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Seriously, didn't anybody eat anything this weekend? Nobody has any food related thoughts today?
C'mon! With Peanut around, I have to mainly live vicariously through the good folks on this board. biggrin.gif

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My husband made baguettes for the first time so that we could have banh mi and they were fantastic.  We used this recipe and it definitely was a good one: https://www.vietworldkitchen.com/blog/2007/05

Tonight was vegan night at Casa TrelayneNYC and I'm snacking on some chilled diced pineapple as I type this... The first two pictures are approx. 1 kg of wild and cultivated mushrooms.

Dinner party tonight: Hors D'oeuvre Homemade Cold-Smoked Salmon, Creme Fraiche, Home-baked Pumpernickel Julia Child's Chicken Liver Mousse [an outrageous recipe--heavy cream, a whole stick of butte

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Thursday: Ugly Mug for ex-Matchbox miniburgers and pizza. The minburgers were yummy as always, but not quite a juicy as past miniburgers. The proscuitto pizza was tasty, although I'm not overly convinced that a cooked pizza with uncooked proscuitto thrown on top is the best way to present it.

Friday: A nice bowl of beef pho and fried egg rolls from Pacific Cafe helped settle the loopy feeling I was suffering from after receiving a battery of immunizations for my upcoming India trip

Saturday: A very poorly constructed grilled cheese sandwich at the Capitol Lounge...large chunks of foccacia slathered with melted Kraft cheese slices, topped with a slice of tomato and overdone bacon. plus DC United lost. However the Bass and the women were nice. A late night drunken rummage through the refrigerator scored me some left over upma and which I topped with a fried egg

Sunday: Dominos new 5/5/5 deal, that's right buy 3 medium one topping pizzas for $5 each with a side of Survivor Finale.

So really you and peanut didn't miss all that much!

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Thursday: Ugly Mug for ex-Matchbox miniburgers and pizza. The minburgers were yummy as always, but not quite a juicy as past miniburgers. The proscuitto pizza was tasty, although I'm not overly convinced that a cooked pizza with uncooked proscuitto thrown on top is the best way to present it.

Friday: A nice bowl of beef pho and fried egg rolls from Pacific Cafe helped settle the loopy feeling I was suffering from after receiving a battery of immunizations for my upcoming India trip

Saturday: A very poorly constructed grilled cheese sandwich at the Capitol Lounge...large chunks of foccacia slathered with melted Kraft cheese slices, topped with a slice of tomato and overdone bacon. plus DC United lost. However the Bass and the women were nice. A late night drunken rummage through the refrigerator scored me some left over upma and which I topped with a fried egg

Sunday: Dominos new 5/5/5 deal, that's right buy 3 medium one topping pizzas for $5 each with a side of Survivor Finale.

So really you and peanut didn't miss all that much!

Didn't miss all that much?
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With a child that is hitting a phase where I will no longer be able to take her out for multi-course meals (not to mention all of the money she has started sucking from my pocket) info on the Ugly Mug and pho is all that much more important to me. IMO one can never have too much discussion about pho. Not to mention knowing never to get grilled cheese at the Capitol Grill.

However, you are correct that your Sunday meal was of no great interest to me. laugh.gif Especially since I was watching Desparate Housewives and eating leftover Armand's pizza that our babysitter had ordered Saturday night.
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Nothing much to write about here. I missed the market Sunday morning because of a family commitment, and had a truly crappy "meal" at Polly's before our show at the 9:30 Club last night. :lol: Don't order the grilled cheese there either.

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Yesterday, with my boss and a friend, I made a tour of some of the finer crappy chain diners in the Springfield/Woodbridge area, having a late breakfast/early lunch at Bob Evans, and then a late dinner/dessert affair at Silver Diner. A full report in it's own thread will be written forthwith.

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Mr. mktye was on leave, so this past week has been much more eventful than normal. The food highlights:

Monday -- Picnic lunch (chicken with chile-mayo on sourdough) in the midst of hiking ~8 miles at the Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Tuesday -- Surprisingly good black bean tamal and fried plantains at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Wednesday -- Good (and strong!) margaritas, decent chile rellanos, great frijoles refritos at Tacqueria Poblano in Del Ray. But the best part of the evening was the Lemon Meringue ice cream at the Del Ray Dreamery (with pieces of pie crust mixed in!). :lol:

Thursday -- Pretty typical hotel banquet food at the USO Benefit Casino Night, although the mashed potato bar was a bit of a guilty pleasure.

