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Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

Thanks so much for the replies. Allstonian, I've copied and pasted the Russian word and put it in my phone notepad for future reference.

Teezee, Baza did have some cherries in the clear plastic clamshells that you describe, and that's why I was confused when the woman working there was adamant that there were no sour cherries, only sweet, when the young woman helping me asked her. Either she was mistaken or there was a miscommunication.

I did see fresh sour cherries at Wilson Farm the other day for $6.99/qt., but have been away for a couple of days so I didn't check them out. Having those frozen pitted cherries in the freezer is awfully convenient in a pinch.

about 16 hours ago
bear in Greater Boston Area

What's new in St Thomas?

We also had that the "Ballpark." I'm not a big dessert eater, but my husband has a bit of a sweet tooth. We both thought it was delicious.

1 day ago
bear in Latin America & Caribbean

Retail Marinated Olives

Sophia's has my favorite kalamatas. The smallish superior kalamatas are delicious, and even the pitted ones are great.

Sophia's in Belmont and Arax and Sevan in Watertown are all well worth a visit.

Jul 27, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Mistral-specifics on a dish

Is there any cheese? It doesn't appear so from the pictures. I wonder if the beef is pre-cooked. When I make a steak pizza at home, it has been a traditional oven-baked pizza and the steak cooks in the oven. Grilled pizza doesn't spend much time with heat circulating around it, so it's probably necessary to quickly cook the tenderloin first.

Jul 25, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Is anyone going to boycott Market Basket?

It truly is an amazing phenomenon. Really fascinating to watch and participate in, even passively by shopping elsewhere.

Jul 25, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Boston Itinerary in October? Help for our researched trip appreciated!

La Morra in Brookline is family-friendly and has half-order pastas, so that is an option if you decide you want more Italian. The food is very good.

Jul 25, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Mistral-specifics on a dish

Wow, the google images are truly drool-worthy. It's hard to beat a grilled pizza in any form, but that looks amazing. Please report back on your efforts! I may just have to give it a try with your feedback, since I also have some really good (real) truffle oil that my son gave me.

Jul 25, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

New York Times Cooking Site Beta Test

I just signed up, too. Lots of fun stuff to sift through. We'll see where it leads and how much it costs when the beta period is over.

Jul 24, 2014
bear in Food Media & News
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July 2014 Openings and Closings

Looks like the Watch City equipment is up for auction on July 30, according to the Brand New Watch twitter feed.

Jul 24, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Second Date - tasty but not too pricey

Although the OP may not want to identify the name incase his/her date also reads the board.

Jul 24, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

I stopped into the newish Stop and Shop on Rte. 16 in the old Johnnie's Foodmaster space on Friday instead of going to MB for hot peppers. It seemed sort of a sad, slightly depressing place considering it's so new.

Johnnie's wasn't exactly joyful, but at least it had some local flavor. I'll only head back there if I really need something.

Jul 24, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Second Date - tasty but not too pricey

Thanks for the Legal 1st floor report, teezee. Sounds like we can skip it, too.

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Second Date - tasty but not too pricey

There are several places in the North End that would work and hopefully someone with more recent experience will chime in. My husband and I enjoy Antico Forno on Salem St. for baked pasta and pizza at reasonable prices. For non-Italian in the North End, the North Street Grille is cute and very reasonably priced.

Maybe someone will talk about the atmosphere at Legal Harborside, first floor. The prices are in your range and I'm hoping to check it out soon. The views are wonderful.

Hope your second date is even more awesome than the first!

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Second Date - tasty but not too pricey

It would be helpful if you could give us a price range even if you don't want to identify the restaurant so we can be more in your ballpark.

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Yes, I agree. I add more cornmeal because I do love the flavor. As written, it is too custardy for us, too. I thought maybe I wasn't using the correct grind of cornmeal, so now I know it wasn't me!

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

Awww, C., thanks. Now let's convince him of that!

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Any special MA or NE foods to look for try out/buy?

