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Portland restaurants

Thanks! Infiniti has been on my list to try but haven't been yet. I will add the others too. I have been to Pai Men Miyake and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't my husband's favorite.

May 22, 2014
mocooks in Northern New England

Portland restaurants

bobbert - what would you recommend for gastro pubs? I am local but just getting to know the food scene here.

May 21, 2014
mocooks in Northern New England

Portland - recommendation needed for tonight

I need some help for tonight in the Portland area. My parents at in town and have some mobility issues so we need something with a parking lot (we did the Eventide yesterday and it was a production parking so I would like to avoid anything downtown). My father would prefer something that serves seafood. We have two small kids (1 and 3) so that may limit us too. Any ideas?

Sep 02, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

Outside downtown Portland

We moved to Portland at the beginning of July and have been busy exploring the local food options. I posted a few weeks ago about good restaurants for kids in Portland (a three year old and a one year old) and we have already tried a number of those options. Pretty much everything seems to be in downtown Portland though and I am wondering if there are any good places to eat in more residential areas of Portland. We live in the Rosemont area and the kids are in daycare near the airport. In our area we have tried Siano's and Espo's Trattoria. What else might be worth trying in the area? Is there anything in South Portland we should try? The area around the mall seems to be a chain heaven which I know would be fine for kids but would like to avoid on a regular basis.

Any type of food is good (would love to find good Indian and Chinese) but vegetarian friendly would be great! Thanks!

ETA: We have also tried the Great Lost Bear - beer list was great, food was only soso but that could be what we ordered.

Jul 26, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

Moving to Portland - family friendly and take-out/delivery recommendations needed

Thank you. I will definitely look at those. Thanks too for the Mom to Mom recommendation. I had come across them in some of my online searches about things to do with kids in the area but hadn't contacted them yet.

Jun 20, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

Moving to Portland - family friendly and take-out/delivery recommendations needed

Thank you for the information. I have checked the boards for kid friendly places but many of the recommendations seem to be for older kids. Both of my kids still need high chairs and I know not all restaurants have those even if they are accomodating for children.

Jun 20, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

Moving to Portland - family friendly and take-out/delivery recommendations needed

Also - what about grocery shopping? Are the best options Hannaford or Whole Foods? And does anyone have an option of Sam's Club or BJs?

Jun 18, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

Moving to Portland - family friendly and take-out/delivery recommendations needed

My family (husband, an almost three year old and a one year old) are moving to Portland in July and I am looking for recommendations both for good family friendly places to eat out (they are both pretty well behaved in restaurants as we have been taking them out regularly) and good places for either take-out or delivery. We will be living in the Rosemont area of Portland if that makes a difference but given what I gather is a relatively easy city to get around, I don't know if it will.

We love all types of food but don't eat meat (fish and seafood yes, just no beef, chicken, etc).

Thanks!

Jun 18, 2013
mocooks in Northern New England

First Printer in Harvard Square

Bumping this thread to see if anybody has had any recent experiences here. Thinking of trying it out on Thursday night. Thanks!

Apr 10, 2012
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Zing Pizza - Porter Square

I saw that too but I am just wondering if there is more too it or if anybody had any insider information. A business going on vacation and then closing indefinitely is never a good sign.

Aug 31, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Zing Pizza - Porter Square

So I found out last night when I attempted to order pizza for dinner that Zing's in Porter Square is closed until further notice for a "reorganization". Does anybody know what is going on? I feel like this is an extremely bad sign and will be very disappointed if they are no longer an option.

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Zing Pizza
1923 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

Aug 31, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Looking for the best Whole Foods in the Boston area

The River Street Whole Foods in Cambridge is also nice and another Trader Joes that definitely sells alcohol is just down the street on Memorial Drive. I have never been to the Fresh Pond stores so don't know how they compare but I have always been happy with the River Street location. The Whole Foods on River Street also sells beer and wine.

Jul 28, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Casual night out suggestions

If you go the Oleana route I would suggest Lord Hobo down the street for your pre-dinner drinks especially if you are interested in beer.

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Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Lord Hobo
92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

Jul 27, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

It's official: Berryline utterly superior to Pinkberry

I just hope that Pinkberry's location in Harvard Square doesn't steal all of the Berryline Business!

Jun 20, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Father's Day in Back Bay/South End

We would like to spend Father's Day wandering around the Back Bay and South End (weather permitting) and are looking for someplace that does really good coffee and a decent iced tea and someplace for an easy lunch. Someplace that does both would be great. We will have our 9 month old daughter with us so someplace that we could pack up and leave quickly if needs be would also be appreciated. Thanks!

Jun 15, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Good Places that do takeout on the Cambridge/Somerville line

My parents are in town over the next and we will be doing lots of takeout with them for dinners (in the past we have always gone out and they have enjoyed dinners at Oleana, East Coast Grill, and Ole to name a few but we have a new baby so will be staying in). Our usual takeout options are Zoe's, Kebab Factory and Taqueria La Mexicana. I am sort of at a loss in trying to think of some other good takeout options in the general vicinty (Harvard Square, Porter Square, Inman Square, Union Square). What am I missing/overlooking? Any cuisine and price point is really fine - just looking for some additional variety to throw into the mix. Thanks!

ETA: Two of us are non-meat eaters so some place that has good meat free options would be good.

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East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Kebab Factory
414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Apr 26, 2011
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

August Openings and Closings

Where is the Al's in Harvard Square going to be located? Any idea as to when it will open?

Aug 31, 2010
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Help with Ideas for visit this weekend.

I will look into it. It looks to be near NYU and I am pretty sure were were going to be in that area one afternoon. As for the pizza, are they large enough to share or do you typically get your own? Any specific recommendatiosn?

