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Caterer for 70th Birthday?

Hi Hounds, I'm looking for a caterer for a small birthday party at my parents' house on the Bethesda/Potomac line. Their favorite restaurant is Zatinya, whom I have just contacted for prices. I'd be very grateful for any recommendations, ideally for someone who could do a could job with the cake, too.

Jan 14, 2014
WilderPenfield in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mid-cape, Mondays?

Enjoying an empty inn, but where to eat? We are in Harwich, can travel. Recs appreciated. Is Maison Villatte worth the drive, or should we just wait it out and get pastry in Boston?

Jan 05, 2014
WilderPenfield in Southern New England

Help me decide where to cry about my advanced age.

The food at Ribelle is certainly delicious, but it will only be a birthday treat if your hearing has kept its youthful perfection. Shortly after opening at least, the acoustics were awful and I left feeling decidedly ancient because I couldn't hear my partner. Does anyone know if they have made any changes to the ambient sound?

Dec 11, 2013
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Lunch between Montreal and Stowe, VT?

The Owls's Bread in Mansonville QC was excellent when we stopped there some years ago, but I haven't been there for a long time. It seems they have now opened a second branch in Magog.
http://www.owlsbread.com/english/rest...

Enjoy the ride and the PDC!

Aug 21, 2013
WilderPenfield in Northern New England

Kid-friendly in the Northeast Kingdom?

The title says it all. We're heading to Sheffield VT with a 2 and 4 year-old. Claire's is on our radar; new ideas for St. Johnsbury would be great.

Aug 20, 2013
WilderPenfield in Northern New England

Quiet spicy work spot at Longwood?

Thanks for the tips. I know and like several of the Brookline places, and am looking forward to expanding my forays in other directions.

Dec 06, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Quiet spicy work spot at Longwood?

I've been using the various Starbucks and Brueggers-type spots along Longwood Ave as my mobile office recently, and while the coffee is passable and the wifi functional, I'm really craving some culinary options beyond a cake pop. Does anyone know of a nearby spot with interesting food (any cuisine, other than American-corporate) that I'm missing? I'm really pining for food court Morrocan with the a la menthe from Montreal days, but perhaps that will remain a pipe dream...

Dec 05, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Need to find a private baker/culinary student for wedding favors

This is a bit late, but I'd recommend contacting Sweet Mandel Bakery in Newton. http://www.sweetmandel.com/about_us
They are a home-based German partnership, and their work is absolutely delicious!

If it's too late for the wedding favors, perhaps the link will be useful for a later gift to the couple -- they will deliver to surrounding areas.

Jul 12, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Dwelltime Cambridge -- Anyone been?

I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, even though it's next to Gather Here. Anyone been there yet?

May 24, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Iceland, Istanbul, New Mexico or... Plainfield NH?

Your review is one of the links that drew me to the inn -- thanks!

May 24, 2012
WilderPenfield in Northern New England

"Relaxing weekend with food by a pond? Suggestions for accommodations near good food?" has been moved

May 24, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Iceland, Istanbul, New Mexico or... Plainfield NH?

Seeking an anniversary getaway destination within 1-2 hrs of Boston, Previous culinary adventures have taken us farther afield (hence the title of thread), but now we're limited by the expiration of babysitting time. I'm ideally looking for an inn where we can check in, eat, and relax in a quiet setting for 24-48hrs, and have shortlisted Home Hill Inn in Plainfield NH as a possibility. Would love to find smoked fish and new cheeses adjacent to a modernist hotel on lovely lagoon, open to other suggestions. Thanks for your ideas!

May 23, 2012
WilderPenfield in Northern New England

Chow-worthy in Nonantum?

Seconding brunch at Chung Shin Yuan, and adding take-out from Fiouna Catering (also on California Street, on the way to Russo's). The family who run Fiouna's are super-nice, and the food is great -- got us through a rough period of no cooking at home -- very fond memories!

May 23, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

"Relaxing weekend with food by a pond? Suggestions for accommodations near good food?" has been moved

Ooof! I'm now thinking of heading towards VT or Portland ME, but Chowhound is sending me South... Seriously, though: decor+food+natural amenities/view; is is possible to combine these sensory pleasures at once, or is it necessary to prioritize?

May 23, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Relaxing weekend with food by a pond? Suggestions for accommodations near good food? [moved from Greater Boston Bd]

Thanks for the tips and links everyone! I think my original post wasn't entirely clear: our regular Saturday outings include Sofra/Arax/taco/Clear Flour picnics at the DeCordova, East Boston Piers Park and various ponds. What I am daydreaming about -- which may not exist -- is water-adjacent inn for a weekend escape, where we could roll out of bed and enjoy scenery, pastries and coffee without doing the packing and schlepping.

May 21, 2012
WilderPenfield in Southern New England

Relaxing weekend with food by a pond? Suggestions for accommodations near good food? [moved from Greater Boston Bd]

I'm looking for an anniversary getaway, thinking about eating Sofra-caliber goodies while lounging by pool, pond or shore. Is this possible within 90 or so minutes of Coolidge Corner? Downtown is a possibility too, but I'd prefer a change of scenery. Thanks!

May 20, 2012
WilderPenfield in Southern New England

Otto's Pizza coming to Coolidge Corner

Good news! The new Ecco Pizza on Comm Ave in Allston is also a notable improvement to the neighborhood pizza scene, which I agree, has been dire for some time.

