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Pfeffernüsse (German Spice Cookies)

As Rutger points out, there is nothing German about these cookies they are Dutch. The cookies eaten in Germany for Christmas are indeed Lebkuchen which are more nut-based than anything else. Sigh.

Jun 23, 2013
lisa13 in Recipes

Where's my change!?!

rounding to the nearest euro is really stingy from what I have seen. I have never seen a server complain or give any attitude whatsoever about tip amounts, but it's customary to shoot for 10% or so...I usually round up, then add a euro or two depending on what the bill comes to.

The drill in restaurants here is that the server brings the check, and you tell them at that very moment the total you wish to pay (including any tip). They give you change on the spot. If you don't give a figure they usually assume you are not tipping. I have only ever had change "stolen" by servers in tourist traps in Berlin.

Jun 23, 2013
lisa13 in Not About Food

Black Forest Ham and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

it would be so great of people actually made, then reviewed the recipe instead of making silly comments about how it sounds like it might taste or how the photo looks.

this is a great recipe. My only complaint is that they didn't suggest pairing it with a nice dry German Riesling.

Nov 18, 2012
lisa13 in Recipes
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Soba Noodles with Swiss Chard–Miso Pesto

I added some roasted butternut and scallions on top since I didn't have any carrots

DELICIOUS

Nov 18, 2012
lisa13 in Recipes

Beer restaurants in Boston?

Thank you Allstonian.

I have spent a lot of time in Germany, I love German food, and I now live in Munich and to call the food at JW's "good", even *passable*, is indeed so so so sad.

Grilled Weisswurst? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING?

Enough said. No. I'm not even going to comment on their "jaegerschitzel" being topped with *Jaegermeister* sauce.

It is a wonderfully fun place, and they do have the best selection of German beers on tap. But if you must eat there....don't think of it as German food. Yeah, you're having a sausage, or some fried or roasted meat, no worries if you think of it that way. It's not as offensive, at least.

Jan 06, 2012
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

classic patisserie swap-meet or baking group

A recent discussion around the lack of traditional pastry available in the area leads me to ask the board at large:

Is anyone interested in a baking swap meet, or some kind of baking club where we aim to assemble lovely, delicate, luscious and perhaps challenging sweets to fill the french pastry void in the Boston area?

I'm not an expert baker but willing to try, wanting to learn, and eager to share the spoils of my experiments, so please weigh in if you have interest in joining me in this culinary odyssey.

Baking skills are certainly not required, just a passion for eating and/or making patisserie and the ability to contribute...something. Be creative!

Mar 03, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Where to have dessert in the North End???

have you tried?

I'm skeptical...the fact that they offer a full menu now is offputting =(

Mar 02, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery and Cafe Coming to Cambridge

this is not a taunt! but have you tried making some of your favorite pastries yourself? I ask as I am seriously thinking about getting more into baking as what I can buy around these parts is not very satisfying.

But I can't be trusted to dispose of these experiments responsibly - I need to pass them off onto someone else lest I expand in ways I don't desire. So, is anyone interested in a baking swap meet, or some kind of baking club where we aim to assemble lovely, delicate, luscious and perhaps challenging sweets to fill the pastry void?

Mar 02, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Where to have dessert in the North End???

I used to hit cafe grafiti. Sort of grungy/gritty, but very good selection and it seemed they had good turnover so no problems with stale or waning desserts.

I heard they re-opened finally - can anyone confirm?

Mar 02, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Flour Bakery and Cafe Coming to Cambridge

ah this beeswax treatment is really interesting.

I used to buy honey with the comb, and loved to spread the wax on hot toast - it made it soooo crunchy and delicious.

I definitely need to try these.

Feb 26, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

ISO Beef Bones

they always seem to carry marrow-rich bones at super 88/Hong Kong market (I go to the one in Malden)

Feb 26, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

"Customer Dubbed Poor Tipper Refused Service"

well that is a charming story. I don't buy it, but even if I did, it doesn't explain or in any way excuse his treatment of those servers.

Feb 26, 2010
lisa13 in Not About Food

Phantom Gourmet gift card. Gone bust?

skanks.

I'm glad they didn't get over on that one

Feb 25, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Sweetwater Cafe-give it a chance

the chef had posted about this now it's gone...strange.

anyway, I went in for oysters last night. They were serving island creek. These were a bit small, but very fresh, juicy and cleanly shucked - no grit, sediment, shell, etc. Perhaps a little mangled, but it was really hard to tell as it was so dark. Served with fresh horseradish and a sweeter, lemony sort of mignonet. Not bad at all.

Also had nachitos and my friend had the mini pork sliders - all good. I did get the impression someone in the kitchen genuinely cares about the food, which I love to see. Service was quite attentive and friendly too. Unfortunately, the place seems entrenched as a college hangout...dark and really loud even though there was no dj or other entertainment.

