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  2. Last night was hotdogs on brioche buns, macaroni and cheese, and a skillet medley of garlicky roasted cauliflower and cherry tomatoes with cannellini beans and pesto. The hotdogs were A & H kosher beef hotdogs I'd found at Trader Joe's, boiled, and they were fantastic. It seems they just began carrying them in June. I am now a fan (and I don't eat many hotdogs). The buns had been carefully wrapped and put in the freezer a month ago after a Whole Foods order brought two packs of them instead of one. The mac and cheese is the classic recipe that used to be on the back of the Mueller's box, with a cornstarch roux instead of flour. This used to be my go to, but I hadn't made the actual recipe in quite a while. It's a perennial favorite, never disappoints. The vegetables were a riff on a recipe I saw in the Post recently but almost completely different . Okay, "loosely inspired by." I sauteed several cloves of garlic, dumped in drained boxed cannellini beans, cooked for a short time and then stirred in the last of some pesto I'd made last week plus cauliflower florets and cherry tomatoes I had roasted with evoo and dried Italian herbs. I splashed in a little chicken broth from a box in the fridge, let everything simmer together for a couple minutes until most of the liquid cooked off, and...that's it. It was quite good. The actual recipe is probably good too.
  3. Today
  4. Nice farewell by Robert Sietsema. New York Just Lost La Caridad 78, One of Its Last Cuban-Chinese Restaurants, by Robert Sietsema, August 3, 2020, on ny.eater.com.
  5. We had 4 other dishes but I cannot get the pictures to work -- Summer Corn Ravioli - Annabelle cured and smoked pork belly, summer truffles --This is what I look forward to every summer with Frank's food. The truffles bring depth and earthiness to this sweet corn (and nutmeg?) ravioli. The greens lighten it and the sauce (the SAUCE) connects it all together. This would have been much better had we dined in, but the flavors were just great. Kurobuta Pork Chop Katsu - Miso condiment, wilted cabbage with sesame --Unbelievably excellent pork. And a nice Japanese inspired dish - breading held up well in the drive home, the miso was nice to augment things and the sesame-cabbage had sliverd of sweet peppers in it. Bonus was the one side of it had the bone in it for more flavor. Really, really great dish. Pennsylvania Raised Lamb - Grilled loin and Confit Shoulder, summer eggplant relish, cucumber yogurt sauce, roasted zucchini --Frank's lamb is always great and this dish is no exception. While the loin was great, the shoulder was the better of the two. It was slightly 'corned' and had a nice pepperiness that went well with the relish (or cooled off by the cucumber sauce). Underpinning it al was the fantastic, rich and unctious sauce. So good. A triumph. Oven Roasted Organic Half Chicken - Salad of Summer Beans and Indigo Radicchio, Tarragon Jus --I'm a sucker for Frank's chicken no matter thr form. Clearly I liked this version because I'd already ripped off some of it before I took the picture. Perfectly roasted - juicy, succulent and flavorful (nice thing with the juniper in that) and crispy skin. Exceptional. The salad brought summer to the dish and was quite delicious on its own and with some of the chicken.
  6. Terrine of Organic Guinea Hen, Pistachio and Olive, en Croute - Fennel Remoulade, Pickled Daikin, Sweet and Sour Green Tomato --Anytime you see anything that says 'house made', 'house smoked', 'Annabelle's own' - order it - you will never be disappointed. This is such a Frank dish. Exceptional terrine (toothsome but not chunky and no whipped - nice dose of black pepper) augmented by ALL of the accoutrements - ultra fresh greens for crunch and flavor; the pickled daikon and green tomatoes for counterpoint to the richness of the terrine and the fennel remoulade because is brings it all together. This is an exceptional dish not because each of the elements is exceptional, but more so because of the combination of flavors when you bring it all in together in a bite. Just incredible. Crispy Massachusetts Rock Fish and Spanish Octopus Duo - with grilled summer corn salad. --This dish suffered the most from the drive back home unfortunately - nothing cispy about the dish (we avoided ordering the Fish Sticks & Onion Rings as well as the Stuffed squash blossoms on the menu for that reason). That said, the flavors were still very solid. The octopus held together better than the rockfish and the accompanying corn salad had some magic thick crema in it to connect it together. The crema in the foreground is an avocado sort with a bit of chili oil - great for dipping the rockfish in to. Better yet, get a bit of everything on your fork for a nice bite and you'll love it. I would love to try this again immediately after it was plated.
