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Everything posted by ktmoomau

  1. Last night was salad with kale, spinach and leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes and green peppers from the garden, corn that Hubby grilled with a lime, cayenne butter baste the other night, that I sliced off the cobb, shredded muenster cheese and sliced bratwurst. I made a salsa, balsamic vinagrette with a little hot sauce in it.
  2. Last night was chicken, okra and tomato enchiladas with mole sauce. I didn't reconstitute the paste enough, it was still decent, but could be better, lesson learned for next time.
  3. There is a little place right by the Penzoil and Mr. Wash in Arlandria/Del Ray called Silpancho's House. They have a small Bolivian menu- the menu on facebook has their daily specials, but then they also have some other dishes, including saltenas, pupusas, wings and cheesesteaks, chicken cheese steaks, and about 5 other entrees- that I just can't remember the names of, but there are pictures and etc here: https://www.facebook.com/silpanchoshouse/ We got a beef and a chicken Saltena. It was good, although the pastry seemed just a tad over baked. I would rate Pan American Bakery above Silpancho's House, but when jonesing for a saltena in Alexandria, this is a good local spot. Matt got a dish with chicken cutlets, rice, potatoes, salad and fried eggs. I had some of this and it was a nice dish, we added some green sauce for some spice. They also have a few desserts, drinks including some beer. The woman working- who I think may have an ownership interest was truly nice. I will go back to try some other items.
  4. Friday night was bacon cheeseburgers with melon on the side (and some crab chips for Hubby). Last night I cut apart a ham, we used a third for Hubby to slice for sandwich meat, 1/3 was frozen, and I baked the 1/3 with the bone. I put on a glaze of maple syrup, grainy mustard, garlic salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. That turned out well. I also made some green beans from the farmer's market- I thought they were a little dry so I just boiled them. And skin on mashed potatoes with red potatoes (they were ok, but I think they got too gloppy, the leftovers I am making into potato pancakes. Tonight I roasted a whole turkey (but that is to vacuum seal and freeze the breasts for later for lunch meat) and the rest of the turkey is going to get turned into tamales with tomatillos from the garden. I am thinking I might take all the gizzards and etc though and make pate. Although we might eat some of the turkey if the grill doesn't light. If the grill lights we are going to have brats and corn on the cobb.
  5. That is an interesting thought, and I like that it doesn't require using a range or oven, as range and oven space is at a premium at our family reunion, and you have to be a very important dish to really get priority.
  6. Ok, so an odd question- I was maybe a bit, uhh, ambitious in my purchase of frozen Bao Buns at the Lotte. I now have quite a number. And I have found, when I put them in the instant pot for the number of minutes they say to steam them- that when they come out, they are of course annihilate your mouth hot, but when they cool to the point you can eat them, I feel they have lost some of their texture and the skin becomes too firm on the outside due to drying, and I feel like there should be some way to temper this. I am looking for a solution as I would like to make the rest of them for my family reunion, but will need to be able to serve a number of them at a somewhat correct eating temperature. In China, as I recall when we got them on the street to go, they put them in plastic baggies- I assume coated in some oil because they didn't stick? I have about two weeks to run some tests, but would love advice if anyone has figured out a solution for this quandry. I have tried googling and it seems pretty pointless as all the recipes for making bao dough call for plastic wrap so it skews the search results.
  7. Say hi next time! I was at Dino's upstairs with a friend, we split the grilled nectarines, I just loved these, might have to make them at home, meatballs, spinach canneloni- the crispy cheese on top is almost reminiscent of pizza in a good way, soft shell crab pasta- plump soft shells, garlicky pasta with almond, very good, and a bottle of wine on Wine Madness (not sure which one, the one we wanted was out, so they brought something similar we liked). It was nice to see Dean, and just a nice meal with a friend that I could spend hours with, which wasn't rushed and just great.
