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Milford, MA [from Boston Board]

Ah, I knew I could count on you, H. I'll report back in at the end of the month, after trying both spots. It's true I love Marcia's, but I have to say, The Alamo is a compelling name for a Tex-Mex. :)

Jun 16, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Milford, MA [from Boston Board]

I am woefully uninformed about this part of our state.....I'm travelling there on business soon and will spend one overnight. I'd like your recommendations for a great, casual dinner place (can be pricey, but I want to be able to wear jeans) and a good and preferably non-chain breakfast place.Thanks, friends!

Jun 15, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Which snacks to beat pre-dinner munchies/diet sabotage?

You are NOT alone, friend--believe me. One of my problems with eating at work is that I have to eat a meal slooowly to feel sated...it must be the way I digest. If I wolf something down (which how most in my office eat lunch), then my body doesn't "register" fullness. I have somewhat solved this by eating mini-meals throughout the work day, but that's another issue. :)

Now take my two cents from a NOT skinny girl....but one who, like you, fights the good fight. The first thing I do getting home is to drink a HUGE glass of ice water. I hate water, but ice cold water is more palatable to me, especially with liberal lemon added. Another thing that works for me is to have the crunch I crave with something spicy. If your tolerance of spicy foods allows try this because, for some reason, spicy foods fill me more than bland ones. A typical snack for me would be celery sticks with hot salsa dip. In the winter I like a cup of chicken broth with a shot of Cholula or sriracha. I bet other posters will have more exciting ideas!

May 30, 2007
thegolferbitch in General Topics

LaMalbaie/Charlevoix Dining

Will be staying in the area in August, and am wondering if there are any good restaurants in the vicinity or within an easy-ish drive. I'm willing to go as far as Tadoussac. I've eaten in someone's home (and will again), but for dining out have only done the 3 Manoir Richelieu restaurants (all very nice) and a seafood place on the road to the ferry whose name I cannot remember. Thank you. I'm open to any menu type.

May 30, 2007
thegolferbitch in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Windham, NH - is there life beyond Applebees?

Yes! and it's the only place I know that I can be seated almost immediately no matter how crazy The Steakhouse etc is during the summer along that strip in Wells. Actually, everyone forget I mentioned Marcia's. :)

May 30, 2007
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Windham, NH - is there life beyond Applebees?

Has anyone tried the poutine at Romano's Pizza (I know, strange) on Main St/Route 97 Salem? I like their pizza, and saw that on their menu the other day.

May 30, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Windham, NH - is there life beyond Applebees?

Oh no! I hope not. I like them so much better than the Green Barn.

May 30, 2007
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The war on anchovies, join the fight

You could try roasted red peppers, capers.....a SMIDGE of miso paste (for the salty tang)...

May 25, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking

Lincoln Logs

Are they served warm or cold?

May 25, 2007
thegolferbitch in General Topics

Eating Potatoes Raw

Oh, turnips. Turnips rule. Raw or cooked, dressed or naked. Thank God my family likes them, so I have an excuse to keep them in the pantry weekly.

May 25, 2007
thegolferbitch in General Topics

Strange Pairings that Taste Uncommonly Good

Ah liverwurst....one of my favorite after school snacks was liverwurst on a mini pita that my mom had popped into the toaster. Delicious.

I also love french fries with Mayo (homemade or Hellmans) and ripe cantaloupe with salt and pepper.

May 25, 2007
thegolferbitch in General Topics

Windham, NH - is there life beyond Applebees?

hi marchviolet,

Lots of folks in Southern NH/northern MA like the Common Man in Windham. Let's see, what else.

Italian:
In Salem NH down route 28 a bit, the Colosseum has never disappointed me. You can order simple stuff or a feast, and it's all freshly made. They're Italian fare, and not "red sauce" Italian (though you can get a great homemade marinara there). The owner also runs cooking classes.

