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The parking lot at the Burlington store was as crazy as ever shortly after noon today. It was a challenge finding a space. The cashier at the Paper Store said they are thrilled that MB is back, but now she can't find a place to park.

The stock was getting back to normal. Still lots of Chobani yogurt but workers were busily loading the MB brand dairy along with a few other brands. They had what looked like a full complement of Cabot cheeses, which made me happy, as well as a decent array of specialty cheeses like parm and Central American quesos. Beautiful fresh swordfish and scrod at the fish counter and an increasing amount of meats.

They sure don't seem to have lost many customers! It was good to be back and I can't wait for the Waltham store to open.

about 18 hours ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

Recommendation for Spanish Cookbook

Oh, those illustrations are really wonderful!

1 day ago
bear in Home Cooking

Dinner Lab Brings the Wisdom of Crowds to Haute Cuisine

Interesting concept. It's a fine line, I would think, between adapting the food based on the feedback from the diners, and disregarding it as the chef at the end of the article states. The woman who didn't like the sardines because they had eyes, for example, just may not have much experience being served whole fish. I guess they would need a cross-section of diners and not skew the results too much to an Olive Garden palate of being bland and middle-of-the-road so as not to alienate anyone.

1 day ago
bear in Food Media & News

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

Oh, cowboyardee, I think I'm in love. Don't tell my husband. I was smitten after last week's recap, but head over heels now. The show is okay, but this is genius.

Looking for a bakery that will make a 3D Patriots helmet shaped cake for a wedding.

Check out the custom cakes on the website at the Dessert Works in Norwood. Really delicious cakes, too.

Aug 30, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

trying to remember a pizza place

So funny! My son was just reminiscing a couple of days ago about Bel Canto in both Lexington and Central and how, even as a fairly young kid, he loved the whole wheat crust and how it was the first place he had ever had it. As a vegetarian, he also loved the variety of unusual toppings. We were headed to Armando's to pick up a Sicilian pie for dinner and the thick crust brought back memories.

Aug 30, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

Thanks for the reminder. I still remember the delicious chicken salad the leftovers from the Modern chicken made so I need to put it back on the radar screen.

Aug 29, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

From Boston Market?

Aug 29, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

Lovely report. I'm sure there will be many unforeseen challenges facing employees and management in the next several months, and wish both management and employees the best through it all.

I must say, I'm waiting for the made-for-tv movie to come out soon. This is a script that would be hard to believe if we hadn't all witnessed it!

Aug 29, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Parchment Paper

Have you tried the Reynolds Heavy Duty at Costco? It's a very good value and fits really well on cookie sheets to save a bit of clean-up.

Aug 28, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Looking forward to our Boston visit

Have a wonderful time! And, fortunately, the weather is quite lovely so strolling around should be fun.

Aug 28, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Anadama Bread

Now that you have a few sources for loaves, I'll make another restaurant suggestion. Henrietta's Table in the Charles Hotel has a terrific version of eggs benedict using anadama, Harrginton ham, hollandaise poached eggs and asparagus. With a side of their wonderful hash browns, it's a fantastic breakfast. (Not on Sundays, when they only have a pricey buffet.)

Aug 28, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Looks like Beijing Chinese Dining has opened on Mass. Ave. in Lexington in the old Khushboo space. Menu seems pretty standard Chinese-American. Any experiences?

Aug 27, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Problems with San Marzano tomatoes in sauce

Do you just use a regular wire mesh strainer?

Aug 27, 2014
bear in Home Cooking

ISO Juanita's Tortilla Chips

And oh, are the La Nina corn tortillas delicious. The fresh masa flavor is really wonderful.

They often have them at some of the Whole Foods but do sell out. They also sell them at Dave's Fresh Pasta.

Aug 26, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Artisan/premier bakeries in Boston?

Dessert Works in Norwood has gorgeous and delicious cakes. Definitely special occasion-worthy.

Aug 25, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

My husband and I went to Boston Chops for RW on Monday night and had a very nice night. We started with oxtail croquettes and Caesar salad, both excellent. I had prime skirt steak and he had choice club sirloin, both cooked perfectly med-rare. The frites were crispy and the arugula side was well-dressed and delicious. Desserts were creme brûlée and sticky toffee pudding. We were quite full but managed to pack away a few bites.

