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The Elusive Pizza Strip

What you see is what you get...they ARE what they ARE...they are as Rhode Island as Narragansett beer, coffee syrup, clam cakes, etc. They have been around since I was a kid coming up in the early 50s. So, you are not really MISSING ANYthing. For me, they are pure Rhode Island. Fortunately, for the pizza strips, they do not really claim to BE anything other than what you see.

Oct 19, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England
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Arepa flour

Does anybody know if(and or where) I can buy Arepa flour either in Berkshire County or I Rhode Island? Either location works well for me. Thanks...

Oct 08, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Your Top Wait Persons

The entire staff at Matunuk Oyster Bar is fabulous...and...those guys at the raw bar? Well, as busy as they are, they never miss a beat, and they never lose it.

Sep 19, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Lamenting the closing of Fin

I am a good friend of Jason the Bro and have known both since they were very young...Nick is one of the most knowledgeable, multi-talented people I have EVER known...there is NOTHING he cannot do or is not good at. And, I really, really miss Fin.

Lamenting the closing of Fin

I miss Fin, also...not only was the food terrific, but Nick created so many unique items, also. I cannot find anyplace in the Berkshires that serves that cuisine that even comes close...so, I wait until I am in Providence.

Aug 10, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

BERKSHIRE eats ( staying near Hancock Ma)

Near Hancock? MEZZE in Williamstown...

Jul 06, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Chez Nous, Lee, MA - Review

Chez Nous is one of my favorite restaurants...everything you said anybody reading this who has never been there can take to the bank. Rachael and Franck (sp?), the owners are wonderful people and always attempt to accommodate special needs. They really, really deserve their success.

Jul 02, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Pie in RI

Your thread brought up some great Rhode Island summer nostalgia (I have maintained for years that a summer Rhode Island childhood in the 50s was like no other). There was a place in Wickford called Emery's...it was right on 1a before you turned left (on the way to the beach). It was across from the Howard Johnson's (now El Tapatio). It is a faded old structure now. It was run by two older Yankee women: clear chowder only-35 cents a bowl and clam cakes for 5 cents each. Sometimes we would have lunch there on the way to the beach or pick up a couple bags of clam cakes on the way home. ANYway...if you brought a pie tin and gave it to the Emery sisters on your way, you could pick it up with a fresh baked pie in it on your way home.

Jun 25, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Bistro Box, Cafe Adam, Marios...Great Barrington

I have been there a couple times. THAT SAID(to use a tired, old phrase), the first time. I was with a friend after the movies, I opened the menu and told her: "this will be adequate, but that is all, and you know how I know that?" She asked: "how?" My response?: This is an Italian restaurant, and, in every case, PROSCIUTTO is incorrectly spelled...as in PROSCUITTO."

Jun 03, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

There is valet parking for the Providence locations.

Jan 23, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Providence Coal Fired Pizza

About five weeks ago, I had my first dinner (with my SIBS and SIL) at Providence Coal Fired Pizza. It was really, really good. Although, I live in The Berkshires, (my family has been in Providence three generations), I am a Rhode Islander through and through (Aldrich Jr. High, Classical '62), and I am in Providence every couple of weeks. Two weeks ago, on my way out of town, I went there to get takeout...I explained that I needed reassurance that it would travel well because not all pizza does. They stood behind their product. Well, they were absolutely right. The pizza was great that evening. MORE IMPORTANTLY, in a way, is that they are all so very friendly and affable. I was offered coffee or mineral water for while I was waiting. Their friendliness was expressed to everyone who walked through the door while I was waiting. Today, I went again to get take out to bring home, and they were just as friendly and nice. I hope they are doing really well because with that combination of great product and the welcoming stance of the staff, they certainly deserve it.

Jan 20, 2014
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch in the Berkshires (or within an hour of)

Spoon is one of my favorites...also, Haven is an excellent choice. Many people complain about the prices; I feel they do not take into consideration that restaurants such as Spoon and Haven, the best, freshest produce, eggs, are used. Local, organically produced food costs more than conventionally grown, and farmers need to get paid for their labor and efforts. At both places, one gets total value and quality for the money. (NO, I am not affiliated in any way with either restaurant except as a very enthusiastic customer of both.)

Sep 20, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Need Oyster direction...

Matunuk Oyster Bar is just excellent. I eat there year round. Also, it is one of most well organized, well run restaurants I frequent. That is why it is packed every day it is open.

Sep 14, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Bacaro Report (Providence, RI)

I live in The Berkshires, but am Rhode Island born and bred (Nelson Aldrich Jr. High, Classical, class of '62). My whole family in in Rhode Island, and I am there ever couple of weeks. I must say that Bacaro is one of my favorite restaurants in R.I. I loved your review...and...I have some friends who are goi g to Providence a few weekends from now; they had asked for restaurant recs, and Bacaro was at the top of the list I gave them.

Sep 05, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Sunday Brunch in Providence that's not Nick's or Julian's

I really like Waterman Grill and Red Stripe...they are both on the East side.

Sep 02, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Greek Salad Help

Actually, you ca get exactly that at Legal Seafood...there is one right across from Greene Airport in Warwick.

Aug 31, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Jon, Jon, Jon...perhaps you did not read an earlier response from Bivalve. I and my SIBS have been eating in restaurants since we were old enough to walk, and we were expected to behave, and our parents engaged us. It is not that kids get restless and squirrelly...they do. If a toddler is screeching, that affects ALL other diners around that family. And, again, I feel it is reasonable to expect not to have to deal with screeching. I will bet my next Social Security check that I am not the only person in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, or in the whole United States who has the same expectations. In fact, there was a piece on the news a couple weeks about about children in restaurants. If you have any ideas on how to socialize these young kids about public behavior so they do not grow up believing ANYTHING GOES, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, let me know, and, I have had my last say on this. And, one last thing, I am socialized enough not to go on your lawn without being invited....unlike the MILLENIALS who believe it is their right NOT to have or RESPECT lawn-driven boundaries.