Italian bakeries: in Lawrence, MA...a bit tricky to get to, but excellent are Tripoli bakery for bread/sheet pizza/Italian cookies/cakes and Fisichelli's bakery (for cannoli). Easier to get to but not quite as old school is Piro's bakery in Methuen (on Route 110). They have really nice rolls, rum cakes, and such.

Other Italian: Also on 110 in Methuen is Borelli's deli (nice cold cuts, nice selection of Italian soups and sausages) (maybe a stone's throw from Piro's) and in Piro's plaza, a nice espresso/gelato place. The name is escaping me.

Chinese/other: I just had really good sushi and my husband, really well presented "American" Chinese food in Beijing, Route 125 Haverhill. (Take the Ward Hill exit off of Route 495).

Fish: Wow....well, you have the NH seacoast. Joe Fish, down the road from Beijing, is really good. Across the street from Joe Fish in a small mall is a fish market that's quite good, too...the name escapes. It's in Butcher Boy plaza which brings me to

Meat: Borelli's for grilling, Butcher Boy (Route 125 N. Andover) or Haverhill Beef (route 110 Haverhill, same route as Piro's or Borellis but further west) for speciality cuts.

Mexican: Cafe Azteca on Common Street in Lawrence (a stone's throw from Tripoli Bakery) is really good. Also good, if you feel like hopping on Route 495 to 95 to Route 1 in Wells, Maine is Marcia's Mexican Cantina...which has the exact vibe and crowd I think you're looking for.

Beef: I really like Fuddrucker's Hamburgers (Route 114, North Andover, off 495), and for steak, either the Texas Roadhouse in Salem NH (Route 28) or The Steakhouse (Wells Maine, down the road from Marcias)

BBQ: Okay...Texas Roadhouse has some decent BBQ items but we like The Smokehouse in Ossippee NH alot. It's a little roadtrip up Route 16 off of 95. Great vibe there too.

This is not an exhaustive list AT ALL....just some favorite spots. Others will chime in. With the exception of The Smokehouse, all are within maybe 15-45 minutes of you.

May 25, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Sophy's Cafe - Lawrence, MA

Info, is it strictly lunch, do you know?

May 23, 2007
thegolferbitch in Greater Boston Area

The Balsams, Dixville Notch NH--WHAT HAPPENED

That's good news, elle. I hope it's a return to the days of old. If you don't mind sharing, what meals did you eat there and what did you order?

May 23, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Vietnamese Sauce - Need help identifying this.

It's not Nuoc Tuong, is it? The ground up stuff might be yellow beans. There are a million recipes on the net but here's one more.

1 cup yellow beans, boiled and drained
2 tablespoons coconut milk
2 tablespoons ground peanuts
2 teaspoons sugar
3 cloves garlic
Dash allspice
1 medium red chili
1 stalk lemongrass
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

You grind all the ingredients except the veg. oil in a food processor, then saute in oil

May 15, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking

Hot Dogs, Merrimack Valley

I saw the guy and his daughter grilling outside Building 19 once last summer. Info, I didn't know Cedarcrest had dogs! Cool!

May 15, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Dessert to go with Meat Loaf

I'm going to second this...a "diner" type pie, that'd you'd find under glass at a roadside place, like banana cream, chocolate cream and essential, essential to "wash it down" is a good cup of hot (HOT) coffee.

May 15, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking

Hot Dogs, Merrimack Valley

Other than Lawtons, where can I get good dogs (steamed, boiled, grilled, whatever) within say a twenty minute drive of Methuen? Thanks y'all!

May 15, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

The Berkshires- New/ Old restaurants

AGH, Chez Nous used to be "From Ketchup to Caviar", Route 20, downtown Lee MA. I prefer both Mill on the Floss and Chez Nous to Zinc; haven't yet tried John Andrews, though it has lots of fans on these boards. Chez Nous is less expensive than Mill and Zinc; lots of nice "country French" options--very good terrines, pates, rillettes. Haven't been to Spice in Pittsfield, either.

May 14, 2007
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An Early Start to Summer! Crane Beach and Woodman's

Cool. Thanks Joanie and Harp00n. Probably will hit Benson's on the way back for dessert.

