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Looking for Vietnamese beer

I thought Tiger was Singaporean.

Jun 27, 2014
Kenji in Manhattan

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I must have missed the coffee variety favored by your friends.

Anyway, yeah, the former CC spot is now occupied by a Starbucks.

Jun 17, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

I would never visit Harvard Square in the 80s without stopping at the Coffee Connection for a drink and beans to take home.

I remember the store's decorations of colorful Mexican art (Howell had tried to make a living selling this, as I recall) and a gorgeous brass-plated Povoni espresso machine.

Jun 15, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

Which Boston-Cambridge restaurants have been around since the 1980s?

Yeah, the Border Cafe opened in '87, as I recall. Too bad they took my favorite dish of theirs (it was fried catfish in a pungent brown sauce) off the menu.

Jun 15, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

In search of Singapore noodles

I'm a fan of this dish and was happy to find the Cook's magazine article.

I've tried Singapore Noodles in a lot of restaurants in the Boston area. My favorite version is made by the Chinatown restaurant in Brockton; I get these noodles every time. I ask them to make the noodles extremely spicy.

Jun 15, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

Yeah, the out-of-context whistling is his latest tic. What's whistle-worthy about onions tossed in a pot or pickles placed on a cheeseburger?

Jun 01, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

Guy Fieri filming in allston

I agree that he visits some good places. I just wish he would swallow his mouthfuls before regurgitating his slogans ("That's money," "That's on-point," and "That's off the hook"). And maybe he should clean the grease and clumps of cheese off of his face before confronting the camera.

Jun 01, 2014
Kenji in Greater Boston Area
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Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

That's what I've been thinking; some SNPB would be worth a trip to Chico.

When I visited Chico in '99, I actually thought there was a lot to like about the area.

May 03, 2014
Kenji in Beer

Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

The Glissade was good but the Pale Bock had a much more exotic hop presence. It was also a tad stronger and -- if memory serves -- slightly paler.

I'm a fan of Troeg's; I'll look for their take on the style.

Mar 25, 2014
Kenji in Beer

Sierra Pale Bock Resurrection

The SNPB is one of my favorite beers of all time. I, too, wish they would make it widely available.

I didn't know they had ever stopped making it altogether, since I used to encounter it at CA. pubs years after they had stopped bottling it.

Mar 25, 2014
Kenji in Beer

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

There's a place in San Francisco (Polly Ann's?) that has been making durian ice cream for years. Durian's initial tastes work fine in this context. Then the oniony undertone kicks in...

Sep 05, 2013
Kenji in Los Angeles Area

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

I did some research on Tepparod a few years ago. An article in the L.A. Times said that it may have been the first Thai restaurant in Hollywood, and it was certainly the first such restaurant to become established.

Aug 22, 2013
Kenji in Los Angeles Area

Weirdest Ice Cream I've ever had...

I remember Tepparod and its corn ice cream vividly though I was a young kid then. I used to love their fried rices, barbecued beef, noodle dishes and iced tea. It was the first Tepparod, on Melbourne, that my family would eat at. It was my favorite restaurant in L.A.

Aug 22, 2013
Kenji in Los Angeles Area

Trying another interesting Sierra Nevada

The Glissade hasn't been made (or bottled, at least) in two or three years. Ruthless Rye replaced it as SN's spring seasonal; apparently, it moves off the shelves a lot faster.

The Glissade was unique in SN's lineup as a strongish pale lager (Summerfest is a pale lager of 5% ABV) and I liked it -- though, on balance, their earlier Pale Bock was more interesting.

Jul 24, 2013
Kenji in Beer

Genny Cream Ale.

Mormons are forbidden from drinking. I guess you could still recommend it to her, though.

Oct 22, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Why! Why! Why add spices to beer?!?!

I like SN Celebration, too. It is not a spiced ale, of course.

Baxter Brewing's new Autumn Ale is an example of a spiced beer that works, to my mind. The effects of the spices are subtle and interesting. Harpoon's Winter Warmer, which positively reeks of cinnamon and sugar, strikes me as a disastrous mess.

Oct 22, 2012
Kenji in Beer

IPA lover needs new beer

Brown Shugga is far and away my favorite of Lagunutas' brews.

Sep 27, 2012
Kenji in Beer

IPA lover needs new beer

Yes, I'd say the Sierra Nevada Porter more than holds its own against Fuller's and Anchor's examples of the style.

I like Stone's smoked porter, but it represents an unusual porter substyle; it's a bit silly to pit the SN brew against it.

Sep 25, 2012
Kenji in Beer

IPA lover needs new beer

SN's porter is also at the top of its class. I don't know if there's a better commercially available example of the style out there. Mercury's Ipswich Porter, maybe.

Sep 25, 2012
Kenji in Beer

IPA lover needs new beer

Sierra Nevada is your beer of last resort, eh?

Sep 25, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Best Beer Value (High Malt, Low Hop, Low Adjunct)

Trader Joe's sells a "Josephsbrau" line of beers at $5.99 a six-pack. They're made by Gordon Biersch. The lineup includes a pilsner, marzen, pale bock and -- my favorite, though I wish the malt base were drier -- a dark wheat. I deem these beers efficient but unexciting examples of their respective styles. They're free of rice and corn, and the price is obviously good.

Sep 25, 2012
Kenji in Beer
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Linchpin white IPA

The Boston Beer Company also makes one. It's not a hybrid I'm crazy about.

Sep 05, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Bad beer trends.

I'm with you on...well, all of that.

Ipswich Oatmeal Stout is my favorite New England beer, if not my favorite beer full stop.

Apr 24, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Bad beer trends.

The Anchor Bock is tasty, I agree. If I sampled it blind, I'd never dream it was a bock, but the brew is agreeable on the palate.

Apr 21, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Bad beer trends.

Magic Hat has at least one IPA, their Blind Faith. I'm not familiar with the Otter Creek lineup.

Apr 20, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Bad beer trends.

Dark lagers are also a tradition in Czechoslovakia.

Apr 20, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Bad beer trends.

I don't know of any brewer of black IPAs (I prefer the term India Dark Ale; it's more concise and less contradictory) who does not also produce IPA.

Apr 20, 2012
Kenji in Beer

Best beer to pair with waffles?

I've never tried that pairing, but my instinct would be to go with a stout.

Mar 03, 2012
Kenji in Beer

George Howell Cafe (re-)opening in Newtonville

I had my coffee "awakening" at the Harvard Square Coffee Connection in the mid-80s.

Feb 18, 2012
Kenji in Greater Boston Area

Sierra Celebration 2011 WTF?

There were a couple editions of CA in the 90s whose hop presence seemed to me, after diverse samples, a tad soft. But generally speaking, the brew is remarkably consistent.
The ale may have started out with a slightly lower gravity than the 1068 it has long maintained. One of Jackson's books ascribed an OG of 1060 to it.

Jan 10, 2012
Kenji in Beer