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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.

Ramen at Rosebud and Snappy Ramen in Davis Sq.?

Thanks! I knew I wasn't imagining it. And I tried a search both for "Snappy Sushi" and "Snappy Ramen."

Ramen at Rosebud and Snappy Ramen in Davis Sq.?

It's weird- I know there have been several mentions of Snappy Ramen, including one I wrote myself a year ago or so, but I searched and can't find anything either. Huh. I've had snappy ramen 3 times now, and I think it's actually gotten better. There is more focus on the menu and fewer choices compared to when they first opened. The portion is a little more maneagable than the first time I ate there and the service has gotten faster although they still seem to "batch" the orders or something- a whole pile of orders come out at once, some to people who sat way after you, and some to people who seem to have been waiting longer. I am no ramen expert and do not claim to be, but we thoroughly enjoyed our ramen dinner a few weeks ago and the bao appetizers were a huge hit with both grownups and kids.

Validating South Boston's latest news & rumors


November 2014 Openings and Closings

Hmm. The last time someone opened a frozen dessert shop, in that same building, in the winter it didn't go so well. Remember the short-lived Spoon? (apologies for incorrect spelling- I don't care enough to search for the umlaut)

Are there any good veggie burgers to be found in chain burger joints? [in the Boston area]

This is faint praise, but I used to kinda-sorta not mind the veggie burger at Spike's. Haven't had it in years since they closed the Davis location though so can't vouch for it currently. It's some sort of soy-based (like Boca burger-ish), not bean or grain.

Cookies are an ANYTIME FOOD

High Rise's oreo knock-off

O Ya - guess we should have gone years ago (long...and sad...)

I actually feel like I could have written a very similar review about our experience at Uni this past weekend, and it's notable that the two restaurants were ranked #1 and #2 recently in Boston Magazine's listing. We had several exquisite dishes and several less-than-memorable dishes, and a couple of duds. Again, 3-6 bites of food per plate and cost from 12-22 dollars (there was a similarly high priced supplement for Kobe beef which I'm not remembering). For that price, you really want every bite to be excellent. The overall trend at Uni was that the cold dishes from the Uni kitchen were better than the hot dishes which are sent over from Clio's kitchen. The difference between our overall experience and the OP's, however, is that the service was excellent. Our waiter was helpful, attentive, comped me a new cocktail when I mentioned that the drink I'd ordered at the bar which was served in a packed highball glass of shaved ice was quite watery and not what I was expecting. We were headed to the symphony and ran into a time crunch and he called the kitchen to figure out if we could order dessert then put a rush on it. So, our overall experience was really good and we enjoyed ourselves even though the food was variable. Service really can make the difference.

ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

Which Trader Joe's have these been spotted at? (and phooey to you, Chowhound formatting, for not allowing me to reply to that specific poster's comment)

Macaroni & Cheese for a crowd recipe help

Just as a follow-up, as some of you already knew, 5 lbs of pasta is a LOT of macaroni and cheese. I ended up basically following the cooks.com recipe I posted above as far as ingredients. I did not follow the technique, preferring to make a roux, whisk in milk, then melt in cheese and pour it over pasta. There's no way that much pasta and sauce was fitting in the baking dishes suggested by the recipe! I ended up with an extra 13" lasagna dish worth, and the two disposable trays I used were extra-deep already. It turns out kids at a birthday party at a play space and calorie-conscious adults do not eat as much mac&cheese as my family! We barely got through one aluminum tray, so ate only about 2.5 lbs of pasta for what turned out to be 33 people, half kids. Also, I did end up thinning the sauce with a bit more milk than the recipe called for and even so the reheated portions were a bit thick. Live and learn. The flavor was excellent, I will say! thanks all. The birthday girl was overjoyed, and will be eating the defrosted leftovers until her next birthday...

