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August 2015 Openings and Closings

A new Pret a Manger is scheduled to open "Summer 2015" in the new building in the Longwood Medical area, corner of Brookline ave and Longwood ave. There is also supposed to be a Eat Fresh in that building as well. Not the greatest options, but more options in the Longwood area is great news.

31 minutes ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Trendy restaurant for vegetarian

I don't think you can more veggie friendly, and trendy than either Sarma or Alden and Harlow, both have excellent food.

37 minutes ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

Went this morning, as I needed to go to the bank. They do still have the Irish Breakfast (it's listed under the Jim's Specials - where I'd never looked).

It's 2 Eggs, Imported Irish bacon, sausage, black and white puddings, toast, and home fries. $10.95

about 3 hours ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

SE Mass: New Bedford, Fall River, Fairhaven, Westport...nearby RI

At the Portuguese feast, the carne de spit (you buy the meat and rolls, rent a spit and cook your own) is phenomenal, the cacoila, the favas beans, are all great. If you drink (and have a non-drinking driver!), it is the only place and time in the US you can get REAL Maderia wine. Maderia wine has too high in alcohol content to be sold as a wine in the US, they consider it a spirit. The Maderia wine sold here is less alcohol per volume, and in my opinion, less tasty. My friend is from Fall River and he swears by that Lebanese bakery, BTW.

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Glad I was given good info! It will be nice to have La Voile there, it's within walking distance for me.

Awesome burgers: new thread

I often forget about them (as so much about them is so completely forgettable), but I do have to say their burger was quite good. Not quite in the Strip-T's, JM Curley, Craigie category, but just a slight slice below.

What is your perfect breakfast?

I like plenty of different things for breakfast, but if I had to pick just one it would be:

Good House made corned beef hash (not that foul canned stuff)
2 eggs, either poached or over easy
Toast, either Texas toast, wheat, light rye, or this wonderful white bread from the Boston bakery Clear Flour
Fresh squeezed OJ
Really good, really strong black coffee, preferably an Italian roast.

Jul 27, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

The meaning of "up"

They also serve them this way at The Stockyard in Brighton, MA. Both martinis, and their Manhattans. Bemelman's Bar at the Hotel Carlyle also does this. The drinks are $20, but you are basically getting 2 drinks in one.

Jul 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Awesome burgers: new thread

I have not had the burger at Drink, but JM Curley's is quite good, as is the one at Strip T's.

Jul 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

I'm planning on going Friday morning, so I'll report back then.

Jul 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

I'm going to look more closely at the Jim's menu when I go next week (I go once every three weeks when I'm on the later shift at work), to see if they still have the Irish breakfast on it.

Jul 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Waterfront table for 3 on a Friday evening in July?

Yes, but it can be crushingly loud. You'd have to also want a steak house, specifically a steak house that's posing as a high end Hooter's (for the waitress "uniforms").

Jul 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

I believe that's going to be the second location of La Voile.

Jul 24, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

Damn. I had heard recently you could also switch courthouses, though that may be more of a suburb thing than in Boston.

Jul 23, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

Did you change the courthouse you were assigned to? I live in Brighton and I always get assigned to the downtown courthouse. I'd love to get assigned to Brighton, as I could walk there in 15 m in or so.

Jul 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Do you drink tea?

I've been making sun tea in a glass jar (1 gallon or so, 10 tea bags, steep in cold water for 12 hours then refrigerate) for over 30 years without issue. We use a black tea (Lipton usually) either 10 bags or 5 bags and 5 bags of Trader Joe's mango black tea, or 5 bags of Republic Of Tea Ginger Peach. I rarely drink hot tea, but when I do, I drink it straight, no dairy, no sugar. I far prefer hot coffee (every day) black. I also like iced coffee (cold brew concentrate plus cold water, plus a splash of 1/2 and 1/2).

Jul 22, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

I've never noticed it. Then again, it's not my thing, so I may have subconsciously omitted it from my memory banks.

Jul 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Native corn

No kidding! I haven't had anything other than a really juicy peach all season, not a mealy one in the bunch, so far.

Jul 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area
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Quick Brighton Center breakfast?

I don't think you're thinking of Jim's. I've never seen an Irish breakfast on their menu. Honestly, as much as we all miss Mandy and Joe's, let's not let nostalgia cloud the fact that it was really just a greasy spoon, with nothing more than that to recommend it. Jim's is my go-to breakfast spot in Brighton Center, as it, too, is a greasy spoon. Decent coffee as well. Cafenation has good crepes, but rarely am I in the mood for crepes. Plus, most there are sweet, not savory. Their bacon and egg crepe is what I generally get there. Cafe Mirror is another donut shop/greasy spoon. Smaller portions than Jim's at about the same price point. I'll go there if there's a big line at Jim's. Athan's is completely underwhelming, and I find all their pastries taste the same. Not bad, just the same.

