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hsquare2southend Sep 13, 2007 03:49 PM

What are some places you will be visiting more now that the fall is upon us? Any favorites that you like to visit especially in the fall?

How about favorite fall cocktails?

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    bee RE: hsquare2southend Sep 13, 2007 06:25 PM

    I can walk to Oleana, which is one of my all-time favorites. I don't go there a lot, but walking there with a snap or chill in the air on darkened streets and shortening days and going in this warm, delicious special treat place (esp when the fire is going in colder weather) and eating food that tastes like it had special care put into it and enjoying service that seems to care about my experience...well, yum all around. Bring on fall, I say!

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      lissy RE: bee Sep 13, 2007 08:36 PM

      I love the burgers at 75 Chestnut but I tend to shy away during the summer. Might be time for a visit now.

    2. MC Slim JB RE: hsquare2southend Sep 13, 2007 08:33 PM

      A few thoughts, despite my not really being ready to abandon my late summer local-corn-and-tomatoes mindset for autumn quite yet:

      Pumpkin: pumpkin ravioli at the Tuscan Grill (an annual tradition) and kaddo at The Helmand. Someone recently posted favorably here about pumpkin gnocchi at Antico Forno, a place I quite like, so that's on my list now too.

      Apples: Formaggio-provisioned picnics in apple orchards during apple picking season, tarte tatine with cardamom creme fraiche at Petit Robert Bistro.

      Cider: unpasteurized cider from local orchards: hot, cold, and/or mixed with bourbon or rum on brisk weekend days, especially with a college football game in front of it. My alma mater never wins, but with the right provisions, we don't care.

      Choucroute garni: heartier fare like this, from places like Sandrine's and Brasserie Jo, are what I start thinking about when the weather gets brisk.

      Polish food: I love Cafe Polonia, but I love it more in cool weather, when potato pancakes, borscht, stuffed cabbages, and fatty smoked sausages appeal to me more.

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        AnjLM RE: MC Slim JB Sep 25, 2007 04:19 AM

        I just tried the pumpkin gnocchi at Antico Forno. It was delicious, all of my friends were wishing that they had ordered that instead of their meals. Definitely a great meal for fall.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: MC Slim JB Oct 9, 2007 06:56 AM

          With the cool, damp weather yesterday, we stopped in to Cafe Polonia for lunch. Borscht warmed the core, with great mushroom dumplings. Split a combo plate - excellent grilled kielbasa with spicy mustard on the side - golumpki (stuffed cabbage) was also great - pierogies were ok, but would have browned/fried them more on the outside - heaping pile of kaputsa (fried sauerkraut) was studded with bits of meat but VERY vinegary. Not for everyone. DC had the potato pancakes, which were good with a side of sour cream, although they were essentially a combination of hash brown-y exterior with mashed potato interior. Not your Polish father's potato pancakes - I prefer shredded potato over this format. Still a great place to pop in for a good bit of food. Left very satisfied.

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          pollystyrene RE: hsquare2southend Sep 13, 2007 08:37 PM

          Places with open hearths like Sabur or Antico Forno, or any BBQ joint for that smokiness that smells so good when the weather turns cool.

          1. limster RE: hsquare2southend Sep 13, 2007 08:52 PM

            Fall for me means matsutake mushrooms -- complex aromatic woodsy notes of pine and cedar. Would likely take good matsutake over white or black truffles. I've started to see it served as specials at some of the more upscale places in the area. Was actually wondering if anyone has had a good dish with these remarkable mushrooms.

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              sifsw RE: limster Sep 14, 2007 06:22 AM

              Haven't had a dish around here with matsutake, but there was an interesting read about hunting them in the August 20 issue of the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20...

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                limster RE: sifsw Sep 14, 2007 10:21 AM

                Have had five dishes so far this season with matsutake: Troquet (2 dishes), Craigie Street Bistrot, Uni and Clio; am looking for more. I could totally be wrong but might have once heard that they were foraged locally.

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                  MB fka MB RE: limster Sep 14, 2007 05:29 PM

                  you might want to check in at TW Food about matsutake--I'm guessing, but it's probably worth a check-see.

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                    limster RE: MB fka MB Sep 14, 2007 06:09 PM

                    Thanks - that sounds like a great idea, been thinking about returning for another meal there as it's been a few months. Am curious actually about how they've shaped up.

