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looking for passionfruit birthday cake

Eldo Cake House in Chinatown.. amazing, fresh, light spongy cakes... not sure about passionfruit exactly, but they definitely have fruit ones there... worth a call...

and btw - super cute of you to try and bring your daughter her favorite cake...

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Eldo Cake House
36 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

Feb 11, 2011
jodes in Greater Boston Area

New Appliances for New Kitchen in South End

That's a great idea scc.cmf! I hadn't thought of calling repairmen to see if they had any suggestions. We are still on the hunt, but it looks like either Viking or Sub Zero will win the battle. We have been "lookie lous" at all the open houses in our neighborhood, and the ones that are in our price point seem to have these as selling points.

Good luck with your search!

Apr 08, 2010
jodes in Cookware

New Appliances for New Kitchen in South End

I'm concerned about the Thermador track record too... and the fact that they really don't have consistent ratings on CR. That said, the top "rated" fridge - Kenmore Elite has multiple reviews from customers saying that the cooling elements aren't worth a darn and are always breaking down.

I agree that the in-door water dispensers are a waste... and we don't like them. I was looking at ones that had a very small button on the inside of the fridge that dispensed filtered water - in lieu of a britta pitcher; and the ice maker would be totally separate in the freezer. Alas, that's not my main concern though...

Thanks for the heads up on the drawers - would have never thought of that. I'm going to look more closely at Kenmore or perhaps LG and see what I can find out on them.

Mar 15, 2010
jodes in Cookware

Kitchen Arts Closing- where to sharpen knives

Not sure what kind of knives you have, but if they are Shun, you can send them directly to the manufacturer and they will sharpen them back to "like new" quality for free once a year. If they are chipped or can't be sharpened to a new-like state, they will replace the knife...for free

http://www.kershawknives.com/faq.php?...

It means you are without your knives for awhile, but if they come back brand spanking new-like then I think it's worth it.

Mar 15, 2010
jodes in Greater Boston Area

New Appliances for New Kitchen in South End

Thanks Gordeaux..

I guess I didn't phrase my question very well. I have done the research. We have spent a lot of time in different appliance stores and looking online reading different reviews. I'm just stuck on the refrigerator and because we are hoping to sell our condo in a more "high-end" market, we are wondering if it really matters if we have a name like Viking, Sub-Zero or if Kitchen Aid or Kenmore are just as good. They all keep food cold, and for the most part get good reviews on CR... I guess I was looking for answers more broad based on people's preferences (generally) on the brands.

I want double ovens - not a microwave combo, but two real double ovens (I bake) - specifically model # ME302ES. Meile was my first choice, but I ended up picking Thermador because they aren't as expensive, get great reviews and have great heating elements ( I believe they are manufactured by the same Company that makes Miele).

I also want a gas cooktop - again picked Thermador model # SGSX365FS because it has star burners, have "extra low" settings on 2 of their burners and are easy to clean. They also get good reviews/ratings.

I picked a Bosch dishwasher model #SHX68E05UC because everyone I talked to, all the rating reports and from personal experience - they are one of the best makers of dishwashers. This specific one has internal controls, 3 adjustable shelves and is ranked #1 on CR.

Which leaves me with the fridge - because all the other appliances were in the Thermador/Bosch family, we thought it might look a little funny to have one appliance be a different brand (and probably aesthetic).I know I want French Door style and I want the overall cubic feet (both freezer & fridge) to be at least 19+ cubic feet. Preferably I would have a water and ice dispenser on the inside of the unit although that isn't a necessity.

Kenmore Elite ranks the highest on CR - which is why I was wondering what people's thoughts were. We had originally picked out Kitchen Aid (which isn't rated on CR) but I don't really know much about that brand as far as refrigerators - my kitchen aid mixer is the bomb though.

Anyway, thanks for the reply - my search continues...

Mar 15, 2010
jodes in Cookware

New Appliances for New Kitchen in South End

We are gutting our kitchen and are looking at different appliance packages to install - we would love to stay in the same family (Thermador/Bosch) but are having a hard time stomaching the $6000+ price tag for the refrigerators that come in those lines.

Does anyone have any thoughts on Kenmore Elite vs. Thermador? Or any other top-name/brand appliances?

Mar 15, 2010
jodes in Cookware

Reliably good seafood (especially fried) restaurant?

Hands-down-best-valued-always-good-seafood-that-isn't-too-touristy-or-chainy is Summer Shack... they have everything you could want in a mid-priced fish place.

Feb 18, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

help with choices-Sel de la terre, Vlora,Radius

Toro in the South End is fabulous - if you like tapas...get there semi-early, or else you will have to wait, they don't take rezzies.. Our other fave place right now is Metropolis Cafe - small, but great ambiance and the food is clean and well prepared. You can't go wrong.

Feb 18, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

Egg and Cheese Sandwich

MIKE & PATTY'S!!!! They are the smallest little place in the city, but they have GREAT eats... you will have to park on the street, but it will definitely be worth the agony of driving.

Feb 18, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

Best Buffalo Chicken Pizza?

Try Pizza Pier on Mass Avenue - they have a FANTASTIC spicy BBQ chicken pizza...the best in the city... their dough is always spot on, and their sauces are very tasty.

Feb 18, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Recommendation - Downtown Boston

This place is great: http://achilles-project.com/ my husband and I went here for a special occasion - it was really cool. Set up in the back of a boutique, it's trendy and the food is great! Not sure they are the proper "seafood" place, but you can't go wrong here.

Jan 13, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

Your favorite inexpensive, spicy meals?

Bhindi Bazaar on Mass Ave has great food - you can order it with extra spice...I'm not sure about inducing labor, but it will clean out your sinuses and draw a few tears.

House of Siam has excellent thai food - I get the pineapple chicken with extra spice..plus, their crab rangoons and dumplings are to die for!

Jan 13, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area

Best Mac & Cheese

Try Picco's Mac & Cheese!!! It's soooo yummy... they use a combo of white cheeses, and you can add sausage, mushrooms etc if you please. BY FAR the best in Boston...

Jan 13, 2009
jodes in Greater Boston Area