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Brazilian food--catered in house for small group Cambridge

Funny, I did a double take when I read your question because I JUST did this. We had a friend from Brazil who was leaving Boston so I catered from Muqueca. They were SO friendly and were totally willing to work with me. I called at the last minute (well, same day like 5 hours earlier)) ended up ordering two "small" catering sized trays, one fish muqueca ($65) and one "completa" (includes shrimp, mussels, and fish), which was closer to $95 or so. I had 12 people show up and it was PLENTY of food. It's meant to serve 16. I also ordered their house salad ($20). They can sometimes deliver themselves, but if not you can always order through their website through MixxMenu.

Jen

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May 31, 2014
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its fiddlehead season yeah

I've seen them at both Bergamot as a side dish as well as at Ribelle on one of their pasta dishes.

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May 19, 2014
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Best fries around???

I think the Rosemary Truffle Fries at Garden at the Cellar are the best fries I've had in Boston. Sel de la Terre and Sorellina are also pretty good, but I still like the ones at Garden at the Cellar better. They have a great crunch and will keep their texture for quite a while, so it doesn't get soft or soggy at all. I personally love truffle oil, so I think that just adds to the perfection of these fries.
Jen
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Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

Sorellina
1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

May 29, 2010
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Brunch at Chung Shin Yuan

Thanks for reminding me how delicious this place is for weekend brunch. For my past experience there (which, admittedly, is several years ago), the regular weekday fare is pretty average. They do REALLY shine on Taiwanese weekend brunch, though, and IMHO one of the top two in the city (along with Shangri-la).
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May 25, 2010
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What're your favorite workweek spots for lunch?

Fugakyu has an awesome lunch special (sushi sashimi combo is only $14, I believe). Hi Rise Bakery, Cafe Luna, Pacific Cafe, Mariposa, Dave's Fresh Pasta are all great Bakery/Cafes.

If I worked near Chinatown I would be at Gourmet Dumpling House or Taiwan Cafe all the time.

I bet the lunch at Garden at the Cellar is great too, but I've never actually been there for lunch, but menu is a subset of the dinner menu, which is fantastic!

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Dave's Fresh Pasta
81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

May 25, 2010
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Little Q Hot Pot, Arlington

My husband LOVES cilantro, and I never thought of putting it in the Mala broth! Yum! We'll definitely try that when we go. Thanks!
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May 24, 2010
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What are the top five restaurants in Boston proper?

For some reason, I had a disappointing, or more accurately, mixed, experience at O-Ya. While some dishes were incredible, others fell flat. My personal favorite is also Craigie on Main. I had decent experiences at Clio and No. 9 Park, but Craigie on Main is by far my favorite. I still haven't tried Menton yet. I recently went to Rialto and really enjoyed it, although it's more of a local, organic, rustic seasonal Italian type place than the high-end type restaurants that I think you are looking for.
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Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

May 24, 2010
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Little Q Hot Pot, Arlington

Ooh! Thanks so much for sharing! I also loved the Quincy one and was so sad when it got displaced. I hope they still have the Mala broth? That was my favorite! Can't wait to check it out.
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May 23, 2010
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Farmers' Markets this week

Ooh, can't wait to go to the Central Square one on Monday! I'm also excited about the new Kendall Square one - I'll have to check that out this week!

Jennifer
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May 22, 2010
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Fresh English peas at retail?

Yes! I have gotten them at Whole Foods River Street in Cambridge at least a few times.

May 22, 2010
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Late night dining in Cambridge

The Friendly Toast in Kendall is open until midnight Tues-Thurs and until 1 AM on Fridays (10PM on Mondays)!

Jan 22, 2010
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East by Northeast - Open

Thanks for the tip, barleywino - I like Shabu Zen, but I don't think I have ever tried their gyoza before.
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Jan 15, 2010
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Local flavor, real deal, one hit wonders, down scale, no reservations, hole-in-the-wall in Boston area…

Muqueca is one of my favorite local ethnic spot. Awesome Brazilian seafood cooked in clay pots. It's fantastic and not too expensive. It is a tiny restaurant though, so you may have to wait for a table. It gets crowded on weekends especially.
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Jan 14, 2010
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PAELLA

I don't know if you would consider the Portuguese version or not, but Atasca in Cambridge does a nice one.
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Jan 14, 2010
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Basta Pasta, North Quincy

Agreed, the pizza is really good! They have a brick oven, which makes all the difference between the pizza from the Quincy location vs. the Cambridge location.

