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Afghan Grill’s Mantoo (Meat-Filled Dumplings)

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A few years ago I produced a TV food segment about manti — tiny, meat-filled Turkish dumplings.  As the chef herself said, “It is not easy making the manti. This is occasional food.” She wasn’t kidding.  After making the dough, she rolled it out and […]

There’s Messy, and There’s Hot N Juicy Crawfish

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I have crawfish juice stains on a pair of wool dress pants, courtesy of a meal at Hot N Juicy Crawfish. Dining at Hot N Juicy is impossibly messy.  There’s just no way to avoid it, so better to embrace the mess (and maybe don’t […]

Patriots Fever at Murphy’s

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The New England Patriots play a huge game today, and I’m officially terrified.  Heartbreaking, last-second losses (to a New York team!!) in two of the last five Super Bowls will do that to you. If you want to watch the game in the company of […]

District Kitchen: The Good, The Bad and the Hungry

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Dinner at District Kitchen was like one of those weird dates where you get along fairly well, but at the same time several things stick in your craw — like how she hasn’t talked to her mother in over ten years, or hates Seinfeld, or […]

Tono’s $1 Per Piece Sushi

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The thought of $1 per piece sushi elicits two feelings, intrigue and apprehension. Intrigue because hey, only $1 per piece? That’s a great deal! Apprehension because hey, only $1 per piece? Is this sushi going to make me sick?? The offer is all part of […]