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ISO Loose Teas in Boston Area

I disagree about Mem Tea. Teavana is a total ripoff with lots of crap teas, but I've always found Mem Tea to be of excellent quality. Love it! They are very nice people to deal with, too.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - August 2014 [OLD]

Love Trader Joe's. For those of us in the Northeast, there is no other way to get decent peaches or melons. And the chocolate covered almonds are positively addictive and reasonably priced. Also love the Israeli feta, and lots of other things.

Aug 27, 2014
MangiaMuse in Chains

Cooks Illustrated hits a new low!

Cooks Illustrated has hit various lows over the years. The one that really frosts me is that if you buy a cookbook online, the fine fine fine print says that you are subscribing to receive various cookbooks periodically that you didn't order. This happened to me twice. The first time, they didn't explain how it happened, and I didn't return the book and refused to pay for it because I didn't order it. The second time, they told me that you have to CALL to order a book to avoid this automatic "subscription," and they sent me a free mailing label to return the book. I like the magazine but hate how they operate.

Aug 03, 2014
MangiaMuse in Food Media & News

feedback on Paley's Place and Farm Cafe?

We had a fabulously delicious meal at Paley's last night. The only problem was that the service on the porch became abysmal about half way through our meal. Wait staff was very pleasant and helpful, but we waited for a very long time after finishing our meal for a dessert menu. The server then said the warm chocolate souffle took about 20 minutes, so we didn't order it because we didn't want to wait that long. It then to A HALF HOUR to get our dessert! It was like they totally forgot about us. No apologies or anything. It left a bad taste in our mouths, so to speak.

Jul 14, 2014
MangiaMuse in Metro Portland

Yummy weekend in NYC

We just got back from a couple of days in Manhattan, and wanted to report on a few delicious food experiences:

Gazala on Columbus Ave. Delicious Middle Eastern lunch, reasonable prices, nice decor. We tasted a bunch of things--bourekas, falafel (trying to figure out what additional flavor made that really special), hummus, baba ganoush, chicken kabobs. All were excellent.

Maya--another great meal, especially the chicken flautas appetizer, but the pork tacos with roasted pineapple were also terrific.

Patisserie Claude--living out of town, we hadn't been to Patisserie Claude since Claude retired. Just as wonderful as ever. Among the best croissants anywhere. I still miss talking French with Claude, but Pablo has filled those esteemed shoes well.

Alice's Tea Cup on E. 64th--very enjoyable breakfast. Yes, the cornmeal pancakes were excellent, but so was the spinach and gruyere crepe! Great tea selection. Everything was great except the pop music in the background, which didn't really fit. Loved it anyway.

Thanks, Chowhound, for great info.

Jul 03, 2014
MangiaMuse in Manhattan

Anywhere to get really top notch whole leaf tea?

I detest Teavana. I was ripped off by them once, and will never go back. Plus the chai mix I bought had fake crap in it.
I love Mem Tea in Watertown. Really high quality. Cardullos sells it, as does Formaggio Kitchen.

Red's Eats in Wiscassett maine

Bleh. Mediocre.

Red's Eats, wiscasset, me

I saw a sign yesterday when I drove by saying they were opening on April 19th or something like that.

Red's Eats, wiscasset, me

I seriously doubt that! The place is a gold mine. The food is mediocre.

Bagaduce Lunch

I just went on the fb page and didn't see any indication that they are permanently closed. I don't get there often, but when in the neighborhood, we always stop there. Delicious and great view!

Augusta, Maine

Augusta is a bad food town. I agree about Slates and the Liberal Cup in Hallowell. There used to be a very good Thai restaurant in Hallowell, which I believe has closed. Slates also has a bakery with sandwiches that are very good.

In Augusta, Bay Wraps near the State House has pretty good wraps. But pretty much any place with decent food goes out of business in Augusta before long, I am sad to say. Years ago, there was a great Chinese restaurant, which closed because people in Augusta seem to prefer really bad Chinese food.

Traveling in June to Freeport, ME

Freeport has the Bow Street Market, which has good meat and other products. A very nice cross between a small supermarket and grocery store. Good wine selection, etc. Their fresh fish selection is just OK. You are better off at Rosemont Market in Yarmouth for fish, although you will pay a premium for it. Rosemont has some good things, including produce, gourmet items, soups, baked goods, but their breads are just average. There's a Trader Joe's in Portland right off I-295. And Costco is in Westbrook, which is a bit of a hike.

Freeport has some good restaurants. Azure Cafe is excellent for Italian food and seafood, great service, too. Harraseeket Inn has excellent food as well. The Maine Dining Room there is fancy, with the Broad Arrow Tavern being more casual. Great lunch brunch there M-Sat, and the Dining Room has a fancy Sunday brunch. I avoid the Mediterranean Grill, which I think is overpriced and just average. Tuscan Bistro is good, and there are several good Asian options in Freeport. 1912 Cafe at L.L. Bean has good lunch food, as does Fresh Batch, which also has a very good breakfast. Gather in Yarmouth has good local food and drink. Bruce's Burritos and Clayton's in Yarmouth have good casual fare, both are on Route 1 across the street from one another. Lots of good choices in Brunswick, too. Great pizza at Flipside, excellent Mexican at El Camino, Trattoria Athena for Mediterranean (WAY better than Med. Grill in Freeport), Tao for Asian, and there are two good Indian restaurants. Wild OATS bakery has great baked goods, soups and sandwiches.