Thanks for reporting back on the take-out! That's great news! We've gone three times since they opened in November and have enjoyed every meal immensely.
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Jan 14, 2010
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Poutine in Somerville

All Star Sandwich Bar (now is that in Somerville or Cambridge?) also has poutine. I thought it was pretty tasty, but I'm not Canadian, so I may not know what really authentic poutine tastes like.
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Jan 14, 2010
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Birthday dinner help...high end Italian...someplace newish?

Yet another vote for Prezza. It's probably one of my favorite restaurants in the North End. I like the food at Mamma Maria as well, but the ambiance not modern. You're inside a townhouse, though, which is kind of cool. I had burrata (from Italy!) at Gran Gusto in Cambridge awhile back. Not sure if they always have it though.
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Jan 14, 2010
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Best Onion Rings and Strings?

I can't believe I've never tried the onion rings at Bartley's even though I live about 10 minute walk away! I actually like the Onion rings at Kelly's as well.
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Jan 14, 2010
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North End cappuccino

I love going to Cafe Vittoria after dining out in the North End. Even though it's crowded, for some reason I've never had problems finding a table. The cappuccinos are good (I like how they put dusted cocoa on top instead of cinnamon), and the environment just feels so Italian - I love it.
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Jan 14, 2010
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East by Northeast - Open

Two of us went a few nights ago and we ordered 8 items between us (some are small snack-like items). We managed to finish everything without feeling too full. The final bill was $82. It felt a bit pricey for what we got (especially considering I didn't LOVE the food), but I realize they are new and just trying to figure things out.

Over all, I think it needs some work, but some of the dishes are definitely very good, while others need tweaking. Here's what we got:

Curried carrot chips - delicious! - crunchy not oily at all
Pickled vegetables - a bit mono-dimensional in flavor and a bit too astringent IMHO
Sauteed kale - nice flavors, but the kale itself was a bit too tough
Crisp pork belly buns - pretty good, but I actually think Shangri-La's version is better
Pork dumpling with butternut squash - I agree with DoubleMan, this was only OK, as the filling did need "more punch" although the skins were fantastic
Shrimp dumplings - my favorite item of the night. The skin was fantastic and the filling was juicy and delicious.
Homemade noodles with beef shank - not bad, but a little flat in flavor. The thick cut noodles were a bit overcooked and were softer (less chewy) than I would have liked
Handmade Short rice noodles - these were similar to gnocchi, although mushier and with less "bite." I did not love the flavor - it had a bit too much dried shrimp for my tastes

The place was pretty busy for a Tuesday evening. I thought the service was fine, and they are really earnest about asking for feedback. I gave them a pretty honest assessment of what I thought and they were quite appreciative.

I am planning to give them about a month to iron out any kinks, and then I'll try it again. I really enjoyed the chewy texture of the dumpling skins, and that alone just might make me go back, although I'll probably skip most of the pickled vegetable dishes! And at its current prices, I probably won't be going back THAT often.
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East by Northeast
1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Jan 14, 2010
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Super 88 - Bankruptcy

What Taiwanese restaurant? There is a new Taiwanese restaurant in Cambridge that is open? Are you talking about East by Northeast? Or is there another Taiwanese restaurant that I don't know about?
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Dec 04, 2009
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bolognese at Prezza vs Via Matta?

I've never been to via matta, but the bolognese at Prezza is really good.
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Dec 04, 2009
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Basta Pasta Quincy Is Open

I used to frequent Basta Pasta Cambridge a lot when Altin and Reno first started Basta Pasta in Cambridge. I'm generally a big fan of Reno's cooking, and thus I was anticipating this restaurant for quite some time.

In the past two weeks, I've visited twice. Over all, I think it's a great restaurant. The food is good, the portions are really generous compared to the prices. The space is also pretty nice. Both times I went (once on a Friday, once on a Wednesday), it was very crowded. We had to wait about 15 minutes on Friday before being seated.

We tried four appetizers. Sauteed calamari with garlic, capers, olives, and tomato sauce ($6.95), Sauteed Shrimp and Clams [this was a special because they had run out of PEI mussels, which are usually on the menu], grilled shrimp and arugula salad [this was the special of the day], and the Mini Arancinis ($5.50) - deep fried rice balls stuffed with Fontina cheese.