Friday -- A bag of mixed potato & sweet potato chips in the car with my hubbie while out shopping for upholstery fabric for our new dining room chairs. (I picked out the sweet potato chips and left the regular ones for him!)

Saturday -- Melrose to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, dancing on their teeny-tiny dance floor was better than the food.

Sunday -- Two different types of topped focaccia -- ricotta/proscuitto and blue cheese. I wanted to see how they tasted at room temp (in case, perhaps, one were to take some to a picnic...) but they taste better right out of the oven.

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I was in a wedding this weekend so food choices were beyond my control

Fri night rehearsal dinner was at The Chart House in Alexandria - expectations were low but the set menu featured some really good crab cakes, lots of lump crab and there were two great red wines doing the rounds, one of which was Sterling Reserve Cab

Wedding reception was at the Cedar Knoll Inn, overlooking the Potomac, the food was ok, barely (I had beef tenderloin), although the general attitude at Cedar Knoll Inn seems to be, "we have a nice view, what more do you want?"

On Sunday we ate with the in-laws, and feasted on pancit (filipino noodle dish), popeye's chicken (yum!), and another filipino dish that featured head on shrimp, eggplant, spinach, and butternut squash in a coconut milk sauce (one of my all time fave dishes)

Then when we got home, we discovered the neighbors had cooked a group dinner so we concluded the weekend w/ mariniated grilled shrimp and scallops, cous, cous, mango salso and grilled portabella's stuffed w/ goat cheese and topped w/ a corn and tomatoes and cilantro - yum

on reflection, maybe it wasn't such a bad food weekend after all!

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Hmmm, this weekend. Saturday I had to work till 10 pm but was lucky to have a friend who doesn't mind hanging out late - we descended on Komi for cheese and desserts. I wolfed down my cherry gelato with hazelnut biscotti and most of his triple chocolate terrine with spearmint oil, too. I wish I wrote the cheeses down, but they were kickass.gif as always. Sebastian and Chef Monis never disappoint.

Sunday I had a res at Mendocino that unfortunately had to be wasted as something unexpected came up. barrel-organ.gifbarrel-organ.gif Oh well, something to look forward to next time.

So no wild stories this time, but if you watch this space for a couple of weeks, I promise you won't be disappointed.

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Thursday: Blue Agave in Federal Hill. Tequila dinner: Chilpachole, a spicy lump crab soup with charred tomatoes and jalaepnos, serrano-orange duck confit enchilada with mole xico, achiote grilled quail with salsa de huitlacoche, sauteed nopales and arroz verde, and a mango and chocolate empanada with vanilla ice cream and cajeta sauce. Margaritas with Herradura Silver, Reposado and Blanco. The best was with fresh lime, prickly pear juce and triple sec.

Saturday night home with friends: coquilles St. Jacques, roast stuffed chicken with Eastern Shore asparagus, market salad with croutons and Humboldt Fog chevre, strawberries with sabayon. awesome lightning display, but the power stayed on.

Sunday: Joss. nothing special, maybe even going downhill. Tempura shrimp and veggies, tofu salad, some pickled mackerel sushi (guaranteed to keep teenagers' chopsticks away) and beef negamaki.

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Humboldt Fog chevre

mmm, love that cheese - now that you mention it on Sunday I also partook of some Montenebro and Firefly farms cheese (the aged one that shaped a little like a pyramid)

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Thursday: Straits of Malaya in Dupont - beautiful night. We sat outside. Curry puffs to start. Dinner was curried chinese eggplant with chicken and another chicken dish that was finished with coconut milk. To drink - Tiger beers and Singapore Slings.

Friday - 2 Amy's. While waiting for a friend, cjsadler and I shared cod fritters, deviled eggs, and olives. He had a Tupper's Hop Pocket and I had some white wine. It was fruity and refreshing but I can't recall the name. My friend finally arrived and the three of us shared the lamb meatball calzone, the porcini mushroom pizza, and the etna. We ordered a bottle of the Gragnano. Dessert was strawberries soaked in Gragnano with rhubarb ice cream, a plate of cookies, and the toffee chocolate ice cream (out of this world!).

Saturday - an Indian dinner with friends: cjsadler and I made saag paneer, spicy chickpeas, shrimp in a coconut curry, rice, and naan. Dessert was chai pots de creme with cardamom sugar cookies.

Sunday: Leftovers from Saturday while watching 'Napoleon Dynamite' and strawberries with cinnamon whipped cream for dessert.

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Seeing as this has become our multiauthored food blog...

Friday - Hamburgers on the grill

Saturday - friend's wedding. typical country club food. Lobster bisque with a pastry crust on top (OK once I added a fair amount of pepper), filet (overcooked) with steamed veggies, wedding cake.

