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Where to find Pan de Muertos Framingham to Worcester?

Hi,
Is there a bakery or store that sells pan de Muerto in the MetroWest area? I'm looking from Framingham to Worcester.
Thanks a lot.

Oct 24, 2013
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Brazilian Ingredients

Emilief, could you tell me where to find the Picanha in Framingham? Thanks.

Jul 03, 2010
orchidea in General Topics

Italian grocery store in Metrowest, Newtown, Watertown, Brookline?

So, last Thursday, I entered all the addresses in my GPS and hit La Romognoli, Antoines, De Pasquales, Casa D'Italia and Salem.. and just to make sure I wasn't too disapointed I stopped by Russo.
My conclusion is maybe I'm too much of a purist... when you've had the real stuff and know what things are stupposed to taste like, whatever else you have after isn't IT.
Luigi at Casa D'Italia was the real Italian, watching the game and we chatted while I ate a veal cuttlet sandwich.. He confirmed my suspicion that the newer generation "americanised" itself and forgot about the good ol' real stuff... that he stopped selling many of the stuff I was looking for cause he had less and less demand and people wanted cheap... He laughed when I said well cheap ain't always amazing.
My surprise of the day was Salem where I bought a pretty decent piece of veal roast and rhum babas (which my hubby approved of.. unlike Antoine's ricotta less and extra sweet canolis).
I'm glad I stopped at Russo's cause I was thinking I'd get home nearly empty handed... I vented my disapointment on their home made ham and speck with a dollop of ricotta mixed with fresh rosmary! And they had fresh morels... I snagged some bison at Dewars to go with them.

So, now I kinda know what's around and well, my shopping list for Montreal just got longer...

Happy chows to every one who helped in my quest.

Jun 18, 2010
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Italian grocery store in Metrowest, Newtown, Watertown, Brookline?

Well, I lived in Montreal before moving here and loved "Milanos" where you could find about everything at a decent price and where the butcher and deli cutters were italian and cutting like in Italy... but 6hrs drive now is a trek
On my list:passata (not tomato paste!), arancinis, frozen porcinis, veal, a block of fresh parmesan (not vacum bagged), pignolis, mortadella (with the pistachios), fresh mozzarella, fresh pasta (not frozen) and flavored oils...
Russo has great parma ham, speck and there homemade ham is to melt for...

Jun 12, 2010
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Italian grocery store in Metrowest, Newtown, Watertown, Brookline?

Well, I went to Waverly and got nothing... Yes they have pasta, tomato cans, dome deli and couple bottle of oils.... That's kinda it....
Guess I'll be hitting Newton and Waltham crossing my fingers....

Jun 11, 2010
orchidea in Greater Boston Area

Italian grocery store in Metrowest, Newtown, Watertown, Brookline?

Thanks everyone I'll go check Waverly first. Lola's is small and has ready made food. And the Trattoria also I think. I love to cook so it's the ingredients that matter. Russo's great all around but I've never seen frozen porcinis or passata there..
Love Sevan and Arax for middle eastern foods ;)
Thanks, making my list and reving the car ;)

Jun 10, 2010
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Italian grocery store in Metrowest, Newtown, Watertown, Brookline?

I'm searching for a true italian grocery store in Metrowest or Newton or Watertown or Brookline...and last resort in town?
Tutto Italiano isn't enough, the selection is too small. I'm looking for the real thing with a meat/deli counter and choices of pasta, passata, antipasto, oils, frozen stuffs (porcini mushrooms?), etc....
Thanks!

Jun 07, 2010
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Apple-Chestnut Soup with Parsley Croutons

Sounds great, except for Sept, 23 's "Recipe of the Day", Where do you find fresh chestnuts?

Sep 23, 2009
orchidea in Recipes

Gelato in Boston area?

Agreed. The Gelato cafe's gelato aren't that great. Although their fancy hot cocoa are awesome.
Spasso in Needham is better and has great sorbets.

Jun 15, 2009
orchidea in Greater Boston Area

Cassis ice cream

Spasso in Needham has great cassis sorbet

Jun 15, 2009
orchidea in Greater Boston Area

Needham's Dining Scene

The Stone Hearth Pizza has great original pizzas and they use fresh organic produce from local farmers which for some is a plus. We often go there for take out pizza from Wellesley...

Spasso has better ice cream than the custard place. The sorbets are delicious, the best cassis sorbet in a while.

We've been about 4 times to Le Petit Robert, the great thing is that they close at 11pm (we're late dinners) and they have good food. It's a bistrot so don't ask for high scale. Service is sometime a bit unsure but other than that the daily specials are always great and the menu traditionally French. Their Grand Marnier Souffle is huge but to die for!!!

Fava... eugh. What a deception! We found the place super gloomy.
We came for a 8pm reservation, there were abut 4 full tables and we were given the worst, wedged in front the fire exit. Since when do you put a table in front of a fire exit door????
The appetizers were terrible, main courses bla and we quit for dessert. Supposedly this is a high scale restaurant... yes price for that "classification" are low but sorry the food is not worth it.

Sweet Basil takes no reservation, cash only and yes you can bring your own wine. Totally worth either waiting or coming later. The plates are huge so you'll have a box to take home and the food was delicious even the day after ;)

Rice barn is our next on the list.

Jun 15, 2009
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Best Shrimp in Boston and MetroWest?

Thanks, I'm looking for a more Western approach though :)

Jun 15, 2009
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Best Shrimp in Boston and MetroWest?

Where can I find the best fish and shrimp in Boston and MetroWest preferably?
I'm allergic to lobster, crab, clams and company.... So I'm really looking for a large selection of fish...

Thanks a lot.

Jun 11, 2009
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Pork Belly in MetroWest?

Thanks all, I food some frozen at Super 88 as well as some great korean cut beef ribs, quails and rabbit (all frozen)

Jun 11, 2009
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Pork Belly in MetroWest?

Where can I find pork belly in MetroWest? From Allston to Framingham?
I'm looking for uncooked no bone.

Tried Whole Food Wellesley, Roche& Bros and John Dewar ( I can't believe they call themselves premier butcher in New England! - They have so little selection!!!)

Thanks a lot.

May 21, 2009
orchidea in Greater Boston Area

Where to have fun for Cinco de Mayo?

Yea Yeah, I know it's not a hugely celebrated day in Mexico.
However, there must be some places for food and fun on that day around?
I'd rather go for great true Mexican food than TexMex or food for gringos.
I'm out in Metro West (Wellesley) but would go downtown for it.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

Apr 30, 2009
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Espresso Machine Repair Shop - Boston Metro?

Here are the results up to now:
Expresso Express in Belmont only repairs commercial machines.
Espresso in Watertown only repairs commercial machines. However the receptionist kept my information, a technician should be calling me back.
TC Repairs is indeed far....
Still looking...

Feb 18, 2009
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Espresso Machine Repair Shop - Boston Metro?

Great. Thanks a lot, I'll call them Tuesday and find out who'll be able to help me out.

Feb 15, 2009
orchidea in Greater Boston Area

Espresso Machine Repair Shop - Boston Metro?

I just moved in Wellesley (Boston Metro West) and I have a Gaggia Coffee Deluxe espresso machine hose but nothing comes out of the brewing head (I already checked the streamer, which is fine).

Would anyone know of an espresso machine repair shop in the area?

I found Boston King Espresso in Woburn (I'm not sure if they do repairs) but I'm wondering if there isn't something closer.

Thank you very much... my husband is moping about not being able to brew a decent espresso....

Feb 15, 2009
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