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Lunch near newton Wellesley hospital....with a child

That walk is a solid mile for medocre food at best.

Could be a bit of a hike for a four year old, but maybe hes a trooper.

That still dosent change the ice cold antipasti , watery drinks, bland poorly cooked pasta and a disinterested staff you will encounter when you arrive.

about 11 hours ago
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Serious Eats

Its twisted, and horrifying, and really only good while hot (does not hold well) but its inspired and never fails to amaze recipients:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

so sue me.

Apr 14, 2014
hyde in Food Media & News
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What would you consider are your 6 essential spices?

surprised thyme didnt make most lists. consider it key.

Apr 13, 2014
hyde in General Topics
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Forgotten Fast Foods

What is it with Lake Placid?

One of the two remaining Howard Johnsons are there also.

Apr 12, 2014
hyde in Chains

Lamb chops?

Nick does get his meat from farmers in western Mass.

Mennonite, I believe. I consider it local/ethically sourced.

But you have to give him some lead time.

Hes also very funny.

Apr 12, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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April 2014 Openings and Closings

thank god. I was looking for a place with more televisions!

Apr 07, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Dairy Joy in Weston: Very Expensive, but ...

dont go.

Apr 04, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Tim Maslow Piece in Bostoon Mag just now

"Go screw yourself, Gramps".

Damn MC, As a longtime fan, gotta say this might be the most unmeasured I have seen you.

Hysterical.

There is no good in reacting to these pieces (as we have seen recently with other chefs), a shrug would have been best but Tim's response was o.k. splitting the difference.

Apr 04, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Recipes/Uses for My New Immersion Blender?

Have not bought mayo since i discovered this recipe on chowhound:

"Homemade Best Foods/Hellmans Mayonnaise using stick blender

1 whole egg, medium or large size
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (bottled ok
)1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard (or 1/4 tsp prepared yellow mustard)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
dash white pepper
1 cup vegetable (canola) oil, room temperature

Break egg into bottom of 1-quart canning jar or other tall narrow jar that allows you to immerse the mixing blades of a stick blender all the way to the bottom. The jar should be only slightly wider than the end of the stick blender.

Add lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, table salt and white pepper.

Add 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Place mixing blades of stick blender (turned off) all the way to the bottom of the jar, pressing
down over the egg.

Turn stick blender on high speed, hold in place at bottom of jar for about 5-seconds until you see mayonnaise form under stick blender's mixing blades.

Slowly pull stick blender upward until the mixing blades reaches top of jar, taking about
more 5-seconds. The stick blender will turn the oil into mayonnaise as it is pulled slowly to the
top of the jar.

After chilling in the fridge, this mayonnaise gets slightly thicker and tastes very much like Best Foods/Hellman's Mayonnaise.

Makes about 1 cup of mayonnaise"

Apologies to the OP of this recipie, I cant remember now where I found it.

Apr 03, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Twin Donuts renovation

hear,hear.

Mar 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

You are, no doubt, correct. Then I hope beyond hope, the management trains staff and maintains standards in the new places.

I once had a pizza in one of the Pizzeria Regina outposts that made me sit there and wonder how they could not be actually embarrassed to link it to the downtown site. When I brought the unfinished pizza back to the counter and expressed my incredulity the manager shrugged and said "most people like it" and dumped it in the trash in front of me.

One of the few times in my life I was actually speechless.

Mar 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

FULLY AGREE.

Sort of pregnant.

Military Intelligence.

Very unique.

"Slightly" off clams.

Mar 24, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Or barbeque smokers in Brookline.

Mar 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Where Have All the Greek Restaurants Gone?

There was a place on Rt135. in Natick, near the Wellesley border, Ice cream/fried food joint that, for years, was the go to place post, sports finals, gaduation, hot summer nights.

The place had "classic car nights" where people would bring their baby GTO/ Bel Air/ Corvette's and talk while listening to 60's music and eating Cheeseburger Plates delivered with 1/2 pound of fries for 10usd.

For what it was, it was a classic.

I believe the place was called "Steve's" (though we just knew it as "the place on 135" ) , it made the owner a TON of money. He finally closed it in the 90's and replaced with an upscale Greek restaurant. It died within a couple of years. Never saw anyone in the place under the age of 70, weak food, weaker service.

