c

chocojosh's Profile

Title Last Reply

ISO mini bagels

Thanks! I called Kupels but they said that I'd have to order 5 dozen (way too many). WFM is a good idea! Thanks

Dec 15, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

ISO mini bagels

Does anyone know a source for mini bagels in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington area? Need them for a party and can't find anything other than some Thomas' brand at MB. Hoping for something a bit fresher for a party this weekend. Thanks!

Dec 15, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

New to (East) Arlington! Need Recs!

These are all good places! I'd add La Victoria to the list for inexpensive Mexican (in the center).

Nov 19, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

La Victoria Taqueria - Arlington, MA

The Milanesa had a chicken cutlet.

I went back again tonight to try a burrito and it was very good. Only one size offered. Id say in between a regular and super at Anna's. But better.

The place was mobbed again tonight so be ready to wait if you go at peak times any day soon.

Nov 05, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

La Victoria Taqueria - Arlington, MA

I went last night and had a torta milanesa. It was delicious and a good deal at $6.50. My wife had a vegetable torta. Both had a generous amount of queso Oaxaca and on the veggie version it had been griddled before being added to sandwich.

The chips and guac were great too. The chips seemed to be freshly fried and from flour tortillas.

Good selection of jarritos, Mexican fanta, sidre, etc. And horchata.

Owner was at the register and everything came out fast and well made. Great first night.

Nov 05, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

I've had the corn cakes twice in the past 2 weeks. On a slow sunday night they were amazing - light, airy, and not oily at all. In the middle of a saturday dinner rush they were heavy and a bit mealy (sad to say, as I have loved everything else there).

Side note - I've ordered the beef prik king twice also and it was really good both times. Nice and spicy and the beef is incredibly tender. I'd guess that the beef is braised for quite a while in advance, cooled, and then sliced and added to the final dish when ordered. The texture reminded me of brisket. With this dish, like many others, you can opt for a "family style" portion for an extra $4. It comes out in a larger portion and with rice on a separate plate. They gave us the option of sticky or jasmine rice.

Nov 04, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

The meat definitely had the gristly-ness you refer to but this might have been due to being left in the broth for quite some time. Maybe you can ask for it to be cooked less. The tofu skin strip do have a funny appearance but tasted good. Not tons of ma but it's there.

Oct 27, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

Right, not soupy, but they asked me if I wanted a little soup in the bowl and I said yes so she put one ladle worth in.

Oct 23, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

There are a few other businesses. One sells dumplings, one sells sushi, and another seems like a sandwich and smoothie place (not sure really). Also, in the back is the "Egg Puff Lady."

I haven't tried any of these other places so can't comment on them.

Oct 23, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

I ate at the recently opened Hot Eastern for the first time yesterday. It's a counter-seating-only place in the small food court at the corner of Beach and Harrison in Chinatown. They serve "Mala Skewers" and "Mala Bang" only and it's seriously spicy stuff.

The Mala Bang is a bowl of rice noodles with toppings that are boiled in a mala broth and then mixed with some sesame sauce and other seasonings. From there, they put it into a bowl and top with cilantro, cumin, peanuts, and I think Szechuan peppercorns, but those might have been added at a different stage. The standard toppings include thinly sliced potato, strips of seaweed, tofu skin pouches, bok choy, napa cabbage, and bean sprouts. The base price is $5 and then for an extra dollar you can add shaved beef that is cooked in a separate pot of dark red fiery broth. The attached pic probably does a better job than my description.

The mala skewers are various kinds of tofu, fish cakes, and mushrooms that they top your Mala Bang with or maybe serve on the side. I had only one order of enoki so they just put them on top of the noodles. These are also boiled in mala broth (not grilled).

When you order they will ask you how spicy you would like it prepared. I consider myself pretty capable of eating spicy stuff so I ordered medium but was strongly counseled to try mild for my first visit. We settled on in between mild and medium and it was pretty intense.

Overall, I was very happy with my meal. Having only ordered one skewer it was not a huge portion when it arrived but at the end I was fuller than I had expected to be. A big appetite would probably require several skewers. Next time I might ask if they can do extra noodles.

Very exciting to have a seriously spicy option in Chinatown.

Apple picking near Tyngsboro (not Parlee)?

My wife planned a big extended-family gathering at Parlee to go apple picking for next weekend. Their website says they had a bad crop and are done with picking for the season. Can anyone rec someplace nearby? Personally, I was not a fan of Parlee last time we went anyway (too Disney for me) but the location was good for people to meet midway from several directions.

Thank you!

Oct 05, 2014
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Shojin ryouri in Kamakura

Based on the photos in that link I'd say probably not. The place I'm trying to remember was quite austere. The food was not nearly as colorful as what's in those pics. Thanks for trying!

