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bethgrd

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Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 01/28/12 2:02 PM (permalink)
We will be meeting at Sweet Cheeks bbq restaurant in Boston on Feb 9, 2012 at 7pm.
Who is in?
beth
 
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    karilyn

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    Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 01/28/12 8:35 PM (permalink)
    ME!!!!  I will most likely have a PLUS ONE . . . maybe a PLUS TWO!  I poked around the neighborhood.  Names that popped up include Tasty Burger, El Pelon Taquiera, Citizen Public House, Canestaro, Berryline (maybe for dessert - frozen yogurt, a couple of doors down),  Church (food and entertainment not worship; although we do worship food!), Basho Japanese, Thaitation and Trattoria Toscana.  I can head in early and do a pre-Sweet Cheeks drink/apps stop if anyone is interested.  
     
    Looking forward to it . . . Karilyn
     
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      wanderingjew

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      Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sun, 01/29/12 10:21 AM (permalink)
      Would love to join all of you but I'll be chowin' down in the Big Easy that day!
       
      I'm looking forward to our  get together in March. 
       
      #3
        ayersian

        Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Mon, 01/30/12 6:29 PM (permalink)
        Beth, thanks so much for posting this!  I was just getting to it...famous last words.  Here's the Sweet Cheeks link, looks very enticing!  Can't wait to see you all again...Chris 
         
        #4
          ChiTownDiner

          Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Mon, 01/30/12 7:51 PM (permalink)
          Those would be downtown prices...choices look really good, almost an investment!
           
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            bethgrd

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            Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Tue, 02/7/12 4:26 PM (permalink)
            Ok see Chris, AMy, and Karilyn Thurs night at Sweet Cheeks;
             
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              tiki

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              Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Tue, 02/7/12 5:17 PM (permalink)
              i am going to be in Mass in Oct--hope to get in on this monthly meet up then!!!---but NOT BBQ--got all that i need here in OKLAHOMA!!!! 
               
               
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                karilyn

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                Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Wed, 02/8/12 9:05 PM (permalink)
                Beth and I . . . and hopefully Heather . . . and possibly one or two of my adult sons . . . are heading to the Fens at 4:45 from Framingham.  Heading to Citizen Public House before we meet up at Sweet Cheeks at 7:00.  All  are welcome to join us.  Looking forward to some good eats . . . Karilyn
                 
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                  CajunKing

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                  Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 3:33 PM (permalink)
                  WELL?????
                   
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                    bethgrd

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                    Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 3:46 PM (permalink)
                    The biscuits were large and incredibly delicious, esp w honey butter. The brisket was fatty and luscious and moist. The service was great. The music was blasting, too loud for me. The ribs were cooked properly but didn't have much taste. Sides were good,esp potato salad and hush puppies. The cole slaw was large pieces of cabbage, not my preference. I would go back for the biscuits and briskets!THe chef came out and said hello, that was cool! She was on Top CHef!
                     
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                      bethgrd

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                      Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 3:48 PM (permalink)
                      On Thurs March 8 we will meet for a slice at Posto in SOmerville, and then Trinas in SOmerville for chicken and waffles at 6:30.More specific info and addresses to follow. put it on your calendar. Amy and CHris said the pizza at posto is exceptional as was the fried chicken at Trinas.
                      We are trying to determine a weekend day that works for most of us in May for a day of Worcester delights!!
                      TBA! input welcomed!!
                       
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                        CajunKing

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                        Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 5:29 PM (permalink)
                        Thanks for the update, I will await chris' pictures.
                         
                        I miss living in BahhhhhhStun (not really the driving tho)
                         
                        True event:
                         
                        My first real job was in Bahstun, I was so excited I wanted to go out and buy a NEW car for my job.  I was told repeatedly not to buy a NEW car but get a junker that I wouldnt mind if it got dented up.
                         
                        I did not follow their advice and the second day of owning my car, driving into the city I was sideswiped and the &$$^$&$* kept right on going, not even slowing down.  I tried to slow down and pull over and was nearly run over, when a PO finally got there he gave me a ticket for stopping on the expressway.
                         

                         
                        #12
                          ChiTownDiner

                          Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 6:46 PM (permalink)
                          Was there no dessert?
                           
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                            karilyn

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                            Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Fri, 02/10/12 10:57 PM (permalink)
                            No room for dessert!  Those biscuits could pass as dessert though.  Beth and I got a head start down the street at Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar.  We shared appetizers:  their meatballs (very moist, seemed to have multiple meats in the mix), the fried Brussell Sprouts served with a mayo based dressing and crostini with Ricotta and honey spread on top.  Again, another very loud atmosphere only this place was also dark.  Not only could you not hear, you could not see!  We lucked out . . . found a metered spot across from SweetCheeks . . . no side-swiping drivers thankfully.
                             
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                              bethgrd

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                              Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 10:42 AM (permalink)
                              OKAY Bostonians and any other interested pahhties!! Save Saturday May 19 for the Worcester area day of eating!! There will be pizza, baked goods and many other specialties!! Let's get a decent sized group together. So far we have Karilyn, Beth, Chris and Amy, and Dale, Wandering Jew. WHo else is coming?
                              BUffetbuster, Ceci, Bill Homan, Jane and Michael, ???
                               
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                                bethgrd

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                                Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 10:43 AM (permalink)
                                Also meant to say March 8 will start at 5:30 pm at Posto
                                 
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                                  mayor al

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                                  Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 12:19 PM (permalink)
                                  I worked in the State House as a Legislative Intern 1965-67, while doing my undergrad work at Salem State. While I drove in now and then, it was so much cheaper to take the bus that I did that 95% of the time. Interesting work and I got to know Downtown, and the Freedom Trail pretty well.  Never saw it all, Boston is full of neat places to go.
                                  And Don, I agree with you about the driving environment in Boston. It really Sucks !
                                   