Jul 22, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Luxardo Maraschino instead of a cherry in a Manhattan?

Do you drink gin? I use the Luxardo in an Aviation

2 oz gin (I use Plymouth)
1/4 oz luxardo Maraschino
1/2 oz lemon juice
dash creme de violette (optional)

Shake, serve up in a coupe.

Jul 13, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

One night in Portland ME 555 or Fore St or ?

I used to not be a fan of 555 as my first meal there (about 6 years ago) was appalling. After all the good reviews, we went back this year and had a wonderful meal. I especially like how you can put together your own tasting menu from the ala carte menu. Solid cocktails as well.

I love the food at Hugo's, but frankly haven't returned in a few years since they changed the set up of the restaurant. It used to have standard seating, but they went to a really big bar, which normally, I would love, as my wife and I prefer to sit at bars, but at Hugo's, you don't interact with anyone across the bar, servers come from behind you to take orders, deliver drinks and food. I still find it odd, and less comfortable than I want to be at that price point. That being said, I do plan to return to Hugo's this year, as their food has never been the issue with me, just the new set up. I've not been to Back Bay Grill. Fore St is fine for what it is, simply and solidly prepared meats and fish, but has never been what I would call innovative.

Jul 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Utz Red Hot chips

I have not seen these in a while in the large bags. Also missing in action are the excellent Utz Salt and Pepper chips which they stopped having at both Stop and Shop and Shaw's in Brighton.

Jul 09, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Gluten free Portland overnight?

While I know not from gluten free (other than to avoid bread!), Central provisions is really quite good. Again, you'd need to look at the menu to figure out what you can eat there, but everything I've had there was delicious. Grace I've been to twice. First time was amazing, second, food was only OK, and service was off (it was our servers first night alone). It's a beautiful room, and is well worth having a cocktail in, perhaps before heading out for dinner elsewhere.

Jul 08, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

July 2015 Openings and Closings

Yeah, I haven't been to the other Bee's Knees outlet, but my wife and I wonder about the feasibility of a place like this in Allston every time we drive or T by it. And that was before hearing about prices like that!

Jul 07, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

West Bridge

Finally got to West Bridge on the 4th (we just never go to Kendall) after a movie. Top notch cocktails (the Love & Fear was especially good), and great service. We shared the Egg in a Jar, the bourbon glazed ribs, the lamb tartare, and the asparagus with XO sauce and crispy chick peas. The egg in a jar was wonderful (I am a huge egg fan, and will swoon over almost any egg dish), the smooth rich consistency with the crispy chicken skin was great. The ribs were also really good, as was the lamb. The asparagus was only OK, but that was actually a function of the asparagus being only OK, and not so much the prep. Overall we enjoyed it very much.

Jul 06, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

I just checked the specials section of their website, and they were not mentioned. I was hoping that they were,as that would be a great way of checking for their availability, much like their fantabulous cream puffs that are thankfully (for my waistline) only available a few times a year.

Jul 06, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Sunny Boy does perfect eggs over easy

Finally got to Sunny Boy the other day, but not for breakfast! My wife had the turkey BLT club, and I had the roast beef sandwich. Both were good, but the amount of turkey on my wife's sandwich was easily twice the amount of roast beef on mine. I did find it curious that there were no easy over egg options on the menu, only scrambled. Did you just ask for over easy instead?

Jul 05, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

info for kouign amann fans

They had a fantastic one at Clear Flour today, though it's not on the regular rotation. Really good, really rich, glad my wife and I split one.

Jul 05, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best Carbonara in town

I didn't love the service, but the carbonara at Babbo was fantastic, and a steal at only $10.

Jul 05, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area
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McDonald’s now sells lobster rolls in New England

My wife is from Maine, and I tell ya, Mainers are friggin' cheap! It wouldn't surprise me if most were sold to natives who'd rather have a shitty McD's lobster roll at $8 than spend $15+ for a quality one. My brother-in-law will spend 30 minutes looking for free parking instead of paying $5 for a readily available space. He'll travel 10 miles out of his way to avoid using the Turnpike and paying the toll. Her entire family is this way (luckily she escaped the curse), and almost every other Mainer I've met is the same way.

I actually told my wife that more McD's lobster rolls were sold in Maine than anywhere else, and she just looked at me and said, "Yeah, Mainers are cheap."