Feb 25, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

I've Been Waiting All My Life for This

not the same, but similar: happy pig salumi is offering a hop cured bacon.

Feb 24, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

I've Been Waiting All My Life for This

oh my

Feb 24, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

You eat too fast! ... No, you eat too slow!

I just finish after they do. Why would someone worry about synchronizing eating speed? I've never had awkward moments such as you describe. Then again, my companion usually has a drink of some kind to keep them busy...maybe that would help?

Feb 23, 2010
lisa13 in Not About Food

Flour Bakery and Cafe Coming to Cambridge

I found better pastries in the subways of Berlin than anywhere in Boston. And cheap - somehow they still manage to deliver good pastry at a very reasonable price. I highly doubt these were "fresh from the farm" ingredients, either, but still a huge leap over most of what can be found here. Overall, I think it's a matter of demand, and hence taste. People want dunkin donuts and panera. The bar is so, so low.

sniffle

sigh

Feb 23, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

anyplace to get good fresh bread downtown?

agggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

In full disclosure, I can't say I've ever bought a loaf of bread from abp, but the rest of their goods are...not so hot.

Feb 23, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Bread-and-Butter Radishes

made this recipe yesterday

these taste so so good

but they smell so so so bad

Feb 14, 2010
lisa13 in Recipes

Upper Crust not for me

I agree - Upper Crust reminds me of "average" slices you get most places in NY, so as a NYer, I tend to like it. I don't find the crust tough or dry at all. It's perfectly foldable, too. I think the cheese to crust ratio was good - complete coverage, but not so much that it gets soggy or greasy. Wouldn't go out of my way to hit it, but not bad.

Feb 11, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

beacon hill bistro

I really enjoy brunch there on the weekends, but have never been very impressed with dinner. It is a nice space, service is good, food is ok. Nothing really wrong, but not really special either.

Feb 09, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

servers and children

I have to be completely honest and say: I think you are looking for servers to make the visit of small children tolerable for YOU.

I am not at all against people bringing children to a restaurant, and most people are not against children in restaurants, if they behave. It is up to YOU to be sure they behave. It is, actually, your job as a parent. If they do not, you are not somehow entitled to go out anyway, and expect others to suck it up and cut you the slack necessary so that you can have a good time.

Feb 09, 2010
lisa13 in Not About Food

Anyone tried growing oyster mushrooms with a mushroom log kit?

sounds like you had a case of dog vomit slime mold. I kid you not: http://masteryourgarden.blogspot.com/...

It can be pinkish, almost white, sickening yellow...it's is truly disgusting.

And regarding the mushrooms, I've been wanting to try oyster mushrooms too. I did shitake last time, and found it fun and easy. You really do have to mist/water it several times a day, and I lost mine after going on vacation...once a day watering from my pet sitter was not enough.

Feb 04, 2010
lisa13 in Gardening

Family Dinner Ideas Post Marathon

by sheer coincidence, I was at L'Espalier two years ago for a wine dinner on marathon day...I can tell you it was REALLY funny to see all the runners limping around...this clumsy, shuffling crowd contrasted so wonderfully with the prim waitstaff and surroundings. Bordering on comical..

But they really looked so, so tired. I think it would be hard to enjoy a top notch meal when your body is just wanting fuel and rest. Definitely seems like you might enjoy a place that's more cozy and comforting. Maybe the south end location of Petit Robert? I also really like Estragon, but it can get loud.

Feb 03, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Sel de La Terre- report and $1 oysters

on the website they have an "events" page that talks about a special charcuterie bar on tuesdays and wednesdays, and the bar menu lists specials for monday nights.

Feb 03, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Request for general recommendations for Woburn area

lanna thai is good: http://www.lannathaidiner.com/

a little farther away, on rt 3 just north of burlington, pongol is very hard to beat: http://www.thepongal.com/

I've had perfectly respectable dim sum at the woburn outpost of china pearl in the past, but have not been lately : http://www.chinapearlrestaurant.com/

Jan 31, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Sushi...but the place needs to have non Japanese options as well...

If the drive is not too daunting I think All Season's is a good choice.

They have respectable sushi, as well as an extensive pan-asian menu. Nice space. They do still have jazz on the weekends but this can also make things rather loud. I like it, but if you want to talk talk talk it can get difficult when they start playing.

Jan 29, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Ebisuya Japanese Market in Medford

they do have frozen udon in packs of 5, 8 or two. I think the bundles of two came with broth packets.

Jan 28, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area

Fresh Unpasturized Cream? How do I score some.

forming a buyers club or coop is complicated

it is completely legal and very easy to buy raw milk directly from a licensed farm you just have to go pick it up. Many farms need some advanced notice of how much you want to buy so calling them in advance is smart, but aside from that it's very straightforward.

I'm not advocating against using low temp pasturized cream. Just pointing out that buying raw milk directly is not hard at all if you're willing to drive.

Jan 28, 2010
lisa13 in Greater Boston Area