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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

Any good food at Barajas airport?

Too bad! That is exactly the kind of thing I am hoping for...

Thanks for the link. I will have to figure out which terminal we'll be in and hope for the best.

Jan 11, 2012
chocojosh in Spain/Portugal

Any good food at Barajas airport?

I will have 2 layovers at Barajas on a trip this March to Istanbul (from Boston). Both are about 4 hours long, one being from 7:00 am to 11:00 am, the other from 10:15 am to 2:00 pm.

I don't think this will be enough time to leave the airport, even for something close by.

Does anyone know of anything at the airport that is good? No specific desires, just anything good. I spent 10 days in Spain 2 years ago and was in food heaven. Just looking for a taste of something good while in transit.

Thanks!
Josh

Jan 11, 2012
chocojosh in Spain/Portugal

Grill menu at Toraya?

The hearts are fantastic. I've only had them once, but loved them. The waitress told me the seasoning was Brazilian, but not sure if that's how they still make them.

Jan 09, 2012
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Caviar

Formaggio can special order for you. Takes 2 days I think. The domestic stuff starts at about $35 an oz.

Dec 29, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy matcha powder?

If they don't have it, Ebisuya in Medford should definitely have some

Dec 23, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried the Taiwanese Banquet at Taiwan Cafe?

Excellent! Thanks for all the info. I think it would probably be best to wait until after the holidays to attempt this, but I am definitely going to!

Dec 05, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried the Taiwanese Banquet at Taiwan Cafe?

I've never planned/attended a chowdown. How does it work?

Dec 01, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

great meal at Bondir

I went sunday night and had some great pork belly on grits. My wife had the teff polenta with vegetable mignardises and that was very nice too. I'd recommend apple trifle dessert too if they still have it.

Dec 01, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried the Taiwanese Banquet at Taiwan Cafe?

I go here a lot and the menu offers a "Taiwan Style Banquet" by special order only. The owner told me that it's for a minimum of 12 people (I think) and requires a few days' notice b/c they have to special order the ingredients from NY.

Has anyone tried it? I've been having trouble organizing enough people who would be willing to eat whatever they are given and I'm wondering if it's worth the trouble. I am usually very happy with anything I order here and wonder if the banquet meets (or exceeds?) the usual quality.

If you've had it, could you tell us some of the dishes that were included.

Thanks!

Nov 30, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Dry Pasta Preference and Where in Boston/Burbs?

Oops. My mistake. It's "Sapori di Casa" and for some reason I don't see it on Formaggio's website but I've bought it in both their stores. And it is an egg pasta.

Here's a link to the producer's website so you can see what the packaging looks like.
http://www.saporidicasa.it/index.php

All this stuff needs is a bit of butter, fresh pepper, and reggiano.

Nov 30, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area

Dry Pasta Preference and Where in Boston/Burbs?

Formaggio has a brand of linguine called "Sapori di Napoli" that is fantastic. The package is about $8 and you can get 4 servings out of it (not sure of weight). Not for everyday at that price, but well worth it for a special meal. Also, it really does cook in the minute and a half that the package claims.

Nov 30, 2011
chocojosh in Greater Boston Area