Showing posts from 2009

Wang's in Somerville

Fantastic meal at Wang's in Magoun Square last night. I hadn't been in probably a year, so I turned to this old Chowhound thread for advice.

We ordered:

sweet and sour shredded turnip
cucumber with garlic sauce
Peking style shredded pork with plum sauce
spicy shredded beef with hot peppers
Singapore rice sticks (shrimp and pork)

The turnip (My Wang's staple, always fantastic) and cucumber are cold appetizer dishes, and a great start to the meal. I didn't get the famous dumplings but will likely get some of those for the holidays soon. (They sell them frozen in packages of 50.)

The pork, beef and noodles turned out to be a great combination. The rice noodles were surprizingly gingery and a great foil to the beef with peppers and sweet pork. The noodles were a bit spicy too, and we finished the plate. I'm still thinking about it 12 hours later!

Corn Chowder, Clam Linguine, and a cup of coffee

We had a lovely time at the Harvest Moon Fair at the Arlington First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. We wandered the booths and didn't buy much, seeing as my house could reasonably pass as a giant white elephant table at some fair. But no matter, the main attraction for me has always been the Harvest Café.

Amongst the offerings this year was Jasper White's Corn Chowder, which I excerpt below, courtesy of What Did You Eat? and Kitchen Confit, not to mention the book 50 Chowders, which sounds like my kind of cookbook. Hmm, I think I need a trip to the Summer Shack.
Corn Chowder (Jasper White, 50 Chowders)3 medium ears fresh yellow or bicolor corn (or white)4 ounces slab (unsliced) bacon, rind removed and cut into 1/3-inch dice (or use some diced thick cut, sliced bacon) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 medium onion (7 to 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice1/2 large red bell pepper (6 to 8 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice1 to 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped (1/…

Happy Halloween

Stacey has started a great new webcomic Zombie A Go-Go! And, you know, tell your friends.

After we put up the site, we sat on the front porch, enjoyed the warm New England day & passed out candy. Happy post-Halloween everyone!
The guinea pigs are enjoying a new batch of bluegrass hay from kleenmama

Boston Pignic is this weekend! My piggie...

Boston Pignic is this weekend! My piggies aren't the plays-well-with-others sort, but I hear it's fun!

Chester the Guinea Pig endorses Sweet Me...

Chester the Guinea Pig endorses Sweet Meadow Farms Timothy Pellets and hay.

Gir and Moose went to the vet today. Gir...

Gir and Moose went to the vet today. Gir is fine, but Moose is on SMZ for URI. All "upper" though, lungs sound good.

the boys!

MiniMoose and Gir have gotten so big, and I didn't document them growing up like I wanted. They are still somewhat hand shy in the cage, but fun and good friends to Vex, Zim and Ami.

Local Farmer's Markets 2009


Bedford Farmers Market
Depot Park, South Road
2:00pm to 6:30pm, 06/15 to 10/19

Central Square Farmers Market
Parking Lot #5, Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk Street, Cambridge
11:30am to 6:00pm, 06/01 to 11/23


Copley Square Farmers Market
Along St. James Ave. & Dartmouth St.
Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:00am to 6:00pm, 05/19 to 11/24

Harvard University Farmers Market
Intersection of Oxford and Kirkland Streets in Cambridge
12:30pm to 6:00pm, 06/16 to 10/27

Lexington Farmers Market
Lexington Center, corner of Mass. Ave. and Fletcher Ave.
2:00pm to 6:30pm, 06/09 to 10/27


Arlington Farmers Market
Russell Common Parking Lot, Arlington Center
1:00pm to 6:30pm, 06/10 to 10/28

Davis Square Farmers Market
At Day & Herbert Streets, Somerville
12:00pm to 6:00pm, 05/27 to 11/25


Belmont Farmers Market
Belmont Center Municipal Parking Lot, Cross St. and Channing Rd.
1:30pm to 7:00pm, 06/11 to 10/29

Medford Farmers Market.
River Street and Riverside Ave, Medford Squ…

Two and a half weeks!

The babies just keep growing! I am determined that Zim, Gir and MiniMoose be good shoulder rats. So far so good, although they are so fast they are hard to photograph!

Our Sweet Ralph

Ralph, a very human-centric, warm shoulder rat, was adopted today. He'll be with other rats, and his new owners can't help but love him, he's so gentle and cuddly with humans. We will miss him around here!


We adopted "Tom" and two sweet, shy PEWs from Lucky's litter. So nice to have little ones!

little fuzzy babies

We're meeting the Mainely Rat Rescue transport on Sunday to get the baby rats!

William and Benji

William and Benji moved into their forever home in October. They were shy and sweet rats who would often fall asleep in a hood.


Ralph is our wonderful, friendly foster rat that goes to his forever home soon. He loves people and shoulder rides most of all.

Penny and Judy

Our foster rats, Penny and Judy, posing.

Guinea Pig care

Guinea pigs are beautiful, social creatures that require lots of space, unlimited hay, good nutrition, and special care. Please visit Guinea Lynx and Guinea Pig Cages to learn more about guinea pigs and their needs, and pass the word on to anyone you know with a guinea pig!

Rats, Rats, Rats!

New baby rats this week! A blue hooded boy and two PEWs. I'm so excited.

Penny and Judy

We are fostering two truly lovely rats, Penny and Judy. We have slushy wintry weather here in MA, but I get to sit here and play with rats. All I need are tea and cookies (soon, I think)!