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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

downtown lowell just a few minutes ago.

about 17 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

To the new Market Basket management team.

yup.. its original mission statement included bringing grocery stores to under-served areas, which is why fletcher st. in lowell was the first location. that neighborhood remains quite rough. set your watch til they start closing down the stores who serve the customers mostly buying food with wic and snap benefits.

about 17 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

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

http://www.grillospickles.com/site/#

grillo's are sold all over, but you will be not far from their b&m store.

we're also the home-base for necco candies.

about 17 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

yeah, but that was him being an utter bastard to his kids and ex-wife.

about 18 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

To the new Market Basket management team.

8 people got canned yesterday and 7 were notified via courier.

about 18 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

my b/f lives walking distance from the original fletcher st. store. it's his go-to market. i am now quite close to the newish chelmsford store, which is directly across the street from a more newish super stop & shop. the prices at the latter are dramatically higher on almost everything, unless meats are on-sale.

friends have sent me pix yesterday and today from other area mb's and the stores are basically empty. we can't shop if there is nothing to buy, lol.

it's clear the employees are picketing proactively but i don't see a snowball's chance in hell that the ousted arthur t. will be allowed to return. especially now.

so yeah, this time next year, this will be just another over-priced chain with miserable employees.

this area excels at family feuds one generation down the line. (berkowitz and saunders spring immediately to mind.) people are so damn greedy.

about 18 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Blueberry Buckle

not quite blueberry season here yet, but this is a go-to for me:

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0...

and it works with pretty much every fruit.

1 day ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

op is driving, not flying.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

To freeze or not to freeze

chances are good they have already been frozen once, so a refreeze and thaw are going to wreck the texture.

wrap them very well and store covered in ice in a bowl in the back of the fridge.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Venison Steak Tartare

here's ruhlman on making steak tartare. solid advice.

http://ruhlman.com/2011/06/how-to-mak...

personally i prefer some sort of acid in addition to the oil. you will need more salt than you might think.

have been enjoying lamb tartare at a local tapas place and it rocks.

good luck!

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

New Restaurant in West Concord

canty did the documentary "farmageddon", but has zero restaurant experience.

was by the space about 4-5 weeks ago and it was just a shell. i think a fall opening is very optimistic. the license was transferred to her last august, so, almost a year ago. dunno what the hold-up is, but am guessing $$$$.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Can It Be?! Is Our Beautiful City Finally Getting a Terrific French Bakery?

totes. i stop there almost weekly now.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

How do restaurants here source? Organic/Healthy in Boston restaurants

many steakhouses use allen brothers for their meats. john dewar and kennealey are 2 other big meat purveyors. i never worked at legal's so have no idea where they get their steaks. i have seen niman ranch burgers on the menu, but since that company was taken over by natural food holdings there is little verifiability about their beef.

certain items, like herbs and flowers from eva's garden and cheese from formaggio, are in just about every fine dining kitchen. eva's farm is organic, but are all of formaggio's cheeses? nope. some chefs use only a handful of purveyors and some use dozens.

my experience has been that our chefs are concerned with supporting local farmers and most of the ones they work with are practicing sustainable agriculture. as i mentioned above "organic" has become almost meaningless at this point. the better chefs want best quality, which may not always be "organic".

many chefs won't serve farmed fish because the taste and texture are just terrible. if the farmed fish was somehow superior? they would use it.

i would prefer not disclosing previous employers, but i have worked for 3 james beard award winners and 2 mega-steakhouses. the quality of the food was always outstanding, obvz, and NOT always organic.

op, btw,you know organic farms use pesticides too, right?

do i think about where my food comes from? yes. all the time. i shop and eat very carefully, however, do not eat out everyday. frankly for my meals out, i am more concerned about the crap soybean oil many places use to cook

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

How do restaurants here source? Organic/Healthy in Boston restaurants

from life alive's website:

"We seek out and promote local, organically grown foods. We feature foods and products that are free from all chemicals and artificial preservatives, colors, flavors and sweeteners."

they are mostly vegan. not organic.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

How do restaurants here source? Organic/Healthy in Boston restaurants

so? they sell farmed fish as well as wild.

Jul 18, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

if you want shack-shack, you might want yankee lobster. it's counter-service and paper plates and it is on the water. or you can drive north to essex -- clam box, etc. if you have time, that is the way to go. it's so pretty up there.

union oyster house sucks.

there is parking for your ferry, just not connected to the park service. the seaport area has lots. OR, you can take the red line (kendall) to the silver, which is not bad at all. and you can walk from there to yankee lobster. is it "bostons best"? no.

Jul 17, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

prezza is italian AND spendy, which she doesn't want.

as for "shacks" both james hook and yankee lobster are pretty close to shacks.

Jul 17, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

How do restaurants here source? Organic/Healthy in Boston restaurants

as somebody who spent 20+ years working in boston fine dining, i will assure you that places like shangai gate and s&i are looking to bottom line and not overly concerned with "organic". at this point, what does "organic" actually even mean with produce being flown many 1000s of miles from places like china and chile? from countries with little or no regulatory enforcement over food farming/handling/labeling?

at the low-to mid-end, you are not getting organic or sustainably farmed produce and the likelihood of meats other than cafo is about nil.

places like oleana, craigie, rialto, clio, etc. that take the trouble to specify where the stuff came from indeed are sourcing better quality product, but even they are not able to get ENOUGH local, quality, "organic"/"pastured" blahblah produce and protein.

you know how short our growing season is, right? how few and far between meat farms are, right?

Jul 17, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area
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Traditional Boston eatery? Need multiple recs

where will you be staying and what is your budget? will you have kids with you?

are you arriving via logan? or driving?

Jul 17, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Retirement party for 50 near Government Center

They do have numerous rooms that can be configured to suit but it is spendy.

Jul 16, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Polenta Cake recipes, please!

have made that berry cake a few times now it IS quite good. have been adding vanilla, lemon zest and a bit more sugar to it though.

Jul 15, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

High Produce Paleo

do you have issues with eggs or fish? i eat those more frequently than red meat, especially now that it's so hot here.

Jul 15, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Is grinding black pepper part of your mise en place?

escoffier advises adding pepper at the very end, so that is what i do. i add it after turning off the heat.

pepper is quite volatile, so, no, i would never keep it in a ramekin.

Jul 15, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Polenta Cake recipes, please!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ni...

http://www.bhg.com/recipe/pound-cakes...

however, neither of these will use up your "big bag".

maybe make polenta fries instead?

Jul 15, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

What kind of restaurant has the highest profit margins?

if somebody goes to maine and pays $40 for lobster they deserve to be fleeced.

Jul 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

High Produce Paleo

and this story is based on a 10 gm sample of poop.

Jul 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets

Mock mashed potatoes

i steam til VERY soft, then dump in the food pro. whiz a bit. then start adding olive oil, butter, cream, grated cheese, salt, etc. and whiz some more til it tastes "good". it does NOT taste like mashed potatoes, but is its own goodness. the truth is you cannot skimp on the fat and salt here.

Jul 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Special Diets
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Seafood dump on the table in Boston

"seafood dump" is not a boston thing.

Jul 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

July 2014 Openings and Closings

umass/lowell campus has an einstein bros too and it always seemed like a peculiarity, but perhaps the campus cafe is a niche they are looking to fill?

Jul 14, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Retirement party for 50 near Government Center

they don't have a private room big enough for 50.

Jul 13, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area