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About NolaCaine

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    Spicy Crawfish
  • Birthday 11/24/1973

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    I enjoy eating, cooking, and shopping at grocery stores. I also, hike, bike, and walk a lot. At any one time, I am reading two or three books. I garden in good weather but forget to water...Diagnosed with food allergies at 40 (milk protein, nuts). EOE is aka Eosinophilic esophagitis AKA allergic oesophagitis, is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus that involves eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, narrowing the esophagus. Symptoms are swallowing difficulty, food impaction, and vomiting.
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    DC and Arlington

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  1. NolaCaine

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    My kids have critiqued the sweetness of various fruits and candy. For example, grapes are generally too sweet. OTOH apples can go either way. They prefer dark to milk chocolate.
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    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    I've noticed that when my kids eat an early dinner, they want more/another when husband and I eat. Last night we had drop-in in-laws so I made the absolute best Thai food that I could order over the phone. Kids came sniffing around at white rice and mango sticky rice for second dinner. Not bad. In other news, my 8yr old boy has declared himself to "not like meat" but when offered he'll eat fish sticks and chicken nuggets. What the heck? He used to love salmon and pollo a la braza. But I guess that was 2018. They will still eat potstickers even though they are not homemade. Very often that's their second dinner. Or bread and cheese when I think they are faking hunger.
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    Regarding roux: If you mess it up the first time, start again. It's just flour and oil. Go slow, stir a lot and watch it. It turns from "clearly not done" to "copper penny" in an instant. In the next instant, it's burnt. All this happens in what, about 2 or 3 minutes? It takes for-ev-er, though, to get to that point.
  4. No but I looked at the menu while walking past. It's Mediterranian ...and across the street from Zaytinya. Not sure that's a good idea.
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    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    Re; Peanut butter...that sun butter is pretty good according to my 8 yr old and is what's used in arlington public school lunches.
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    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    We did this with our son when he was 2 and have him on video saying "stop torturing me." So funny. Fast forward, both kids eat lemons and limes all the time now.
  7. Have you been for breakfast? I've been a few times. For 9.99, coffee, eggs, another meat, potato side that is easily changed to fruit. Not bad for the DC location.
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    ISO a home for Sheep! magazines

    Beep beep, I'm a sheep I said beep beep, I'ma sheep.
  9. underwhelmed by Rice Paper this weekend. Everything looked and smelled amazing but tasted, ok.
  10. Don/Bart: If you have the RACE issue with the black/white twins on the front, read that one. Wow. Bart, not sure where you live but local libraries often have the capacity to take, sell and give them away. All Arlington libraries will take all of them. They get sold or given away. Schools don't always have storage capacity but if you go the school route, consider less well-off schools. Many of the South Arlington schools (for example) have programs to get print material into children's homes as do some affordable housing organizations. When I was widowed, i just got heigher education. I think back on those 5 years and nothing to show for it but a couple of degrees. THat's it. Not one friend. Ok so I did take some good trips and learned how to eat so that's something. Grief is hard/weird.
  11. Loved the restaurant week branzino, apple salad and whipped sesame/hummas type stuff with fat bread. ($22). No, I'm not trying that hard on this review for some very simple reasons. 1. I expected a menu with lots of dairy-free options but instead, almost everything had dairy on it. Ok, that's the only reason. I'm mad at Momofuku for some reason. Maybe I need restaurant therapy.
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    New Orleans, LA

    It's only since deepwater horizon that there's been a concern...oh and that algae bloom from the 90s. Frankly, my people live really unhealthy lives but long ones. I think the radioactive stuff down there either kills you or makes you roach-strong. If you are 70 and full of New Orleans food, you just might be roach-like, which in this context is a complement.
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    Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    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.
  14. 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).
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    New Orleans, LA

    For the record, my 5-year-old is insisting on going to NoLa. Furthermore, she wants to eat her body-weight in oysters and "not spicy" seafood. Maybe we will deposit her at the bar* at Herbsaint and fetch her after she's fully full. (we know the one place we cannot deposit our child is the actual bar...all else, ok).