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Dave MP Back in Boston - Super 88, Rod Dee Thai quick reports, and some other changes!

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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

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More soon!

Dave MP

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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Lollicup
1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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  1. Welcome back! I've followed some of your posts from more exotic locales..:)

    There are a few Boston meets going on. My email is on my profile. Dave was at the 1st or 2nd Chowdown; about 10 years ago?? We're still doing a lot of CTown midweek lunches but have branched out quite a bit.

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    1. re: 9lives

      Good to hear from you! I've sent you an email.

      My first chowdown was at King Fung Garden just about 9 years ago. If anyone would care to read the report, here is the link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/141448

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      King Fung Garden
      74 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: 9lives

        Welcome home! I was a longtime lurker, but I FINALLY got the guts up to start posting about a year ago.I always enjoyed your posts, & hope you're here for a little bit so you can catch up on all the new places - & get back to all the places you enjoyed & missed. Maybe we should have a "welcome home meet" - what do you think 9lives?

        1. re: southie_chick

          I don't know if dave wants to be put "on the spot" as guest of honor but I'm always up for a good meal...:)

      2. Hey welcome back Dave MP! Hopefully we can break bread some time soon. A few things that knowing you, you'll be happy to hear about in Boston 2010:

        Taiwanese food has really expanded here -- search on Shangri-La, MuLan, Formosa Taipei to get started.

        Chinatown in general keeps changing / growing and morphing as it should. Winsor for dim sum, Dumpling Cafe, Bubor Cha Cha are worth a look.

        In Allston you will find a TON of cheap eats, including Blue Asia, YoMa (Burmese you will LOVE) and S&I Thai come to mind.

        I forget if you are a boozer, but there are a lot of "craft cocktail" places now. Drink, Green Street, Eastern Standard, Deep Ellum and others can whet your whistle.

        All in all, there's lots to explore and I'll be interested to hear what you find too. Again, welcome home!

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        Shangri-La
        149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

        Eastern Standard
        528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

        Deep Ellum Bar
        477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

        S&I To Go
        168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

        MuLan
        228 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Blue Asia Cafe
        113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

        Formosa Taipei
        315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

        Bubor Cha Cha
        45 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: yumyum

          Thanks for the recommendations! Bubor Cha Cha definitely looks interesting!

          I've already been to YoMa three times (on short visits to Boston). You're right, I love it :)

          Looking forward to reading your posts as well

          Dave MP

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          Bubor Cha Cha
          45 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        2. Welcome back! Always enjoyed your posts. Also recommend S&I Thai and Dumpling Cafe and the Indian place at the super88, Istanbul'lu have gotten good buzz here. Also I have enjoyed Erbaluce, the BBQ stand at Formaggios and Mike and Patty's recently.

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          S&I To Go
          168A Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

          Erbaluce
          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          1. re: gourmaniac

            Great. S&I sounds really good, will definitely be trying it soon.

            Thanks!