Birds of a Feather

Come On, Irene August 26, 2011

Filed under: Beantown,The everyday — kcfeather @ 6:29 pm

A little unclear what will happen this weekend, but, as always, Bostonians are panicking about the weather (I, on the other hand, think a not-very-strong hurricane could be sort of fun). Predictions? Will we be living off of the food in our pantry for awhile once Irene hits? Or is it a lot of hype? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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That Old Cape Magic August 23, 2011

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 1:26 am

It’s now been a few weeks since our visit to Cape Cod with K’s family. The only really not very good thing about the Cape is the traffic (and the crowds, and the beach parking situation, so I guess that is 3 things). I think everybody agrees.

But there are some wonderful things about the Cape. I’m not really going to do a google map for our visit to the Cape, since the great thing about being there was we could just relax and hang out at the beach.

But before I tell you about all the fun we had, let me just say, we stayed in Wellfleet, and had some pretty amazing croissants from PB Bistro. I recommend their croissants (and other breads) highly – but I also recommend bringing a book to read. They open at 7; I showed up at 6:45 and waited in line for 45 minutes before I was helped!

In any case, some of the fun we had on the Cape:

K, M, and C kayaking in the tidal marsh outside our house

The West End Breakwater (Provincetown)

The boys, oyster-shucking and -eating

Marconi Beach

Preparing the lobster boil for dad's birthday

The last day was a pretty disappointing 4 hour drive home (should be 2 hours). Including one hour in which we went 2 whole miles. But we had a frappe and fish and chips on the way home, so that pretty much made up for it. Almost.


Life is good August 19, 2011

Filed under: The everyday — kcfeather @ 3:31 pm

I know, I know.  We still owe an update about Cape Cod.  That will be coming soon (we’re going back on Saturday just to make sure it’s still there).

We have mixed feelings about living in the Northeast, and sometimes, at the end of a not-very-warm summer, when the not-so-warm weather is going to give way to the really-not-warm weather, we need to be reminded of the many things we have to be thankful for.  There are a lot of them, really.

Last night, on a walk around Harvard Square, we saw a new storefront under construction, and we deduced (from the sign) what it was.  And I said to C, “Life is good. I have a lot to be thankful for.”  Because Liege waffles are coming to Cambridge!!!!  I am expecting the most delicious waffles in the world (outside of Belgium), with little bits of chewy, caramelized pearl sugar.  I just cannot wait.


Stayin’ Cool August 3, 2011

Filed under: Recipes and food — kcfeather @ 3:28 pm

We’re on holiday this week, with the fam in Cape Cod, but are back in Cambridge for a short spell (to work…) I recently discovered something so wonderful, and so “summertime” that I just had to share.

In the middle of a pretty brutal heatwave a few weeks ago, C and I decided that the best way to beat the heat was to go to the movies (for the second night in a row). Midnight in Paris, which we had heard great things about, was still playing at the Coolidge Corner theatre, and so for dinner we thought we’d stop by the Super 88 (a grocery store where we won’t shop – but where we’ll eat at the food court).

On my way to pick C up from his office en route to Super 88, I was listening to NPR’s Splendid Table. In this particular episode, they were interviewing a woman in LA about her favorite foods for the dog days of summer, and she mentioned a meal I had never heard of: mul naengmyeon or, naeng-myun.

From Wikipedia:

Naengmyeon is a Korean dish of long and thin hand-made noodles made from the flour and starch of various ingredients: buckwheat, potatoes, sweet potatoes, naengmyun made with the starch from arrowroot (darker color and chewier than buckwheat noodles), and kudzu…
Originally a delicacy in northern Korea, especially the cities of Pyongyang and Hamhung in North Korea, naengmyeon became widely popular in Korea after the Korean War.
Naengmyeon is served in a large stainless bowl with a tangy iced broth, julienned cucumbers (Korean cucumbers are like the gourmet cukes. Remove seeds if using the ubiquitous waxy cukes), slices of Korean pear, and either a boiled egg or slices of cold boiled beef or both. Spicy Mustard sauce [or Mustard oil-use sparingly] and vinegar are often added before consumption.

I was fascinated just listening to the description, and was excited to find that the Korean restaurant at the food court actually sold Naengmyun. So of course, I had to try it. And it hit the spot – was perfect for such a hot night. Now I have a new go-to food for the really sticky 90/90 days (90 degrees/90 percent humidity).

Yes, at Super 88 they even put in watermelons!