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Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

Unflavored gelatin made with coffee instead of water. Some folks put a bit of milk on it. It's a New England thing. My mom always made it when we were kids. Coffee in any form was a sacrament in my house growing up! I was drinking coffee by age 6, coffee black by age 16!

2 days ago
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

The Brighton self serve checkouts work 75% of the time for me, especially if I use the scanning gun as I walk through the store, and scan out. I see no huge difference in anything at Stop and Shop. I like that Shaw's/Star ditched the reward card, as I have to hit the Brighton Star every once in a while for stuff the S&S doesn't carry any longer.

Jul 18, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Garlic and Lemons in Allston is expanding into the space next door (hopefully for more seating. This will be great as seating is often tight when I go in there to eat in (which is my usual MO).

Jul 17, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area
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July 2014 Openings and Closings

Thanks for the link, as I didn't see it when I went by yesterday, but now realize where in fact it is. Will have to check them out sometime.

Jul 17, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

I think what is bothering some here is this idea that the free pour drink that you prefer, Hendrinks with very little or no vermouth, shaken, garnished with a cucumber, is somehow "stronger" than the jigger method. It isn't stronger, there's just more gin. If they are using really large conical martini glasses, they may be putting up to 4 or 5 oz of gin rather than the largest jigger, which I believe to be 2 oz. This is why you feel "more buzzed", you're drinking twice as much as the place that gave you 2 oz of shaken gin! Below is a short (1 and a half minute) video from a place here in Boston called Eastern Standard. They crank out a huge amount of business, and the do it right. Naomi, the asst bar manager in the video has made me more great cocktails than I can remember.

http://vimeo.com/100348177

Jul 16, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

July 2014 Openings and Closings

I go by that intersection on the bus every day, but haven't noticed it. Will look for it today when I go home from work.

Jul 16, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

John Gertsen leaving Boston, GM role at Drink

Bob at Eastern Standard is the bomb. The Hawthorne staff is all very good, especially manager Katie.

Jul 16, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Retirement party for 50 near Government Center

Maggiano's has one of the best spinach artichoke dips I've had. Wasn't wowed by the rest of the food, but that was a while ago, and it seems to have improved. That said, it would be perfect for this type of event where you're more likely to have some diners for whom food that we we hounds would love would be seen as "too exotic" or "weird".

Jul 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

So, just to stir the pot a bit more, are these "martinis" you prefer shaken or stirred? There's a bar near me that free pours, and they make a huge drink. They are nice enough to pour half into the glass, and half into a smaller glass vessel immersed in a ice bucket to keep it cold (same with their Manhattans).

Jul 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits
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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

As others have stated, I think that the free pour method is fine with drinks that are one liquor and a mixer (like a gin and tonic), or one liquor alone (like a bourbon on the rocks). I don't generally drink those types of drinks, however. In Boston, where I live, we have lots of craft cocktail bars making very inventive drinks with multiple ingredients. Measuring is essential in these cases, as the drinks will not be consistent from drink to drink.

When you order a Manhattan, do you ask for no vermouth? I ask, because you don't want the vermouth in your martini, and I don't know if the sweet vermouth in a Manhattan is OK for you or not. One reason you may not like vermouth is that many bars don't store their vermouth properly (it should be refrigerated), and so you may be getting vermouth from a bottle that's been sitting on a room temp shelf for months. This will seriously alter the taste of the vermouth (and not in a good way). I don't drink Martinis, but my wife does, and she prefers a mix of 2.5 oz gin (generally Bombay Sapphire) to 1 oz vermouth (always Dolin dry-refrigerated). I make Manhattans at 2oz Rye (I prefer it to Bourbon in a Manhattan) and 1 oz Dolin rouge vermouth, and 3 dashes of Angoustura bitters. A Manhattan without the vermouth is cold bourbon (or rye)

Jul 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits
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Where to eat between providence and Waterford, me

Stop in Portland for dinner. It's one of New England's best cities for food these days. Central Provsions, Miyake, Pan Mei Miyake, Eventide Oyster, Fore Street, all very good to great. Search the board for Portland for more recommendations.

Jul 15, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England
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Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

I should have said to only use street parking on those back streets, Allstonian is right, if you park in that Walgreen's lot and don't go into Walgreen's, your car would be towed before you could walk to Lulu's! Same goes for the CVS lot on Brighton Ave. There are some side streets that are not resident only parking, see Jenny Ondioline's suggestions below, all good ones. Luckily for us we can walk down there, so no need to worry about parking for us.

