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La Brasa, Somerville

They are, apparently, closed on Mondays.

Jul 21, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Best new ethnic restaurants in Cambridge/Somerville?

To answer the question you probably intended, I dig Istanbul’lu (turkish Teele Square, not far from the Alewife theater) and Montecristo (East Somerville, not far from Assembly Square Theater)

In order to avoid derailing the thread, I’ll try to keep it to a sentence: “ethnic” implies thoughtless ethnocentrism, as if your ethnicity were “normal” and others were “not normal,” which tends to drift into “abnormal” even if you don’t intend it.

You probably didn't want me to suggest Orleans or The Pub, but they’re ethnic too.

Jul 19, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area
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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

I’ve only been once, to Chelmsford. Orderwise, what do?

Jul 12, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

Oh, right, okay. That bread always seems stale and I think the stale-ish texture is part of the recipe (not that this means one should like it, but if it were a staling issue it wouldn’t be so very consistently “that way"). I never liked the bread, chickpea spread or the Montañes very much, although I may be otherwise Dali’s only defender (and maybe that a little less now that Pinxto Pincho is around…)

Jul 03, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Comparing house brands at local supermarkets - The Boston Globe

Costco thumbs up: I adore those torta rolls made on-site. They are chewy, well seasoned, freeze very well, the crust isn’t crunchy enough to irritate my mouth. Super spread-friendly both in flavor and texture (they won’t fall apart, and have a medium crumb which holds spreads). Strong structural integrity means no worries about explosions or fallout. And they are rich enough to forego meat or cheese if you so desire (although they’re excellent with turkey).

Jul 02, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

You’re talking the warm goat cheese with honey and onions? I love that dish at Dali.

Jul 02, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Me too. I gotta get back there. I only go at opening, though - the crowds and noise are way too much for me once they get going. Their vegan options are good enough they don't feel like compromising, too.

Jun 25, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

my understanding is that one's experience of saltiness can vary (over time) based on one's personal standard salt level, so I respect this complaint.

As for the oil, I can understand your point. I like high flavor and don't mind oil. This comment is also my excuse to link to this WSJ article which recommends using more oil to prevent greasiness (in case anyone else reading the thread had the idea to ask for a low-oil pizza):

http://on.wsj.com/1o4YFDU

specifically for the "too oily" crowd, I will note that I always, only order the small size pizza because the smaller size slightly improves the crustiness of the crust. If I were really overreaching, I might point to the above article and say that a higher oil-to-crust ratio in the small improves the product.

Jun 25, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

Best Steak sandwich: River Gods.
Best Fries (debatable or honorable mention): River Gods.

(this opinion is sadly a year out of date, though)

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

I don’t generally pay attention to coffee since college, but I did notice and plotz when one day Three Little Figs had a special on Seattle’s Victrola coffee. I’m not a regular and in fact find the bakery options soporifically uninviting, but I was very lucky that day that a friend was thirsty.

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

I knew I was firing across the bow of HMS Naples, but I’m prepared to defend it against anything I’ve had in Boston except my homemade neapolitan-style pizza. Did I just double down? Or triple down? I think I did. :)

The crust is crunchy from edge to center, chewy enough to last through the bite, and flavorful. It’s the only example I’ve found in Boston of the Old Forge, PA style “fried” pizza which Myhrvold et al. highlighed in Modernist Cuisine @ Home. The technique is easy to screw up and tricky to get right - and done right, the crust isn't greasy despite the oil. It’s made from scratch on site. Toppings are unnecessary but both classic toppings and modern standards (mushroom gorgonzola) are available.

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area
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Scissors and Pie Pizza on Newbury St.

I like your thoughtful replies and it you’re up for it, I think we could use more of that.

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Foods you pronounce incorrectly.

coming back late to say “wait, how _do_ we pronounce piri piri?"

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Not About Food

The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

No. 9 Park’s foie and prune gnocchi

Jun 24, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area
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The Best of the Best: An Ongoing Thread

pizza: City Slicker

Jun 23, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

What should I bring sailing?

I've been invited on a daylong sail and I want to bring some goodies for the host. I've already picked up some salami; what else do I bring that's temperature-insensitive, assemble-able on the rolling seas, and enjoyable during hours of sunlight?

I'll be leaving super-early in the morning, so unless it's on the way (Mamadou's is in the wrong direction, sadly), let's assume I'm doing my shopping in the days beforehand.

Jun 22, 2014
enhF94 in General Topics

"Special Flavor Chicken"- Have You Seen in Boston?

Lay your eyes on the storefront and you’ll be convinced.

Jun 19, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Aerogarden reviews?

I haven’t recently bought one, but the one I commented about above has stayed in my basement unused for two years.

Jun 19, 2014
enhF94 in Cookware

Anniversary dinner help

Cafe Sushi’s omakase is excellent and much less expensive than Uni/O Ya, but tends to be in the $70-$80 range if you want a full meal. Their menu is, in my experience, much less tasty - although I’ve only ordered from it three times. Maybe the kama would work?

