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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

Reminds me of the comedian who joked that, every five years, the cover of Time Magazine proclaims "Jazz is Back!"

11 minutes ago
Steve in General Topics

Restaurant with fossils in the floor?

Lincoln restaurant has more than a million pennies in their floor. Not exactly fossils, but some of them might be old.....

http://lincolnrestaurant-dc.com/blog/...

about 23 hours ago
Steve in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

It's been 'here' in Latino restaurants for as long as I can remember.

However, if you say it is a trend in trendy restaurants, then yes it is.

Apr 24, 2015
Steve in General Topics
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The Egg -- Why Is It On Top of Everything?

As others have already mentioned, most of this is as old as the hills. Uovo pizze in Italy, steak or hamburger à cheval in France or a salade Lyonnaise (with egg and lardons), milanesa a caballo in Spain and throughout Latin America. It's in the Philippines, Vietnam, and throughout the world. You're just getting the message late.

Apr 24, 2015
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"Bang-Bang" - I knew I wasn't alone in this . . .

"And on the way to lunch we stopped in at Kresge's for a chili dog."

Calvin Trillin.

Once when someone complimented his wife Alice on what a great spouse she was, Trillin responded, "Yes, she does have a broad definition of what constitutes an appetizer."

Apr 24, 2015
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Vendee, specfically Apremont

As long as we are getting into the realm of general ideas - rather than specific suggestions- pagesjaunes.fr will give you a map and list for every type of food category. You search by category and location. Looks to me like in six weeks you could sample just about every traiteur, fromagerie, etc in the area. Just make sure to check the box "à proximité." so you will get results a bit further afield.

Apr 24, 2015
Steve in France

Where to eat Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.)

Here si a Wiki article about specific Japnases dishes. For example, I see you listed tonkatsu, but realize that there are different ways to eat it. My favorite would be katsudon, which is usually cooked and served in a bowl with rice, egg, onion, and strips of tonkatsu. The mixture, all heated together, is a heady taste sensation.

Also, himono (dried fish) is a specialty you probably don't see a lot where you live. There are places that specialize in this. Himono is usually grilled, and despite the name can retain a lot of moisture, depending on the fish so it can be intense, crispy, and moist.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...

Apr 24, 2015
Steve in Japan

Street Vendor Thai Iced Coffee-- make it back home?

Don't forget the food coloring!.....

Apr 24, 2015
Steve in China & Southeast Asia

Exotic Sodas

World Market (multiple locations) carries exotic and vintage sodas made by the same company, Orca Beverages.

My favorite used to be a chocolate soda, but it looks like they no longer make that.....

Fast eats near National Theater?

The District Taco in Arlington is doing very well right now. The carnitas, barbacoa, and al pastor tacos all hit the spot; you have to ask for corn totillas. Otherwise, it's cheap, fast, and delicious.

Smart Shanghai: The Man Who Spent A Year Studying Xiao Long Bao

The basket in my photo can fit twelve of the smaller xlb or six-to eight larger dumplings. The photo is from Jia Jia Tang Bao in Shanghai, where I have been. I am not guessing about this. The xlb at JJTB or A&J are one-bite size. If you let them cool down, you could pop them in your mouth, but that would be the wrong way to eat them.

I am guessing about the basket in the article's photo, but judging from everything else, it looks not to be a particularly large or small steamer basket.

Apr 23, 2015
Steve in Food Media & News

Smart Shanghai: The Man Who Spent A Year Studying Xiao Long Bao

I did not know that, thanks for the clarification.

But the dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao are indeed tiny compared to the ones pictured, and they avoid the top knot problem, as do the ones at A&J.

Apr 22, 2015
Steve in Food Media & News
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Peter Chang Is Open in Rockville -- and the Chef is in Residence

You ordered Peter's Big Bun, as it's called on the menu, a tang bao (large soup dumpling). It is not nearly as good as the the famous version at Joe's Shanghai in NYC. The wrapper here is way too tough.

Smart Shanghai: The Man Who Spent A Year Studying Xiao Long Bao

Well, I can't say for sure, but I am almost positive that the six-to-a-basket bao are not little. I have had them at plenty of places. SInce I have been to JJTB, the basket size seemed to be about what I get elsewhere, and the xlb were indeed little. They also serve the little ones at A & J, the Taiwanese chain.

Apr 22, 2015
Steve in Food Media & News

Smart Shanghai: The Man Who Spent A Year Studying Xiao Long Bao

Interesting that the bao shown in the article's top photo are not little 小 (xiao) like the xlb at Jia Jia Tang Bao (shown above). They fit twelve little ones in a steamer. I don't recall them having a top knot problem.

Apr 22, 2015
Steve in Food Media & News

Why is there no fresh guanabana in the US?

Call the Food Town in Davie, FL. They may be able to put you in touch with their supplier, but it seems the quantities would be seasonal and limited.

Apr 22, 2015
Steve in General Topics

Best reasonably priced restaurants in D.C., fish / thai / vietnamese

Go to Thip Kao for Lao food. Near the Colombia Heights metro stop. At the least get the grilled pork neck (not sure how this is listed on the menu) and the nam khao (rice ball salad). Then there is an entire section of the menu called Let's Go to The Jungle with some terrific things that would be hard to find elsewhere. The menu changes from time to time, but I especially like the som pa (fermented fish) and the grilled sea bass in banana leaf.

