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New Half Sour Pickles at my local Market Basket.

The Rowley Market Basket has the half sours back in stock - I bought some on Wednesday. They were out of them last week.

Mar 21, 2014
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Typo in Southern New England Board Description

On the Southern New England board, the board description states:

"Discuss the best restaurnats and food in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (exc. Boston)"

Jan 31, 2014
srgoodman in Site Talk

A good Coffee roaster in greater Boston area any suggestions?

I agree with both posters above about George Howell and Barismo. As a home roaster, these two roasters consistently exceed what I'm capable of doing on my own.

George Howell owns a cafe on Walnut Street in Newtonville that brews and sells his coffee. The Acton location, at least the last time I checked, was not really set up for on-site retail sales. They will sell you coffee, but they prefer that you call first to confirm they have stock of the coffee you want.

Oct 29, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Best mini torch for brulee, etc.

I also suggest a self-lighting Bernzomatic propane torch. They not only self-light, but also have a regulator that allows you to invert the torch without extinguishing the flame.

The lowest priced Bernzomatic with all these features is the TS3000. You can get it for about $25, with gas, at the big box store of your choice.

Oct 28, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware
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Anyone know an electric kettle that doesn't auto shutoff?

Yes, the water will be disinfected. There's nothing special about boiling, other than it's a convenient reference point for people who don't own thermometers (and don't live at elevation).

As I recall, disinfection can be accomplished at any temperature above 160 (maybe it's 165) as long as the time the water is held at that temperature is long enough.

Oct 18, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware

Anyone know an electric kettle that doesn't auto shutoff?

I have one of these Bonavita Kettles:
http://www.amazon.com/Bonavita-Variab...

I believe it fulfills all of your requirements except that it is fairly expensive ($95 at Amazon and other merchants). I'm not sure if it has boil dry protection, but I do think that is a UL requirement, and this kettle is UL listed.

I set the kettle for 212 degrees and "hold" to see what happened. When the kettle reached 212, it shut off the heating element until the temperature dropped to 210. It then restarted the element until the temperature reached 212. Supposedly it can do this for an hour; I confirmed it can do it for at least five minutes.

Oct 18, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware
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Best local coffee roaster? (Eastern Conn)

Can't help you on a local roaster you can visit. However, CT is one business day delivery (via UPS Ground) from both NYC and Boston. In the Boston area (where I live) my favorites are George Howell and Barismo.

http://www.georgehowellcoffee.com/
http://barismo.com/

Who did you like in Seattle? When I visited there a few years ago, my favorites were Zoka and Victrola.

Sep 26, 2013
srgoodman in Southern New England

Any recomendations near Jewell Towne Vinyards, South Hampton NH?

I like the Ale House (great beer selection) and Ristorante Molise (Italian) in Amesbury. Many like the Flat Bread Company - but they're limited to flat breads and salad - at least the last time I checked.

You didn't say if you were looking for lunch or dinner. Molise is dinner only, the other two are lunch and dinner.

And the best thing at Jewell Towne is the Ice Wine. ;)

Sep 16, 2013
srgoodman in Northern New England

Native Corn

Marini Farms in Ipswich began selling their corn this weekend. Ears and kernels are a bit on the small side - but flavor is excellent. (i had three ears just to be sure. ;) )

Jul 15, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

I was back at Marini's today. 14 - 3 = ?

Jul 03, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Native Corn

I was at Marini Farm in Ipswich this past Sunday. Their "Corn Countdown" board said 14 days - i.e., July 14.

Jul 03, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Durable Coffee bean grinder ?

"Unfortunately Krups and Braun blade grinders are no longer available"

Braun has pretty much stopped marketing all small appliances in the US, not just their blade grinder. However, the Krups blade grinder is still made and widely available on the web, if not in stores.
I see it for sale on Amazon (four colors!), BB and B, and direct from Krups. $20 at all three sites.

Jun 30, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware

So I'm getting a little kitchen tonged off

Those are Edlund tongs. I've got a 9", 12" and 16" which I bought about 20 years ago.

12" is my workhorse, 16" for grilling, and 9" tends to get used for salad.

Jun 06, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware

Lobster Rolls: 2013 Edition

I'm surprised and disappointed by your experience. I've been getting lobster rolls for many years at Bob Lobster, including twice this season. I've never had celery mixed in, nor has the lettuce ever been shredded.

I agree 100% about celery in a lobster roll - it really does ruin it! And I'd rather see lettuce omitted than added as shredded pieces. In fact, I don't really see the need for the single piece.

I'm sure I'll be back at Bob Lobster within the next month. I'm hoping your experience was a fluke - I'd hate to lose my goto place for lobster rolls.

May 27, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Help! Where can I buy a chemex?

"And I could swear I've seen them at Barista in Arlington, also on Mass Ave."