Sunday -- By the time I cam home from dropping the babysitter off Saturday night it was way too late for me. As a result, instead of pork larb and a chicken with chinese broccoli and bamboo shoot stir fry, we had the aforementioned leftover pizza with leftover hamburger.

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mmm, love that cheese - now that you mention it on Sunday I also partook of some Montenebro and Firefly farms cheese (the aged one that shaped a little like a pyramid)

Whole Foods had it - still unopened in a box in the back until I asked. Good with mango chutney on peppery water crackers. Edited by crackers
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Saturday night - tapas at Jaleo in Bethesda followed with ice cream at Giffords. The tapas were okay, nothing spectacular.

Sunday afternoon - fantastic meal at Huong Viet: lotus root salad w/ pork & shrimp, banh xeo and caramel fish along with a perfect ca phe su da.

My time has been and will be consumed with practice for our upcoming competition so my foodie side must be put on hold for my hypercompetitive, kick butt and take names side.

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Saturday night - tapas at Jaleo in Bethesda followed with ice cream at Giffords.  The tapas were okay, nothing spectacular.

Sunday afternoon - fantastic meal at Huong Viet: lotus root salad w/ pork & shrimp, banh xeo and caramel fish along with a perfect ca phe su da.

My time has been and will be consumed with practice for our upcoming competition so my foodie side must be put on hold for my hypercompetitive, kick butt and take names side.

Kick butt, don't bother wasting your time taking names.

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I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who had an unspectacular culinary weekend!

Friday night - cold pizza from Domino's and Doritos during a poker game - whole lot of wine (can't recall the label anymore)

Saturday - cold cuts and an assortment of salad options at a family friends' send off. Highlight of the evening, my mother baked all the desserts - favorite chocolate rice krispie cookies - check, apple cake bites - check, turtle cheesecake bites - check. Worth the drive up to Germantown!

Sunday - worked three tables at the Toast of Alexandria, so I grazed on Hard Times chili, Bombay Curry offerings and our own dishes (shrimp & grits from Evening Star Cafe, Grilled Bison Hanger Steak with Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato salad, and Stilton and Apricot Crostini with Vanilla Honey Drizzle). Finished the night off with a small salad with Aunt Annie's Goddess Dressing - YUM!

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Nothing I ate was worth it's own post :lol:

Saturday lunch was Chipolte (not my choice). Got my sodium intake for the month with the free range pork burrito.

Saturday night was pizza at Red Dog. My wild mushroom, roasted shallot and Gouda was better than my friend's pepperoni and mushroom.

Sunday night I cooked dinner to celebrate my friend's 30th. We had a micro tomato, basil, mozzarella salad, flat iron steak topped with a lemon basil/roasted garlic pesto with roasted asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. For desert I topped the first strawberries of the season (which aren't quite sweet enough to eat on their own) with framboise creme anglaise. We washed it all down with bellini.

Sunday late night snack: more strawberries and creme anglaise.

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Friday, a sleave of Town House crackers and a couple of beers.

Saturday Geppetto's catered a wine tasting event at the Australian Embassy. No pizza to be found but their passed snacks were surprisingly good. However, the wine was the star of the night, especially Torbreck's Run Rig, and Colonial Estate's Exile.

Sunday was Bombay Curry Company for some Butter Chicken.

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Last night was spent at Maria's Bakery and Cafe in Rockville. Yeap, I'm there at least once a week feeding my HK diner jones.

We had:

Milk tea

Wonton Lo Mein

Fresh Veg w/ Oyster sauce

Baked Portugese Chicken with Rice

Strawberry Cake

'Twas, as always, great comfort food for me. I had the leftovers today for breakfast/lunch.

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Last night we finally got around to eating the goat purchased at Mt. P. market the previous week. We slathered it with a homemade caribbean curry mix (hot!) and initially cooked on Saturday (I was a little concerned because it was tough, tough tough after hours of cooking so we went to Radius). It was served with coconut rice (1st try at this and wow it's yummy and easy), pigeon peas, fried plantains and mango. Another 3 hours cooking low and slow did the trick for the goat texture.

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Last nights dinner was sponsored by the letter "J."

Grilled porterhouse with roasted asparagus and blue cheese mashed potatoes. (Sorry about the photo quality. Twas a cameracellphone.)

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Thanks to Jill, from Cheesetique, for the Crater Lake Blue that was in the potatoes.

Thanks to my co-worker Joyce for the asparagus from her friend's yard.

