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Authentic Food in Falmouth, Jamaica?

I will be stopping in Falmouth Jamaica this February on a cruise, and I was wondering if there is any place in town to get good authentic Jamaican food. Most of the restaurants people mention on the cruise boards seem to be of the "drink 'till you pass out" variety endemic to most Caribbean ports, which doesn't appeal to me at all.

I know Falmouth is a tiny town, but I'd prefer not to have to get transportation to Montego Bay or Ocho Rios.

Bellagio, Nashua

The Canadian poutine at Bellagio Pizza is very impressive. Solid fries that held up well to the gravy, cheese curds that despite their cubed shape were very tasty and actually had a little squeak to them, and gravy that tasted much better than Chez Vachon's. My girlfriend got the Italian poutine which, due to the above-mentioned overly sweet sauce, was much less impressive. The sauce was also too thick and pasty to coat the fries well, and wasn't really meat sauce, just pizza sauce with cut-up meatballs.

They also have a Poutine Pizza on their menu, but I wasn't brave enough to try it.

Nov 28, 2011
zhecht in Northern New England

Poutine Lovers Unite !!(manchester,nh)

I had the poutine at the Nashua location of Bellagio Pizza (right off rte 3 near the Christmas Tree Shop) and was very impressed. Solid fries that held up well to the gravy, cheese curds that despite their cubed shape were very tasty and actually had a little squeak to them, and gravy that tasted much better than Chez Vachon's. My girlfriend got the Italian poutine, which was much less impressive. As others have noted here, the Bellagio sauce is much too sweet, and on the Poutine it was too thick and pasty to coat the fries well (it also wasn't meat sauce -- it was their pizza sauce with cut-up meatballs in it).

They also have a Poutine Pizza on their menu, but I wasn't brave enough to try it.

Nov 28, 2011
zhecht in Northern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

I managed to get everything on my list with the exception of the Quahogs and bacon, which were sold out by the time we got there, and the Gorgonzola fries, which weren't offered this year. I also skipped the lobster ravioli when I saw that they wanted $9 for a couple of ravioli, and used that money on a Maine lobster roll instead (really good, but I got a few unwelcome pieces of shell).

As in the past, my favorite things were the Salmon on a Stick, the Apple Crisp, and the Finnish pancakes. The fried oreos and pumpkin rice pudding were close runners up. The oreos I got from a place on the other side of the Court of Honor stage from Piche's, and I thought they were much better (and unlike Piche's they weren't drowning in powdered sugar).

Other things I got that weren't on my list were:
White Hut burger in the food court (wonderful bun and toppings, bland meat)
Tikki Burger at the Indian place in the food court (a potato patty topped with a couple of sweet and spicy sauces and chutneys -- absolutely wonderful)
Frankie's hot dogs (so-so hot dog, but its huge size allowed me to smear lots of their amazing spicy relish on it)
Pickled egg from the MA building (disgusting - must be an acquired taste)
Skippy's Dare peanut-butter-bacon pizza from the CT building (very good)
Maple-bacon ice cream sample from behind the CT building (tasted a bit off, and the flavors didn't meld well)
Fried Cheese Curds (better than any mozzarella sticks i've ever had, but still greasy)

On a non-food related note, make sure to catch Hilby, the "Skinny German Juggling Boy," who performs in the Storrowton area. He was absolutely hilarious.

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White Hut
280 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089

Sep 28, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

I know what confused me now. The place that sells milk shakes is the Dairy Bar, not the Dairy Barn.

Sep 28, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

The bottled water is always cheaper in the state houses than at the outside vendors since the fairgrounds don't take a cut of the sales from the state houses.

Sep 23, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

Thanks for the great review -- I'll have to try the fried butter and the pickels.

Where exactly is the Dairy Barn? I've heard of the milk shakes, but never been able to find them.

Sep 19, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

The Big E put out a press release on the new food options this year at http://www.thebige.com/fair/media/Fun...

Some highlights from the article:

New Foods to Love
Try new Fried Jelly Beans this year on New England Avenue, near Gate 9A – sweet jelly beans rolled in funnel cake batter, fried until perfectly browned, and dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect soft, gooey treat. And while you’re there, try the Fried Butter, in plain or garlic – a scoop of butter centered in dough and deep fried – it’s the best buttered morsel you’ll ever eat!

The Coffee Break in the Food Court is offering a whole new line of gastronomic delights: Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich, Fried Snickers, Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bits and Frozen Hot Chocolate!

NEW! Purchase $10 worth of food coupons for only $8. The Advance Discount Food Voucher is available at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office through Sept. 15. Coupons are good at all Big E food concessions including Storrowton Tavern and the Midway. They are not valid for the purchase of alcoholic beverages or for use in Avenue of States buildings.

Sep 03, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

I wasn't impressed with the pork skins at all. They tasted simultaneously soggy and burnt.

