Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
c

cloudship's Profile

Title Last Reply

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I think the 800 must be over the 5 days, because there were not THAT many people there. There is a very big event on Thursday over at Symphony Hall, so they may be counting those numbers. A good portion of the attendees are staying either elsewhere, or live close enough not to need accommodations. We ended up doing Firebrand, that worked out perfectly - separate checks for everyone, they reserved the three center tables for us.

I guess my cover is blown anyways, so yeah, it is Fab11. They served a dinner Monday, tonight most people were headed into the city to find something. The hail messed up everyone's plans, so I ended up just driving beck home. But thank you everyone for the advice!

Aug 04, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

Interesting to note.

We did the math. Figuring if even only 80 percent of the people showed up, each place (on average) could take 30 people... that still amounts to over 21 places! I don't think that is going to happen.

Then again, I am now wondering what 800 people are going to be doing to the restaurants in Cambridge that week.

Jul 31, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

Oh S#!+ !!!

So, this gathering is part of a big conference being held in Cambridge. My idea was that I was arranging something for members of a sub-group of people. Apparently some people thought I was arranging something for the whole Conference. All 800 of them!!
I can fix that, nothing was committed to yet, nothing published, so I will survive.

but it got me thinking...

What could be more Cambridge than a good old college bar crawl! '
I know we can't do an actual crawl, especially with less than a week to pull it off, but just thinking out loud here...

Talk to all the places within a few blocks, there are many places in Kendal square. I may unique eye catching idea to highlight the participating places. Call all of them ahead of time, it would be nice if they had some kind of special that night offered, but not required. We publish a list of all the participating places, hand out the glowies, and people just walk around place to place. It would be a Wednesday night.

Am I biting off way more than I can chew?

Jul 31, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

We ended up going with Firebrand Saints. It was the best choice based on location and hours. Turns out some other group was already planning an informal buffet for dinner, so we will be meeting after that. Thanks for all your help and input!

Jul 29, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

Yes, that is a problem with Boston. Problem is every place tries to be too trendy and fancy. I just want a beer, not a transcendental drinking experience.

Jul 28, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area
1

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

The reason I even considered Kika was because you could easily get small plates there, for those who want some food but not a whole meal. Unfortunately I do not frequent Kendall Square all that often, so I am no familiar with the places there.

How is Meadhall's menu? their webpage has nothing on it.

Jul 28, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

Help Quick - Gatehring near the Marriot Cambridge (MIT)

I know - my typical last minute panic.

I am arranging an after-conference gathering on a Monday evening in Cambridge. There will be about 25 people, but hoping to keep it as informal as possible. Primarily drinks, but I imagine a number of people would like food as well.

I need a good place near the Marriott, preferably with outdoor space. These are out of towners. I was thinking Firebrand Saints, but that seems a little expensive. I also was thinking about Kika Tapas.

Can any of these handle everyone paying their own tab? This wont be a sponsored event.

Jul 28, 2015
cloudship in Greater Boston Area

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

I am not much for toppings on pizza. In my opinion it too complicates the taste and turns into more about the toppings than the crust and the sauce. It is interesting the discussion about crust styles - I did find it a bit more flatbread style than I expected. Again, It wasn't a bad pizza - in fact it was pretty good. I simply have other places which I think do it better.

I know that with the water shortage and rising costs of vegetables and meat, I wonder if this is causing a bit of trouble for restaurants as they can't source as good a product for their price point.

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

So, I ended up having a little less time than I thought I would. I did Delfina and Blue Line. Delfina was pretty good. More what I would consider Californian, but then again I am not an authority on pizza styles. I just got a basic four cheese. I would definitely go back, but it doesn't make any top fave lists.

Blue Line was much better than expected. Again basic cheese deep dish. Crust was a bit harder than I would have preferred, but good flavor. Could have done with a tad less sauce, but that is just being picky.

I also went to Cafe Figaro, basically because I was really int eh mood for carpaccio. The food was good, not great. I wasn't so crazy about the service. First place I have been to in a while where they were visibly not happy to serve a party of one.

