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some good stuff lately

Joanie | Nov 2, 2005 06:45 AM

Starting with the best: lunch at Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore Sq. yesterday. Altho don't be fooled by the term "express" lunch. It took a LONG time but was very good, esp. dessert. Two of us got the croque monsieur which was a fine grilled ham & cheese, great homemade chips and a side of lightly dressed greens. One got a BLT on 3 slices of toast, lots of bacon and very good, same sides. One got crispy poached eggs over salad which looked good, all were priced $5.50 to 6.50. Desserts were about the same price and my pear tartin w/ vanilla ice cream was amazing, flaky crust, nice flavors. White choc. bread pudding w/ ice cream was also very good as were the almond crepes. Service by a cute guy w/ a French accent added to the pleasant experience.

Grabbed food at Pho Hoa in Chinatown after a movie Sun. and that was fine. This is related to the Dorchester one, isn't it? Two of us got a seafood noodle dish, one with yellow and one with wider white noodles for $7.75. One friend got chicken pho and one got a couple appetizers which I didn't really taste. Some confused servers bringing other people's food but it was fine. Hit the spot but I don't know the ins and outs of vietnamese food.

Went to Viva Mi Arepa in W. Roxbury last week and split one of the famous cachapas w/ pork and cheese. I'm not sure if it was the cheese or cornmeal exterior that leant a sweet taste to this. It was huge, about $5.95 and I ate half of my half then and saved the rest which I also did with a cheese arepa. We split a traditional dish of what looked like pulled beef, rice & black beans, plantains and a fried thing which was really good and filling (such a great description). Very nice and helpful service, order at the counter and they bring your dishes to one of 4 tables. With two mango juices, it came to $23 w/ tax.

Grabbed a pork burrito at Yucatan Taco on Centre St. W. Rox which was fine. One part of the burrito was a little too dry, didn't get enough sauce I guess. Mentioned the burger at Red Hat by Govt. Center already. There's something about that place I like but the burger isn't at the top of the list. Nor the semi racist mailman sitting next to me denying his racism, but the bartenders are friendly and I'll give it another shot with a turkey/stuffing/cranberry sandwich.

Returned to the Danish Pastry House in Watertown and I'm still annoyed that they won't label any of their baked goods. You get sick of asking what everything is and wondering how much it costs. Esp. cuz prices have gone up and while they're nice and all the samples are an added treat, it's not as impressive as when they first opened IMO. Also returned to Clearflour for the first time in a while and their standby current scone just didn't seem that good. Price krept up on that too and their choc. chip cookies are $2.25 which seems too high. On the other end of the spectrum, Diane's Bakery in Roslindale should be mentioned in the donut discussions. They're great there and only $.60. Saw him bringing fresh batches out, the plain which is my litmus test was excellent as were the choc. honeydipped and reg. honeydipped. And checked out Boston Coffee on Salem St. in the North End which is a really pleasant place. Just got an iced coffee and huge cookie and saw people's panini's served with a canelloni bean salad that looked great. I want to send the people from Sweet Finnish in JP there to see how they should set up their place.

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