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Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

why not buy a whole pastrami, because it will last longer than sliced. plus, you want a lot of pastrami and it can be frozen.

1st wrap from deli will be plastic. ask them to double wrap it (explain your predicament), then you wrap it yourself in several layers of news/butcher paper (for insulation) and then put that whole thing in a plastic zip-lock.

they don't have decent rye bread or mustard in Iowa?

about 13 hours ago
alkapal in Manhattan

What happened to spinach in recent years?

LOL -- that's pretty lazy!

about 13 hours ago
alkapal in General Topics

What happened to spinach in recent years?

love this brian regan bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAajp...

about 21 hours ago
alkapal in General Topics
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guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

seriously time to dump that one!

about 21 hours ago
alkapal in Not About Food

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

DanielK, thank you for recommending Mi Cuba -- I see they have tostones so i WILL be making a trip there this weekend, Lord willing. And i see they have empanadas de guayaba y queso. Beautiful. Can't wait. (Superb that they do breakfast, too).

PS, were you on the east coast in Florida? I'm from Fort Myers.

about 21 hours ago
alkapal in Washington DC & Baltimore

What types of restaurants does DC need now?

affordable french --> we need another le gaulois! i miss that place so much. i need a fix of their quenelles de brochet in sauce americaine, veal casserole, mignonettes of beef in brandy peppercorn sauce, garlicky snails, saumon en papillote avec legumbres, bouillabaisse, berries in sabayon.....

and i wish we had more good bbq, too. the best around here is in gainesville -- bad to the bone. i wouldn't expect good bbq in the expense-account driven DC, but the burbs? close-in? why not?

cuban food -- yes! who is making tostones here? guarapa? pork fricassee? pork roast?

sri lankan restaurant -- one that offers a full range of sri lankan curries, sambols, hoppers (esp. hoppers)! (the one near del ray was quite mediocre in the very little they offered of actual sri lankan on the menu. terrible service and it took forever).

southern seafood -- fried gulf shrimp, fried grouper, hush puppies, slaw....

about 21 hours ago
alkapal in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good Vietnamese?

Four sisters in Merrifield is better than Rice Paper -- food-wise, price, service, ambiance.

about 22 hours ago
alkapal in Washington DC & Baltimore

First date in Arlington area...

Boulevard woodgrill
Liberty tavern
Lyon hall

about 22 hours ago
alkapal in Washington DC & Baltimore

ISO Oak wood chunks for smoking - NoVA/DC area

Firewood delivery company?

about 22 hours ago
alkapal in Washington DC & Baltimore

What happened to spinach in recent years?

ha ! Just like King Cran is seeking to dominate the world juice market.

about 23 hours ago
alkapal in General Topics

Pastrami - Bringing It Home on the Plane?

No mustard in carry on.
You'll need cold packs in the checked baggage and who knows what TSA is doing these days. Read closely their current regs And talk to your airline.Would hate to lose $$$ if your pastrami package gets pulled and dumped. If you could freeze the pastrami then no cold packs would be needed.

about 23 hours ago
alkapal in Manhattan
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Recipes for tomatoes NOT as the star ingredient?

one of my favorite dishes is a greek shrimp dish with feta and ouzo along with garlic, onions, olive oil and some tomato. i had it served over linguine, and it was quite delicious.

something like this: (but you can use less tomato, and of course use your fresh tomatoes, chopped instead of the canned, to your taste) http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recip...

it is really a flexible recipe so you can adjust proportions.

Aug 26, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

I need a baked egg dish

i've never gotten into the eggs cooked in spicy tomato sauce, though i like spicy tomato things (like chunky salsa) on eggs. weird, huh? ;-).

Aug 26, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

I need a baked egg dish

before i read the comments, my thought was a strata, too. everybody that i have been around always likes them. you can tailor it to your and your guests' tastes very easily with various combinations of vegetables, spices, cheeses, herbs.... even type of bread component.

Aug 26, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Want to make (Colorado) Green Chili monday nite

yes! i saw the same -- in the bushel basket. they looked bigger and better than the ones there in previous years, too.

Typical American breakfast foods you don't enjoy at breakfast?

i'm with you, lemons!

Aug 25, 2014
alkapal in General Topics

Advice for my Mum on printing her own recipe book

what great ideas. thanks for sharing them with us in such useful detail!

Aug 24, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Celestial Seasonings Pelican Punch Tea

it is a pelican in the illustration.

by the way, googling for yur answer, i found this list of suggested "substitutes" for discontinued CS teas. pelican punch -- however -- isn't even listed! http://www.celestialseasonings.com/pr...

here is an idea: contact the company's tour people to get the legend story for this tea. i couldn't find it googling. http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPh...

Aug 24, 2014
alkapal in General Topics

Leftover Jalapeno Yogurt Dip - now what?

Add some ginger, garlic, garam masala and blend. Marinate chicken pieces for a few hours, then grill. Can add puréed mint and/ or cilantro into marinade.

Aug 23, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Leftover Jalapeno Yogurt Dip - now what?

Add some ginger, garlic, garam masala and blend. Use it to marinate chicken pieces for a few hours, then grill. Can add puréed mint and/ or cilantro into marinade.

Aug 23, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

NoVA - ISO local source of Smithfield/country ham

harris teeter has slices

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

oh come on, it isn't "shitty food."

Aug 22, 2014
alkapal in Chains
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I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

and their sauce! plus, great peach shake in summer -- and hot waffle fries.

Aug 22, 2014
alkapal in Chains

Trying to hack toum...

i was going to ask if the OP used olive oil, for same reason.

Aug 22, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking

Help! What is the best way to heat up a rotisserie chicken?

wrap in aluminum foil and reheat in preheated 250 oven for about 10 minutes.

Aug 22, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking
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Asian Noodle Shopping Guide

Aug 22, 2014
alkapal in Food Media & News

Legal Sea Foods: You've come a long way baby!

i have to put in the word that ray's is in arlington, va.

Aug 21, 2014
alkapal in Greater Boston Area

What "typical American Foods" would you serve to foreigners?

burgers, baby back ribs, cornbread, hushpuppies, fried shrimp & grouper.

not all at once, of course. we'd make it a "country house" weekend!

Aug 21, 2014
alkapal in General Topics
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Just Mayo brand -- mayo-like condiment

duke's mayo. that is what you need. forget this foofy stuff. :-).

Aug 21, 2014
alkapal in General Topics

recipe for lemon cookies of Capri

those look ab-fab!

Aug 21, 2014
alkapal in Home Cooking