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Local meats/eggs w/o breaking the bank...recommendations?

Talk to Nick at Coolidge Variety (across from the Town Diner in Coolidge Square, Watertown) he gets his lamb from Mennonite farmers in western Mass, and I find him very reasonable.

Of course, you have to like lamb.

1 day ago
hyde in Greater Boston Area

best bagel in boston?

Damn, its the same in 2014 as it was in 2006!

Nothing left at 0900 on sunday morning, ( really? 8 grain and whole wheat, blech ) they are, of course, closed from 1300 on sunday until 0700 on wednesday, thats a not a bad gig.

still the best around while they are fresh. freeze them early.

Dec 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Help! Best takeout soup or other spicy stewish thing to defy a monster cold??

2nd this. Actually in the noodle section :

"J14 Noodles with stewed beef in house spicy soup"

and other food. my favorite.

Also the Tom Yum Noodle soup at Cha Yen Cookery in Coolidge Square, watertown is very good.

And the owner is a sweetheart.

Dec 14, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

..and people fro New York wonder why we dont care for them...

Dec 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Chinatown up and coming?

still the best dumplings i have ever had was that place in the Chinatown Mall.

Dec 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

He better not use his name if he ever orders food from ANYWHERE ever again.

I wouldnt touch that food with a stick.

Dec 10, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

oh please.

December 2014 Openings and Closings

There is a reason those of us who do not work downtown have never eaten there.

Dec 08, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

It really is a great joint, if you steer clear of the prepared food you can get a lot for your dollar.

Last weekend the woman in front of me spent 150 dollars and her cart was, literally, HEAPED with produce, at Whole Foods i can carry 150 worth of food in my hands and still get the keys out to open the car.

best burger in boston?

lots of reading here:

http://www.bostonburgerblog.com/

Dec 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

They gotta try Red Pepper a lttle further up rt 9.

Certainly worth the 5 min drive.

Dec 06, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

lees burgers?

You have clearly eaten there more than I so I will take you at your word and perhaps try them again.

While perhaps not the best in the state, i felt, for their price point to be significantly better than the 5 Guys and their ilk. I really have little use for 15 dollar hamburgers, if they are going to cost this, I grind my own meat and make them at home.

I felt they had changed their mix, and not for the better. My Lee's burgers were pedestrian at best, they seemed to be decent chuck with less juice and mouthfeel that the mixes with short rib seem to bring.

Also not cooked correctly by, what seemed to be, Newton North students. If you can get them to cook your order med rare, you are having better luck than I.

It might just be the times I was there were off and I was unlucky, but this was my experience.

Finally,the last time I was there the place could have used some cleaning, and I am not a stickler for this.

Dec 04, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

lees burgers?

When this place was Flippin' Burgers, it was one of the best burgers in Massachusetts, or anywhere really.

The location was problematic ( off the main street in Newton Centre) and my interpretation is that their volume did not match up with a high end fresh ground mix of meat made daily and never frozen. Also I believe their fries were hand cut and cooked to order.

They closed and then re-opened as Lee's Burgers.

Fair, but not great, fries from frozen, meat mix is ok, nothing earth shattering. Cook to order. Ok if you are in the area but to travel for, no.

Dec 03, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Rainbow carrots and Turnips

I bought large ones saturday morning at Russos (outside by the cabbage) but they did not seem to have the small ones inside.

Nov 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Rye bread?

Thank god, that was the worst Star in the whole chain for many years.

Nov 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

After Dinner Spot in Newton

I was going to suggest The Local, also.

That said, it will be packed at 9 on saturday night.

Nov 15, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Red Pepper; thoughts on Sichuan/Hunan restaurants in Boston

Though a bit inconsistent at times its my favorite too.

The "J14 Noodles with stewed beef in house spicy soup" is the best cold weather soup I have found in the area.

Nov 09, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Wegmans Burlington... any reports?

Their opening time is 1100, but can be a bit...."relaxed", shall we say, except for mondays when they are open only from 4 to 7.

He mkakes one batch of dough, and when he is out, he's out. Have been burned on this.

I stick to the "no more than two toppings" rule everywhere so i do not know what their combos are like. Tomato and basil, pepperoni, mushroom and garlic.

Tiny place, no subs, no pasta, no beer, no parking.

Just pizza.

Cash only.

Nov 01, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Wegmans Burlington... any reports?

Even if its just o.k. it would beat anything in the area.
Max and Leos is great but not close or simple ( and i am a fan) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816710

Time will tell.

Louie's Pizza in Woburn ( 5 miles) is very good, but your timing has to be perfect.

Oct 31, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Acoustics! I'm only 40.....

For the record, Lumiere is in West Newton, across from the West Newton Cinema.

Oct 29, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

November 2014 Openings and Closings

Ah well, maybe they will expand the Neptune Oyster franchise and they can all go to work there!

Oct 22, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Wegmans going downhill

Hysterical that these huge new Wegman stores have no back rooms! Stop and Shop flagship store in South Bay, Boston fucked this up years go and it took drivers hours to get their trucks unloaded. It was a huge problem and cost the company millions.

Nobody learns.

Also, been to Northboro, ho hum. And am dying to see the Middlesex turnpike near Christmas when the new Wegmans opens in Burlington. FUN!

Oct 18, 2014
hyde in Chains

Banh Mi at Pho House

Yeah, when i lived in the South End from '84 to '94 we used to say we were just waiting for the Back Bay to reach us.

There was Back Bay, and the South End, and then South Bay, which left us with the Back End.

Oct 18, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

That "Mary Celeste" walkaway remains one of the strangest things I have seen in restaurants in the Boston area. Woks still on the stove, food in the fridge, napkins on the counter, and noone there.

It's doomed, i tell ya! Doomed!

Oct 17, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Best Place to Get an Eggplant Sub?

I was working my way down the thread to put in a recommendation for this place.

Though my usual order is their meatball sub with a side of eggplant which i layer in as per Crudele's "On the Cheap" column in the old Phoenix.

Then a nap.

Oct 17, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

I feel another place doomed in that cursed spot.

Its horrifying if it actually made someone unwell. I have eaten countless times at Pho Viet, Kantin, the BiBimBap place across from it, and even JMPand have never gotten sick( with the exception of over eating) from any of them.

I still miss the tom yum noodle soup that the two thai ladies used to serve up in that stall.

Oct 17, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Sweet Cheeks Q... worth the trip to try it?

Thank you. Everytime I suggest this I catch hell for suggesting that people drive to "the hinterlands" to get the best in the state for reasonable dough.

I have made it from Newton and back in just over 90 minutes (with a call ahead), before the big dig thats the time I used to get on my Bianchi's/Kelly's run to Revere.

Oct 17, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Jake's Falafel Corner?

My wifes favorite falafel. But its possible she finds Jakes continually upbeat attitude compelling.

Find the chwaarma a bit dry but the falafel and char-broiled chicken is certainly worth the trip.

He will make any combo, any sandwich for you and cooks all the falafel from scratch.

Oct 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

If one is drinking enough straight vodka per day to worry about toxins in the mix,

perhaps the attendant problems will not be rectified by a Brita filter.

(i know, i know its done for "taste", but as a former professional drinker I thought it might well be pointed out that the stuff is poison to begin with)

Oct 11, 2014
hyde in Spirits

Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

The Gubmint hates when you mess with their tax collection.

Oct 11, 2014
hyde in Spirits