May 02, 2014
chocojosh in Japan

Shojin ryouri in Kamakura

Can anyone help me remember the name of a place in Kamakura (that I hope is still there)?

I used to eat at a shojin ryouri restaurant in Kamakura when I lived in Yokohama from 1999 to 2001. I am trying to remember the name so I can send a friend there who will be in Japan soon. The restaurant had 2 locations: one on the shotengai leading from Kamakura station. I belief it was on the right as you walked away from the station. The other was a bus ride from the station and was on a side street that led to a temple with a nice bamboo forest behind it.

I believe both were known for having very good goma dofu. I would always order shojin chirashi which seemed to be possibly their most popular thing. I also had ume soba there once which was great. It was very affordable - I think less than 2,000 yen for lunch sets.

Does anyone know who I am talking about? I know I'm not giving much to go on. Any help greatly appreciated!

Apr 30, 2014
chocojosh in Japan

ISO unpasteurized apple cider

I drove out to Phil's in Harvard over the weekend and got some great cider. Not pasteurized or UV treated. They also have jugs for sale that are slightly underfilled so you can freeze them.

Sep 30, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

ISO unpasteurized apple cider

That's the one! Forgot the name

Sep 26, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

ISO unpasteurized apple cider

Is Phils the one on the road to Fruitlands Museum? If so, I had their cider once and loved it!

Sep 26, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

ISO unpasteurized apple cider

Ah! Too bad. In past years I got some at the gov center market from a woman who was there selling apples and pears. She didn't seem to sell anything else so I assumed that was all they did. She had great UV treated cider, but this year I can't find her...

Sep 26, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

ISO unpasteurized apple cider

Has anyone seen any in Boston or Cambridge? UV treated is fine. I've been checking the farmers markets but no luck. Any ideas? Thanks!

Sep 26, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy San Nicasio potato chips in Boston area

They have them! Packaged under Jose Andres' label, but they are the same chips from the same producer. Thank you !!

Aug 22, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy San Nicasio potato chips in Boston area

I got a bag at Nejaime's in Lenox. Not sure of the price b/c my wife paid as I went out to the car. I opened the bag and immediately went back in to buy more but that was the last bag. Was my first time trying them and was really impressed. I am usually let down by "fancy" potato chip brands but these I loved.

Aug 22, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy San Nicasio potato chips in Boston area

I had a bag of these from a store in Western MA this weekend and hope to get some more ASAP. I tried Formaggio but no luck. Has anyone seen them for sale in Boston area? Hoping to avoid having to get them by mail order.

Aug 21, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Valrhona Dulcey in Boston?

Great! Thanks!

Jul 02, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Valrhona Dulcey in Boston?

Has anyone seen this for sale in Boston area?
I tried Cardullo's but they said they don't carry it.
Thanks!

Jul 02, 2013
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Japanese Noodle Knife

I've never seen any stores in the area that stock these. If you don't have any luck around here you could always try Korin in NYC. They should have them and would definitely ship. Good luck!

Dec 06, 2012
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Taiwan Cafe, reopened yet?

I just got back from lunch at TC. The new interior is shiny but the layout is about the same. They have a small fish tank at the back now and you can order live fish specials.

The menu is about the same. There are a few additions to the lunch specials, but it doesn't seem like anything was taken off the menu there. I didn't have a chance to scour the rest of the menu for additions/deletions. On the back page they have a new section with live fish specials and lobster course menus.

To eat, I had the preserved mustard greens with bean curd and it was great; just the way it was before they closed for renovations. I got there at noon and the place was full within 20 minutes with people lined up out the door. Word is definitely out that they have reopened.

So happy to have TC back in my life!

Aug 14, 2012
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Porter Exchange Japanese Recommendations?

I really like the croquettes (korokke) at Tampopo. The rice, soup, and salad are nothing special, but the croquettes are great. I highly, highly rec the cream ones. They're like a block of deep fried bechamel (maybe some crab mixed in too). The curry and hijiki ones are great too. They make them all by hand at the restaurant.

May 30, 2012
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Any good food at Barajas airport?

Excellent! Looking forward to a nice sandwich on my to Turkey!

Jan 31, 2012
chocojosh in Spain/Portugal

Any good food at Barajas airport?

Fantastic! This seems perfect for a snack on my way to Turkey and to do some grocery shopping on my way back home.

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2012
chocojosh in Spain/Portugal

Any good food at Barajas airport?

Thanks! Sounds great.

Jan 24, 2012
chocojosh in Spain/Portugal

Maine Shrimp on menus

These are great! With Old Bay mayo.

Jan 18, 2012
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area