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  1. A shame. I loved their ice cream.
  2. Wanted to make a post for Taiwan Cafe (Yelp) in Manassas as I went there for lunch today with my parents and didn't see one here on the site. While they have an American Chinese menu, we wisely avoided that and stuck to the Taiwanese menu. And it was good! We had the Taiwanese fried chicken, the amusingly named "Flash Tomato w. Scrambled Eggs", and the cabbage with garlic. The chicken was a fine example of Taiwanese fried chicken with the weird breading, fried basil, and moist dark meat. The tomato and eggs were the quite good. Not sure what the sauce was, but yum! And the cabbage with garlic was, well, cabbage with garlic, but a good refreshing vegetable on the side. They did have a specials board which we didn't look too closely at when going in, but I think we will next time. A couple of the dishes sounded good! (Though, to me, not the oyster omelette. I know it's classic, but *shudder*) Don't expect any atmosphere or anything. Small storefront in a strip mall, but the neon signs in the windows--"EAT GOOD FOOD"--give a good indication of what you'll do inside. I haven't been to many restaurants in Manassas, but this is by far the best I've been to so far. I honestly can't wait to go back and explore more of the menu.
  3. Thought I'd revive the Nha Trang page by saying this is one of my usual spots to hit at Eden Center along with Huong Viet, Banh Cuon Thang Long, and, well, Thanh Son Tofu. The nem nuong rolls are still spot on, they have probably the best chao ca (fish porridge) that I've had at Eden Center, and I really like their banh canh cha ca (fish filet and fish cake with noodles; I think this is a "classic" dish from Nha Trang). And fair warning, it gets pretty crowded on the weekends!
  4. I think the new stall is called Bold Dumpling, but I can't seem to find any social media/website/etc for it.
  5. Well, giant portions. That said, I always figured CF's calorie counts are probably the most accurate out there. They seem super high, but that's probably true. The ones that always amazed me were the salads. You think salads are "healthy" but...
  6. Well, if you are in Annandale, you can buy kimchi at Lighthouse Tofu. I'm a fan of theirs and have bought some from them before.
  7. I want to say I've seen a lemon ricotta at Whole Foods. You might try there.
  8. In an update, I went to Kimen Ramen this afternoon for dinner. I had their mazemen ramen (ETA: from the menu: soupless ramen, spicy hot minced pork / egg yolk / fish powder / minced garlic / green onion / chives / dried seaweed -- note, wasn't that spicy) and it was good! I'll be back. That said, I'm not sure the music they were playing was of this world. Or I'm getting old.
  9. Not Korean, but I think Kimen Ramen opened up next to The Block. I've heard good things. Mama Mei opened in The Block and serves spicy fried chicken or something. Not tried it myself.
  10. Apparently you are correct, thanks to sweet sweet spite.
  11. It depends on the time. If you get there near opening (11:30 or so) you are usually fine, but if Vinh Kee, Pho 75, and Banh Mi DC are all hopping, the parking lot can get full fast! Oh, and I too might be there Sunday for some dim sum. :)
  12. I want to say yes if you go in the afternoon as I think their dim sum picture menu says something like "11-3". You order off the menu during the week, as the carts are only on the weekends. I'm not sure about in the evening. Now I want to get some of their XO Turnip Cakes. So good, and when fresh out of the kitchen, hotter than lava.
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