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Highland Kitchen ?

Oh no! the mushroom sandwich is GONE? It was my favorite :( I'll be sure to ask for it just in case... thanks for the heads up!

Sep 04, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Ma Po Bean Curd

I have to give another shout out for Zoe's... their Ma Po Dofu is deliciously spicy with the perfect amount of heat. It doesn't hurt that the setting is nice, quiet, and clean though they do delivery as well. It may be a bit of a hike from Northeastern, but totally worth the trip ;)

Sep 04, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Rec for a Wedding and Reception

Hi Almansa,

I am actually planning a wedding right now, and have looked at many different options. We are trying to do something special, memorable, and unique... and I agree with several other posters that 'hotels' aren't exactly as special as other sites. I have just returned from a wonderful visit to the Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA. Not that your friend is at any loss for good wine in France, but the wine is delicious, the food at their restaurant (or outside in their covered pavilion) is incredibly creative and 'chow' worthy! I absolutely loved the 55 acres (right now, peaches, berries, plums, and other fruits are ready to be picked) and the vineyards. It is gorgeous, and the prices are so reasonable. It is a bit of a hike for those coming to a destination wedding.. about an hour from Boston.. but for a memorable, special day, it would be a great pick! Good luck to your friend.

Jul 28, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Szechuan Bay under construction, Foss Pk & other Somerville trucks

At this weekend's 'Somerville ArtBeat' in Davis Square, a representative from East Somerville Streets was handing out a cleverly packaged "East Somerville Eats" brochure listing locations such as Tapatio, Maya Sol, Taco Loco, Louie's and (ick..) KFC/Taco Bell. I live just outside of Davis and was interested in checking some of these places out, so my SO and I decided to wander on over and walk around.

We were in the mood for burritos but wanted some AC to go along with it as we'd been in the heat all day, so space to sit was on our list of needs. Maya Sol fit the bill, and we're definitely pleased we tried it out.

Maya Sol was bright, clean, and fairly busy on a Saturday night at 7:00, which I took as a good sign. The prices were ridiculously low (can't remember the exact price, but I think it was about 4.50 for a dinner sized burrito), the food tasty and fresh, and the service was great too. The burrito fillings were nicely proportioned, not too much rice or too few beans, etc. and the guac was as creamy as can be!

I had the vegetarian burrito while my SO had the steak. The only complaint was about the chips. Nothing special, which was a shame as the condiments, the pico de gallo in particular, were very tasty.

Jul 22, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Joyless, Sullen Brown Brick

There was a SoyJoy promotional stand at a local artists festival this weekend, and I fell prey to the bright graphics and cute advertisements, and gladly pocketed three free bars. I unwrapped the first (raisin something or other...) and was sort of regretting my decision before taking a bite. After the first chomp, it was clear that I'd made a HUGE mistake. Dusty, hard, and yes, vile! I agree with the posters who wouldn't give these to their enemies. SoyJoy is a misleading name if there ever was one.

Jul 22, 2008
mipiace in Features

"BEST" vegetarian version of Mapo Doufu

I know it is traditionally made with pork (or not so traditionally, depending on who you talk to) but I am ISO of the best, spiciest, and tastiest Mapo Doufu/Mapo Tofu without meat. I'm in Somerville but am willing to go explore, granted I'm not taken to far into the 'burbs. Thanks :)

Jul 12, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Farmers' Markets & CSAs week of July 7th

Parker farm small CSA: I am constantly impressed by Parker farms! For our small share this week, we had: 1 lb fava beans, 1 bunch beets, 1 bunch yellow carrots, 1 bunch spring onions, kale and some summer squash. All that for a small! The beet greens were wonderful, the favas perfect, and the onions were delicious on the grill. Love this man! Oh and last week, strawberries were included...apparently he does some trading with other farmers to get us fruit. How cool is that?

Jul 10, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Best Salad in Boston???

I live in Somerville and often drive past the City Slicker on my way to Market Basket... I've been tempted by the avocado poster, and have been meaning to try it out as I LOVE big, hearty salad for dinner (not the dainty cucumber and mealy tomato salads offered by most take-out joints). Now I know where to get my fix!

Jul 10, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

whats nice in somerville/medford?

I second finlero- Highland Kitchen is great (the music is awesome, too), and Namaskar is by far the best choice for area Indian food. Not just typical staples (theyve got those too- carnivorous friends have told me the chicken tikka masala is quite tasty) but great south indian dishes, too.

Jul 08, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Saving $ Favorite Marked Down/Reduced Food Finds

Christmas Tree Shops also stock food- some hit (Olde Cape Cod jams, dressings; neat shapes/sizes of pasta) or miss (Peeps... in July..?). Worth a shot!

