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a few random bites


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a few random bites

Joanie | Aug 13, 2005 09:07 PM

Got breakfast a couple weeks ago at Strawberry Fair in Norwell, just a mile or two off exit 14 on Rt. 3. The place is WAY too kitchy for me, little figurines and doilies and shit crammed into every nook and cranny. Fairly limited weekday breakfast menu but I went with the corn bread French toast that someone raved about somewhere. It was pretty good, little bits of egg on the ends, nicely grilled with lots of butter (if you so desired, and I did). I didn't use much syrup, not sure if it was real or not. Good stuff for $5.95, didn't feel too full.

Stopped by the Cantata in JP for supper, they were wrapping things up but still offered their grilled cheese and soup special. I think she called it fruit gazpacho but it didn't seem too fruity, good summertime soup with fresh ingredients served with tortilla chips. The sandwich is probably just a large half cut into two, but it's perfectly grilled on rosemary foccacia and very tasty. Good meal for $6.95. Got a good decaf iced coffee and a choc. chip/banana/oatmeal bread to take home ($2.50). It's weird that I've only eaten there 3 times and it's about two blocks away.

After a spicy chicken burrito from the Coolidge Corner Burrito Max (I wish they'd put a little more cheese in the super burritos), I stopped by the homemade ice cream truck at the farmer's market and had a wonderful ginger cone. They had just enough blueberry to give some of us a spoonful and that was good too. He says peach should be coming in the next week or so.

Got burgers at the Common Ground in Allston Fri. nite. They do a good job and it's a relative deal at $7 w/ cheese and choice of two other toppings (plus it's served with tomato and lettuce). We both went with sauteed onions and mushrooms and while it took a long time to arrive, and came out a little more done than the medium we requested (shouldn't have made us wait so long), it was juicy, good sized, with good hot fries. I'm getting hungry thinking about it. Place was full with the Patriots and Red sox on TV.

I was the 2nd customer at Farnham's in Essex this morning on the way to a friend's beach house (had been up 5.5 hrs so it made sense to go early). It was weird being the only car in that parking lot, usually everyone's lined up along Rt. 133. I was in a lobster roll mood and forgot that I'd gotten one last time there, but at $13.95 with fries (which they gladly substitute decent onion rings for), it's a deal. Their clams were going for $16.95 and someone's fried haddock sandwich looked good. Lobster roll wasn't earth shattering but a good amount of very lightly dressed lobster, on a beautifully grilled hot dog bun (I took out the lettuce, it got in the way). I've often said you could put anything in a great grilled bun and I'll be happy. Ended with a coffee soft serve at the Everett Dairy Maid which was mentioned in a previous post. The smallest cone is now $2 and may not have been worth the slow drive thru Rt. 99 traffic, but was needed on this gross hot day.

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