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Mistral-specifics on a dish

Yes, please post back with your recipe! Are those chives on top? No noticeable sear on the steak in the attached photo from Devra First's 2012 Mistral review.

Jul 25, 2014
ceb in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Rosca de Reyes in Boston?

Reviving this thread: Hercules has forced us to change our travel plans, so we will have our own celebration on Saturday. Does any one make a great rosca -- either with a bean or porcelain figurine?

I'd prefer a Mexican rosca to a French galette or gateau, but am open to any suggestions. I don't know what Brazilian Kings Breads are like, but I'd be interested in recs for the East Cambridge or Winter Hill Brazilian bakeries too.

We are in the Cambridge/Somerville/Brookline area, but have a car. Thanks!

Jan 02, 2014
ceb in Greater Boston Area

Odd sausage question

Ever try their steak tips? I haven't yet, but they seem to be fairly popular.

May 29, 2013
ceb in Greater Boston Area

Why is my ground beef always chewy?

Wow, so much agreement on this! But I use a high heat for scrambled eggs when I want them to have big fluffy curds, and cook them low and slow when I want creamy scrambled eggs to spread on toast.

I love grilling, broiling, and stir-frying but I also love my slow-cooker and dutch oven. So when you say "Low and slow is now becoming the recognized way to cook all protein," what are you contrasting it to? Which methods are low and slow cooking replacing?

Mar 02, 2013
ceb in Home Cooking

fed up with pork....

This recipe sounds fantastic, and I was just searching for a recipe for my country style ribs. How much carrots, tomatoes, orange juice, and apricot jam did you use? I am trying to figure out how sweet this dish is. Thanks!

Apr 08, 2012
ceb in Home Cooking

Best Carbonara in town

Inspired by the "Best Bolognese in town" thread, who serves a knock-out carbonara? I love Sportello's, but they don't always have it on the menu. Prezza's was meh, and too many resto's serve a cream based glop.

Plus for guanciale!

And plus plus for any resto serving knock-out bolognese and carbonara! Yes, I know carbonara is simple to make at home, but I love both bolognese and carbonara. Where can I go to face an agonizing choice between a lusciously light yet rich egg-cheese glaze versus the deep concentrated meaty bolognese flavors?

Jan 18, 2012
ceb in Greater Boston Area

JFK terminal 5 post-security take-out meals

Thanks cc17!

Oct 22, 2010
ceb in Outer Boroughs

JFK terminal 5 post-security take-out meals

I am flying cross-country and need to buy a packable dinner in the terminal (but after the security gates) to eat a few hours later on my Jet Blue flight. Any recommendations? Any Jet Blue frequent flyers out there?

There's a list of restos on the Jet Blue webpage, but I don't know how much time I will have to check out everyplace before I have to just order and board. Thanks.

Oct 21, 2010
ceb in Outer Boroughs

food at JFK airport

What's chow-worthy in Terminal 5? I will be buying my dinner in the terminal to carry onto the plane, and won't be eating it until several hours later on my cross country flight.

I found this link on the JetBlue page but don't know anything about the restos.

Recs for JetBlue's LAX terminal also needed. Thanks in advance.

Oct 17, 2010
ceb in Outer Boroughs

Ebisuya Japanese Market in Medford

Strictly from a consumer's standpoint, vote with your dollars. If Ebisuya is special enough to you to warrant a drive from the Cape and you would be disappointed if they close, then support the store and buy everything at Ebisuya.

For locals that are happy to see Ebisuya open but have other options if the store doesn't survive, then price shop and only buy the Japanese products not carried by Kan Man, H-Mart, etc.

Jan 28, 2010
ceb in Greater Boston Area

weekday working breakfast meeting

Thanks for the suggestions. I checked Beacon Hill Bistro, but the kitchen closes at 10am. Eastern Standard may be okay. How's the food been recently? There's lots of up and down postings recently.

I've been looking at more hotels, and was surprised to see that Clio and the Oak Room both serve breakfast. Any one know anything about their weekday breakfasts?

Still considering Bristol as well as Cafe Fleuri and maybe Brasserie Jo.

Where do people in Boston go for late-morning business breakfasts?

Nov 15, 2008
ceb in Greater Boston Area

weekday working breakfast meeting

I am looking for a place with great food for a breakfast meeting with a client next week. We'll probably meet at 9am or a little after, so I'm thinking that most places thin out by then and I won't have to worry too much about the atmosphere.

Is the Bristol my only choice? Any can't miss dishes there?

Or are there any good places that aren't in hotels or are further out of the city? Any area is fine. I've done Henrietta's table before and want to try something new.

Nov 14, 2008
ceb in Greater Boston Area

12 Pounds of Kasseri

For recipes, don't forget about cheese pie (kaseropita pie). For the cheese plate, add some pasterma, olives, green hot peppers, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and lavash or pogaca!

Dec 27, 2007
ceb in Home Cooking

a classic man's cocktail?

The resistance against 1:1:1 negroni's runs pretty deep -- even Toby Maloney's negroni is 3 ozs gin, .5 oz campari, and 1 oz sweet vermouth with a few dashes of orange bitters and a carmelized orange twist.

Dec 16, 2007
ceb in Spirits


Thanks Slim! I do like to taste my liquor, so I'll try 4:1.

Can you get the bourbon to really blend with the eggnog? In the past, I haven't been able to get liquor to blend with commercially prepared eggnog, to the point that I need to keep stirring it even in the glass before each sip.