Service was quite good and we would definitely go back.

Aug 21, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Best Providence Bakery

You'll have more luck on the Southern New England Board. Have fun!

Aug 21, 2014
bear in Southern New England

ISO capers packed in salt

I've seen them at the condiment bar at Whole Foods in Fresh Pond, so you could check Bedford or any of the larger stores.

Aug 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

How do I replace Hamersley's as my "go to" special occasion restaurant? (Very detailed list of criteria inside!)

Timely post, johnblacksox, so thanks for the post. I suspect that there will be many Hamersley's lovers consulting this thread when looking for that special place with a warm glow, wonderfully consistent food, and top-notch service. There are a few months until my next anniversary dinner and the dining scene will probably change a bit before then, but it helps to get so much input into finding a new special occasion home. Please let us know both pluses and minuses if you try someplace new.

Aug 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions

Thanks for the link, jjb!

Aug 20, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions

According to Boston Hidden Restaurants, Moody's will be expanding into the Wings Express space next to it. The new place will give then seating for 50, including a bar and an "island of slicers". This is really good news for the Waltham dining scene.

Additionally, they will be opening a large commercial manufacturing facility in Waltham so that they can distribute nationally.

Where can I get my Market Basket favorites?

The Waltham Star (formerly Shaw's) sells Pearl dogs, so maybe the Star on Beacon St. does, too.

Shaw's also used to sell baby limas but I haven't bought them in a while. I agree, they have to be baby to make succotash!

While you are hopefully awaiting the reopening of MB and your beloved Cinco de Mayo tortillas, you might want to give La Nina tortillas a try. They are really delicious, made from fresh masa in Everett at a fairly new tortilleria that Jamie Mammano started when he and his wife couldn't find tortillas like she had growing up in Mexico. Dave's Fresh Pasta usually has them, and some of the Whole Foods also stock them. (on a side note, they said that if you call ahead, they may be able to set aside some fresh masa for tamales even though they don't do retail.)

Trader Joe's frozen chopped spinach is better than the average supermarket brands.

Let's hope this soon becomes a thread that's no longer needed!

Aug 18, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Still shaking my head at that one...

Aug 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

No, I guess not too surprising but a bit of a bummer. Moody has been pretty good about not having too many chains on the main commercial drag (not perfect...Margarita's, anyone?) so it was disappointing that something independent wasn't going in there. It's a pretty big space, though, so whatever went in there would have to having some substantial financial backing.

It won't draw me to Moody for a beer and a burger any more than Watch City did.

Aug 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

Right. My husband and I gave it another try last year, thinking that as residents we should try and support more Waltham businesses. It seemed even sadder and more neglected than it had been previously. Too bad another meh place is moving in.

Aug 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

August 2014 Openings and Closings

According to Waltham Patch and Downtown Waltham, Watch City Brewing will be replaced by Boston Beer Works.

Aug 13, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Hamersley's Bistro to close in Oct

Oh, it was our anniversary restaurant and we have many wonderful memories thanks to Gordon, Fiona and the stellar staff. While I will sorely miss our times there, I am really grateful for all of the beautiful evenings we spent there and wish everyone well in their next chapter! (and I look forward to that next cookbook. I love Bistro Cooking at Home.)

Aug 13, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

Oh, that is exactly it!

Aug 13, 2014
bear in Food Media & News

NY Times Review of Giada's Las Vegas restaurant. Ouch

I don't have a problem with Giada or her show. She makes mostly simple and approachable food and seems to have a pretty solid culinary foundation. She doesn't have the chops of a high-level chef, but that's not what her focus has been.

The restaurant, on the other hand, seems to go against the very principles that have made her so successful. The over-the-top branding with her signature all over everything is pretty off-putting.

Her motto, emblazoned on a light fixture, of "I eat a little bit of Everything and not a lot of Anything," hardly seems to be welcoming to people who are looking to have an indulgent splurge at those prices, especially for those of us who enjoy a hearty meal. It feels pretty arrogant and narcissistic, if in fact she had final say on the feel of the place.

https://twitter.com/CromwellVegas/sta...

That said, the review is mean-spirited and takes its share of cheap shots. Wells' point could be made without the humiliation.

Aug 13, 2014
bear in Food Media & News
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