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Open on Christmas-Near Children's Hospital?

We're frequent flyers at Children's, due to my son's condition which has required ten spine surgeries so far. You've got good food suggestions here, so I'll comment on things specific to Children's in case it's helpful to you or others searching the boards.

1. The cafeteria at Children's is the BEST cafe in Longwood. The food is really quite good, especially at lunchtime when they have a different ethnic specialty each day where you pay by the weight.

2. Instead of ordering a tray from "room service", you can ask for a Cafe Ticket which is an $8 credit toward food in the cafe. You can do this for all three meals each day if you choose. My son can't go down so I take his ticket and get what he (and I) might like.

3. There is also an Au Bon Pain in the lobby. At 10 PM, all the baked goods are 1/2 price. There's a line ;)

4. You will have access to a patient/family fridge, microwave and toaster on each inpatient unit.

5. Depending on your son's diagnosis, etc, you might want to wait and do a "Christmas after Christmas" dinner at home when he's feeling better.

6. Holidays in the hospital actually don't suck that much (if you need to be in the hospital, KWIM?). There's so much attention toward keeping everyone's spirits up, and, the census is usually a little lower. I say that as a nurse myself, and mom to a kid who has had multiple complex surgeries.

Hope it goes well and you'll be home soonest.
Nancy

Dec 18, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

The Mystery of the Village Fish

Interesting because (a) I love BBQ - especially beef ribs - and (b) I live quite close.
If you click through the photos on their fb page (link above) after the menu, there's some tasty looking 'q, followed by lots of leftovers from Village Fish ;)
Will try soon and report back.

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Village Fish
970 Great Plain Ave, Needham, MA 02492

Oct 17, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Place to buy frozen kosher pizza??? HELP!

Costco has two potential options for you. The Dedham Costco has recently been stocking Amnon's Kosher Pizza in the frozen section. Also, they carry Bagel Bites (mini bagel pizzas) and the Mozzarella flavor has kosher marking on the package. Not all Bagel Bites are kosher so definatly check the packaging!
You may well know this already but if you are cooking the pizzas, your pans, oven and/or kitchen must be kosher depending on the level of observance required.

Jun 08, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Trip Report: February 25, 2011

Awesome! Glad you had such a great Boston experience, and reported back.

Mar 06, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

March 2011 Openings and Closings

Pronti Bistro should be opening soon in Needham (on the Newton line) - at the corner of Highland Ave and 2nd Ave (across the street from Petco/Staples and - ugh - Panera). I work a block away and can't wait for a new lunchtime option. Not a lot of info or menu online yet, but supposedly an "Indian-Fusion" restaurant, roll-up sandwiches on paratha. Hopefully set for a March opening.

Mar 06, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Caterer - High School Graduation Party

Blue Ribbon BBQ does catering, delivers and sets up the buffet. For a little more, they provide servers to serve/replenish/clean up. http://blueribbonbbq.com/catering/ser...

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Blue Ribbon BBQ
910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Mar 06, 2011
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Women Who Get Sexual with Yogurt

Is that "Banned Fage Yogurt" ad for real? Did Fage's ad agency create it? I'd love to know!

Jan 08, 2011
nincyh in Features

Christmas Crackers for Xmas meal?

Definitely saw them at the Dedham Costco this weekend, big fancy ones in (I think it was) a 12-pack. They were in the section where holiday food gifts were, in the back near the produce and bakery area.

Dec 14, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

West Roxbury

I drove by today and noted the name: "Al Wadi - Lebanese".

Jun 05, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Krazy Kary's Kaput?

They had a sign in the window for most of April that said "Lost our Lease". That's all I know.

May 03, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Petsi Pies 50% off Discount

Today's "groupon.com" discount is a $20 certificate for use at Petsi Pies for $10. I know Petsi's is a board favorite so thought some of you might be interested. A chicken pot pie is usually $20 so with this deal, you can get one for $10.
See Groupon.com offer for more details. Probably only good on Monday 5/3/10.

Petsi Pies website.

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Petsi Pies
285 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

Petsi Pies
31 Putnam Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

May 03, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Best Onion Rings - Are these guys still around?

Is it me, or did they have the best damned sauce? I used to want to bathe in that sauce.

Apr 09, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Best Onion Rings - Are these guys still around?

Damn. Now you're making me reminisce about the Hoo Doo Barbecue...

Apr 09, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

April openings and closings

When you're right, you're right. :)
It's in the old Hollywood Video space and driving by today, it's either open now, or will be in days. Looked like it might be open already.

