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Not much going on these days out there in the fry world….unless you count all that crap about trans fats and acrylamide…which is all very boring in my opinion. French fries are bad for you…okay, WE GET IT. Consider this dead horse officially beat.

Not to worry, soon all this transfat stuff will be old news and the media will be flogging the hell out of the new evil on the block….high fructose corn syrup
….dun dun dun!!! Apparently its sweet but deadly. Ooooh a food additive that’s bad for you…what a shock…but I digress.

I know my loyal ‘fan’ has been dying to here a little bit more about what the Lord (me, not Him) has been up to. So here it is….a bit of the low down on the Lord of the Fries…well, more of a sub-low down.

Just finished watching A Scanner Darkly. This movie blew my mind…okay not really, but I did really enjoy it. It was a good combination of cool and trippy.
Here’s a clip:

iamlegend.jpgI also just finished reading I am Legend by Richard Matheson. This book blew my mind. Kidding, again, but it was a great read. I’ll give you the gist in case you haven’t heard of it (I was going to anyway). Its about post-apocalyptic vampires….ha ha, I lost you at vampires didn’t I? I know I know, not another vampire story right? Well this one is the great grandaddy of any other vampire story out there. The one that all the others wish they could be. Seriously, this is a good book, and its not so much about the vampires as it is about one mans struggle to survive and how he copes with loss…and how he kicks some serious vampire ass. Just kidding about the last part…although he does…well, I won’t ruin it for you.

Apparently the latest movie version will be starring Will Smith. But don’t let that stop you from reading the book, or maybe that’ll make you want to read it …to each his own.

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Noriko checks in from glorious Newfoundland to gush over the Hot Shoppe fries…

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Hello Fry Fans, Noriko here, reporting from the Rock.. With the Christmas season coming up, I’d like to try to give a little christmas cheer from east island yonder of the treasure trove I stumbled onto as I hungrily foraged for food after a hectic level of the zoo that was the mall. The shop is within the food court located at Village Tree Mall, one ofthe two malls at St. John’s, Newfoundland. It is called the Hot Shoppe, and as you can see from the sign and the busy-ness of the place, the popularity of the place, as img_0465_3_1.JPGthey serve fresh turkey and home fries, and my, these fries are surprisingly good. Prices and the amount of the servings are very reasonable, especially for the price. They don’t skimp on the fries, or any of the side dishes offered withthe fries. I ordered the small poutine for 2.86 dollars, and althoughvery filling, I still wanted more, and more! It sent me to levels of heaven I could not believe..neither actually could my mom, who watched me with a look of slight concern of a parent for a possible addict as I swooned over the hot home made gravy and melting cheese. But let me tell you about the fries. The outside was crispy and quite well done, but not oily, and the potatoes themselves, you could tell they were fresh, since it actually did not have that starchy powdery quality that sometimes constitute fries but actually like mashed potatoes, deep fried. It melted in your mouth, and it was hot! I’m going back for more next week, and this time, I’m taking people with me. I really recommend it if anyone has a chance to visit this place.

Till later then, cheers
Nor

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poutine-at-harvest.jpgSo the Lord and Lady were out shopping in Cambridge on Saturday and we decided to try out the poutine at Harvest.
I blogged about these a while back and I am very glad we decided to finally try them out. Quite simply put, these may be the classiest fries you’ll ever have. Harvest itself wasn’t quite what we expected, a little more up scale than anticipated but the people were friendly and the atmosphere was sophisticated and very comfortable. We sat at the bar since we were only going to order the fries and a beer. I had a frosty pint of Cambridge Amber while the Lady had a Stella and we waited for our poutine to arrive. You might think these fries a little too expensive at 9 bucks a pop but let me tell you, they are worth every penny and there are enough for two people. These are some seriously high class fries. Its hard not to imagine yourself in a tux and top hat with your pinky finger extended while you eat these fries. So how did they taste? Fantastic! They are hand cut fries topped with cheese curd, chicken velouté (a French gravy), and chopped scallions. Both the Lord and Lady agree that the scallions really took these fries up a notch. Bam!

Seriously, if you like fries, and I can’t imagine why any self respecting person wouldn’t, you should treat yourself to an order if you are ever in Cambridge, MA.

