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  1. Jackfruit

    I've seen a few different preps of it at Whole Foods in vacuum bags in the refrigerated section -- BBQ, Tex-Mex, something else. Tried one and it was okay but nothing special. I think it was the Tex-Mex flavor. It tasted mostly of lime & cilantro; the jackfruit was more of a texture than a flavor.
  2. Gifts for Chinese Hosts in China

    I don't know if it's still true or not (or even if you would want to) but as of about 5 years ago, cigarettes were among the most hoped-for gifts to receive from foreign visitors.
  3. Rasa Grill

    Great review! Congratulations!
  4. Philly Cheesesteaks & Rolls

    If you're in Virginia, I found Lee's Sandwiches (Annandale Road near Rte 50) had good baguettes, but I don't know if you're looking for a softer roll than that
  5. https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-many-questions-we-have-about-these-cookbook-covers-255252
  6. dr.com Picnics - It Has Been a Long Time

    I thought I remember someone mentioning Carderock a couple of years back as allowing alcohol, and that's more centrally located.
  7. Low- and no-carb recipes

    I've found that I like using cabbage as a stand-in for pastas in many dishes. A little Italian sausage with a good marinara and thinly sliced green or white cabbage is a way to scratch the red-sauce itch. And a stroganoff using napa cabbage, keeping the mushroom forward and dialing back on the sour cream, is also satisfying. I really don't bother with trying to find a cracker/bread substitute. II'm always disappointed. I do like foods that require some assembly to keep me focused off the lack of bread -- lettuce cups, peel-and-eat shrimp are a couple of high involvement meals. A few nuts sprinkled on top of stuff for a bit of crunch helps.
  8. There is no oversight of home schools in California, where this occurred. It varies on a state by state basis. I remember a similar, somewhat less horrific, situation happening out in the Shenandoah Valley/Winchester area about 10 years ago. At that time, Virginia also did not oversee home schools; I do not know if that has changed.
  9. Stopped in for an early lunch today, about 11:20. I got the vegetarian sampler platter and a bowl of chicken vegetable soup, my companion had the kibbe appetizer and the lentil soup. The sampler came on a rectangular plate had stuffed grape leaves in the corner, and a line of scoops of hummus, baba ganoush, laban bi kiar (a yogurt & cucumber spread) and muhammara (diced red peppers, feta & walnut), and came with a basket of warm pita. The pitas were very thin and a little chewy, tasted very fresh and also seemed as though they would not travel well at all. The stuffed grape leaves were traditional but very nicely done, a good bright note of lemon in them and the rice was nicely firm. I also enjoyed the muhammara, a dip/spread I hadn't tried before. The baba ganoush and hummus were typical. As for the soups, the chicken soup broth wasn't very flavorful but the veggies weren't cooked to mush. I tried a spoonful of the lentil soup and it was clearly the soup to order here. Very nicely spiced. Service was pleasant but a little slow. Although we were the only people dining in that early, there was a pretty steady flow of take-out being picked up while we were there.
  10. Dining in Alexandria

    Driving home last night, I was surprised to see that there is a new place going in where Sultan Kabob sat vacant for so long (I've worked in Old Town for 11+ years and I think it's been vacant all that time), at the corner of Cameron and N. Henry Streets in Old Town. The new place has hung a sign that says "Old Town Cosmopolitan Grill." No idea when the opening is or who is connected with it. Sort of an iffy location, as Henry St is the southbound one-way street to the Beltway access and I think only one public garage nearby, plus up and around the corner from the main drag on King. As for Sultan Kabob, I will say they had the best awning I've ever seen. In all that time with zero attention given to it, it never ripped or noticeably faded. I don't know who made it, but they are top notch awning-ers.
  11. Eggs

    My single favorite cooking show episode was Jacques Pepin making eggs coddled in a mushroom sherry sauce with toast soldiers. I wanted to leap thru the screen and eat that dish. My daily breakfast is two runny fried eggs (from pasture living hens), either with dry toast or on steel cut oats cooked with a little salt. Dinner last night, I had nothing planned, so cooked a sweet potato in the microwave, and had that with some leftover shwarma-spiced roasted cauliflower and a couple of poached eggs. It was delightful.
  12. This place has been open for about a year, across Annandale Road from Anthony's. I stopped in for the first time yesterday for a quick lunch. The website http://www.leesandwiches.com/main.php?act=storegroup&catid=84 shows it is a chain/franchise, and the Falls Church location is the only one in Virginia. The menu is divided into two sections, European sandwiches and Asian sandwiches. Plus they have a selection of house brand coffee beans, macarons ($1.99 each), a variety of pastries, and a sign that says they make fresh baguettes every hour. The outside signage says open 24-7-365, but signs were posted inside that they're going to a 7 am. - midnight time schedule now. It was a little later than standard lunchtime, but I was the only Caucasian person in the place. A couple of Hispanic blue collar guys picked up orders, and the rest of the clientele was Asian. You order at the counter and there's plenty of seating. The menu was a little confusing, but the gentleman working the counter was very helpful, asking first if I wanted European or Asian, and then if I wanted a hot or cold sandwich. I said hot, and he listed the numbers of the hot sandwiches (the menu board showed the various meats/ingredients per sandwich) to help me narrow it down. I went Asian with a basic pork banh mi and some iced tea. The sandwich came out very quickly, and I thought it was good. The baguette was nicely crusty on the outside and not too spongy on the interior. The ingredients were bright and looked & tasted very fresh. The marinade on the pork was a little sweeter and more forward than at DC 50, and they used a moderate amount of mayo instead of a big glop, which I prefer. The iced tea was made with green tea. For $7.20 all in, a tasty lunch and fairly priced. I think I would give it a slight edge over DC 50 Sandwich on this particular day, mostly due to the very good bread.