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ISO: Thick-shelled white eggs for pysanky (Ukrainian dyed Easter eggs)

I am looking for some higher-quality white eggs. As a kid, we used to blow out raw eggs to dye for pysanky- Ukrainian dyed Easter eggs. Most of the eggs I buy now are brown, and I tried blowing out some super market white ones and they are so thin and fragile that I couldn't do it. Meanwhile, I have beautiful eggs from 25 years ago that have survived. Are they making eggs thinner these days? Anyone have a lead on some uniformly-colored and thick-shelled white eggs?

about 18 hours ago
Parsnipity in Greater Boston Area

Meju in Davis Sq.-Anyone Excited?

Huh. Thanks for sharing. It had kind of fallen off my radar, largely due to lack of chow chatter, but also partly due to the higher-than-expected prices based on the initial soft opening menu. It's back on my list now. Will report when I can...

Where to take four young kids in Cambridge/Somerville

Highland Kitchen is a great choice for that age group, but as for getting a table it depends on the night. If it's a weeknight, we've done well at 6, but not on a Friday or Saturday. Sometimes even Thursday it can be pretty busy by 6, and if you miss that "first seating" where all tables have just sat, it can be a long wait.

We've enjoyed Christopher's with kids. You could also do "dinner for breakfast" somewhere like the Friendly Toast. Kids love that.

ETA- Mary Chungs! See my prior posts on the amazing kid friendliness of the waitstaff- to the point where they will somehow get your kids to eat greens. And what 3 year old wouldn't be excited about their own order of dumplings? Only downside I can think of is a bit of a busy street and walk with the little ones either from parking or the T.
By the way, you're brave. Wanna add two more little girls to your party?

Durkee spices

As much as I love Cooks's Illustrated, remember they're writing for a national audience and need to point people toward brands they have a chance of finding. I take their national brand recs with a grain of salt, given that we have much more availability of smaller name or ethnic products here. While they write for people who love to cook and eat, I think they consciously steer away from a foodie or Chow take on products, in other words settling for "available" vs "obsessive searching for the absolute best or cheapest". I'd be interested to hear if anyone does find Durkee and compare it to say, Badia or a brand from an Indian market.

Budapest - rustic/traditional? help, please

Boston hound here. Will be in Budapest in April visiting my sister who is a vegetarian (I'm not) and who, despite living in Budapest for a year, claims to have not eaten much noteworthy. Looking for interesting dining that I wouldn't be able to find here in a major US city.
Simon, any finds to report back?

Feb 26, 2015
Parsnipity in Europe

What new spot would you try?

And I personally would pick Alden & Harlow over Ribelle and Giulia, although I think you would not go wrong with any of those.

Great Boston restaurants with my kids

I really don't think there's anywhere that would be off limits. I would just search threads and plan around your tastes and locations and budget. There are tons of kids and family threads on here, but most of them focus on babies and toddlers. At this age, if your kids have wide palates, you've already got all the posters with food allergies/disabilities/vegans/etc beat as far as being able to go anywhere. I certainly hope that as a city and culture we don't make school age kids feel unwelcome in any dining establishment. In a few short years, your young ones may be our bussers and line cooks and summer ice cream scoopers.

another suggestion please

I had a nice moms' night out at Alden & Harlow, which is easy on the red line too. I'd want a reservation though- their bar gets packed. Whatever red sparkling libation they served me undid about 13 temper tantrums. And then some indulgent hot chocolate at Burdicks... ah, I need to do that again soon.

another suggestion please

If I were out without my kids, K T&T is not where I'd want to go. I'd want something a little more elegant. Maybe it's all the snow emails and kids specials Maws has been emailing out, but I do not think this is the vibe you're looking for.

You could try Westbridge and then Belly for drinks after- only have to park once that way.