Thanks to Jake, jparrot, for the Monterosso De Franchi 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Stellenbosch.

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Me and the girls headed to a Chinese-American joint on Capital Hill SE last night near the Ugly Mug. We were looking for something cheap and filling. Being underpaid forces you to do that, ya know...

Lo and behold, a restaurant run by Cantonese people! (it's rare nowadays - seems like alot of Chinese-American joints are run by non-Cantonese people) We had:

chicken and corn chowder

baby shrimp chow fun

roast pork with mixed veggies

The soup wasn't bad - not too much cornstarch and had a decent amount of chicken and corn. The roast pork with mixed veggies was good - firm veggies and nice roast pork. The chow fun could've been done better - it was just mixed together and not "chowed".

And the chile oil blew my brains out. Holy crap!

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Last night's dinner was at JPW's Thai Home Eatery

Pork larb - absolutely exquisite. The chef has really perfected this dish

Cucumber salad with salty sweet lime dressing - not bad but nothing special

Chix stir fry with chinese broccoli and bamboo shoots - nicely done and just the right amount of heat. Could have used a little bit more sauce as the bamboo shoots are thirsty little bastards.

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Last night's dinner was at JPW's Thai Home Eatery

Pork larb - absolutely exquisite. The chef has really perfected this dish

Cucumber salad with salty sweet lime dressing - not bad but nothing special

Chix stir fry with chinese broccoli and bamboo shoots - nicely done and just the right amount of heat. Could have used a little bit more sauce as the bamboo shoots are thirsty little bastards.

Have you taught Peanut how to use chopsticks yet?

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Oh, yes and do tell which end of the chopsticks she grasped first.

If she went for the bottom part, it means she'll marry someone from nearby - if she grasped the top part, it means she'll marry someone from far away.

Old wives' tale but cute nonetheless...

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Forgot mention if she waps you on the head with said chopsticks, you're going to have a REALLY expensive wedding to pay for...

Dinner last night was leftover shrimp with lobster sauce made by my father. Best cook in the world, my pappy is.

Tonight I have kal bi on the menu!!! Yippy!

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Oooh, bilrus, that looks good.

One question though - I noticed the recipe didn't have sesame oil listed as an ingredient. Did you feel the lack of it affected the taste? I find it a little odd that it's not used. (Of course, this could be just me as I am a sesame oil addict. I put it in my ramen noodles!)

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Oooh, bilrus, that looks good.

One question though - I noticed the recipe didn't have sesame oil listed as an ingredient. Did you feel the lack of it affected the taste? I find it a little odd that it's not used. (Of course, this could be just me as I am a sesame oil addict. I put it in my ramen noodles!)

I didn't notice it missing one way or another, but when you mention it, a little sesame oil would be good in this, maybe in the marinade for the beef.

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A bit late, but the memories remain nonetheless ...... Sunday after hitting Dupont and Eastern markets, I was obviously hungry so we went to Belga Cafe. Mussels and frites and wine while others ate breakfast - haha. Monday - larp kai, Tuesday - spinach and feta chicken sausages, and tonight - soft shell crabs

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Courtesy of the Arlington Farmer's Market. Aside from a bit of goat cheese and my dijon vinagrette, everything for dinner came from the market this morning (eggs, lettuce, maitake mushrooms, spring onions):

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Bill, that omelet looks delicious.

After gorging at the picnic yesterday all I had room for was some nonfat Total yogurt with a handful of walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

On the menu tonight - spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatballs. Mmmmmmmm.

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After gorging at the picnic yesterday all I had room for was some nonfat Total yogurt with a handful of walnuts and a drizzle of honey. 

You ate!? Impressive. I'm wondering what I can do with all the left overs. Come home for dinner tonight kids! Edited by crackers
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Sausage and kale with penne a la Mario. He suggests making your own stinging nettle pasta, but I was just too god damned tired.

As a side note -- My copy of Simple Italian Food is almost RIP; binder falling apart, pages falling out. I have yet to try a recipe from this book that needs tweaking. And as any cookbook addict knows, that is VERY unusual.

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Sausage and kale with penne a la Mario. He suggests making your own stinging nettle pasta, but I was just too god damned tired.

As a side note -- My copy of Simple Italian Food is almost RIP; binder falling apart, pages falling out. I have yet to try a recipe from this book that needs tweaking. And as any cookbook addict knows, that is VERY unusual.

Didn't make your own pasta? On a weeknight? After working all day? How dare you! :lol:

Funny about the cookbook. I much prefer the Babbo book - gave Simple Italian Food away.

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