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Now Eating RI Vol 2: 9/14

Apsara Asian Restaurant on Public Street. I had not gone for a few months. Must not let that happen agsin. They are always on their game.

Scenic Drive from NYC to Boston..

True, route 2 has better vistas than 9. And those little eateries in Greenfield are nice enough. But I think the most chowhound fun is found at say, an apple orchard in full festive harvest swing or some lovingly tended tourist-welcoming farm in the valley south of Greenfield. I hope someone else can give out a few more specific names and places. All I can say is it's a rather distinctive little agricultural district and I usually have good luck just randomly exploring back roads around there.

Scenic Drive from NYC to Boston..

Route 9 is another nice Mass Pike alternative because you will be in Pioneer Valley by the time you get hungry. Look up Atkins Farm. Try a cider doughnut or go to Cook Farm in Hadley and greet the cows before you order ice cream.

Get your coastal scenery on in Cape Ann. Search the Boston board for fried clams in Ipswich or a lobster dinner in Gloucester.

PVD/RI * August '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

La France ?

Now Eating Vol 1: PVD/RI 8/14

We have been taking out food from rock solid institutions:

Catanzaros - today's gold standard for RI style pizza

Blount seafood shack - Richmond St, also Crescent Park

Sandwich Hut

Boone's in Portland Maine: Excessive cost for average food & service

Painful expensive lesson, winding up at Boone's. What was I thinking, strolling about Portland as just another hungry tourist without doing some chowhound homework first? Ouch!

Providence or Newport for birthday dinner

I feel safer walking around in Providence than I do in a car on East or West Main Road, especially at night. "Look at the Stats."

Ice cream stop in southern vermont I 91 or VT 9 - WRJ to Bennington

Must praise Walpole Creamery! So creamy and they use lots of fine ripe fruit in the fruit flavors.

Careful: Last year they moved to bigger quarters across the road, but now that shop is merely OK. The real worth-a-detour Walpole Creamery moved back to the little plaza next to the laundromat.

Cheap American Beers, Ranked

He got this much right: Utica Club and Narragansett in the top 4.

Never thought I would have a reason to travel to Minnesota.

Jun 04, 2014
atheorist in Beer

What to order on the menu?

And if you get a lobster, remember that every part of it is edible except the tail and the claws.

Uses for Anchovy Paste (Other than Caesar Dressing)?

Schmear some on cream cheese on a bagel.

Season a Bloody Mary.

Feb 23, 2014
atheorist in Home Cooking

Paczki, Providence

Are the Fat Tuesday paczki even more awesome than the ones Polonia sells every saturday?

I think you have nothing to compare it to because there is nothing to compare around here.

They are not paczki, but if you believe that only stellar doughnuts are worth eating, you should know about Silver Star bakery on Ives St.

How to stretch pizza dough?

One of those things where everyone has to go through their own trials and errors.

While you are stretching the dough, hold it up to a light or a window. You will see the thin spots before you make them too thin.

Try to pull the dough to make the circumference bigger. The diameter will take care of itself.

Jan 30, 2014
atheorist in Home Cooking

If you opened a restaurant, what would you call it ?

I want to have a pizzeria where the special is like omakase. You come in, I chat you up a bit and invent a surprise combination pizza for you. And you better like it.

Pizza Nazi.

Jan 19, 2014
atheorist in Not About Food

Pizza toppings - over or under the cheese?

If I do not add the cheese half way through baking a pizza, it gets burnt brown long before the crust gets crusty. Stone or pan. So the toppings get a chance to roast first. When the little bits of garlic look perfectly golden, the cheese goes on.

Deep-dish pie not a pizza. It is a casserole, pizza mush as you say, but my pizza is not like that.

Nov 22, 2013
atheorist in General Topics

When Cheapo is Better than Pricey?

Amen on wine. At one new year's party there was a whole gamut of champagnes on hand. We organized a blind tasting contest. I do remember that the clear winner cost about $10. I wish I could remember what it was.

Beer too. The best beer is one or two notches up the price scale from the bottom. I can do without all the fawning over fussy overdone beers.

