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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

I’ll try the curries! I did try the ok dol bi bim bab, and while I wasn’t particularly wowed by flavors, I did get a better frying of the rice in the stone bowl than I get at other places. Chung Ki Wa is my standard, I guess, and people say it’s terrific.

Apr 16, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Destination: Donuts

I’ve been to the Boston Kane’s; it’s in the first floor of One International Place. Not too much to look at except rows and rows of doughnuts, which might be fun for the picking-out of doughnuts. I wonder if you can see the frying at the Saugus Kane’s? They’re pretty friendly, maybe you can wrangle a tour.

Apr 16, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

I’ve done 3 Country Bistro twice, and I was charmed by the staff and the out-of-vogue, but thoughtful, knife-cut-veggie garnishes (carrots cut into butterflies and the like). But I haven’t yet found any food that particularly stands out in any way at all. (Two visits isn’t enough to conclude, though.)

Barely related: For being so cramped, the staff and space do amazing crowd control and space wrangling. It was like magic.

Apr 15, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Although I’d hit it for a savory course instead, since you’re looking for dessert, maybe Pinxto Pincho: pair the Jorge Ordonez Special Selection Moscatel #1 ($7, according to the website) with the Natillas de amendras, an almond custard with almond sand underneath.

I usually can’t stand to order custards for dessert in restaurants (I can make it at home), but this is silky, very sweet, super almond-y, luxurious texture, not at all heavy like custards can be (it’s not whipped or mousseline, but to give you an idea of the lightness, it could be moussed easily). Or if you’re not into the custard, maybe substitute the white chocolate bread pudding (another “why would I ever order this at a restaurant” dish, but theirs has such nice textures - custardy, firm edges, chewy corners).

The moscatel tastes orangey, sweet-tart, and would be wonderful with dry-cured spanish ham or foie. The texture is whatever is the opposite of syrupy (watery? loose?), at least compared to many dessert wines. Smells pineapple and a little spice.

Oh, and happy birthday. My gift to you: Jekyll on Netflix, a six-episode BBC miniseries with James Nesbitt, Paterson Joseph, and a cameo by Mark Gatiss.

Apr 15, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Wow, the rabbit dishes are the only ones I _wouldn’t_ recommend at Pinxto Pincho. I found the rabbit dry, and I loooove rabbit. I’d do the morcipan pinxto - blood sausage, minced over grilled bread - since you’ll be stuffing yourself elsewhere too.

Apr 15, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Most elegant new restaurant

Deuxave’s ambiance did little for me either. Seemed rather worst-of-Newbury to me - Pottery Gucci run amok.

Apr 11, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Most elegant new restaurant

Since it got mentioned, the Wink & Nod kitchen switch was somewhere around April first, so most posts will be out of date food-wise.

Apr 11, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

April 2015 Openings and Closings

aw, I liked the frozen yogurt mixer-machine at Kiraz. And the huge salads, and veggie-friendly sandwiches.

Apr 11, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Places to eat near Tufts?

Nailed it: Sound Bites and Danish Pastry House. Although I might add that many college students enjoy the Boston Burger Company in Davis Square, which has been on TV. I personally would steer you far far away from it, but in this case you have understandably different priorities than food.

Also, insert obligatory "just go to a liquor store" joke here.

Mar 31, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Thanks also to Pappabuona and retrofabulosity for putting it all together - it was particularly nice to put names to faces and to learn about the pizza from a "how's this relate to Naples" perspective, since I am usually so focused on the chemistry and physics of it all.

My mini-report: I don't know anything about Naples, so I don't know how MAST compares to Italy. I thought the crust had a good amount of salt, nice mozzarella if a little wet, and decent gluten formation. Although folks at my table had good char on their pizza-bottoms, my slices were downright floppy, and I like a bit more crackle in my crust. That said, I was focused on fun and fascinating dinner companions and not as much on the pizza. My big food-takeaway was that I want to visit Oleana more frequently.

Oh, and we were downstairs, where there were a few tables, a bar, and a couple couches. It'd make a great* rental space if they do that kind of thing.

*for people who don't need parking

Mar 31, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Great Meal at Bronwyn

This is great. I’ve still not been, and now I have reason to go.

Mar 27, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Thanks, and great to hear from you.

Mar 27, 2015
enhF94 in Mountain States

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Would you believe I went less than a month ago? The things we do for love. It was as expected in every possible way.

With hindsight, I wonder if the staff had an inkling of their impending fate; service was professional and attentive, somehow communicating their disgust for their job but not for me.

Mar 26, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Pizza

Caroline,

I noticed that your profile is Texas-based, and assuming you’re in Texas, it makes sense that you might miss a couple of Boston-y things that, as a transplant, I found totally weird when moving here:

1. In Boston, pizza shops are in the same situation as chinese restaurants in the rest of the country: a few big chains, but mostly low-key shops living on delivery orders. The big chains exist here, but without the total dominance reflected in the places I grew up. Somehow, Boston’s “standard" pizza place is, rather than a chain, an enormous hodgepodge of unrelated owner-run “after school sub shops,” aka a “spa” if you’re from particular neighborhoods of Boston (I’d be teasing, but only a little, to suggest these spas have never heard the word “pedicure”). These generally either sell “pizza from the recipe my nana passed down to me” or “pre-fab SYSCO that I pretend my nana passed down to me.” You’ve seen the way the NYC cops eat pizza on Law & Order? That’s not too far off.

2. I didn’t grow up with slices either. I grew up ordering “a pizza," and it’s delivered in 30 minutes or less. That happens in Boston too, but people also stop by the spa for a slice. And what really blew my mind is that there’s both round pizza cut into wedges, but also rectangular pizzas cut into squares, which are the thicker, softer “Sicilian Style” I’d never seen before.