Jul 08, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Italian cookies (Ringos)

Thanks for the help! Sadly, several stores around Somerville have stopped carrying the cookies after problems with sell-by dates a few months ago- customers complained about the confusion so Pavesi is no longer exporting here (or so the kind folk at Bob's of Medford told me). I'll try this Pittsburgh link, though.. perhaps I just caught a disgruntled employee anxious to get rid of me?

Jul 07, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

wedding planning? need ideas for catering!

Wow thanks for all the great tips! I am touring Nashoba Valley Winery in two weeks and their restaurant menu looks great, but I am keeping an open mind and have written down all of these suggestions :) Thanks again!

Jul 07, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Italian cookies (Ringos)

I've just returned from a trip to Italy and among the many food items I tasted, loved, and swoon for now that I'm home are RINGOS! These were a delightful treat to take on the train rides around the country, and m y fiance was absolutely addicted. I'd love to get some for him as a surprise.. and some for myself, too, I suppose! Any ideas or tips on where to find obscure Italian imports such as these cookies?

Jul 01, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

wedding planning? need ideas for catering!

I just got engaged and thought I would check here first for ideas about venues with good food or options for great caterers in the Boston area. I'm a vegetarian so it is important that they can provide creative (read: NOT eggplant parmesan or stir fry) veg entrees but also food to satisfy the carnivores. Also, organic/seasonal minded caterers are preferred. Any tips are great!!!

Jul 01, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

What's your favorite neighborhood spot?

Another Highland Kitchen supporter!! Went last night for the first time, and was absolutely thrilled. Perfect neighborhood spot. Great food, nice people, fabulous music, and tasty drinks. What more can you ask for?? PS: The table next to mine even shared their fries.

Apr 27, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

capital grille, chestnut hill for a (gulp) vegetarian...

Just a quick update... I am pleased to report that this experience was by far my best at the CG chestnut hill. Our waiter was fabulous, as was the chef! I called a day before to discuss veg options and they told me they could basically do whatever I wanted, including tofu (!) I ended up having a seasonal roasted vegetable dish with a garlic and olive oil marinade and roasted baby red potatoes- perfect! I enjoyed this experience much more, although I have to say...can't they turn up the lights and turn down the sound? Overall, I'm glad to say my negative impression from other visits was dispelled-maybe they like vegetarians :)

Apr 07, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

capital grille, chestnut hill for a (gulp) vegetarian...

Treb, I've actually been to the CG several times at the Chestnut Hill location, and have always been treated as if I were imposing on them for daring to make a reservation with my family. We've always been asked to wait (sometimes upwards of 30 minutes despite having reservations) and yes, not everyone fits the quite stereotypical description I used (i didn't intend for it to be taken 100% seriously...) and there is nothing wrong with desiring simple steakhouse food if that's what you like to eat, but it is certainly more traditional and-dare i say-stodgy than other chow finds in Boston. Thanks to those of you who gave actual advice about my dining request instead of the critiques on my impressions of CG.

Apr 04, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

capital grille, chestnut hill for a (gulp) vegetarian...

so I have to please the grandparents this weekend for my nana's birthday, and as usual, she chose the capital grille as the place for her celebration dinner. I personally have never liked this place, as I find it the atmosphere too loud, the service too snotty, the clientele either geriatric, botoxed, and unadventurous, portions too large, food lackluster... shall I continue? On top of those complaints, I have not been since going vegetarian (two years), and the menu looks pretty slim for non-carnivores. Has anyone had a similar experience (here or another steakhouse?) and how did you deal? Should I just work with the sides and make sure nothing i order contains meat broth/chicken stock/etc.? So not looking forward to this, but I figured it is better to air my worries now than put a damper on the meal.

Thanks for the help!

Apr 03, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Pho Pasteur in Needham Closed, Tu Y Yo taking it's place

Ok so let me just get this clear- the tiny little vietnamese place (that yes, wasn't the cleanest, but also was the only place to get pho in the needham/westwood area!) is closed?? I was there with my SO's family a month or so ago, and actually had a great bowl of curried tofu and rice noodles... nothing fabulous, but it was a heck of a lot better than many of the options in the area (not your average joes or battling the crowds at Quince on a Saturday night? no thanks). I love Masala Art around the corner, but I live in Davis so am not lacking for yummy- and less yuppified-indian, and have a Tu y Yo down the street. Ah, I guess that's life in the burbs... alas, I'll have to try and convince his family to come up here more often when they want to share a meal !

PS: Does anyone else find the rice at Tu Y Yo to be less than fresh? I have had several good meals there and have been thinking of going back recently, but I can't get over the lackluster, mass-produced and ice-cream-scooped rice...

Apr 03, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Frida Exhibit- veg. friendly dining nearby?

Just checked out the menu.. and all I can say is WOW!!! Thanks for that tip- I will totally make reservations! Yay for awesome vegetarian restaurants (and awesome chow hounders, of course!)

Mar 05, 2008
mipiace in Pennsylvania

Frida Exhibit- veg. friendly dining nearby?

