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Kumiss available in Boston area?

BlakeGumprecht Apr 4, 2013 12:20 PM

Does anybody know of a place in the Boston area where you can get the Central Asia drink, kumiss, which is fermented mare's milk? I'd like to try it.

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    okaycheckitout Apr 4, 2013 01:04 PM

    Bazaar carries both fermented mare's milk and fermented camel's milk (and I think a third one - cow? goat?), in cans in the refrigerated section. I picked them up at the Allston location - can't say for sure if the Brookline location carries them too.

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    1. re: okaycheckitout
      opinionatedchef Apr 4, 2013 06:31 PM

      gosh okay, this is a new one for ME! what do they taste like?
      buttermilk? wow. who knew?

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        BlakeGumprecht Apr 5, 2013 06:09 AM

        From what I've read, kumiss is fizzy and mildly alcoholic. Traditionally, it was made in a smoke-dried sheepskin flask, churned occasionally with a stick called Bishkek (name of Kyrgyzstan capital).

      2. re: okaycheckitout
        BlakeGumprecht Apr 6, 2013 06:05 PM

        Bazaar on Cambridge no longer stocks kumiss, unfortunately. I went all the way to Boston but should have called first!

        Does anyone have other suggestions for where I might be able to buy kumiss?

        1. re: BlakeGumprecht
          okaycheckitout Apr 6, 2013 06:23 PM

          Oh crap, I'm sorry to steer you wrong! I should have suggested calling to be sure.

          1. re: okaycheckitout
            BlakeGumprecht Apr 6, 2013 06:53 PM

            That's okay. It's not your fault. I should have known enough to call but was just excited somebody might have it. Besides, I hadn't been to Bazaar before and loved it, so thanks for the suggestion even if I didn't come home with kumiss.

            1. re: BlakeGumprecht
              MC Slim JB Apr 6, 2013 10:27 PM

              Did you get something to eat in the neighborhood?


              1. re: MC Slim JB
                BlakeGumprecht Apr 7, 2013 07:33 AM

                Yes, I did. I followed one of your suggestions and went to Kaju Tofu House. I had gone there once before, but was frustrated by the wait and didn't find the menu all that interesting. I went earlier in the day yesterday, was seated very quickly and liked it very much. So thanks for the suggestion. How come you don't write for the Phoenix anymore? Your absence there makes it harder for someone like me who doesn't live in Boston, but goes often, to keep up with new ethnic restaurants.

                1. re: BlakeGumprecht
                  MC Slim JB Apr 7, 2013 08:27 AM

                  Glad you liked Kaju! I find sundubu jigae to be a great morning-after restorative.

                  The Phoenix shut down after nearly 50 years a few weeks ago. Its Providence, RI and Portland, ME papers survive.

                  Not many publications paying professional restaurant critics anymore -- in Boston, it's down to the Boston Globe, Improper Bostonian, and Boston Magazine -- and I expect their number to continue to dwindle.

                  I think the bigger loss is The Phoenix's other coverage: social and political reporting, arts & entertainment, culture listings, etc. Hard times for print media of every stripe.


                  1. re: MC Slim JB
                    BlakeGumprecht Apr 7, 2013 08:43 AM

                    Oh my god -- I had no idea the Phoenix had stopped publishing. I've been so busy at work lately that I missed that. That's horrible. The Phoenix provided an important alternative voice in Boston for so long. Seems odd to me that the Portland and Providence papers survived.

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