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Fried Ice Cream

My husband and I love fried ice cream as well (its not just for 9 year-olds :) ). We get our fix at House of Siam on Columbus Ave in the South End. Very fast delivery (usually less than 30 min) and yummy flavors - green tea, ginger, and coconut.

May 19, 2009
anitab in Greater Boston Area

ISO Pates du Fruits from Lafayette Gourmet

Thanks for the great suggestions! I will look into all - although, the recipes from Chez Jacques may wait a while....

May 02, 2009
anitab in General Topics

ISO Pates du Fruits from Lafayette Gourmet

My husband and I were recently in Paris and bought some goodies at Lafayette Gourmet to bring home as presents. One of the items we bought was a Pates du Fruits. I know there are several kinds but this one came in a brown square box with a clear top. It had 5 different fruits (with 4 pieces of each type). The 5 fruits are pear, raspberry, orange, blackberry and apricot.

Okay - these were fantastic! Everyone who has tried them has raved about them and now my husband and I are kicking ourselves for not buying more than one box!

Please help us figure out the name of this brand of Pates du Fruits. And, if you know anywhere we might order them online. I have already checked out the Galleries Lafayette website and they do not offer online ordering.

Any suggestions / ideas??

Thanks in advance Hounds!

Apr 29, 2009
anitab in General Topics

Why is Thai food in boston so bad?

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned House of Siam on Columbus Ave in the South End. I have always had great food there and the staff is very friendly - they will definitely spice up the food for you if you ask. Of course, there are a couple of things on the menu I would not recommend (steamed dumplings for one) but there are many, many more I would (Noodle Khee Mao).

BTW - you do not have to speak Thai (I don't), staff are friendly, and (I think) scouring the menu at a restaurant, especially an ethnic one, is part of the fun. You always find something new to try.

Dec 26, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Where's Your Favorite Place for Brunch?

Had a great brunch at Johnnie D's in Somerville a few weeks ago. The egg scrambles are delicious with a great ingredient to egg ratio (I actually like to see the eggs in an egg scramble). I tried their chorizo and caramelized onion scramble which was fantastic! The scramble comes with a cup of oatmeal (best I have ever had) and juice/coffee. DC had pancakes which were also good.

In short, excellent variations on the standard eggs and pancakes.

Dec 17, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Quiet, delicious & cheap

Two recs:
- Franklin cafe - the one on Shawmut has a very cozy vibe while the one in Southie is a bit trendier with a bigger, more open space. Southie location is still comfy and will be a great neighborhood hangout but it might need a few months before it gets to nice and quiet. Fair warning about the Shawmut location - its very cozy but can get noisy even on weeknights.

- POPS - on Tremont St. Great comfort food with a very quirkly but lovely decor. If you are looking for quiet, the back room is much quieter with soft lighting and a more mellow feel.

Dec 05, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Where can I buy ginger beer?

Liquor Land on Mass Ave in Dorchester carries Shandy Carib, a Trinidadian brand that makes a ginger beer. The Shandy itself has about 1.2% alcohol. I think it would be great in a Dark and Stormy.

Liquor Land is at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue (between Magazine St & Napa St) near the South Bay shopping center.

Dec 02, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Where to go for Thanksgiving in Boston?

Thanks Chevre. Checked out the list and saw a couple of good choices.

Any reviews on Thanksgiving menus from Sel, Meritage and others would be much appreciated!

Nov 13, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Where to go for Thanksgiving in Boston?

My in-laws are coming to town for Thanksgiving and I am trying to find a great dine-out option. OpenTable has a list of prix-fixe offerings at several area restaurants. Its our first Thanksgiving at a restaurant (I usually make dinner at home but cannot this year) and its an in-law visit so I'm looking for recommendations - fine dining in Boston.

Some options are: Meritage, Harvest, Sel de la Terre, Mooo. Have you had Thanksgiving dinner at any of these? Of course, I'm open to any and all other suggestions. Thanks!

