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Alternative to Market Basket for cheap lobsters

I had 10 double yolk eggs out of a carton earlier this year. I figured they must have sorted and then mistakenly stuffed them in the same box(es). It was weird because I've only had one other in decades.

about 8 hours ago
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Lasagna... a bit fancy but not too pricey?

Stellina in Watertown makes eggplant lasagna. It's on the menu now for $20, per the website.

about 11 hours ago
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

How is this something to make small points about? This is silliness.

To do this in "chowhound style", I'd have to point out I never said "ticket". The usual enforcement mechanism is to make people move. But I'm done with silliness.

1 day ago
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Yep. I've been part of that process. They require valet parking arrangements for some places and have set aside certain (rented) spaces for valet use. You have to present a contract that shows where your valet will park if it's not with the town itself. I doubt carryout people will valet, but you never know. The Town enforces against double parking, parking at hydrants and parking on some neighborhood streets, etc. Just the way it is.

Jul 29, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

My point was not that people won't try to pick up orders but that Pepe's is likely not basing its business model on carryout because that won't work very well for much of the week. The Town will not grant special dispensation to double parkers, etc. and they are responsive to local complaints about that kind of thing. Those people will need to cope or go elsewhere. It's the way things work.

Jul 29, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

It's an extremely walkable area and the T stop is at the door.

Jul 29, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

People talk and organize. It doesn't require a conspiracy or outside money, just some motivated people to push and pull others in their group into participation.

My reading is the firing of some stirred up more employees who might otherwise have stayed neutral. Made them fear for the future.

Jul 25, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

When workers care so much about their company that they risk being fired to help their former bosses, I support that.

This isn't a union striking but workers striking for their bosses. I've only seen that a few times.

Jul 22, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area
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The Meat House, Arlington

I'm not surprised the chain is suffering. They have nice people and some nice product but I thought the implementation of their concept was not well done. One example is they rely on talking over a traditional tall refrigerator case instead of re-thinking how to make customers used to picking out shrink-wrapped meat comfortable. They sell a mix of goods that, to my eye, made little sense, along with a weird selection of cheese. And my wife noted she wouldn't buy chicken from them because they didn't have plain whole chicken, just chicken that was marinated in some way. That sent a classic mixed message: are they a butcher or a packager of pre-made stuff? And once I asked about calves' liver and they - very nicely - said they could get one in and sell me as much as I wanted. Like most customers, I want stuff now and to be told that they'd be bringing in and perhaps even wasting an entire liver sat wrong.

That said, they carry good meat.

Jul 21, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area
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My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

My take is they're responding to market competition, notably the impression Wegmans makes on its customers. It isn't that Wegmans markets are in actual competition with many actual locations of S&S or Shaw's (except that yucky, poorly designed and lit new Star at Chestnut Hill) but that you walk into a Wegmans and the others feel dowdy and out of touch. And with the exception of Market Basket, providing little to no service whatsoever.

So the S&S (#1!) in Brookline puts out produce now in market looking boxes and has set up a series of carts with highlighted, fresher looking stuff. To me, it's more Walmart looking than Wegmans but it is a response.

Jul 21, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Is it okay to graze off your plate while in the buffet line?

IMHO, grazing within reasonable limits is fine.

Jul 03, 2014
lergnom in Not About Food
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Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

The cold sesame noodles (dan dan) at Sichuan Gourmet can be very good.

My favorite cold noodle is actually a take-out container of Gene's Flatbread Company's hand pulled noodles, brought home in my car and snarfed while cool. But in terms of chilled, they have Xian cold noodle salad - very good - and on weekends another cold noodle dish.

Jun 28, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Why do chinese restaurants insist on having "secret" Chinese menus their English-Speaking customers can't decipher?

I've walked into Chinese take-out places in the South and asked where they're from and then whether they have any dishes from there. The standard response is that people here don't like that food. And no, they didn't try selling "real" food. So it's largely 1) a racist stereotype about westerners and 2) a sense that some things are "Chinese" meaning for their culture only.

Worse, far worse, IMHO, is when you order the exact thing you want but they serve you a highly Americanized version because you're white. I've sat at a table a few times where the dishes were made for white people while a few tables away the dishes were made differently, which I know because I have a tendency to ask about these things and that leads to trying their food.

Jun 25, 2014
lergnom in General Topics

Miracle Whisk feedback?

I love old threads that revive.

We bought 2 for like $20 at a home show because I make protein shakes by mixing protein powder and coffee each morning. I was surprised it took a few weeks to learn how to use it properly, considering it's just push, push, push and the thing spins. Works fine. Cleans easily though I can't imagine why it would need to go in the dishwasher considering. One of the few gadgets I respect. Would not expect it to do heavy work, like the kind you might use a stick or hand mixer for, but it's great for light duty.

Jun 24, 2014
lergnom in Cookware

Anybody use a dinner bell ?

We have a hotel front desk bell. I used to ring it and yell out "Front!". The kids didn't listen much but the animals all came.

Jun 23, 2014
lergnom in Not About Food

What food items have you only had canned but never fresh?

