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Lamb - Can you Cook, Leave it, And Finish with a Sear?

4 oz including the bone, yes? these are quite small and will take no time to cook -- 2-3 mins per side. there is no need to cook these ahead.

about 1 hour ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

intrepid dining for sure, but am curious why you're bothering with giant moderately-priced chains like pf chang's and chart house? neither of which are known to have anything but adequate food?

about 10 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

only occasionally do i regret not having a tv. :) thanks. :)

about 10 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Greater Boston Area

Lamb - Can you Cook, Leave it, And Finish with a Sear?

how big are the actual chops and how will you cook them? grill? broil? there is also the possibility of doing them low/slow as another course is being consumed? most lamb chops only take a few minutes from cold to finished anyway so par-cooking is rarely necessary.

about 10 hours ago
hotoynoodle in Home Cooking

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

it's $50 pp which i don't think of being all that steep, unless they really are only going to be there for one hour.

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

i don't even know what that means but i am dying laughing. :o

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

eta: should say: i do prefer the service at mistral to that at prezza.

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

i love coppa but it does not have a full bar.

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

mistral is beautiful, but frankly i find the look dated at this point and yes it's expensive, but the dishes are "safe" -- nothing that can't be had in an upscale l.a. bistro.

i do prefer there to prezza's though.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

isn't cheddar the cheese most commonly put on apple pie? (not the way i had it growing up and it still seems very weird to me, but whatever).

FOODS missed from ABROAD

anybody leaving america lamenting they will no longer be able to eat these?

those frito-lay people are diabolical.

2 days ago
hotoynoodle in General Topics

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

what does this have to do with the op?

Have you ever left a Restaurant...

especially a dessert.

2 days ago
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

american cheesemaking is in its infancy and while there are some good ones, they don't hold a candle to those locally produced in france or italy. sorry.

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

this is posted by an american teaching in china and it is hilarious.

chinese kids react to "regional american foods":

http://nonomella.tumblr.com/post/6667...

2 days ago
hotoynoodle in General Topics

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

do you really think bread and cheese would be novel for the italians or the french?

any thoughts on L'Andana?

boston would be even closer, lol.

any thoughts on L'Andana?

how is salem an alternative to burlington?

<<scratching head...

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

i like la voile's food, but you're right it is not a a special occasion kind of place and it's tiny so the tables are on top of each other. wine list is small, nothing great. obvz they do have wine and champagne btg.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

the economics of liquor licenses in boston vs cambridge means that much of the new food is happening on that side of the river and the days of heavy cutlery, draped linens and discreet dining captains are twinkling into memory, so you may need to budge on some of your parameters.

that being said, there are all kinds of dining "scenes" within the city of cambridge. i get a much different vibe at rialto than i do at, say, west bridge or hungry mother.

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

the charles hotel has valet parking.

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

mistral skews to an older crowd and the menu has barely changed in 15 years. no, it most definitely is not a better choice than those others. sorry.

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

i have never eaten frozen cherries but adore them out-of-hand and in-season. however brief that may be.

Los Angeles Couple Taking Daughter to BU Needs French or Italian Recomendation

prezza or erbaluce for italian. the latter is a more casual room, but a very modern take on "italian". the chef does not use cream or butter in any of the dishes and is a fanatic about local sourcing.

super high-end french would be l'espalier or menton, but they may be a bit more stuffy than what you seek. next step would be bistro du midi, but we do have quite a few places that use french techniques fused with other types of food -- like craigie on main.

go off-peak for neptune and it shouldn't be too bad. you can give them your cell # and wander around the north end meanwhile.

Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

i guess "cool" is in the eye of the beholder, so i have no idea what that might mean to you.

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

our local mass. peaches have been really good this year.

Aug 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in General Topics

Bar & food in Cambridge/Boston?

i offer wb with the caveat that it can be insanely noisy, but moms deal with crying babies so maybe it won't bother them as much as it sometimes does me, lol.

Pay by Check no more!

lol, c'mon. there is no middle ground for you between being mildly annoyed and becoming the check-out nazi? that's ridiculous.

Tell-Tale Terms

was it owned by these guys?

Aug 20, 2014
hotoynoodle in Not About Food

Return "sweet" fruit that isn't sweet?

publix is a "normal grocery store".

no, i have never returned fruit. ever. however, i do not buy out-of-season fruit from central or south america either. ever.

op: i understand you don't have local cherries, but you could have bought some grown closer to home in the late spring. anything now is a crapshoot.

either give them away or make something out of them, like pie.