May 06, 2010
mocooks in Manhattan

Help with Ideas for visit this weekend.

RGR - thanks for the information on the Montorino lunch special. Can you tell me a if the pies are individual sized or are they large enough to share? And I am assuming the lunch special is $12 per person right?

May 06, 2010
mocooks in Manhattan

Help with Ideas for visit this weekend.

Okay - I have been doing a little research and have come up with a few ideas:

Tulcingo Del Valle for Mexican for dinner one night.
Motorino for pizza in the East Village for lunch or dinner one day.
Malatesta Trattoria in the West Village for Italian for dinner one night (although we sort of wanted to do little Italy - is there anything you might recommend over this in Little Italy?)

I am still looking for breakfast type places near the hotel (the Roosevelt on 45th and Madison Ave) and possibly some sandwich places (although I am starting to wonder if there are any deli's that might have something for a vegetarian) or someplace to grab a good slice of pizza. We are really hoping to make the best of this trip as it will probably be our last for awhile (baby #1 is due at the end of September). Thanks again!

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Malatesta
649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Motorino
349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

May 05, 2010
mocooks in Manhattan

Help with Ideas for visit this weekend.

My husband and I will be taking the train down from Boston this weekend (Friday morning to Monday) and are looking for some reasonably priced places to eat in the city that won't require reservations. For lunches and dinner I am thinking $15 a plate or less (not including drinks, etc). We are staying at 45th Street and Madison Avenue. I am hoping to get some ideas for breakfast near the hotel (diners or bagel type places). For lunch and dinner we open to most parts of the city (Midtown, LIttle Italy, Greenwich Village, Upper East/West side). For lunch we are hoping to some decent sandwiches (keeping in mind that we don't eat meat) and for dinner some good Italian and Mexican although we are open most cuisines. Thanks in advance for all of your help!

May 05, 2010
mocooks in Manhattan

Interesting Lemonades

I will second Crema Cafe's drinks. My favorite is the blackberry limeade but they also have a pretty good orange limeade on occasion as well.

Sep 16, 2009
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Freezing Juice Concentrate?

So my husband and I bought a Muscat Juice Concentrate to use in a home brew beer recipe and only needed about half of the can. We wanted to freeze the other half to use for another batch but the concentrate won't freeze. Is this normal? Do you think even if it doesn't freeze keeping it in the freezer will preserve it until we want to use it again (maybe in a few months)? Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2009
mocooks in General Topics

Looking for: Magner's (or other) cider in big bottles

Try the Wine Cask in Somerville (Kirkland & Beacon Streets and not too far from Porter Square). I have definitely seen the larger bottles of Magner's there (maybe 1L size). Plus they have a pretty good selection of other ciders as well including a number of the West County ciders.

Jul 14, 2009
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Where to go for Sushi?

We have a friend in town for the weekend and want to go out for Sushi. We have no car so it definitely has to be Cambridge or Boston. Our spending limits are about $50 to $60 per person (this includes tax, tip and drinks). I have wanted to try O Ya and Oishii but I am worried that we won't be able to have a decent sizes meal for what we can spend. So, the question is, where in Cambridge or Boston can we get good Sushi at a price point of about $50 per person?

Apr 11, 2008
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Santarpio's-- what don't I get?

I have to agree wtih gini on this one. My husband and I tried Cambridge One one night (based on recommendations here) when we were in the mood for pizza. While it was tasty, our comment at the moment (and ever since when we recollect our experience) was that it was like eating a cracker. We left still hungry and actually ordered pizza elsewhere on our way home (since we had been in the mood for pizza).

Feb 13, 2008
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

How can I get Blood Orange juice in the US?

I just saw it at Whole Foods. It wasn't in the regular refridgerated cases with the regular orange juice though - it was in a case in the produce section.

Feb 08, 2008
mocooks in General Topics

lunch near mass general

The Spotted Apron has closed (a sign on the door says it is closed and will be relocating elsewhere).

Jan 31, 2008
mocooks in Greater Boston Area

Son Cubano rejects expired gift certificate [Moved from Manhattan board]

I have to disagree with your reasoning on the expiration of gift certificates. Even though $1 or a $100 a few years ago is not worth the same as $1 or $100 today, I higly doubt that the restaurant hasn't adjusted its menu prices to reflect its rising costs. Therefore, the only person "losing out" if the restaurant chose to accept the gift certificate would be the OP because the $100 coudln't buy them as much food as it could have a few years ago and they will end up with more out of pocket costs.

On your second point, there is no indication anywhere in the OP that the gift certificate was sold any an incentive to come to the restaurant within a specific time frame. In fact, it was a gift presumably to be used whenever the recipient wanted. While restaurants often run promotions and coupons, most restaurants today offer gift certificates to be purchased at any time for use whenever the purchaser or the receiver wish.

All of this is not to say the OP should have been allowed to use the gift certificate. It would have been nice for the restaurant to accept it, but obviously they were under no obligation to do so.

Dec 03, 2007
mocooks in Not About Food

Going To A Vegetarian's House For Thanksgiving

Just because a vegetarian doesn't have a problem having meat in their home or isn't bothered by other people eating meat does not in any way obligate them to provide meat for a guest. If they are vegetarian for moral reasons they probably have a issues with purchasing meat (i.e. paying for something they believe is morally wrong) as well as preparing meat. If as a guest you think a vegetarian host is obligated to provide you with meat then you probably shouldn't accept an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner hosted by a vegetarian.

I think in the OP's case the host is clearly trying to make all of the guests comfortable and the offer to bring their own turkey was in no way inappropriate.

Nov 15, 2007
mocooks in Not About Food