New Falafel Joint in Somerville/Medford

Interesting. The first few times I went in, the owner was super friendly and cooking and you're right, lately it's been some younger (possibly teenage) guys not really giving it their all. I had a conversation with the owner about saj bread and how awesome it is and whether he'd be able to get it- based on that alone, I usually pick Noor these days although I work literally around the back side of the same building as the Shawarma place. He had said he was working on it, but obviously it never happened. Also, the kofta used to be cooked to order and it was a 10-15 minute wait if you ordered them. Then there was a time period where they were pre-cooked and just available, and the other day when I went in they just plain didn't have them.

Restaurants with parking?

Green Street Grille is really close to the public parking garage in Central. Not sure what the availability of parking is these days anywhere but under normal circumstances it's easy to find a spot there and only a few bucks.

Bergamot has a parking lot.

Does the snow keep you close to home?

Amen. Trekked over to the Porter Exchange and ended up at Cho Cho's. Decent meal of bibimbap and bulgogi, rice and edamame for the little ones and plenty of space to run around and burn off steam after dinner for the kids. Not as good as Buk Kyung in Union as a downside, but as an upside about 1/2 the price noted on the menu at Meju which I haven't tried yet.

What's for dinner during a blizzard?

Hounds- we're going stir-crazy here. What's everyone doing for dinner tonight? We're interested in somewhere in Davis, Porter or Ball Square areas, but I'm sure other hounds would be interested in a general discussion. I know Craigie and Kirkland Tap & Trotter are doing some blizzard specials, but they're a little outside our walking zone with two kiddos in packs. Nothing on Davis Square Live Journal yet...

Are there any highly recommended vegetarian entrees in the Greater Boston area?

ditto parsnips ;)

Best sandwiches in Boston?

I was going to weigh in to vote for the artichoke arugula pesto with fresh moz. I'm not a veggie but it's on my top 10 favorite list for sure. I also really like the smokey spicey turkey at Dave's.

Garlic & Lemon's anything on saj is ridiculously good too and head and shoulders above either the Schwarma Place or Noors over here in Davis.

January 2015 Openings and Closings

Just walked by and the stop work order is gone, a permit is posted, and there were people inside looking over papers. So hopefully they're back on track.

The new Rosebud, Davis Square

Brunch- good thought. As long as they take reservations we could give it a shot, because that's been the sticking point of many of our other brunch options. Like, Highland Kitchen (which I was sorely hoping the new Rosebud could be compared to) has the most amazing chicken/biscuit/egg concoction but with two hungry small ones, there's no way we can wait for a table.

The new Rosebud, Davis Square

Yes, that is what I meant. We were wowed by the beer itself and I guess I'll trust you on price. I don't in priciple have a problem paying as much for a beer as a wine or cocktail. I just felt overall the value was not there, and when you leave with that feeling you start looking at the bill and trying to figure out where the money went.

Davis Square

Spoke has a small but excellently curated beer selection. I would highly recommend it for after show.

The new Rosebud, Davis Square

Your initial review was so positive that I'm glad to see we have some common ground. What else are you still loving on the menu? re: pies, I saw them bringing a hotel cart of pies in from down Summer Street the other day. I guess they use some other kitchen and still claim they're made "in house" but that seems to be pushing the definition to me.

The new Rosebud, Davis Square

We finally got around to having dinner here and I'm sad to report we were mostly disappointed. I really like what they've done with the space and the service was friendly and helpful, if a bit scattered. Drinks were good and the Barrel Staves sour ale on tap was a nice surprise, if not exactly well-priced at $9 for a 12oz pour. For apps, there was a fried brussel sprout special and being big fans of Highland Kitchen's version, we had to try it. Unfortunately, they used whole brussel sprouts of varying sizes which did not cook evenly. Chasing a whole, sauced brussel sprout around a plate with a butter knife in order to get to its raw center is not exactly my idea of a good time. Fried pickle spears were fine- batter slid off a bit, but it always does which is why I usually only order fried pickle chips a la Redbones. The much-lauded dry fried green beans were fine, but right on the edge of my fairly-high salt tolerance and not as good as any number of Asian restaurants.

