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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

The Somerville lot is still almost completely empty (did a drive-by on a circuitous route to WF). Am concerned that media attention has flagged - this board included. If our region can't sustain a just labor protest which benefits consumers as well as workers, this country's screwed.

1 day ago
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Exactly. MB employees have been braced for this confrontation for quite some time and aren't fighting for Artie T. out of blind loyalty. He's proven himself to be an excellent advocate for MB workers while enriching himself and other shareholders. MB employees want to keep what they've got. Walmart benefits, anyone?

Jul 25, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes. Log out and bring back some boots-on-the ground reporting.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

I just reported what I've seen at my local MB. There are enough eyes on this board to check out every MB - and maybe some fault will be found w/protesters. That said, relying on "social media," especially in a dirty fight like this, is senseless.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

No one'e blocking anything in my area - employees are just absent. Big difference. Picketers are kind to employees who can't afford to not work, and to shoppers who need MB prices/proximity. If "corporate" - whatever/whomever that means now- was expecting otherwise in Danvers, they're just demonstrating their level of competence.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Not good. Which store?

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Sure they can, but if a company charts a bad course, no one's obligated to support it. In this case, all a boycott means is voting with our government-issued dollars.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Third option, Pt. Ii: Artie T. faction then creates an employee-owned company.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Bagels coming to Cambridge?

According to Mark Levy at Cambridge Day, Bagelsaurus is taking over the Rosie's space and aiming for a September or October opening.

Jul 24, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

If anyone on this board wants and can afford to do something easy and helpful beyond boycotting, maybe go buy some bottled water & packs of salty food and deliver to picketers outside your local store. Just did this during lunch hour, inspired by the high temperature. Black-top is brutal right now.

Shaw's, by the way, has some great bargains on bottled water & I had extraordinary customer service - shocking change from the norm.

Jul 23, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Ok, so Warren Buffet isn't going to scoop up Market Basket the way he did Jordan's Furniture - that sure isn't what the current board's after anyway. Apologies for the blowhard post.

Jul 22, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Here, private equity is seeking venture capital. It may not work if the brand's too damaged to leverage.

Jul 22, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes, thanks. The best of this board beats most news sources by a mile.

Jul 22, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Teddie peanut butter - just peanuts & salt. Really good!

Jul 21, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Yes. Was leaning in that direction & Jenny Ondioline's posts on the other Market Basket thread, combined with a walk through the Somerville store tonight (to see, not to buy) tipped the balance.

Jul 21, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area
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July 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

Central Square today was excellent. Both Farmer Al & Kimball's had blueberries. Kimball's & Dick's had raspberries. Lots of tomatoes and corn coming in, and Tony Parker had some beautiful new potatoes. Greens were plentiful of course - Hmong stand had amazing stuff, as usual.

Disquieting note: the financial planner's booth! Really, people?!

Jul 21, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Kate's Buttermilk

No, and it's puzzling since all Camberville branches carry Kate's butter and if I'm remembering correctly only Garelick and another so-so buttermilk.

Jul 16, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Kate's Buttermilk

Saw your post earlier & run, don't walk, back to MB if you can. There were seven bottles about 15 minutes ago! I haven't seen it anywhere else - strange gap in WF's dairy section.

Jul 16, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

Most of these dishes are on the regular menu, and I wouldn't recommend ordering greens as take-out since they keep cooking once packed.

Jul 15, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

Chinese romaine has some crunch, lots of water - fresh, clean flavor, no hint of sulfur/cabbage. The chicken with basil in a pot has chunks of both white & dark meat with an almost equal amount of thickly sliced ginger. Not sure if the basil is Thai.

Jul 13, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

Allstonian (and anyone else, for that matter!), are there any dishes you like or love that haven't been mentioned yet? Mary's is my go-to local & am set in ordering pattern (that is, I may be in a rut).

Jul 12, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

Am looking forward to trying those rice pearls & good job on the cash-only reminder! How the rest of us forgot to mention this, I don't know!