Aug 26, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Yes, I AM baffled...my question would be: Why go out to dinner with others if you have no intention of actually engaging with them? Also, what is SO important that it cannot wait a bit? But, that is a whole other conversation reserved for a whole other time.

Aug 26, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

I would offer only this, and, as with Jon, I am concluding that we will have to agree to disagree: yes, kids are indeed a part of life. HOW-ever there IS a difference between screeching kids and non screeching kids. I do believe it IS a generational point of view since the perception is that MILLENIALS feel any social behavior is acceptable since it is all about THEM anyway. At least MILLENIALS in restaurants slap their mobile devices on the table as soon as they are seated and proceed to bond with them throughout dinner...well, at least it keeps THEM occupied and not screeching.

Aug 25, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

THANK YOU!

Aug 23, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

THANK YOU!...my point exactly...and it would not surprise me to learn that you probably had customers who on their way out stop at your table to comment on how well behaved your ChowPups were. This is how kids learn to be socialized.

Aug 23, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Probably a generational point of view...I am Woodstock generation...when my brothers and sister and I were kids, we went out to dinner all the time, and, my parents engaged us, and we were expected to behave. WhenI say a sense of entitlement, I mean it in sense it is often used to refer to MILLENIALS. And, I dine out frequently, and I HAVE seen similar situations in which young parents HAVE taken a screaming child outside. We are 20+ percent tippers, but not LAST night. I would ask if you feel I am being unreasonable to go out to dinner with the expectation of a reasonable peaceful, enjoyable experience? If you do, we will have to agree to disagree.

Aug 22, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Here's the thing: there are those parents out there who are self-absorbed, oblivious, and entitled--a lethal combination. THEY should have acted responsibly and realized that perhaps a short walk outside would have been a great courtesy to all the OTHER patrons. And these parents met the afore mentioned combination...when we left, there was cereal and other debris all over the floor for the restaurant staff to deal with.

Aug 22, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

20 Railroad Street-Great Barrington

Railroad Street has become an after the movie or casual go to place for friends and me. The by the glass wine selections and beer list offer something for everyone. The food is good and very reasonable priced. So, we were incredibly disappointed last night at managerial refusal to deal with a situation. There was a large party, including a toddler in a high hair who continued to scream at the top of his lungs. The adults ignored this kid, totally. A member of our party asked the manager to intervene and ask to parents to just walk the child outside. I was in the restaurant business for almost 30 years, and that is how we handled it, and, always as courteously and gently as we could. Nothing was done; then, our server told us: "there is nothing we can do about it." I responded that: "actually, there is; you could ask the parents very nicely to just walk the child until he calms down. On the way out, I DID ask the hostess to apprise the manager that I was going to post this.

Aug 22, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

John Andrews - The Berkshires ( cafe adam & gypsy joynt too...)

One more thing...MEZZE in Williamstown is absolutely wonderful...If you have not yet tried it, you might want to consider a dinner there.

Aug 14, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

John Andrews - The Berkshires ( cafe adam & gypsy joynt too...)

Hey, Hey, Niccole...
We have always agreed in posts about John Andrews. I was there a couple of months ago (get lazy about the drive from Lenox). MY favorite salad is available also: fried oyster. I always enjoy every meal there.
Cafe Adam has become another favorite...I do agree that it is a bit pricey. The food is excellent.
About Gypsy Joynt...I was there once a couple of years ago, and, having been a young adult in the 60s and very early 70s, I seem to have no patience at all for THE MILLENIALS. I have found in many south county venues a sort of "oh wow, you like ordered that like second glass of wine like twenty minutes ago, and, like if I like remember, I"ll like bring it." I want to say: "take your eyes off the damn mobile device long enough to do your job; you are at work in a service industry." And, I should add that I am usually a 20-25% tipper, but never for service like that. The service at John Andrews and Cafe Adam is really good. HOWever, in many south county places, I have found a total lack of focus. And, I AM aware that I am saying stuff that I swore back in 68, 69 I never would.

Aug 14, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Hotel Nylo restaurant-Warwick

Dinner tonight...there were five of us, and the restaurant was 95 per cent empty. My cousin asked for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc; The server allowed that she knew nothing about wine but "that is what the bartender is for." (The wine arrived with ice to the top of the glass). We asked for the ice to be removed. I asked for Ketel One with a twist...got a glass of mostly ice with a wedge of lime. After 40 minutes, we asked about the food and were told the kitchen is very small, and that not too many people can be on the line at once. I asked for another Ketel One with just a little ice...another glass, filled to the being with ice...I sent it back and asked for the vodka with ice on the side. A new server appeared and said it would be another 7 minutes, but, that she would being some bread. Finally, the food came, and my sister sees immediately a long hair in her salad. That turned her off and she wanted nothing else instead. They were all perfectly nice people, but we would never eat there again.

Aug 11, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Which of these restaurants are most recommended around Great Barrington?

I vote with Lenox 637
What he said....

Jun 14, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Tanglewood Season 2013

It is STILL stellar.

Jun 01, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England

Naragansett , RI

Matunuk Oyster Bar is superlative...absolutely wonderful. Trio, which is right IN Narragansett, a few blacks from the water is really good, also...they have a number of small plates on the menu. Both places maintain a consistency in terms of food AND service.

May 25, 2013
AikiLou in Southern New England