Dec 16, 2007
ceb in Greater Boston Area


I'll be up in Boston next week, and am thinking of bringing the Whole Foods eggnog to a holiday party. I assume it is nonalcoholic, and I'd like to bring a gallon of an alcoholic (Maker's Mark or Appleton Special) eggnog to the party.

What ratio of eggnog to bourbon/rum do you use? I'd like the eggnog to be on the strong side, but not too boozy.

Will mixing it up a couple of hours (or days) beforehand help to round out the flavors? If not, then I suppose that I could just put out the eggnog carton and bourbon/rum bottle separately and let everyone mix it to taste.

Also, should I plan on brining nutmeg and a grater, or is the store brand already strongly spiced?

Dec 15, 2007
ceb in Greater Boston Area

Birmingham - August Moon Festival

Don't know anything about Birmingham, but you might want to check again this week. August moon is on September 25th this year.

Sep 22, 2007
ceb in General South Archive

Great Knives to last a lifetime

Thanks for your recs, Applehome. I agree and really want to upgrade my knife set but don't think I should until I improve my sharpening skills and learn more about proper techniques and tools. Any suggestions on how I can get into the knife sharpening aspects first?

Mar 29, 2007
ceb in Cookware

cocktails with maraschino liqueur?

I recently received a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and have been enjoying lots of aviations. But now I'd like to venture further afield with my Luxardo. I don't have Chartreuse in my collection, so I can't make a last word. Should I buy the Chartreuse, or can you recommend any great cocktails with maraschino liqueur? Thanks!

Mar 07, 2007
ceb in Spirits

Take-Out Suggestions for Holiday Pot Luck Parties

Thanks for the suggestions. I've been busy surfing the chowhound site for potluck info, and was surprised by the many posts complaining about potyucks(!), and declaring that you should never eat the food at a potluck.

So this got me thinking... can anyone recommend a single or double takeout order of ANYTHING from ANY greater Boston area restaurant that you would LOVE to eat at a potluck?

Something that doesn't have to be served piping hot, will still be delicious even after a short drive and then sitting out on a serving table for 30 minutes, and at least a dozen people can get a taste of?

(And, is there anything else that I should order for myself to eat on the way to the potluck?)

Otherwise, the Mary Chung's suan la chao show sounds like my best bet. It's been a few years since I've had it, but iirc it was very good.

Any idea how many dumplings in an order?

Also, I checked the Reef Cafe menu but wasn't sure what would travel well to a potluck. I think the food will sit out a bit at the potluck, so I don't want to bring a pizza. And I got scared off of Al's by the sandwich nazi posts. Thanks.

Dec 14, 2006
ceb in Greater Boston Area

Take-Out Suggestions for Holiday Pot Luck Parties

Will be in Boston next weekend and attending some holiday parties. I usually bring wine or desserts, but since I'll be missing out on restaurant meals for these parties, I'd rather bring great but affordable main dish or savory type food.

I saw the posts on the samosas, Taqueria La Mexicana tamales, and Wang's dumplings. I'd be willing to go with the samosas or tamales, but I don't know how much kitchen space there will be, so I think the dumplings are out. I won't have access to a kitchen before the parties, so I want to be able to pick up the food and bring it with me without any repacking or rearranging.

Any other suggestions? I'll be staying in Cambridge, but will have a car, so I don't have any restrictions on location or type of food. TIA!

Dec 07, 2006
ceb in Greater Boston Area

lunch near the arboretum [SEA]

Thanks all for your suggestions. We walked half a block past St. Germain and Cafe Flora to go to the Essential Bakery; Cafe Flora didn't look that busy.

My reuben was good and hit the spot. DCs has the grilled cheese sandwich and a hummus sandwich. I didn't try the grilled cheese but it was reported to be quite good. Hummus had a good consistency and some interesting herbs, maybe cilantro?

Cappuccino and cookie recharged us for the walk back to the arboretum. DCs brownie was very dense with a somewhat odd texture but still quite good.

Sep 03, 2006
ceb in Pacific Northwest

lunch near the arboretum [SEA]

Thanks for the suggestions. Mapquest lists Cactus as two miles from the arboretum. I think this might be a bit far for a quick lunch. But the menu did look good. How are their fish tacos?

I searched for the French Bistro. Is it Voila? If so, they don't open till 5:30 pm.

Cafe Flora looked good too, but it seems like they may only have brunch until 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. I suppose brunch may be okay, but I was hoping for a real lunch menu.

Any more suggestions please?

Sep 01, 2006
ceb in Pacific Northwest

lunch near the arboretum [SEA]

Visting from NY, spending the morning and afternoon at the arboretum tomorrow. Probably taking the bus up Madison from downtown or a taxi to the visitor center. From the visitor center, we may walk up to MOHAI and then maybe back down to Madison again.

I've searched this site for lunch recs, but most of the University district seems like a pretty long walk from the arboretum. Am I wrong about this?

Have already eaten at Matt's, Seven Stars Pepper, Union, Salumi, Pho Bac, Tamarind Tree, and Elliott's. Nishino's webpage lists a a 5:30 pm opening time, and I am really looking for lunch.

Any cuisine is fine as long as the food is great! Is it possible to get a great lunch in a 1 to 1.5 hour break from the arboretum -- we want to continue our tour of the arboretum after lunch. Thanks!

Sep 01, 2006
ceb in Pacific Northwest