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  1. Waitman and I will be heading south of the border for a work-related boondoggle in a couple weeks and I'm curious if any of you folk have any sage eating advice. We will fly into Cancun, rent a car and leave immediately for the jungle to the west. We will be staying 2 nights outside of Valladolid at a small retreat in a Mayan village near Ek Balam. I think we'll eat one meal there and the others are up for grabs. Once we hit Playa del Carmen, we are staying at the Fairmount Mayakoba megagringoplex but are willing to cab or bus to interesting vittles for breakfast or lunch (unfortunately all dinners are on the reservation). Any must eat Yucatan or Mayan food/vendors/restaurants?
  2. Since the demise of the Philadelphia Cheeseteak Factory on 9th Street, Waitman and I have been unable to find a suitable carryout (or even better - delivery) purveyor of this gourmet delight. We have been able to create our own version but lacking proper ventilation and a good oil disposal system makes home preparation a less than satisfactory solution. Suggestions within 15 or so (driving) minutes of Adams-Morgan/Mount Pleasant gratefuly accepted. --- The following posts were split into separate threads: Hooters (B.A.R.) Momo's (AlexC) P.S. Hoo win there write mined woody tattooed hers?
  3. They had mini-corn dogs on their menu. Did you have an opportunity to try these? Do you think perhaps they might become the next mini-burger? I am salivating at the thought.
  4. I have just discovered the wonderfulness of Vietnamese subs - Bahn Mi. Oh my goodness! The crunchy vegetables, that perfumed meat, those spicy jalapenos moistend with a slightly sweet, somewhat tangy velvety smooth sauce!!! Had my first (and 2nd & third) from a market-carryout on Georgia Avenue (it has a back entrance from Wheaton Triangle - sorry don't have a name). They sell them for $2 a pop (buy 5 get 1 free) and I am addicted. Their pork belly looks pretty rightous too but we haven't tried it yet. Iwill be back.
  5. I have to say, though I love hardshell crab, I don't care a bit for the softshell variety. It's mostly a texture thing. The not quite soft shell and the somewhat mushy interior is really off-putting to me.
  6. Hopes to open below Perry's in mid-October. This sounds like a great addition to the neighborhood.
  7. The Italian Market on South Street is on my must visit list every time I go to Philly. The butchers, sausage shops and all around feel of the place makes me very happy. Very good prices. Very cool people. Better than Eataly (and I like Eataly). Not organic. Atmospheric. Think Rocky. Bring a cooler, you might need it.
  8. New restaurant coming to Park Road west of 14th Street opening Thursday 3/19. Soft opening pictures here. I will report back shortly. I'm keeping fingers crossed for good pho on the eastside, or for that matter on this side of the Potomac!
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    Mid Spring

    Arlington Market 5/7 - Big strawberries (ok) little strawberries (better) super sour tangy sorrel, asparagus, mushrooms looked good but didn't purchase any. No ramps. Mt. Pleasant Market 5/7 Stinging nettles, over the top great watercress (this stuff is what watercress dreams are made of), popping corn, green garlic, beautiful rosemary bushes 30-40 bucks. Goat Shoulder (any cooking advice on this appreciated).
  10. This may more properly belong in the cast iron thread but I think there are more houseware/kitchen bargins out there that may deserve a place of their on so we call all benefit. Ad in today's Washington Post Food Section (prices good through 11/29/05) - Staub Cast Iron 5 Qt. Casserole available in red, blue, green or yellow reg. $103 now $39.Can you say holiday present? Anyone have a wedding shower in their future? Sounds like a bargain to me but I must confess to familiarity of the brand merely by word of mouth. eta:Sorry BLB I'm an idiot you are among the seeing - At Rodman's
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    cheeses you can grill/brown

    I am on vacation or I would get a precise name but at least one of the bodegas's on Mt. Pleasant have a frying cheese called appropriately queso para frier. If I have mispelled that please kill me when I get back from almost the middle of nowhere. I have enjoyed preparing this with plantain and refried red beans.
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    Chicago, IL