Harvest
44 Brattle Street (on the walkway), Harvard Square, Cambridge 02138

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Another hard hitting exposé from veteran fry reviewer Cuzzy.

Rogues Roost

located at 5435 Spring Garden Rd in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

French Fries $2.95, With Gravy $3.95
A generous basket full of our lightly seasoned, golden beefeater fries

I have to say that the fries at this place made up for everything it was lacking. I am not saying it was not a good place to eat, it just did not fill me with the joy it could have. I also had wings that were subpar and there was not return service to get any water or another drink. But those giant, crispy, golden beefeater fries were great. I ate an entire basket and picked off more from my girlfriends plate. I think I could have eaten more, they were just that good. A side dish of ketchup was just what the doctor ordered for this venture. There slogan is “Come for the beer, stay for the food”. Clearly that has to change to “Come for the beer, stay for the fries”.

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Today’s Special Guest Reviewer: Cuzzy!

bud_the_spud-halifax.jpg Bud the Spud, voted best fries in Halifax for 2006. Located on Spring Garden Road at Brunswick. It was also voted best restaurant on wheels. I have had these tasty fries a few times and I have to say they rock. Golden and crispy right out of the deep fryer and into the classic cardboard tray. The smell of vinegar is always in the air as well as the occasional seagull scavenging for crusties. Sadly Bud does not stay for the winter so Haligonians need to get their fry fix elsewhere until the spring. Bud the Spud I salute you and your tasty vittles. I will have to make due with pricey Fries & Co. until you make it back to your curb side haunts. Maybe next time I will try the hot dog or burger but really when you visit Bud the Spud there is only one reason why it is the best!

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From Best of Citysearch Boston

as voted on by the people for the people…

2006 Winner: Boston Beer Works

Here’s a peak at their Fries, Fries, Fries menu:

FRIES, FRIES, FRIES:
Overflowing buckets of rough-cut, skin-on fries.

Classic Frie
Seasoned with a special blend of salt & spices. $3.95

Sour Cream & Chive Fries
Seasoned & served with ranch dressing for dipping. $5.95

Fiery Fries
Kicked up a notch & served with ranch dressing. $5.95

STEAK Fries
Hand-cut, potato wedge fries. $5.95

Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries served with raspberry vinegar. $6.95

AND MORE FRIES, FRIES, FRIES:
Rough-cut, skin-on fries smothered with cheese, chili or gravy.

Cheese Fries
With melted jack & cheddar cheese. $5.95

Chili Fries
Smothered with Beer Works® chili. $5.95

Gravy Fries
Smothered with golden gravy. $4.95

The Lord of the Fries has never been to this place but is planning a trip soon. What a great selection of fries!

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The Boston Fry Tour

Not your traditional poutine, but I’d still eat the heck out of em.

From The Phoenix:

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Poutine at Harvest
44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, 617.868.2255
$9
Keith Pooler, executive chef

Tell me about the poutine. It’s a bar-menu item? Yeah. I actually had a couple chefs come in last night and had it. It’s one of those chef kind of things. The funny story is, when I first put them on, every Canadian came in, had to have the poutine, and every single one had a comment on them. It’s a famous Canadian dish, and every [Canadian] place has it on the menu, and every place is a little bit different, so everybody has their favorite style. It’s kind of like the Lay’s potato chips. Lay’s tweaks their potato chip a little bit to accommodate different areas of the country, so that’s kind of like their version of Lay’s potato chips.
Tell me about yours. First they get fried and then they’re covered with cheese curd and baked for a little bit. And then we finish it with a little bit of chicken velouté. Traditionally, it’s usually a chicken gravy or a meat gravy that goes on it; I do chicken velouté, which is chicken stock thickened with roux. It’s a French gravy. And then we top that with a little bit of chopped scallions. One person has it at the bar, and usually you’re selling two or three more. It comes in a big bowl, and it’s good enough for two people. It’s great — you come in and have a beer and poutine, and it’ll almost fill you up.
When did you add that to your menu? That was about a month ago.
Why’d you put it on the menu? Well, I had a sous-chef that was French-Canadian, and he made it one day, because we were doing Wisconsin-style fried cheese curd, and when the cheese curd first came in, he goes, “Oh, I’ve got to make this.” And he made it and we had it one day. He did it in his way, and it evolved into the way it is now.

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