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Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

Thanks! Will definitely explore that blog. "Home-cooking" is such a tough thing to pin down. I want the home-cooking of people with discerning taste who are chow hounds, you know?

Apr 08, 2014
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Ain't nothin' but a ghee thing, baby!

In my experience, many Americans also frequent all you can eat buffets and fast-foody type places. *wink*

Oil and salt are popular the world over, and being "from" somewhere doesn't make you an authority. MXG, I'd love to taste your mother's cooking as the amount of oil in a lot of Indian food around here is overwhelming. It's much harder to get great flavor without relying on fat.

I personally have liked Dosa & Curry because it's my first exposure to dosas and I feel less greased up after a meal there than the typical mall food court Indian.

Apr 08, 2014
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Pennypackers in Magoun Square,

A smoked chicken salad sandwich tonight was delicious. A ceasar salad completely forgettable. Does anyone else find the porchetta unbearably salty? It's not the crispy sliver of skin, but the meat itself. My n is only 2- is this the norm?

Apr 04, 2014
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2014 Food Truck Schedule for Boston released

Charleston or Charlestown?

Mar 26, 2014
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Boston's Best Toast?

Tamper in Medford has a nice toast. Not sure where they get their bread. Go with the apricot jam. I've been liking their food in general and want to put in a plug for them- the owners are such friendly earnest guys and they put up with our kids running amok while we sip coffee. (Not really amok. Just some general running about early in the morning while the space is largely empty. We never let our little hounds cross the line into poor behavior in an eating establishment)

Mar 25, 2014
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Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

Growing up just north of NYC, "Sicilian" was what you ordered if you wanted what is being called "Greek" here, and regular got you a standard, cooked on the bottom of the oven, non-greased-pan pie. Sometimes Sicilian also got you a square pie, but not always.

Mar 25, 2014
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Inexpensive Davis Square favorites

Hmm. I just can't seem to get excited about it when a mediocre restaurant is replaced by the same cuisine in the same space- al la the never-ending procession of Thai restaurants next to Subway in Davis. Perhaps if it gets your approval we'll venture in.

Mar 22, 2014
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Inexpensive Davis Square favorites

We had it at brunch as part of chicken and waffles and it was distinctly pumpkin-pie-spicy. Perhaps the blend varies from brunch to dinner?

Mar 22, 2014
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Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

Just to be contrary, we ate at Meze once as part of restaurant week and although I well know restaurant week can be hit or miss, we had a truly awful meal. I always assumed that was why it closed.

Agree on Greek Corner- really good gyros which you can see being made on an episode Diners Drive ins and Dives if you care to.

Mar 21, 2014
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Boston's weirdest desserts?

"Ants on a Log" also at Gargoyles- celery ice cream with peanut butter crunchies and some sort of raisin fruit leather. Oh, and that pop-rocks concotion at Gargoyles. Can't remember all the flavors but there was some sort of strawberry freeze-dried thing, plus of course the pop rocks.

Mar 12, 2014
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Boston's weirdest desserts?

Nominating something as "weird" does not automatically mean it's not good.

Mar 12, 2014
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Sell outs/things that sell out fast

Three Little Figs in Somerville runs out of their lavender almond biscuits. Nothing else compares. Except maybe the apple cider donut muffins, come to think of it.

Mar 09, 2014
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Thanks Again, Boston Hounds!

Next time consider a beer & cheese pairing party! A couple of the cheesemongers at Formaggio are great sources of pairing advice for us for our annual Beer & Cheese party.

Mar 03, 2014
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What do people think of Rendezvous in Central Square, Cambridge?

This really could be as close to a consensus as I've seen on this board. Mods, close this thread down. It's obviously a fake.

Just to add something topical: as much as I agree with everyone that their food is delicious, beware: they have no high chairs. Last time I went, we brought our own travel booster seat. Before someone jumps in and says not everyone has to cater to tiny diners, here are some other places that have a high chair or two stowed away: Sarma, Bergamot, Russell House Tavern, Painted Burro.

Mar 03, 2014
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The Shawarma Place, Davis Square, Somerville

Yeah, I still prefer G&L hands down. The baba at Noor was not well-blended with some pretty large chunks/strands of eggplant. I prefer the creamy, rich texture of G&L and theirs is also better-seasoned and smokier. I found myself adding a pinch of salt to almost everything at Noor, especially the fries which we ended up with by accident and which were completely insipid. I did like the pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top of Noor's baba, and thought the price was quite low for the generous portion. I found the color to be similar all around- maybe there's eggplant-to-eggplant batch variations?

Mar 03, 2014
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The Shawarma Place, Davis Square, Somerville

Just to circle back: Baba- major advantage to Noor over Shawarma Place. Actual shawarma wrap- advantage shawarma place for kofta, tie for chicken (taking value into consideration- Noor's is bigger, but about $2 more). Excellent friendly service at both. Neither approaches the deliciousness of Garlic & Lemons in any of the foods we ordered.

