Haven't done much eating out but since Mon. was a holiday, figured I'd see what the crowd was like at Soundbites. Just a few tables occupied at 2:15, so no getting rushed out (tho I spent newpaper reading time across the street at True Grounds). Got eggs benedict for $7.99 which was done well. Good ham, eggs perfect, I had hollandaise on the side since I'm not wild about it. Also not wild about their mashed potato cake. It's fine, and better than bad home fries, but I'd take hash browns or Mul's home fries any day. Nice scone and latte at True Grounds as I relived the Patriots game thru the Sports section.
Our slavic/nordic/germanic party went well and we thoroughly enjoyed shopping at Baazar in Coolidge Corner. No language problems at all and I only wish I'd had a chance to say "is that your dog" or "your mother is calling you", things I remember from when I was about 7. We got the mushroom pate, the eggplant thing, delicious fish salad, an obscene kielbasa, taramasalata, some wacky Russian candy and a cute jar of pickles for $34 (in addition to our sauerbraten, stuffed cabbage, etc). I'd bought a jumbo bag of Mrs. T's pierogis earlier, boiled then sauteed them and added caramelized onions which got compliments. People kept asking if I'd made them. Someone brought a Romanian red wine called Vox Populi which was great and appropriate beers like Pilsner Urquell and others I hadn't heard of. A new annual tradition and we'll definitely hit up Bazaar before the next party, it was fun shopping there.