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What's your favorite Friday lunch spot?

How about Strip T's in Watertown?

Jul 30, 2014
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

PinchOfSalt wrote:<<Just because something is legal doesn't mean it is a good or appropriate thing to do. A corporation is property.>>

According to our nation's highest court, corporations are people! (I am not sure how that applies here, but I couldn't resist.)

I agree with you that "legal" does not mean good for the community. If only there were some stronger correlation.

Jul 24, 2014
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Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

In a way this whole situation could be seen as a life lesson for observers in similar situations: put your trust in one boss to "provide" for you, and you're at the mercy of his or her fortunes. The MB workers would probably have been better off unionized....

Scissors and Pie Pizza on Newbury St.

I just had pizza there last night. My experience was very different. I found the crust about as thick as Ottos's (but somewhat better--crisp and flavorful)--nothing like Uno, which is what I think of as thick crust. And it was plenty hot enough (at the line between ready-to-eat and tongue burning). Maybe they have improved in the past weeks, or maybe it's a matter of opinion. I loved their white mushroom pizza as well as their white potato w/ ham. The red pizzas appealed less. And I like the weighing by the pound idea--you get to decide if you want smaller or larger pieces of each combination.

All that said, the place was practically empty. I hope that was a fluke--the staff seemed earnest and hard working, and I thought the pizza was excellent.

Jul 23, 2014
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A tasting of local French macarons: Formaggio Kitchen, Whole Foods, Tous Les Jour, Violette Bakery

I wrote to Cameo about the artificial flavor of the crème brûlée macarons, and they replied :

"Hi,

The majority of our macarons, including the vanilla are made using artificial flavors. "

Jun 13, 2014
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A tasting of local French macarons: Formaggio Kitchen, Whole Foods, Tous Les Jour, Violette Bakery

I just tried some Cameo macarons today. They were very pretty, quite costly, and ultimately mostly good, but not extraordinary. The vanilla was fine (though no better than TJ's), the salted caramel also fine, but barely tasted of salted caramel, one of them (not sure what flavor it was supposed to be) had a weird looking turquoise blue half. (Why?) But the worst was the crème brûlée (which they spell "crème brulee" in a quasi French fashion). It tasted suspiciously of artificial caramel or butterscotch flavoring. Really unpleasant.

So, all in all, not worth the price.

Jun 12, 2014
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Suckling pig

Savenors gets whole pigs (free range, grass fed I think) for Posto's pig roasts--they could probably get you one.

Jun 09, 2014
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M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

My daughter-in-law thought that if the waiter had been a woman this degree of aloofness would have been seen in an even worse light, as women are often expected to be friendly and smiley in situations where when men are cut more slack. I am not sure I agree with her assessment in this particular case, but I thought she raised an interesting point.

Apr 06, 2014
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M3: confused waitress or weird definition?

This reminds me of a recent meal I had at Brasserie Jo for my son's 35th birthday. I asked the waiter (a man whose demeanor was so aloof that my daughter-in-law wondered what we'd be thinking of him if he'd been a woman) if the duck confit had a crisp skin. My first taste of this dish had been at the home of a French friend, a superb cook, who had grown up with it, so I some idea of it at its best. He replied "No, and it's not supposed to." "Wrong!" I thought, but I decided to give it a go anyway. And later out it came, crisp skin and all. What's wrong with saying "let me check on that"?

Apr 06, 2014
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Pennypackers in Magoun Square,

I had the porchetta sandwich the other day and it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had in my life.

Apr 04, 2014
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Question about erbaluce

You guys are great--just the kind of information I was looking for! Thanks!

Mar 12, 2014
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The Unbearable Classiness of Nick Varano

I didn't know about this upcoming restaurant, but your description tells me I know quite enough!

Mar 11, 2014
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Question about erbaluce

Some friends and I are going out to dinner this weekend and are thinking about erbaluce (the lower case spelling seems affected, IMO, but oh well). We appreciate really good food, but not what I would call "overly exotic" combinations (I wish there were a way to standardize food along an exoticism scale!) Unfortunately there isn't a sample menu on the website to get an idea of the kinds of food we might see. I am not a fan of wild boar, which seems to be mentioned in many erbaluce threads. (Restaurants I have totally enjoyed include Hungry Mother, West Bridge, Strip T's, Oleana, and Whisk's 12 course pop- up in Jamaica Plain--so I am not saying only the plainest food for moi!)

Can anyone give me more information about erbaluce's range of food choices? By the way, I also checked Yelp, but I trust you folks more... :-)

Mar 11, 2014
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Butcher for skin on pork belly?

I think I saw that same recipe posted by someone on Facebook. It looks amazing but quite daunting--I will be interested to know how it turns out, and if you think the ratio of labor to flavor made it worthwhile!

I bought pork belly from Dulock's a few months ago and the quality was fabulous.

Feb 27, 2014
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Celebrating tenure in Boston: best restaurants in town?

I am late to the party, but have you considered Hungry Mother? And congratulations!

Feb 18, 2014
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kouign amann at Flour

I was underwhelmed by Flour's "Breton Butter Cake," so imagine my surprise when I was delighted with the results of the version now offered in the frozen pastry section at Trader Joe's!

