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Jan 1, 2014 12:08 PM

Chowhound new year resolutions

Treb's comment in a thread below led to this post:

What are your 2014 Boston Chow-related resolutions?

Here are a couple for me:

Gotta get over to Yumewokatare to try the porky ramen
Go back to Thai North
Find a replacement for the declining Vinny's at Night and Pescatore

And eat less and exercise more... ;)

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  1. I still haven't tried bon bon chicken

    I now fear disappointment.

    1. We STILL haven't made it to Yoma, though we dearly love Burmese food.

      Have yet to try Thai North. Is it close in caliber to Lers Ros or Pok Pok PDX (yet still worlds away from Chiang Mai/Isan, I guess)?

      Eat more Korean food in GBA. I'd like to try Manna and Kaju. We and some out-of-town Korean friends tried Bon Chon Allston this past fall and were not wowed - they all thought the sauces were too sweet. Eat more frequently at Buk Kyung Union Sq - jajiangmyun or jampong. Yum.

      Though we've been in Arlington for 3.5 years, we haven't tried Toraya. We got a take-out party platter from Gen last night to go with our Mo√ęt-Chandon - definitely not earth-shaking, but we both loved the tiny space so we'd like to eat in.

      Much as we both love a game whilst eating, we need to eat less frequently at pubs. Though we took my parents to Matt Murphy's for Xmas eve dinner this year and it reminded us how much we love that place. Fish n chips, baked haddock, calamari, cozy atmosphere...exactly what we wanted on that cold evening. Instant love for my parents. PJ Ryan's a few nights later for the Pats game made us miss our old 'hood like crazy. Comfy, decent food, all the servers knowing us and chatting it up.

      I've been making my own pizza lately (Jim Lahey's recipe) but we need to find a take-out replacement for Nicola.

      We're the last ones to try Angela's. One of these days, I swear to you! Generally speaking, we need to explore East Boston.

      I love old school Italian-American. Our go-to Italian is Il Casale but I crave places with platters as big as your head, with heaping portions of linguine and clams (yo, what can I say....I'm from RI!!).

      Handmade noodles a la Gene's or ExNE.

      Eat more exercise less.

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      1. re: digga

        Bon Chon, that's what I meant. See, I'm already suspicious of a letdown! LOL!

        I would like to try the oyster slider at Island Creek.

        I regret not trying the Cuban at Chez Henri. Living south of the city, it is hard enough to make it to New Deal and Formaggio bbq and a sandwich from Alive and Kickin'

        Resolution: I would like to follow thru and readdress my relationship with sea urchin. My first and only experience turned me green. Even though all these years later, I know it was because of poor quality and execution, I have still never swalloed one of those creatures again. But where? Where to find that perfect bite, that perfect swallow after a life altering bad bite?

        1. re: Bellachefa

          I've also never "gotten" sea urchin. Are we missing out? I'm adding that to my (growing) list of resolutions.

          Something that has been on my list for years is the perfect burger. I'm a pescatarian who desperately wants to eat 1 or 2 perfect burgers a year. Fries have to be equally good and I must have a nice glass of red. Washington Sq Tavern (in homage to Limster)? jm curley? A few bites of the miso burger at Strip T's last year was a let-down.

          1. re: digga

            Like you, I eat about 4 burgers a year and I want them to be good. I had all three of these this year plus the one at Shake Shack. My favorite was by far the one at JM Curley. Everything about it was just so so tasty and absolutely worth it if you only have a few a year.

            Washing Sq. also does a very classic pub-burger with minimal toppings that is very satisfying. A large, well seasoned, and super juicy burger and you can get sweet potato fries on the side. My only complaint is the bun, which I always find hard and bland, but then again I'm one of those non-purist burger "weirdos" who actually likes a flavorful brioche bun.

            1. re: digga

              I am well-known as a booster for Russell House, but honestly, their burger is truly fantastic. Get it half-and-half (fries and salad, instead of one or the other) and enjoy the hell out of one of Sam's awesome cocktails too.

              1. re: TimTamGirl

                Half and half! That is brilliant. I am always torn. I wonder if jm Curley does this as well...

          2. re: digga

            I had about 5 dishes at Lers Ros (one visit) and I think S&I is just as good.

            1. re: digga

              Angela's! Let's race to see who can not be last.

              Digga, if you like Jim Lahey's recipe, you might also enjoy Modernist Cuisine at Home's pizza doughs - the neapolitan has 00 flour and added gluten, and I _finally_ cracked super-flat pizza with it. It marked the end of a decade screwing up and was maybe the most satisfying crunch I have ever cooked.

            2. More Yume ramen this year. Asta. Bondir Concord. Alden & Harlow a month after it opens. Continue bibimbap quest.

              1. I will finally try YumeWoKatare! It's only a block or two away from me, but the ridiculous lines always push me away. I'll brave the cold. Once they're actually, er, open.

                Get over to State Park.

                Eat somewhere snazzy that requires a suit.

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                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  No lines tonight, the place was pretty much empty at 8! And the ramen is just as tasty.

                2. Strip-T's, I guess. And Tupelo, I never made it there. Maybe rediscover the whole Inman Square area.

                  Write a couple of multiparagraph write-ups for the board.

                  Find a Devon-style cider that's even better than Downeast.

                  Eat more fish.

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                  1. re: enhF94

                    enh, might you elaborate on that 'Devon style cider' and Downeast? My Love was first turned on to Bantam at Strip T's, so i'd love to tell him about these others. thx.

                    def'ly Eat More Fish. Exc. resolution.

                    1. re: enhF94

                      I don't know what "Devon-style" is, but if you like sweeter ciders, you might try the new Stella Cidre (yes, it's spelled that way).

                      1. re: enhF94

                        Downeast cider comes in cans, but Olde Magoun's Saloon in Somerville has it on draft, which is marginally better. It's pretty good either way, sweetish and rough with a long finish. Downeast is the closest cider to Devon scrumpy I've found so far, and while delicious, it's a shadow of scrumpy.

                        I'm still learning Devon-style cider (part of the "west country cider" family I suppose), so I can't tell y'all much except that

                        1. Devon is like Normandy, so awesome dairy/fish/apples (see also: clotted cream), with the added benefit of not being in France.

                        2. the style is different than most US, leaning toward cloudy (and if you're on-site, unfiltered and unpasteurized, but no way on imports as you know) and sometimes hay-filtered, which wow. Some are cured in oak barrels, if that's your thing. Several had basically no sourness at all, and that didn't even fit on the sweet-dry spectrum - just living yeast with that amazing-but-possibly-poisonous flavor, biological and tannic. Uncarbonated. I'm not describing it well partly because it's been a couple of years and partly because even then, I had no analogue for the flavors.

                        3. No apple booze-soda to be found.

                        Boston_Otter, I had snooted my way past the Stella Cidre, assuming it was a malic-acid fortified appletini, so thanks for hauling me off my high horse. I'll give it a try!

                        Interesting intro in this dated article (, including quotes from the owner of one of only _four_ cider houses left in England, which is where cider changed forever for me from "bad soda" to "art." I don't keep a bucket list but if I did, Ye Olde Cider Bar would be on it.

                        1. re: enhF94

                          My caveat is that you're far more schooled in the specifics of cider than I am, and I've only had Downeast from cans, so the Stella might taste like appletini to you. Let me know, I'm trying to learn more about the different types.