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recommendation rescinded

To all the parents I've recommended Watch City Brewery's Sunday Nights kids eat free family-friendly dining to- we learned (the expensive way!) tonight that they no longer are serving free kids meals. There is nothing on the web site about this, no signs in the restaurant, and the staff won't volunteer the information.

I'll cross-post this to other venues in which I might've recommended the restaurant to families.


so i'm from ny and we have a friggin fantastic grocery store there called wegmans, and i heard fairly reputable sources tell me that they're opening one in boston. did anyone here anything about where/when its going to be opened? im quite excited about this bc im moving to boston this sept and was wondering where to get my obscure grocery items now that i wont be near a weggies. for those of you that dont know (im assuming that would be most of you) wegmans is a privately own grocery chain, fairly comparable to Whole Foods but tends to be less expensive. seriously tho, you guys are gonna LOVE IT. be psyched :)

Friday Late Lunch

So I'm trying to find a place to have a late post-graduation lunch on Friday afternoon. It seems a lot of places aren't open all afternoon and close between lunch and dinner. Because I don't have to pay for this lunch, I'm also trying to take advantage of the opportunity to go someplace that I might not normally go. I've looked around and and I thought I had decided on Kingston Station. But when I went to make reservations I saw that 2:30 is the last reservation time, even though their site says "open 11.30am-2am".
Anyway, I guess my point is I'm trying to find a place where I can do a late lunch, a little on the classier side,  and at least one vegetarian-friendly option, not far out of boston proper (ie: no charlestown, newton, etc.)
Any good suggestions??
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Restaurant or food business looking for second Boston area loc?

If anyone knows any restaurant or retail food business owner looking to open a second Boston area location, a potentially good spot is opening up right now in West Medford Square. 429 High St, which has been Shore Pharmacy, is now open as the pharmacy has closed down after many years. It's in the middle of a small retail strip next to a Commuter Rail stop and a few MBTA buses. Around the corner is the very successful Bistro 5, upscale northern Italian restaurant. A new Whole Foods is opening very shortly several blocks away. This location could serve the increasingly solid middle-class, diverse West Medford area as well as other parts of Medford, and people from nearby Winchester, Arlington, Somerville and Tufts. It certainly may be worth a look! 

Apgujung in Newton

After a tough day at work I really needed to find a place to serve up some Korean food for comfort, and I was going to drive out to Westborough when I saw that a place in Newton opened up recently called Apgujung. Color me semi impressed especially from the bad Korean restaurant experiences I've had in the past in the area.

The place is beautifully decorated and furnished, the menu is Korean / Japanese sushi mix, and the food itself although wasn't knock my socks off good was definitely could pass for be any average Korean BBQ restaurant in Flushing NY. The prices were a little on the high side due to probably the fact that it is so beautifully appointed, but one sushi roll for an appetizer (the restaurants' namesake apgujung which was amazing, torched white tuna on top of a maki of white tuna and roe, all topped with crispy taro strings, it was maybe one of the most beautiful dishes of sushi I've seen in a while), one order of kalbi, and one order of taeji bulgogi that we cooked on the grill at our table was enough food to feed four (even though it was just two orders) so the prices might be justified and it was damn tasty as well, which was a pleasant surprise for the area. And they have my favorite dish on the menu, hwe neng myun, a rarity in Boston it seems.

It's not the best Korean restaurant in the world but it's probably my favorite in the area now. I do think it's better than Koreana which used to be grudgingly my go to Korean place in Boston.

Restaurant Week: Vox Populi

I went to Vox Populi last night for dinner. Eh, ten being the best I rated my dinner a 5.434388. Let's see I had Arugala Salad with some kind of honey dressing. I think this dish made me cream my pants. Followed by a Grilled Skirt Steak served with shredded squash and potatoes. The steak was alright a little bit salty. I am not a fan of squash. The potatoes were salty too. I topped off the night with Banana Split Cake served with vanilla ice cream. Okay, so banana cake was hard as rock. I had two bites thinking I could toughen it out but I couldnt stand it. So, I just devoured the vanilla ice cream. All in all, Vox Populi gets a whopping 5.434388 on the Marielle Andes scale.

Happy Eatings,

Restaurant Week & more

Aw'right people, where are you going for Restaurant Week? I went to Artu' on Sunday. I had never been there before (except for drinks) so it was nice to try them out. Since I was there with 2 friends we just ordered one of everything and shared. The marinara sauce was great so the melanzane was a nice starter. The cheese on the caprese was really fresh and it wasn't overly dressed so that was nice. I didn't try the gamberi because I'm not a fan of shrimp. The entrees were ok, but not so fantastic that I'll be clamouring to go back. The desserts were quite nice and the cannolo was especially tasty.

Tonight I'm going to Umbria and next week Davide. I've never been to Davide but I was at Umbria in November for the BCAE's Monday Uncorked event which featured an absolutely phenomenal tasting menu with wine pairings. I still drool when I think about it.

And not Restaurant Week related, I was at Saraceno and Monica's Restaurant last week. I had been to both once before and enjoyed them. Both have relatively authentic cuisine. I was a little disappointed that in a year Saraceno's menu hadn't changed, but my tagliatelle was still fantastic. At Monica's we started with the chicken liver pate' toasts and I went for the duck gnocchi. We skipped dessert and headed to Villa Francesca for tiramisu at the bar. That place has become a weekly favorite. Their entrees are way too expensive, but the house salad is great.

And - anyone here work in the food business who would be willing to chat with me about it? I'm desperately seeking a career change.
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