Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
b

bear's Profile

Title Last Reply

Airport to Belle Isle Seafood or vice versa

You can also get estimated fares on Uber if you download the app. It's definitely more expensive than the T, but less than a cab.

1 day ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

September 2015 Openings and Closings

Sorry if this has already been posted, but Bon Me in the old Cheddar's space in Fresh Pond looks like it's getting fairly close to opening.

Aug 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

One-day foodie road trip from Boston

I completely agree that I wouldn't want to drive the 2+ hrs. back from Portland after lots of food and some alcohol. I'd opt to grab a hotel room and spend the next morning exploring the city, or if that isn't an option, head to Providence or the Kittery/Portsmouth area for a more reasonable drive.

Another option would be to head to the Westport/Sakonnet area for the day as mkfisher suggested and end with dinner at the Red Dory in Tiverton to check out what Steve Johnson is up to since he closed Rendezvous.

Aug 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
1

Sushi

I called about 12:30 for pickup at 6 the same day, and they just asked to make sure I called if the order changed.

Aug 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sushi

It was truly a thing of beauty, and fresh and delicious. A bit surreal, actually. I'm so glad I told them to make us what they wanted for our budget and figured they deserved a shout-out here. It would easily have fed six hungry sushi-lovers.

It came to $95, and we threw in some tip money. A real bargain.

Aug 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sushi

Having sushi-loving out-of-town company, we decided to get some takeout from Sakanaya in Allston. Not really knowing our guests' preferences, I gave the market a budget of somewhere under $100 and asked for them to choose a mix of things for four people. The fish was fresh, the platter was gorgeous and our guests felt quite indulged. And, no, we couldn't possibly finish everything!

Fresh Tonnarelli in Boston Area

It's on the menu at The Salty Pig, so maybe they would sell you just the pasta.

Aug 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
1

Roberta Dowling

Nice tribute in the Globe yesterday:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/local...

Aug 24, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Roberta Dowling

I thought it was appropriate to note the passing of Roberta Dowling, founder of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts along with many other regional culinary undertakings. She has had a profound impact on the food scene in the New England area for many years, and many local chefs attended the Professional Chef or the Pastry Chef program at the CSCA.

This message was sent to alumni yesterday (I'm not an alumna nor am I affiliated with the school.)

“It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of Roberta Dowling's unexpected passing. She died peacefully at her home in Falmouth yesterday afternoon. As founder of The CSCA, Roberta impacted so many of our lives during her lifetime and she will be deeply missed by all.”

Aug 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

More Waltham fun - Alba Mediterranean Market and Bakery

Nice little article in the Globe today: (hopefully you don't have to be a subscriber to read it)

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...

I stopped in earlier to look around and grabbed some plain yogurt and pitted kalamatas. The yogurt, which is whole cow's milk, was delicious and super thick and make a terrific tzatziki. The baked goods looked wonderful but I resisted the added calories.

It will be fun to watch the market evolve as the owners figure out what the locals will go for.

Aug 18, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Tony G's Barbeque, Belmont: Anyone?

The Loading Dock owners also seem to own the Zaytoun Market in the newish strip all on Concord Ave in Belmont. Not much info online in a quick phone search.

Aug 14, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

I guess I'm also wondering who on chowhound has recommended the Ashmont Grill so often. I feel like I'm the only one who mentions it, and only in regards to a solid everyday burger when a burger thread comes up. That's the only thing I've eaten there other than eggs bennie at brunch, and I almost never see it mentioned otherwise.

Aug 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

The price of scallops

Thanks, cm. Good to know!

Aug 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

The price of scallops

I'm hoping to get some Courthouse scallops (I've had nothing but good luck with their scallops) in the next couple of weeks and will try searing them the way I usually do, and then trying some using Kenji's salted method.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/08/th...

Aug 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Bummer. We've only done the beef, which has almost always been super juicy and flavorful with a nice crust from the wood grill.

Aug 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Why is Boston food so bland?

Except they serve a very good burger. It has been under seasoned a couple of times, but last time it was perfectly med rare and well-seasoned.

Aug 11, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to find Genovese pastries?

I have no experience with this pastry, but is it similar to the "Iris" served at Brelundi in Waltham?

Referenced toward the end of the review:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle...

Aug 10, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

DIY Pizza Oven

Cool post. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2015
bear in Cookware

Tony G's Barbeque, Belmont: Anyone?

Well, that's surprising given the media reports so far, and very helpful. It sounds like they need a while to work out the kinks. Thanks for the post.

Aug 08, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Tony G's Barbeque, Belmont: Anyone?

Yeah, it may well not last a year, but that's not because there's no call for bbq in the Belmont area. That's because it's not real bbq.

Where to buy pork hocks near Waltham?

Yes, or a refrigerator bag (usually between 3-$5) and some ice packs. Or, the place you buy them may give you some ice in plastic bags to keep things cool. I know Whole Foods will do this, and am sure many other places will.

Aug 07, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy pork hocks near Waltham?

I don't think that freezing pork hocks will affect the texture or quality much at all. I think you'd be fine going with the hocks at Prime or Pete and Jen's. It's very different from a steak or roast.

Aug 07, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Food Netword Star (Salvation)

I could swear one of the commercials by a sponsor of the show showed a spoiler for the finalists, including one of the Star Salvation contestants, but I only saw it once.

Aug 06, 2015
bear in Food Media & News

Tony G's Barbeque, Belmont: Anyone?

I think a great bbq place would do really well there despite the challenging location, or at least I'd be a frequent visitor. I just don't understand the concept of bbq without a smoker. I'm assuming it is still the same concept as the "oven range bbq" that they orignally announced, which seems kind of like an oxymoron.

Aug 06, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone or butcher selling Chicken Ballotine made to order for home use?

With a little notice, Savenor's may well bone the bird for you and you could stuff it yourself if they don't offer the comlete Ballotine. I've gotten Statler chicken breasts from them a few times with a couple hours notice. A whole boned bird would probably need a little more notice.

Aug 06, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Breakfast near XV Beacon please?

Personally, I'd spring for a few dollars more and hit Brasserie Jo instead of Thorntons for most things. I find Thorntons just okay and they are very close geographically. Thornton's is definitely more affordable, though.

Aug 02, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Red Boat fish sauce--where to buy it?

Fresh Pond Cambridge WF has definitely had it in the past.

Jul 30, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where does Market Basket chicken come from?

Market Basket does carry some vacuum-sealed Bell and Evans and some Coleman chicken, as well as another brand that is escaping me. I would be surprised if the regular MB chicken was anything other than their typical factory-farmed was any different than that the other local chains sell.

Market Basket is a great value for many things, but I don't think the better-quality chicken there is a particularly good deal.

Jul 30, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Awesome burgers: new thread

They missed the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, which has a very good burger cooked on their wood-fired grill. Nice char, juicy and almost always perfectly medium rare.

Jul 28, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sour cherries?

Actually I just came from Russo's and they had quarts of sour cherries for $5.99.

Jul 27, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
1