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Seoul Korean Restaurant Beacon Hill

Thanks. I love Korean food, but am fairly clueless.

Seoul Korean Restaurant Beacon Hill

Its in the old Ma Soba spot - just went and had lunch. Soft tofu stew with kimchi and oysters was very good. Better yet were the little condiments brought to the table for sharing - picked radish, some kind of asian omelette, a pickled tofu thing that was incredible. This place will be a new regular.

Pregnant mama in search of chocolate-based peanut butter ice cream

Thanks guys! There will be an outing this weekend...

Pregnant mama in search of chocolate-based peanut butter ice cream

Do they have Graham Central Station now? My husband is also obsessed with that flavor since he had it last summer at that Colonial Candies place in Bolton, but hasn't been able to locate it since.

Lobster $4.99....

Yeah - tried the early call on a delivery day and was unlucky, I guess. I go to both the Reading and the Woburn locations. I will keep trying...

Lobster $4.99....

I want to know how you got that 4 pounder. Every time I ask, they never have anything over 1.5 lbs. Suggestions?

Twin Lobster Special on the North Shore

So true. Its one of my fave places - for the people watching and lobsters. Never sat at the bar, but once my husband got heckled for wearing a tie - we were at happy hour after work.

Twin Lobster Special on the North Shore

The Anchor Bar in Beverly usually has a good deal - just beware of getting anything else other than plain seafood off the menu. The atmosphere there is wonderfully dive-y. Think crusty fisherman meets cheesy palm tree deco.

Local strawberries- Who has the best? or are they all similar?

Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry, NH has great pick your own strawberries, and other fruit later in the season. We go up there every weekend during the strawberry season.

Portland Pie now open in Reading

Tried one of the pizzas on Monday (the Moosehead). Finally, some decent pizza (and beer!) in Reading. Nothing that will blow your socks off, but a place like this is sorely needed in the area.

Toronto hound visiting Boston this weekend

Just go to Sagres and you'll be very happy. Get the littlenecks and pork, fresh goat cheese, and either of the shrimp apps and you will be very happy. I also love the passion fruit pudding. In general, I am very passionate about this place - it is one of my absolute faves.

Places to get good Seafood in MA, NH, or Maine coasts?

We go to Chauncey Creek every summer. You sit outside on a covered deck over the creek - very pretty. We just get the lobster, and bring everything else. The lobsters are great, but I can't vouch for the other food.

Looking for Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

For bitters, I usually go to Liquor World in Porter Square. They have always had a good selection of Fee Bros in the past.

Piperi Mediterranean

I liked it too, am am glad for another option in the area. For me, its the option for a nicer salad with better ingredients, topped with falafel, etc. (No smelly iceberg!)

Middle Eastern for dinner

Haven't had a chance to go to one of the sit-down places yet, but got some takeout from White Dove Market, since my husband works down the street (but we never knew about this place). The felafel, hummus and tabouli were good, but I don't understand why the lettuce at these type of places is always old, smelly iceberg. I am sure we will get more takeout from this place, but I will compose my own salad at home.

December 2012 Openings and Closings

I am enjoying a salad from there right now. Really nice felafel and hummus, and the greens are actually decent. I hope this place sticks around.

Middle Eastern for dinner

The menu at Istanbulu looks really good. Any suggestions about what to order?

Middle Eastern for dinner

Pregnant and craving middle eastern food. Looking for recs for a dinner spot, doesn't have to be anywhere in particular. Will travel anywhere in the Boston area. Good lamb, and hummus, would be great, but also interested in trying something new. Dive-y spots are a bonus. Thanks!

Fave Chinatown soups

I just tried the H&S from Dumpling Cafe, and its really good - satisfied my crazy pregnancy craving. I took home a giant tub of the stuff. I can't compare it to other Chinatown spots, though. Also, anybody have any insight on the red versus brown soups - I recently got a red one, in an attempt to satisfy the craving, and was really disappointed. I'm not sure if it was the red thing, or that it came from a mediocre place in the 'burbs.

