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  1. I have been suffering a stuffy nose since yesterday and had a serious craving for one of my favorite soups of all time, Yook Gae Jang. It is super spicy and the perfect medicine for sinus congestion. I am lucky to have a significant other who frequents this sight and he suggested trying Gamasot, he said it gets high marks and is a quick jaunt from his house. What a great surprise in so many ways. I love the clean and open interior, with a great view into a small kitchen where a huge vat of broth is ladled into small bowls. It is clean and neat and we were greeted by many warm smiles. The array of panchan was memorizing; our friendly waitress hand cut our radish and napa kimchi, there was a sweet and savory chayote thinly sliced in light soy, a sublimly flavored sausage (blood perhaps?) served warm with a side of seasoned salt, and crisp hearts of napa with a rich and savory paste we were instructed by our server to smear in the middle and roll up. I had to have the Yook Gae Jang although I have already sworn to return for the oxtail tendons with vegetables and spicy sauce. My boyfriend tried the sul leung tang, and by the look of what was leaving the kitchen, one of their more popular dishes. Neither of the soups disappointed. If you can take a little heat the Yook was amazing. It has a rich beefy broth and loads of shredded beef mushrooms and rice noodles. The sul leung was so subtle; I have never had anything so gently flavored. It really tastes like the essence of beef. The whole meal ended with a small tart yogurt drink to go. There are a lot of reasons to check this place out. I am convinced they perform miracles as I no longer suffer a stuffy nose.
  2. I have been suffering a stuffy nose since yesterday and had a serious craving for one of my favorite soups of all time, Yook Gae Jang. It is super spicy and the perfect medicine for sinus congestion. I am lucky to have a significant other who frequents this sight and he suggested trying Gamasot, he said it gets high marks and is a quick jaunt from his house. What a great surprise in so many ways. I love the clean and open interior, with a great view into a small kitchen where a huge vat of broth is ladled into small bowls. It is clean and neat and we were greeted by many warm smiles. The array of panchan was memorizing; our friendly waitress hand cut our radish and napa kimchi, there was a sweet and savory chayote thinly sliced in light soy, a sublimly flavored sausage (blood perhaps?) served warm with a side of seasoned salt, and crisp hearts of napa with a rich and savory paste we were instructed by our server to smear in the middle and roll up. I had to have the Yook Gae Jang although I have already sworn to return for the oxtail tendons with vegetables and spicy sauce. My boyfriend tried the sul leung tang, and by the look of what was leaving the kitchen, one of their more popular dishes. Neither of the soups disappointed. If you can take a little heat the Yook was amazing. It has a rich beefy broth and loads of shredded beef mushrooms and rice noodles. The sul leung was so subtle; I have never had anything so gently flavored. It really tastes like the essence of beef. The whole meal ended with a small tart yogurt drink to go. There are a lot of reasons to check this place out. I am convinced they perform miracles as I no longer suffer a stuffy nose.
  3. Asia Nora seeks experienced fine dining servers. Must be flexible, weekends are a necessity. Please contact Cuong via email at cuong@noras.com or call between 3:30pm and 5:30pm at 202-797-4862 or fax your resume at 202-797-1300.
  4. One thing you must try is the fresh granny smith apple juice with salty plum. The juice it to order and it is a perfect combination of tart, sweet and salty. I have to ration my sips so I don't down the thing in one gulp.
  5. Bean

    Snowy Day Places

    Ray's gave out little cups of hot coco with the check. What a great touch on a snowy evening...
  6. I end up in this area every weekend during the summer; we go fishing out of the South River. I was going to start some threads on these places, but wanted to wait until I'd made a more recent visit. Here are a few I like... Killarney House- the Irish mixed grill is great, and they have some great beers on tap. If you're lucky enough to stop in when they have New England clam chowder, get it. It's wonderful! The happy hour is good (peel & eat shrimp and Chicken wings for cheap), and the smoked salmon rolls stuffed with potato salad are a nice surprise. http://www.killarney-house.com/ Bayside Bull- There's no place to sit, but we go every time for the fresh cut roast beef sandwiches. They have hand cut fries, and a decent pasta salad. Maybe pick something up and take it to the waterfront. http://www.baysidebull.com/ The old Stein- Oh, there's so much to say. I think it is best in the summer, when you can sit in the biergarten; it's like being transported to Munich. Check out their list of German beers... I think it rivals most places in the city. http://www.oldstein-inn.com/ Last, The Original Steakhouse and Sports Theatre... okay, it's cheesy, but it's cheap. It's a great place to watch sports, and it's close to where you're looking. I saw the first Cowboys/ Redskins game there this season, and it was a blast. I couldn't find the official website, hope this will do. http://baltimore.diningguide.com/data/d100282.htm Hope some of these are helpful. I will post more when I have something fresh to say.
  7. There is a cocktail I'm dying to try, the Montreal....Woodford, Sortilege and bitters. Now what to eat? Once the slum lord to grants me a hall pass from purgatory I'm off to drown out the hum of a long day... I can't...hold...on...