I assume you mean *Barismo*? What you probably saw was the somewhat similar looking Hario Woodneck. I don't believe they carry Chemex.

May 07, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area
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Erbaluce recs?

You must have the wild boar meatball appetizer. They're on the bar menu, not the dining room menu, but they will serve them in the dining room if you ask.

May 05, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Visiting Boston for first time-would love some Foodie help

+1 for A & J King. If you go on Saturday, they have Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread, in loaves and rolls. It's not to be missed!

May 01, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Is there anyplace nearly as good as Wilson Farms further North??

It's different. Marini Farm is on LInebrook Road, which intersects Route 1.

http://www.marinifarm.com/

Apr 26, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Is there anyplace nearly as good as Wilson Farms further North??

I like Connors, too. They grown their own peaches, which are absolutely amazing.

Apr 25, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Is there anyplace nearly as good as Wilson Farms further North??

In season, Marini Farm in Ipswich is one of my favorites. I won't eat corn from anywhere else. Greenhouse opens on Saturday, Farm stand proper opens May 30.

Apr 25, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area
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Can you get Haupia here?

If you're willing to travel up to Portsmouth NH, Black Trumpet Bistro has it on the menu:

"Coconut Haupia with almond macaroon crust, nut crisp and pineapple sauce"

http://www.blacktrumpetbistro.com/pag...

I've had it there and liked it a lot, though I've no basis for comparison, having never had it before.

Apr 16, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Lobster Rolls: 2013 Edition

We went to Bob Lobster in Newbury for lobster rolls last night. The roll was about 3 - 4 ounces of knuckle and claws with little (maybe no) mayonnaise, and a small piece of green leaf lettuce at the bottom of the small toasted bun. (They now toast their buns without being asked - since I forgot!) The roll was heaped with as much lobster as it could possibly hold without some of it falling off.

Given the small roll, it was necessary to eat most of the lobster with a fork - but I didn't consider that a problem. It was my fist lobster roll since last summer, and a true pleasure on a sad day.

The price: $11.99 with choice of chips or cole slaw. We got two lobster rolls, a cup of clam chowder, a bowl of fish chowder, and two bottles of soda for $38.

Apr 16, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Durable Coffee bean grinder ?

I assume, by the price, these are burr grinders, not whirlyblades.

By "burnt out", do you mean you've literally burned out the motors? How often do you use a coffee grinder? How much coffee do you grind at a time, and how finely?

Those $50 burr grinders aren't really meant for much use. I seem to recall they are all the same grinder, made in a Chinese factory and rebadged for the customer.

A Capresso Infinity or a better Baratza, as already suggested, are both significant improvements over those $50 cheapos.

And, if you're really hard on grinders, a commercial grinder, though expensive at the outset, actually may be your least expensive choice over time. I got a Mazzer Mini almost ten years ago, and it shows little, if any, signs of wear, despite daily use.

Apr 13, 2013
srgoodman in Cookware

Similar to Box of Joe but not from Dunkin Donuts?

Have you checked with Simon's Coffee Shop right there in Porter Square? They would be a massive improvement over DD.

Apr 05, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

need suggestions on where to puchase a gift card for gloucester residents

Are they willing to travel in to Boston? If so, that opens up a much wider range of possibilities.

Apr 01, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

source for decent amount of fresh mint on North Shore

I've gotten small bunches of mint from Farmer Brown's in Middleton. Perhaps smaller than you want, but certainly much bigger than those little plastic containers.

Have you checked out Henry's Market in Beverly? They seem a likely spot.

Mar 27, 2013
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Unread Posts feature to be eliminated

me three!

Oct 27, 2012
srgoodman in Site Talk

Seven Acre Poultry Farm, N. Reading.

Luther, you are correct about air-chilled, which is a *good* thing.

headmaster, you are confusing "air-chilled" with "hard-chilled". Hard-chilling is is the practice of rapidly cooling poultry to 26 degrees F., essentially freezing it.

Oct 02, 2012
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Erbaluce?

Agree about the wild boar meatballs. They will serve them on the dining room side if you ask. We always do.

Sep 19, 2012
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area

Craft Beers and Brew Pubs(Is that redundant?)

+1 for the Amesbury Ale House. Good beer list, pretty good food. I especially like the tuna entree (hold the chili sauce).

There is also a very good, long beer list at "The Grill Next Door" on Route 97 in Haverhill (just off of Route 495). Unfortunately, I find their food, which is mainly pub grub, only fair to middlin'.

And, as to Armsby Abbey, which somebody mentioned - that actually *is* worth a trip to Worcester. Great beer and cocktail list, and some very good, locally oriented food. Unfortunately, they're quite small, so they are best visited on a weekday afternoon, if you can swing it.

Sep 18, 2012
srgoodman in Greater Boston Area