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                      limster RE: MB fka MB Sep 14, 2007 11:30 PM

                      I looked up their menu online and they do have a dish with matsutakes. :D

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                    limster RE: sifsw Sep 14, 2007 11:29 PM

                    Forgot to thank you for the interesting article -- that's a good read!

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                    steinpilz RE: limster Sep 15, 2007 08:15 AM

                    I love matsutakes also but have just ordered them over the web and made rice or soup with them -- roasting/grilling/braising/frying are other ways to cook them which I haven't tried yet.

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                    Bostonbob3 RE: hsquare2southend Sep 14, 2007 06:36 AM

                    The pumpkin dishes at The Helmond.

                    The cassoulet at Hamersley's.

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                      BillieJean RE: Bostonbob3 Sep 27, 2007 11:53 AM

                      Heartily second the cassoulet. It's so rich and the confit is perfection. I always take half of it home for later.

                    2. hiddenboston RE: hsquare2southend Sep 14, 2007 07:44 AM

                      I like going to Doyle's in JP on a Sunday morning for brunch, then walking it off at the Arboretum before settling down to watch a 1:00 Pats game.

                      Also like heading up to the Cape Ann area this time of year to drive along some of the back roads before hitting Woodman's, Lobster Pool, Village Restaurant, etc.

                      And it's great walking through the Back Bay, especially along tree-lined streets like Marlborough Street and Comm. Ave. on my way to Beacon Hill (75 Chestnut) or the South End (The Dish).

                      Love making the trip up to Parker's Maple Barn in Mason, NH, too, but that's probably for a New England thread.

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                        hsquare2southend RE: hsquare2southend Sep 14, 2007 07:45 AM

                        Carmen is a place that I would never go near in the summer, but love to visit when the temps dip. Love the suggestions so far. Keep 'em coming!

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                          hsquare2southend RE: hsquare2southend Sep 21, 2007 09:13 AM

                          Ah, just had the new fall menu at Franklin last night. The pumpkin bisque was HEAVENLY. It was so perfect and wonderful...as was the turkey meatloaf with figs...dreamy!

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                            vinovino RE: hsquare2southend Sep 24, 2007 12:29 PM

                            On pumkin, we had an awesome kabocha squash & lobster bisque this weekend.

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                              Megawatts RE: hsquare2southend Sep 24, 2007 05:40 PM

                              Matt Murphy's in Brookline Village. http://mattmurphyspub.com Great brown bread with plenty of Irish butter, hearty beef stew, a pint of porter, and a chilly/cozy window seat makes for a perfect cold weather meal.

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                                hsquare2southend RE: hsquare2southend Oct 17, 2007 08:41 AM

                                On cocktails....had a great apple cider martini at Pops the other day. Yum!

                                1. Rubee RE: hsquare2southend Oct 17, 2007 11:23 AM

                                  Here's a couple of fall cocktails - I always look forward to No 9 Park's Spiced Cider Brulée with cardamom foam. A new favorite is the Pumpkin 'Martini' with Chai cream I had last night at Prezza.

                                  Speaking of seasonal drinks, I also have to mention No 9 Park's Tom and Jerrys around the holidays.

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                                    hsquare2southend RE: Rubee Oct 17, 2007 11:43 AM

                                    Oh, I do love that Spiced Cider Brulee! Any idea what's in it? I am hosting a cocktail party tomorrow night and want to make a cider cocktail but am in need of a great recipe!

                                    Funny you should mention the Tom and Jerry- I see that Barbara Lynch is hosting a Tom and Jerry Party at Stir for the holidays, but I think it is already sold out.

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                                      Rubee RE: hsquare2southend Oct 17, 2007 12:06 PM

                                      You ask and you shall receive ; )

                                      John Gertsen's Spiced Cider Brulée
                                      http://www.starchefs.com/chefs/rising...

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                                        hsquare2southend RE: Rubee Oct 18, 2007 02:18 PM

                                        Thank you, Rubee!

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                                    vinovino RE: hsquare2southend Nov 5, 2007 04:01 PM

                                    Had pure Fall out in Newton this weekend. Venison, squash, cranberries, and port sauce.

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                                      Chris VR RE: vinovino Nov 6, 2007 05:06 AM

                                      Where?

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