pras

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  1. I am planning on heading here tonight. Has anyone been recently? Is it still holding up? I haven't had a chance to read the whole thread, but are there any must-haves, or anything to stay away from?
  2. Plus 1 for inferno. Plus 1 for Yuraku.
  3. Yu Zhou is actually in Gaithersburg behind the fair grounds--576 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
  4. If you are ever in the area for breakfast or lunch, you must try Gazebo. The food is good, the staff is very pleasant and they really want to make sure you have a good meal.
  5. I tried the Bethesda location on Friday. I got a base of noodles and purple rice. My protein choice was spicy chicken. This was followed by a bunch of toppings, I went with the more traditional choices (I wish I had taken a picture or had some memory of what went in). After toppings, you choose a dressing. I went traditional with gochujang (sp?). Funny thing was that as I watched the bowl move down the line someone came up behind me and told the lady behind the counter to add more corn. I told him it was my bowl, then when I looked up it was the manager or some sort of corporate guy. Miso soup is free and self serve. If you want a side of kimchi, you have to pay, but the bowl by itself was under 8 dollars, which I thought was a good value. The flavors were all surprisingly really good, it seemed pretty healthy except for the carbs. I would probably go back, but only if the line for cava is out the door.
  6. Fair enough. When I was there last weekend, everything was labeled that it was mechanically tenderized (even their prime offerings). I guess what I should have said is that I won't buy any mechanically tenderized beef, which may limit me to Whole Foods (I can walk there from home) or maybe Wegmans (but I have never checked their packaging). Giant, Safeway, and HT are way off my radar (not meant to be a snob, just not stores I shop at).
  7. I applaud their transparency, but now I cannot cook their steaks to medium or medium rare. Mechanically tenderized beef is not something that was ever on my radar.
  8. I don't know if this has been reported here before, but be careful when buying beef. According to the article, Costco has been good about the labeling for some time now, but apparently it is now the law. for those of you who don't know what I am talking about, the article talks about Costco (and evidently other retailers) practice of blade tenderizing beef, which creates the possibility of contamination. I guess I will no longer buy beef at Costco. Credit--NPR.
  9. For a great walking tour which ends at Coit Tower, do the following: After starting at the Ferry Building, continue up The Embarcadero (water is on your right) to Greenwich St (by Pier 27), turn left. You should see a sign to walk up the hill via wooden stairs (VERY STEEP but worth the view; you will smack into he middle of some apartments). This will ultimately take you to Coit Tower, where you will have a fabulous vista of the city. Continue down the other side of Coit Tower (either using Filbert or Union Street) until you come to Washington Square (the church there: Saint Peter & Paul is where Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio). There you can have a fabulous lunch at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store (566 Columbus Ave. (bet. Green & Union Sts. Phone: 415-362-0536). They make the most incredible focaccia sandwiches (they get the Focaccia from Soracco bakery (corner Stockton & Filbert). If you don't have time to sit down for lunch @ Mario's, grab some focaccia to go at Soracco; it is awesome and my mouth is watering just thinking it!!!
  10. Wegmans generally carries them when in season. Although I don't know if they are proprietary, I got something which is at least similar at the Pentagon City Costco over the weekend. I will look at the package when I get home to see what exactly I purchased. I added the last sentence as their website lists availability in August and a little bit of September so now I am confused as to what I purchased.