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  1. I was at Bob Kinkead's and his brother collaboration joint in Boston, Sibling Rivalry. A big disappointment. We had raw oysters, tuna tartare, foie gras and beef tenderloin. Middle of eating our "skinny" oysters, my husband bit into the most FOUL smelling oyster. My 1/2 dozen were okay but the mignonette sauce with sesame oil? a big faux pas...sesame oil overpowered the taste of the oysters so much that I just had mine without any. The tuna and foie gras were above average...nothing spectacular but no disappointments. The beef tenderloin came out medium when we ordered rare...The restaurant offered to take the oysters and steak off our bill...which was graceful of them. But don't restaurants get it???? It's not the free meal I am looking for. I will pay for quality. Bob Kinkead should not be opening up restaurants with his name if he is not capable of ensuring the quality!! To Bob's credit, his wine list was excellent. We ordered a New Zealand Savignon Blanc (name, which I forget) and a Cab from Kelman Vineyards.
  2. I prevailed upon our family gathering of seven adults on Thursday to let me take over not just the kitchen for Thanksgiving, but the menu as well. At first they were skeptical and worried about missing the same old meal, so we had an early lunch with all the usual items and then a late dinner, a tasting menu of sorts that had a strong Thanksgiving theme: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Sage and Nutmeg Creme Fraiche (adapted from Thomas Keller's Bouchon cookbook) Trio of Sweet Potato Raviolis in a Brown Butter and Thyme Sauce Mustard and Herb Crusted French Rack of Lamb with Cranberry and Polenta Stuffing, and pureed yukon potatoes with a shittake gravy Pumpkin Creme Brulee Apple, Pear and Quince Turnovers with Vanilla Custard For palate cleansers, I baked some pumpkin bread with cranberries and blueberries and teaspoons of raspberry sorbet. Overall, it was a success, but due to an unforseen potato shortage I had to use leftovers from lunch and that side turned out far from perfect, but the gravy made up a bit for that. I also had issues getting the tops just right on the brulees, but I couldn't exactly bring a blowtorch on the plane. Using freshly grated nutmeg and vanilla bean made all the difference, though -- I'm not much of a baker, but I will no longer shortcut on these two ingredients. The lamb I bought from Cheeseitique, and it was also a hit. We roasted a smaller turkey (around 13 lbs.) the day I arrived and used the meat for sandwiches throughout the week. We also made a pie every night, and this way we weren't bombarded with leftovers but were able to enjoy Thankisgiving favorites throughout the week.
  3. Since we have the Eating on I-95 between DC and Jacksonville, FL thread, why not have an Eating on I-95 between DC and Boston MA thread? I'll start it with Ikaros in East Baltimore, less than a mile off of I-95. I know there are some Greek restaurants opening in DC, plus we have Nostos, Trapezaria, etc. I've been to all these places, and I'm telling you: Don't listen to anyone but me. Ikaros is in another league compared to anything we have in the DC area. In fact, I had what was arguably the best $25-ish entree I've had in the past year there a couple of months ago - Ikaros Seafood and Phyllo ($25.95). I'll start a Dining in Greektown thread, and also an Ikaros thread if we don't have one, but this place was just unbelievable (come to think of it, it was the night of the Super Bowl, and it was virtually empty). Just go and get this dish. To borrow a quote from "Deliverance" ... "Don't say anything, just do it." Buzz aside, I would take this meal over both Woodberry Kitchen and Rye Street Tavern - all you need is a glass of Ouzo for something like five bucks. I also had the Bakalarios Tiganitos ($26.95), which is essentially Greek Fish and Chips, and better than any version in the DC area, but too monolithic for one person alone - bite-after-bite is the fish dipped in the Skordalia, and halfway through you're looking for something, anything, other than this taste (even though it's a wonderful dish) - this would be a good dish to split among 2-3 people. About a block or two away, I saw this sign which I could not believe - this was in a completely different establishment, and has nothing to do with Greektown restaurants. BTW, don't bother with Samos - trust me, I went twice (one time carryout for Avgolemono Soup and Moussaka). It's a cash-only, family-owned BYOB about a block into the neighborhood, and open since 1977, but local charm aside, it just wasn't that good, but they get full credit for being the only place open during a snowstorm.
  4. This is perhaps the most important hour of television in history. CBS News interrupts "As the World Turns" at about the 10:00 point, and by the 45:00 point, Kennedy's death is essentially confirmed. Walter Cronkite was frantically trying to get a camera activated, and Dan Rather was corresponding from Dallas. The unfolding of events on television is nearly as newsworthy as the story itself. Still, this is up there with the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and the only thing comparable in the past fifty years was 9/11 - I guess these are the three-biggest news events of my lifetime.