No Luna Bread in Portland?

Here's a story on this:

I personally was not a fan of Lanzalotta's overly puffy white bread creations. Head to Standard Baking on Commercial Street for real bread. Or Scratch in South Portland.

Belfast, Me

We like Darby's, too, for a wide variety, good food, unpretentious. The hot spot in Belfast is Chase's Daily. Beard award chef. Very good fresh food, not expensive, but service can be slow.

Chesterfield Inn or Peter Havens for dinner?

Not familiar with Buckleys. I read rave reviews of Peter Havens on Chowhound. I was considering rizzo's idea.

Chesterfield Inn or Peter Havens for dinner?

We're doing a foodie trip in NH in about a month, and are staying at the Chesterfield Inn. I can't decide whether to have dinner there or at Peter Havens in Brattleboro. We're doing lunch at Burdicks. Have never been to any of these places (except Burdicks in Cambridge, which is only desserts) Any thoughts?

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

Primo is an excellent choice. There's also "the bar" there if you can't get a reservation. Be there at opening time. Either way, you can't lose with Primo.

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

I agree about Reds. It is totally mediocre. Can't figure out why people line up for it.

Long weekend on Maine Cost - feedback on plan?

Totally disagree about Reds. It is very mediocre, not even close to the best lobster roll in Maine. I can't figure out why there is always such a long line, except that people like their grease. Sea Basket IS much better. We have had way better lobster rolls than Reds in lots of places, most recently at Graffam's in Rockport. Love Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville.

GREAT dinner Freeport ME

There are plenty of good eats in Freeport. Azure Cafe is delicious! We've had events there on several occasions, and our guests from all over (I'm from NY) adored it! Broad Arrow is great, too. I love the buffet, and I'm not usually a buffet person. Jameson is blah, Gritty's is mediocre, although that is a fun place to go. China Rose and Thai Garden are both quite good. 1912 Cafe and Fresh Batch are fine for lunch, and they cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets. AlsoLi's Chinese street cart, with fresh, simple Chinese food. Mediterranean Cafe is overpriced and mediocre.

Trip To Maine In July

I agree with Mainehound. Frankly, there isn't much worth eating north of Bangor. When I travel up there for work, I bring a hummus wrap and stop at the salad bars at Hannaford Supermarket. That is, sadly, the best you'll find.

Bucksport to Ellsworth

Also, although that store in Orland is quirky, I was underwhelmed by it. I do like Cleonice and they have great lemonade.

Maine - Bath, Brunswick, Boothbay area recommendation?

We love Trattoria Athena, and are looking forward to trying their Sunday family fixe prix dinner--$30 per person. Food is great, service great, excellent house wine.

Mystic/New London graduation dinner recommendations?

Our daughter is graduating from Connecticut College next month, and we are trying to decide where to go for dinner. We've tried many great restaurants in the area, and would like to go someplace special, but not outrageously expensive. I looked at the menu at the new Oyster Club, which I thought was expensive, and the one review I read in the NYT said some things were great and others were not. Has anyone tried it? How does it compare to places like Bravo Bravo and Azu in terms of price and food? Those are definitely on the high end of our price range. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

chinese bakery near portland, maine

I'm unaware of anything like that in Maine. You could ask at one of the Chinese grocery stores.

Portland, vegan breakfast options

We used to love Silly's, but i think Silly's has gone down hill over the years. They put too many freakin' ingredients in everything so the flavors are just a mishmash. The last two times I ate there, I didn't feel well afterwards and didn't think I'd go back. (I do have a touchy digestive system.) On the other hand, they do ofter vegan options.

HELP!! I Need a Restaurant (s) for Next Weekend/New London

Tony D's is way better than Paul's Pasta. Olio in Groton is even better.

New London and / or Mystic .....Where do locals eat????

Paul's Pasta is very mediocre. Go to Olio in Groton for really good Italian. Azu is great (Mystic), same owners. Lots of good eats in Mystic: Rice Spice Noodle for PanAsian, and we really like the Pita Spot, too. Also second Somewhere in Time and Kitchen Little for breakfast, as well as Broken Yolk in NL. Dev's is pretty good for tapas.

Gingerbread Houses

The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine has a gingerbread house contest, and the pastry chef always produces something amazing, which is not a contender in the contest.

Chinese in Southern Maine?

We like China Rose, and I'll state my NY credentials right here. My aunt, who lived most of her life in NYC, likes to go to China Rose when she visits in Maine. Good food, nice family ownership, occasionally inconsistent, but good most of the time.