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Lunch between Central and Kendall

Good point - I'd agree with that. It's definitely a more interesting experience with better variety.

Jul 03, 2014
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Lunch between Central and Kendall

-Brookline Lunch is a favorite.
-Agree on the roast beef at Primo - pretty much textbook, and as good or better than many of the iconic places I've tried.
-Love Izzy's but, as may have been mentioned in a Closings thread, it's closed til August, I think.
-Baraka Cafe on Pearl St.
-I can get a satisfying lunch at any of the Indian buffets. To me there's always: rice and naan, a dal-type thing, a fritter of some sort, and tandoori chicken, plus the usual sauces and chutneys and raita. So you're sort of at a chicken and rice plate at a minimum. Then the rest of the dishes are up to chance. I usually find at least one or two other good dishes that can make up a good lunch. Depending on the day or the place, there might be a lot more. Plus kheer.
-Darwins coming soon near next to Middlesex.

and many good suggestions in the thread!

Jul 02, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Ruuska sour dills

It's a pickle, and pickles could be made with a type of vinegar that is made from a grain that contains gluten.

Jul 02, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Other than PEEPs, what food do you "intentionally stale" and THEN eat?

Brownies, particularly the moister types. Leave it out for a day or more and it gets some cookie qualities, while remaining a brownie.

Jun 17, 2014
deglazer in General Topics

polar seltzer seasonal sorcery continues

Funny, I had a similar experience in search of lost time, but I was thinking cherry gumballs.

May 19, 2014
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Grinder recommendations for drip coffee

http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmaria...

I agree with Sweet Maria's here - if you're doing mostly drip then you don't necessarily need the most precise grind. And if your parents are new to the ritual, perhaps it's also best to start cheap and revisit later it their needs aren't being met.

May 02, 2014
deglazer in Cookware

ISO chopped steak

I'm with you - wish this sort of thing was more widely available, classy or trashy. I'd love to be able to grab something like a garbage plate with a hamburger patty, or a loco moco.

Have you tried any Japanese places for a Hamburger set? Cafe Mami comes to mind as one place that offers them.

http://cafemamicambridge.com/?cat=10

Apr 30, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Bao Nation

Allen's coffee, that's perfect! What doesn't that pair with?

Apr 28, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Bao Nation

You are referring to Libby's or the former Harvest?

Apr 25, 2014
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Bao Nation

That sounds right to me. They always had a door but I thought of it as a service entrance and there was a area with a stockroom feel that wasn't really public space. Then they reconfigured the space sometime in the last year and half or so, and the back was opened up quite a bit. If there was public access I never used it!

Bao Nation

peppermint schnapps, duh

Apr 24, 2014
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H Mart Open in Central Square!

Maybe there will still be a bit of parking in their own lot on Essex, like there was for the Harvest. Then there are two city metered lots right there. It's basically surrounded by parking lots. But they are smaller than a regular grocery store parking lot and yes, in general, parking is a hassle.

Apr 24, 2014
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Bao Nation

I did but to be honest I didn't really pay that much attention because I was catching up with a friend. It had a bunch of stuff on it including cilantro. The bread was nicely steamed. It was good. Could be a really cool addition to the neighborhood. The price they were quoting was really reasonable - I think it was 2 for $3.
Oh and I forgot to mention that there's a new entrance from the parking lot, making a set-up similar to Dosa Factory inside Shalimar, i.e. accessible from either Mass Ave or the parking lot.
-and it was chicken, pork or vegetarian

Apr 23, 2014
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Bao Nation

I went to the Central Square HMart grand opening today and saw this new place next door doing their own opening promotion. It's a little counter at the back of Libby's Liquors, with a few long tables. They were giving out free steamed bao, which I think came in beef, pork and vegetarian. Same owners as Shalimar and Dosa Factory (and others). They said they hoped to open next week.

Apr 23, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

April 2014 Openings and Closings

I wouldn't have minded a revitalized slice parlor/sub shop, but I'll happily take a Clover.

Apr 21, 2014
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April 2014 Openings and Closings

True. And it's a prime piece of property, so I could see a lot of interest. But on the other hand, some buildings in that stretch seem to be staying put - eg. Darwin's going into the former Royal Bengal space. But yes, the closure could be related to real estate or something else, and could have nothing to do with HMart coming.

Apr 13, 2014
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April 2014 Openings and Closings

It's the end for Lotte Market in Cambridge (Mass Ave, across from the ghost of the Cambridgeport Saloon). I noticed 30% Off signs up last week, today it's empty, with even the equipment cleared out. Don't know the story but the imminent arrival of HMart certainly couldn't have helped their prospects.

Apr 13, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Best Burritos in (East) Somerville?

Thanks for the post. I'm not much of a burrito man, but I'll be swinging by soon for tacos and whatnot.

Apr 05, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

It is hard to find, which is a little surprising because other Southern staples eg. grits and biscuits & gravy aren't that hard to find. Do you know of the CFS at Redd's in Rozzie?

http://www.reddsinrozzie.com/content/...

Mar 31, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

My Grillo pickle mystery

What about Real Pickles? Lacto-fermented, no vinegar. They're my favorite since Moonbrine left town. Moonbrine was the best, I agree. So good. I think fermented but with a smidge of vinegar added at the end.

http://www.realpickles.com/products_o...

