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Boston restaurant to buyout for a wedding

I have attended wonderful events at Alden Park. It was a seated wedding for at least 125 people. They did nothing more than large candelabras with candles on the tables and draped ivy. The room is lovely. Cocktails were a little more awkward in the Lounge. Food was very good (by the way who goes to weddings for food...serving 125 people plated meals which must all come out in a very short cycle from a catering kitchen rarely works well...)

Oct 29, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

For lobster roll head up to the lighthouse in south portland park and look for the lobster roll truck. Sit on a picnic bench overlooking the water.

Run of the mill makes a decent roll. Its in downtown saco

Aug 09, 2014
gardgen in Northern New England

Bastille Day 2014

Sandrines in Harvard square and other merchants have had a street festival in previous years dont know this years plans

Jul 07, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

The Briar Rose-Hyde Park

It is now open for sure.... went by and the signs are up.

May 28, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

The Briar Rose-Hyde Park

Saw they just this week applied for a take-out license.
Also noticed a sign up that they are open for lunch.

May 13, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

So... is Speed Dog/Super Dog officially gone?

I sometimes see the truck with a For Sale sign parked in its old spot in New Market.

May 07, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for Inn and Dining for 60th Anniversary Southern Maine

We all live away now and Mom and Dad are having 60th Anniversary. We are looking for someplace where they can drive spend the night and enjoy a lovely meal.

Dad is visually impaired and deaf with hearing aids.. no loud dining rooms. Mom still driving. We have done White Barn Inn in the past.
They really enjoyed it but found the service a little too precious..
Anything within hour or two drive of Portland. Oceanfront with fireplace a plus.

Mar 11, 2014
gardgen in Northern New England

Boston weekend dining with 72 year old parents

You didn't mention when you are coming. If its later in the season some places which I would call crazy loud have summer outdoor dining options. I just traveled in Atlanta with my 88 year old parents. Since when did screaming at your dinner partners become fashionable?

Mar 09, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Good source for pie?

Hadley House in Roxbury. Had best Sweet Potato and best Pecan I have ever had.

Mar 05, 2014
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Quiet sunday dinner in midtown

Boston visitor here for wedding need quiet place for dinner tonight in midtown (although we do have a car). Traveling with 87 year old parents and dad is deaf. Mid price to cheap eats. We had very good breakfast at flying biscuit thanks to chow hounders. 5 of us for dinner. No steak places please and local specialties a plus.

Feb 23, 2014
gardgen in Atlanta

Let's Talk About Food Festival

Lots of info on Boston.com about this event which looks to be very interesting with demos and talks by Boston Chefs. October 5th at Copley Square. Its sponsored by Whole Foods. Any one go last year?

Oct 03, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Small and Low-Key Wedding Reception Ideas for Metro West Boston

You might be too late but you might try the Herb Lycium in Groton. Lovely farm and grounds and food was very good.
Its further out then the places you mention though..

Sep 18, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Corn on the cob TOO sweet!

Just read "Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health" which has a whole chapter on "Corn how Sweet it is". Talks all about the introduction and breeding of the super sweet corns. I do believe they gave some varieties to purchase which weren't so sweet. BTW this is interesting book on what to buy at the grocery store for more nutrients and what to look for at farmers markets and what might be good choice for the home gardener...

Aug 20, 2013
gardgen in General Topics

Logan Airport Suggestion Needed

with 4.5 hours you have a number of options. I might grab something to eat at the airport (depends on what terminal you come into (Legals has two restaurants at the airport and get a to go bag) and get on the water taxi to Hingham or Hull. or take the water taxi to Rowes Wharf. If its a nice day just riding around could be wonderful. I haven't done it myself Rowes Wharf would get you close to China Town.

Maybe someone else can jump on and tell you what might be near the Hingham/Hull or other stops....

Aug 12, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

restaurants accommodating large parties without charging huge $$$ for room rental

Kingston station, legal at park, sandrine in cambridge, fairmount grill hyde park, blue room cambridge...

Aug 03, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Menotomy Grill - Arlington (anyone been?)

Heard they are doing Friends and Family this weekend. Openings usually follow immediately after those.

Jun 05, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Morels 2013

I found some one year in the mulch along the row houses on Beacon t opposite the Commons. But watch out for doggy do....

Just for those who aren't in the know there is a false morel which is poisonous or will at least make some people sick. Please know what you are picking.

May 08, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

looking for Tfal Actifry recipes

I just got mine this week. The potatoe crisps are best.
But I too have looked for some other recipes. I am going to try the chick peas. There seems to be alot of recipes on pintrest. did you ever find any really good recipes?

Apr 11, 2013
gardgen in Home Cooking

Where to buy Easter ham?

I serve a very very large crowd for Easter so price is important. Don't laugh but if you are looking for a spiral, I have had good hams from Target for $2.88 pound. (Match's the one from Costco).

Mar 11, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Enso Sushi - Conveyor Belt Sushi

Anyone Tried it yet?

Feb 21, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Cheapest bulk produce around?

Price-Rite in Hyde Park on River Street
Good Produce that last for more than a few days at very very low prices. We checked out Costco but the prices didn't even come close.

Jan 03, 2013
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Help with the Patriots game this Sunday

Save the really great meal for Providence. Go to the Federal Hill area for Italian. This is about the game experience. Go to CBS Zone or experience (I forget what they call it) and have a beer and burger...your son will love it.. There is a nature trail (cranberry bog) near the Bass Pro Shop if you get there early and need to kill some time. The picnic lunch goes well with that theme.