  5. President George H.W. and First Lady Barbara Bush (1925-2018) were married for 73 years. Nov 30, 2018 - "George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94" by Karen Tumulty on washingtonpost.com
  6. It's DC, y'all. There have to be other Harvardians in the dr.com ranks? Class of 2000 here, but I started as 2001. Since 2000 asks me for money and 2001 doesn't, it's clear they've adopted me. I don't encounter many alums in Carlisle PA these days. And I should have made the thread title Harvard College, or included Radcliffe, or yadda yadda yadda ... I know, I know. Lowell House, lit concentrator, HRG&SP and HRDC. You??
  7. I was told, by someone who really knows the situation, to read this: "John Kelly and His Son's Memory Bring Decency to the White House" by Michael Daly on thedailybeast.com
  8. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) contains 250,000 square feet of gallery space in a former mill complex which once housed Arnold Print Works and Sprague Electric Company in the mountain town of North Adams, Massachusetts. MASS MoCA does not have a permanent collection but has long term exhibits. With large factory galleries, some several floors high, the museum is able to display large works of modern and contemporary art which often can not be displayed in conventional museums. Highlights from our visit were James Turrell: Into the Light, which will be on display through at least 2018. Two of the nine installations require timed reservations, available via the MASS MoCA website. You will absolutely want to obtain reservations for his work, Perfectly Clear. We also enjoyed Elizabeth King: Radical Small, on view through January 22, 2018 and her collection of small sculptures. MASS MoCA also has an onsite brewery, restaurant, and coffee shop. If you find yourself in the Berkshires, MASS MoCA should definitely be on your To Do list. Elizabeth King: Radical Small
  9. This may be one of the most frightening things I've ever read... http://tinyurl.com/7p4sz David Raines is the wine manager for the Gordon's chain in Waltham, Mass (Boston area) and I've followed his writings for years by snail-mail and then his daily missives by email. He is very thoughtful and passionate about wine. I've spoken with him on the phone a few times (his brother used to live here and was an occasional customer) and I once got into huge trouble over on egullet because I posted a piece he'd written about French bread, and even though I have him full attribution, the powers-that-be demanded that I get David's written permission to post it. He was in France at the time, and I had to ask him to email someone at egullet (!!!). I fear the day that someone asks me for a "Style 4" wine!
  10. We are driving up to Cape Cod in a few weeks for vacation. Does anyone have suggestions on some good places to eat? We are definitely stopping in New Haven on the way to eat at Pepes (or Sallys, or Modern) for pizza. Any other worthwhile stops on the way. We are also going to be staying in Eastham (near Chatham) on the "Cape" for about 5 days. No fine dining please, we will have a 3 1/2 year old and a 3 month old with us.....Lobster rolls? Ice Cream? We eat just about anything and are definitely looking for some local favorites. Many thanks in advance.
  11. "Guitarist J. Geils Dead at 71" by Jon Blistein on rollingstone.com "Musician John Warren Geils, Jr., Founder of the J. Geils Band, Dies at Massachusetts Home at Age 71" on abcnews.go.com
  12. In a week my wife and I are going to take a day trip to Nantucket to see how the other .00001 percent lives. I've never been before and all I've heard is everything is ridiculously expensive. We're taking our bikes on a morning ferry and probably will have lunch and dinner somewhere that we can afford and would welcome us in our shorts. We were thinking a cheap eats place for lunch and a place for dinner with $25-30 entrees but I got the impression that that's a drop in the whaling bucket. Any recs? Pax, Brian
  13. Amherst, Massachusetts is a college town, which in some sense limits the dining options. You got your burrito places, your falafal places, delis and pizza shops. But beyond the college students and their parents are a core group of locals who live here year round, are fairly affluent, and politically liberal. These are the typical customers at one of the nicer places in town, Tabella's. Tabella's has been open 4 years, in a restored, old brick building that also houses a coffee shop, an art gallery, and a small cinema. This restaurant takes local and sustainable food seriously. On the small, focused menu, they list the names of all their farms where their produce, dairy and meat come from. Most of their menu is small plates, but in recent years they have added some larger dishes. Last night I started with a small salad of mixed greens from two local farms ($6) that came judiciously dressed with a simple orange vinaigrette. The greens were extraordinarily fresh and had a pungent, earthy quality that I enjoyed. Then I had a hearty, elevated comfort food type of dish - a grilled, italian spiced sausage from Vermont Smoke and Cure. It was butterflied open and properly cooked, placed atop a mound of slightly lumpy mashed potatoes and aside a small side of greens ($11). I enjoyed it. It's not out-of-this-world amazing, but it is a solid, upscale restaurant choice in a town chock full of standard-issue college food. And they do a lot to support local farmers. They have a small wine list and five or six craft beers on tap, but I really like their red sangria, made last night with raspberry brandy, fresh lime, and strawberry. If you're ever in Amherst and looking for a libation and a bite to eat, particularly if you like to sit at the bar, this is the place I'd recommend.
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