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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.

about 21 hours ago
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.

about 22 hours ago
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
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Ketchup on Eggs? Not in my House!...Yours?

If there were any recipes (I haven't looked) they may be on the Hawaii board as Hawaiians eat more Spam per capita than anyone else in the US.

Apr 10, 2015
kimfair1 in General Topics

What Is Your Opinion Of This Manhattan Cocktail Variation?

Yeah, it makes sense that Ango is angostura bitters. I agree with carnicero that the Frangelico would make the drink a bit too sweet for me, especially when combined with the bourbon, it's why I only like Frangelico in coffee drinks, where the sweetness isn't as much of an issue. I like my Manhattens traditional (at home, though I've tried many variations in bars over the years). My recipe:
2oz Rittenhouse Rye
1 oz Dolin rouge sweet vermouth
3 dashes angostura, or Boker's bitters
stir, and serve up with a Luxardo cherry.

Apr 10, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Why vanilla is so expensive in the USA

We bought some wonderful vanilla beans when we were in Tahiti 3 years ago. I asked the grower (we bought them directly from the grower) how to store it for long term use, and he just said to pop them in a bottle of vodka or rum, and then use the liquor either for drinks or as extract, and if you want to use the beans, pull out what you need, and place the rest back in the booze. He also said that if we used the booze, to just top it off with the same liquor we had in the bottle. He said his mom had a bottle of rum with vanilla beans in it that she'd had for many years with no degradation of the flavor. It is phenomenal, and I'll never need to use commercial vanilla extract ever again.

Apr 09, 2015
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What Is Your Opinion Of This Manhattan Cocktail Variation?

Not sure what the whole Ango/Anise/Coffee Chocolate Pecan Bitters is. I get the bitters part, but A. what is Ango, and B. was the anise, the star anise garnish, or an anise flavored liquor? I'm not a huge fan of Frangelico (except in hot coffee drinks), so I'm not too sure about that, but otherwise it sounds fine. You HAVE come a long way PP! Congrats!

Apr 09, 2015
kimfair1 in Spirits

Mandatory 20% at Select?

I don't have too big of an issue with it, as it's my usual baseline tip anyway, BUT it will become a huge issue if the service doesn't warrant it.

Apr 06, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

April 2015 Openings and Closings

Landlord kicked them out as the taxes went up and they can get more rent from another high end retailer in that space. Story in the Globe today.

Apr 06, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best beef tartare?

My favorites are the previously mentioned Eastern Standard, and I recently had a great one recently at Townsman.

Apr 06, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Best place for seafood dinner

The times I've eaten at a Summer Shack, I've been happy with my Rhode Island Fried Calamari, and a fish of the day prepared one of their ways, like blackened, or something spicy. They usually have 6 or 8 different preps. I usually get tuna or haddock, or another white fish.

Apr 03, 2015
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MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

Stopped in for a lateish lunch, a bit after 1. I was alone, and am having an early dinner, so I only had 1 lamb kabab, and the spicy boiled lamb hand pulled noodle. First off, I LOVE cumin, so I was happy when I walked in. The kabob was so incredibly good, and cumin-y. The noodles a bit tough to eat with chop sticks, but since I wasn't sharing, I just went with biting the long noodles to eat them. I added some hot sauce, and that improved the heat level for me, but it was very tasty even without the hot sauce. I think I'll ask for it spicier next time.

Apr 02, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Any favorite dishes at the following restaurants in Portland, ME?

We went to Eventide this past Saturday evening, arriving at 7:45. Had a drink in hand and 2 seats at the bar by 8:05 which I thought was fine. They have opened a small room to your left as you stand at the hostess stand where they have some seating and space for folks to stand. They were also working inside the new restaurant when we left. Had a dozen and a half of the usually wonderful oysters, both the tuna and haddock crudos, biscuits (the same recipe as at Hugo's but larger), and the smashed fried potatoes. I had a hankering for pastrami, and their house made pastrami rueben was a delicious 4 inch sandwich that was surprisingly satisfying. Their cocktails are always top notch, and the bartenders attentive and talented.

Mar 30, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

Any favorite dishes at the following restaurants in Portland, ME?

Yes we had it for dinner, along with a great app of local uni in the shell. My wife isn't a fan, so I got all three to myself!

Mar 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Northern New England

April 2015 Openings and Closings

I have friends from San Francisco who raved about these, and I tried them once at Faneuil, and they were quite tasty, but they were gone in a flash. Hopefully they can make a go in Chinatown.

Mar 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

30th Birthday - Somewhat more specific request

There is definitely a not insubstantial charge at the Hawthorne for a private space for that many people. That said, it would fit the bill perfectly.

Mar 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Go To Thai?

S&I Thai for ground pork Pad Ga Pow, and the Green Papaya Salad.

Mar 27, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

March 2015 Openings and Closings

I meant The Melting Pot. Should have been more specific, sorry.

Mar 26, 2015
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Thomas's English Muffins

The Bay's state right on the package that they should be kept refrigerated.

Mar 25, 2015
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Frank Pepe's coming to Chestnut Hill

Mr. Butch, the King of Kenmore Square. Until it went all gentrified. A shame he ever bought that scooter.

Mar 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

March 2015 Openings and Closings

We walk by there all the time on our way to the theater in the South End, and I never recall seeing anyone in there.

Mar 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

MDM Noodles. It's the Sound of the Mian 面條 working at the Henan Gang

I know. Cumin is my favorite spice. I have next week off, and am looking forward to going here for lunch one day.

Mar 25, 2015
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area