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  1. 3 points
    I did a great job on dinner last night. In an old cast iron pan i fried salmon steaks with just salt and evoo; that's it. It was perfect. 5 yr old girl at everybody's skin if they didn't eat it themselves...and her fish. 8 yr old took maybe 3 bites and it's his favorite fish! For the first time ever, I made mushroom barley risotto and it too was fantastic. In fact, I will plop it into my homemade chicken noodle soup from this weekend (which is now missing both chicken and noodles). Girl at it, boy didn't. Fried up some purple Brussel sprouts in some bacon fat. Bacon didn't survive long enough to be sprinkled on top of the finished product. I ate everything and multiple servings as did husband. Those kids though. Between them both they finished one plate. Weird; their loss.
  2. 2 points
    Too bad. It was the best in Springfield for Pho. But what a genteel note. "Unfortunately, our landlord has decided on a new vision for this unit - one that no longer supports having our business here." I can hardly wait for the new vision.
  3. 2 points
    All hail Jose Andres...again...for helping out and continuing to spark the conversation. This is an emergency’: José Andrés to open relief kitchen for federal workers during shutdown
  4. 2 points
    We've taken to roasting our tri-tips instead of grilling them, as it requires far less meat-sitting. There's 100% less thrilling flame flare-ups but a lot more pan juices. We buy the untrimmed roasts and trim them lightly, which works out great for self-basting while grilling, but is less useful for roasting in a pan, so we've been trimming more carefully. The meat is much more tender but lacks the charred exterior - not a bad trade off, but we will still grill on occasion. We made the last one a few nights ago with mashed potatoes, sauteed zucchini, and mushroom cream sauce, and are just now finishing it up as sandwiches. Two nights ago we made chicken pot pie soup, because I wanted a pot pie but didn't feel like messing with pastry. And then I went and finally tried the no-knead bread recipe that I've been eyeing for years. That bread recipe is very forgiving and we were happy with the results. I couldn't believe that I made pretty bread! Last night was pad se ew with chicken, because we were out of beef and had fresh, soft noodles that couldn't wait. Beef > chicken in this dish but we managed to get a decent bit of wok hei charring on the noodles.
  5. 2 points
    I am trying to cook more of what is in my freezer and pantry, and so today I used a lot of pantry and frig ingredients and made Chana masala. So, since I had an Indian theme going, I rubbed salmon filets with lime juice and masala spices and broiled them. I added a little salad, because I wanted something crunchy. The Chana masala was especially delicious. I used the basic recipe/method taught to me by my former neighbor, who was an Indian and a cardiologist. She used healthier methods and ingredients to cook traditional foods. And she would probably chastise me, but at the end, I added about 2 tablespoons of butter to compensate for the lack of ghee. She would’ve added nonfat yogurt!
  6. 1 point
    I have always felt that what sets C&J apart is the pink sauce. Sooooooo good.
  7. 1 point
    Sweet and sour oven-baked baby back ribs with soy-ginger dipping sauce Chinese noodles and broccoli with peanut sauce
  8. 1 point
    I go to C&J in Tenleytown on the regular. It has been consistently good, but inconsistently great. On a recent visit, the pink sauce (sometimes called picante) tasted off - like it had been mixed incorrectly. Sometimes the order is confused as to the size of the yucca or composition of sauces, and they don't always have Inca Cola. Despite these hiccups the chicken has always been good. Previous devotee of Pollo Rico in Arlington and Wheaton - the pink sauce at C&J is what made me change. It's been a number of years, but I remember thinking the chickens at Pollo Rico were a little better/plumper, but the sauces were not as good as C&J. Also thought Pollo Rico's rapid assembly line ordering was a little hectic, but much more efficient.
  9. 1 point
    Matt and I went to Kohinoor Dhaba on Saturday night because I had watched the Final Table episode on India and was seriously craving butter chicken. I also got Bangian Bharta. Hubby got chicken korma (I thought he said rogan josh, but it was definitely korma). He had never had bangian bharta before and we both really enjoyed it. Chicken tikka masala hit the essential craving I had been having. We got parathas, which Matt still craves from our trip to Punjab and two types of naan. Hubby really liked his korma, but it was very rich, I just had a small bite. Not that mine wasn't rich, just in a different way. On a cold snowy night, getting warm Indian food within a few minutes of our house was perfect. This was his first trip and he was pretty excited to have this place nearby, Ballston you needed to drive a little to decent Indian, and there were ok delivery options, but most of those really weren't Indian per se. We ordered pretty standard things, but they were good, service was nice even with the snow coming down.
