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May 2015 Openings and Closings

Gee, and when so many of us are bemoaning the lack of seafood-centric restaurants in the Boston area, that attitude seems pretty outrageous.

My son and his fiancee live in the Central Square area, and were beside themselves with the pretentious nimby attitude of the neighborhood associations around the whole Tasty Burger ordeal.

2 days ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

bakery, patisserie in boston, seriously??

The brunch biscuit and gravy at the Centre Street Cafe in JP is quite good, although you may find that the delicious gravy overpowers the biscuit.

May 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sunday Brunch near Logan-accessible T line

In addition to the suggestions above, there is Ward 8 right outside of the North End. We had a decent brunch there a couple of months back and it's a pleasant, open space to linger on a nice day. In the North End itself, Vinoteca di Monica is now offering brunch. I've only been for dinner everyone but everyone in our party really enjoyed the food, and the Italian-leaning menu could be fun and unique.

May 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Trip Planning Help

This was such a fun report. Thanks for the vicarious chow experience!

May 14, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Tuscan Kitchen Burlington ?

I was pretty bummed. The Italian was quite good, as was the chicken sandwich with arugula and lemon aioli.

I was a bit annoyed with their customer service in Burlington, though. Last week I went in for sandwiches and when I found out that they don't have them anymore, ordered four-cheese ravioli so I could make a quick dinner. After cooking them, I discovered that they were lobster ravioli. Some people might be psyched, since they obviously are a lot more expensive and I only paid for the cheese, but I'm the only one at home that eats lobster and was stuck without dinner for my husband and son. Annoying when you're trying to throw together a quick meal. I emailed them to let them know, and they never responded.

May 13, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Tuscan Kitchen Burlington ?

I was disappointed to discover that the Burlington market no longer has sandwiches or pizza. The four-cheese ravioli is quite good for a quick meal, though, and the marinara is much better than the usual premade.

May 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Holy and Hungry - a new Cooking Channel series

Holy cow, just read the wikipedia entry. That's enough to make me want to boycott the channel.

May 12, 2015
bear in Food Media & News

Nduja in Boston??

Moody's definitely had it yesterday, labeled "Njuja. Spicy Spreadable Salami" or something similar. They also had a version labeled "Spreadable Spanish salami" or something similar.

May 10, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Chestnut Flour

There was one bag at the Whole Foods in Fresh Pond the other day.

May 09, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Name of the Italian Restaurant that used to be at 75 Chestnut Street

I was curious so I checked out Chicken Strozzi for fun. Does this sound familiar?

https://books.google.com/books?id=U2Q...

May 07, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

looking for retail-sized fresh squeezed OJ on the north shore

Some of the Market Basket locations sell half gallons and gallons of fresh squeezed orange juice.

May 07, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Chef's Table on Netflix

I watched the first two episodes this week. Massimo Bottura and Dan Barber. Really enjoyable.

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Just making sure that you know that they recently moved:

http://www.peteandjensbackyardbirds.c...

Apr 27, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

Oh, that's right. I think you might have mentioned that when I suggested Cutty's before, Jenny. That would certainly alter the nature of a dish, and make for a pretty funky pie.

Apr 27, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

I also remember that Cutty's in Brookline sold rendered lard a while back. Certainly not convenient to Waltham, but I'd use any excuse to get a spuckie or one of their other amazing sandwiches.

Best to call and check to see if they are still selling it, though.

Apr 27, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Where to buy lard- Waltham

I bought a pint of lard from Moody's about a year ago, in the freezer section. Hopefully they still have it. Good luck! They are closed on Sundays and Mondays, I believe.

Apr 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
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More Waltham fun - Alba Mediterranean Market and Bakery

Ooh, ooh, that's exciting! Thanks for the heads-up.

Apr 26, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Italian Bakery

Has anyone tried the bread from Bread Obsession in Lexington? It's definitely not Italian, but I've heard a couple of glowing comments. They don't seem to have a retail location but I plan to get a loaf the next time I go to Dave's Pasta.

Apr 25, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

May 2015 Openings and Closings

I peeked in the other day. There was a table saw and lots of work left to do.

Apr 24, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Mandatory 20% at Select?

Tom Ashbrook is devoting part of On Point to the topic of tipping. Looks to be an interesting show. I'm not sure if anyone from Select will be there, but there is a local angle.

http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/04/23/ti...

Apr 24, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Owner and Baker of Betty Ann food shop passed away

Beautiful tribute of Bill Scantlebury of Betty Ann's on WBUR. (I'm a bit fan of the Remembrance Project in general.)

http://www.wbur.org/2015/04/23/the-re...

Apr 23, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Something Chowish near Marlborough?

Sorry I called you digga, devilham!

Apr 21, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Something Chowish near Marlborough?

Great report back, digga. It's really helpful for other hounds and visitors looking in the area. Rail Trail sounds like it's worth a visit and a little effort to go out of the way to get there. Apple picking isn't all that far away!

Sounds like you had an amazing day, and your little Dr. Who fan sounds just awesome. He's in good company with the 20- and 30-somethings in my extended family.

Apr 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

The perfect Concord/Lincoln morning

Thanks for the day brightener, Blumie. We sure are fortunate to live in such an amazing area, and it's pretty easy to take it all for granted. Fun post.

Apr 20, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Post your 2015 cookware finds and deals here

I have an Instant Pot and like it quite a bit, although I still haven't used it's full range and need to use it more to get more comfortable. I've used it as a slow cooker and a pressure cooker, though. I would buy it again. That's a great deal. I thin I paid $149 which included a glass lid as well as the stainless lid.

Apr 19, 2015
bear in Cookware

Sunday brunch: Coppa or Aquitane?

My experiences at Aquitaine's brunch have been fine but nothing special, although I do like the space. I haven't been to Coppa, but a good backup place could be Boston Chops. We frequently go out for brunch on Saturdays and often enjoyed going there, but unfortunately they now only have Sunday brunch.

Apr 17, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Italian Pork Sandwich?

I had the pork and rabe sandwich a couple of weeks ago, and I'm almost certain that there was no fennel in it. I think you get a choice of pork and rabe or pork and fennel.The rabe version was really delicious and I'd be happy to have it on a regular basis.

The bite I stole of the greens and bacon was phenomenal.

Apr 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Destination: Donuts

Yeah, we really like Donuts with a Difference in Medford, but there's nothing exciting for a 6-year-old about their old-school counter.

Apr 16, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

I forgot to mention the bread. The night we went it was rye, and was awesome.

Happy Birthday!

Apr 13, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area

Loyal Nine, Cambridge

BBE, I have to say that I did really enjoy the dish. I might have liked another piece of pig ear or another clam or two, but really enjoyed the brioche roll and thought the clams were some of the best I've had. I could happily have made a meal of a plate of them.

I do agree with you that the restaurant's quirkiness, inventiveness and risk-taking will likely mean that diners' reactions to some of the dishes will run the gamut. It will be fun to watch the place evolve.

Apr 12, 2015
bear in Greater Boston Area