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Bagelsaurus: How Early is Early?

Oh, and my significant other, who is a "salmon person," said that the lox bagel was excellent.

Apr 01, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Bagelsaurus: How Early is Early?

I was there at 9:20-ish this past Saturday morning and we had no problem getting our bagels....FWIW.

Haven't tried the pimento cheese yet. The salt bagel was quite good. Wish they had chive or garlic/herb-type cream cheese (went with plain given the options).

Apr 01, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Personal Challenge for you: Saturday Night - Dinner Reservation for 8

Anyone up for a personal challenge?

Trying to find a reservation for 8 people sometime between 7-8 pm (7, 7:30, or 8 is fine) for Saturday night....in Kenmore/Back Bay/Brighton/Allston/Brookline/Cambridge. Non-chain, spending up to about $50/pp (more is okay for the right spot). Preferably non-Asian (I see that Basho has openings). Anything else is pretty much fair game/okay.

It's for a 30th birthday dinner (thrown together rather last-minute), so a somewhat nice environment for a group dinner preferred (in other words, not looking for a sports bar).

Had my fingers crossed for the wine & tapas place in Washington Square but they said they're already booked. Then I thought about any of the other WashSq places now, but it seems they're ALL full.

Other ideas? Thoughts? Criticisms? Comments?

Apr 01, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

I was hoping there might be a local purveyor...I grew up in the deep South and there grits are ubiquitous (and not considered gourmet by any means!). Recently had a hankering for them (perhaps in the way we all occasionally crave foods we ate growing up). I've lived in Boston for almost 7 years but never craved them randomly before -- I ordered some online.

Feb 22, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

Yeah - sadly, they don't carry them anymore unfortunately. I went in person to the Coolidge Corner store as well as called the manager of another local TJ - do not carry them.

Feb 22, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

Anyone know where I can find white, stone-ground grits for sale in the Boston area or Metro-West? Would prefer Brookline/Allston/Brighton neighborhoods but beggars can't be choosers and willing to travel some.

Something like Anson Mills or McEwen & Sons would be great; even Bob's Mill is fine. Just not instant grits (the only thing I could find at Shaw's or Stop & Shop).

Have already checked Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Stop & Shop, Shaw's.

Feb 22, 2014
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Pareve Corn Muffins

Looking for Pareve Corn Muffins for Thanksgiving. Tried my local kosher grocery store - no dice. Anyone have any ideas?

I guess we'll likely have to make them ourselves but I thought surely someone would sell them?

Can't even find a pre-made pareve corn muffin mix (all of them already are dairy). What am I missing?

Nov 23, 2013
Ella Bella in Kosher

Downtown Toronto Suggestions - Birthday Dinner + Poutine + Dumplings (Etc)

Thank you all for your suggestions! These are great!

Aug 10, 2011
Ella Bella in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Downtown Toronto Suggestions - Birthday Dinner + Poutine + Dumplings (Etc)

Hi everyone -

I have a work engagement in downtown Toronto September 9 but because it's my girlfriend's birthday on September 8 (and I'd need to fly up that day), I bought her a ticket to come along. We're flying Porter so we can be right downtown quickly and we're staying at the Fairmont Royal York.

We're from Boston and we like to eat well when the occasion calls for it. For example, for my birthday we did the 10-course tasting menu at Craigie on Main (http://www.yelp.com/biz/craigie-on-ma...). We also enjoy cheap eats, particularly ethnic food (if anyone has any recommendations for homemade dumpling shops near downtown Toronto, my girlfriend would LOVE you!).

All of this is leading up to say:

1) Any recs for dinner for Thursday night for her birthday? We get into YTZ around 9 pm I believe. I've been to downtown Toronto for a work trip before but we had to eat at the hotel restaurant because nothing else was really open that late at night, if I remember correctly. This was a few years ago, I am assuming there are better options now (?).

2) Other recs for food? We're making a weekend out of it and staying until Sunday. We like pretty much anything - - from food trucks to French.

3) We love poutine. Can we get poutine in downtown Toronto? And if so, rec for best place to get it?

Thanks!

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The Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

Craigie on Main
Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

Aug 08, 2011
Ella Bella in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont Center

Hasn't it been there a while? I swear I went in this place last summer.

Jun 28, 2011
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Cakes for family get together ?- wheat free or dairy free

*Duh! My comments about the vegan pastries = dairy free.

Jun 28, 2011
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Cakes for family get together ?- wheat free or dairy free

The new vegan diner in Central Square (it's run by the same people who do Veggie Planet but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it or if its officially opened) has vegan pastries, including cakes I believe. I know they have vegan pies for sure.

They were at Taste of Cambridge tonight and their vegan blueberry pie was actually quite good.

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Veggie Planet
47 Palmer St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Jun 28, 2011
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Cuban Chicken Chop-Chop?

anyone?

Jun 25, 2011
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Cuban Chicken Chop-Chop?

I am looking for a place that sells Cuban Chop-Chop (chopped up grilled chicken with spices, rice, and served with tasty sauces, typically a mustard curry sauce) - also known as Miami-style Chicken Chop or Cuban Chicken Chop.

Is there any place in the Boston area that sells this? Typically it's sold at fast-food like settings.

I have a huge craving for it - some of my family lives in Miami, where it is ubiquitous - and surprisingly I've been able to find it in many different cities/places but never in Boston.

Jun 25, 2011
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area

Only 1 good Italian Restaurant in Cambridge and no French Restaurants at all

Pescatore is great! I think if it were anywhere but its little corner in Ball Square it would be slammed with people. Food is super tasty, prices are reasonable, service is good - what more could you ask for? We love this place - but of course we're walking in knowing what exactly to expect.

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Pescatore
158 Boston Ave, Somerville, MA 02144

Dec 22, 2010
Ella Bella in Greater Boston Area