    I agree that the crust was quite good but the whole experience left me with a bad tast in my mouth from the loud (decibel) young man (who was nice enough but never learned what an inside vice sounds like) shouting next to me at the communal table, to the choice of 1 beverage (albeit a very fine ginger ale) to the dour expression shared by the 3 people working I don't believe I witnessed a single smile directed at anyone all night, I would probably not return based on that one experience.
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    Eating well in DC? It's all Economics

    Reminds me of a lot of professionals (not in the food industry) with whom I work. It is completely unacceptable, and completely human, and Cowen makes a good, if uncomfortable point.
  14. I have not had a CfA sandwich in over 20 year but I recall liking the few that I ate many moons ago. I would certainly choose them over a Big Mac or a Whopper today. That being said, I would absolutely choose Popeye's for a wing, breast and red beans & rice or mashed potatoes over CfA any day. That stuff is like fast food crack to me. I'm so sad the Popeye's on Columbia Rd. closed. The 14th st location has always kind of bothered me.
  15. I really appreciate the discussion in this thread. It makes me very aware of the log in my eye.
  16. Paso Robles I've never been but my brother and his wife live out there and have worked on occasion in some of the tasting rooms. He is very knowledgeable about wines and had this advice: "some of the best rhone style are MacPrice Myers, Herman Story, Tablas Creek, Linne Colada, Villa Creek and the top one is Saxum. For dinner Artisan is a good choice as well as Villa Creek....Turley has great petite, and their Zin's are some of the best...have a great time! B" Hope this helps.
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    Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split

    Well, in the old days casual tennis players kept extra balls in their pants (or panties if they were female). If you don't have any clothing on except for shoes where will you keep the extras? Perhaps I'm dating myself?
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    Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split

    The ones they hit with racquets
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    Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split

    I'm not sure if going to Porec in the early 80's with Waitman (even taking into account the horrid drive through the Julian Alps) or camping in Oregon with the kids counted as the best vacation ever but I will say that the seafood in Croatia did not suck. The nudist camping park was rather interesting too. I thought the granddaughter was much more compelling than the grandmother (so did W-man). Watching people play tennis in nothing but sneakers made me giggle. Seriously. Where are they going to keep their balls?
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    Bestworld. 3178 Mt Pleasant Street.

    Ssshh! Don't let the secret out! I also like the availability of fresh basil in the middle of winter when I'm jonesing for pesto. The selection of Asian condiments, noodles & mushrooms is also a nice thing to have in the 'hood.
  21. Stellar pappardelle with black trumpet mushrooms. Simply sublime. Very nice perfectly prepared fish main. The pea soup was almost as good as mine . The service was flawless (as it usually always is) and I had a terrific time with Waitman for a kind of "on a whim" dinner. One note, I love love love the custard amuse but I think it is an awfully rich way to begin a meal, at least for me. I wish it were about 1/2 the size that it is. Except now, I could eat a bowl full. (cue Wednesday in Addams Family "NOW") Very nice Santorini white made me a happy camper and an introduction to a new amaro made everything just right to end the night.
  22. Okay, I will pile on just because I'm in a bad mood. I listened to his interview with Kojo last Wednesday and thought he came off sounding very much like Zora described him. I generally agree with a lot off his restaurant reviews but was really put off by hearing him live..
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    Proximity of Grocery stores?

    I pretty much shop by foot daily. Like Barbara. the stores on Mt. Pleasant St. HT, Yes! & (yuck to the next two) the Giant in Columbia Heights and the Safeway on Columbia Road suit me just fine. Waitman gets the good stuff at the Farmer's Market and Black Salt when meat or fish protein are necessary. Though I will say that the fajita meat at the mercado on MtP street does just fine in a pinch and the people that work there couldn't be more lovely. Even when the kids were at home I still made daily trips to the "street."