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

When it is done right, I actually prefer reheated slices. Problem is many places think it is only about remelting the cheese.

I have to see how my schedule shakes out, but with so many different options and styles, it may be worth it trying to turn this into a pizza sampling trip!

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect or authentic. What is important to me is a nice thin crust with a bit of crispness and flavor, and a decent sauce that is more than just tomato paste.

What is the typical style of Pizza around there, anyways? I will be up in SF proper one day, but will have other plans. I won't unfortunately have time to drive too far, Burlingame is a good location.

I may luck out and get a refrige in the hotel room - then ordering a whole pie may not be too bad.

NY style slice near SFO/San Mateo

I am going to be at SFO for a few days. I will have a car, but will probably need to stick around the airport area, or maybe as far south as San Mateo. Are there any good NY style pizza places around there? Or if not, what is the best pizza. I will have a car.

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Lettuce doesn't really taste like other green vegetables. So it hard for people to get over that hump. For me, I started eating salad when my mother started buying really light iceberg lettuce. It was far enough away from green for me to try a few tastes, and from there I could slowly work my way to darker lettuce.

Whatever you do, don't try throwing in arugula or spinach into the mix hoping they won't notice. That stuff stands out and will completely throe them off the idea.

May 03, 2015
cloudship in Home Cooking
1

A few days outside of Racine

I am going to be in the Racine area for a few days in a couple of weeks (actually Sturtevant but Racine looks to be the closest big town). I need some dinner recommendations that are not too expensive, other than Asian and Mexican. I would really like to find a good Polish restaurant or a good Greek place. I will have a car, not so sure on time. I might be able to squeeze enough time in one night to get up to the south side of Milwaukee, but need to plan on some options that will be closer. Just looking for basic good food, nothing too fancy. Fast Food is OK!

Mar 13, 2015
cloudship in Great Lakes

Best NY Style Pizza Ft. Lauderdale

There seems to be a lot of different pizza styles available in South Florida. Personally, I prefer NY style the most. Where do you think has the best NY style in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

Chicken Kiev in Montreal

For some reason I am craving it.
Will be in Montreal this weekend. I would like to find a place that does a good Chicken Kiev. I found Gibby's but I was hoping for something more...affordable. Any other suggestions? I will be staying at the Westin but will go anywhere I can get to by metro.

Barring that, any good places for cheese plates that are, again, not over the top in price range?

Mildest tasting white flour substitute

How does Cashew Flour/Meal compare to Almond Flour/Meal?

Nov 14, 2014
cloudship in Special Diets

Mildest tasting white flour substitute

Not sure - I don't think it is, package doesn't say. I am using the Bob's Red Mill brand.

Nov 12, 2014
cloudship in Special Diets

Mildest tasting white flour substitute

How does that taste? I note a lot of the "low carb" type of flours are just complex mixes of things live Flaxseed flour. Is Carbalose different?

Nov 10, 2014
cloudship in Special Diets

Mildest tasting white flour substitute

I tend to do that too. The problem I find is that the almond taste just seems to overpower everything where it is not a compliment to the flavor. Same with coconut flour, and coconut flour is so hard to work with. I saw the cashew meal - wasn't sure if it would be stronger or milder. Same with Walnut flour.

Nov 10, 2014
cloudship in Special Diets

Mildest tasting white flour substitute

So I have been trying to cut back on carbs. For me the biggest challenge is flour. I like my noodles, dumplings, crackers, and cereal. Most low carb recipes I see rely on either Almond Flour or Coconut Flour, both of which I find too strong tasting in recipes.

What flour substitutes are the mildest tasting? I am really mostly concerned with bulk - I can compensate for gluten issues, and egg whites just aren't holding up enough for me.

Nov 08, 2014
cloudship in Special Diets

Recipe ideas for picky husband?

Read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-liv....

Make sure you click on Read Comments. It is not unpopular. I used to think I was the only one like this.

