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Babka in Boston?

Any time you feel like it! Don't you ever eat leftover pizza for breakfast? An omelet for dinner? Why sweat this issue?

As for serving, I would definitely serve it while your guests or family were present. Unless, of course, you would prefer that they leave it for you to eat.

Jun 06, 2015
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May 2015 Openings and Closings

That's old news but having been to Pikalo several times already, I didn't make the connection with the former papusa place (which we had also been to many times).

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1012...

Jun 01, 2015
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Parent company of Regina Pizzeria files for bankruptcy

May 21, 2015
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Dumpling Palace, recently opened in the Back Bay

I haven't been enough times to develop a real list of favorites but most often get the Beef with Longhorn Pepper and the Taiwanese Style Eggplant. I tried the Shredded Beef with Longhorn Pepper Noodle Soup once but prefer the non-soup version.

Of course, you already tried the Mini Juice Buns which are the mainstay of Dumpling Cafe.Those are always a winner.

I tried the Grilled Anchovies Taiwan Style once. It was OK but it was whole anchovies which wasn't what I was expecting so I wouldn't order it again. I really like the Spiced Anchovies appetizer at Taiwan Cafe, which is slivered anchovies and green beans(?) - spicy and very salty but addictive. Sorry, that doesn't help you with Dumpling Palace.

I really need to try some of those other things on MC Slim JB's list but don't get to Chinatown often enough. However, my wife and granddaughter go to church right across the street from Dumpling Palace at St. Cecilia's so I can see a lot of Sunday takeout lunches in my future.

Dumpling Palace, recently opened in the Back Bay

Are you sure they're affiliated with Taiwan Cafe and not Dumpling Cafe? The menu you linked to is very similar in wording and type style to the menu for Dumpling Cafe posted online. While most of the Taiwanese places have similar selections, the Dumpling Palace menu seems to be just an edit of the one from Dumpling Cafe.

May 19, 2015
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Tenoch in Somerville?

According to their website, that's still an operating When Pigs Fly store. Is that not the case anymore?

Feb 20, 2015
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April 2015 Openings and Closings

I'm looking forward to this as I've enjoyed several of Peter Ungar's dinners in the past.

Feb 18, 2015
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Vietnamese in Boston

Oooohh, V Majestic. Here's to Henry, wherever he is!

Feb 04, 2015
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HELP: Good Chinatown Restaurants that Deliver

Probably depends on just how far east of the Mississippi you are.

Jan 24, 2015
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new shanghai - what's changed?

That would be terrible - it was my go-to place during the 4 months I worked in Chinatown last summer. However, I took a look at the online menu at beyondmenu.com and it seems like all of the things on my list of favorites and still-to-be-tried are still there. Most of the numbers have changed (indicating some culling of the menu) but I found everything on my list. The numbing hot shredded bamboo shoots, previously P52 is now P50.

I don't know if the online menu reflects reality though.

Jan 11, 2015
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Lowell Folk Festival 2014

Are you sure the Stuffed doughs is the 2014 topic? It seems that that was last year's topic, although I may be remembering wrong.

Jun 30, 2014
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Pretzel Crisps (by Snack Factory) - have you spotted these?

And, according to this page, they shouldn't be too hard to find (Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Roche Bros., etc. plus convenience sores and gas stations)

http://pretzelcrisps.com/shop-landing/

Aug 11, 2013
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Pretzel Crisps (by Snack Factory) - have you spotted these?

I have bought them at the Shaw's (or is it Star?) in the Dedham Plaza. I suspect other Shaw's and Star Markets have them too.
They are usually in a rack near the end of the cheese section (rather than with the chips/pretzels/popcorn).

I remember buying the Sesame, Everything and Garlic Parmesan. Not sure if they had the ones you mentioned.

Aug 11, 2013
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Soft Shell Crabs in Chinatown

cambridgedoctpr: This preparation is made up of cut up pieces, so it's hard to tell what they started out as. However, it is a reasonably generous portion.

Jun 24, 2013
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Soft Shell Crabs in Chinatown

Have you tried the Peach Farm version. If not, I would try them first before you go exploring other options. They are a bit expensive but I don't think the other places selling them for $14.95 and the like are using fresh (never frozen) crabs. The difference is significant.

Jun 20, 2013
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Please Solve This Chinese Food Mystery

Yes, they are a little sweet. I don't find them overly so.

Jun 19, 2013
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Please Solve This Chinese Food Mystery

Is that something different than, say, Home-style Eggplant with Basil at Taiwan Cafe or Taiwan Style Eggplant at Dumpling Cafe or similarly named dishes at other Taiwanese restaurants? It's in a dark sauce but I don't know if it's a black bean sauce. It's one of my favorite dishes.

Jun 18, 2013
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Market Basket Cod. Frozen vs. fresh............

Time for you to have your own TV show - nsgirl's Test Kitchen!

Jun 13, 2013
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Cape Cod Fish Share

I'm sure it's great, and I wish I didn't have a fish hater in the family that limits the nights when my wife an I can cook fish, but my arithmetic shows it more like $20/pound for the couple plan. Two .75 pound filets x 5 weeks is 7.5 pounds for $150 (Unless I'm misreading the website).