                                   
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                                    ayersian

                                    Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 4:58 PM (permalink)
                                    Special thanks to Beth for the spot-on descriptions above for Sweet Cheeks!  We were so happy to have gone as a group, so that we could sample many different items.  As she stated, everything was fairly ho-hum, a couple items FABULOUS, and a few things just weird.  First, the fabulous:
                                     
                                    DISCLAIMER: We're constantly skeptical of brisket, having had the greatest from Louie Mueller's. New England BBQ joints are notorious for really lousy BBQ in general, but this brisket was among the best we've ever had anywhere. Sure, it was on the fatty side, but it was so tender you could cut it with a fork -- and very, very flavorful:
                                     
                                     
                                    My Aunt Blu in Virginia makes the greatest biscuits in the universe, but these were right up there with the very best:
                                     
                                     
                                    Now for the ho-hum...first up were the ribs.  Tender pork, cooked just right, but where's the smoke flavor?  Definitely not good enough to eat without sauce, but passable if you're really hankering for ribs:

                                     
                                    Next were the BBQ beans and potato salad. Beth liked the potato salad more than we did; though I appreciate the use of red potatoes, the dressing just wasn't as delicious as it looked (the beans I'll describe further down):

                                     
                                    The pulled pork was VERY jagged and a little fatty in places -- ultimately not flavorful enough for eating plain:

                                     
                                    The collard greens were bland and the leaves not chopped enough before cooking.  I don't like to take a forkful of greens and lift a 5-inch strip of leaf to my mouth (the cole slaw is described below):

                                     
                                    The broccoli casserole was on the bland side, and the Brussels sprouts salad (here called "farm salad") didn't have enough sprouts for our taste.  A valiant effort, though, for the latter:

                                     
                                    And the sauces were okay -- could've been much better.  From l. to r., the vinegar sauce was a little thick and syrupy for my taste, but the flavor was promising.  In Carolina BBQ terms, it wasn't as sweet as Hursey's of Burlington, fortunately, but not quite as lip-smackingly spicy as Spoon's of Charlotte or Stamey's of Greensboro.  The tomato-based sauce was medium-spicy, more on the tangy side, and the mango-colored hot sauce was the best of all -- a great spicy kick without wearing out its welcome:

                                     
                                    Finally, the just weird:  the BBQ beans (photo above) were among the weirdest we've had.  Kidney beans?!?  These are reserved for chili only; they should not be used for BBQ beans.  The slaw (photo above) was sadly a very rough-cut cabbage with huge chunks of purple cabbage, lots of fibrous stems, and a tasteless dressing.  The sheer size of it prohibited it from gracing the pulled pork on a sandwich!  And the hushpuppies...well, Beth liked these more than we did, but our three strikes were: (1) salt sprinkled all over them (who does this?!?), (2) creamy insides but flavorless, and (3) the dipping sauce was -- get this -- maple sour cream...just downright weird:

                                     
                                    But despite all this, we cannot emphasize enough how fantastic the brisket & biscuits were!  But the company was the best part, as always, and we were graced by the presence of Beth's husband Steve, whom we hadn't seen on a RF trip in way too long.  Though the p.a. inside is way too loud, Sweet Cheeks was a fun time with great service, plus the chef chatted with us for a little while!  Thanks to Beth, Karilyn, and Steve for another great Boston meet-up!    Chris


                                    <message edited by ayersian on Sat, 02/11/12 5:43 PM>
                                     
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                                      buffetbuster

                                      Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 6:48 PM (permalink)
                                      bethgrd


                                      OKAY Bostonians and any other interested pahhties!! Save Saturday May 19 for the Worcester area day of eating!! There will be pizza, baked goods and many other specialties!! Let's get a decent sized group together. So far we have Karilyn, Beth, Chris and Amy, and Dale, Wandering Jew. WHo else is coming?
                                      BUffetbuster, Ceci, Bill Homan, Jane and Michael, ???
                                      On a Saturday, this is a real possibility.  I will check out flights in the few days and let you know.

                                       
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                                        buffetbuster

                                        Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 6:54 PM (permalink)
                                        Kidney beans in the bbq beans?  Salted hushpuppies with maple sour cream dipping sauce?  What were they thinking?
                                         
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                                          wanderingjew

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                                          Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 8:12 PM (permalink)
                                          buffetbuster


                                          bethgrd


                                          OKAY Bostonians and any other interested pahhties!! Save Saturday May 19 for the Worcester area day of eating!! There will be pizza, baked goods and many other specialties!! Let's get a decent sized group together. So far we have Karilyn, Beth, Chris and Amy, and Dale, Wandering Jew. WHo else is coming?
                                          BUffetbuster, Ceci, Bill Homan, Jane and Michael, ???
                                          On a Saturday, this is a real possibility.  I will check out flights in the few days and let you know.

                                           
                                          Buffetbuster
                                           
                                          If flying into Providence is easier- let me know- I'll do the driving!
                                           
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                                            billyboy

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                                            Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Sat, 02/11/12 9:04 PM (permalink)
                                            I'd love to make it.  If I can catch a bus to Worcester would I be able to carpool with someone for the day?
                                             
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                                              CajunKing

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                                              Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Mon, 02/13/12 5:46 PM (permalink)
                                              Chris' description reminds me of the PACE salsa commercials
                                               
                                              Only change "NEW YORK CITY" to "BahhhhStun" when describing the bbq, beans salted puppies with MAPLE sour cream 
                                               
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                                                TnTinCT

                                                Re:Boston Monthly Meetup Feb.9, 2012 Thu, 02/16/12 10:24 PM (permalink)
                                                Definitely will look at the calendar for Worcester get together!
                                                 
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