Just a couple of comments I want to add as I deal with this myself. First, it is NOT a lack of flavor. In fact that is usually what turns me and I suspect others like me off - the flavors are too strong. I only discovered this when I was flying and got served a meal, and for some strange reason actually tried eating a piece of raw tomato. I think it is because of the altitude, but I find there are a few veggies I can at least swallow (I wont say so much eat or enjoy) when in the air I cant on the ground.

Second, and again a bit of discovery - tomato sauces are good, but tricky. a lot of them I find intolerable, yet in other cases I love them. Whatever you do, don't do raw tomato sauces or tomato puree.

What about fruit flavors? not so much fruit itself, which he probably wouldn't like, but fruit flavors? Try combining that with proteins such as chicken.

Oct 08, 2014
cloudship in Home Cooking

Fluffy Bechamel

I got much better (though still far from perfect) results this time around. I did use 2 yolks instead of whole eggs, which I think was a big difference. I also used 1/3 cup of olive oil and 2/3 cup of flour instead of 1/2 cups of each, and lastly, I simply let the oil and flour cook over very low heat instead of constantly stirring. And only stirred occasionally after adding the milk, again going for longer over lower heat. I think I might have been stirring to much too vigorously, and ended up getting it too glutinous in the process. It had a much better consistency but not as much height.

Sep 29, 2014
cloudship in Home Cooking

Best Delivery Pizza JFK Area

Going to be spending a night at a hotel near JFK. I won't have a ton of time, and too cheap to spend the money on the Airtrain just to get to the subway. What is the best pizza place that delivers in the area? I love a lot of cheese and a slightly sweet sauce, if that helps.

Sep 17, 2014
cloudship in Outer Boroughs

Fluffy Bechamel

I use whole eggs. In fact this last time I even tried three - yet I did not get the puff that I had expected. Should I have cooked it a little loner after adding the egg? In fact I think it was too much egg - it seemed a little tough this last time. Or maybe it is just quantity? How much bechamel do you usually make?

Sep 09, 2014
cloudship in Home Cooking

Fluffy Bechamel

I have been trying to make a good Pastitsio lately. My problem is the bechamel sauce - no matter what recipe I try, mine always comes out kinda thick and gooey, not light and fluffy. Any hints?

Sep 09, 2014
cloudship in Home Cooking

Not so happening places near Hilton Midtown

Like I said, the onion soup was fantastic - one of the bet I have had. But that is me - I always manage to pick the wrong restaurant and the wrong thing to order.

The food hall wasn't bad. I mean, it is not as great as I think they make it out to be, and no I did not feel like I was in Europe. But things looked pretty good, prices were up there but not exorbitant. Definitely tourist country, though, if that bothers you. I just take them as part of the scene.

I did discover Kinokuniya though. Even discovered the ground floor Japanese section - which was great until I realized they don't put pictures on the book spines so I had no idea if a book was a cookbook or a novel!

Jul 17, 2014
cloudship in Manhattan

Not so happening places near Hilton Midtown

Well, my plans were a bit upended due to some transportation issues. I ended up grabbing a late lunch piece of quiche at Pain Quotodien, which to be honest I thought was way overpriced and not terribly good. I did have a chance to grab an incredibly good blueberry bread pudding from a stand in the food hall beneath the Plaza hotel.

After getting back late I found I was still in a bit hungry and wasn't in an Italian type of mood so I did end up at Bonne Soupe - the onion soup was incredible! Unfortunately the quiche (I was in a quiche mood I guess) was horrific, so I passed on desert. Next time i am down there I am going to make sure I plan for a little more time, I forget how much longer eating and getting around in New York is compared to back home.

Jul 17, 2014
cloudship in Manhattan

Not so happening places near Hilton Midtown

I just took a peak at their menu. If that is a step up from a Diner, I think I am going to have to start looking at diners and fast food.

Jul 08, 2014
cloudship in Manhattan

Not so happening places near Hilton Midtown

Agreed pizza is moving upscale (not so sure I am a fan of that), but I think /i had in mind maybe something more of a real dinner. I would normally say family style, but in New York I kinda worry what I would get with something labeled as such.

maybe I should change the focus and say a nice wide menu with not too expensive prices?

Jul 06, 2014
cloudship in Manhattan