Nov 13, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Banq - news/comments/reviews?

Has Banq opened yet? I have heard conflicting reports. The website does not appear to be up (www.banqrestaurant.com) - it still contains a bunch of text about the restaurant concept (a blend of classic french techniques and Indian flavors). It sounds like a revisiting of Mantra.

Does anyone have any info about this new entry to the SE restaurant scene? Opening date? Reviews?

Feb 14, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

My favorite chocolate dessert in beantown...

I love the molten chocolate cake at Orinoco in the South End. It satisfies a chocolate craving every time.

Jan 26, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Wife want's Indian food who has the best?

I have to differ on the Rani rec (unless things have changed dramatically since my last (and only) visit). The food was bland, rice was undercooked (shameful, especially at an Indian restaurant), and the service was poor.

Personally, I recommend India Quality or Mela on Tremont Street in the South End. Mela has a more refined atmosphere and greater menu variety.

Jan 26, 2008
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Memorable Anniversary Dinner Suggestions

My parents are in town this weekend celebrating their 32nd anniversary. I'm looking for some restaurant ideas in Boston for a memorable dinner. Only criteria are warm atmosphere, great food, and good wine list. Price is not an issue. As far as type of cuisine, we are open to anything but they do favor good Italian (not the red sauce kind not that there's anything wrong with that) and love seafood.

To give you a better idea of what they enjoy, we have had great meals at Mamma Maria (and loved the atmosphere) and Meritage.

Last thought, my mom does not eat beef (but does eat chicken, fish, lamb) so steakhouses are probably not ideal unless they have several good seafood options.

I know I can count on my fellow CH'ers to come up with something perfect!

Dec 07, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Good eggplant parm subs?

Viga at the corner of Stuart St and Arlington has a fantastic eggplant sub. Thin breaded slices of eggplant on foccacia. They bake the eggplant, sauce and cheese together and then place it on the bread. So great! Only downside is Viga's limited hours - its only open from 11a - 3p, Mon-Fri.

Sep 21, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Delivery in the South End

The curried chicken is a favorite. It is served with a cabbage and carrot "slaw", red beans and rice, and plaintains. The small size is actually quite a large portion (I always have leftovers for the next day). My husband is a fan of the curried goat. The jerk chicken is not the best I have had - it is a little too fatty but the jerk spice is delicious - very peppery with a good kick.

The patties and coco bread are okay - the bread is a little drier than what I have had in the past.

I am going to try the oxtail sometime soon.

Another favorite Jamaican/caribbean is Ali's Roti on Tremont St. Its on the other side of Mass Ave and is open until 7pm.

Aug 21, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Sage Review - Disappointment!!

It does have more than one stall and I did not hear the faucet running. She was out of the stall and out of the door without pausing. Not cool.

Aug 21, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Simply Delicioso - new FN show - what do you think?

I do like Daisy on PBS - she makes food that I want to try.

But, Ingrid's food looks unappetizing - on the episode I watched. she made brandied shrimp that were so heavily coated with sauce that they looked inedible. And, something she called emerald rice which was just some rice mixed with herbs and topped with cheese. Now, I do love anything topped with cheese but this dish was not creative at all.

I'm not getting the whole "delicioso" thing just yet...

Aug 21, 2007
anitab in Food Media & News

Simply Delicioso - new FN show - what do you think?

Just caught an episode of this new show. Its supposed to be FN's entry into latino cooking. Seems to me to be light on content and complexity but heavy on the cleavage - classic FN. But, I might be judging too quickly. Other thoughts?

Aug 19, 2007
anitab in Food Media & News

Delivery in the South End

House of Siam is a favorite and they are very quick

Pepper Pot - caribbean food, hole in the wall. Order through foodler.com

Upper Crust also delivers to the South End but they take a long time so be prepared

India Samraat - decent but they do have a delivery minimum

Other choice available on www.foodler.com. Just be careful because many of the restaurants listed deliver through Night Owl and charge a $5 delivery fee (or more). We try to pick from those with their own delivery service - delivery charge is much lower.

