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Far East Buffet

September 21st, 2011

My mom and I like going to the occasional Chinese buffet (yes, knowing it’s not authentic Chinese food and knowing these buffets are pretty much all the same) and we had a coupon ($12.95 instead of $14.95 for dinner) for the fairly new Far East Buffet at 220 Worcester Rd. ???? ???? 2022 next to Cabot furniture.
Inside was nice and clean although pretty empty for a Sunday night.

There was a decent variety of the usual suspects, chicken/shrimp/beef/pork and vegetables, fried goodies, spare ribs, rice and noodles.  They also had offerings like sauteed in-shell clams, family style tofu crab legs, shrimp, shu mai and these crispy fried shrimp things that were great. ????? ???? ??? ???????? Some had scallions and some here plain. 
I also really liked their beef teriyaki (my plate with seaweed salad, shu mai, bok choy, fried shrimp things, crab rangoon, chicken and beef teriayki):

Here’s some shots of other stuff:

Desserts are a variety of cakes, fruit and the server asks you if you’d like ice cream and gives you a choice of three flavors.
We got green tea and coconut almond chocolate chip

It’s okay, not bad or amazing but if I was craving beef teriyaki, I’d get an order to go from there since they have a full menu as well, but even then, I’d have to go on rt.9, so I don’t know. There is no website that I can find but their phone is (508) 872-4888 for any further info.

Farmer’s Market

September 14th, 2011

I won’t bother with how unhappy I’ve been with living in Framingham the past few months.  Never mind the town-wide construction and traffic, or the creepy “spiritual church” that moved in next door and makes all sorts of noise outside after their session lets out at 11pm, or the small businesses that have closed up, sad neglected plazas or… a number of other things.  Instead, I’ll just say that the one bright spot of my work week is the Farmer’s Market, Thursday’s at the common.
Is it cheap? No.  In fact I’ve refused to pay the prices some of the vendors charge.
But the variety of vendors has improved and I like checking it out every week to see who is there.
One of the things I look forward to is the fresh custom-made lemonade:

You can get it with lemons, limes, raspberries, peaches and whatever else they have to offer that day. You can also choose from sugar, agave or stevia as a sweetener.  This is my “creation” I brought back to the office:
There’s always the baked goods guy that has great stuff:

There’s always the painter down at the end which mixes up the offerings at the market:

I’ve only seen Whoopie Monster once but they’re scheduled to be there tomorrow.

They make these cute little whoopie pies in a variety of flavors:

Some of the other vendors sell seafood, fresh pasta, meat and of course fruits and vegetables.
I saw this guy a couple of weeks ago and it made my day:

For more information about the market you can check out this link:

Top Shelf

July 3rd, 2011

Last week we went to check out the newly opened Top Shelf restaurant at 250 Worcester Rd. (Where Bronzetti’s used to be)
Inside was nicely remodeled.  I remember how Bronzetti’s didn’t remodel after taking the  space over form a sushi bar and it was awkwardly still Japanese looking for an Italian/pizza place.
Our server brought over some fresh focaccia bread with dipping oil that was a little spicy but very flavorful.

We each got a salad, which generously portioned.  Ethan got a Caesar that he enjoyed a lot, nothing unusual about it but had nice crisp lettuce and just the right amount of a tasty dressing.

I got a Greek salad and this was actually my favorite part of the meal:

It was a perfect ratio of green and kalamata olives with tomato, roasted red pepper, cucumber, red onion and feta.  It was more than enough even without lettuce.
For dinner Ethan got the special baked cod that was really good.  I never think of cod as that great of a dish but it was so fresh and that really made a difference in making this a delicious choice.  The red potatoes were perfectly cooked too.  Broccoli and carrots were decently mild and a nice side to have.

I got the scallops with roasted red pepper pesto.

The scallops were good, the sauce was okay, I think in general $16 is a lot for 4 scallops (although it comes with three red potatoes and broccoli and carrots)
For dessert we shared a chocolate cake and the berries and cream recommended by our server.

The chocolate cake was fantastic, really rich and just enough cream on it.  The berries were in  Grand Marnier whipped cream which was a nice, lightly textured dessert to follow a full meal.
You can check out their website for all information including menus, hours and contact info.

Joan and Ed’s cookbook is here!

June 7th, 2011

Actually I got this a few weeks ago but just posting about it now.  I was really excited to see that when I checked their site last month that there was an announcement of the long-awaited cookbook being available.
I got a few copies for my sister, my friend and myself. ivermectin max dose
I was really happy to see that the only place they are sold in Framingham is right around the corner from my work at a shop called Selections.

It’s at 935 Worcester Rd and they sell clothing, jewelry, gifts and more. ivermectin solution
You can check out their site here:
To check out Joan and Ed’s cookbook page to order online, visit:
I haven’t made anything yet but I’m looking forward to trying their knish and kugel reicpes.

