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2 days in the 5th

I'll be in the 5th arrondissement of Paris for just 2 days (a Monday and a Tuesday) and need to work around a funny schedule. I'm looking for 2 dinner recommendations somewhere accessible by walking or bikeshare. I'd like to try some of the newer neighborhood places which are a bit cheaper, more relaxed, and which cater to locals more than tourists (ironic, I know). I'll also be eating alone so someplace that accommodates this would be great. Thanks for your recommendations!

Nov 29, 2013
The Chemist in France

Lunch/dinner for 1 suggestions in Quebec city

Thanks for the recommendations!

Nov 03, 2013
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lunch/dinner for 1 suggestions in Quebec city

Hello Chowhound.

I'll be in Quebec city for just a few days and eating along. I would be grateful for a recommendation for lunch/dinner which is ideally: affordable, distinct to Quebec city, and accessible quickly by taxi or public transport from the Alt Hôtel in Sainte-Foy. The closer, the better.

Also, how's the food scene here in general? I lived in Montreal for years and loved it and may have an opportunity to call Quebec city home. I prefer rustic, local, neighborhood places. This this a decent city for that?

Thanks!

Oct 31, 2013
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Top BYOB or Table d'Hote at the moment

Ooo, thanks.

May 19, 2013
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Trucks 2013

Well-stated and concise with the notable exception of criticizing food trucks of 'cultural appropriation'.

May 15, 2013
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Top BYOB or Table d'Hote at the moment

Hi all,

I've had to live away from Montreal for the past year but am bringing some friends back with me in July. I'd like to expose them to what I think Montreal does best: affordable neighborhood joints in the range of $30 entrees. I know that there are usually one or two places on top of this scene and I'd like to know which would be a safe bet now. I'm looking for the following characteristics:

Nothing too fancy, a focus on French/Quebec food, either BYOB or reasonably priced Table d'Hote (we want to stay in the range of about $70 per person after wine, tax and tip), takes reservations, consistent quality, accessible by metro. Bonus points for having larger portions as I am traveling with some... larger Americans used to eating a lot.

Failing a good recommendation, I'll probably just take them to APDC, but I'm kinda bored of it. Besides, chowhound has never let me down before!

Thanks in advance for your great recommendations!

May 15, 2013
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pastured meat in Greater Boston

Yes, I would like to know the answer to this as well.

I tried a local CSA (not going to mention which one) but found the quality to be lacking. It may have something to do with the freezing and packaging, but so far, the meats have been indistinguishable from supermarket meat of far poorer pedigree.

If anyone could suggest either another CSA or a butcher who supplied this type of product in the Boston area, that would be great. Online ordering would also work.

Requirements being that the meat is ethically raised, and of substantially better quality than supermarket standard.

Thanks!

Jan 24, 2013
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Any Poutine In Boston?

There may be fries with cheese and gravy but this a poutine does not make. To be poutine, the fries must be thin cut and very crisp and the cheese must be in curd form and must squeak when you chew them (assuming the have not gotten a bit melty from the sauce) - indicating freshness. The gravy is where the most liberty can be taken. If, and only if you can find a product with these qualities, you'll have found poutine.

Dec 14, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Pub for Euro Cup in Cambridge

I've been doing the other games at 'The Field' near central square. It's alright, I suppose. The beer is okay, haven't tried the food. The TVs are in kinda awkward places though.

I wonder if the Cambridge Brewing Company will be showing the game.

Jun 30, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Pub for Euro Cup in Cambridge

As the title suggests, I am looking for a good pub with decent grub and local beer to watch the Euro Cup Finale tomorrow. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

Jun 30, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I am a very adventurous eater but tomalley is something that I have never gotten used to.

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I wonder how old that Lobster must have been?

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Hmmm, that does not sound appetizing.

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

Off the top of your head, know any good Szechuan like CS in Boston? I'm getting a bit exasperated with a lack of authentic anything.

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Guessing that's not bikable from downtown =D

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Are harder shells better? We don't get he soft shelled ones where I come from but I have heard in the past that people prefer the meat from the soft shelled guys. Is this not the case?

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I'll be stopping by tonight. I bike past here on my way back from work. BTW, what are chix?

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

Around 6$ per pound would be reasonable, I think.

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

I thought they had beer now at CS?

Jun 21, 2012
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reasonably priced live lobster in Boston

I have searched the boards but have not found any recommendations for this topic. I'm new to the city and I had sort of assumed that lobster would be cheaper here than in other cites but so far, I am not finding this to be the case. Would someone please recommend to me any location in Boston where I can buy decent quality live (or even recently killed) lobsters at a reasonable price? I can bike just about anywhere but proximity to downtown would be preferable.

Thanks!

Jun 20, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

New Bostonian's wish list

By sweet Pho I mean that some places seem to add a large amount of sugar to the broth, resulting in a sweet flavor that seems to increase you get towards the bottom of the bowl. For me, this really ruins Pho.

Apr 08, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

New Bostonian's wish list

For which type of food?

Apr 08, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

New Bostonian's wish list

Totally. I was just hoping for some quick suggestions on a multitude of topics. As for the sushi, let's not say perfect then... let's just say good for the price =D As is, I want to spend $25 on a few rolls and a few nigiri of above average quality for the city.

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

First Soft Shell Crabs Sighting

Found some at Alive and Kicking in Cambridge today.

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

signs of Spring? sorrel? ramps? fresh green almonds? chervil? mache? morels?

Morels are usually in late April or early May after a heavy rain IIRC.

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

First Soft Shell Crabs Sighting

Thanks to both of you. I know what I am having for dinner.

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

First Soft Shell Crabs Sighting

What's a good way to cook these? I am guessing battered and deep fried but is there a more home kitchen friendly approach?

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

New Bostonian's wish list

Hey Boston hounds,

I just moved here from Montreal and I need some help to quickly find substitutes for my favorites. I appreciate all of your help!

Some caveats: I am centered in Cambridge but will travel within maybe an hour biking distance for food. I'm not rich and am not interested in super fancy food (which I prefer to tackle in my own kitchen). What I really want are things which are generally better for the price in restaurants. Without further ado:

1) Decent inexpensive Sushi. Firstly, IS there good sushi in this city? This is one area that Montreal sorely lacks in, so I would be glad to find the opposite here. I prefer simple and classic sushi. Perfect fish, perfect rice. I am not interested in super dragon kraken rolls which are deep friend and topped with foie.

2) Indian Thali. Should be cheap and large, preferably with butter chicken.

3) Burger. Nothing fancy here. Just an awesome burger. I hear there is a place across from Harvard which makes a good one. Lemme know.

4) Szechuan. It should be authentic and covered in those little red chilies. No general Tao, thanks! =D

5) Pho. Generally, I like to avoid very sweet pho.

6) Mexican. Tacos, pastor, etc.

7) Banh Mi.

Any and all suggestions are most appreciated!

Thanks!

Apr 07, 2012
The Chemist in Greater Boston Area

Hungarian food in Montreal? Or other central European

That's odd. I go to both often and always prefer just about everything at Euro Deli. Perhaps it was an off day?

Feb 02, 2012
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Brit and Chips

Despite being on an island, we are pretty inland. In many cases, fish which has been flash frozen on the boat and maintained at a decent temperature is far superior to supposed 'fresh' fish. Can't really hold this against them. If the fish is dry, this is probably due to preparation.

Feb 02, 2012
The Chemist in Quebec (inc. Montreal)