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NYE *and* 30th Birthday recs for a group - Cambridge/Boston

My girlfriend turns 30 on Jan 1, meaning that New Years Eve is a countdown to her birthday. We'd like to celebrate with some friends (probably about 10) and be able to reserve a space in a restaurant in Cambridge (preferably) or Boston.

We're fans of good food (we love O Ya and Oleana) but would like the price to be reasonable for those who are coming along.

Any suggestions for a place where it would be easy to get a space to about 10 of us to hang around and eat/drink in the hours leading up to midnight?

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Dec 14, 2010
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Where to find flavored cofee syrups in greater Boston area?

Thanks, southie_chick, for loving Bosco. :) You can buy it at Market Basket in the area and hopefully some more stores soon. I say "hopefully" because I work for Bosco, which means that I doubly appreciate your love of it! And to those who think an egg cream can only be made with other syrups... well, I'll leave that unsaid. :)

Oct 18, 2010
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Where to find flavored cofee syrups in greater Boston area?

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Oct 18, 2010
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for 30th birthday celebration w/ 15-20 ppl

Thanks Lissy. I think we're probably looking for a bit less expensive - if we have 20 people, that'll end up being $62/head... any ideas for something that might be more like $20-30/head?

Mar 03, 2008
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for 30th birthday celebration w/ 15-20 ppl

If it makes any difference, we'll likely do this on a Friday or Saturday night - so ideally a place that doesn't get so jammed you can't move!

Mar 03, 2008
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Ideas for 30th birthday celebration w/ 15-20 ppl

My girlfriend is turning 30 in April, and I'd like to gather a group of 15-20 people to celebrate with her.

What I have in mind is a place where we could have some sort of private space (does not need to be a whole room) where we could order some food/appetizers and drinks. I think we'd prefer buffet style over a sit-down meal.

Would like a fun place but not too noisy so we all can hear each other.

Location is pretty open: Brookline, Brighton, Allston, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, or other neighborhoods nearby.

Thanks in advance for your ideas, and let me know if you need clarification.

Mar 02, 2008
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

mr crepe in davis -- meh

Weird - I had an almost identical experience in early March, and I figured it was because they were still new. Guess they're not learning.

I went well over my 20 minute table limit because the food didn't come out that quickly.

Apr 11, 2007
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge Common

Thanks for the positive note Catherine - glad to hear there are some reports of good service! I'll try them again for drinks/dinner, but I think I'm done with them for brunch, Beatles or not.

Apr 11, 2007
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge Common

I've been very disappointed with the service at Cambridge Common - though their food is okay.

Some of the staff there could care less if you wait 15 minutes to get a drink or place a food order. Last time I was there for brunch, the heavy guy with glasses came by to get our drink order (coffee and water), and brought the 3 coffees in two stages (???). With the first coffees, he set down creamers. When he came with the other coffee, he took back some of the creamers. (Maybe he thought we didn't deserve 4 creamers?) He neglected to take our order when he brought the coffees and never returned. I caught his eye from across the room, and he waved. No idea what this meant. Five minutes later, we waved over a waitress and asked her to help us out. She took our order, but never came back to offer fresh coffee or water. Oh well.

Another time, I waited 10 minutes to get a beer at the bar and the bartender walked past me several times. I wasn't able to order a second beer.

I suspect they probably just need to hire another server or two, and they'd be doing much better.

I'd love to be wrong about this place - it's on my block - but I feel like I never get timely service here. Maybe some others have had different experiences?

Apr 11, 2007
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Podcasts?

I had the same confusion. I understand podcasts to be something you can subscribe to via a RSS feed. Either Chow.com is using the term "podcast" inappropriately or I'm missing the link for the feed.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast -- the key is that you get to *subscribe* to the audio content.

I'd like to be able to add the Chow podcast feeds to my iTunes so I can have it automatically download new episodes.

Thanks!

Jan 17, 2007
scottso17 in Site Talk

Sunday w/ kids between Cambridge and N Andover

Are there any places closer to Burlington worth considering? Thanks!