  7. So my wife and I did a staycation, did a few day trip things locally, away from people. It's our birthdays week, so we indulged in some good take out - Kaz was her choice and Annabelle was mine. We avoided most things we knew would not travel well (fried stuff, frozen stuff) and then plated everything at home and had a delicious meal. These are all out of order as I am trying to comply with size limits for the photos here. Apologies. [NO WORRIES, PB - I'll figure out what's going on, and by this time tomrorow, you'll have *the* perfect Anabelle post. Cheers, Rocks] Heirloom Tomatoes - Reggiano Cheese Bavaroise, San Giacomo Balsamico, Ciabatta Tuille --The tuille suffered from the drive home, but the flavor was amazing. The totatoes each had different flavor profiles and were the ultimate in fresh. So good - like summer on a dish. Chocolate Hazelnut Cake - Passion fruit creme, chocolate mousse, crispy meringue, exotic caramel --This suffered a bit from the drive home. Good overall flavors and if you love chocolate, you'll enjoy the dish. For me though, the dessert here fell a little bit flat. Other things to finish the meal that were on the menu involved frozen things that would never have made it home which is why we tried this. Summer Corn Vichyssoise - Smoked Chanterelle and cinnabar mushrooms, yellow squash, crispt leeks, nasturtium --Very refreshing and delicious. Really good flavor and I loved how the mushroom held up up so well.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Dean, how essential is the Bragg's vinegar? I have all of the other ingredients and lots of types of vinegar but not Bragg's. Also have you tried making this with only fermented pickle brine in a double quantity instead of sauerkraut juice? I ask as I have lots of pickle brine but only so much sauerkraut (just started making it for first time recently). Thanks.
  10. I'm going to revive this thread by putting in a plug for Toby's Black Raspberry Chip ice cream. Huge winner. Hmmm, maybe I'll go scoop myself a bowl for lunch...
  11. I'm not sure how many restaurants draw the mayor when they do something new, but John's is opening an outdoor dining area, to be called Oasis on Ellis Street, and Mayor Willie Brown will be among the dignitaries to launch it.
  12. Just wanted to provide a quick Arno's update. I picked up a few pastries on Saturday -- tarts and eclairs. Arno is firing on all cylinders. My wife ate the fruit tart and said something like "I can never get a fruit tart anywhere else now."
  13. I've never had Seylou's pizza - have you had both? If so, would you mind writing a mini-comparison-and-contrast? I look at Seylou as more of a miller/bakery (unique to this region, and world class in what it does), and Johnny Monis as more of a God-like being, running a Michelin-starred-quality, largely vegetarian takeout with pizza that matches the Michelin-starred-quality cuisine (yep, this pizza deserves a *solid* Michelin star, even if it was in France or Italy - think about that: a $32 meal for two at this level).
  14. To the best of my knowledge, the 1969-1971 Orioles won more games in a three-year period than any team in baseball history (318, averaging 106 wins per season). 1969 was the first year of divisional baseball, i.e., playoffs. The 1969-1971 Orioles went 3-0 in each of these seasons for a total of 9-0. They didn't have as much luck in the World Series, only winning 1 of 3, going a total of 8-9 (for a total of 335 regular- and post-season wins). I'm glad Roberto Clemente won the 71 World Series (he would die in an airplane crash on a mercy mission in Dec, 1972); I still cannot believe the Mets won in 69 (Miracle Mets, indeed: They beat the team that won more games (112) coming into the World Series since 1906).
  15. Taro is reopened for carry-out only and ... well, it's far better sushi than any other I've had during COVID. Not cheap, of course, but not absurd (or NYC-level) prices, either. We had both the Bara Chirashi ($24) and Jo Chirashi ($38). The latter has better and more important cuts (a rich tuna/uni), but the Bara has considerably more food, and it's as great as it's always been (somewhere upthread above I've raved that it's one of my favorite DC lunches). There's a lot to experiment with on the menu, too.
  16. It's Sunday again. So, the boy grilled. And we had hanger steak, corn on the cob, focaccia from RavenHook Bakery, twice baked potatoes out of our freezer, grilled mushrooms, and salad. Oh, and shishito peppers. Those plants are going nuts!
  17. OK - so I'm going to wade into this discussion with a slight variant - best Bagel Sandwich. Call Your Mother just opened up a trolley in Bethesda (so that us MoCo people never have to leave the county) and I suggested my wife and daughter pick up bagels to start their road trip to NOLA for junior year. The next few hours were full of random texts about the best bagel sandwich ever and how they literally stopped driving so that they could completely enjoy it. The sandwich was the Sun City Bagel - everything bagel with eggs, bacon, cheddar, American cheese and spicy honey. Well - with those raves, I just had to try this bad boy out. Two weeks (and three bagel sandwiches later), I'm going to jump on the bandwagon. Damn. That's an amazing sandwich. I want to be a pig on the farm where they get that bacon. I'm just imagining those pigs chilling in mud hot tubs with twice daily massages or something. Ditto for the cheddar. The American cheese actually works well with the rest too. It's a belly bomb and is not helping me drop the Covid 19, but I consider my indulgences restrained based on how good this bagel was. There's a variant with pastrami instead of bacon but my bad Jew gene kept me fixated on the bacon. I'll let you know if I ever try the pastrami before I move. I did try the Banyan Tree, which is herbed cream cheese with bacon, jalapeño and red cabbage. Good, but nothing like the Sun City, which should be placed on top of a trophy case somewhere. We also tried the bagels (3 everything, 3 zaatar, 3 sesame and 3 plain) but we usually freeze ours to eat over the course of a couple weeks and we found that they tended to burn when you defrost and toast them before the insides were totally warmed. I'm sure that's not how Consumer Reports would test bagels, but it's how we actually eat them so we'll probably stick with Bethesda Bagels because what's the other option? Leave MoCo?
