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New Bedford Seafood Wholesaler

In today's Standard Times, a wholesaler is making a go at selling to the public:

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/p...

Dec 03, 2009
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Fig Jam in Boston

My favorite fresh fig jam is from Fall River's Kennedy Park farmer's market. I forget the farm's name, but they make it was Massachusetts-grown figs!

Sep 22, 2009
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Moon Cakes for Autumn Moon Festival

Sammy, my condolences for your mooncake loss. It’s absurd for them to think that cooked salted egg yolks could possibly contain bird flue. Fact is, most cakes and cookies contain eggs in the batter – that doesn’t stop us from importing Chinese baked goods. I would have gone ballistic if they tried to pull that on me. How did they even know they contained egg yolks?

Anyway, to answer your question: for mooncakes I like the Chinatown bakery near the big arches (Sorry, I can never remember the names). Around this time last year they had some smaller ones made in flavors different than their usual ones just for the holiday. I wonder if Boston’s transfat ban has forced them to change their recipes. (I’m guessing they were made with the now-banned Crisco or hydrogenated lard.)

Sep 22, 2009
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Fig Jam in Boston

You might consider that there are fig jams made with dried figs and those made with fresh figs. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear what you are buying (or eating!). In my experience, the ones with large chunks are usually fresh whereas the darker ones are dried. Fig paste or fig cake is definitely dry. I like both kinds. The best fresh one I’ve had tasted just like biting into a fresh fig. The darker dried fig jams can have caramel, fruitcake and black tea-type flavors.

Sep 22, 2009
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7/09 Great Portuguese in New Bedford: Mimo's on Acushnet Ave.

The Portuguese desserts are heavily influenced by the centuries of Arab occupation. Hence, the desserts tend to be dense and very, very sweet (usually some variation on sugar + eggs + something else). The Afro-American bean pie is the direct descendent of Arab-Muslim bean pies. I think you can see the same Arab influence in the bean sweets of Portugal, China and Japan. Of course, the Portuguese may have themselves introduced such desserts (not to mention, beans themselves) to the orient, as they were the first European nation to establish direct oceanic trade with China and Japan.

7/09 Great Portuguese in New Bedford: Mimo's on Acushnet Ave.

Antonio’s and Café Funchal are definitely worthy of a visit, but I’d have to agree that Café Mimo does the Portuguese-American classics the best. The consistency of the food is what impresses me the most – when I want a guaranteed good Portuguese meal, this is where I go. Everybody makes Shrimp Mozambique, but Mimo is known for having the best – don’t miss this appetizer! I’ll have to remember the Pork Alentejano and sweet bean pie the next time I go.

Monkfish Liver in Boston

I see, thank you for the correction. I think my point still applies though – no extra fishing/habitat destruction will occur by saving a few more of the livers from the monkfish that would have been caught for their tails anyway. It appears (at least from the last New Bedford auction I can recall) that less than one percent have their livers saved.

Dec 14, 2008
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Monkfish Liver in Boston

Thanks for all the great info – I’ll have to ask at Ginza or maybe Billy Tse’s for Ankimo.

Regarding the sustainability of Monkfish – last time I looked at the New Bedford fish auction, there were thousands of Monkfish tail for sale and only 9 livers. Most monkfish livers go to waste, so why shouldn’t I eat them instead?

Dec 14, 2008
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Monkfish Liver in Boston

I'm interested in trying Monkfish liver -- Japanese, French or whatever. Anyone know of a place where I can find this (walking distance from downtown Boston)? Thanks!

Dec 13, 2008
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Gravensteins in Boston?

Noquochoke Orchards is at the Gov't Center Farmers Market. They grow gravensteins, but you might want to call first to see if they will have them when you plan to go.
http://www.noqorchards.com

Sep 24, 2008
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