Carrie Anne’s/ Lou’s donuts

May 30th, 2011

Today Ethan and I headed down to the newly opened  Carrie Anne’s at the former KFC on 135 (186 Waverly St.).
They are serving a limited menu now as they get ready for their grand opening but you can get some breakfast items including eggs, homefries, corned beef hash, French toast made with challah bread and “Lou’s donuts”.  I’m not familiar with Lou’s donuts but apparently they are missed and from what I understand, the owner is Lou’s granddaughter and has the recipes.
Today we just wanted to check out the donuts so we got two and shared them.
Ethan got a honey dipped:

and I got chocolate glazed (served with the hole on top):

They were both really good but kind of leaned toward the chocolate because of the crunchy outer layer.  This was an excellent donut. The coffee was really good too.
My photos of the inside didn’t turn out too good but there is a counter with about 10 or 12 stools and a seating area.
I saw the French toast and it looks delicious so I’ll go back sometime to try that.
For more info, their phone number is 508-875-2500 and they have lots of photos on their facebook page if you are curious to check out more images.
I hope this place does well!

Carrie Anne’s

April 24th, 2011

I haven’t posted since April 1st?  This month has flown by,  jeez!
I get emails now and then about the apparently very missed KFC on 135 which closed maybe a year ago now.  I never went there and don’t miss it but people sometimes ask me what’s going in there so I’m happy to have a report.  As I was running by the location by last Monday I saw this sign for “Carrie Anne’s”.    I’m pretty sure I was the only one of the 27,000+ running by here thinking “Hey! I’ll have to blog about that!”.  I just got around to it today and  I tried googling them but just got a facebook result.  On their info page they describe themselves as “Homestyle breakfast, drive through and more”.  There are photos of the extensive work being done for remodeling and what looks like some practice runs of baking (the donuts look awesome) and they look like a happy crew looking forward to opening up shop there.  I wish them the best and can’t wait to try it out.  They certainly have been putting in the hours to make this happen.  Search for them on FB if you’d like to check out their photos.


April 1st, 2011

Zaftig’s (of Brookline) opened a branch in Natick.  It’s just on the line of Framingham and replaces a former Framingham deli that moved there so I felt it was worth posting about, so I did 🙂

I actually went there twice in the past week (a rarity these days of going out at all, never mind the same place). Once with my friend Rachel and once with my aunt and uncle so I’ll have pictures form both days.
First I’ll say they did a nice job with the remodeling.  It’s pretty much the same layout but have added more food cases and a sit-down counter.
When you get seated, a server brings over bagel chips and a cheese spread:

The chips are light and crispy and they spread is lightly seasoned.  It’s easy to snack on these until they’re gone.
When I went with Rachel we got a sample plate and some potato knishes.  The sampler had a meat knish, slice of kugel, potato latke and cheese blintz.

I was a huge fan of Joan and Ed’s meat knishes and while everyone does knishes a little different, I always find myself comparing them to J&E’s (and my own).  The knish was pretty good, I thought the dough was great and the filling was pretty good but a teeny bit dry (compared to…) but flavorful and enjoyable.

Everything else on the plate was good, not amazing but not disappointing either.
Although Rachel really didn’t like the potato knish because she felt is was too creamy with just bits of potato instead of it being more of a thicker mashed potato filling that she was expecting:
Last night my aunt and uncle split a Ruben with coleslaw instead of sauerkraut

They both thought it was great and complimented the potato salad too.
Ethan got a grilled cheese with challah bread and bacon that he said was as good as it looked (and it looked amazing)

I would have taken a bite but I had enough going on with my smoked fish plate:

I decided to get challah toast instead of a bagel and chose a combo plate that offers your choice of three fish from their list of 8.  I got nova, belly lox and a scoop of whitefish salad.  Everything was so good. I love whitefish salad and they did a great job with it, not too salty and not too much mayo.
I forgot to mention we also got some matzo ball soup, which again was great and the matzo ball is nice and soft like a matzo cloud!

I think Zaftig’s is a welcome addition to metrowest. It’s not cheap, and I know the place has got mixed reviews because of that being worth the food but I think it’s easy to go anywhere else and pay as much for lesser quality food.
We liked it and while I won’t be there all the time, I’d consider it a treat to go back and would love to try breakfast items like chocolate brioche french toast.  Everything on the breakfast end looked delicious.  Also the service might be hit or miss. Rachel and I had a rude waitress who didn’t seem to care about her tables but last night we had a polite and courteous waiter.  Both times it was not very busy and as someone who has waited tables since I was 19, there is just no excuse for being rude. Regardless of the possible service issue (maybe that girl won’t last long), I’m looking forward to someday going back.
Also for all information including menu with prices please check our their website:

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