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Low Carb Vegetarian Meal (and snack) Ideas

Bean or lentil salads that you can put in a Tupperware container make a great low-carb lunch. I also spend a few minutes in the morning making carrot, celery, and/or bell pepper sticks, cherry tomatoes, and other easily-snackable vegetables to take to work.

Jul 24, 2012
mightywombat in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegetarian Comfort Foods

I bet he would like this black bean chili recipe - it's really hearty and flavorful. It's originally from The New Basics Cookbook.
1 eggplant, cubed
½ cup olive oil
2 zucchini, diced
2 onions, diced
2 peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
8 plum tomatoes, cubed
1 cup broth
1 cup parsley
½ cup basil
3 tbsp chili powder
1 ½ tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp red pepper flakes
2 cans black beans
1 ½ cup corn kernels
¼ cup lemon juice
Possible garnishs: scallions, cheese, sour cream

1.Place the egglant in a colander. Toss with salt and let sit for one hour to remove the moisture. Pat dry with paper towels.

2.Heat half the oil in a dutch oven (large pot). Add onions, zucchini, bell peppers and garlic. Saute over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.

3.Place the remaining oil in a skilled and cook the eggplant over medium-high heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to the dutch oven.

4.Add tomatoes, broth, 1/2 cup of parsley, basil and spices to the pot. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5.Add the black beans, corn, dill and lemon juice. Cook another 15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup parsley.

6.Serve hot, garnished with a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese and scallions.

Apr 22, 2012
mightywombat in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best Vegetarian products:

+1 on Field Roast sausages. They're the only fake meat I ever bother with. In a rich tomato sauce, they bring back amazing memories of eating my mom's spaghetti sauce, which was liberal with the Italian sausage.

Apr 22, 2012
mightywombat in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan-friendly restaurant near South Station?

It's funny you should say that - I actually ruled out True Bistro because all of their entrees seem to involve carbs (cornmeal, rice, panko, potato, crepes, phyllo...) which my husband (not a vegan, by any stretch) can't eat. I figured at least at VG he could have a veggie omelet. But I've wanted to try True Bistro for awhile now.

Mar 27, 2012
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Vegan-friendly restaurant near South Station?

I was actually planning on taking them to Veggie Galaxy originally! But they asked if we could find something nearer South Station, due to their schedule.

Mar 27, 2012
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Vegan-friendly restaurant near South Station?

I have some vegan friends coming into town in a few weeks, and they want to get dinner before catching their train home on a Saturday night. Any suggestions would be very welcome!

Mar 27, 2012
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Why Is Tea at Coffee Bars So Bad?

AMEN! Not to mention the horrid cup of lukewarm lipton one is still likely to get if you ask for tea at many restaurants.

Jan 19, 2012
mightywombat in Features

Is King Arthur Flour worth the price?

Actually, that is only one meaning of "organic." Words can have multiple meanings, and their meanings can change over time. No one who uses "organic" to refer to food raised without synthetic pesticides or antibiotics is "misusing" the term.

But far be it from me to get between a misguided language pedant and his snit!

Dec 18, 2011
mightywombat in General Topics

TeaZone in Somerville closing?

They appear to be at least twice as expensive (3x in some cases) as Tea Zone. :(

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Tea Zone
15 A Elm St, Somerville, MA

Feb 20, 2011
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

TeaZone in Somerville closing?

I looooove TeaZone. I haven't found better tea for the price anywhere. And the owner is a peach. But walking by last night I saw a big "for lease" sign in the window! The shelves still looked stocked, though. I tried to check out their website but it's down. This is terrible! Does anyone have any info? How can I continue as a tea snob on a grad school budget if I lose my supplier?

Feb 20, 2011
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Fantastic meal at Journeyman in Somerville

I dined with several friends at Journeyman in Union Square this weekend. Full disclosure: I *just slightly* know one of the owners, although not more than to just nod hello on the street.

First of all, the space is gorgeous, inside and out. The giant wooden panels on one wall, with the hanging garden in front of the floor-to-ceiling window on another, combined to make the space feel both sleekly modern and welcoming, not an easy trick to pull off. The only complaint I had about the decor was that for those sitting against one wall, the lights from the open kitchen were kind of harsh.

To start, we wanted a bottle of white, and the (friendly, knowledgeable) server recommended a bottle that was perfectly crisp and dry, exactly what we wanted. At $25, it was very reasonably priced as well.

I ordered the three-course vegetarian menu. It started off with a lovely amuse-bouche of "hot tomato, cold tomato" - a chilled wedge of green zebra tomato on top of a warm tomato confit. The sweetness of the confit worked really well against the tartness of the tomato. We were also brought a complimentary shot of beer that was bright and fresh - I wish I remembered what the waitress told us about it.

The appetizer was an egg custard, with fried shallots on top and diced preserved duck egg (white and yolk separate). The silkiness of the custard made a great foil for the crispiness of the tiny fried shallots.

The entree was stunning - grilled hen of the woods mushrooms alongside agnolotti filled with pureed eggplant and garlic and topped with a dash of wheat foam. Sophisticated and delicious.

The dessert's flavors were "plum, lime, coffee", and the plate had several different confections (from meringue to ice cream to a poached plum) that incorporated them. It was quite good, but my favorite part of dessert was the plate of tiny cookies they brought to our table afterward. There was a quarter-sized sugar/butter cookie, a little cube of something like preserved apricot, and a tiny, round morsel of warm chocolate cake. All three were incredible, the perfect way to end the meal.

