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Visiting Boston -- Where to eat? Graduation dinner?

Thank you! I'll look at those.

I realize there aren't any Michelin stars in Boston (edited my original post) but I thought it'd be a good reflection of the range of restaurants I'm looking for.

Apr 21, 2010
kloh in Greater Boston Area

Visiting Boston -- Where to eat? Graduation dinner?

Hello!

My younger brother is graduating this May so we're flying out to Boston and meeting some relatives there. What's a good place for a 'graduation' dinner? We'll be a group of 6-7 and we really like food. Price isn't a huge consideration, ideally I'm looking for something in the Michelin star range in terms of food quality. (We care more about food quality than ambiance and such)

Graduation dinner aside -- what are some other places that are worth checking out for other meals? (non-graduation dinners, lunches and even breakfast) He's graduating from Tufts, so we're staying somewhere in that area (I don't know the Boston area at all) but we don't mind driving for good food!

Thank you!

Edit; I know there aren't any Michelin stars in Boston, but I thought that might be a rough guide for the range of restaurants I'm thinking of.

Apr 21, 2010
kloh in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy fresh sugarcane? (Not juice)

Thanks everyone. I had no idea sugarcane had seasons!

Aug 17, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy fresh sugarcane? (Not juice)

Hello! I'm on a quest for fresh sugarcane. Preferably whole but those vacuum pack ones are... okay.

I've tried Berkeley Bowl, Oakland Chinatown (though if you know of a place here, maybe I missed it!) and a couple Ranch 99s -- to no avail. It seems kind of ridiculous that fresh sugarcane is unavailable in the bay area.

Ideas?

*Note: Ranch 99 sells those vacuum pack deals, but both times I've bought them, they were bad (sour) right away (opened them as soon as I got home).

Aug 13, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry for lunch

I don't entirely agree with your statement in that watching costs and enjoying your meal aren't mutually exclusive. It's better to know what to expect up front than to feel horrible about it after the meal, imo.

Jul 29, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

La Folie Report

Sounds fantastic! My family and I went for Christmas dinner, and we were seated an hour and a half late, so it's great to read that it's not always like that (Christmas and all, it's vaguely understandable). That being said, they more than made up for it with three or four extra courses including a caviar course.

(That and we got out of dinner so late that we skipped Mass. I'm horribly unreligious, so I'm thankful for the caviar and Mass-skipping. I'm sure others didn't appreciate it as much.)

Jul 27, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert Ideas?

Hello,

I'm looking for an interesting dessert (no chocolate chip cookies or plain brownies etc) that's fairly fool proof (no macarons) and doesn't require a stand mixer (currently broken. sadness.).

I'm pondering a strawberry almond clafoutis, but I've never made one before, so I thought I'd see if anyone else had ideas. Previously I'd done a chocolate cake that was really a brownie from a mix topped off with rum caramelized bananas and an easy chocolate mousse. Ideally I'd like something a little over the top, but not something that will take HOURS.

Any ideas are welcome, thank you! :D

[this is for a picnic, but i live pretty close to the picnic site, so i have some flexibility there. but nothing that needs to be assembled per person or stay superhot]

Jul 21, 2009
kloh in Home Cooking

Best Ice Cream on the Peninsula?

I wouldn't put them on par with Bi-Rite, but Rick's is tasty!

Jul 17, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Menlo Park good eats?

I second Kaygetsu. I think if you go after 8:15 T-Th it's $55 (It's on the website somewhere). If you like Japanese food, it's a great deal.

Jul 17, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Ame, or Boulevard?

I'd say both are fantastic, Ame has a little more ambiance but the biggest difference is the kind/category of food.

Jul 17, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

If you cant get in at Gary Danko, whats next?

Ame was tasty, though a friend who went wasnt so thrilled. We came to the conclusion that if you stick to the raw fish and such, it's great, but their cooked entrees aren't as fabulous.

Also, depending on what kind of food you like, Ame might not be so appealing.

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Southbay dinner?

Thank you, I'll check those out!

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Southbay dinner?

I'm a little bit iffy on Alexanders just because steak doesn't seem as "special." I know a prime steak coming out of their kitchen will be better than one coming out of mine, but unless you eat them side by side -- it's not too obvious.

Butttt, Alexander's has other stuff and they have wagyu/kobe/whatever it's properly called and my boyfriend has never had it (I think he's missing out on life). But there's also the option of driving up to Diablo Foods and grabbing a wagyu steak for $40/lb.

(I know I'm putting a ridiculous amount of thought into this and feel silly, but the boyfriend hates going to "fancy" places so I need to take advantage of the anniversary. Thanks in advance!)

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Southbay dinner?

Hello!

I'm trying to pick a place to have dinner.

I'm currently deciding between Chez TJ, where I currently have a reservation (thought of it first), Plumed Horse and Alexanders (steak place somewhere here). I'm open to other suggestions, but I'm not interested in anything in San Francisco.

The backstory; It's my four year anniversary so I'd like to go somewhere nice. That being said, I'm pretty new to the south bay, so I have no idea where anything is and I haven't eaten at most of the places around here. Thus, forcing myself to stay in the south bay is more of an adventure! :D

Thank you~

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast in Emeryville?

The waffles ARE incredible.

...but it's a tiny place and they only have two waffle irons, so it's also on the slow side.

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

If you cant get in at Gary Danko, whats next?

I'd vote for Michael Mina over Gary Danko, unless you've got some reason for picking the latter. (That being said, I've never been to Fifth Floor)

I've been to Gary Danko twice, it was great one time, mediocre the second. I've been to Michael Mina three times, and it's been great every time (Though you're more likely to get seated next to tourists in shorts).

Have you considered La Folie?

Jul 15, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Pairings at the French Laundry

I called them about about it before going, and the lady who answered the phone told me that they didn't do wine pairings. But you never know!

Enjoy your meal!

Jun 03, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area

Wine Pairings at the French Laundry

French Laundry doesn't do wine pairings (but I suspect they will be happy to help you pick out wines by the glass).

On driving, I went for dinner a few weeks ago, and while there was a lot of food, it was spaced well enough that you walked out satisfied but not food-coma-full.

Jun 02, 2009
kloh in San Francisco Bay Area