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

Here is my mom's recipe. Maybe a little more indulgent than I remember, but less than the one linked to above.

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup

3/4 cup each chopped carrot, chopped onion and chopped celery
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
12 oz beer ( use a lager - nothing fancy here just your basic american lager, not lite)
2 cups warm milk
3 cups freshly shredded medium cheddar cheese.
S & P to taste
Chopped parsley or chives for garish

In large saucepan saute carrots, onion and celery in butter until tender, but not brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour.Cook until bubbly. Add broth and beer stirring constantly until smooth and thick. Add warm milk. Cook and stir constantly until smooth and thickened. Lower heat, add cheese and stir constantly until melted. Add S & P to taste. Serve in warm bowls with parsley or chives on top.

Mar 06, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

Yes. Any of the lagers or pilsners would be good. We always used cheapo Miller growing up and it tasted good - but if I were still living in WI, I would be tempted to use New Glarus's spotted cow - I think someone else mentioned that. Just nothing too floral or dark. In the end, the soup does not taste overwhelmingly of beer, IMO. We also never did that melted butter/flour thing in a separate sauce pan. Just saute the veg in a few Tbsp of butter, add some flour, cook a little, then add broth/beer.

Mar 04, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

You are right that that is a fairly rich version. Our recipe uses about half the amount of butter, 2% or whole milk, and about half the cheese for at least a quart of broth and a bottle of beer.

Mar 04, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

Beer cheese soup, at least my family's version, is actually fairly light -it's mostly broth and beer based.

Mar 04, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

5 Guys in Stoneham

That's nice about In n' Out, but I wouldn't say its the antithesis of 5 Guys - I would say that would more along the lines of Burger King, etc. I like 5 Guys for what it is - fresh inexpensive reasonably high quality burgers and fries, nothing else, and the fact that there is nothing else like it around here. I am psyched that there will be one around the corner from me, and hope that it's opening soon.

The exotic cuisine of...Wisconsin

For all the haters of Wisconsin specialties, no need to respond. Being from the state, myself, I can say that brats, boiled in lager and onions, then grilled and served on rye buns, are a tradition in the summer. For winter, beer cheese soup is a must - and would be good for a potluck. If you would like a recipe, let me know.

For those crazy specialties that some despise, but are fun once in a while, there is always the jello mold. My favorite is rasperry jello, with sliced bananas suspended in it, served with whipped cream.

Mar 03, 2011
brieonwheat in Home Cooking

5 Guys in Stoneham

Anyone know when it is opening? Can't wait.

Best / Favorite 5 restaurants on North Shore??

Just tried Three Cod Tavern, and was pleasantly suprised. The oyster stew was really good!

Clam Box or The Village for Sat. 6pm?

Like the other poster mentioned, the Village is full service restaurant, with a complete menu (featuring seafood, of course) and bar service. It has a nice homey-family and grandparent friendly atmosphere (the early crowd tends to be a little on the elderly side). That said, I think the fried seafood and chowder there is delicious and on-par with clam-box. My mouth is actually watering thinking about it. So, its really what kind of atmosphere you want, and how much you want to spend.

Sam's Bistro in Reading - First Impression.

Went to Sam's last night. Agree with the general consensus that the food is underwhelming for the price. Had the burger - which was properly cooked to order - medium rare - and the field greens salad. The salad was nice- if a little underdressed, and I was disappointed to see tough granny smiths on there when there are such beautiful apples this time of year. The high point, I would say, would be the fairly nice atmosphere of the bar, and the nice beers offered on tap, including Alagash White, a favorite of mine.

Old Fashioned

To the sconny above - my grandmother's drink of choice is a southern comfort old fashioned, with the fruit, and topped off with 7-up. A slight variation on the standard brandy. Personally, I like the bourbon/fruity version with a splash of seltzer.

Jan 15, 2010
brieonwheat in Recipes