It requires about an eight hour rise, and then baking (I baked it a full ten minutes longer than the package called for--perhaps my oven is off). Really good! I posted about it on FB, and one of my friends commented that Whole Foods has them in the bakery section (they consider them "breakfast pastries'). Must try.

I had tried to bake them at home about a year ago, a lot of time and effort, with only middling results. I think this TJ version will absolutely hold me until my next trip to France (here's hoping)--unless they discontinue them the way they tend to (where are you, cannelés?).

Boston Report Nov 1-5

That's quite a food trip!

You had ice cream at Toscanini's--which only has THE BEST ICE CREAM IN THE WORLD! (Now I await others' posts, challenging that assertion.)

Nov 06, 2013
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Small and Low-Key Wedding Reception Ideas for Metro West Boston

My husband and I had a joint birthday party and also went to a small wedding in the Griffin photography museum in Winchester Center. At the time of the birthday party the rental price was ridiculously cheap, the outdoor and interior spaces are really low key and lovely (and parking is more than ample). You would have to supply the food, though--this is a not a restaurant, and they don't have "in house" catering. The wedding we went to had a lovely cheese, appetizer, and dessert spread from Formaggio.

http://griffinmuseum.org/private_part...

Sep 19, 2013
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Help a Toronto Chowhound out? Weekend trip to Boston

Toscanini's is a good idea for sure--I think their ice cream is superb. They do fabulous a Burnt Caramel, and my personal over the top favorite, B3 (Brown Butter, Brown Sugar, Brownie).

I think your Friday and Saturday dinner choices are perfect as well.

I don't know if you'll still be in town Sunday, but if so, and the idea of gluttony doesn't gross you out by then, I think the Blue Room Brunch is wonderful (plus it's very close to Kendall).

Aug 20, 2013
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French Macaroons in Greater Boston?

Violette Bakery was selling salted caramel French macarons at the Roslindale Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago. As a devoted macaron fan and an equally devoted salted caramel fan, I can attest that these macarons were seriously good. I didn't try their other flavors.

They are about to open a storefront in Cambridge on August 1st at 1001 Mass. Ave. They write:

"To start, we are going to be open Weds-Friday 11-6:00, Sat 9-5 and Sunday 10-3....
We are between Ellery and Dana Streets and between Harvard Sq and Central Sq. Our signage isn’t great (yet), so look for O2Yoga–we are underneath them."

Here's their website:
http://violettegf.com/whats-baking-we...

Jul 30, 2013
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Kochujang/ssamjang in Chinatown

I never had success with the ginger-scallion sauce recipe until I found a slightly alternative version that specified heating the oil first. Then--wow!

The last time I made pork this way it got raves even from someone claiming not to like pork. It is really a most incredible dish.

Jun 20, 2013
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A tourist's review...

P.S. I must say, Mandarin Orange Chocolate sorbet sounds pretty special. Time to give Christina's another shot.

Jun 18, 2013
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A tourist's review...

I have never particularly bonded with Christina's, probably for no good reason. I don't remember--does Christina's serve their ice cream slightly soft the way Toscanini's does? That might well be one of the things that continues to make Toscanini's a sure fire hit with me--I can actually taste their flavors.

Jun 18, 2013
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A tourist's review...

Glad you loved Boston, and I am always interested in what a Canadian has to say!

Personally, I think you missed the BEST ice cream by missing Toscanini's (they invented burnt caramel, I believe, and their B3--Brown sugar/ brown butter/ brownie--is amazing), and I think Otto's pizza is superior to Upper Crust. That said, you got around quite well, I think!

Jun 17, 2013
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Centre Street Sanctuary

A friend and I tried this place yesterday, and Our Mileage Varied from yours... Overcooked burger sliders (no one asked us how well done we wanted them), overly peppered lamb satay, uninspired salad of mixed greens (props for giving me lemon *wedges* for the salad when I asked for them, though, as opposed to the more common lemon slices, which are impossible to squeeze). There were also flies buzzing around our food--not too appealing..

We came away rather underwhemled, despite the friendly waitstaff and a promising atmosphere. They offered us an evaluation questionnaire at the end, and they seem earnest in their efforts, so hopefully they will get the kinks worked out.

Jun 04, 2013
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Almond Croissants, again

Oh! Thanks.

Jun 02, 2013
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"Just Crust," Harvard Square

I suspect they mean just as in justice, rather than just as in simply, or only. But it does sound bready!

Jun 01, 2013
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Almond Croissants, again

What/where is Joanne's? I couldn't find it earlier in the thread.

Jun 01, 2013
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Traci Des Jardins's Carnitas Tacos

The recipe would be easier to read if you didn't use commas to separate full sentences. <<Allow to cook over medium to medium high heat, they should be at a slow sizzle. Allow to brown slowly, over a 7 to 10 minute period, the oil should not be smoking hot. >>

May 29, 2013
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Centre Street Sanctuary

I hadn't heard about this restaurant, but the on line menu looks very appealing!

May 29, 2013
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