Dec 01, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Sunday w/ kids between Cambridge and N Andover

My parents will be visiting, and they want to meet up with friends who live in North Andover for dinner Sunday night. As a Cambridge-ite who doesn't venture out that way often, I need some help! And the only options their friends can offer are chains such as Outback and Chili's. I rather go more local.

Here's what they are looking for:

-- Somewhere halfway between Cambridge and North Andover (Burlington perhaps?)

-- Kid friendly (the friends have a little one)

-- Nothing too exotic (my dad is not adventurous)

-- Not crazy expensive

-- Nice and good! - specific cuisine not important, aside from anti-exotic note above

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Nov 30, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

RSS feed for Boston not working in Netvibes

Well, that's only part true. The headlines show up in Netvibes, but when you click on the links, it simple takes you to... Netvibes! That is, instead of taking you to the message.

Any suggestions for getting this to work? Thanks!

Oct 07, 2006
scottso17 in Site Talk

Nice place for coffee/dessert in Framingham area

Help this Cambridge guy make it in the suburbs. I'm meeting a (female) friend from out of town for a date near her sister's house in the Framingham area tomorrow night, and I have no idea where to go.

A great place for dessert and/or coffee would be perfect. Finale would probably be the right kind of place to go to, but we're not going to schlep into town for that.

I appreciate any suggestions you can offer. Thank you!

Oct 06, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Simple lunch with boss near Westwood Route 128 Amtrak station

Thanks for your suggestions! We went to Lambert's Fruit - was perfect for what we were looking for. They have some picnic tables outside, and that was good enough. HUGE, delicious sandwiches, though it was a bit confusing as to how to order.

Sep 17, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Cooking Classes?

I started taking the "Back to Basics" class at the Cambridge Culinary Institute last year and did not have a good experience. I took 3 of the 6 classes.

One was taught by a top-notch instructor; I learned a lot and had a great time.

But... the other two were taught by someone who is probably a great chef but was a terrible instructor for those who were never professional chefs, i.e., those in a "basics" class.

He kept saying things like, "everyone knows [this complicated thing] of course!" One time, I had to say, "I'm not everyone, I guess." He didn't understand my issue, I guess. One of the classes ran 90 minutes over schedule - for a 3 hour class! It was almost as if he had no idea how to plan out a class so that we could get out on time. Most people left before we finished enough food to eat.

I dropped out when I found out he'd be teaching the remaining classes.

Not to say that the school doesn't have good classes - I'm sure it does - but they made a really poor choice to select this guy as an instructor for their basics class.

Sep 17, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Simple lunch with boss near Westwood Route 128 Amtrak station

Thanks for the tips so far! We'll be driving in from Marlborough - so somewhere north of Westwood would be okay, too. Thank you!

Sep 12, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Simple lunch with boss near Westwood Route 128 Amtrak station

I'm meeting driving my boss to the Amtrak station on Route 128 in Westwood and am looking for a place to go for lunch with him before he catches his train.

He's from New Jersey and likes simple, diner-esque kinds of places - but something a slight notch above a typical greasy spoon.

We probably won't have more than 45 minutes or so to eat.

Any suggestions from the Chowhound crowd? Thank you!

Sep 12, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Weekday breakfast midway between Marlborough & Quincy

I need to meet my boss for breakfast on Thursday midway between Marlborough (where he's staying) and Quincy (where he's going) - and I'm coming from Cambridge.

It doesn't need to be a fancy place but it should be a place where we can linger and discuss business for a while. In other words, Sound Bites in Somerville isn't the right kind of place. :)

Can anyone with a good sense of the culinary geography of the 90 and 128 corridors help me out? Somewhere off on of those highways would be great.

Thanks!

Jul 24, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area

Little Q Mongolian Hotpot in Quincy

I ate here a couple of months ago and wasn't very impressed. Granted, it was brand new at the time. I had never eaten this at this style of restaurant before and the staff didn't help very much, largely due to a poor grasp of the English language. I made a suggestion to the manager (who did speak English well) when leaving to try to make the experience better for those who aren't familiar and he didn't seem to like that I was making suggestions. Oh well!

Jul 24, 2006
scottso17 in Greater Boston Area