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time to kill in East Boston?

thanks to everyone for all the great tips - I'll report back on what yummy treats I find!

Feb 19, 2010
bnanie in Greater Boston Area

time to kill in East Boston?

I have to drive someone to an event in East Boston this Sunday, and then hang out for a bit before taking them home. I would love to have recommendations for a great bakery to try, and hopefully a nice market with pasta or gourmet treats to take home. I live in JP and haven't been anywhere in E.Boston except the airport in years, so would love any recommendations.

Feb 17, 2010
bnanie in Greater Boston Area

Bangalore Recommendations needed

If you're still in town and want to take a break from S. Indian food, I would recommend Harima, 131 Residency Rd, for quite authentic Japanese food. I was in Bangalore week before last and had a wonderful meal there. I had the avocado sushi (very fresh), edamame, and terriyaki tofu - which had a wonderful, pillowy texture and terrific, intensely flavorful sauce.

May 05, 2009
bnanie in India & South Asia

Updates on Afternoon Tea

L'Espalier has wonderful food at their tea, particularly the pastries, however it is exquisitely formal. If you're looking to relax, I would second Upstairs on the Square. However, if you enjoy over the top formal, L'Espalier is lovely. (It's also a good way to get an experience there without paying what a dinner would involve...)

May 05, 2009
bnanie in Greater Boston Area

Food gems in Udaipur and Kochi

Sorry, I dont have any recommendations, but am currently living in Chennai and will be in Kochi in January, so will be very happy to hear your report and get some good tips! Have a wonderful trip!!

Nov 24, 2008
bnanie in India & South Asia

Dinner at Saffron (msp)

Thanks to the posters who gave me suggestions for dinner in Minneapolis earlier this week. Saffron got the nod, and we had a very enjoyable experience. The restaurant itself was a lovely space - muted colors, comfortable well spaced seating and tuneful N.African (I assume) music in the background. Service was pleasant and helpful but unobtrusive. We chose a number of selections from the mezze and small plate sections and shared them. From the mezze's, the giant beans (fava type in a lemon dill vinagrette) and braised greens (more lemon, with aleppo pepper) were standouts. From the small plates, the cauliflower soup was terrific - creamy but not too rich, with a beautiful garnish of dollops of cilantro puree and charmoula sauce, which also lent wonderful flavor. The squash and sweet potato 'bisteeya' was 'to die for'; roasted squash and s.p's enclosed in an incredibly flaky phyllo dough, baked and dusted with cinnamon. I'd happily eat that any night! I myself didnt taste the meat dishes. My husband enjoyed the meatballs and kubbeh, although he thought the harissa could have had a bit more of a kick, and generally preferred the vegetable dishes. There was a small but tasty wine list, and an interesting drink menu. Overall this was a terrific dining experience which we would definately recommend.

Dinner in Minneapolis

thanks for the suggestions already. We will be staying in downtown Mpls - so looking to dine downtown. Favoriate cusines are SEAsian and Italian - lots of fresh ingredients, and spicy is a plus!

Dinner in Minneapolis

I'll be in Minneapolis with my husband on Wednesday evening and am looking for a nice place for dinner. Looking for someplace pleasant and relaxing, (since we'll be out without children for a change!) but not pretentious. I'm a vegetarian, he's not. We both like lots of flavor in our food. Will report back!