Jul 12, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Finally, Mary Chung: order what?

This is a really special place - you're in for a treat.

As mentioned already, standouts include a lot of dumplings: suan la chou show, fried Peking ravioli, pork and chive, and the small steamer buns (weekend dim sum menu only). The scallion pancakes are very good, too, and are served with the same spicy, garlic-heavy sauce as the pkr.

Other favorites are dun-dun noodles, Chinese romaine, Chinese broccoli, Szechuan spicy chicken with celery and carrot, chicken with basil pot (lots of ginger in this), beef with scallions and Chung's spicy bean curd. My SO, who has a high tolerance for fat, sodium and five-spice powder, is a fan of the hung shao pig's feet and the beef soup noodle, though only in colder weather and when he has time to be physically immobilized for a few hours after (no joke).

My favorite way to eat here is to order a stir-fried green (love the Chinese romaine most of all), a small brown rice and a boatload of dumplings.

Hope you love it!

Jul 12, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Vacation Closings

It's definitely reopening on Monday the 7th.

Jun 29, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Let us now praise Harvest

Rev. Gomes enjoyed his croissants - just later in the day!

Jun 19, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Let us now praise Harvest

If you've been going to Harvest for 37 years, then you must remember the Scandinavian-modern design that existed when your Danish colleague treated you to a meal. How great was that? I was a very small kid from the sticks back then, and loved the occasional dinner on one of the restaurant's cushy, Marimekko-covered banquettes that usually followed a visit to the Design Research store (now Anthropologie). Would love it if Harvest brought that sensibility back!

That said, I love Harvest as is. In my book, it's a great place to go with people you really want to talk to and/or reconnect with - reliably fine food, service & an all-around lovely vibe.

It's also been a favorite, along with Dolphin Seafood, Hammersley's, and Mary Chung, with most of the European academics I've known as they zip in and out of Cambridge. As an exhausted, over-scheduled Greek friend put it when he called to choose a place for dinner: "May we please just enjoy each other somewhere? I can no longer pretend to orgasm for the chef." We went to Harvest, and had a great night.

Jun 17, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area
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Farm fresh eggs?

They are very, very expensive but mentioned them because Chris in MA has high standards when it comes to eggs, and Copicut has the best I've found around town.
That said, I buy them only when the egg is the star or co-star of whatever I'm cooking (i.e., roasted asparagus with shredded egg). Never encountered the Austin Bros. - missed that chance!

Jun 12, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Farm fresh eggs?

I'm a fan of Copicut Farms eggs and poultry. They seem to be at most farmers markets in Cambridge, and I'm pretty sure I've seen them at Davis. Their website lists all vendors.

Jun 12, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Jasmine of Persia

Thanks for the suggestions, McSlim. The beyond-sandwich food was very good indeed - some of it wonderful - and a great bang for the buck. Hits were kashk bademjan (hot eggplant appetizer), adas polo, the plentiful grilled pita, and all three enormous entrees: chicken shawarma, lamb soltani and the delicious joojeh kabob (cornish hen marinated in olive oil, saffron & lemon juice). The hummus, falafel and tahini sauce were all too mild for our tastes, but fine. The only big miss for us was the "bed of artichokes and mushrooms" appetizer - the acid (vinegar, with lemon juice?) nuked any vegetable flavor and almost hurt to eat.

The eat-in experience here was pretty uncomfortable. The five or six tables are jammed together, and the grill that makes the cooking magic happen generates an impressive amount of heat. We had great service, and appreciated the BYOB policy, but recommend take-out, especially during the warmer months!

Jun 10, 2014
pocketviking in Greater Boston Area

Cheap Foods that Become Popular

I know that this board is focused on grocery-store food and prices, but I'd like to broaden it to gripe about the ramen situation. Even a year ago, I could get my Sapporo Ramen fix with a ten-minute wait - at rush hour. Now, it's like waiting for TSA airport screening when there's a terror alert. Awful!

Jun 08, 2014
pocketviking in General Topics