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Dumpling Daugher Weston

Went to GG with a group, (pretty big, 10-12?) of mixed ages and food preferences a couple of years ago, the reaction was:

"ok"

a year later took most of the same crew to Mulan in Waltham, and the reaction was:

"WOW!!"

so if youre mixing crab rangoons, and scallion pies along with the cold cucumber preps, with a group, I would have to go with Mulan.

Apr 21, 2015
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Take out lunch in West Newton

Just a warning:

DePasquales MARKET, 325 Watertown street, across from the METRO Credit Union, is an outstanding place for homemade Italian ( and other) sausages and goods. They do not make sandwiches.

DePasquales GROCERY, 241 Adams street, up closer to the cathedral, is a small grocery shop with a counter in back. They make very good sanwiches.

Sorry you were unhappy with your sandwich from Russo's. I think they make one of the best Italian subs around.

You are MUCH closer to Watertown square than you are to Strip-Ts, and for something different the Wonder Cafe at 58 Mt. Auburn does a pretty good job with their lunch specials including my favorite, #24, soft tofu with tomato and egg, brown rice and pickled vegtables for 7 bucks

Apr 16, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

I wondered that but it was not open as of a few weeks ago.

Genes is open all day, as is D&L, Eri's is as well and if you want louie's pizza I have found it best to get there before 1.

I have had drinks at Sichuan Garden at 11 am, so no worries there.

Pinxto opens at 5 and Tudo at 10am.

So I guess im not perceiving the downside of spending the entire afternoon eating and drinking.

Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

will report back.

Go fast and dont be afraid.

Apr 15, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Cool. But there is so much else going on in this square mile, I appriciate that the response was not just for me.

Also, Sichuan Garden II, freaks me out a little as visiting it, and maybe my favorite Sichuan restarant in the area, Red Pepper in Framingham, make me feel like I am having dinner at a forgotten girlfreinds grandparents house,

and she is WAY out of my league.

Apr 15, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

crap.

I was afraid of this. Now I feel they are going to find me in the Sicuan Garden parking lot mumbling:

" Its a Hard Nux Life, for me...and one for my friend"

But its possible I can pull this off and not have to talk to a badge.

Was hoping not to cross 128 as I wanted to be on foot and that is quite a nexus. Not dangerous (really) but loud and overwhelming.

But that roasted chili vinagrette may gird my loins.

Not big on almond flavor generally but the white chocolate bread pudding and moscatel has total potential.

I thought of Tudo, but a plate full of their steak along with other offerings is a recipe for disaster, that, as i approach 60 is so rich I can no longer entertain.

Sardines, the fishiest of fishes, and me. No. But others are welcome.

Thanks all.

Apr 15, 2015
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Woburn Food crawl for Birthday

Next friday (4/24) is my birthday ( Barbara Streisand and Shirley MacLaine too, so dont forget the cards)

Had a sucessful crawl a couple of years ago with Qingdao, Greek Corner, Franks steak house and Verna's

Thinking of something along the lines of:
Indian buffet at Zaika,
walk up for a #4, etc at Genes,
grab beers at D&L liqours
and drink them at Eri's with some Broasted chicek or fried clams

where does one do dessert?

Would love to work Louies Pizza into the mix but they close so early I would have to start a 1PM

....possibly.

Apr 15, 2015
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New Trucks: Any Reports?

Oh man.

If anybody could come close to Braddah Hutts BBQ grill truck in Hana, my whole family would eat there every week.

Of course that also makes me want to get pulled pork sliders from the 808 Street Grinz food truck, parked in front of Maui Brewing company on wednesday eves, along with 4.00 pints of Big Swell IPA

le sigh.

Apr 15, 2015
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Who makes the best tuna salad for sandwiches?

Dear god, if you like eating raw tuna, NEVER go fishing for one. The one I saw the guys split open on the dock in New Bedford was crawling with worms and put me off raw fish for good.

Any one who has read my rants know that i feel fish is all pretty much the same. I know, I know, you have an Ono recipe that you got in Maui, or a cod prep that will make me sell my mother into slvery, but save yourself, growing up in a Cathloic New England house with two Providence parents I have eaten thousands of pound of fish.

And it all sucks.

That said, I do have an insight into canned fish which I do still eat a half a dozen times a year or so. Twenty years, or so, ago, the fish sold in cans was ...different.

Even the big producers, Charlie and the like, the fish was white, with no real smell, moist and inoffensive. It is not the same currently.

In the last five years the only canned fish I have gotten that seems to fit this use is the occasional can of olive oil packed Tonno from Genova ( and I would say I have dumped 40% of the cans I have opened), and the White Albacore from The Tuna Guys in the Pac Northwest. Pricey, (120usd for 24 6-oz cans, shipped) but worth it if you want a sandwich now and then that does not taste like cat food.

We have overfished all the decent ocean areas in the world at this point and if you want your kids to ever taste this stuff ( I say free them of this burden, but never mind that now) the whole thing has to change.

end of rant

Apr 14, 2015
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Opening Nights & attention from online reviewers [split from "The Backroom" thread]

I have those places too, but I think its less than helpful to the casual request, that the answer is
" its great, by yourself at 3:30 on a Tuesday afternoon"

Apr 12, 2015
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Opening Nights & attention from online reviewers [split from "The Backroom" thread]

It is difficult for we non-professionals not to let emotions cloud our responses.

It took me a long time to stop responding to the CH ceaseless recommendation of Neptune Oyster to out of town posters.

The Newark Airport of restaurants, impossible to get into, nowhere to park, everything is overpriced and the staff hates you.

see? im still bitter.