Jul 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

Got a Sicilian for dinner Saturday night (my last one... sniff). They were hopping busy (delivery was over an hour - usually 45 minutes for a Sicilian). Still great. I froze the leftovers, so I can have it once more after they close. The end of an era.

Jul 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

If there is no parking on Cambridge St (near the restaurant), try down one one the side streets on the same side as Lulu's. This leads down towards Braintree st (which outlets near the Pizzaria Regina).

Jul 14, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

This is terrible news. Imperial made the best Sicilan pizza in town, and will be sorely missed. Maybe they can sell their recipe to new owners. I guess I'll be having Sicilian pizza at least once more before the 19th.

Jul 10, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Portland from a different perspective

Central Provisions is great, and their dinner plates are small and share able as well. Excellent food and cocktails.

Jul 09, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Frozen cocktails -- pairing alcohol with fruit.

I have used frozen mango before, but since I generally only make that drink in the summer, when fresh mango is readily available (especially the Kesar or champagne mango), I usually use fresh, ripe mango. It was fine with frozen mango, however.

Jul 07, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

Frozen cocktails -- pairing alcohol with fruit.

I make a frozen summer drink using the following (makes 2)

Fruit of one mango chopped
Two small scoops of Mango sorbet
Ice
4 oz white rum
2 oz peach schnapps
Orange juice (or orange/peach/mango juice)
Blend until smooth. I add a little juice, and add more if it's too thick.

Jul 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits

Where to stop for dinner on the road from Portland to Montreal

I had that same experience driving to Canada nearly 10 years ago. I filled up in the US, and when we got into Canada, my friend said "look it's only 99 cents! That's way cheaper than home!" Yes, it was 99 cents...a liter! About $4 a gallon, nearly twice the price then in the US (at the time)!

Jul 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Portland, Maine daytrip with kids

I've found that donuts (of all things) often have the most vociferous fans and opponents. I also like Tony's donuts in Portland. I think pretty much all donuts are a bit greasy, but never found those at Holy Donut appreciably more greasy or heavy than other independent shops. Too each his own.!

Jul 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England
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Best dinner option in Kenmore Square (or around Fenway)?

I've had great cocktails at Citizen, and some not so good, unfortunately it seems to depend on the bartender. I've stopped getting oysters there, however, as they were VERY shelly on my last 2 visits (one of which I was sitting at the bar near the shucker, and he was just butchering them).

Jul 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Where oh where to get "mushy peas"???

The mushy peas at KO Pies are great. I like the beef stew pie, with a scoop of mushy peas, a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy on top. Great stuff!

Jul 06, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area
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Best dinner option in Kenmore Square (or around Fenway)?

ICOB has a wonderful trout dish, that I order nearly every time I am there.

Jul 03, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best dinner option in Kenmore Square (or around Fenway)?

Re-iterating what huuvola said. ICOB has better food, but you'll need a reservation (call, may show nothing on OpenTable, but still have space), ES generally clears a bit when the game starts, so that should be less of an issue. Definitely hit up The Hawthorne for a quality cocktail as well, my favorite bar in town.

Jul 02, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Butter versus Margarine

Same here. I also gave up garlic in the salt form, only fresh and powdered for me now.

Jul 01, 2014
kimfair1 in General Topics
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Portland, Maine daytrip with kids

The bacon and cheese donut at Holy Donut is wonderful. As is their chocolate salted caramel and Maine blueberry. That's what I've tried, but everything else looked great as well. And they make their iced coffee ice with coffee, so your iced coffee doesn't get watered down!

Jul 01, 2014
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Cambridgeside Forth of July

Salty Pig has great charcuterie, but I find their entrees lacking. Inventive drinks for a place with only a beer/wine/cordial license.

Jul 01, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

S&I Menu Alert

I should have clarified that I received the picture menu with my called in delivery of food. Perhaps if you walked in and ordered to go, they wouldn't give you that one.

Jun 30, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Bars for group events 07/18 and 07/19

I have not, but Dan from The Hawthorne is their drink manager, and he is awesome, so I know the drink program will be excellent. No idea on the food.

Jun 30, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

S&I Menu Alert

While I don't look at their web site, the paper menus they have given me have always been of both the picture and regular variety. We love the Pad Ga Pow (the ground pork version - prefer it to the moo krob version). My wife doesn't love duck, so it's hard for me to order the duck larb. :~(

Jun 30, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area