They're still working out some kinks - we had to ask for forks for our appetizers, although after that everything came smoothly, and the appetizer we were told we were getting (polenta) wasn't what actually came out (egg custard). But overall, I would say they're doing a phenomenal job for their first week in business. I will definitely be returning.

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Journeyman
9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143

Sep 20, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Travel-friendly Boston specialties for hostess gift?

Hi all,
I'm going to be staying with a friend's aunt in Paris next week. I would like to bring some sort of local specialty as a gift, but most treats associated with Boston and New England (lobster, clam chowder) don't travel. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Jul 05, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Where to find a selection of loose tea? Real tea, not the fruity ones

Tea Zone is wonderful. The guy who runs it is a sweetheart, their teas are excellent, and very cheap for the quality that you get.

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Tea Zone
15 A Elm St, Somerville, MA

Jun 10, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Tower Hill wedding, Worcester - Pepper's Catering?

Thanks so much, all! I will definitely do tastings before I commit to anything, don't worry. But knowing that they have a good reputation convinces me that I should definitely give them a chance, assuming I end up getting married in Worcester. I appreciate all your thoughts/suggestions!

Mar 14, 2010
mightywombat in Southern New England

Tower Hill wedding - Peppers Catering? Worcester

Thanks, all! This is great to know. I really appreciate it.

Mar 09, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Tower Hill wedding - Peppers Catering? Worcester

Hi all,
I posted this on the Southern New England board too, but I thought there might be more traffic over here. I hope such double-posting isn't frowned upon!

Although I don't live there, my parents live in Worcester and recommended Tower Hill for my 2011 wedding. It looks like a beautiful site, but they require you to use Pepper's Catering. Since I don't live there, I know nothing about them. I was wondering what Pepper's reputation is? Have you had a good or bad experience with them (or with Tower Hill)? Thanks for any info you have!

(Oh, and if you have other suggestions for wedding locations or caterers in the Worcester/Boston area, that's awesome too.)

Mar 08, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Tower Hill wedding, Worcester - Pepper's Catering?

Unfortunately I think that phelana was recommending her as an alternative to Pepper's, in case I didn't have the wedding at Tower Hill. Barbara Cotter is not affiliated with Pepper's, as far as I can tell.

Mar 08, 2010
mightywombat in Southern New England

Tower Hill wedding, Worcester - Pepper's Catering?

Thank you!

Mar 07, 2010
mightywombat in Southern New England

Tower Hill wedding, Worcester - Pepper's Catering?

Hi all,
Although I don't live there, my parents live in Worcester and recommended Tower Hill for my 2011 wedding. It looks like a beautiful site, but they require you to use Pepper's Catering. Since I don't live there, I know nothing about them. I was wondering what Pepper's reputation is? Have you had a good or bad experience with them (or with Tower Hill)? Thanks for any info you have!

(Oh, and if you have other suggestions for wedding locations or caterers in the Worcester/Boston area, that's awesome too.)

Mar 05, 2010
mightywombat in Southern New England

Comfortable, high quality food, takes reservations?

Thanks all - we went to Erbaluce and had a nice meal. My mother and stepfather both had the homemade fusilli with boar ragu, which they said was excellent. I had the homemade gnocchi, which was also good but very rich - the gnocchi themselves were extremely buttery, and it came with a duck egg. My fiance had the rack of boar, which he thought was a little undercooked.

I was a *tiny* bit disappointed, since the reviews I'd read described the chef as focusing the food on herb and vegetable essences, rather than cream, butter and oil, but almost everything on the menu was extremely heavy. Very meat-centric, and the two vegetarian pasta dishes were full of cheese and egg and had hardly any vegetables at all. I suppose that if I went in the summer, when there are more local produce options, it might be better. Still, we had a good meal and a lovely time and I'm glad to have tried it.

Feb 21, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Comfortable, high quality food, takes reservations?

I went to Hungry Mother a year ago and loved it, but there now appears to be no vegetarian entree on their menu - just trout, pork, catfish, steak, and chicken. And I'm sure the chef would throw something together for me on request, but if I'm going to go out to a fairly expensive restaurant, I want to know that my meal got the same level of thought and creativity as the lamb or quail or what have you. I've had very mixed success at other restaurants asking the chef to make me an entree if there isn't a vegetarian one on the menu.

Sorry for the rant - this city is great for vegetarians, except when it comes to upscale restaurants. That's slowly changing, I think (hope!).

Feb 17, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Comfortable, high quality food, takes reservations?

Thanks, all! I'm leaning toward Erbaluce, which I didn't know about. It sounds wonderful. Vee Vee sounds intriguing too, but a little more of a schlep from Somerville. And I will definitely make note of Ten Tables and Lineage.

Feb 17, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Comfortable, high quality food, takes reservations?

My parents are coming in to town on Saturday to celebrate my recent engagement. I don't want to go someplace super fancy, and I was hoping the Hounds could help me out. I'm looking for someplace that has decent vegetarian options, that isn't too noisy (my stepdad has minor hearing problems), takes reservations (or else doesn't have much of a line on a Saturday night), and most importantly, has very good food. I was hoping to go to Garden at the Cellar, but they don't take reservations. I live in Somerville but am happy to go into Boston for a good meal. Thank you for whatever suggestions you have!

Feb 17, 2010
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area

Best Cupcakes, for sure!

I'm not a fan of the frosting on Rosie's - too...I don't know...slippery? for me. I don't know exactly the best way to describe it - like mayonnaise, sort of.

May 03, 2009
mightywombat in Greater Boston Area