Apr 07, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Birthday Freebies

We are regulars at the Dedham Halfway Cafe (wings... rings...) and get their email newsletter. Each month, they send out the coming month's "Seven for $7" - seven dinner entrees each at $7 bucks (they're only worth ordering 50% of the time) and there is a birthday coupon attached to each newsletter. Bring the coupon within a week of your birthday (with ID) for a free dinner entree. We always appreciate our free meals plus the "frequent diner card", about every other time we eat there, we get a $5 coupon for next time.

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Halfway Cafe
174 Washington St, Dedham, MA 02026

Apr 07, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

WOW cake

Party Favors in Coolidge Corner, Brookline will custom-decorate a cake in any spectacular theme you can imagine. They are tasty, not just beautiful. Their cakes and fancy cupcakes are good for special occasions and understandably pricey.

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Party Favors
1356 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Apr 07, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

April openings and closings

It will be where the Blockbusters was, which is a bigger space than Finagle. There's a lot of work being done to the space as they Panerize it. Not sure that area gets enough volume for a Panera to be successful. I give it 18 months. Finagle space is still empty and for lease.

Apr 02, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Costco Waltham Hot Dog

That "slice" of cheese pizza must easily weigh a full lb and at least a half pound of it is cheese. Let's see: 8 ounces of cheese = 800 calories, plus the bread, etc. A 1000 calorie "slice" of pizza: no wonder it's so good.

Okay, and their Berry Sundae (vanilla soft-serve yogurt with mixed berry sauce) is pretty great too. This isn't fine dining or healthy dining, but it sure is tasty.

Mar 19, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

poppy seed hamentashen?

Cheryl Ann's in Putterham Circle (near Temple Emeth, on the Brookline/West Roxbury line) has the yeast dough (soft) hamentachen with all flavors including (my favorite as well) "muin" AKA poppy seed. I love the soft ones too, they are usually only available around Purim.

Feb 27, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

restaurant for large group - vegetarian friendly and w/in 20 min of Brookline

Fugakyu http://www.fugakyu.net in Coolidge Corner would be really convenient from Longwood, and they have cool little side rooms for about 12-25 people with long low tables that you can reserve.

It's within your price-range depending on what people choose to order. It's not one of my favorite places, but it would be a good choice for your needs and there's plenty of options for pickier eaters or non-sushi lovers.

Congratulations on graduation!

Feb 27, 2010
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Norwood-area Buffalo Wings?

Dedham's Halfway Cafe.
Buffalo wings on the bone (we order them "well-done") are really good there, and they have excellent onion rings too.
"Wings and Rings" is our standard order there. Didn't say it was healthy, but is sure is good.

Dec 10, 2009
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy chocolate gelt in Cambridge, Somerville, or Downtown Crossing area?

TJ's is "Money of the World" and it's a much larger mesh bag with several dozen chocolate coins of different sizes, with silver, gold and copper colors. Quite a lot of gelt in the bag for the price.

The little baggies get smaller every year - I think there are only 3 or 4 coins in the yellow mesh baggies now. Anyway, my local Shaw's supermarket has them on sale now for 25 cents each.

Dec 10, 2009
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

wanted: kid-friendly breakfast restaurant for pre-BSO kids concert midday Saturday

Both those places are urban and should be fun/funky for your kids. I wouldn't say either are a "nice" dining experience, but being in the city for a casual brunch then walking to the Symphony (which IS quite nice) should make for a special day if you're out by 495...

Nov 09, 2009
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Good, inexpensive food in JP/Roxbury/Roslindale?

Another West Roxburian weighing in.
Have lived here for 15 years, after five years of Cambridge dining. 'twas an adjustment.
Suggest the new-ish Upper Crust (order pizza well-done) off the police station rotary, burgers and fries and sandwiches from Real Deal, humus, baba ganoujh and pita from Bay Sweets, all on Center/Spring St in West Roxbury, and decent and fresh take out Americanized Chinese from Number 7 Chinese on Grove St (just off Washington St).

For breakfast or weekend brunch, wait in line for the Fifties Diner off RT 1 and order the 50's Platter.

Oct 10, 2009
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

I'm looking for good NY Style Knishes here in Boston

Barry's Deli in Waban (Newton) used to have decent beef knishes that I think were brought in (frozen) from NY but were tasty and the large flat square ones you are seeking. It's been a while so I'd call first to make sure they have them, and I can't vouch for them since it's been a few years but do check it out and report back. They had beef, potato and some sort of vegetable/potato blend but the beef was very good way back when.

Jul 13, 2009
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Looking for places to get meat knishes in Boston

Barry's Deli in Waban (Newton) used to have good knishes and a variety. (Beef, potato, veg). They are the larger, square ones, and I'm sure they were imported from NYC rather than made fresh in store, but oh, they were tasty. Haven't been in several years, but they are still there, so likely still sell good quality knishes.

