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Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

That is what JMF is saying (if I can answer for him). Most martinis are made with a minimum of 2 oz of gin.

about 3 hours ago
kimfair1 in Spirits

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

This is interesting as my wife and I were walking around the reservoir in Brookline a few years ago, and we were talking about Pepe's. This guy walking in front of us heard us, and was saying how he grew up in New Haven, and while he loved Pepe's, he was a Sally's guy. He was also the owner of The Fireplace! I wonder if he owns the space, and is renting to Pepe's, or just lost his lease.

Jul 29, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

PHX CHer in BOS to imbibe

Just went to Straight Law last night for the first time. For those not in the know (as was I) it is the new bar program within Taberna de Haro. Great drinks last night, and the usual excellent tapas that Taberna de Haro is justifiably known. My wife loved it, as gin is her favorite spirit. I had a nice Aperol smash, then went off menu for an Aviatoin, a gin fizz the bartender made me, and a sazerac. Excellent all around.

Jul 29, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

A better idea for Dunkin Donuts

I am a life long New Englander, who prefers my coffee black. Starbucks is just too bitter for me (unless it is the Blonde brew). DD's is weak crap, who's popularity has always amazed me. I used to go to The Coffee Connection here in Boston (until Starbuck's bought them), and now go to Red Barn, as I prefer their coffee to either SB or DD's. I will admit to the occasional DD's ice coffee (with a touch of cream), but only iced, and mainly because I don't love the Red Barn iced (and it's almost $1 a cup more than DD's).

Jul 28, 2014
kimfair1 in Food Media & News

Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

Though not in Somerville, the Alden & Harlow was a good rec, as they have quite a few great vegetarian dishes. American ethnic, but still very good.

Jul 28, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

PP- here's a video of one of my favorite Boston bartenders making a craft cocktail. This is the type of thing that we are taking about. Interesting ingredients that go together, put together with care (and measured!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHG8m2...

Jul 25, 2014
kimfair1 in Spirits
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Downtown Crossing?

The steak house in JM Curley's is called Bogie's Place, and it is wonderful.

Jul 24, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Getting into Island Creek Oyster Bar

Call to see if they have any reservations that are not on OpenTable (there often are). If not go as early as possible (I think they open for dinner at 5, oysters and raw bar at 4). Bar seats (except for the few at the far end ) are first come, first served.

Jul 24, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Not sure if you can take bikes on the ferry at peak times, but it's a really nice ride, and as others have stated a 10-15 minute walk to the PEM and Pickering Wharf.

Jul 24, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

I just don't get why Asian tourists would want to eat shitty Americanized Chinese food. I'm thinking if I were them, I'd want something more along the lines of Shanghai Gate, or something similar. Or, get American food, if you're visiting here. If I travel in Europe, I'm not eating at a McDonald's (that's the best analogy I can make).

Jul 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Definitely in Brighton, right near the corner of North Beacon and Market.

Jul 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Boston's best salads? A round up

Can't remember if both of these are listed, but my two favorite salads in the city are the Wedge Salad at Bogie's Place, and the Ubiquitous Kale Salad at Alden & Harlow.

Jul 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

I have some friends who were thrown out of The Tin Tin for eating too much food. That's right, thrown out of an "all you can eat" buffet for eating too much. I am always amazed at the bus loads of Asian tourists being trucked into that place. You'd think they'd want to get some more authentic food.

Jul 23, 2014
kimfair1 in Greater Boston Area

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!

Jul 21, 2014
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