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  1. Hi all, So I normally don't eat grains as they make me sick, but I'm about to be tested for celiac disease and gluten allergy/intolerance and in order to get a proper test result you need to be eating gluten. So if you wanted to indulge in some of the best homemade bread and pasta in our area without breaking the bank, where would you go? Prefer MD or something in DC easily accessible on the green line, but I'm open to other options. Would prefer not in VA though. (I realize not breaking the bank is relative, so maybe no entrees in the $30s? Twenties, meaning pasta is likely in the lower twenties works.)
  2. I finally got to the DC Costco for the first time so I could go on an alcohol buying spree (I'm in MD so my local Costcos don't sell alcohol, boo hoo). My first impressions: I was surprised to not find more liquor outside of the standard vodka, gin, whiskey, rum. They had vermouth and a couple of other things, but not much else. I was hoping to find some Campari or even Aperol and a few other things along those lines. I do remember hearing the Kirkland vodka was decent so since I was out I figured a big bottle for $13 was worth a shot. Lots of whiskey/scotch choices, but you seem to really need to know your stuff to know if you're getting a deal on the higher end stuff. I was excited to see the Balvenie Doublewood 12 year, but it wasn't in my budget right now. Checked when I got home and the Total Wine price was only $5 more. I had no clue on what to do about wine. My previous Costco wine experience was a Kirkland Rioja that was quite nice, but that was about 2 years ago and they didn't have one on hand. So I decided to just make myself a little mixed case and avoid buying anything I've already had even if I felt like it was a good deal so I could test the waters. I had a fun time when I got home scanning the bottles into Vivino to see whether I had scored bargains or bought duds. So having shared that, does anyone have tips on shopping for alcohol there? I will be making an effort to go more frequently and imagine I will get a feel for things, and if I'm in less of a hurry in the future I can use the Vivino app to check things out while I'm there. So far I've only tasted one of my purchases, a 2015 Bordeaux that was $12.89 and it was quite pleasant. The find I'm most excited about is a Gigondas that was on sale for $18.99. Knew nothing about the producer, but figured a Gigondas at that price was a good bet. Turns out it retails for close to $40! On the flip side, a $10 Chianti retails for 50 cents more and I expect it to be crap. You win some, you lose some. Would love to hear more from folks on how they shop for alcohol, especially wine there. I imagine some of the non-Kirkland wines, especially ones that are good deals come and go quickly?
  3. Is this really the only Venice thread? I will be in Venice for one day and one night on my way to Slovenia shortly. Any suggestions for a good, but not too pricey dinner, possibly in the Cannaregio neighborhood? I will also be in Trieste for a night if anyone has suggestions for dinner, drinks/wine, or breakfast there.
  4. Rieux, thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm headed to Slovenia in less than 2 weeks (!). Hisa Franko is booked for my night in Kobarid. Any other suggestions? I will be in Ljubljana for the other nights I'm eating, and venturing into Trieste for one night, but I will post in a separate thread as I'm also in Venice for a night.
  5. So I failed to include that this is for this Sunday. I didnt realize reservations at Rasika were difficult so that's off of our list. Any other suggestions? We are meeting 2 friends coming from VA, but I have to drive back to MD so I'm trying to avoid having to venture too far away. I was hoping to just leave my car at the Kennedy Center and walk or take a quick Lyft to dinner. A friend recommended Circa or District Commons?
  6. This has probably been asked many times before, but looking for a place for dinner on a Sunday after an afternoon performance of Hamilton. Hosting a friend who is in town. There will be 4 of us, all "foodies" with virtually no restrictions except I'd like to not totally break the bank (especially after paying for Hamilton!) and my visiting friend is a vegetarian. I was thinking about the Rasika in West End. Shameful, but I've never actually been to Rasika and I thought it would provide a lot of good vegetarian options. But, after reading recent reviews I am worried my friend, who happens to be Indian, will be unimpressed. Thoughts, or other suggestions? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for the heads up about the Parmesan Whisps, will definitely try those! I'm into the Kirkland fish sticks when I'm not prepared for dinner. They changed them recently - each stick is now thicker/bigger and the coating is nice and crispy (with the caveat that I cook them using my convection setting). There are also basil & garlic chicken meatballs that I believe are organic that I like. Those and a big bag of the Kirkland stir fry vegetables plus whatever spice blend or sauce I have on hand makes quick, healthy lunches. Also, the cave aged Cabot cheddar with the black wrapping is delicious. And I admit that the Boursin cheese spreads have become a guilty pleasure ever since I saw a coupon for the 3 pack. 😊 I still need to make time to hit the DC Costco so I can stock up on alcohol. If there are any wines that are typically available that come highly recommended, please share! A friend served a Kirkland Rioja that I enjoyed, but that was almost a year ago.