Aug 19, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Sage Review - Disappointment!!

Let me start by saying that I was very excited that Sage moved to the South End. I had always intended on visiting the North End location but never made it there. Now, Sage was coming to my neighborhood.

3 of us stopped by for dinner on a weekday evening earlier this week. We did not have a reservation so we asked the hostess if it would be possible to get a table. She was very accommodating and told us that a table in the cafe should be free in about 20 minutes and we could have it. We decided to wait at the bar while the party at the table finished their wine and left. Shortly afterwards, just as we thought we would be seated, another hostess comes by and tells us that the table is not ours; it was marked for another party that was also waiting at the bar. Fine. Our original hostess was polite enough to stop by and apologize for the confusion and told us that her colleague had not bothered to let the others know that she had promised the table to someone else. Again, fine. These things happen. We sat at the bar and enjoyed another round of cocktails (love the Ginger Rogers!).

One hour later, we were finally seated. Since we had arrived without a reservation during RW, we tried to be understanding about the wait - 3 times longer than what they had initially told us. But, we were still excited to dive into the menu. Now, here is where things go downhill...we had reviewed the menu posted by the door and were surprised and disappointed to see that the menu inside was almost unrecognizable! Very little in common with the menu posted outside. The dishes that I had been so excited to try on both the RW menu and the regular menu were not available. This, to me, feels like bait and switch. And, to make it worse, nothing on the menu inside was remotely appealing. While the menu outside was enticing, the menu inside was boring. Same old pasta and meat dishes seen at any number of other restaurants. Where was the imaginative, original Sage that I had been looking forward to?!?

Here's what we ordered:

2 ordered from the RW menu: both had the shrimp cake app (okay but not exceptional); one had canneloni entree and the other had the steak. The canneloni appeared at the table in such a sorry state. 2 limp tubes filled with what looked like mystery meat. Presentation was also awful - empty looking plate with a tiny portion of beige-y food. Blah. The steak, according to my friend, was also fine (but not exceptional).

I ordered from the regular menu - the orecchiette with marscapone and bread crumbs. In other words, gussied-up mac and cheese. Now, don't get me wrong, I think a twist on classic mac and cheese can be fantastic but this was terrible. The pasta was gummy, the sauce was bland and the dish was served barely warm so everything seemed to have congealed.

My displeasure must have been evident since I barely touched my dish. The waitress did try to compensate by bringing a free dessert for the table (in addition to the 2 desserts that accompanied the RW orders). Dessert was also okay but nothing special. I was served the chocolate and nut cake with whip cream. The cake was very dry and almost like cardboard.

All in all, it felt as though the kitchen and staff were going through the motions. There was no imagination or joy in the food. And, you all know what I am referring to. There is a marked difference between a restaurant that seems to care and one that is coasting on its name but not really trying. Very sadly, on this evening, that was the Sage experience for our party.

Before I bore you all with my long review (if I haven't already), here are a couple of other issues:

- the hostess should have offered us a free round of drinks at the bar when they messed up our wait and seating order. It was poor communication between the staff that lead to a much longer wait.

- the clueless hostess that I mentioned before (the one that did not communicate well with her colleagues) suffers from personal hygiene issues. I happened to use the ladies room at the same time as she - well, she used the restroom and then left WITHOUT WASHING HER HANDS!!! That is disgusting. No, she does not handle food but still...

The conclusion for our party was that this was a disappointing meal and did not live up to the promise of past reviews (from CH and elsewhere). We will not be returning nor will any of us recommend Sage to others.

Now, we also went to Union in the same week and what a dramatically different experience...more on that in another review.

Aug 19, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Where is your favorite bread basket?

