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  1. Bummer! When I was in the area I would pop by to get the food from the Indian place, which was run by the lovely people who previously ran the much missed Nirvana. I hope they don’t abandon the food business altogether, but rather open a place somewhere else.
  2. We had a really good dinner there a few weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the food was, and in particular by highly spiced it all was. It's not hotter than most local indian food, but it's like where most chefs would use 1tsp of cumin, this one uses 2, so the flavor of the spices, particularly the cardamom, is distinctly stronger. I was also pleasantly surprised by the price. From the articles and reviews i thought it would be more expensive than it was--our meal was only slightly more expensive than ours at rasika for example.The goat cheese kulcha was so good, i wish we'd gotten another one. the cauliflower dish was great--the texture was perfect (how do they get the stems and core so well cooked without the florets getting mushy?) it was coated with chaat-like spices and served on a very tasty mash of what seemed to be potatoes and cauliflower, with a great green chutney. We also really liked the mushroom pate (how do you make mushrooms that smooth?) though we didn't think the bread it was served on added much. Biryani was great too. even the raitas we had were excellent, though the beet/coconut one was almost like a dessert for me. mint paratha and sundried tomato naan were fine. husband got the lamb kebab, but said that was good, but not special. everything was beautifully plated. While the food was a very pleasant surprise, I'm not sure the decor lives up to the hype. there's nothing wrong with it, but from all the hype i'd expected a bit more. And our server was good initially but then disappeared after the main courses were served--we couldn't flag him down to order more kulcha and getting the check took forever. the food was really great though, I look forward to returning and trying more.
  3. On the tip of a friend who grew up in Kenya we got carryout from there this weekend and were very happy. Neither of us knows anything about East African cuisine but we enjoyed the food we had. The entrees come with two small sides. I had the Katogo (green bananas simmered in a curried onion, tomato, and bell pepper stew) with peanut sauce added, which was very good and different than anything i've ever had. it was coconutty, peanutty, and spiced, but nothing like asian or indian food I've had. and the bananas were far more potato-like than they usually are. we got the masala chips, a large order of fries in a tangy tomatoey sauce with onions and coriander. they were great. Husband had the beef stew, which he said was good, but like a milder goan curry. He liked it but liked the other dishes better. I was a bit surprised at the portion though, it was a pint container, and even that wasn't full, for $17. for sides the rice pilau was nicely spiced, and the spinach was garlicky with some spice and great. the coconut white rice mostly tasted like rice with butter in it. https://www.facebook.com/HakunaMatataGrill/
  4. We ate very well in Richmond. The entrees at Temple ( Laotian) were even better than the ones at Thip Khao, though I think Thip Khao has the better apps. Their sister thai place sabai was also very good. The green peppercorn biscuit at root stock provisions was one of the best biscuits I’ve ever had— great deep flavor and texture. And Sub Rosa bakery was excellent, the best bread I’ve had in a long time.
  5. thanks for the tip on just fruit--i'd never heard of them before and they have so many great varieties including a dwarf i may be able to do on our deck! you mentioned zone 8A--do you think silver spring actually gets this warm? if so, that's encouraging, Ive been holding back on trying things beyond zone 6, but maybe i will try something. one q though--when you say the just fruits trees aren't precocious, do you mean that though they may be bigger they don't seem to fruit earlier than smaller trees from other vendors? or just that persimmons in general take 3-5 years to fruit?
  6. has anyone tried growing asian persimmons in the dmv area? if so, what cultivar did you use and how did it turn out? on georgia ave, near where i live, there are a couple people with persimmon trees that are currently laden with fruit. they look gorgeous. i'm so tempted to ring their doorbell and ask what variety they are growing (as it appears to do very well here) but thought i'd try here first before becoming that weird lady......
  7. any pawpaw sightings at local markets yet this year? also, if anyone has tried growing them and has tips about where to purchase trees, varieties that did or did not do well, etc, i'd love to hear them
  8. I had lunch here today and will definitely be back. The dining room is pretty, the food beautifully presented, they have some non-standard things on the menu, and everything I had was good (though the portions could be a bit larger). I went there because they had Kolkata style Jhaal muri (puffed rice, peanuts and various chutneys) which is a fave of mine that i haven't seen in the area. it was served, as it traditionally is, in a small newspaper cone, which i loved. the muri itself wasn't quite Kolkata style, (IMO it had too much date chutney, and not enough mustard oil) but it was very tasty, and i give them credit for having it. the pan fried idli were very good, they had a nice masala on them and came with a very good tomato chutney, though i would've liked them a bit more pan fried. and the okra side i got was very good too--simply prepared with chili and mango powder, but done very well, and there aren't that many places here that make it like this. My friend had the paneer with green chutney and lamb with apricots and liked both. they have some non-standard things on the menu, which was nice to see, like dahi vada, chicken choorma, goat with turnips and more. they also have a 3 course lunch deal for $24 i think. everything was beautifully plated and the service was good. Website
  9. its great to see some goan food here, its not often in restaurants. my goan in-laws are excited and have already purchased tickets!
  10. We had an amazing version of pan con tomate this weekend at Del Mar which reminded me that i really need to learn how to make this at home. their version had a lot of tomato pulp, not just a smear, and a deep garlic flavor though i saw no garlic bits, and used pan cristal. Does anyone have any tips on how to make this? i've read about the method where you cut a tomato in half and rub it on the grilled bread-does that actually work? or is the method where you grate it better, or some other method? what's the best bread to use-ciabatta? and does it matter if you grill, broil, or toast it? thank you!
  11. We got carry out from the Rockville location Friday and it was good as usual However they mentioned that they have slightly revised their menu and have some new seasonal dishes ( photos hopefully attached) and that they have a special deal on the cold appetizers on the new menu-they are buy one get one free through July
  12. definitely no microgreens on mine, and i don't think there were any sauces except on one. mine had the cheese and onions. Sauces would've helped a lot, and given them more complex flavor, which was what i was missing.
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