Nov 14, 2012
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

The Back Deck, Boston

The Boston Globe gave it 1 star August 14th... Review similar to our experience. However there was a picture of their scallop dish. I have now decided they forgot to finish plating our food! Corn salsa on the taco and rice and beans as sides were not present on our plates.

Aug 20, 2012
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

The Back Deck, Boston

Went last night. The kitchen is not tasting the food! Meh is a compliment. The theater crowd had left and they weren't busy. The food was not only under salted, I might say it wasn't salted at all and we could not detect any seasoning of any kind in any of our dishes. We started with the corn chowder, a cold soup. it lacked salt and utilized no spices. No prominent corn flavor although I could see grille marks on some of the corn. Not creamy. Corn sitting in cold milk. Next we had the chicken livers. 6 small skewered over cooked unseasoned livers on a bed of oil dressed (no hint of an acid) arugula which was mostly stems.. Next we had the Point Judith grilled squid. Two or Three whole squid bodies and half a dozen tentacles grilled and served on a spring mix salad. This was the best dish of the evening even though it was not salted or seasoned and again the greens lacked acid in the dressing. We asked for and received lemon and salted our plate which moved this dish up a notch. Last but not least had the Scallop Tacos. Really. Taco Bell does better. Two very dry flour tortillas served with three or four small scallops which showed no sign of grilling or browning (were they nuked?) and no seasoning served on each taco. No sauce, no side dressing, no cheese, no flavor. I should remember but I don't think there was even salad on the plate. I don't know what made this a taco except it was served on tortillas. I think this entree was $24. A real disappointment. We shared the 3 apps and 1 entree and did enjoy a bottle of Shooting Star syrah ($32). Total bill $84 plus tip. Service was adequate. Friday's and Joes mentioned above are better, we won't return. One Star.

The dining areas are a little disconnected in design. The front dining room area where we sat at the windows was quite nice. However, my dinner guest noted he wouldn't want to sit at the big round tables which float in the middle of the room. The design is awkward with one upside down umbrellas floating above the two tables..

Jul 25, 2012
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Going to Biddeford/Saco for a week on Saturday, need recs

Yes Pool Street Market... Glad you were able to find it. I was going to warn you about Huots, While I had a horrible meal (only ate there once) my folks have enjoyed it.

Jul 23, 2012
gardgen in Northern New England

Going to Biddeford/Saco for a week on Saturday, need recs

I think the deli on the Pool Road is called Mikes. My mom thinks the deli to go place further down is called the corner. The place I called Twin Lights is called Two Lights (its in South Portland area.)

Jul 18, 2012
gardgen in Northern New England

Going to Biddeford/Saco for a week on Saturday, need recs

ok My family lives in Saco. Try Run of the Mill. Its on the Island just between Saco and Biddeford on the main street. (Sit outside and they have live music in evenings).
Mulligans in Saco (in an old mill building). Everything less than $5 (Basic Bar Food). Stick to the burgers, fried chicken etc. The $5 dollar steak can be good.. sometimes.... They have pool tables and cheap beer. A new place can't remember the name on the Buxton Road (Its the Saco Road if you are coming from Buxton!). Coming from town it will be on your right hand side and it looks like a deli/sandwich place. Food is Columbian... It might be called Arape. Was just featured on Food Coma show. Also in the nearby complex is another deli place that was featured on Food Coma but I haven't been there. Going from Biddeford down to the Pool (I think its Route 9), just outside of town there is a convenience store on left. Good cheap lobster rolls. Further down the road on the left side (its on a corner) is a small cafe/to go shop. Good lobster rolls and other goodies for picnics.

Heading out on the Buxton Road keep going you will go by the Heath (Park) on your right and keep going till you come to your first traffic light. Turn Left. Go down to Buxton when you cross the Saco River. Big Daddy's Ice Cream. Bring your swim trunks for a nice swim in the river and a turn on the rope swing...

I know lots of other places (don't know the names of the roads but they are pretty easy to find). I would head to Twin Lights (a Tourist place, but great views of the rocky part of the ocean!). The blueberries are ready and there are a lot of pick your own places in the area.

There is a new Mexican Restaurant (in the basement across from City Hall Biddeford) which is good (not the one on Main Street). I second the Indian Restaurant.

Jul 18, 2012
gardgen in Northern New England

Father's Day Dinner Portland - Crab Cakes/Smelt/Soft Shell Crabs?

85 year old father has requested a few of his favorite things....We can restaurant hop.
Any suggestions? Doesn't have to be Portland we can travel an hour North or South.

Jun 13, 2012
gardgen in Northern New England

Kid Friendly near cirque du soleil Seaport

The last time we attended Cirque, we had a party with 12 kids under 8 and 10 adults. We expect a similar size party. At the time Legal Sea Food's had a temporary restaurant near the ICA that was just perfect. Outdoors, place for the kids to run off their energy. Music for all of us to dance. We all had a great time. Anyone have any ideas for a later night family friendly place?

May 29, 2012
gardgen in Greater Boston Area

Super 88 in South Bay Center - Still closed?

sign on door says February 9th... Surprised not the 8th since 8 is lucky....

Feb 02, 2012
gardgen in Greater Boston Area