  8. Ohhh, thank you. Laundromat Cafe doesn't open until 8 so nice to have an earlier option. ETA: So apparently The Laundromat Cafe is now Egill Jacobsen (still well reviewed).
  9. Longshot, but does anyone have any updates or additional recs? We are going to Iceland for 4 nights in May. We will be spending one night each in (in order): -A farmhouse off the beaten path, about 30 minutes from Selfoss (would likely eat dinner in Eyrarbakki or Stokkseyri, the Airbnb listing mentions good seafood restaurants in both) -Hofn (about 15 min outside) - there's a restaurant in our hotel, but I'm thinking it may be worth splurging on langoustine in town? -Hvolsvollur -Reykjavik Our flight lands far too early the first morning (5 am) so we plan to head to Reykjavik for a bit before making our way to the farmhouse so I was thinking we could start with breakfast at Laundromat Cafe if it's still recommended and lunch will either be on the road or something quicker in Reykjavik if we haven't left town yet. We plan to stop in Selfoss for groceries for breakfasts/lunches for the remainder of the trip so mostly need dinner spots. I would prefer to only break the bank on 1 or 2 of the 4 nights (and yes I realize it's outrageously expensive in Iceland so I'm speaking relatively) and am with Porcupine on much preferring good, honest food over fine dining most of the time so Dill is honestly not on my radar. Porcupine - do you remember where you encountered that food truck, or what the name of it was? Though it's of course much less fun if we seek it out rather than stumble upon it.
  10. You have 8-9 full days/nights in Spain in mid-May. Where do you go and what do you do? Barcelona for at least a couple of days is definitely on the agenda, but otherwise, we've been considering a lot of options, including a day trip to Morocco or a little time in nearby parts of France. We do not need to fly in/out of the same airport. We're very open to what we do. We all enjoy hiking, food, culture, art, wine so I think a balance of time exploring a major city or two (including museums, architecture, food, etc.) and some trips to smaller towns/countryside would be nice. When I was in Italy, I really enjoyed Florence and Rome, and especially loved Venice, but one of my favorite parts of the trip was our overnight in Pienza. The only other consideration is that the friends we are going with have already been to Barcelona so while they're happy to go back, spending the bulk of our time there isn't the plan. Also, I think there will be a budget for a couple of nice (ie. expensive) dinners out, but my food budget isn't what it once was even when traveling. Thanks!
  11. I have the 6 quart IP and it is smaller and lighter than my crockpot, but my crockpot has 3 inserts. I would say generally speaking they're about the same size so it's an even swap space-wise, but with much better features. If you get one, I also recommend a few accessories: -The clear glass lid for storage so you don't have to transfer food ( http://a.co/iu6aOIV ) -The silicone mitts ( http://a.co/h8X8rnh ) -The silicone steamer basket ( http://a.co/2Vlpxxj ) It comes with a metal steamer basket, but the silicone one is useful for a lot of things, especially "hard boiled" eggs. 6 minutes and you have eggs that are SO easy to peel and don't crack. Given that I eat a lot of HB eggs, the IP might have been worth it for that alone for me. For anyone considering buying one, set up a price watch for the one you want on Amazon as the price drops significantly periodically.
  12. Great timing on this post. A group of friends host food "paloozas" routinely with some theme, typically meat based. Last weekend was porkapalooza. What began as a joke about someone bringing scrapple ended up in a quite delicious scrapple dish. Said friend made what I would essentially describe as bruschetta with seared scrapple on it (seared scrapple on a crostini with a topping of cherry tomatoes, evoo, vinegar, and garlic). It came from the idea of the ketchup/scrapple pairing, which I had actually never heard of either, but I also didn't grow up in this area so scrapple was completely foreign to me until I moved here.
  13. Do you have a slow cooker? If so, replace it with an IP. Results from a pressure cooker are SO much better and if you want to slow cook something the IP has that feature. Can't post now, but wanted to mark the thread so I can come back. Always looking for new ideas, especially paleo ones. Has anyone made yogurt with goat's milk? Hoping to try to soon to see if it will be more cost effective than the $7 container at Whole Foods.
  14. Does anyone have any recommendations for a late brunch/early lunch spot in or near Bowie for tomorrow? Meeting a friend who is traveling from her hotel in Dupont to Crownsville and thought Bowie might be a convenient spot to meet (I live in Laurel). Trying to avoid her having to do much traveling off the highway while not having to drive super far myself. Appreciate any suggestions. ETA: If I can't come up with anything better I see there's a First Watch right off of 50. Not exactly fine dining, but I could live with that.
  15. I prefer Glen Manor to Linden. Glen Manor also definitely meets your criteria for a nice quiet location. It's been a long time since I've been, but I have also really enjoyed Chester Gap in the past. I used to call Linden/Glen Manor/Chester Gap the Front Royal trifecta. http://www.chestergapcellars.com/index.html
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