I dropped in.

May 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best place in Boston for lobster roll?

Not sure if it's a fad or not (I had cod cheeks for the first time at Craigie on Main the first year they opened), but maybe diners are becoming sophisticated enough to order these incredibly good morsels of fish when they appear on menus.

May 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

I tried to try the pastry at Seigle d'Or on three occasions when the hours said they were open, but they were not open on any of the occasions. Sorry they closed so fast, but if folks can't go to your bakery when you are scheduled to be open, you are bound to fail.

May 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Madagascar Does Tony

It was a tough viewing for sure. We take so much for granted, that we forget there are a multitude of places in this world (even very poor parts of our own country), where getting enough food to eat is a struggle.

May 23, 2015
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

As Madrid says above, the Sweet Cheeks biscuit is amazing, the best I've had north of the Mason/Dixon line.

May 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

At least the other In Your Ear is close, if the Harvard Square one were to close.

May 13, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Trip Planning Help

As many others have touted, wow. I can't even fathom that, though I am a fan of grazing, and you're eating smaller plates, but still, I am impressed! Glad you enjoyed yourself, hope you get back to Boston, as you still have some great restaurants to try, just maybe not all on the same day!

Plus, I still haven't gotten to Select Oyster yet!

May 13, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Greek Restaurant in Boston?

I have not, though I enjoy the grape leaves, even though they are served cold.

May 11, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Ryan served me a few Down and Browns when he worked at The Hawthorne. Excellent cocktail.

May 08, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Mid-May Maine vacation: recs please!

Glad to hear The Honey Paw is open and good (as I figured it would be), but I really hate the name, it doesn't say noodle house to me at all. More like bakery. I only got to eat at the old East Ender once, and enjoyed it, looking forward to trying the new chef's offerings.

May 07, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Greek Restaurant in Boston?

I live near Esperia Grill and love it, their mousaka is the best I've had. I've been going there for years. Greek Corner is also good. I don't know which would be more convenient for your friends.

Mixed Drinks That Uses Whiskey

I was thinking maybe something along the lines of Tiki drinks, as they might be found in a Chinese restaurant (Mai Tai, Suffering Bastard, etc), but they are almost all rum based, so your guess is as good as mine.

May 03, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Eaux De Vie

Ciarce in the NOrth End has a huge selection of friut brandies and grappa (I know - not what you're looking for). Not cheap, but a huge selection.

May 01, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

Generally I agree. When I couldn't find the Amaro Nonino, I was buying it there, but at $5 a bottle more than Martignetti's sells it for. It's why I was so pleasantly surprised to see the Fernet so cheap.

Apr 30, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best price in Boston on Fernet-Branca?

Also reviving this, as I just spent some time looking for a new bottle of Fernet. Marty's Brighton $27.99 sold out, NH liquor store $25.99 all out. Circace in North End, loads of it available, and at a regular price of $22.99, a steal!

A little fancy, feels like a good value, veggie friendly?

My wife has had the vegetarian tasting at Craigie and enjoyed it immensely.

Apr 29, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

A little fancy, feels like a good value, veggie friendly?

My veggie friend loves going to Alden and Harlow with us, as they have a ton of great veggie options (I even love their kale salad, and I'm an avowed carnivore!). Great drinks, excellent service (on my 5-6 trips there).

Alamo Texas Bar-B-Que and Tequila Bar will be located in Brookline, N.H.

There's also excellent BBQ at BT's In Sturbridge, MA. A hike, but so worth it.

Apr 28, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Yeah, I haven't tried A4,pizza, but I will try it when I can, as I am all about the crust. I judge pizza almost entirely by the quality of the crust, and love a nice wide edge.

Apr 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

Yeah, Via Matta at the beginning was fantastic, but I felt everything except the pastas were forgettable on recent visits, none of which has happened in 2-3 years.

Apr 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

William Tell Cocktail, at Eastern Standard, by Kevin Martin

I meant to check last evening when I got home, and forgot, but a quick google search showed that the recipe MAY be in Fred Yarm's wonderful book called Drink and Tell: A Boston Cocktail Book.

Apr 23, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Trip Planning Help

I'll add that my last 2 trips to Brasserie Jo were not as good as it had been in the past. Mike & Patty's is excellent. Too small to eat in, but with the improvement in the weather, there's plenty of places to go with your breakfast. My choice between Asta and Journeyman would be Asta (excellent, though I have not dined at Journeyman). Drinks are excellent at either The Hawthorne, or Eastern Standard. Not sure about business lunches in that area, though.

Apr 23, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Special meal w/ Open Table gift card

Deuxave would be my choice between those as well.

Apr 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Besito Chestnut Hill April 2015

I was very underwhelmed on our one trip there. Fairly expensive for what you get, and everything seemed a bit underseasoned.

Apr 21, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

What is considered unsweetened peanut butter.

Most commercial brands have sugar, usually the second ingredient after peanuts (like that Jif "Natural" "Spread"). I use natural peanut butter, there are several brands. The only ingredients are peanuts and salt, and that's all that should be in peanut butter IMHO!

Apr 17, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

Drinks near Ribelle?

Karl has hit all the likely places for a nearby drink. I would get a Mai Tai at the Golden Temple bar, myself!

Apr 17, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Who makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches?

My wife would not eat any fish for years because "it tastes fishy" , yet loves canned tuna fish. I will never understand that. I also have an issue with fishiness, and have only been eating fresh seafood for about 10 years, but ALL canned tuna smells like cat food to me. I can't even be in the kitchen when she makes her tuna salad. When I go to a sandwich shop, I insist on them cleaning the knives they use to cut the sandwich, as I will gag if I get even an atom of tuna salad on my sandwich. Of course the irony here is that my favorite fresh fish to eat is tuna, seared lightly, still rare in the middle, or raw.

Apr 14, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Good and old school.

Carlos Cuchina and Golden Temple are both good suggestions. I also think that Gallaria Umberto on Hanover St in the North End (lunch and cash only) would also fit the bill. Cheap and tasty (though avoid it on Easter weekend - we won't make that mistake again!).

Apr 12, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

Ketchup on breakfast potatoes, not on my eggs, though I will use some hot sauce (if I'm in the mood).

Apr 11, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics
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