Also there is Donburi in Adams Morgan for Japanese rice bowls. The katsudon will set you back all of $10. No reservations, the line moves pretty fast.

Korean tacos....!?!?

I've had the korean tacos at Damoim in Annandale. Not very interesting. I have not had the tacos from the Takorean taco truck or their locations at Union Market or near Nationals Stadium.

What happened to DonRockwell.com?

The group is callede Charm City Chowhounds on Facebook. Only a small amount of activity these days.

Fine dining in/near Crystal City/Arlington

I get the suspicion you are looking for something that does not exist right in Crystal City or Arlington. If tapas works for you, then Jaleo is one of the best places you can eat, and i'ts right in Crystal City.

If not, you should get in a cab and go into DC. I have not been there, but if you go at a time that is not trafficky, Osteria Morini is about 10 minutes away by cab.

In the other direction, to Old Town Alexandria, Restaurant Eve or La Bergerie will be about 13 minutes away if not too much traffic.

2 nights/3 days with a tween and a teen

If If you are looking for great food, you don't have to spend a lot of money, but it is also a question of where you will be.

If you will be at the Capitol Building or Library of Congress, then it's not a far walk to Good Stuff Eatery for the toasted marshmallow milkshake. Burgers are also good as are the rosemary ('viilage') fries. At least the milkshake will be a four-star Chowhound delight, and it won't cost you anything to get there. Though the prices for a full meal (portions are large) start to get high.

But if three tired people take a 25 minute metro ride (each way) that costs something like $6 per person RT, then the 10 minutes it takes you to eat an overpriced chili dog (which is not all that good in the first place) will not be amusing.

For me, I could eat just about any burger and like it as much as the salty, smashed burgers at Shake Shack. The shakes cannot compete with the shake at Good Stuff. If you are going to walk a few blocks, instead go for the deep dish Berkeley pizza at District of Pi. One pie will feed all of you.

Once you know where your hotel is, we might be able to give you better advice.

Other cheap eats that are true Chowhound delights:

Daikaya for a bowl of miso ramen is about $13 per person. Donburi in Adams Morgan will set you back about $10 for a bowl of katsudon. Both are a true delight, definitely worth it, but that's just about as cheap as you'll get for a very good dinner.
Nando's Peri Peri is about $8 for a quarter dark chicken (order spicy and well done), and DC-3 is about $5 per hot dog. Go for the Seoul hot dog with kimchi and bulgogi, the Tuscon hot dog, or the Jersey Rippper. Probably two are a full adult meal.

Again, it will be up to you to figure out what will be 'worth the effort.'

One night in DC

I woudn't get the pairing for myself, but I've tasted a bit of other's. Seemed like a bad idea to me. I would say the same for Rogue 24. About 4 wines for 16 courses, it winds up being a lot in quantity plus they can't really get the 'pairing' right. It's an impossible task.

One night in DC

Because it's not really a pairing, so it loses the point of a wine being carefully selected to go with the food. It can easily overwhelm some of the tiny bites.

I think this is true of any of these places that serve many tiny courses.

One night in DC

One vote against the wine pairing. Maybe get a glass of something sparkly, but I think the wine 'pairing' -not really a pairing in the true sense- is too much for the tiny bits of flavor.

Tabelog . . . now in English!!

This is very good, of ocurse, but I wish I could search by any term I'd like just by typing it in. For example, if I want himono (干物), natto (納豆), or hiyayakko (冷奴), I could look for that particular dish.

I can do that in the Japanese version, but it is not evidently possible in the English version, unless I am missing something.....

Apr 16, 2015
Steve in Japan

Bouillon -- en face de La Ferme Saint Hubert

For those who do not know La Ferme de St Hubert, it is a monument in Paris. No, not one of those large edifices that point to the sky, but the reason you travel in the first place: to remove yourself from your daily experience and to come face to face with the larger world around you:

http://www.la-ferme-saint-hubert-de-p...

Apr 16, 2015
Steve in France
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proof, jaleo, zaytinya and?

Proof is a very good choice. Nice and quiet.

A far better substitution...

They didn't have any crab cake when I was there a couple of weeks ago. It's expensive, so I imagine it's not a big seller. But the lemon pepper wings are.

A far better substitution...

I've only said this about a million times: Instead of going to Ben's Chili Bowl, go to Oohhs and Aahhs at 10th and U Sts., NW.

I was there the other day for midweek lunch. In the upstairs, all the tables were filled. A white family of six, coming from the metro, tourists, spring break for the kids. Another family of three, also tourists. They get a lot of folks who know about it from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Three two tops, all fairly young professional women (wearing success suits, etc) , 5 white and one black.

And then there was me with a colleague I hadn't seen in ages, both white.

Unlike Ben's, it's not a quick lunch. I wonder what the families thought..... being brought up that clandestine, steep staircase. My colleague, her first time, laughed as she went up. It was like entering a different world.

Do I have to let food cool off before I cover it

Home chefs don't have to worry about the "Danger Zone" if it goes from hot to right in the fridge. That is more for commercial kitchens that are making larger quantities. The center will not cool down fast enough, so they split up the food into smaller portions, then it goes from piping hot right into the cooler.

Leaving food out does not speed up the process of cooling.

Though this does not address the OP's question.

If there is no question of refrigeration, putting a lid on will not increase spoilage.

Apr 14, 2015
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