Mar 30, 2014
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Nene Hot Dogs - Brazilian hot dogs in Everett

I'm a hot dog fan, so the bright and cheery signage for the newish Brazilian hot dog shop made me stop. It's right on the main drag on Broadway (which, for those not familiar with the area, is Rt.99 and a straight shot from Sullivan Square.)

If I had to choose between a minimalist hot dog and one with tons of toppings, I suppose I'd choose minimalist. But I'm open to anything, and I've been eager to try the Brazilian style, which I knew can be anything but minimalist.

The menu has a range of hot dogs but I only tried the Emprensadao, which seems to be the signature fully-loaded version. I was offered a choice of chicken or beef hot dog, or a beef hot dog wrapped in bacon (the menu mentions beef&pork dogs, but I was told there is no pork). The roll was extra wide and sort of like brioche. Since this was the only hot dog I tried, I don't know if this is a special roll for this type of stuffed hot dog, or if this is their regular roll for everything (the menu only mentions one type - "classic"). It seems to me that it would be a little big for a more minimalist hot dog, so I wouldn't be surprised if they had a another one.

Then you get just a ton of stuff. Pulled beef or chicken, various sauces, like the well known mayo-ketchup combo sauce, peas, corn, diced peppers, hot peppers, mashed potato, potato sticks. Then the whole thing is put into a panini press with some sort of grated cheese on the outside, so the roll toasts and gets encrusted in a frico-like crispy cheese layer.

I loved it and I'll go back for sure. The standard size dog can get lost in the mix, but that's the style as far as I know.

Bright and shiny,with a fun, fast food vibe. Friendly workers, perhaps one was the owner but I'm not sure, but they both were great and were proud of their offerings.

Nene Hot Dogs
700 Broadway
Everett, MA 02149

Mar 13, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area
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Humanely Sourced Corned Beef?

RE: Certified Humane beef in the area. Hardwick beef from Harwdick,MA and uses cows sourced from the region. Pretty sure Certified Humane. They stock a small amount at Harvest Co-op and I think City Feed and likely several others.

Mar 12, 2014
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March 2014 Openings and Closings

I've been popping in for a slice at least once a week since I moved back to Central Square a few years ago. Perfectly good pizza, though nothing inspired. I always thought there was room for improvement with the pizza without going gourmet, like maybe even just punch up the sauce a bit. Or perhaps make a change to really big slices like Little Stevie's used to do. Anything to get back some traffic. I've talked to the countermen many times and they've said it was pretty dead almost all the time of late, no delivery business to speak of (which is interesting because Cinderella's seems to be running a dozen cars every night). And the late night post-club crowd hasn't really been there.

The best part about HI-Fi to me was that they had Bud on tap and you could go there mid-afternoon and have the place to yourself and have a beer and a slice and sit in the window and have the best seat in Cambridge to watch the world go by. I always felt like keeping it to myself.
So now we'll get a knickknackery instead, maybe even something nice. I don't blame the developers for wanting something more shiny for their fine building than a tired and dark old pizza joint. But I will miss it.

Mar 11, 2014
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March 2014 Openings and Closings

Hi-Fi Pizza in Central Square has been closed for a couple of weeks. Sign on the door says it's for "hood repair". I haven't seen any activity, but I'm not by there every day.

Mar 04, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Dried Hominy

One problem you might run into is finding it whole. It shouldn't be difficult to find Goya and other brands at places like Market Basket (with the other Goya stuff or in the Brazilian section), but it's usually the cracked kind. I used to get whole at the Hi-Lo but haven't been looking lately. Let us know if you find it - I'm guessing it will be at a specialty market.

Mar 04, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

I find that the rankings tend to have places I'd be happy to eat at. Right now the top 20 for Boston includes:
Neptune Oyster
ICOB
Zo
Toro
El Pelon
Drink
Roast Beast
L'Espalier
Galeria Umberto
No. 9 Park

Looks pretty good to me. But some great restaurants don't rank and some mediocre ones do really well, so it's always a bit of a mystery. And for some reason certain types of restaurant (eg. Chinese) seem under represented in the rankings.

Feb 28, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

Confirmed today, as it happens. Bulk yellow organic, plus Bob's packaged. They look identical.

Feb 24, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

ISO Port Muffins - the "Three Meal" muffin

Can confirm bolos levados at the Somerville MB, where I've bought them a hundred times (but not in the last year or so).

Feb 24, 2014
deglazer in Greater Boston Area

BoMag cheap-eats feature

Agree totally - I say best local food feature ever across the board, and it's not even close. It's been getting cooler over the last couple of years I think, but this is at a whole other level. Let's hope it brings the fancy suburban readership to East Boston and Mattapan.

Jan 29, 2014
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Chicago Beef Sandwiches and Giardiniera in Boston?

I would be surprised if any local grocery store did not carry giardiniera or "Italian mix", likely Pastene or a similar brand, in the style described by trufflehound. But that's not exactly the same thing. Not an expert, but I've had a few jars of Chicago giardiniera as gifts, and the hot can be sometimes as much as 50% hot peppers, plus the other veg is chopped up more, and there's oil involved. But the stuff available locally is in the same family, and I've used it to approximate Chicago style by just chopping it a bit in food processor, adding a bunch of sliced canned serranos and playing with the seasonings and adding olive oil and sometimes olives.

Also, didn't Strip T's have giardiniera on the menu at one point?
OChef, I'd say ultimately you're right that our large Italian population doesn't really mean anything in this case. It seems like it's a regional dish, alas, much like roast pork, broccoli rabe, provolone.

Jan 12, 2014
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