Had some extra time off after getting back from vacation so took advantage of lunch out last week. Upon return on Wed., was craving Asian food so hit up Wonderspice in JP for a good eggplant/basil/tofu dish. The eggplant itself wasn't the best but there were tons of great vegetables in the dish and overall, it hit the spot for about $7. Thurs. was the Plough & Stars on Mass Ave. for a good patty melt w/ caramelized onions. A little too bready and the burger was a tad beyond medium, but flavorful and great fries, about $9. Friend's black bean soup looked good. Fri. I went downtown to try the Troquet lunch where you order at the downstairs bar and they bring your meal to you. Mostly sandwiches in the $7-8 range. I had a very good grilled roast beef/cheese/caramelized onion panini that came with a little au jus on the side but damn, can you throw a pickle on the plate for $8? Only a couple other people eating there at 1PM. Since I was downtown, I grabbed a sub to go at Al's on State St. That place is great, I'd be there constantly if I worked in the area. All "small" subs are $4.50 and come on much better bread than usual. The "State St." has better than usual prosciutto, good tomatos and basil. I would have liked to have tried their steak & cheese but since this was gonna be eaten the next day, passed on that. Then I bopped over to the Sel de la Terre bakery to get their apple and cherry pie. But it wasn't a typical apple pie, more like an apply custard with cherries in it. Very interesting and good, only $1.75.
Sat. was dinner at Aneka Rasa in Allston where we started with the baby oyster omelette ($6.75) and that was delicious. Friend also got hot & sour soup but not sure what the verdict was. My entree was a dish w/ thin noodles, shrimp & egg and I really liked it. It had a spicy star next to it but wasn't so spicy. Liked it better than his kuala lumpur something or other. Nice thick noodles w/ shrimp and calamari but a slightly odd sauce with it. Noodle and rice dishes are in the $7-8 range which is a great deal and it's comfortable place to chow down.
Some quick snack notes: the new cookies at Dunkin Donuts are quite good altho I kind of miss the old smaller ones. You don't always want a giant cookie but these are worth trying. I still enjoy the heath bar cookies at Carberry's on Prospect St. Got a pistachio shortbread cookie and cherry almond scone at Canto 6 in JP and both were excellent, esp. the cookie at only $.75. That bakery always has an interesting array of stuff, I wish you could really sit around and hang out there.
If anyone needs info on Stockholm, Helsinki or Tallinn, you can read my write-up on the international board. Got my reindeer fix for a while.