I asked one of the beleagured servers one day, WHY, in god's name, did the owner close a restaurant that basically printed money to open a tablecloth Greek joint that was failing miserably,

she said, "Its the place he always wanted to have"

Mar 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

yes, hopefully it will be as good as the Regina outposts!

ah, sarcasm.

Its not that the ovens CANT be built, my understanding is that Boston fire laws will preclude the building of a coal oven inside the city limits proper.

If I am wrong about this , I apologize.

That said, Angela's on rt. 1 is coal fired, i believe. so outside the city, say Waltham or Quincy, would be possible,

but Downtown?

I remain skeptical.

Mar 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Pepes Pizza coming to Boston

Coal fired oven in Boston proper?

Color me skeptical.

Mar 22, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

What happen to English pastry shop in Charles street?

Hubris?

Mar 19, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Excellent tortilla chips from an unexpected source

have to admit, im a sucker for the fried chicken if i see them putting it out fresh, and last week it was 4 bucks a pound.

Work dinner for two nights, solved.

Mar 14, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

too late to the gate?

Mar 09, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Cookbooks that are more than just cookbooks.

Any of John Thorne's books.

"Simple cooking" is a good place to start.

Mar 09, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking
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Sell outs/things that sell out fast

Rosenfeld's bagels are only open until 1 on the week-ends then closed monday and tuesday

Mar 09, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

King Taco: what's in that sauce?!!?! [moved from Los Angeles board]

Oddly, after all the work redmeat put into it, the recipe that Empower88 (slightly upthread) deals out is the real deal.

Scalable, simple, the ability to make it on a truck. Find out you are running out before dinner rush? no worries, whip up a batch in 20.

I do toast the chilis slightly before I boil, but this is the one that works for me.

Redmeat, if youre out there, let us know WTF.

Vaya con dios.

Mar 03, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

Can we go back to the candle thing?

"Methinks Pho Viets Bahn MI deserveth FOUR candles!

Mar 03, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area
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March 2014 Openings and Closings

The Allston Ale house!

Yikes, along with mentioning The Waltham Tavern, Paul's Mall, the Inn Square Mens Bar and Lennie's on the Turnpike, this is usually nostalgic enough to have the mods chuck ones post.

Mar 02, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Why Yelp is useless (Boston discussion on their "Top 100 places to eat!" article

Totally agree, thats usually my problem with yelp.

Chopping a place because it dosent serve food that it is not meant to serve. "this thai restaurant has the worst XLB ever!!" and poor reviews based on one visit.

Mar 01, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Grrrr. The smittenkitchen dulce de leche didn't work for me...

I would try boiling water in the bowl and sit the whole thing in a hot water bath, but it may be beyond redemption

I have used the sweetened condensed milk version for years and it works great.

It also takes three hours and cool down time.

That said, while still warm the dulce is almost pourable, like tar, and wonderful in banoffee pie.

If you let it cool completely and keep it on the shelf, when you open it it is more like peanut butter and difficult to spread.
Sit the cans in a bowl of very warm water for a few minutes and the goo loosens up.

or just eat it on a spoon.

Feb 27, 2014
hyde in Home Cooking

Butcher for skin on pork belly?

I figured but one can hope.

Dewars as a retail outlet for Kinneally makes my chest hurt, as more than one time, in the old Newton store, the guys would take me in back and walk me through their cut for specific things I had asked for.

I guess that was a long time ago.

But the possibility of high choice or better in Needham, 10 minutes from Owens poultry, makes me happy.

Feb 27, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Butcher for skin on pork belly?

This is the most awesome thing I have heard in ages. Wonder if they are breaking down the primals on site or packaging somewhere else?

Half a mile from Owens poultry farm too.

sweet.

Feb 26, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Stone-Ground Grits (Where to Find)

These might be my favorites. Really nice people too.

I have ordered from Callaway Gardens in the past, the speckled heart grits are great but their shipping costs went up a year or so ago.

Feb 23, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area

Seeking real Boston, one night, two kids (So. Common/North End)

-5 on Neptune Oyster.

I am not a fan, but the idea of wait times (always), kids general love for fish (not), and expense, push this into the bad idea category with two children, even well behaved ones. MAYBE for two adults.

Now, chocolate chip pancakes at Charlies Sandwich Shoppe ( probably about 1500 meters from your hotel) at 429 Columbus street for breakfast one day (they close at 2:30) I imagine would be well received.

edit: just saw that you have been and gone. For next time then.

Feb 22, 2014
hyde in Greater Boston Area