This makes me even appreciate Market Basket even more! My son loves Indian Pudding and occasionally likes to have some for breakfast, so I decided to keep some canned for when I don't have time to make my own and he has a craving. I bought some Bar Harbor at Whole Foods for $4.69/can and told him it would be an occasional treat at that price. I searched at Shaw's, Wilson Farm, Russo's, and elsewhere and didn't see it. Lo and behold, Market Basket in Burlington had the same brand, Bar Harbor, for $2.49/can. Let's save our Market Basket!

The Bar Harbor isn't quite as tasty as Jasper White's recipe, but it is really good warmed with Haagen Dazs Vanilla on top. Yum.

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

I checked the wood chunks/chips at True Value Waltham today. They didn't have any alder or beech, just cherry, apple, mesquite, hickory, pecan and the Jack Daniels barrels.

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

Thanks for reporting, chuck. What did you think of the "coziness" factor? Warm or more bar-like? Thanks. The menu looks fun but I didn't get a sense when I drove by a couple of weeks ago.

Jul 23, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

They didn't a couple years back when I went, but maybe they were just out of the small bags. A call or an email would be wise if you want smaller

Jul 22, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

They do sell wood chunks and it's great if you have storage. Just be aware that the bags are really large, either 25 or 40 lbs. Too big for my tiny house, sadly.

Jul 22, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Thomas Keller at Stanford School of Business

I caught that segment of Wait, Wait and thought Keller was lots of fun.

My sister and her husband had gone to the Bastille Day party last week at Bouchon in Yountville and he took a turn in the dunk tank and was a really good sport about it. It's fun to see his humorous side.

Jul 21, 2014
bear in Food Media & News

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

True Value Hardware on Lexington St. in Waltham had several different kinds of chips and chunks a few weeks ago. I'm not sure what the inventory is like now. Also, Home Depot usually has a couple of kinds of chunks.

Jul 21, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

My imagination, or is Stop&Shop getting good again?

The Waltham Shaw's on Lexington St. just became a Star as well, so maybe they'll all turn over eventually.

Jul 18, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

Sunday brunch/lunch between Brookline and Arlington

I've only been to Cook for Saturday brunch, which doesn't tend to be really busy, and it wasn't loud. Sunday brunch tends to be busier, so maybe it's not the best choice but I don't have any personal experience.

Jul 17, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Sunday brunch/lunch between Brookline and Arlington

Both of those crossed my mind. Rox Diner on Walnut St. in Newtonville says they don't take reservations, but Rox Cafe in on Lincoln St. in Newton Highlands says they do but they don't say for what size party. Either Cook or the Roxes are child-friendly.

In a pinch, Social Bar and Restaurant at the Crowne Plaza on Washington St. in Newton Corner would work. It is a pretty space but feels a little bit like a hotel restaurant. The one dinner I had there a while back was actually pretty good and service was excellent. It wasn't very full, so that might be a plus.

You might get a recommendation for Deluxe Station Diner in Newton Center, but every time I've seen it on a weekend, it's been really busy.

Jul 16, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Sunday Lunchtime Steak?

Boston Chops doesn't have much in the way of views, but the food is delicious. They offer Sunday brunch but have a few different steaks on the menu. The food and service have been top notch when we've been.

Jul 15, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Gee, I had the burger two weeks ago. Delicious as always. Bummer! Hope it's just temporary.

Jul 14, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area

June 2014 Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

I just had Patti from On the Edge sharpen part of my mandoline (my husband removed the blade first) and she did a terrific job. It's really sharp and she's great to deal with.

Jul 13, 2014
bear in Greater Boston Area
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Which is the best vanilla ice cream?

I much prefer Haagen Dazs to Ben and Jerry's. It's really creamy and natural tasting and not quite as sweet as B&J's. The flavor is pretty much what you get from homemade vanilla made from a good custard base. You can even use it, melted, as a quick creme anglaise in a pinch.

Jul 12, 2014
bear in General Topics
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