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Cutty's Next Special Cluckin' Sunday is Feb 9th, a Week from Today

Funny that - I in turn was behind the guy who got the last two everythings, this past Saturday. For a moment I thought the person at the register said they were out of salmon, but thankfully that was not the case.

Chinese New Year Specials in the 'Burbs

Any details on the new place in Newton? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

less fancy but delicious birthday dinner ideas

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've been meaning to go to Lineage, forgot about Row 34, and didn't know about Sarma - lots of food for thought!

less fancy but delicious birthday dinner ideas

Hi all - I'm looking for a place to take DH for his birthday late next week. We've gone to some of the fancy places in town (e.g. L'Espalier, Craigie) and enjoyed them, but all in all he would be happiest with a less fancy, less pricey, great value, delicious meal. Any suggestions leap to mind? Right now I'm thinking BT's Smokehouse (which we love,but isn't really special-occasion'ish, even for us), Ribelle (haven't tried yet), or Strip-T's (which we love but again, not really special-occasion'ish.) Other ideas? Thanks!

Thanksgiving Dinner in Denver

I'm looking for some recommendations as well. From some of the previous threads, I've seen recommendations for The Fort, and 1515. Any other favorites?

Nov 02, 2013
newyorker1 in Mountain States

Casual but special dinner for anniversary

Hi folks - DH and I will be spending our first full day (of 2) in Paris on our anniversary, and I've been poring over CH and other online resources (David Lebovitz's blog, Paris by Mouth, etc.) to find some suitable ideas for lunch and dinner. We are staying near the Victor Hugo metro, and it's DH's first time in Paris (my 2nd). We want to keep the visit low-key - we are going to focus on exploring, eating, relaxing.

I figured we will focus on the Eiffel Tower/L'Arc de Triomphe/Champs-Elysees/Seine-boat-ride-type touristy stuff the first day, and picnic in the park/eat ice cream/wine and cheese/pastries/bread in the Latin Quarter-type stuff the second day.

Having said that, we both enjoy good food, and want to have a memorable lunch or dinner that first day. Ideas I have so far are Cafe Constant (or its siblings like Le Violon d'Ingres, or Les Fables de la Fontaine), Le CasseNoix, Le Fontaine de Mars, Chez L'Aim Jean. I'm looking for great food (classic bistro or "neo-bistro" with more vegetables), cozy atmosphere (lively is good, deafening not so good), not overly fussy. (Would love to go to Le Cinq for lunch but it's not DH's ideal for a good time.)

Suggestions for what we might like, for folks with only 6 meals in Paris (less if one is particularly large.) Thanks in advance!

Oct 12, 2013
newyorker1 in France

Anyone have experience with RedBones catering?

FWIW, Red Bones catered the family picnic event at my college reunion 4 years ago and it was memorably mediocre - the pulled pork was completely devoid of any pork or any other flavor. I was quite disappointed.

By way of comparison, my favorite BBQ in MA is BT's (really love the brisket) though I also enjoyed Soul Fire during a recent visit. Blue Ribbon is convenient enough to me that I go pretty frequently and find it at least decent, if not as consistently good as it used to be (West Newton location.)

Great meal at Max & Leo's

We just happened to get lunch there the other day - love that place! The L'Enza is my favorite. They also now have calzones during lunch (not yet on the online menu, for some reason.) Also had the baby spinach salad, which is great.

Five Horses brunch - any favorite items?

I have a livingsocial coupon for brunch at Five Horses Tavern that I need to use in the next week or so - anything folks like (or hate) on the menu to keep in mind? Thx!

Boston Sunday morning breakfast ideas?

Ooh, thanks Penny! I'll be sure to do that!

Boston Sunday morning breakfast ideas?

Thanks for the great ideas everyone! We wound up at Mike's City Diner after all - we were in more of a greasy spoon than "nice" dining kind of mood. It was fine, though I have to admit to being a bit disappointed with the corned beef hash after all the raves I heard.

While there it occurred to me that Sofra would fit the bill (then saw 5thAndNowhere had suggested it too!) Will probably check it out next time. (Have only popped in before for a pastry, not an actual meal.)