  8. I didn't see a thread on this restaurant. https://teddyandthebullybar.com/ This is a sister restaurant to Lincoln. I can't for the life of me remember what this was before, was it a Jos A Banks??? We went for the bottomless brunch for a friend's birthday. I generally dislike bottomless brunches as (1) too much food, (2) not very good food and (3) not enough vegetable choices. It was better than many bottomless brunches I have been drug through for some occasion or another. I will say the menu is a bit misleading as it says all dishes are included in the bottomless brunch, but actually bacon and sausage are still a la carte (why??? I have no idea.). We had bloody marys and mimosas. The Good: biscuits, benedict was good, croquettes, kale salad, char sui chicken, chicken and waffle, collard pizza. Fine, not good or bad: pimento slider, pork belly hash, deviled eggs, beet toast (could have been good if it had more beats, white beans pureed and spread), watermelon salad. Bad: scrambled eggs with summer vegetables- the only vegetable was corn, and this just tasted odd, I assumed it would be like squash and zucchini, corn is a starch not a vegetable, biscuits and gravy- had a sweet taste to them, fish tacos- really fishy, peach pancakes- just pancakes topped with too much butter and a peach puree with a few peaches not well composed and could have used syrup but there was no where to put this, peach cobbler- not a cobbler pound cake with the same peaches and peach puree. Service was very nice. They also had am omlette and waffle station that I didn't eat from, but things looked fine from those stations. If I had to do a bottomless brunch, this isn't a bad one. But it also just isn't my thing.
  9. So- they are now carrying two types of Vassen sours at the Belle Haven Beer and Wine store- Lime Otter, and Triple Berry Sour. I like them both, Triple Berry is much more sour, Lime Otter more balanced in my view, but still sour. I also had a Gose from Trader Joes, that was in an dark orange can that was delightful, I went back and they didn't have it, I will recheck and stock up before it all goes away and pumpkin takes over- I need to see if I have a can left, I can't google it easily. The SeaQuench is a really interesting, briny flavor that I kind of dig, it really makes me think of being on the water while drinking. I also like the Super8 Gose by Dogfish too. There is a Passionfruit New Belgium which isn't I think in their terms a sour, but on the line in my book. A friend gave me a couple cans from Seven Oaks I am excited about trying. In the BAD category the sour Gose at District Atlas was not to my liking at all, nor anyone else that I went with, we all disliked it. I hope sour beers stay in style for a little time. I am a huge lover of sour flavor. I used to eat those super sour candies as a child, or just whole lemon pieces (while my Mom was not looking as I got yelled at because it would hurt my teeth enamel).
  10. Last night was TJs frozen Kung Pao Chicken, with the remains of beef and broccoli and rice. I also made myself egg cups for breakfast and I made my office blueberry banana muffins. The night before we had tacos. Now the fridge is mostly empty of remains and I can start again.
  11. Happy Birthday Don! All the best people are born in August 😉
  12. We have been boring this week, just eating left overs as we had so much from the weekend- pulled pork, potato salad, coleslaw, etc. But last night I slow roasted cherry tomatoes from the garden, onion and pepper (also from the garden). I also made taco meat with ground beef, and thawed some frozen guac and made myself tacos.
  13. It doesn't open until the end of August. Too bad Eric... I cannot even try to tell you how cool that museum was to 7?? year old me. I still vividly remember it, and I only went once- there was a place where you could ride a bike and they had a skeleton that rode the bike at the same speed and you could see how your bones worked/interacted. There was a bubble station where you could make giant bubbles. They had a giant stuffed person, with organs you could pull out and look at. They really did it all in a non-creepy way, that you just learned in a cool interactive way.
  14. Do they still have that amazing kids museum? I spent hours there as a child, it was so cool.
  15. Last night was leftovers- calico beans (with hot dog added in, a slightly upscale weenie beenie), green beans and a leftover Georgetown Cupcake.
  16. I think the collective "we" are very fed up, but also don't see a real way out politically either. I think you would have to have a constitutional amendment, and I just don't think that is likely to happen, but sure would be happy about it. So I think "we" just don't really know what to do that would be effective.
  17. Last week was chicken breasts with a bbq esque marinade, and a big skillet of succotash, topped with feta. Leftover chicken breasts then made slider sandwiches. Hubby smoked about 8 pounds of pork butt this weekend, it had Corky's rub on it, and it was delicious, I think he has really gotten his smoker technique down (it includes start smoking before one thinks they need to, and use smoker robot). I made a slaw, and doctored up some Shoppers redskin potato salad. I really just haven't had a lot of time to cook recently, will get back into it here soon.