Sep 02, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Lowell: Banh Mi and Corn

Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just did a sampling of Yummy Express and Heng Heng's Banh Mi today, and wanted to update.

First was Heng Heng. All their sandwiches were $2.75, and the offered pork and beef BBQ as well as a few cold-cut style meats that I don't remember. I got a BBQ Beef, and while the bread was nice and crusty, and the sandwich was loaded with all sorts of stuff, unfortunately the only flavor was a cloyingly sweet flavor that reminded me of the fluorescent red stuff that cheap Chinese places give you with egg rolls. The cilantro in the sandwich was also mostly stalk. There was a few dishes in steam trays, but by 7pm they looks a bit past their prime. They also had 12 flavors of bubble tea that I will have to try on a future trip.

Next was Yummy Express across the street. Their sandwiches were $2.75 for BBQ or $2.50 for "regular". To make a fair comparison, I also got a BBQ beef. This sandwich was on an equally crusty roll, and filled with identical looking fillings, but the flavor was amazing. It was the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, salty and meaty. I also got an egg roll which had great flavor but was ice cold. They also had some very interesting stew-like dishes on the steam table I will have to try another time, as well as a large selection of bubble teas. There were quite a few interesting grocery items that I would love to explore another time, but I did pick up some very good banana chips.

Aug 24, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

Correct. I don't know how I screwed that one up.

Aug 24, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Big E 2010 -- Fair Food Highlights

As Labor Day quickly approaches, my thoughts start turning towards the junk-food highlight of my year: the Big E in West Springfield, MA. For those of you not familiar with the event, the Big E is a combined state fair for the five New England states. In addition to the farm and craft displays, the midway, and the Mardi Gras parade, the Big E features dozens and dozens of food vendors selling from carts, trucks, and from inside each state's pavilion. I'll post below my list of foods I'm looking forward to, but I'm interested to hear what other people's fair favorites are, as well as what new finds people are discovering this year.

The list of State House vendors is at http://www.thebige.com/fair/vendors/A... and the list of outside vendors is at http://www.thebige.com/fair/vendors/F... but it seems incomplete (many vendors say on their own sites that they will be there, but aren't listed yet).

My list:
Chocolate Covered Bacon (CT)
)Stuffed Quahog (RI)
Salmon on a Stick (ME)
Pumpkin Rice Pudding (Down Home Pudding, near gate 9)
Apple Crisp w/ ice cream or cheddar cheese (VT)
Gorgonzola cheese fries (MIA in 2009 but on New England Ave near the Young Bldg in 2008)
Lobster roll (ME)
Pierogies (Millie's Pierogies)
Finnish pancakes (MA - Finn Cakes)
Fried pickles (Dr. Vegetable)
Fried Oreos (Piche's Beignets)
Del’s (frozen) Lemonade (RI - Del's Lemonade)
Big Éclair (New England Center)
Maple milk (VT or Farm Center)
Ravioli (RI - Venda Ravioli)
Cabot's Big E exclusive extra-sharp cheddar (VT)
Kettle corn (MA or NH)

Aug 23, 2010
zhecht in Southern New England

Sichuan Gourmet (Billerica) a little help?

The pork with eggplant is on their perpetual "specials" menu sheet, and is one of my favorites -- the spicy sauce (more of a tongue tingling than a hot sensation) and the sweetness of the eggplant contrast each other perfectly. I usually have them substitute chicken for the pork however.

Dec 25, 2009
zhecht in Greater Boston Area

Fairground food - the Big E

We had the peanut butter, provolone, and bacon pizza. It was being offered by Randy's Wooster St. Pizza in the Connecticut Building. It's normally offered at their locations in Manchester, Southington, Storrs as the "Skippy's Dare" pizza. It was good but the peanut butter wasn't as evenly distributed as I would've liked. Didn't see the chocolate bacon.

Fairground food - the Big E

From the article at http://www.courant.com/entertainment/... comes a description of the other new foodie "highlights":

"So what else is new in eating at the Big E? Lots. "Designer waffles," for one. Have a peanut butter and jelly waffle, or one with fluff. Or have a Vermont Waffle with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.

"There's also "Walk-Away Nachos."

""They take a bag of Doritos, open it up and pour in beans, sour cream and guacamole, and you walk away and you can eat 'em," Lavoie says. "Everything you would want on nachos."

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L"avoie is also excited about the addition of elephant ears (a little like fried dough, but with a doughnut-like texture). And proving that there's no food unsuited to the Big E treatment, on hand will be fried green beans, deep-fried pickles, deep-fried baloney sandwiches and deep-fried Gorgonzola fries.

"Lavoie already is looking to future fare. Specifically, she has her on eye a dish called Deep-Fried Butter, which is exactly that.

""Maybe you'll see that next year," she says."

The deep fried pickles sound good (I had them at Rein's years ago). I'm hoping the deep fried butter is a joke.

Fairground food - the Big E

I've heard a rumor that the Apple Flappen stand has been AWOL this year. Can anyone confirm or deny?