Welcome to the fahkin’ Bahston boahd. ;)

Mar 26, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Or do you mean the Appleton location where they closed? come back, I want a warren to eat in.

Mar 25, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

longtime Boston hound moving to Denver...

Taking the chance to revive a very old thread because I recognize Tatmagouche, Veggo and Finlero. Any updates to this list for "best reflection of Denver?"

In my 2015 research, I'm seeing several mentions of Mizuna (still!), Izakaya Den, Sushi Den, and Fruition. I'm assuming that in Colorado, I should maybe expect Deer and Beer, but if the place you love is continental french, that's okay too. I liked the cute idea of french onion soup dumplings (mentioned at TAG). And I am assuming Olivea closed since the domain isn't in english? I like the mortuary story that is Linger, but the menu doesn't move me.

I'm in town for one night and will be taking a local friend to dinner - it's my treat and a thank-you, so fine dining is okay, although stuffy/intimidating is probably not a good idea. I lean away from corporate (I looked at Sketch, but it's part of a multi-restaurant group, which isn't a deal-breaker if it's chef-driven like Boston's Barbara Lynch Gruppo, but makes me a little wary).

Mar 25, 2015
enhF94 in Mountain States

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Warren of little rooms?! Please tell me it’s still some sort of restaurant. My kind of place.

Mar 23, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Agreed on the Ten Tables/original Craigie vibe change. My read is that management is… anxiously irritable, which trickles down to the servers.

Mar 21, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Last minute weekend itinerary

Oh, oh, when you get home do stop by Tri Express, which is sushi by Tri Du, for a chef whose food I’ll remember for the rest of my life. And welcome to Boston!

Mar 21, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

If You Could Clone a Boston Area Restaurant Space, Which Would It Be?

Wink & Nod in the former Icarus space. It’s underground, it’s dark wood, every seat feels private, it’s flirtation luxe. It’s my favorite room in Boston by a mile.

Mar 21, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Posts like ^ are why I dig this board

Mar 19, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

March 2015 Openings and Closings

Would you say Kane’s donuts could substitute for Krispy Kreme? They look pretty similar.

Mar 18, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

I think the specials are fantastic, but I haven’t been nearly as entranced by the rolls and “standard takeout” sushi. But then, I haven’t done takeout from them. They certainly do a decent takeout business when I’m sitting at the bar.

Mar 17, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

I also have warm feelings toward at least one of the owners. I was scared when they opened the second, bigger location a while back but I think they’re doing great… I think.

Mar 17, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

re: Basta Pasta - what do folks order from there? I’m such a fan of the housemade fusilli (not available for delivery) that I rarely get it delivered. And when I do, it’s not nearly as well-made or -seasoned as in person. Specifically, tonight I ordered pasta marsala and could hardly taste marsala; same with piccata. I can correct the salt, pepper and lemon at home, but I didn’t have marsala wine so was sad. A caesar salad arrived basically undressed. This isn’t my first disappointment with Basta Pasta delivery, although I’ve always been very happy visiting the restaurant in person.

So what do folks order?

Mar 16, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best takeout/delivery in Cambridge/Somerville/northern Boston/Brookline

As long as we’re getting into more detail on City Slicker, I’ll mention a few favorites:

the jalapeno vinaigrette, particularly on anything with avocados. The otherwise-decent-but-not-unusual appetizer spinach chicken quesadilla, which is certainly large enough for a main course, comes with one little cup of sour cream and one little cup of avocado-jalapeno salsa, which is the JV with some avocado and cherry tomatoes mixed in. I ask for double avo-jalapeno, skip the sour cream, and put “upcharge is ok!” on the request.

Same jalapeno vinaigrette is used on the avocado sandwich. Win!

All the salads - several of which use a majority of “serious” greens instead of just iceberg or romaine - come with a little herbed roll that is baked on site that day. It’s a nice touch. (Some salads use romaine where appropriate, such as the Caesar.)

Although I’ve… grown into heartburn… over the years, time was I could get three lunches out of one pastra entree, and the whole wheat pasta doesn’t suck the way so many do.

The little extra tiny tub of toasted pine nut crumbs is a small touch but delicious. You can pay an extra $1.50 to have any pasta entree baked and crumb-topped, which I don’t usually do (see heartburn) but would recommend.

I am not a meatloaf enjoyer, but my house likes it a lot too.

Mar 14, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

I haven’t been, but what about Sichuan Garden in Woburn, that place that’s winning prizes and getting a lot of industry talk? Woburn is a far easier drive than it looks. Plus, if you get hungry after, there’s either Gene’s Chinese Flatbread or tapas at Pincho Pinxto.

Mar 13, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Saturday evening cocktails for grown ladies

> (Looking over that list, it occurs to me that what I want is the B-Side Lounge. I've never got over that loss.)

You and me both.

> I can't tell [if Saloon is] a success at what it's trying for, or if it's just... trying.

I know you phrased this as a question, but can I quote it as my answer? Because I think you got the idea.

Mar 13, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

favorite salmon dishes?

See FishEx for a quick overview of both white and Yukon: http://bit.ly/1AjApBJ

I wouldn’t necessarily seek out ivory salmon unless you’re really curious, but Yukon river salmon is… special-delicious. Very oily and rich.

Mar 13, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Turkish Delight

boxed/prepackaged at Verma’s Market, Mass Ave, Cambridge - unpredictably stocked and not the best, but if you’re in a pinch...

Mar 12, 2015
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area