Johnresa's Profile

Title Last Reply

Polar Seltzer Limited Winter Edition 2014

Just tried the Cranberry & Clementine....delicious. I also had Cucumber Melon......meh.

Dec 05, 2014
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Polar Seltzer Limited Winter Edition 2014

I thought the Strawberry Champagne was underwhelming, the Ginger Apple was so-so and I LOVED the Blackberry Bergamot. I need to go buy a bunch of them before they are not around anymore.

Dec 01, 2014
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Where else can one find a very good bowl of Bun Rieu besides Xinh Xinh?

Kien Giang in Everett has this and it is delicious. I have had it at one other place besides there (New Saigon in East Boston) and it wasn't nearly as good.

Sep 03, 2014
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Rite Spice Jamaican Lynn

Where is this located?

Aug 04, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Bullied for tip at Best Little Restaurant Chinese in CT [Moved from Boston board]

I have seen this happen four times. Once at Kaze in Chinatown, another at Pho Le in Harvard Square and once again at the Rosebud Diner in Somerville. It also happened out of town once at Todai in NYC. I was a little irked by the whoe concept, but I don't think it would stop me from visiting again if I was hungry and that is what I was in the mood for.

Aug 03, 2013
Johnresa in Not About Food

Best Thai in the Boston Area (Not The Similians)

I would be looking for something that has good amount of both. I am more of an authentic lady myself, but she is a lot more tame and would get excited by a good pad thai. She watches things like Phantom Gourmet and Diners Drive-ins and Dives and she was disappointed that the food she ordered at The Similians did not look like that. She only ordered off the appetizer menu when we went there and she returned one of the items (spareribs) and didn't eat another (stuffed chicken wings). She says they were too bland and she is refusing to go there to try anything else.

Aug 03, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Best Thai in the Boston Area (Not The Similians)

Do you recommend any particular dishes?

Aug 02, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Best Thai in the Boston Area (Not The Similians)

My sister has been dying to have some great Thai food for a while now, but we have yet to find it. We went to The Similians a while back, but she was far from impressed. She says that all of the Thai food she sees on TV looks better than what we had there and she did not like any of the flavors. Are there any other places that serve Thai food that people are more impressed with? She likes good appetizers, spicy things, pad Thai, seafood and most vegetables. BTW I found nothing wrong with the food at The Similians, but I can't say I was blown away either.

Aug 02, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Which ice cream stands don't make their own?

Spadafora in Medford sells Richardson's

Jul 19, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried New Xing Long Cafe in Saugus? Looks like they have extensive vegetarian options

I am not a fan of their lo mein, only because I don't like celery and they use a lot of it. I have never eaten there, but I passed it once while riding by there and it looked like a typical Chinese take-out place, nothing exciting. I have never had the Pad Thai, but I would swear by their rice noodles with shrimp. I also like their shrimp with broccoli, shrimp with garlic sauce and their har ding.

Apr 27, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Dim Sum Cafe in Medford

I ordered from there one day and was treated to some pretty bad food. I complained on their FB page and was told I can come in and get a refund. I noticed several other complaints as well. I only ordered apps, but they were pretty terrible. They were old and were clearly cooked at a much earlier date. I ended up throwing most of it out because I couldn't get my teeth through it. The chicken wings they gave me were all bruised and had broken bones...every single one in the entire order.

Apr 24, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone tried New Xing Long Cafe in Saugus? Looks like they have extensive vegetarian options

I have had delivery from there more than 100 times (I kid you not.) I have never gotten anything vegetarian though. I have tried many of their chicken and shrimp dishes. I usually get a combination plate, and they are very accommodating. I have asked for things to be less sweet (I am diabetic) and they have never given me any problems about it. I was even emailed once about a dish I didn't like and I was told to order something off menu instead. They also don't charge me extra when I ask for brown rice with my combo.

Apr 24, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Kabob Corner Medford

I have to agree. I have been several times for the buffet and the goat curry and tandoori chicken are very good.