Love Flour and have been there many times already. Agree the breakfast sandwich is excellent. Was too full after Mike's, otherwise would have gone down the street for a sweet afterwards.

Boston Sunday morning breakfast ideas?

I will find myself in the Longwood area at about 8am on Sunday, and am looking for ideas for an interesting breakfast at that time, in Boston, Camberville, etc where we can leverage the early hour to beat the crowds and find easy parking. (Not Chinatown as we go there all the time anyway.)

Given the early hour, I've thought so far of Mike and Patty's (any thoughts on the new ownership?), and Mike's City Dinner (never been). Last week we went to the Paramount, which was lovely as always.

Other ideas? Thanks!

Staff Meal -- Leather District Pop-Up

I really wanted to like it (one of my DC's is, like me, a big fan of the truck), but unfortunately we found it disappointing. We thought the burger was not really memorable or flavorful, and thought the monkfish could have been better seasoned. The poached egg was good, and the steamed buns were ok, but a bit overwhelmingly of mayo (and I loved the black bean mayo on the tacos) and skimpy on sausage.

Overall the price/value ratio felt out of whack, and the food wasn't great enough to make up for that, for us. Alas.

Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington

We made it there for the first time tonight (thanks greygarious for the post last week!) and really enjoyed it as well. I enjoy Indian food in a not-particularly knowledgeable-but-I-know-what-I-like kind of way, and found a good balance between familiar and new flavors. The variety was incredible, and it was fun being around so many families celebrating the holiday.

Marriott Burlington - anything decent near by ?

As someone mentioned, the hotel shuttle can be very helpful for places a bit further like L'Andana (I've had great dinners there though some colleagues recently had a horrible client business dinner experience, though admittedly during Restaurant Week.) Be forewarned that the Middlesex Turnpike road is not the easiest place to navigate on foot, even if the distances aren't too far. It's a four (six?) lane road, and there aren't always crosswalks and intersections. If you stay on Mall Rd you can walk to the Burlington Mall without needing to cross any big streets.

I'll second Summer/Winter; there's also a standard Irish pub in the hotel that is perfectly reasonable.

Your food truck favorites?

Second the Chinese sausage taco at Staff Meal. Also really like the Double Awesome at MeiMei.

Story behind Ming's supermarket

The link that started this thread doesn't seem to work anymore, and no amount of googling has turned up the story on the Moth's site or on WGBH's - anyone have a link that works? Thanks!

Rox Diner in Newtonville....anyone?

I've been to the Newtonville location several times for breakfast and lunch fare, and once for dinner. I enjoy the food quite a bit - nothing fancy, but pretty consistently well prepared and well priced. It's not a "classic" diner but more in the style of a casual sit down restaurant. Things can be slow at times but I've almost always found the staff to be friendly and accommodating. My favorites there are the salads, pancakes, omelets, and club sandwiches. IMHO a great addition to the neighborhood.

Best Carbonara in town

Alas, the carbonara was off for me last week at Il Casale; I'd gotten it based on my excellent carbonara at Dante a couple years ago. It might have been sitting around a bit; it wasn't *bad* just not great. (The rest of the meal was very good though.)

cooked lamb leg with lots of tiny holes (sponge-like) -- should I be concerned??

So I exchanged emails with someone from UMass (despite my moniker, I no longer live in NYC), and he said he consulted a meat expert who said the holes were from the purveyor tenderizing the meat by using a needle (series of needles??) to break up the tough fibers in the lamb meat. (This was all via email; I had sent the same pictures I posted in this thread.)

Jan 02, 2012
newyorker1 in General Topics

cooked lamb leg with lots of tiny holes (sponge-like) -- should I be concerned??

Thanks for all the feedback!

@oooYUM - I agree! We cut off a small piece when we first roasted the lamb, so the strange appearance didn't really register. The next day when we sliced up the rest of it, is when we realized it was more pervasive throughout the roast.

