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Say "au revoir" to Rendezvous

the perception of chef as artist is romantic but it's a back-breaking grind, even when it's your own show.

1 day ago
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Wedding venue

a party of 20 wouldn't need to be split up.

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

What to Drink with Shrimp and Grits

okra can be weird with wine, especially whites that carry grassy notes. sparkling and bone-dry would work though.

i'd vote sweet tea, bourbon or beer.

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking
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Wedding venue

the herb lyceum at gilson's farm is lovely.

also check out historic new england which includes old estates like the lyman estate and the codman carriage house. their event planners will help with all the caterers, linens, etc.

are they looking to book for 2014? i hope not this summer!

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

i just had 3 great meals in portland 2 weekends ago.

the statement above is utterly hyperbolic.

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

this is not nyc and i know i have answered exactly this from you before. our kitchen workers tend NOT to be from mexico but from south and central america. colombia, brazil, peru. el salvador, guatemala, honduras. i have worked with very few mexicans.

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Leg of lamb for Easter Sunday

my starz, you guys know awful people. have never experienced that kind of boorish behavior.

have had people crash, which meant not enough food. (had a party go from 10 to 20. nearly stroked out on the spot, especially since all the crashers came empty-handed.)

but jeebus.

Apr 21, 2014
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El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

yawn.

this again?

nyc with a population of 8+ million.

chicago with a population of 2+ million.

boston with a population of 650,000.

yup. about as even a playing field as one could hope.

Apr 21, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

El Centro: Awful. Boston, terrible food city.

i realize number of posts made by an op have no bearing on how much browsing time has been spent on here, but the dearth of good mexican is a common lament. we simply have too few mexican immigrants for that food niche to take hold.

but... am thinking you don't read or do much searching on here at all.

so your crap meal (at a place hardly anybody likes) must mean all the food here sucks and you should piss in everybody's cheerio's on patriot's day. well done.

have a nice day.

Apr 21, 2014
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Best Chinese w/ good decor

every time i go downstairs to peach farm i expect to see guys smoking cigarettes and playing poker.

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Say "au revoir" to Rendezvous

anago at the lenox?

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

i am not angry with you in any way. nor do i see you as a bad guy for providing this link or starting this thread.

i spent 20 years working in restaurants in boston so have plenty of first-hand experience with all sorts of immigrants of various status.

at my first job, i remember the gm laughing that a bunch of new kitchen guys all had given him essentially the same ss#. each simply had changed the last digit. he put them through to payroll and that was that. no repercussions. they were paid and treated like everybody else. had taxes taken out of their checks, thereby paying into a system whose benefits they could never access. most of them worked 2-3 jobs and sent most of their money home to support families. many had escaped desperate situations in countries ravaged by war and poverty -- like guatemala and el salvador.

my last restaurant employer was a voluntary member of the ICE IMAGE program. OH! and the company joined image to save money on insurance. NOT because it was good a citizen or patriotic, etc.

obviously, times have changed.

what i find offensive within this thread is people stating they can "spot" illegals. it's no different than assuming the sexuality of a man watching a musical or a woman coaching softball.

what i find offensive is people assuming somebody with questionable papers would be more lax with food safety than a citizen would.

hiring managers are not "document detectives". the fines incurred by demoulas seem relatively small and there is no mention in the article of any arrests or pending deportations. there is no mention of wage discrimination or unfair treatment.

http://www.alipac.us/f12/immigration-...

Apr 20, 2014
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Say "au revoir" to Rendezvous

although not really high-end, cuchi-cuchi was definitely in the boonies back when it opened. am pretty sure it pre-dates both salts and rendezvous.

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

What to do with dried tropical fruit?

chop it and use it in chocolate or coconut bark, with some added nuts.

Apr 20, 2014
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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

4-20 and all. :)

Apr 20, 2014
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Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

and i know plenty of people who are children of immigrants who are equally fluent in their parents' language as they are in english.

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Cambridge-Looking for a place for a rehersal dinner

i can't think of anyplace in cambridge other than dante that has a water view. the food is quite good and the wine list is decent.

sadly our seaport area has been overrun by monster chains like del frisco's and legal's.

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Gene Chinese Flatbread in Chelmsford to close soon...

so many empty spots in lowell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Market Basket (Ashland) - problems with worker docs.

do you not understand the difference between false documents and NO documents?

you're citing a study from 2007? from a 2009 article? from when george bush was president? c'mon... lol.

you know at least one illegal immigrant in that store so that means you can recognize all illegals simply by looking at them? do you not see how that sounds?

the store manager broke the law. he/she got caught.

this is not the place to discuss views on immigration and our country's lack of cohesive policy...

Apr 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

vodka pokeballs gone wrong

proportions matter. too much vodka and the gelatin won't set. more isn't always better. :)

Apr 19, 2014
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Say "au revoir" to Rendezvous

After a long time in the business money isn't always one's major motivation. There is such a thing as quality of life.

Apr 19, 2014
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vodka pokeballs gone wrong

you used a much smaller amount of candy than the recipe if you only had enough for 5? but used the full amount of vodka?

just eat them and make another batch, but follow the directions. :)

Apr 19, 2014
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Can I coat leg of lamb and refrigerate 24 hrs ahead of cooking?

of course you can marinate for 24 hours. before cooking, remove the lamb for about an hour to sit at room temp.

what oven temp are you using?

Apr 19, 2014
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Can I use the defrosted fish in the fridge?

it spent time defrosting. cook it tonight. it's fine.

Apr 19, 2014
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Adding cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips to pound cake

^^this.

have always had excellent results from joy of baking:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChocolateP...

Apr 19, 2014
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vodka pokeballs gone wrong

am not understanding the question? are you wanting to melt them again? or just eat them?

did you grease the mold?

Apr 19, 2014
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I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

looks like they use water/stock where i use mascarpone. adjusting the liquid amount will make the recipe thicker if you want it more spreadable.

Apr 19, 2014
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I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

i frequently make pea puree, but cannot stand tahini. sesame, avocado or walnut oil all are nice in there. most often i use mascarpone cheese and fresh mint or thai basil. it's lovely.

Apr 19, 2014
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Belly wine bar's self indulgent, schizophrenic website...

liz and nick have owned and operated blue room for many years. nick was part owner for even longer before that. they run belly as well.

area 4 is a michael leviton (lumiere) project.

none of these people worked for barbara.

a bar program changing from opening concept to something different most likely means it wasn't working, for various reasons. they didn't do it to piss you off. it's also normal for opening staff to shake out.

have always had great food and drinks at a4, so not sure what you're on about.

Apr 19, 2014
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I need a veggie suggestion for Easter brunch

i wasn't suggesting the blue/purple potatoes were new cultivars, even if they only broke stateside in the 80s.

Apr 19, 2014
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