  10. 1 point
    I've only been to Van Ness. The tortellini was the best of the pastas I've had recently. In general, I've found that the sauces / proteins are not treated with anywhere near the care and refinement you'd expect at Fiola or Fiola Mare: the lobster in the squid ink linguine was tough and overcooked, the lamb ragu over salty. Given what I expect the margins are on these pastas, I can see why they converted Casa Luca to another Sfoglina...
  11. 1 point
    Salad of red leaf and iceberg lettuces, slivered red onion, cucumber, radishes, and tomato; sesame - shiitake dressing Mushroom. red onion, and pepperoni sheet pan pizza
  12. 1 point
    Cristina and I spent our 13th anniversary at one of 2018's hot-spots. We arrived a touch early for our reservations, planning on a drink at the bar, but beware that there is really not much room for standing and drinking. Cocktails were great though. The Nancy Cakes (Johnny cakes with whipped butter and trout roe) have gotten a lot of press (and they're definitely good), but the lamb dumplings with crispy garlic were the star of the night for me.
  13. 1 point
    There are several Lambrusco DOCs in Emilia-Romagna - the ones you want (these words should be somewhere on the front or back labels) are "Lambrusco Salamina di Santa Croce" and "Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro." These are the most stolid, or perhaps "serious," of the various DOC Lambruscos. Dave McIntyre included a Grasparossa in one of his columns a year ago, along with places to find it. I just spoke with Doug Rosen at Arrowine a couple of days ago - the wine is imported by Bacchus, and Arrowine is listed as one of the places to find it (this is for people near Arlington) - if Arrowine has any Lambrusco, it's probably one of these two AOCs. --- James Manis was the actor who played "Aldo Cella" (there was no Aldo Cella in real life). Back in the early 1980s, at a, believe it or not, Clemson football game, Manis came out at halftime, and spoofed his own character: He was introduced as, "the brother of Aldo Cella, Dildo Cella," before he started running around, diving onto Slip and Slides, etc. It was so silly (at the time, I had no idea Aldo Cella didn't exist, and I wasn't sure if this was Aldo, or if he actually had a brother, or what the heck was going on - I was thinking, 'Wow, this guy is pretty old to be running around and diving like this'; nope, it was James Manis, slipping and sliding in-and-out of character).
  14. 1 point
    I'll tell you what: Twice in the past two weeks, I've gotten Crisp & Juicy, Lee Heights Shopping Center in Arlington, and both times it has hit the heights that Crisp & Juicy is capable of hitting. Both of these were as good (and I'm talking about "tastes good") as any chicken I've ever eaten. This location has been largely great in the past, but has also had some inconsistencies; these past two visits were incredible - chicken just does not taste any better than this does. (And the yuca and sauces (pink and yellow) were really good, too.) I know this is a bold post, but I suggest this: Get a whole chicken and a large order of yuca to go, along with some pink and yellow sauces. Heat them in the oven if necessary, and report back here - the more data points, the better.
  15. 1 point
    Had lunch at Yume. I will go again for dinner but without my dining companions (2 of the 3). Yume is fancy, to quote 8 yr old Duneridge. While he claimed the miso was in his top 3 of all times, he especially liked the tofu cubes, the edamame was overcooked. We all completely agreed and did not finish the edamame. I would add that the salt was too fine as I like fat crystals. Duneridge was also quite upset (and not fooled) that their version of California Roll was made with real crab. However, he was the only disappointed person at the table. Eviva liked the crab roll, her salmon and avocado roll and the salmon sashimi (excellent actually). In fact, she savored her meal. This is when I should pause and note that this is a savoring restaurant, which makes me very hopeful for the Omakase. Big D and I ate the Yume Roll, Dragon Roll, and...the Volcano roll. All were great but we did like one more than the other. I liked the tuna-based Dragon best and husband liked Yume best. Minor complaints: There is a make your own section. I really don't like making decisions on the weekend or vacation. The soy sauce bowl was too small for the pieces of sushi. Did I do something wrong? Staff and physical environment are very, very nice. Total bill $85 including a green tea, spicy miso, and cucumber salad (also very good).