May 14, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Kennebunkport recs

edgewater, I agree. For my money, Lord's has the best lobster stew anywhere--reasonable, savory, and with hunks of tail meat. My family also swears by their seafood chowder. I believe they're owned by the same family that owns The Steakhouse--also a great place. But yes, for Lord's, the view, the prices and the food are all great.

May 14, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Good eats in Kennebunkport area?

Try The Landing Store (Kennebunkport rte 35) for fresh muffins (huge) and excellent lobster rolls (huge too). In Wells, you might want to try my beloved Marcia's Cantina for Mexican or The Steakhouse, if you're into beef.

May 11, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Bruegger's Bagels?

It's not a NY bagel, but it's definitely better than Lenders. I am partial to their lox cream cheese and to their "Leonardo Da Veggie" (Cutesy name, good taste) bagel sandwich. Also, for breakfast cheaply, I like their hummus spread thickly on a wheat bagel.

May 11, 2007
thegolferbitch in Chains

McD's Sweet Tea

Is it any good? How about their Caramel Iced coffee? Looking for an alternative to my usual summer drink of half lemonade/half diet coke that I concoct in there.

May 10, 2007
thegolferbitch in Chains

The Berkshires- New/ Old restaurants

I was just in Lee/Lenox a couple of days ago and will return this weekend. I generally don't eat in Lee because downtown is too "busy" for my choice in the warmer months. I do like Joe's Diner very much for breakfast. Haven't been to either the new Greek place (looks like basic pasta/pizza) nor the new bakery/cafe in town, but I have high hopes for both, particularly the latter, which was packed Tuesday and Wednesday. I have been to Barood--it's a good creperie. Haven't been to the Asian restaurants; my standby is Panda House on the Lenox/Pittsfield line (for eat in only, not take out). I expect all of the places to be packed this weekend for Mother's Day!

May 10, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

An Early Start to Summer! Crane Beach and Woodman's

bm_vt, where is Farnhams please?

May 10, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Devilled Egg Discovery!

This is such a cool thread. Deviled eggs were a staple in our "hot weather cold suppers" at my house growing up. If only the kids were eating, a very mild Hellmans-Grey poupon mix with finely diced celery, pepper and salt (with paprika on top) was the recipe. I was a shorter tomboy Cool-Hand Luke, eating more eggs than a little kid ought to be able to hold. For company, my mom would dress them up some nights with a tiny bit of caviar (just a few beads on top, for color and tang) or mash a couple anchovies into the mix, or even some of her homemade cretons with a sliver of fresh basil on top. I love it. This takes me on a little Proustian journey of the eggie kind.

May 10, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking

Marinade for steak

Hey, the Coke marinade works! Here's something interesting....I marinated in a couple of separate, shallow bowls since my larger bowls were occupied. As a result the ratio of coke: ketchup: Italian dressing was slightly different in each bowl. Bowl one was equal parts. Bowl two was markedly heavier on the dressing and ketchup (I used tabasco ketchup). I actually liked the "thicker" marinade and even then, I think anyone could play with spices or salts or oils or vinegars to their taste since this marinade doesn't "saturate" the meat....just gives it a little zip and yes, tenderizes. Anyway, success! Thank you macca...it's a great, simple marinade. I will be trying the others as the spring/summer progresses, including the mole. First, must fill the propane tank.

May 04, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking

GREAT chicken salad southern NH?

Info, where is this near....not near Cafe 97 is it?

May 03, 2007
thegolferbitch in All New England Archive

Marinade for steak

Hi everyone. I absolutely love all your recipes. I am starting with macca's...mixed the dressing/coke/ketchup this am before work. The people I cook for get whiney and snappish if they don't have red meat at least once a week (including, but not limited to my wonderdog), so during the summer grill season I WILL try every one of these ideas.
Thanks again. I'll report on the eating tonight, tomorrow.

May 03, 2007
thegolferbitch in Home Cooking