Mar 10, 2012
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Is there a low cost source for high quality party plastic/paper goods Cambridge and inner suburbs.

The Needham Street China Fair has enough inexpensive dishes that you might not need paper at all; plus the adjoining Paper Fair and New England Book Fair make it into an all-day outing.

Dec 22, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Best of Brookline - 2011 Edition

T. Anthony's is ok, but really no more than edible. Can anyone else clarify the Inbound Pizza situation? -It has horrible yelp reviews, and that's not usually a picky crowd. Has the management changed recently?

Dec 22, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Best of Brookline - 2011 Edition

Another Coolidge Corner pedestrian checking in:
-Tastiest Chinese/Inexpensive: Shanghai Gate on Harvard St, just over the Allston line
-Best Japanese/More expensive: Shiki (quality of fish and elegance of presentation has consistently been excellent over the years, service is pleasant).
-Excellent grocery source (though you didn't ask): Cyndi the Fish Lady has fantastic fresh fish at When Pigs Fly on Beacon Street on Tuesdays.

I also like Cutty's in B. Village for sandwiches, live on Clear Flour Bread and wish I could find decent pizza.

Dec 20, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Vegan or dairy free birthday cake

How about an ice cream cake, made with only sorbet? You could order it from a store, but is also spectacularly easy and fun to make, even if you don't bake. Soften the sorbet(s) and press them into a mold, decorate with candy... see Julia Child for more specifics.

Dec 14, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Strip T's increasing funkiness

Responding to Bear on the Watertown thread, I recently went with a friend and enjoyed the grilled octopus, apple-tongue salad and a nice homey slice of cake. Octopus was great, tongue was good, though I think I might be of the opinion that tongue is simply not the best cut of the cow (strangely enough, tongue is a childhood nostalgia food for me, same category as fish sticks). The most compelling reasons to visit Strip-Ts, I think, are that it accommodates a nice range of palates, from burger-eaters to the more adventurous, and perhaps more significantly, it's a nice, independent neighborhood joint that is a little bit trendy but not precious. Hope that they do well!

Dec 11, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Dinner ideas in Watertown?

Thanks for the replies; we settled on Strip-Ts, had a great time. Who knew grilled octopus and other treats lurked so close to Target and the Hometown Buffet? Strip-Ts definitely deserves a star or two as a great little neighborhood joint!

Dec 10, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Another Birthday, More Restaurants, and a Scheduling Problem -- Saturday Brunch/Lunch?

Like Ms. Swank, (see earlier thread), I would like to take my partner out for a birthday meal this month. Problem is, we're limited to Saturday brunch or lunch.. First choices of Island Creek, Lineage, Bondir, Estragon, Craigie on Main and Grotto are all closed on Saturday mornings. Any ideas? So far, I've only identified Shiki in Brookline, and that's one of our regulars -- I'd like somewhere more interesting.

Dec 07, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Dinner ideas in Watertown?

Being dependent on Arax, Tabrizi and Russo's, I'm a regular daytime visitor to Watertown -- but have never been in the area for dinner. I need to meet a friend for dinner somewhere between Arlington and Brookline. Gran Gusto in Cambridge is the only idea that comes to mind, and it's a good one; but are there others that I am overlooking? (Friend doesn't like fish, so no need to start the Summer Shack debate).

Dec 06, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Kitchen table -- custom tabletop options for one?

I'd like to get a custom laminate table for my kitchen: the kind that you see in coffee shops, with illustrations/images of my choice. I can only find institutional options on-line -- any recommendations for a business which caters to individual orders?

Nov 09, 2011
WilderPenfield in Cookware

Chow-worthy takeout options -- Great Barrington MA

Planning a weekend away, looking for a tasty takeout option for a festive family meal in or near Great Barrington. Any cuisine, but need to please a diverse group of re-uniting relatives, so maybe Italian or something that appeals to different levels of adventuring. Looking to spend up to $20/pp. Any recommendations appreciated!

Nov 01, 2011
WilderPenfield in Southern New England

Coffee shops or inexpensive bar/restaurants for discussion group meetings?

I'm looking for a free or very inexpensive meeting place for a monthly evening discussion group. Does anyone know of a coffee shop, bar or restaurant with a semi-private area which could be used for such a purpose on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons? Both public transportation accessibility and parking would be a huge plus, as would be tasty snacks or good coffee.

Oct 10, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

In-laws in town -- need a quiet respite tonight!

So have a night of free babysitting and really just want a quiet comfy refuge on a Saturday night. Anyone have any suggestions for such a place within a quick drive/walk of Coolidge Corner? It's too late for reservations, etc. Any type of food ok; we just want to curl up in a corner with a beer and something tasty, preferably for less that $50, (Usually we go for zingy food on uncomfortable chairs; I'm dreaming of a couch or a booth... is there such a thing as comfy seating, good food and quiet ambience on a Saturday night?

Jun 11, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area

Persian New Year/noodle soup/Ash reshteh questions

You might also check in with Fiouna's catering and take-out on the Nonantum-Watertown line (near Russo's). They're super nice, the food is delicious, and they have special meals available for the Persian New Year. (They are closed over the holiday itself, however)

Mar 23, 2011
WilderPenfield in Greater Boston Area