We have had the sauteed calamari and Mini Arancinis many times in Cambridge, and they both tasted the same here. The calamari has great flavor, and tastes especially good with the grilled flat bread that comes with the dish. The Mini Arancinis are really good too. Eat it quickly though! I waited too long to eat mine and it had turned cold and soggy. It's delicious when it's fresh.

We thought the shrimp was just slightly overcooked in the Shrimp and Arugula salad, although it was perfectly cooked in the Sauteed Shrimp and Clams, which we all agreed was the best appetizer. The flavors in this dish were beautifully fragrant, with that aromatic broth you can only get from seafood. Long after the shellfish was eaten, we continued to dip bread into the broth. Yum.

I ordered the special of the day: Butternut Squash ravioli in a Brown butter Sage sauce ($18). These were clearly homemade, and the texture was incredible. I couldn't stop chewing it! The mushrooms were also very flavorful, having absorbed much flavors from the sauce. The arugula added a nice peppery balance to the dish. I really loved it. Yum.

Another person ordered the Frutti di Mare with Linguini ($18.95). The seafood was fresh, and the flavors were solid. Yet another person ordered the same dish with the fusilli, which is their homemade pasta. The texture of the fusilli is really good and totally worth the extra $1.95.

We also tried the brick oven pizza. It's actually better than the pizza at the Cambridge location, mostly because The Cambridge location does not have a brick oven. The pizzas are smaller here though (personal sized).

We tried the Homemade Cannoli ($4) and the Homemade Tiramisu ($5). Both are solid, though not as good at the ones you can find in the North End. The cannoli has a pretty good shell - solid with a hefty crunch. The filling was pretty good and not too sweet. Each order comes with 2 cannolis.

We also tried the Homemade Tiramisu, which definitely had a strong rum flavor (maybe just a tad too strong). I thought it was OK - there are lots of tiramisus that I like better than this one. It could be a matter of personal preference, I'm no sure. This tiramisu is still not bad, just nothing special.

Over all, the food's good and we always bring home tons of leftovers since they are really generous with the portion sizes. I definitely plan on returning every so often, even if it's a bit of a drive for me (since I'm in Cambridge).

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Nov 27, 2009
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I've never had Lobster, Mac and Cheese...any recs in Boston?

I really like the Lobster Mac & Cheese at The Capital Grille
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Oct 17, 2009
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Any update on Basta Pasta coming to Quincy?

I have the same question as pasta. When you peer in, does it look like counter service or does it look like it will be full service?
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Oct 13, 2009
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Any update on Basta Pasta coming to Quincy?

I was planning on checking out the new Quincy Basta Pasta on Friday night (Oct 9), but I e-mailed the restaurant just to make sure they were open. Reno, one of the owners, e-mailed me back within an hour to tell me that they were not open yet, but were hoping to open next week. Can't wait!
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Oct 11, 2009
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Super88 Allston Status Update

I stopped by the new Hong Kong Market in Allston about a week ago. It was fully stocked, and the brands are a bit different than what Super 88 used to carry. I was pretty happy with the level of items available. I bought some fresh soy milk and deep fried crullers (yo tiao). Unfortunately, in less than a week, the soy milk was solid and chunky, and the crullers (still in the bag) had molded. I was soooo disappointed. What's going on? Then I looked on the package and realized they had sold me EXPIRED crullers. I'm so disappointed. I had such high hopes for Hong Kong Market. Why are they selling expired items? Just make sure to check your dates when you buy stuff there! Still haven't had a chance to go to H Mart . . hoping for something better . . .
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Oct 07, 2009
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best pizza in boston area

My favorites:
1) Emma's
2) Gran Gusto
3) Regina's (North End only)
4) Cambridge 1
5) Upper Crust

Oct 07, 2009
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Mike and Pattys- Bay Village and a trip to Costco

Yes, and they have wider aisles and it's less crowded. If this Costco sold wine, it would definitely be my favorite Costco out of the two. Alas, for now, I still return to Waltham to get wine, beer, etc. http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/

Sep 21, 2009
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Bento supplies/boxes in town?

There is a small selection of cute sushi making stuff/bento boxes at the Japanese gift shop in the Porter Square mall. I don't think they have the gadgets you are describing, though. I think jbox.com has a lot of good stuff. http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/

Sep 21, 2009
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