I like Genki Ya for delivery (the Genki Ichiban’s pretty good) but I wouldn’t go for a special occasion.

Jun 18, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

Based on your previous-es, you’ve got the right idea. Sabur is a favorite of mine, and Sarma if you’re looking for something new.

Oh, maybe Bistro 5 in Medford.

Jun 18, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary dinner help

Unless it’s slammed because same.

Jun 18, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

SoCal hound requesting help during stay in Weston

Welcome to Boston! Tell your friends!

Jun 18, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Moving to Medford . . . What are the local haunts?

No no, residents around that block freak out about nonresidents stealing their parking spaces. I myself got discussed in depth as a bad person by folks who assumed I didn’t speak English because I was returning from Oasis, the Brazilian place. (To be fair, I was a nonresident and I did accidentally park in resident parking.)

Oh, hey! Speaking of which, I like Oasis a lot - it’s a Brazilian churrasco, by-the-pound buffet, and a-la-carte combo. I like it because 1. they season their meat really well, 2. the salad bar usually has baby spinach and some other interesting healthy vegetables like hearts of palm, 3. chicken hearts, 4. pretty good feijoada “with real parts ’n’ bones!," 5. they are happy to explain things to the gringo (I try to ask at slow moments which are rare- it’s pretty popular).

They also opened a bakery next door in the last six months or so. I’ve only been twice so can’t give a detailed report, but, y’know, they have that puffy powdery cheesy bread, so that’s good.

Jun 18, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Moving to Medford . . . What are the local haunts?

Bob’s Italian Foods, for imported italian ingredients, a decent deli counter (I like the artichoke stems), and unhealthy hot subs.

I didn’t dig the takeout pasta dishes, but loooove the grocery. They have these cute little non-homemade burratinas. I also like the shredded mozz for my pizzas, if you can believe that.

Blood orange juice in cartons
frozen imported italian desserts, the kind in fruit rinds or plastic champagne flutes
00 flour
chinotto, etc., other bitter fizzy drinks

Jun 16, 2014
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Potstickers/ Peking Ravs, and Crab Rangoon

pic because awesome.

Jun 09, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

fernet branca - love it or hate it?

Bob’s Italian in Medford.

Jun 09, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

fernet branca - love it or hate it?

or carbonating Vicks 44.

Jun 09, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

New Tapas Place in Woburn Center?

Another trip to Pinxto Pincho, and at this point I have sampled the majority of the menu, including all the intimidating bits except the monkfish.

It’s hard to go too far wrong here. I most appreciate their skills in cooking eggs, cooking potatoes, and making sausage, each of which anyone can do an okay job with, but require honest effort to do really well.

They also have a website: http://www.pintxopincho.com

My report:
1. I know nothing about wine, so won’t comment.

2. My personal standout dishes, random order

Pincho de Tortilla - spanish omelet.
Discussed above, contains potatoes, caramelized onions, and eggs. It is sweet, tender and delicious.

Piilpirana de pulpo - Octopus with peppers
described in the globe article

Ensaladilla Rusa - potato salad
normally I have no interest in potato salad, but this is lovely and sweet.

Morcipan - grilled blood sausage on bread
Like most blood sausage I’ve had, it’s drier than other sausages. Texture is shaggy. Taste is iron-y and properly seasoned.

Esparragos con Romesco -
The romesco here is a standout, very hazelnutty and thick. I’d have added Xanthan gum to prevent weeping, but modernist is not their thing, baby. If they have the special fried artichoke hearts con romesco on, even better.

Mollejas al Ajillo - veal sweetbreads wtih garlic
Holy wow, these are good. You get maybe twenty bites per plate, and bites are small enough for your skittish friends to try.

Natillas de Almendras - the almond custard discussed above, rapidly climbing my “I must duplicated this at home” list.

3. Worth a mention/appreciation:
several homemade sausages in various forms, including Txistorras of chicken or pork, blood sausage aforementioned, and chorizo. They are all wonderful and worth getting - crispy outsides, maybe could use a little more fat but I’m nitpicking.

They also have rabbit - I’m pretty sure each plate contains two front legs and two back legs, no loins. That’s fine with me.

The specials are uniformly good, even the Kobe beef empanadas. I’m a member of the “grinding Wagyu is dumb” club, and also the “why hide your wagyu inside an empanada” club, but they talked me into it and I’m glad they did.

TL;DR Woburn has a restaurant worth driving to even before Gene’s Flatbread moves.

Jun 05, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Potstickers/ Peking Ravs, and Crab Rangoon

It’s out of the Boston range, but for years I made a semiyearly trip to Amherst’s Panda East for their Peking Ravioli. The dough, after cooking, is maybe a quarter of an inch thick and the fried crust of the dough has a wonderful chewy texture. That, plus some way of flavoring the filling I wasn’t able to identify, was one of my first serious food researches. I’ve still never seen anything like them here, at least dough-thickness-wise.

Jun 03, 2014
enhF94 in Greater Boston Area

Orleans Restaurant

and the year 2004. I could do this all day

Jun 01, 2014
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