And Pizza! You can go out for a $100 pizza dinner around here but my favorite pizza ever is sold all over NYC for $3.00 or less a slice.

Nov 16, 2013
atheorist in General Topics

Walkable restaurants near South St. Providence

Bad advice, telling people to drive. Don't you know people get killed in car crashes every day?

Plus, when walking, no one needs to be a designated driver!

Fun in Providence near Renaissance Hotel

Nothing wrong with having that pizza and wings for dinner!

Help! Stuck waffles :(

How much butter or oil was in the batter? I use a recipe with 2 eggs/ 2 1/2 cups liquid/ 2 cups flour and 1 stick butter. You do not even have to grease the iron. It still works pretty well with 3/4 the butter. Half the butter can lead to trouble.

Also, you can not check for doneness by looking. If you hear sizzling or see steam coming out, they are not done. If you gently try to open the iron and it seems stuck, just wait. During normal cooking, the waffles stick like glue. Have faith. When they turn golden brown, they come unstuck.

A toothbrush can be good for cleaning.

Jun 02, 2013
atheorist in Cookware

Arriving at JFK... Next stop Pizza!

Thanks! New Park, well done, was the ideal welcome home pizza. Later for the party.

May 12, 2013
atheorist in Outer Boroughs

Arriving at JFK... Next stop Pizza!

After dinner, Bushwick or Midtown.

May 04, 2013
atheorist in Outer Boroughs

Arriving at JFK... Next stop Pizza!

A traveler who has been away a long time sorely misses classic pizza with chewy crust, medium or thin. Perfection would be...

- easy drive from JFK
- comfy booth or table
- beer on tap
- accepts reservations -or- not too long a line Friday evening

Is this possible?

May 04, 2013
atheorist in Outer Boroughs

Suggestions for best Chinese food in Southern New England?

My son has been living and traveling in Asia, loving the food - but - One of the first things he says he wants when he returns is American style Chinese food.

PVD/RI 2012 - Your Favorites?

1 . whatever I am eating next, or ate last. Gotta live in the moment.

2. Los Andes (Matunuck Oyster Bar when considering all RI)

3. Providence Coal Fired Pizza

4. NY style pizza by the slice, cheap and handy.

Garris you are right about the quality of information on Chow. Those other sites are designed for mobile devices. Who'da thunk Chowhound reviews would come to be considered a long-form genre?

where do PVD folks go for dinner on just an "average night out?"

On an average night, PVD folks dining at Chelos and Greggs probably outnumber diners at all the places that get mentioned here, combined. But we know what question you really meant to ask.

Ivy Tavern is my comfortable old shoe for dinner these days. And even though you did not ask and there is nothing average about it, Pho Horn is where we go for lunch.

Strip T's offshoot in Providence? and other options.

Los Andes is great fun and very delicious, even the desserts. The ceviche is a must. You can split a huge entree and get done for hole in the wall $$, or you can make a lavish evening out of it.

Good Lobster w/in short taxi ride in Providence

Carrie's Seafood, 1035 Douglas Ave, is where you wanted to go.

Pizza Stone Corn Meal Question

Preheating the stone on the bottom rack might help in your oven. I have found that only on the top rack does the crust fully cook before the topping gets overcooked.

Apr 15, 2012
atheorist in Home Cooking

Providence quick reviews...

Sura does not seem overpriced to me. The food and overall experience are much better than comparably priced Asian Palace, another escape from the hole-in-the-wall routine. Sure there is terrific Asian food to be had for less - under fluorescent lights and with disorganized service.

If I were an Asian restaurateur, I would be cranky about all the Italian places that get $20 for their plates of noodles but when the Lo Mein gets near $10, everybody squawks.

True hang over (hangover) remedy


Fill a big bowl or bathroom sink with icewater. Breathe deeply a few times, take a deep breath and dunk your face in for as long as you can. Repeat if necessary.

Something to do with the mammalian diving reflex, which concentrates blood flow in the vital organs, notably your oxygen starved brain.

That, and drink plenty of water the before bed and when you wake up.

Jun 21, 2011
atheorist in General Topics