  18. After the 2019 season, Max Scherzer now has 8 straight 200+ strikeout seasons. He averaged over 1.4 strikeouts per inning last year! It's statistics like this which will be "weird" with a partial season thrown in. Scherzer certainly won't have 200 strikeouts in 2020, but what if he does in 2021 and 2022? Does he break Seaver's record of 9 straight? I don't think so. .
  19. Baby back ribs, with a simple dry rub, low and slow on the Weber kettle. Well, not slow enough. Temperature control was a problem. I had it right at the beginning but at some point when I thought it was getting too low, I opened the vent further and it got up over 300. The ribs were still good -- there's nothing left of the two racks, divided amongst us three. We also had steamed kale with carrots, and macaroni salad from Snider's (one of my vices).
  20. Last week
  21. Tonight salmorejo cordobes for appetizer and sheet pan chicken thighs cooked with broccoli, yellow pepper, onion and russet potato.
  22. Ha! I don't even remember mentioning that here. It is good. It's been a while since I've posted in this thread. Some recent highlights: chilled corn soup; bacon mushroom cheeseburgers (from Red Apron ground beef); baked ziti; tofu and green beans with chile crisp; baked spinach and zucchini; pork fennel sausages, onions, and peppers; brie pesto pepper grilled cheese; kale and sweet potato hash; chicken teriyaki with fried rice, green beans, and cashews; chicken vegetable barley soup; and, tuna noodle casserole with peas, topped with crushed potato chips. The baked ziti underwent some changes in its various leftover stages, with the addition of peas, pesto, and roasted cherry tomatoes. It had Red Apron fennel sausage in the sauce. The remainder of the sausages were a separate meal. The corn soup was excellent but kept needing to be thinned for each serving. The spinach zucchini casserole used up leftover rice from something or other and reminded me that zucchini actually does have a flavor. Tonight will be baked chicken thighs, arborio rice with walnuts and broccoli (adapted from a Jacques Pepin recipe), and corn on the cob.
  23. Definitely my favorite bagels in Alexandria (at the Del Ray farmers market), although Bagel Uprising are also good (except for everything - at BU those are weirdly sweet. Everything shouldn’t be taken that literally).
  24. I didn't realize this place had no topic on DR so adding it. I posted some of this in the Bagels topic but expanding the post the cover more of their offerings: Baked by Yael across the from zoo has been such a refreshing treat during the pandemic. As everything shut down and we didn't want to go inside any place, Yael Krigman, owner of Baked by Yael, has done a great job of setting up curbside pickup and deliveries for what I now think are my favorite bagels in the city. In the past few years, she has perfected her bagels so they are just the right size (think fit in your hand) with nice chew outside, and soft inside with good size hole. They are not overly puffy like a lot of places like Bethesda Bagels. Also, they are often warm and fresh still when you pick them up any time in the morning. Varieties are more limited - plain, everything, sesame, salt, and onion, but really great bagels. You can also get a few different cream cheeses, Ivy city lox or whitefish salad (the whitefish salad is really good), and sometimes salmon salad. Also makes my favorite challah (you can get a weekly subscription). So while my kids like the cake pops which I find a bit silly and kitschy, this bakery has great savory goodies too. Other treats we like are the cookie bars - really good cross between blondies and chocolate chip cookies, and good black and white cookies too. The raspberry bar is also tasty. They also have a bunch of gluten free options, and the whole store is nut-free. They are also kosher-certified. Starting this weekend, they've introduced Duffins - think doughnut/muffin. The idea is a muffin top and donut bottom - it is really like a more cake-like donut. We tried 4 types today - all the same base but with different coatings - chocolate frosting, glazed, maple glazed, and cinnamon sugar. The chocolate is very good - same frosting as the good B&W cookies, cinnamon sugar was also good. The glazed were also good but not as well-liked. I think the maple needs to amp up the maple flavor more. They also make plain. Try for yourself and share. Lastly, Yael and her staff are super kind. The Zoo being closed for so long hurt the business, but they adapted well.
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