Still worth it for the other benefits.

Feb 14, 2013
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best private chefs in boston?

Checkout Peter Ungar at http://thediningalternative.com.

We've enjoyed three of his Chef's Table events over three years and always had a spectacular meal.

Dinner suggestions near BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue.

I would avoid Lucy Ethiopian if you only have 1:30 to eat (actually less than that), Lucy is great but is better suited for a leisurely dinner with no set end time.

Oct 08, 2012
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Sichuan Cuisine at Thailand Cafe near MIT

Looks like Thailand Cafe, All Asia, and what not will be hanging around a bit longer as the Cambridge City Council has let the petition for zoning changes to expire. As I read it, the developer will have to file a new petition and go through much of the process again. I don't get to Thailand Cafe all that often but I'm glad it's still there when I'm in the neighborhood.

Aug 07, 2012
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Makin Jamaican Food Truck - Malden Center T

Tried the Curry Chicken dinner tonight. I'm no expert on Jamaican food but it seemed tasty with a good (but not searing) spice level. Accompanied by rice and peas (plain white rice optional), plantains and some cabbage. Don't know if the cabbage was supposed to be spicy but it wasn't. Was $7 for the basic dinner plus $.50 for the plantains.

Also on the menu were vegetable and meat pies and coco bread and another curry (might have been goat but I can't remember). Should have snapped a pic of the menu with my iPad but I keep forgetting that I have a camera with me. Some sodas too, which I didn't try.

Menu also said "Full menu coming soon" so more items might be available some day.

Bottom line - I enjoyed my dinner.

Jul 30, 2012
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Makin Jamaican Food Truck - Malden Center T

By fortuitous coincidence, I will be transferring from Orange Line to commuter rail at Malden Center tomorrow evening. I now know where I will get dinner.

Jul 29, 2012
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Boston to Sharon to Providence to New Haven

The Sea Swirl on Rt. 1 in Mystic is pretty good. We mostly get the fried clam (whole belly). Maybe a notch below the Essex/Ipswich places but not a big notch.

I see they have a lobster roll (never tried it) but they don't do whole lobsters. Mostly fried stuff.

Outdoors only (picnic tables under a large tent).

http://www.seaswirlofmystic.com/

May 25, 2012
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Dumpling Cafe choices for a take-out party?

Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

As for the XLB, I wasn't clear but they only have to travel 2 blocks and will be put out to serve immediately. I'm thinking they should make it that far without incident.

Barleywino - re the Peking Duck two ways - it's fairly pricey - how many people do you think could get a small serving - one of 6 or 7 items on their plate - from one order?

Again barleywino - what distinguishes Fuzhou fried rice from, say, Yang Chow from DC or HKE? Also, you're referring FuChow fried rice on the menu, right? Just checking.

Gourmaniac - same question re the taiwanese chicken leg. If they're on skewers, I'm guessing not too many (4? 6?) per order, esp since it's listed under appetizers and not too expensive.

Thanks again for all the help.

May 14, 2012
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Dumpling Cafe choices for a take-out party?

We are hosting a party for 20-30 people at a non-restaurant location in Chinatown next weekend, Our plan is to order 1, 2 or 3 orders of each of 5-7 menu items. Not all of our guest will share our own taste for spicy to very spicy dishes, so we can't just order our own favorites.

What we get on pretty much each visit are:
Mini Juice Buns with Pork (XLB)
Pork and Leek Dumplings
Taiwan Style Eggplant (Spicy)
Beef with Longhorn Pepper (Spicy)

We're definitely going to get a several orders of the XLB and some of the other dumplings. We'll also probably get one order each of the two spicy dishes for those who can take the heat.

So my question is what else to get. We need at least a few more not spicy or not too spicy dishes (but still flavorful - not americanized) for the less adventurous. What has everyone tried there? There are a few non-meat eaters so at least one or two non-spicy veggie dishes would be good, along with a chicken dish or two. We don't normally get fried rice, but might go for that if someone knows of one which they do well.

I might get a couple of orders of salt and pepper SS crab from Peach farm to add to the mix but I don't want to go to more than those two restaurants, depending mostly on Dumpling Cafe.

Any suggestions appreciated.

May 13, 2012
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Looking for FUD queso or other 'mexican' style cheeses

You could always try the Hi-Lo in... Oh, wait... Nevermind.

Apr 27, 2012
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Jin dui/Sesame balls in Chinatown

I don't claim to be an expert but we've gotten good ones at Hing Shing, Ho Yuen and Mei Sum. Never tried the ones at Great Taste - probably should do that.

But one caution - these things get stale rapidly, especially when displayed in the open air as is often the case. As a result, I won't buy them much later than mid-afternoon and I try to bring a zipper food bag with me if I'm taking them home. Leave them wrapped in the bakery paper and just put the whole thing in the bag.

Apr 22, 2012
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Dinner in someones home

Mar 26, 2012
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