While I enjoy a mix of items in a bread basket, what I love most is simply good bread and butter. I think Petit Robert delivers on this better than most - excellent baguette with a slightly sweet butter. If I don't stop myself, I can easily go through a couple of baskets by myself.

May 02, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Cake?

Take a look at this recent thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/371633

Also, posters on this board often recommend Truly Jurg's in Kenmore Sq. I haven't been there but its gotten favorable reviews.

If you need to satisfy a sweet craving, Garden of Eden is a good bet - they have a decent variety of pastries and cookies. But, if what you need is an occasion cake, Party Favors in Brookline has tons of options.

Apr 28, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Best Sandwich Shops in Boston That Are Open for Dinner?

If you're going down to Washington St in the S. End, Flour offers great sandwiches. My favorite is the portobello melt - thick, juicy slices of portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh mozz and pesto on ciabatta bread (I think). Its all pressed and toasted in a panini press. Yummy and very satisfying. And, since its Flour, you can't leave without a sweet treat or two.

p.s. Flour is open until 9p on weeknights

Apr 25, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Best diner on Long Island??

I grew up in Long Island and going to "the diner" was a regular part of my week. There is no shortage of diners on LI - you only have to drive down Hempstead Tpke to know this. I haven't lived on the island for a few years but still make it here frequently to visit fam still in the area.

So, here's my question Hounds: what's the best diner in Nassau and best in Suffolk? Where is your go-to place on a Friday night for a quick dinner or piece of cake or on a Sat morning for breakfast?

Apr 20, 2007
anitab in New York State (exc. NYC)

Boston Hound in SD and looking for recs

Thanks all! These look like excellent options and I'm looking forward to trying a few in the next couple of days.

Apr 10, 2007
anitab in California

Boston Hound in SD and looking for recs

I'm in San Diego for work for a couple of days and looking for CHOW-ish restaurant options. While I'm here, I would like to try:

- great medium-high priced seafood - coming from Boston, I'm looking for the Californian take on seafood. So, please make recs that you think are representative of the area.

- good, basic Mexican - I'm looking for good grub +/- ambiance

I am staying near the convention center and don't mind a short walk or cab ride. So, help me out, Hounds!

Apr 09, 2007
anitab in California

Franklin Cafe, again

I have always appreciated Franklin's reliability. Never had an "off night" here. But, what I don't understand is the absence of a dessert menu. Just checked out the dessert options in Gloucester and, while modest, I would certainly love to have any of the 4 options available at the S. End location. The only reason that I can come up with is the small space. Shawmut has a teeny-tiny kitchen so they may not want to deal w/ dessert but...if only....

Apr 05, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Sunday dinner for 5 without breaking the bank.

You might consider Bouchee on Newbury Street - they have a great brunch menu and the french bistro feel is lively and pleasant. She would also get the "Newbury St" experience if (and that's a BIG if!) the weather allows outdoor dining. Bouchee has a nice little patio.

Lunch/brunch entrees are typically in the $15 range. I have never been disappointed here (now, dinner menu at Bouchee is another story altogether).

Apr 05, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Russian blackbread (I think...)

My husband and I share a love of Russian blackbread. Actually, I'm not sure what this type of bread is called but it is dark brown, dense, and a bit sweet (sometimes w/ fruit). A very tasty version is served at Chart House. First of all, is this Russian blackbread (someone told me that this is the name many years ago and I have never heard otherwise). Do any CH'ers know where we can pick up a loaf?

Feb 26, 2007
anitab in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef-restaurant concept episode (spoilers inside)

This site is great! Thanks for sharing. Love the fashion commentary and "photo essays".

Agree w/ the rest of the posts - Ilan must go, Cliff is an a**, and Sam...well, he's also in the a** family but more of a second cousin.

Final 3: Marcel, Elia, Sam. Banish the other 2 pouty, whiny nitwits.

Jan 12, 2007
anitab in Food Media & News