I have returned to Boston after a long hiatus and it's exciting to be back in neighborhoods I haven't stepped foot in for over 5 years!
I am just getting settled in my new apartment, and I went to Super 88 in Allston tonight to stock up on some groceries. I'm pleased to report that it's much like I remembered it in 2005 (I went briefly last year and shelves were nearly empty. See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636377) - lots of choices for brands of sauces, vinegars, fish sauce, etc.....and the produce section was good, and most things seemed very fresh.
What is the deal with Super 88 becoming Hong Kong Supermarket? Has it already become that? Anyone know more about what the differences will be?
After shopping I stopped by Lollicup. Bubble tea is more expensive than I remember it being....but it was pretty good. Had an iced jasmine green tea w/ boba (no milk). The food court in general looked much the same as it did in 2005. Has anything changed in there at all?
The other day I was in Brookline and had a quick lunch at Rod Dee Thai on Beacon. Friend and I shared the Pad See You and the Massaman Curry Tofu. The Massaman curry was kinda meh....I didn't like that there was pineapple in it, and generally there was not enough tofu and too much potato (I'd rather have sweet potato). Meanwhile, the pad see you was one of the best renditions I've ever had anywhere - the noodles tasted extremely fresh and the sauce was a good balance of sweet and salty. Really good. I don't usually order this dish, but if I'm back here, I will consider it. My sense (based on looking at other tables) is that curries are the wrong thing to order at Rod Dee? Any advice about this?
Anyway, I'm excited to get caught up on the food scene in Boston. The Dumpling Cafe restaurant in Chinatown sounds good, as does the newly opened Al Wadi (Lebanese in West Roxbury)
P.S. Is there any sort of external email group for Boston hounds to meet up for meals? If so, how do I join?
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