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Fresh and plump indeed, but I found them to be too salty to have a dozen and still enjoy the 12th one. I'd say they were "briny" rather than "salty" but they were way beyond "briny" to me.

Mar 31, 2015
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Church Suppers?

There used to be a haddock supper in Saco, ME every week. I could walk there, and it was great fun. If there's something unique on offer, and parking, I'd travel 45 minutes.

Nov 13, 2014
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Lobster's at MB for $4.99lb...

Picked up 2 chicks at Burlington MB yesterday. They were between a usual soft-shell and one of those coveted totally packed hard-shells. I used the steam then roast method, served with parsley butter, grilled flatbread, a German trocken riesling, and a salad withered on the table untouched. Meal was well worth the $4.99/lb paid for the lobsters. I have nothing against soft shells. The meat is delicious (in a side by said with a hard, I may prefer it), there's just less of it. That's why they are usually cheaper per pound. And they are so much easier to pick!

Sep 15, 2014
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

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

I hope so, since the days of MB may be numbered.

Jul 19, 2014
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Lobster, live and kicking... $3.99lb, Market Basket, Woburn.

Care to share the details of your monger? I bag of knuckles would be Christmas in August for me.

Aug 11, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Lobster, live and kicking... $3.99lb, Market Basket, Woburn.

Just for fun, I weighed the meat after picking. My 2.5 lbs of steamed lobsters yielded just over 8 oz. of meat. Which was plenty for 2 totally bursting and delicious lobster rolls. $20/lb for picked meat would be a steal!

Aug 11, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Lobster, live and kicking... $3.99lb, Market Basket, Woburn.

Got two at $3.99 for lobster rolls at the Burlington MB yesterday. By 6:30 they were running out. It the first time I've had them steamed. I wonder if my car still smells like bisque.

Aug 10, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Anyone in the biz go to the New England Food Show today?

Thought not in the biz, I was also there yesterday. I arrived early with comfortable shoes and low expectations. Since I'm not in the market for patio heaters, ice makers, uniform service, etc. I focused more on the food, and I share your impression. Mostly frozen fare for restaurant fryers. Some excellent imports, and I had some impressive ravioli. I was pleased to see spirits along with the beer, and the one table of Italian wines was pleasing.
On the Seafood Show side it was a different mood. Many of the booths had small tables where you could see international deals being made. Having arrived at 10, we left before 2pm. My husband and I paid $12 to park, and decided it was worth it, but would probably not go back unless compelled.

Mar 11, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Delivery to Brigham & Women's

Whatever you order, just remember to bring a tablecloth, napkins, real flatware, and a LED candle or two. Those three things will make it feel less like take-out, aren't fragile, and all fit in a small bag.

Jan 29, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Maine Shrimp Season in Jeopardy?

The trawl fishery will begin on Jan 23, 2013, with two landing days (Monday and Wednesday) and no trip limit. The trap fishery will begin on February 5, 2013, with six landing days (every day but Sunday) and an 800 lb trip limit.

Jan 14, 2013
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Maine Shrimp Season in Jeopardy?

Yep, you are right BZ. I asked today and the shrimp available now are last year's, thawed to sell to the impatient. They said they are good, but certainly not as good a waiting 'till the end of January.

Dec 30, 2012
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Maine Shrimp Season in Jeopardy?

I spotted some yesterday at MB in Nashua. They didn't look prime, so got steak instead. I'll be trying Taylor Seafood in ME later this week. Wish me (and the fishery) luck!

Dec 27, 2012
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Interesting tidbits Arlington Dec. 2012

Two things from the Arlington Selectmen's Agenda:

Common Victualler License and Beer & Wine License Request: Szechuan Dumpling (formerly Jade Garden) 1360 Mass. Ave.
>> Looks like we may be getting dumplings!

Food Vendor License: Something Sweet Without Wheat
169 Massachusetts Avenue
>> Perhaps something to watch for the gluten-free fans

Dec 13, 2012
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

November 2012 Openings and Closings

This is TEMPORARY: Sapporo Ramen in Porter is closed; they can't get their noodles from NYC due to Sandy's wrath. The oyako donburi next door is mighty tasty, so I didn't starve.
If anyone finds Sapporo open, please post!

Nov 03, 2012
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Favorable review of new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND

Grand Forks columnist Marilyn Hagerty gives a 100% snark-free review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, ND. I found it refreshing. Though, if I find myself in Grand Forks, I'll be eating elsewhere.

