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Ask The Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Flour Bakery, Boston

I loooove Flour; thank goodness my home and work are far enough away from their locations that I am not tempted to fill up on butter and sugar every day. I've loved everything I've ever had there, and the quiche in particular is magnificent -- so custardy! I have found that the Flour cookbook is really well written, and I've been able to pretty faithfully reproduce several of my favorite Flour treats. Yum!

Behind the Scenes at New Glarus Brewery in Wisconsin

Ah, my beloved Spotted Cow. I HIGHLY recommend road trips to New Glarus; such a beautiful area, the brewery is phenomenal, obviously, but the town of New Glarus is awesome in its own right -- a little swiss village in the middle of lovely countryside. Nearby Monroe is the only place in the USA where Limburger is produced, and you can try it out at Baumgartner's cheese store (and tavern, naturally).

Also, not sure if SE has covered this before, but on the other side of Madison is the National Mustard Museum of Middleton, WI (formerly of Mount Horeb). Go in with high expectations, and they will be exceeded! What a crazy, awesome place.

Boston: Pizzeria Regina, The Original

I love their Broccoli Aglio e Olio, and the atmosphere is fantastic. The original is the only one with a line out the door for a reason. All of their other locations (including the horrendous Polcari's restaurant in Saugus) are poor imitations.

Jamaica Plain, MA: A Meat-Lover's Duo at Ten Tables

Yum! Ten Tables is marvelous; I especially love their Tuesday night four-course meal with wine pairings. However, I would say it's in great company in that area of JP, with Tres Gatos and Bon Savor also providing similarly inspiring dishes. And have you tried the brunch at Canary Square? Oh my goodness, their French toast and homemade sausage are amazing. AND they have "breakfast fries" which are perfect French fries with a poached egg and smothered in house-made hollandaise sauce. Highly recommend, especially since it seems you've been reviewing JP area delights recently.

Brookline, MA: Black Pasta, Squid-ink Linguine, at The Daily Catch

YUM. I have revised my plans for the evening to include a stop at the North End location. Fortunately for me, my plans were to attend a party in the North End, I didn't have to revise much; I'll just show up more full and happy.

I would also like to note that, as tempting as it might be to go right across the street to Mike's Pastry afterwards, people at the North End location of the Daily Catch who find themselves with extra room in their tummies should walk the extra couple of blocks to go to Modern Pastry instead. Modern is much better!

A Sandwich a Day: Braised Pork with Peanuts and Sour Mustard Greens at Taiwan Cafe, Boston

Wow, that looks amazing! It looks like a great excuse to visit Taiwan Café if the braised eggplant with basil didn't already provide enough temptation already!

Cook the Book: 'Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume'

Falafel from a street vendor (especially Falafel King in Boston, MA). Or Doner Kebab from ...anywhere!

Cook the Book: 'Salad as a Meal'

I try to make a salad with whatever I get from my farm share, plus some kind of meat or grain. I also love the stale bread salad from "Heart of the Artichoke" by David Tanis.

Sponsored Giveaway: Enter to Win Tervis Products

I definitely have favorite mugs and glasses, and least favorite (Miller Lite pint glass that was free)

A Sandwich a Day: Corned Beef on Rye at Sam La Grassa's in Boston, MA

Sam La Grassa's is SO good. I definitely couldn't afford to eat there as often as I want to, but the price can't stop me from dreaming about their Cuban sandwiches. Honestly, they are amazing. I am just glad I didn't see this post until AFTER lunch, or I would have had to drop everything and run over there.

Healthy & Delicious: Broiled Grapefruit

Yum, I tried this recently --I just put Grand Marnier and brown sugar on top and it was super-delicious.

Cook the Book: 'Cooking in the Moment'

That first bite of grilled corn, buttered and salted.

Cook the Book: 'Michael's Genuine Food'

Genuine food nourishes and uplifts your body and your spirit. You get more energy after eating it; it doesn't make you want to take a nap.

Cook the Book: 'One Big Table'

Various barbecue meat-and-three combinations!

Cook the Book: 'At Elizabeth David's Table'

Ina Garten was my first cooking influence, which means that she was the most influential for me (aside from my mom).

Chain Reaction: Cracker Barrel

I've always avoided patronizing the Cracker Barrel due to their discriminatory hiring practices and illegal campaign contributions. Apparently they rescinded their discriminatory policies (after being finally forced to do so by their board) but the reluctance to do so leaves a bad-as-sour-milk taste in my mouth.

How Do You Split the Restaurant Tab with a Big Group?

This article reminds me of a ridiculous story I heard about 47 students coming in without a reservation, then asking at the end of the meal for 47 separate checks (and many of them had Groupons they wanted to use). Totally's the story:

If we all got almost the same thing, my friends and I split the bill; otherwise we just figured out what we got and add our own tip+tax.

Cook the Book: 'A Bird in the Oven and Then Some'

roasted with salt all over it and carrots and potatoes in the pan drinking up the juices.

Boston: The Fried Tofu Bánh Mì at Mei Sum Inc.

New Saigon on Washington St in Chinatown has the best bahn mi! I especially love the tofu, but everything I've had there has been awesome. I used to work nearby, and I would get a bahn mi and a spring roll for $5, then I would munch on the spring roll while walking back to the office. Mmmm, I miss those days!


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