Spam. Always in a can, never fresh from the Spam tree.

Jun 22, 2014
lergnom in General Topics

Jewish Rye in Boston

Clear Flour's (with seeds) is the closest I've found in NE. It isn't exactly right but it's pretty good.

Jun 21, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Restaurant Wars

It's not much better working on the production side in network TV.

Jun 10, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef Restaurant Wars

To put this in context, this work is done by over-stressed PA's who are paid pennies (if paid, because on reality TV they sometimes are interns). They get no thanks. They get dumped on all the time. They work absurd hours trying to fulfill requirements made up by people who don't imagine how much effort is required to get this done.

Jun 09, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area
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Does anyone remember the name of a restaurant/bar that had live music , on Beacon St westbound just after Coolidge corner?

It's Panera, not that it matters.

Jun 09, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

New England Lobster Roll sans lobster?

We slow roast haddock - meaning low temp - and with butter it becomes somewhat lobstery, something that could be enhanced with some sea salt in the butter. A thick piece is about the same size as chunk lobster tail and it is good in bread.

Jun 05, 2014
lergnom in Home Cooking

Guy Fieri filming in allston

I read that. I quoted that. If you feel that a) something she hasn't discussed with Fieri, b) that doesn't show an actual aversion to working with gay people because he does even in the anecdote, c) that doesn't show actual animus toward gay people, d) that doesn't show any particular beliefs about gay people other than a 2nd hand statement that he's uncomfortable and that a shoot "went different" is "homophobia" then I really have nothing to say. That you choose to infer something so awful about a person from scanty evidence - presumably influenced by your dislike of his TV character - is a statement.

Jun 04, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

See above, MC. She didn't "confirm" homophobia. She told him the chef was gay and he shot a great episode. She doesn't offer any examples of him refusing to shoot with a gay person or saying anything negative about gay people. She only says she had to tell him and gives this one example. That says very little to me. It doesn't say he wants to deny gay marriage or let photographers not work at gay weddings or prohibit gay partners from receiving benefits. Maybe he's uncomfortable. Maybe he feels a need to calibrate his shtick differently. I don't know. But that's not evidence of much.

Jun 04, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

The proof for this allegation is what? A piece by the former producer who got cut out of the show and out of the money from it? Read the defense of the story: they contacted a line producer who said she was told to tell Fieri the owner, etc. was gay. Here's her exact quote, referring in the first sentence to the guy David Page who was the main source of the original article and who was cut out of the show:

"And he said that as part of the briefing I needed to let Guy know he was homosexual before entering the restaurant. That's what I did. He heard all of that information, he said okay, he came into the restaurant, and we shot the segment, it turned out great, the chef pulled off a miracle of all miracles and cooked the two dishes."

So maybe Fieri isn't comfortable with gays. That doesn't make him "homophobic" in the sense of hatred or denying them rights. His late sister Morgan was gay and was the director of his foundation. If there's a comparison to Dick Cheney - which I've heard - where's the evidence that Fieri actually wants to discriminate against gay people? I haven't seen it.

Calling a person a "homophobe" is a big deal. That implies he wants to deny marriage rights, maybe even deny the right to service (e.g., wedding cakes) and maybe deny benefits. The only evidence I've seen is that Fieri actually went in and shot an episode with a gay person.

I don't give a fig for Fieri but please.

And Page describes how he was kicked out as though Food Network wasn't involved. It's pretty clear from the lawsuit that the network drove out Page and his production company. Whatever Fieri had to do with it, it was the network's money and their call. They pay for the show. I suspect they own it and contract production.

Jun 04, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

A piece written by the former producer with an axe to grind is not much evidence. Fieri's late sister was gay. Not mentioned in the article. I posted more above but read the actual quote from the line producer source: she says she was told to tell Fieri that the chef was gay, that she did and that they shot a great episode. That he may be uncomfortable with gay people is not hatred. Or maybe he needs as a performer, for some reason in his head, to know this about the person he's interacting with. Beats me but the only direct quote doesn't show homophobia.

Jun 04, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Half-price Sushi for Short Adults?

To clarify, since there seems to be misunderstanding, Minado like Takusan is talking about children's heights, not adult heights.

May 14, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Half-price Sushi for Short Adults?

This is what the actual website for Takusan says:

"Children 5 ft. & Under: Half of Adult Price 4 ft. & Under: 1/4 of Adult Price 3 ft. & Under: FREE *Children must be 12 years of age or younger"

It took 5 seconds to find this. The restaurant, btw, is on the corner of St. Paul and Beacon.

May 14, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Branch of Paul Opening in Somerville!

Yes. I believe they're planning on opening a relatively large number (like 6) of bakeries in this area within a year or 2.

May 11, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area

Lactose Intolerance

Lactaid says bluntly you can cook with it. So you're good.

May 08, 2014
lergnom in Special Diets
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Food Trucks Originated in New England!

Ever been to Haven Bros? That's the kind of place, the kind of institution, places should have

May 08, 2014
lergnom in Greater Boston Area