Mar 02, 2014
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30th Birthday Party - with children

I think you probably have to decide if you want to prioritize the food or the atmosphere/activity possibilities. Based on your Maine thoughts, maybe doing a beach day and hitting one of the North Shore seafood locations would work? Woodman's?

The other thing about June (or any month really) is that it can be wet and cold. (Speaking from the experience of having to wear a sweater at my own late-June wedding.) So especially with a lot of little kids involved, you need to know that if you plan a patio event and it's raining they'll also be able to accomodate you indoors.

Finally, as for travel, we've had times of such difficult sleep situations with our little ones that we're kind of protective of nap time and bedtime so if anyone were to invite us to something that was a far drive or that overlapped with nap time we would really have to think about whether we could do it.

Feb 28, 2014
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A Mild Dissent on Ribelle from a Seattle Chowhound

My experience very much mirrored yours. I also just did not love the atmosphere, with the noise level and shunting people toward the large communal table.

Feb 28, 2014
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The Shawarma Place, Davis Square, Somerville

Thanks. Am headed there ASAP for the baba. I could eat vats of Garlic & Lemon's and only the traffic and trip over keep me from ingesting my weight in baba- if this is anything close, I'm in trouble...

Feb 25, 2014
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The Shawarma Place, Davis Square, Somerville

Hmm. Just looking at the menu at Noor in Powderhouse online. Anyone been to both for a comparison?

Feb 25, 2014
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The Shawarma Place, Davis Square, Somerville

Had take out from here the other night-- overall a good, fairly-priced option with friendly service. In flavor, it does not compare to Garlic & Lemons which is my gold standard. My DC got the beef and lamb shawarma wrap with all toppings- included red onions, pickles (smallish slices of round pickles, not cornichons), hummus, mayo, lettuce, tomato. They have pita bread which is good, but not as soft and pliable as the saj bread at G&L. They definitely slice the meat to order from a vertical rotisserie. The owner happily complied with my request for a kid's meal by making me a half-size chicken shawarma and charging me half price. The chicken was fairly heavily spiced with what tasted sort of like 5 spice powder, which is new to me in a shawarma. I can't say that I loved it. I had the kafta wrap, which we agreed was the best dish of the bunch. The kafta meatballs were griddled to order and although I also requested all toppings, I realized that this does not automatically include hot pepper relish. The addition of this to my wrap (vs my DC's) made a big difference flavor-wise. We also had a side of baba ganoush which had a good smokey flavor with a hint of tahini, but did not have the ethereal richness of G&L's. We'd definitely eat here again since it's super-convenient and slightly cheaper than say, a Diesel sandwich, but I would not place it in the category of "drive across town for."

Feb 25, 2014
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Iggy's English muffins?

Not too far away in Harvard Square, Crema definitely does make their own English muffins and I can state with certainty that they are excellent.

Feb 25, 2014
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Painted Burro Update?

I've never been impressed on 3 visits- 2 brunch, one dinner (admittedly, none within the past 2 months). Food was average in quality and well below average in value, service below average all times. Last time we swore we'd just get a burrito at Anna's instead so there won't be a next time. On the other hand, the owners' other place Posto has always impressed us.

Feb 25, 2014
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Where do 'hounds go in the snow?

Gargoyle's bar was our go-to snow spot. Now that it is no longer, we have sort of shifted to Spoke. Had a lovely meal at the bar there the other day in snow. You don't get the same views as Gargoyle's afforded, but the friendliness of the staff and bartender, and the owner who was just kind of buzzing about making it all run smoothly, made it feel perfect.

Feb 19, 2014
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Best Day Drinking

Yeah, it's an Irish bar. It's not an "Irish" bar.

Feb 18, 2014
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Portland options [split from Boston]

And check out Grace. Talk about special-occasion atmosphere!

Feb 02, 2014
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So Cal 'hound looking for high end experience for celebratory dinner

I think you would have an wonderful experience at L'Espalier. I would rank it way above Salts anyways, so don't bother regretting the flooding.

While I love Oleana and Sarma, they are not New Englandy. And I would not call Sarma special occasion. Oleana, maybe.

Based on your description of what you're looking for, I would also look at No 9 Park.

Feb 02, 2014
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Spencer Trappist Ale

Liquor World in Porter Square did not have it and had not heard of it as of Monday. We were there in the evening though, so perhaps the daytime staff would be more helpful.

With all the price whining, ahem, discussion, just think of the $6 or 7 per pint you'd pay for any decent beer at a bar. Given that arithmetic, anything up to $28 per 4 pack is okay by me. Factor in the savings on a babysitter by drinking it at home and it's a steal.

Jan 22, 2014
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January 2014 Openings and Closings

I was really cheering for Au Natural's since it's kind a hike up to Dave's for the only decent sandwiches in Davis if you're on the Porter side of things with a short lunch break. They seemed to do well with foot traffic in that area- my understanding was the failure had something to do with Stonyfield's internal financial decisions. I know, I should just let it go...

Jan 16, 2014
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January 2014 Openings and Closings

Coming soon: cupcake patches. Electronic cupcakes.

Jan 16, 2014
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