Top quality chinese restaurant in(near) Boston

I find this quest somewhat akin to attempting to find great, authentic Texas BBQ in Beijing.

Cuisine is, by its very nature, dependent on local unique technique, available indgredients, and a willing audience.

It will never be the same here. You are lucky to have experienced it.

That said, I have had remarkable food at Lao Sichuan (Sichuan Gourmet) in Billerica and, though at times inconsistent, Red Pepper on Route 9 in Framingham.

Apr 05, 2015
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Dumpling Daugher Weston

I like the idea of a Bear Cellar.

After a couple of 8% abv's ( or the 9.4% Great Lakes Brewing Co, Chillwave Double IPA, I had in Cleveland last week) I could take one of those bastards.

Apr 05, 2015
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Zaika Indian Bistro Woburn

Also, their website is fast, easy to navigate and gives all pertinent prices and info.

Why is that so hard?

Is it me or is Woburn is becoming an embarrassment of riches?

Apr 04, 2015
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Pizza

Even if you lived there?

Apr 02, 2015
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Pizza

No.

But they do cut pizza by three horizontal cuts and then three vertical cuts. Thereby rendering it into many small squares, not full slices like is usual in NYC.

And before anyone starts I understand that it is different today. Pizza culture has grown immensely and i was speaking to the fact that in the 70's,lots of places only made whole pies and in the Mid-West you might see lots of , ahem, Non- traditional cheese and topping combos.

Apr 01, 2015
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Chef Suggestions

Watching M.Dulock butcher a whole pig ( or half) is a lesson in itself.

Nationally, Id have to go with Amy Thielen. I really like her food (and, full disclosure: I have a Total Thing for her )

Mar 30, 2015
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Pizza

I will totally back you up on this.

The first time i ordered pizza in Missouri ( a solid 40 years ago) and it came cut up into squares I thought the guys behind the counter were screwing with me.

I got blank looks to my "HEY, why'd you cut the pizza up like this!?!

"Thats the way it comes, sir."

Mar 29, 2015
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Fenway/Kenmore: Good, cheap restaurants?

Also, their mixed veggie plates are great if you have a vegetarian tagging along.

Mar 20, 2015
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Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

I am completely comfortable with eating my food the way that the father of owner of Karl's did.

Mar 19, 2015
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Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Possibly, horrifyingly,

Luigi's Pizza
686 5th Ave
(between 20th St & 21st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

When DiFara started charging 5 bucks a slice, I was done. I just cant bring myself to pay 30 dollars for a pizza.

This place hits all the notes i want, and I dont feel gouged.

Though I have had excellent pies at Speedy Romeros.

Mar 10, 2015
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2015 Chinese New Year Menu at Mu Lan, last day March 8th (tomorrow)

That house special fish might be the only fish dish anywhere I crave, as I am not a fan of the category in general.

It might be one of the few restaurant dishes I adore cold, out of the fridge, the next day.

Awesome.

Mar 10, 2015
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Neapolitan style pizza in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville/...

Is UPN in San Fran as expensive as it was in NYC?

I ate there once with three friends and the check was really impressive.

That said , really good, but still not my favorite Ive ever had in NYC.

Mar 10, 2015
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Indian Food?

Yeah, I think the space and the food at Kebab and Tandoor in Waltham is decidedly better than the usual Indian restaurant in the area, but thought the OP did not want to eat below a supermarket.

Also, Halal so no booze.

Mar 06, 2015
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Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

Please dont get me wrong.

The headcheese at Karl's is the one I would start somebody on. I get it twice a year (and some liverwurst as a nod to my dead Dad) and it is sublime ( and always the same. It boggles my mind how they manage this. Total pros.).

But as a rule, the category is BIG flavors, not usually subtle, and decidedly old school.

Try it while you can, the day Karl's ends up in the "closings" thread will sap my will to live.

And if you think "that will never happen", thats what I thought about Mandy and Joes.

Mar 05, 2015
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Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

In those sandwiches, i do. But the mustard seems to cut some of the fattiness. It also is better, texturewise, at room temp. Right out of the fridge the gelatin is a bit wobbly for me.

Mar 04, 2015
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Karl's Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler)

Usually you boil an entire pig (or cow) head, boil until tounge is fork tender, let it cool in stock, pick meat off the skull, especially the cheek meat, ( though usually not brains, eyes or ears), and depending on maker, tounge ( the only person i know who makes it eats tounge seperately).

The skull has a ton of natural gelatin in it, so stock reduced, used to make a stew-like cocoction with black pepper, bay leaf, onion, salt, vinegar, and then stuffed into large sausage casings, and aged a bit.

Its like an intense chunky country terrine. He makes sandwiches with green onions, tomatoes, lettuce and mustard.

No dairy at all.

Mar 04, 2015
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March 2015 Openings and Closings

Im thinking that after the scathing january/february we had , more places will be vulnerable.

The "closing" portion could be full.

Mar 04, 2015
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Cambridge Indian Lunch Buffets:Tanjore and Kebab Factory

Ive tred most of them and my favorite still remains Kebab & Tandoor beneath the Waltham India market on Moody.

I know, not Boston proper but still my favorite.

For the record, i LIKE that it is dark, and quiet and often i am eating alone.

It is Hyperbadi and Halal so no booze.

Feb 27, 2015
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Gene's flatbread Dapanji- anyone had it?

I guess i dont find a 20lb. dish that serves ten that expensive for 55usd. Heck a 16 oz sirloin at The Bancroft will set one back that much.

(I know, I know, apples and oranges,etc, im just sayin')

If it comes with the noodles, wow, it sounds great.

Feb 22, 2015
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