  18. Reviving a thread from 2009- I need potato salad for my trashy birthday party this weekend. But I want it to taste decently. Anyone like a pre-made store potato salad? Wegman's/Giant/Shoppers/HT- anyone have one you think is halfway decent, or with a good tszuj of hot sauce or something you can make it pretty darned good? If I still lived in Arlington I would buy it in bulk from Heidelberg, but that seems like too long of a drive from me, and a bit too classy for this party. I want it to be tasty but trashy.
  19. Good idea, and I always have those pickles in my fridge as I love them! I just had this cabbage salad at Turkey and The Wolf and thought it would make a great picnic party dish: https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/spicy-cabbage-salad-recipe
  20. From the ingredients it seemed a lot like a custard to me. This doesn't look terrible: https://www.saveur.com/sickles-blackberry-flummery-recipe/
  21. To continue- the WW2 museum was very cool. The new section has just incredible digital exhibits that are very thoughtful. It is of course so sad... I thought they did a good job of incorporating areas that look and feel like you are in a place. I didn't like that the experience was broken up in terms of time, but I know how the museum expanded so in a way that makes sense. It is very hard to present so much information on so many different fronts, I thought they did try to make it not too overwhelming. I also appreciated the amount of seating areas where you could listen and watch the experiences. After that we needed a pick me up mentally, so we went to the Carousel Bar and I drank Pimm's Cups while circling. I didn't realize the bartenders have to crawl in and out to get in. For dinner we had been debating pretty much all Herbsaint restaurant group places- Gianna, Peche, Herbsaint or Cochon. We decided to go to the Mother source and just go to Herbsaint. We ordered a bottle of wine. We had the baked asiago and fried oysters to start. I thought the fried oysters were fantastic, some of the best I had ever had. I think just due to freshness and because Louisiana oysters tend to be bigger and a little more rich in taste- it made for a really good fried oyster. And you of course cannot dislike baked cheese, I just don't think it is scientifically possible. We were sent out fries that were just really good shoestring fries with aioli. For dinner I had Louisiana Jumbo Shrimp with Stewed Peppers, Coconut Milk and Basmati Rice, I had been debating gumbo, so shrimp and rice in sauce was perfect. This was really good, the shrimp may have been some of the most perfectly cooked shrimp I have had in a while, my friend doesn't love shrimp, but the texture of these were really good and she obliged to try them. The fries in the sauce weren't terrible either. My friend had the special, which I believe was snapper, and the sauce on that was equally delicious, I could have mopped it up. For dessert we had the banana tart, which was like a banana chess pie and was tasty. All in all, we really didn't have a single bad meal, although I would have traded my po-boy at the French Market for another po-boy in hindsight. We also had great cocktails, listened to good music. The Intercontinental was in a really nice location and was nice, but the staff all seemed fairly young, and wasn't exactly up to my other terribly high Intercontinental standards (I mean the Intercontinental Bali is just...extra.), but I think this is likely a property they took over, and it isn't a resort property. It really was perfectly nice, and all the hotels were super full from a herbal life convention, which I think just put a strain on things. But it isn't one of their premier properties. I would stay there again though as it was affordable and in a really great location, I like their toiletries, the room was really comfortable and they are very nice in general.
