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Ohsawa Nama Shoyu in Houston?

I find a new source for Ohsawa Nama Shoyu in Houston. Apparently too eclectic Hong Kong Market and Central Market. I am not aware of any Japanese grocery store in the city. Thanks, Mark

Jun 07, 2015
marcotex in Houston

anything interesting on north loop 1604?

I have a quick business trip to S.A. and will be staying at the Drury Inn on North Loop 1604. Any recommendations for that area? Thanks.

May 14, 2012
marcotex in Texas

First trip to I choosing wisely?

Sorr for all the embarassing typos! I was just supposed to get flight updates and was therefore in qite a hurry. oh well--it's back to barbecue and TEx-Mex manana!

Jul 03, 2008
marcotex in Greater Boston Area

First trip to I choosing wisely?

We will be leaving in he morning, but we sure had a beter week than the Red Sox! Several home runs, and the worst inning was a push!

We arrived late on Monday afternoon, and we had our dinner at Regina Pizzeria on Thatcher. "Best pizza ever, Italy included," pronounced my wife. I can not disagree, and made sure to order 'well done'--- we sat at the bar, and the barista nodded knowingly!
Tuesday lunch was at Neptune Oyster for oysters and lobster roll. We paticularly enjoyed the Wellfleet oysters from Cape Cod. The lobster rolls were filled with succulent lobster chunks--we don't the likes of them in Houston! On the flip side, we do get a dozen oysters on the half shell for $6.00, but the quality was outstanding.
Tuesday evening was originally scheduled to be Petit Robert, but the squall that blew through left the missus soaking and sulking sice we hadjust departed a harbor cruise. We sought refuge in the closest restaurant, and what serendpity--it turned out to be Sel de la Terre, and our dinner was sublime. My wife had the tuffled gnocchi, and I had roasted chicken with risotto following a warm goat cheese salad.

Wednesday lunch after the El Greco-Velazquez show at the MFA (Too heavy on El Greco and too light on Velazquez, per the art history major) we had lunch at Eastern Standard. The charcuterie plate was excellent, particularly the pheasant terrine and the headcheese. My wife had the omelet, mixed greens, and frites--reminiscient of the omelet plats in Paris.

Wenesday evening we did meet or compadreat Legal Seafood--Cambridge. It was not a "disaster"or total write-off by any means, but we live along the Gulf Coast, not in Nebraska, so access t excellent seafood is something we take for granted. There is competition for Red Lobster, but no one else is shaking in their boots.

Tonight, after a day trip to Salem, we had dinner at Prezza.We split an appetizer of roasted figs stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped with prosciutto, and then followed with two pastas--the gnocchi with sausage ragu and the spring pea ravioli with prosciutto, cream, and fresh peas. The gnocchi were quite rich, and the ravioli were "squisito." We took some pasta back with us in order to sample the blueberry bread pudding and the limoncello cheesecake. Home runs indeed! I can say that we had excellent service at every establishment, and I can definitely recommend every restaurant (even Legal Seafood if your are visiting from Omaha!)

Jul 03, 2008
marcotex in Greater Boston Area

First trip to I choosing wisely?

Thanks for all of the input! Here is the current revised lineup:

Monday evening: Regina Pizzaria in the North End
Tuesday lunch: Neptune for oysters and a lobster roll
Tuesday evening: Petit Robert
Wednesday lunch: Eastern Standard
Wednesday evenning: Still at Legal Seafood in Cambridge, pending contact with friend who suggested it. Could change to a different Cambridge venue
Thursday lunch: Finz on Salem Waterfront
Thursday evening: Prezza
I think we should get a decent seafood/Italian fix over three and a half days. I will provide a full report afterwards. Thanks again.

Jun 29, 2008
marcotex in Greater Boston Area

First trip to I choosing wisely?

I see that Eastern Standard is in the Back Bay area. If I trade out Trattoria Toscana with Eastern Standard for Wednesday lunch, and omit B&G in favor of Neptune, then our last dinner on Thursday night is wide open. Suggestions? (I was sorta planning to get the lobster roll at Neptune-should I get some oysters as well?)

Jun 28, 2008
marcotex in Greater Boston Area

First trip to I choosing wisely?

My wife and I will be in Boston for 4 days next week. Unfortunately we will miss the Fourth of July celebrations, and the Red Sox are out of town, so this is primarily a visit to historical and museum interests padded with local food options. Please advise if I am on the right path as far as selecting good representatives of Boston's seafood and Italian establishents. Houston has Mexican/BBQ/steaks/Asian well represented so Italian and seafood other than shrimp will be our focus. I have attempted to follow recommendations from CH.
Monday late afternoon/early evening: Antico Forno
Tuesday lunch: Neptune Oyster and dinner: Petit Robert
Wednesday lunch: Trattoria Toscano and dinner: Legal Seafood, Cambridge
Thursday breakfast/lunch Red's Sandwich Shop, Salem, and dinner; either B&G Oyster or The Butcher Shop.

Tuesday is Freedom Trail, North End strolling kind of day. Wednesday we have 10:00 timed entry to MFA (hence Trattoria Toscana) and are meeting an old friend in Cambridge who suggested Legal Seafood. We are seeing the witch museum/House of 7 Gables in Salem which explains Red's, but we are not actually locked in on any particular venue other than Legal Seafood. Are these good to go, or can other places provide more memorable Boston eating experiences? Thanks for all suggestions.

Jun 28, 2008
marcotex in Greater Boston Area