Feb 19, 2013
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

pork jowls in boston?

My grandmother used to use it regularly and she found it at Tropical Foods in Roxbury.

Aug 16, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Dominican/Puerto Rican food near Chelsea Market Basket

Thank you. I think I will head to Bella Isla. And I meant pollo guisado......lol

Aug 12, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Dominican/Puerto Rican food near Chelsea Market Basket

I am headed to Chelsea to do my grocery shopping tomorrow and I have a serious craving for some good Latin food. Does anyone know where I can get some from in that area? The place needs to do takeout since I will not have time to sit down and eat. I am dreaming of pollo asada and chicharrones. HELP!

Aug 12, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Makin Jamaican Food Truck - Malden Center T

Okay so it will be later in the week...lol....wacky work schedule

Jul 30, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Makin Jamaican Food Truck - Malden Center T

I will try it in the next day or two and let you know how it is :-) I live not too far from there.

Jul 29, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Phuket in W. Roxbury, that was weird

That happened to me at another restaurant recently. I ordered Asian spicy wings and was treated to wing dings with some green peppers and hot peppers on it.....disappointing

Jul 25, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Celebrity Pizza, Watertown, Respectable Fried Clams

The pizza is actually not bad. I worked directly across the street for two years and I had it numerous times.

Jul 08, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Tokyo at Square One Mall

Yes. I have been there two times and I enjoyed myself. I got the shabu both times. I was happy because I did not have to go into Boston to get good shabu. I got the meat combo both times and I believe it was $11.95 or something like that. Besides that the only other thing I got was an appetizer of cold baby octopus. That was very good as well. I want to try the hibachi, but I cannot resist the shabu. The portions given were great and I liked the broth options available, but I ended up getting the miso broth both times. I plan on going back next week and getting shabu again, but trying the szechuan broth. The service is pretty good too. The place looks great and if it means anything to you, the bathrooms were spotless.

Jun 03, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Gravy

I had the Sunday Gravy at Marliave about a year ago and it was delicious.

Mar 19, 2012
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

Oh I did not like the lobster ravioli in the refrigerator case either.......flavor wasn't anything I want to taste again.

Jan 06, 2012
Johnresa in Chains

Trader Joe's Most Favored Products of 2011

I thought the frozen palak paneer was pretty bland and underwhelming

Jan 06, 2012
Johnresa in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 1st quarter 2012 [old]

Yay for the goddess dressing, the frozen paneer tikka masala, the canned turkey chili, the pomegranate Hansen's soda, and the guiltless tortilla chips

NAY for the frozen palak (sp?) paneer....too bland

Jan 06, 2012
Johnresa in Chains

Dim sum and lunch buffet at Fuloon?

The weekend dim sum buffet consists of a few dim sum items on a buffet table. I would not think of it as anything to go out of your way for. The weekday buffet is mostly dumbed down Chinese food that is usually lukewarm and pretty underwhelming.

Nov 28, 2011
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

New Zealand Mussels?

They have them at Super 88/Hong Kong Supermarket in Dorchester and in Malden :-) Just picked some up yesterday in Malden for $5.99 a box

Aug 30, 2011
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

Finding a lobster dinner in Boston

If you join the email club Mt. Vernon gives out coupons for cheaper lobster dinners. I got one yesterday that offers the twin lobster special for $12.99

Aug 10, 2011
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

banh mi

They may have meant King Do Baguette and Pastry

Apr 27, 2011
Johnresa in Greater Boston Area

What's the best dish you've ever eaten at a chain? What surprised you most?

I do like the chicken at Popeye's but I do not see it as being as wonderful as most people here. To me it is just OK. I also tried the Thai lettuce wraps at Cheesecake Factory and found them to be just OK too. Has anyone tried the Vietnamese Tacos at Cheesecake factory. I am curious about them but afraid I will not like them and feel like it was a waste of money.

Apr 24, 2011
Johnresa in Chains