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

Stopped in at lunch today. No line at 12:05, but one formed quickly thereafter. By the time we left about 12:40 the line was gone. Food took longer than it should have to come out given that we walked right up and ordered. I had the salmon sandwich on a sesame bagel- divine hot-smoked salmon, apple slices, capers, well-dressed greens and cream cheese. Delish, and definitely a splurge at $11. Got a whole grain bagel with honey-rosemary schmear for the littles, which was also a hit. For full disclosure, I'm a fan of Iggy's bagels. That will probably cause some of you to stop reading right now. I liked Bagelsaurus' bagels very much, but not more than Iggy's and certainly not 3 times as much, which is the price comparison if you keep a dozen in your freezer as I do. Lunch for me and two tots was $18 with only tap water to drink. personally, I'd rather get a couple sandwiches at Bourbon Coffee or a couple of bowls of ramen at the Porter Exchange, but I wish them well and they do make a lovely salmon sandwich!

Validating South Boston's latest news & rumors

There's something going on at W Broadway and F in what used to be Pan Asia (I think).

cranberries at Farmers Markets or local at stores?

Somerville Market Basket had some local brand on Wed when I was there- can't remember what it was. In produce area near the cut fruit.

Menton: late to the table

Thanks for a lovely read. Happy birthday.

Macaroni & Cheese for a crowd recipe help

Absolutely. My 2 and almost-4 year girls olds eat an 8 oz box of mac & cheese between them. There's no way 2 oz is going to serve an adult, or even one of my Chowish toddlers.

Nov 01, 2014
Parsnipity in Home Cooking

Macaroni & Cheese for a crowd recipe help

Yes- missed it but saw it on a re-read. Thx. I suspect 5 lbs of pasta might not fit in one pan, which also makes me suspicious of the recipe on the whole...

Nov 01, 2014
Parsnipity in Home Cooking

Dinner with Toddler

We've eaten at both Kirkland Tap & Trotter and Sarma with toddlers. I think both would be fine on the early side, so I would pick whichever menu tempts you the most. KTT does have a kids menu although we typically don't order off a kids menu for our two since even though I'm sure it's better than average food, their choices are still burger, pasta, fried chicken, hot dog- typical junk and not reflective of the adult menu. Sarma can do a side of humus and pita and we found plenty to share off our plates, which is our preference anyways. It's loud enough and we fit right in.

Incidentally, if anyone's headed to Portland ME, Fore Street has perhaps the best kids menu I've ever seen. Their kids meal of wood-roasted pork with mashed potato and broccoli was amazing.

Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

Well, I'll certainly pay to try it once or twice because in the grand scheme of things it's not much money, but at that price I won't keep a dozen in the freezer, or buy them to bring to a meeting or brunch. As a repeat purchase, it's too much. I guess they must feel they'll get enough drop-in customers or people willing to pay 100% more than other area shops for a dozen that they can charge that much.

Macaroni & Cheese for a crowd recipe help

Hey, Hounds- could use some input. I'm trying to pin down a recipe for mac & cheese for my daughter's birthday party. We'll have about 20 four year olds and 20 adults. A google search for "mac and cheese for a crowd" is all over the map in terms of quantities and how many people a pound of pasta is supposed to serve. This one seems promising, but no indication of what size pan to bake in:

Also, I'm concerned 5 lbs of pasta won't be quite enough for 40 people, even if half of them are kids. I'm thinking I need more like 6-8 lbs but am open to suggestion.
Thanks for any input!

Oct 26, 2014
Parsnipity in Home Cooking

A Tale of Two Donut Shops (long)

Was going to mention Gravity's Rainbow. A screaming comes across the sky. When there are no cider donuts to be found.

Anyways, I love this thread and reading reactions to it is the icing on the donut. Or scone.

Your first-ever Boston T restaurant map

Well, I know whenever I get off the T in Davis I make a beeline for the Boston Burger Company to get myself some fine Poochie-endorsed burger mess with frozen brought-in fries.

October 2014 Openings and Closings

There's no way they're opening Nov 1st. There's been no work going on there for months. It's not even close inside. Agreed- makes one think there might have been a rent increase or something to precipitate that whole row turning over. Re: Pinkberry, their sign says flood damage and you can see it through the window but also no work going on.

October 2014 Openings and Closings

Thank goodness. I always just wanted to drop in and dust the sad plants in the window. Looks like we're getting a new wave of (hopefully) better Asian in Davis. Someone please open some decent Thai??