  22. Trip Report: Evening 1: Compere Lapin- we sat at the bar and the bar stuff was really nice and engaging. I had jerk chicken with coconut cream corn pudding. I mainly wanted this dish because my family likes creamed corn and I wanted to see how they made it without dairy. The corn was very good, the chicken had some spice and was good, but was also just chicken breast in some ways. The fried pig ear starter, and dirty rice arrincini were great little bites. My friend had the snapper which was very good. This was all a very good, well composed meal. The cocktails were good, I had a frozen gin fizz. Day 2: French Market for Bloody Mary's from the pavilion (added extra hot sauce, were great), raw oysters, and a po-boy. The po-boy was ok, it was a soft shell and just was a little small, and not fried, just steamed. I love a soft-shell, this one just lacked a little flavor and was a little wet. Raw Oysters and bloodys were on point. We then saw Jackson Square the Cathedral, the Ogden Southern Museum (I thought it was very cool, but in between some exhibits in many spots right now, so it felt a bit light on art). We went on a Dark History Tour with Jonathan Weiss. He was very theatrical, and that was fun, we went to various places with a stop at Lafitte's blacksmith for to-go drinks. Then we had dinner at Antoine's and they gave us a tour after. We had the oyster sampler and escargot, which were both just classic and really tasty. I then had broiled fish topped with a crawfish tails sauce, the fish was a touch overdone, not terrible but about 1-2 minutes too long, but the sauce was excellent. Asparagus on the side. While this place is an institution, the food remained really good. That night we went to Frenchmen street and listed to live music at the Spotted Cat and 30/90. Lots of good music over there. Day 3: Cemetary Tour of St. Louis- this was very hot, but good information. We then went to the Hermann-Grimma House which was very pretty and interesting, although our tour guide had to be somewhat new. We then chilled at the Napoleon House with drinks, got a muffaletta, gumbo, jambalaya and cooled off a bit. After that a storm was rolling in so we rode the trolley through the Garden District. After the storm passed it was time for Saba. Saba was just delicious. I am always impressed when you can make vegetable dishes taste that good. We started with the brussels sprout hummus- brussels on top of hummus sounds odd, but this was truly delicious and worked well together flavor wise, I can't put my finger on exactly what was with the brussles sprouts, green chilles and carmelized onion, in some sort of light sauce to add a little acid. We also got three little tastes of feta with lots of corriander pods and preserved leeks, beets with sumac onions, tahini and dill, and wood roasted okra on garlic sauce- these were just perfect to eat with the hummus and REALLY good pita. The okra was addictive, I could eat it like popcorn. The feta was a really good feta. It was all very, very good. I ordered lamb kefta kabob with Israeli couscous and confit tomato. The lamb was fantastic, with appropriate punch of lamb flavor that also wasn't gamey. They couscous soaked up the really nice acidic tomato sauce, and it was very saucy, but not in a thick sauce way. I also had the charred eggplant, amba, soft-cooked egg, sumac onion. This dish was so freaking good. I have really been into charred eggplant (in China we had some good versions too) and this was just really good texturally, and the flavors were just delicious. We also had the zucchini shakshuka, which was really tasty, as well. And the hanger steak, which was the most tender hanger I have ever had a bite of with muhammara, charred peppers, herbs. We had a couple cocktails each, and these were delicious, as well. I had a cold brew cocktail that was almost like liquid bananas foster for dessert. I ended up buying the cookbook as I was really impressed with the fact that the dishes seemed simple, but had a real complexity that I just couldn't in my mind say- oh you just do this and this and this, like I can do with other dishes. I would highly recommend Saba. Uptown is a really cute part of town, I could have spent more time there. After Saba we went to St. Joe's bar and had a few drinks. Day 4: We walked Magazine Street to Turkey and the Wolf. This was fun, we picked up some iced chickory coffee from French Truck, saw lots of cute houses, etc. Turkey and the Wolf makes your trashy, but good meal dreams come true. I had a great brunch cocktail. The bologna sandwich was crunchy, gooey from the melted cheese and mayo, crispy and just awesome over the top. The taco was in the same vein of just terrible trashy, with pig ears, american cheese, homemade tortilla, head cheese and delicious. The devilled eggs were pooled in delicious hot sauce, and the cabbage salad had an obscene amount of sunflower seeds, it was so crunchy and good- I want to remake this to take to picnics, the fried pig ears will be the challenge. This was kind of in a strange area with not a lot around, it was pretty steady with people despite being an off Monday. After that we went to the WW2 museum, perfect timing to dodge a big rain storm... will continue after lunch.
  23. This is why I HATE black velvet, first I think the lyrics are just plain dumb- how is black velvet a new religion that will bring you to your knees? But also, in my hometown, you either had to pray you had good enough reception to pick up a Pittsburgh station, or you were stuck with our local station, which played the worst array of music, and this was a favorite for years.
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