  16. 1 point
    The place wasn't crowded or loud this morning - hence I was able to discern the music as Ozzie Osbourne (Black Sabbath) and The Doors. We had steak & eggs, french toast, and grilled broccoli. We ate almost everything - the kids did not eat the french toast, in fact, my youngest gave Chef Marjorie a thumbs down (she was expediting right next to our table). [facepalm] Union Market itself is crowded as usual. We just popped into to get some yogurt flavored soft drinks and sweet basil chips (by Lay’s) from Toli Moli.
  17. 1 point
    And they wonder why ridership is down.
  18. 1 point
    Stopped by Perfect Pita Courthouse today and noticed two new elements. They have different daily sandwiches on special each day and they had a sign about a 4% surcharge to cover CC processing fees. In fact before I noticed the sign the cashier asked cash or credit card. The written explanation blamed rising cash processing fees as the reason. Not surprising: payment fees are going up and the variety and volume of newer non traditional payment methods are increasing. Back to Perfect Pita: It remains my favorite hummus in the region—still better than my own. I picked up a squeeze bottle of standard hummus and I’m going to try and discern the spicing that helps make it so great
  19. 1 point
    Les sesame dip by Rick Cook. Nori miso butter I made at home was the perfect complement. Insanely delish.
  20. 1 point
    From lunch today, I was excited to order the Edamame Falafel (6) served with Baba Ganoush, Radish and now served with a side of Bing. I requested to replace the cucumbers with Sunflower Hozon. When served, as you can see in the first and second photos, there were 5 tiny Edamame Falafel, fried black on the outside and dry inside. The 2 smaller pieces were one Falafel cut into 2 pieces. For comparison, the third photo is from my lunch I posted previously. When I pointed it out to the manager, she was kind enough to ask if I wanted the kitchen to prepare the dish correctly. I declined and she removed it from my bill. I left to get lunch elsewhere.
  21. 1 point
    Tried some $15 "dry aged" beef & lamb dumplings. There's not much filling, the filling itself is probably too lean, and the sauce was way too vinegary. Mr. fancy new IPhone XS and I both agree that we could get better frozen dumplings. The squid ink cavatelli came with tender octopus but fishy pickled mussels that we avoided after the first bite. The dish as a whole didn't wow me. The last dish was Prawn & Summer Truffle Noodle Soup –very light pork broth served with ramen noodles. Yup, we just paid $62 for a 2 person portion of ramen noodles (although it was the best dish of the night). With the soup and all the carbs, I gained 2 lbs, and I didn't really enjoy it.
  22. 1 point
    Yep, in 2017 Harden was fouled more often on three-point shots than any NBA team. Not a typo. Lithuanian great Šarūnas Marčiulionis is commonly viewed as having brought the Eurostep here in the 1990s, though you're right that Ginobili popularized it after that.
  23. 1 point
    Because of three people, my dining companion and I spend five hours trekking to Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill. Call me crazy, but just don't ever call me apathetic (pathetic is fine; just not apathetic). We found a parking space *way* up high (it is in the Nob Hill neighborhood), but only about three blocks away. Even though it looks flat, if you see that intersection where the person is crossing the street, and take a right there? You'll be walking up at a 45-degree angle. You'll also be waiting in line - justifiably, I will add. To make the line seem longer, right through that glass window on the left side of the restaurant is a tantalizing display of today's offerings. Swan Oyster Depot is nothing more than a counter, with no seats other than what you see at the bar, so when it fills up, it fills up quickly and with a vengeance - I don't know what the seating capacity is, but it couldn't be more than fifteen. When you finally get in (the wait isn't *that* long), you'll note the knickknacks of a very old establishment - in this case, over one-hundred years old - which include the James Beard "America's Classics" award they won in 2000, and a motley menu featuring the day's seafood. Note, by the way, the vehemently written sign about not having a website. On the bar in front of you, you'll see Swan's napkins, a brief history of the restaurant, and a better-than-expected wine list, which breaks down into two possible choices: a bottle of Muscadet, or a few glasses of Anchor Steam ($6). Swan isn't built for dining; it's built for eating. Eating quickly, and eating well. That quote by Bourdain (in the center picture above) isn't at all wrong, and quite frankly, I think Swan Oyster Depot deserves a James Beard Award not just for being an "America's Classic," but for "Outstanding Restaurant in America," although this is an owner-driven restaurant which may not even make it eligible. How much of an owner-driven restaurant? The first thing we ordered was Smoked Salmon ($13 - when I saw the size of the plate, I panicked, thinking we got the $24.50 item, but there