  8. I will have to return for that. I can't tell you how many times I have read the entire Sunday Post waiting for sandwiches, only to wonder if it was really worth it. My complaint has always been the quality of the ingredients... so in this post I see inspiration for another trip. (My suggestion is to get a latte and paper at Starbucks next door to help you through the wait.)
  9. Although there's nothing like sitting at the bar and watching the masters, Sushi Ko delivers in Glover Park. Sushi Ko Japanese Glover Park www.sushiko.us or (202) 333-4187 (Their website seems to be down.) I think the minimum order is $25, and there is a considerable wait time.
  10. I find the same to be true of the Clyde's at Mark Center. There is nothing comparable in the area, and we always seem to end up there. They offer 1/2 price raw bar after 10 (not 100% sure on the time) till close on the weekdays, and they have a Gruner by the glass (One of my favorites). It is a wicked deal.
  11. I noticed Japan Inn was on the list. Is this the one on Wisconsin that recently shut its doors? Ah... the memories, I had many sake and sushi exploits there while in college. They did open a new restaurant in G. Town, but I haven't had a chance to check it out (strange hours). http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...5121500434.html I couldn't find a thread either...
  12. I don't know if the this thread is to help those who want to buy for their cellars, but I have seen a few in restaurants around town lately.... Medicino Grill is serving a Turley white by the glass and Asia Nora has a bottle for $78 on the list. It's a little young and a little big for the food, but a sighting none-the-less.
  13. I really just wanted to post about my dinner at Acadiana, but this under the radar insult has me seeing red. I have worked in the service industry for many years in DC and know many professional people who love what they do. It is not easy SERVING people, especially ungrateful pretentious ones, but we put on a smile and carry on because for every jerk there are twice as many people who appreciate the effort. I am sorry you feel as though DC has a "terrible" service industry. If you have bad service everywhere you go, maybe you are the one with unrealistic expectations. That being said... I made my first trip to Acadiana last night with 12 friends and I thought I'd share a few details from the dinner. It is always difficult to accommodate a large group, but our server, Ernie?, did a great job. We ordered a bunch of apps. I thought the char grilled oysters were the highlight. They did have little pieces of shell, but the flavor was wonderful, and the soft/crusty bread they give you for dipping was a nice treat. The trio of deviled eggs inspired me. They are such magnificent vehicles! There were three varieties; I enjoyed the fine black caviar and tiny piece of chervil on one. The guys all enjoyed their soups. I thought the oyster Rockefeller tasted like creamed spinach... good creamed spinach, but not like a soup (oysters?). The portions are huge, and I am glad me and my friend opted to split an entree and app. for a main course. We thougth the crawfish bisque was a miss. The rice was crunchy and rue was so dark and rich it killed any hint of crawfish (but the gravy was chalk full of the frozen tail meat). I could only eat a few bites. However, I loved the fried green tomatoes. They had a crispy cornmeal crust, juicy insides and were topped with slices of shrimp in a Creole-spiced mayo. Yum! I tried a little of the tuna (nice flavors) and a bite of the grits and grillades (a little salty), a morsel of the redfish (a nice treat) and as many bites as possible of the grilled shrimp and grits (the presentation was wonderful, think shrimp heads and grilled lemons!) Their wine list has many affordable options... a lot of funky Rhone wines, and the Muscadet for $28 was perfect for cutting through all the butter. I could barely muster dessert, but had a taste or the spiced pear sorbet. It was more like frozen pear puree, but I can't find many things wrong with that. They finish with "heavenly hash" and all I kept thinking of was the scene in Monty Python where the waiter keeps stuffing the fat man at the table till he explodes. I guess the over eating lends a bit of authenticity; one thing I remember from my trips to the south, they're always trying to feed you. The bar has a great art deco feel, but I wish they could make the dining room feel cozier. It is so genormous it lacks intimacy. The smaller private rooms seem like the way to go. Maybe I won't run back, but I will definitely return
  14. I went to Sonoma last night and had a wonderful time. Sunday's offer 1/2 price of wine from a selected reserve list, and the two we tried... a Monsanto (?) Super Tuscan Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon blend, and the Seghesio "Chianti station" Sangiovese from Anderson Valley were great steals for $37 and $49 respectively. We weren't that hungry and shared a full chacuterie plate with speck, sopresseta, bresola, coppa, prosciutto and chicken pate. It came with smoky grilled bread and a few wonderful accoutrements. I loved the use of the wooden cutting board for presentation. The waiter suggested the pickled scallions with the chicken liver pate and it was a perfect match. We tried a few cheeses, which were served at the perfect temperature with red and white wine jelly... it was very mild and more of a novelty, but I liked the presentation. The Humboldt Fog is on the list, and has never disappointed me. We had a small green salad to cut the richness, and the greens were delicate and flavorful with a vinaigrette that could have used a little more seasoning, but didn't overwhelm the freshness of the mix. The space is nice, simple. The bar is beautiful... the wine is shelved next to old cookbooks (one being the Art of Eating Well). The bartender was knowledgeable, the crowd friendly. I will return, and I suggest trying it out if you haven't already.
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