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Barry's Village Deli
6 Windsor Rd, Waban, MA 02468

Oct 31, 2008
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Rosoff's sauerkraut

Confirmed Rosoff's Sauerkraut sighting today at the BJ's in Dedham on Rt. 1.

A couple of weeks ago at the same BJs, I bought a huge glass jars of Rosoff half-sour pickles which were OMG, so super snappy good, just the exact right color green I like a half-sour to be.

Sep 19, 2008
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Any good bagel shops in Watertown?

Rosenfelds is in Newton Center which is not too far from Watertown. Their bagels are very good, especially when warm in the morning.

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Rosenfeld Bagel Co
1280 Centre St, Newton, MA

Aug 26, 2008
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Baza: New "World Foods" (e.g. Russian) market in Newton

I noticed this sign earlier in the week while driving down Needham St. in Newton and pulled in today when I had a few minutes to take a quick look.

This place is called "Baza" and is located in Newton off Needham St, tucked behind the Papa Gino's and Filene's Basement. You can't see it from the street but if you know the area, it's where Boston Baby used to be.

Inside is about the size of a smaller Trader Joe's (which is what I was kind of hoping for in product type) but it's quite different and I'm not sure how well it's going to do in this location and demographic. Think "Brookline's Bazaar" tries to "Whole-Food-ify" itself - a large produce department, lots and lots of imported Russian goods. All sorts of intersting items in the dairy department like a huge variety of yogurts and cheeses, bulk items like grains, rice, granolas, nuts and candy, organic (Amy's...) and foreign/imported frozen foods (like, an entire freezer full of various dumplings and blintzes of all types), a huge variety of fish, a sushi bar and a self-serve prepared hot and cold entrees and foods section - most items werey not labled though so for the unititiated like myself, it was hard to identify most of the offerings. Some things were obvious: there was rice, chicken and pork prepared several different ways, stuffed cabbage, various cooked sausage (one interesting type was super long and skinny like two feet of coiled up pencil), prepared vegetables, and lots of things I wasn't sure about: various meat or potato mixtured patties and breaded cutlets, blintzes with unknown fillings, etc. Also, since the store seemed very empty and new, I didn't feel confident puchasing foods from a steam table at 3 PM. There was a sign that said something like "1/2 Price 7 - 10 PM" but how long can the same pieces of chicken stay on a buffet steam table? And will they really toss the stuff at the end of the day and put out all fresh the next day? I doubt it, so how do I know that today's beef patty in gravy wasn't sitting on the steam table for 8 hours yesterday, too?

There were also olive and cold salads bar, pay by the pound/self serve but there were a few family groups standing around the hot and cold self serve bar, chatting and I'd imagine fingers borrowing a taste here, an olive there, which is what I don't like about those types of bulk service buffets. Sorry if I sound neurotic. I don't think I am excessively so but I still don't like to buy olives or roasted peppers if I see fingers going into the bowl rather than tongs.

They also had a baked goods area and wine and beer, lots of imported packaged goods, tons of those brightly colored wrapped imported candies and also lots of Russian printed colorfully and individually wrapped frozen ice cream treats that look like popular little kid fare.

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a heads up on this brand new place they are trying to style like a mini Whole Foods supermarket but they're not quite there. All the staff spoke Russian - I think the "Bazaar" works fine in Coolidge Corner and is in a small shop and 90% of the clientele are also Russian but at this location behind Filene's Basement, it's the ONLY grocery store nearby so they may need to try appeal a bit more to the typical Needham St. shopper who might be after more basic goods. Certainly they've got a great location and it's big and must be expensive to rent so I don't think they'll survive if they remain an extreme distination specialty store only and maintain language barrier issues. But who knows.

So head over there when you're in the neighborhood, and share what you think.

Jul 09, 2008
nincyh in Greater Boston Area

Super 88 foodcourt for dummies

Step 1: Collect as many paper menus from stalls as available to study at your leisure.
Step 2: Linger at food court during moderately busy times so as to observe eaters taking their trays from booths and make mental notes along the lines of "OMG that looks good - what IS that?" - refer to menu collected in Step 1.
Step 3: Refer to real experts on CH for better recs than this - I'm sure they'll chime in that it's best to ignore paper menus and instead focus on the handwriten specials.

I appreciate the descriptions and pictures of each offering at the dim sum booth. I'm a moderately adventurous eater but always like to know what I'm eating or ordering, first.

I'll be watching this thread too! It is a bit overwhelming to decide where and what to order for a main meal there!

Jul 05, 2008
nincyh in Greater Boston Area