must have been something else listed that I didn't see) and six Malpeque Oysters ($18-ish). The salmon came out right away, and it was as good as any smoked salmon I've ever eaten - there was some *extremely* potent horseradish on the bar as well - so potent that you need to beware of it, using only a few fibers. The Malpeques didn't arrive, so I figured that Swan was following the trend of "serving things whenever they're plated" - I was wrong. Next up was a half-dozen Cherry Stone Clams ($14), and these were the best Cherry Stone Clams I've ever eaten: batting two-for-two. As good as they look - that's how good they were. Then, a cup of Clam Chowder ($2.75) that was perhaps my favorite thing in the entire meal. It was so good that we ordered an entire *quart* to take home (I think that was $20, and worth every penny). Alongside of that, a Prawn Cocktail ($14.50), and if you could say this meal had one weakness, this would have been it. These were great; they just weren't life-changing; the clam chowder, on the other hand, was something akin to a religious experience. Back to the owner-driven part ... a gentleman who was clearly in charge (there were probably a dozen people working the counter, about one for each diner), asked me if we'd like anything else, and that's when I thought to mention the Malpeques, which never arrived. He *immediately* asked who took the order, and to be honest, we didn't quite remember, and even if we had, he asked the question in a way that oozed menace, and goodness knows I wouldn't want to get an employee in trouble just because an order was forgotten, so we simply said we weren't sure. Don't get me wrong - this guy wasn't going to scream at the person (at least, not in front of the customers), but he was going to make *very* sure that this didn't happen again on this evening. He was starkly polite - picture a manager of an old-school New York City deli, and you'll have the exact countenance. In fact, Swan Oyster Depot reminds me of a deli more than any seafood restaurant I've ever been to in my life, with the possible exception of Durgin Park in Boston, but when I first went to Durgin Park in the 1980s, it had already lost the battle to becoming a tourist trap, so ... deli. (In fact, Durgin Park has gotten *so* touristy that it's now owned by, gulp, Ark Restaurants, which has an $80 million market cap trading on the NASDAQ.) Within one minute, a half-dozen Malpeques appeared, with a sincere (but unnecessary) apology from the manager, and should I even bother to say it? Okay, let me take a different tack: I invented a saying, long ago - "The bigger, the blacker the blotch, the badder the bivalve," meaning that oysters should ideally have a pearly white interior shell, and when you find ones that have large, black blotches, they're usually the bad apples - still perfectly edible; just not the best of the bunch. Well ... About the non-blotchiest Malpeques I've ever come across. Not only were they blotch-free; they were just plain free: They were not added to the check. How's that for putting the customer first? All this food came out to just over $100 before tip (this accounts for the oysters being removed, but also accounts for the quart of clam chowder, so $100-110 was the "true price" of this sensational meal - on a whole, the best raw seafood I've ever eaten, and a restaurant experience unlike any other. To quote that great American statesman, Anthony Bourdain, "If I died eating at Swan's counter, I would die a happy man." And of course, as I flew into a panic when the manager told me Swan Oyster Depot was cash-only, he reassured me that there was an ATM across the street, just as he has done a thousand times before. PisS - There is a very slang, somewhat crude, French word for "men's urinal" that I have never before seen used in a real-life situation, not in DC, not in California, and not in probably twenty visits to France. Until now.
  24. 1 point
    Just FYI, there are different kinds of "essential" employees - some are truly exempt and it is business as usual, even with paychecks. Some, like me, are excepted, which means I still get to work but I don't actually get paid until an appropriations bill is passed (and then payroll/HR has to catch up with everything, so I have no delusions of it being immediate). Each agency probably has furloughed, excepted, and exempt employees, depending on what they do, so it would really be impossible for restaurants/bars to distinguish between the categories. That said, regardless of the makeup of the customers who take advantage of the specials, it is really nice for federal employees to be treated in a positive manner by local businesses, since there is a LOT of hateful attitude coming in our direction these days. I know that I am trying my best to continue to support restaurants and bars, since they suffer greatly during the shutdown as well.
  25. 1 point
    Can't leave out the pets. Nature's Nibbles in Del Ray will give you 20% off on all products to any Federal Employees forced to stay home. OR a free, small bag of Holistic Select dry dog or cat - Fine Print: one discount per day, one bag per customer - must have Gov work I.D.