For entrees, my DC ordered the Texas Rachel in a skirt- cool idea, very greasy in practice. He felt that the individual ingredients were almost indistinguishable amidst the grease. I had fish and chips and was sorely disappointed- very thick batter, not more than 4oz of fish total in the form of 3 smallish fish fingers, and the batter was still wet inside. The standout item was the onion strings I added to the chips which came with my meal- they were excellent- crisp, well-fried and perfectly seasoned. For dessert, we tried the chocolate mousse pie which was kind of meh- soggy bottom and completely unflavored or sweetened whipped cream. I get that people don't like super-sweet stuff but in my opinion whipped cream needs a touch of sugar and maybe a hint of vanilla. A big pile of just pure heavy cream doesn't do it for me. We also sent back our luke-warm coffees and the waitress brewed a fresh hot pot. To be honest, I was on the verge of sending back my fish and chips especially because at 18.95 it was not an inexpensive choice, but we were dining with another couple who had a time crunch and I didn't want to hold up the whole evening. While I'm glad they were able to do such a nice job with the space, we're unlikely to return here for a full meal and in the future would stick to drinks... and onion strings. Sorry, Rosebud- I've just placed you in the same category as Painted Burro and Posto- nice space, good scene, want to like it, but food doesn't quite add up. Coincidence?? I think not.


Okay, I'm going to 'fess up. Those Trader Joe's green chili and cheese (the best flavor IMO) I prefer to 99% of tamales I've had. For one, they are seasoned (I'm looking at you, Armory Farmer's Market Lady selling completely insipid bland mushy tamales for like $4 each). Second, they are a consistent size and texture and never leave a watery puddle on the plate. Third, the price is right. Maybe it's just that we're in a tamale wasteland but I think people get so caught up in the artisanal thing that they're willing to shell out for an awful lot of inferior product. Me, I'll stick with Trader Joe's.
edited- woops- noted Tacos Lupita above and realized this was a zombie thread. Well, even better. TJ's tamales are still good seven years later.


We stopped in the other day and the new owner, who is super friendly, mentioned he had twin girls. He gave my little girls a biscotti each, which was a true biscotti in that we had to take them home and dunk them in hot tea in order to eat them they were so hard. My girls could not be induced to share though, so I guess they must have tasted good. Can't wait to try the pizza- they only had focaccia when we were there.

evelyn & angels chocolates...

Wait- the hot chocolate is really comparable to Burdicks? Can anyone else confirm this? Is it a dark chocolate? Will it solidify at room temp like Burdicks'?

Best Transparent Restaurants in Boston?

You could do coffee and pastry at Forge. They have a window into the bakery area with counter seating in front of it.

You can't go home again ...

I'd eaten there before in the front with my husband, so knowing we'd have an older party (and honestly any party over 2 people it gets harder for any one person to hear the whole conversation regardless of age) I asked for a "quiet" table. Hah. Despite being seated in the back corner, it was still deafening. So much for that thought!

You can't go home again ...

The only thing about West Bridge is that is is shockingly loud. Love the food; love the service. Made the mistake of taking my mom, aunt and uncle there recently. No one could hear a thing across the table. We adjourned to Belly for drinks and rehashed the dinner conversation to catch everyone up.

cooking class recs

I did a mom's night out sushi class at Shiso kitchen which was arranged by a friend for about 12 moms. You don't say how big your group will be. The owner is very personable and did let us get hands on for the second half of the class. I think it's a perfect space for a family party. We were also able to bring our own wine and sake and the cost overall was very reasonable. There would be no pressure on any members of the group who wanted to just hang out and socialize, either.

Places like Doo Wee & Rice 2014/2015

I've been wracking my brain on this and can't come up with much, although I agree with the other few suggestions. Doo Wee was pretty unique. I do feel compelled to point out that it was in Somerville, however, not Medford. Maybe Dosa & Curry near Union Square? I won't be offended if you disagree, but I mentally put it in a similar category as I found out about it through this board, and although they have a full menu I pretty much think of them as a niche dosa place.

ISO Fresh, White Carrots?

Market Basket Somerville had rainbow carrots Monday evening. I think they were in the organic section but don't quote me on that. I know I saw them somewhere in produce.