Mar 08, 2012
GilbyEast in Food Media & News

Farmer seeking ideas for a CIDER DONUT SUNDAE

What about making it an ice-cream sandwich, something you can eat with your hands while you wander the orchard? Delicious and messy is always a hit with apple pickers. Plus he'll save money on bowls and spoons, and have less trash.

Jan 04, 2012
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Looking for glass bottles? Help please

We get ours at Beer Wine Hobby in Woburn. They carry a variety of shapes and sizes, not just standard beer and wine bottles. Look over the online catalog, then call to see if they have what you'd like in stock before driving over there.

Dec 29, 2011
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

3 Days in Rome--Light Lunch Advice Requested

For a Light Lunch in a beautiful place, I like a picnic. Pick up a bottle of wine (sfuso, even), bread, salami, cheese, and file a little spot of sun or shade. It's easy enough to pick up supplies and find a little place to sit. We once stopped with our supplies just off the road outside Scansano. A local woman was gathering greens in the nearby woods, a tour group on horse went by, we nibbled, relaxed and enjoyed the view. Sure, ape were chugging by a few feet away, but it was still lovely.

Oct 16, 2011
GilbyEast in Italy

Best butter in Boston area?

I absolutely love this butter. I used to bring it back with me every time I found myself in PA. One year I gave 2 pounds to mother for Mother's Day.

Mar 13, 2011
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Cheapest 30packs of beer in Boston area?

Try NH: no added sales tax, no deposit. So if you are thinking of buying in quantity, it might be worth a trip across the border.

Jan 25, 2011
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

What are your Market Basket surprises?

The Vlados is the best domestic I've had, and can stand proudly next to the standard imported. While a domestic product, I love that it takes two states to make it. The pigs are from Iowa, but the hams are hung in Rhode Island. I love that!

Oct 30, 2010
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Best free Wine Event of the Year - Gordon's Annual Grand Tasting in Waltham

It will be very crowded. Leave your coat in the car. Ideally, bring a tall friend who can help you get pours. I hope they've established a way to buy your wine like they have for the big tastings at Yankee: I've been known to stash my selections under the table of a friendly rep until I am ready to depart. I usually leave with a case or two.

Oct 18, 2010
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Japanese green tea with roasted rice?

Just saw it at H mart in Burlington this weekend; I've also bought it at Super 88. This time I ordered it from Upton Tea with my annual stock up. Delicious!

Jan 04, 2010
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Best website to buy tea?

Absolutely Upton Tea. Be sure to check out the Seasons' Pick section.

Dec 22, 2009
GilbyEast in General Topics

What to do with Gardenburgers

I like to butterfly them, cut 'em into wedges, and use them as a pizza topping.

Oct 15, 2009
GilbyEast in Home Cooking

Chestnuts picked up from trees in Harvard Square: safe to eat? what species?

According to the Harvard Yard Tree species list they are either Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) or Red Horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Check out the map at to determine what tree you are harvesting. Then it is up to you to decide if they are edible. Some say both are historically edible, but I just don't like chestnuts enough to bother with the leeching and roasting process.

Oct 14, 2009
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

MasterCook question.

I've been googling to solve a problem I've been having with MC, to no avail. I can only open recipes (in any cookbook) that have a photo. If there's no photo, I have to export to see it. Bizarre aye? Any thoughts?

Oct 09, 2009
GilbyEast in Not About Food

Asian Grocery/Market in Portland area?

If you are more in the Saco/Biddeford area, a convenient stop is Trans at 129 Elm St. in Biddeford. Their selection is well curated, meaning small but meets my needs. Lots of fresh veggies, dry noodles; don't skip the freezer cases, and the closet full of rice. Interestingly, also great prices on bleu cheese and other diary.

The One Place You Want to Keep to Yourself - It's OK, We Won't Tell Anyone!

The added atmosphere created by the live piano music on Fridays and Sundays makes the whole thing a really nice and cheap summer date. Then grab a mojito and go for a stroll on the deck and grounds.

Sep 09, 2009
GilbyEast in Greater Boston Area

Renting a Vacation House for a Week, What to Bring for the Kitchen?

But what if I want to use oregano on Wednesday and I packed it for Thursday?!

Aug 26, 2009
GilbyEast in Home Cooking