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About NolaCaine

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    Spicy Crawfish
  • Birthday 11/24/1973

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    I enjoy eating, cooking, and shopping at grocery stores. I also, hike, bike, and walk a lot. At any one time, I am reading two or three books. I garden in good weather but forget to water...Diagnosed with food allergies at 40 (milk protein, nuts). EOE is aka Eosinophilic esophagitis AKA allergic oesophagitis, is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus that involves eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, narrowing the esophagus. Symptoms are swallowing difficulty, food impaction, and vomiting.
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    DC and Arlington
  1. Dining in Ballston

    Decided to trust big buns and go with their designer burgers. I like the K-BBQ ...I've had it twice and I"m back to really liking Big Buns.
  2. Well I'll be. The outside silver had me totally fooled. If I typed my poster in lower case, technically, i would have still been correct. :-)
  3. Had breakfast on Lee Hwy today. Coffee sucks and waiter kept pushing extras. This half-assed breakfast set us back $50. Not worth $25!
  4. National Chains

    Sysco I was somewhere between Arlington and...North Carolina (can't remember where) when we stoped at a mom 'n' pop BBQ shop. My DH LOVES BBQ. This entire place was Sysco. Almost any national chain would have been better...or even WaWa.
  5. In the "I should have known better" category; I went to a group dinner at I ricci and regret going. I have a dairy allergy, told the server who was pushing a group meal. he told me it's be okay. Much to my surprise, everything had cheese all over it. I "ate around" the cheese but by the time the meal wrapped up, I could not swallow since I was having an allergic reaction to the meal. SO not only did I pay about $100 for food that wasn't very good, but I ended up having to leave early b/c I could not swallow. I realize that many, many people fake food allergies and that's a disservice to me but so is a server who pushes cheese on someone with a dairy allergy!
  6. National Chains

    Just read the WaPo article. I am a little embarrassed to agree that since the chain stoped its discriminatory practices, Cracker Barrel is my go-to road-trippin' spot. Here's what it's got going for it: clean bathrooms, veggies, kids menu, FRIED OCRA. Here's what I hate about it: Mom, can I have this, can I have this, can I have this. and that slab 'o' meat that my husband orders...covered in white goo.
  7. National Chains

    Y'all are missing out on some artery clogs. The wonderful Bloomin' Onion has about 2K calories and the sauce is another 200 per serving...I 'm assuming that's a tablespoon. And IHOP sucks. It's where my kids trick me into going when our house looses power or water at breakfast time. It just sucks.
  8. Tail-On Shrimp

    I might need a shrimp in sauce eating lesson. That said, I have had such lessons. I spent a summer in San Fransisco and was with a person of Chinese/Vietnamese descent and we ate everything that San Francisco had to offer. I did eat shrimp shells. I did learn how to de--shell a saucy shrimp with a knife (fail) and where to find the meat in very odd parts of various creatures. I'm at the point now that as long as I have some hand sanitizer and a near-by bathroom, I'm willing to get quite messy at a table. Especially when seafood is involved. My true gift is de-shelling shrimp and crab and crawfish once boiled. I easily work at double the speed of all my peeps in the DMV. Now I'm getting hungry again.
  9. Tail-On Shrimp

    In defense of Louisiana, the entire shell is only left on when the shrimp are boiled. Everything else is tailless...Jambalaya, Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Shrimp Etoufee, Shrimp and Grits...oh my, I am getting hungry. What bugs me is when there's a tail and sauce. There's no way to detail the shrimp without getting sauce under nails. That knife idea sounds good, but I am not sure I can pull it off. (pun intended)
  10. I'll have to admit that potbelly is on my regular lunch rotation. I get the wreck with no cheese, extra tomatoes and "everything'". It's pretty good as are the chocolate shakes which I now cannot enjoy. Also, the 17&L location downtown is quite friendly with the same staff, more or less, staying for quite some time.
  11. National Chains

    One up side to national chains is that they tend to be easy for those with food allergies and their drinks can be giant. Chili's is good enough food and Red Robin has the best kids menu ever.
  12. Instagram might help you dine for free

    FYI: Del Mar has a drink in a large brass pineapple. DaveO: I think they are calling you...
  13. I went to Vermeer on the day after Thanksgiving along with my in-laws, a couple of cute kids, and about 587,998 other people. I mention the other people because a crowded art gallery can really detract from a magical experience. that said, I wasn't that impressed. The works of art are very small and...a bit blurry. Also, they are curated so that all of the parrot pictures were together, all of the backs of people were together, ect. While this may seem very organized to some, it made me realize that these guys all worked in one studio and copied, I mean, drew inspiration from, one image they they replicated...and I found that distracting. I did enjoy spending time watching tourists see the big blue rooster for the first time. I am not a fan of that bird, but LOVE reactions to it. If you ever feel like people watching, I recommend a cold stone bench on top of an east building tower. That is magical.