@DuchessNukem - thanks for the link; very interesting article. I like this explanation (since it doesn't involve us getting sick/dying in the short or long term from BSE, parasites or worms) though the NYT doesn't specify what they mean by spongy - appearance-wise or firmness of the meat (e.g. when you press down on a steak to tell how done it is.) I think the lamb was indeed from Australia or New Zealand.

We do plan to chuck the rest of it (keeping a sample for the local university).

Dec 30, 2011
newyorker1 in General Topics

cooked lamb leg with lots of tiny holes (sponge-like) -- should I be concerned??

Hi all,

I roasted a boneless lamb leg for the first time the other night, and while I manged to avoid my main fear of overcooking the meat, I ran into something unexpected. When I sliced up the lamb, on almost all slices there are very small holes throughout, almost making the lamb look sponge-like (or maybe fried tofu-like, if that makes more sense -- see the attached pics.) I've never seen this before with lamb or any other meat. What's going on, and should I be concerned that there was something wrong with the lamb?? (Mad cow was the first thing that popped into my head, unfortunately...)

Thanks for any advice or guidance!

Dec 29, 2011
newyorker1 in General Topics

Mapo tofu at Taiwan Cafe

Sichuan Gourmet makes my favorite Ma Po Tofu in Boston - at its best it is complex, spicy, incredibly flavorful and addictive. At it's worst it's still pretty damn good, and still worth the trek. (There's one in Brookline now which I have found is almost as good as the Billerica original version; I prefer Brookline to Framingham.)

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Sichuan Gourmet
1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

Romantic Wedding Venue with Outstanding Food?

My husband and I had food as a priority, and we went in another direction, with the Boston Harbor Hotel. We chose the hotel for other reasons (central location, waterfront views, wonderful staff, "vibe") but if we didn't trust that the food would be consistently excellent, that would have been a deal breaker. A year later our guests still say it was the best wedding food they've ever had. And it might have been our particular set of circumstances, but it was cheaper than most of the other historic homes/caterer combinations we priced out. Highly highly recommended.

Individual Pieces of High-Quality Bar Glassware?

My house stemware is from Spiegelau -- elegant and classic, at approx. or less than $10/each (may not be available individually though, depending on the glass. I just checked wineenthusiast.com and they have glasses in sets of 3-6 depending on the style.) As good as Riedel for me, but cheaper. I also like Crate and Barrel for most of their glasses too.

Favorite dish in Boston area - under $15

Another Sichuan Gourmet favorite -- the ma po tofu, probably around $10? My hands-down favorite version of this dish in the boston area...

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Sichuan Gourmet
502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

Am I the only one reading the Momofuku Cookbook?

Er, it sounds from the website that it is actually a Stir chef who gives a class based on the featured cookbook, not the chef itself. Has anyone attended one of these who can confirm how the format is structured?

Nov 08, 2009
newyorker1 in Home Cooking

Cuchi Cuchi, Ivy, Scampo or another spot for 10 ladies on a bachlorette celebration?

FWIW, I had a very enjoyable bachelorette party at Myers+Chang in the South End. Fun, casual but classy vibe, excellent food, and a lively enough crowd that our group of 30'ish somethings felt completely at home and not particularly inhibited. Our group of 7 or so were well fed (not stuffed, but definitely pleasantly full) and watered (about 2/3 of the group got a cocktail each, plus a scorpion bowl and a couple other drinks) for about $25-30/head.

The only place on the OP's list that I've been to is Cucci Cucci, and I'd say the vibe is similar in terms of energy, but a bit cheaper at M+C and very different food (personally I prefer M+C).

Hope this helps!

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Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Mike and Pattys- Bay Village and a trip to Costco

I'll add to the M&P content in the thread -- my favorites there are the fancy egg sandwich and the migas. Had the breakfast torta last time and that was great as well -- the quantity and quality of food is always top-notch and well worth the price. Hoping to get a lunch sandwich there today after a late morning appointment in town. I've had good luck with getting there in the morning when they open.

Mike and Patty's - Peameal Bacon!

I love Mike and Patty's but have never tried the peameal bacon; will have to do so next time!

Btw, for anyone tempted to go there tomorrow (they are closed on Mondays) they are closed for vacation and renovations until 8/31.