Hello,
I'm coming to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and am staying in that area as well. I'd love to find a yummy, vegetarian-friendly place to eat dinner. I'm coming from Cambridge MA where we have tons of fabulous Indian, Middle-Eastern and various Asian cuisines, so I'd prefer something eclectic and cool but 'modern american' if possible. Any advice helps!
Thanks!

Mar 02, 2008
mipiace in Pennsylvania

Which are your fave spots in the Porter Sq. Exchange building?

What are the top options for vegetarians? I've been frequenting Sapporo ramen and love their noodle soup (I can give or take sushi.. it just isn't enough of a meal for me..) so any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Feb 25, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week(s): March, 2008. Where are YOU going?

Another veg-friendly question here: I've checked out some definite-veggie menus for RW and was hoping to get some feedback (ha..) on Dante and Zephyr on the Charles. Anyone offer a yay or nay for either? Thanks!

Feb 22, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Fine dining options for vegetarians and vegans?

EVOO report from last night: Had the vegetarian entree of the night, which included two amazing parsnip cannolis, sweet potato cubes over apple butter with some fennel slaw. The parsnip puree was silky and rich, the cannolis perfectly crisp, and the rest of the plate was beautifully presented and delicious! I was very impressed with the veg entree and would recommend it, but overall, I cannot say all three DCs were thrilled with EVOO as the scallop entree had two scallops and about three mushrooms over mushroom 'flan'; the chinese box went over well, but other than that, they found the menu a bit too heavy on game (rabbit, red deer..) and too 'convoluted', echoing what others have said on CHound about there being too much on the plate (not in terms of portions, which were like goldilocks- some too small, some perfect, some too large) but in terms of flavors.

Feb 17, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Fine dining options for vegetarians and vegans?

I'm headed to EVOO tonight, and was hoping someone could give me some quick info on their veg. entrees if they'd been recently, if not, that's fine and general advice would be welcome!

cheers

Feb 16, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Fine dining options for vegetarians and vegans?

Did anybody reply to the Grezzo question? I checked out the website and am intrigued! I would love to dine at a restaurant where I wouldn't have to tell the waiter that fish and chicken don't count as 'vegetarian entrees'! If I had a dollar for every time I got offered the grilled salmon as a vegetarian option....I'd have enough cash to open my own place by now!

On that note, another very veg-friendly place to check out is Kitchen on Common in Belmont. I've yet to go, but have heard wonderful things about it through my CSA providers and from fellow veggies. I'd love to get there soon! Also, T.W. Food is supposed to be wonderful. Both are on the medium to fine dining spectrums I believe...

Feb 11, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Fine dining options for vegetarians and vegans?

As a veggie foodie, I've also been frustrated with the lack of dining options here, so hoorah for this board! I will second your recommendation for Om, as well as Henrietta's Table. I wasn't thrilled with Addis Red Sea because of their tendency to serve veggie foods on the same injera as meat products (make SURE to ask for a seperate plate!). I've yet to find many other 'fine dining' places for veg eaters that offer more than a pasta of the day, but here are my contributions!

Affordable and veg-friendly:
Sapporo Ramen in Porter Exchange (delicious veggie-broth noodle soups!)
Namaskar in Davis Sq. (Indian)
Mr. Crepe in Davis Sq.
Za in Arlington
Baraka Cafe in Cambridge

A bit more upscale would be Lumiere in West Newton-the chef is great and very accomodating!

Keep up the investigative reporting and hopefully we'll uncover some more places who can whip up creative veggie meals!

Feb 07, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Flatotel: veg-friendly dining nearby?

Hey NYC hounds.. I'm spending the night at the Flatotel on West 52nd, and was hoping to get some advice on where to find a nice dinner spot for a vegetarian and non-veg dining companion. Any tips? No Chinese or Indian please...plenty of wonderful places here for that... looking for something more unique! Thanks in advance!

Feb 05, 2008
mipiace in Manhattan

skating at frog pond... reasonable yet yummy dinner nearby?

I am going skating at the frog pond tomorrow, yes i know this is touristy, but i have never been-and was hoping to get some advice on nearby dining that is yummy, somewhat cheap, and vegetarian friendly. Any suggestions?

Feb 01, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area

Dinner Somewhere In Between? (Brookline & Kingston)

Just wanted to shoot an update about Scarlet Oak Tavern... saw the recommendation here on this board, and I actually got a chance to try it last night. Verdict: WONDERFUL! A welcome addition to the small (but growing) list of chow worthy spots on the south shore. The range of apps, entrees and desserts (oh the desserts... moist ramekin baked carrot cake with caramel sauce served with housemade mascarpone... incredible!) makes this a perfect place for many appetites! The service is helpful, atmosphere comforting, and while this may seem like a small feature... they have normal sized coffee mugs, not tiny little tea cups! I'll definitely be going back for more... bravo!

Jan 27, 2008
mipiace in Greater Boston Area