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E**a's Wood Fired Pizza

AV is history.

Jul 22, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Local lemoncello

Yes thanks!

If you haven't tried the Don Ciccio limoncello, also a local company, I think it's delicious (not that I have much to compare it to.) Looks like they also have a walnut one, nocino -- and others that sound good. http://www.donciccioefigli.com/produc...

Jul 17, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

Yep, I'm with you (and "food" and "history" being two of my favorite things, and adding "Italian-American" all the better) .

Just to counter all the bread crumbs as topping posts, thought I'd point out it's not exactly an unknown technique to mix them in ;)

Jul 17, 2014
mselectra in General Topics

Giada says Italians like to use breadcrumbs instead of parmesan. Recipe examples?

I'm not saying genuine or authentically Italian, but this Bittman NY Times pasta recipe comes to mind (and I suspect is one of his more popular ones) -- and bread crumbs are not a topping here, Kris. He mentions something about southern Italian cooking inspiring it. FWIW.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/din...

Jul 17, 2014
mselectra in General Topics

The Mall and Visitors

I second the USDA cafeteria. There is a security check and you show id. It's cafeteria style, big, nice, lots of selections, inexpensive. About half a block from Holocaust Memorial museum. They are encouraging tour groups now -- and with Old Post Office Pavilion closed, they did get more business during the spring tourist season, but there's room for a few busloads in there.

You don't need picture id at Reagan any more, btw, but there's still security, of course. Once you get to Reagan, you're near other restaurants, so don't know how often I'd suggest it, and personally not sure it's much of a step up from the vendor there by the Lincoln Memorial.

Near Lincoln isn't easy for food. Going up towards Foggy Bottom is a good idea, as tcamp suggests.

I haven't been in years, but if they're going to the east end of the Mall, another govt cafeteria is the one in the Labor Dept building, with its amazing view. I think that's still open to the public (with pic id)?

You know, there's also that pretty nice food court connected to the L'Enfant Plaza metro station and hotel. It's got a Roti, Five Guys.... Just trying to think of places near memorials, if they're walking from Lincoln to Jefferson that or USDA could work okay. And the Maine Ave fish market is still open through the SW Waterfront construction, as far as I know.

They could also walk across Memorial Bridge and then metro to Rosslyn or Clarendon areas, I suppose.

That's a bit rambling response!

Hue, are you one of the yellow hat volunteers?

Jul 16, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Affogato in NoVa/DC?

I would also always recommend Dolcezza for anything gelato, although I don't think I've had affogato there.

Won't be as good quality ingredients, but fwiw, I enjoyed an affogato at the Natl Gallery of Art espresso bar recently. I was really really tired and hot, aching feet, etc, which might be why it tasted so good.

Jul 15, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Affogato in NoVa/DC?

Is that the place near a Trader Joe's, in Fairfax, like on Pickett? I'm not in that area very often, but I've wondered in there and thought it was cool, but kind of hard to decide what to try. Good reminder to go back.

Jul 15, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Nice tip, thanks -- as I think I said earlier, we do practically live on cucumber salads in the summertime, so I appreciate all the help I can get!

Jul 15, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking
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July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Thanks to Gio for pointing me to googlebooks (which I should have checked myself first).

Made this very simple cucumber salad last night. I'd say it was a success since my partner ended up finishing the liquid with a spoon after the cucumbers were gone. (We both tend to do that with salad dressings, actually, when we're at home and no one can see, but he seemed especially enthusiastic with this one.)

The ingredient list did sound sort of odd, but made a nice sweet and sour, sweet pickle, sort of taste.

Note that I did not have fresh dill, so used dried which I do think really made a difference -- didn't have enough dill flavor. Also did not have seedless cucumbers. Salad did seem a little watery, which I think might be because I lazily didn't seed the cukes. Wondering if I should have salted them first, perhaps.

Am looking at other recipes from the googlebook version -- does look like a nice cookbook.

Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Well shoot, I should have figured that out myself! Thanks, Gio, for indulging my internet laziness, appreciate the link.

Jul 13, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

July 2014 COTM: Radically Simple - 10 Minute Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes

Little late on this, but this cookbook looks up my alley (I usually at best just lurk a bit on COTM).

If any of you see this, since I've got a bunch of cucumbers as well as apple cider vinegar and some maple syrup brought back from Canada, would like to give this a try. Since I don't have the cookbook (yet), if anybody can give me a heads up about proportions of each ingredient? I know you can't post the recipe itself, and don't want to impose -- figure I could eyeball it, but thought might as well ask.

Sounds simple and really good for a summer snack! I almost live on cucumber salads in the summertime, anyway, so this one piqued my interest.

Jul 13, 2014
mselectra in Home Cooking

How to name a restaurant

Thought you all might enjoy this article on the challenges of restaurant naming, some pretty fun examples in here: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/bl...

Jul 13, 2014
mselectra in Food Media & News
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Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

I'm going to throw in Dino's Grotto for your list of places to consider.

Also to do a search here for places on 14th street and around Eastern Market/Capitol Hill -- fun neighborhoods with lots of restaurants that might fit your bill.

And, not dinner, but consider lunch/brunch at the Garden Cafe at the National Gallery of Art, currently Garden Cafe Francais. (NOT referring here to the cafeteria by the espresso bar or sculpture garden cafe).

Jul 13, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best early breakfast on/around Dupont Circle

The Diner in Adams-Morgan is open 24/7 and closer to Dupont Circle than Steak and Egg. It is not "great" as you request, but it's there. Their sister cafe Tryst opens at 6:30am on Saturdays, looks like, and could feel more romantic than The Diner. Not great food, either, but might work and not too far from your hotel. (Caveat on the romantic-ness, as I think about it, is that my experience is that earlier in the mornings it's more parents with younger kids, the eat-earlier-than-brunch crowd.) And also in that same group and not far up Connecticut is Open City, it opens at 6am: http://www.opencitydc.com/

I like the fancy hotel breakfast idea, though.

Jun 25, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Teenagers and where did you "dine?"

Ok, so now I'm pretty curious about that Coffee Salad/Eula salad. I googled coffee salad and found a recipe involving gelatin -- is that what Pimlico's version was like? (There's also a bunch of recipes for salad dressing with coffee.) And why was the Eula salad named Eula, do you know?

These threads make me really wish for that time machine....

Jun 23, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Late Night (after 10:30) Dinner

I might do it the other way around -- brunch at Cashion's is really good. I've never been there for the late night menu, but it is a good restaurant and I remembered they do the late night thing when I saw your request - I think it's more snacks though. Here's a little more on the late night menu: http://www.cashionseatplace.com/#!eve...

In my very very limited experience (I've only been to Le Diplomate once, eg), I think Cashion's has better food, much smaller and different kind of menu, but LD will probably be pretty fun. There must be other places on 14th that are open late, too, though?

Jun 18, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Late Night (after 10:30) Dinner

You could perhaps look at the late night menu at Cashion's Eat Place: http://www.cashionseatplace.com/

Jun 18, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Estadio Recommendations?

I know it's too late for OP, but I wanted to add the roasted corn dish to the list. Agree about the shishito peppers.

Jun 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ottawa - solo dining, coffee/cafe, first time visiting...

Crowbar, thanks for the Edgar recommendation, it sounds wonderful. And for the other advice. Maybe I can get him to bring me back some Quebec beer, indeed....

Jun 03, 2014
mselectra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa - solo dining, coffee/cafe, first time visiting...

Update: I just got a text from the patio of Murray St! Where he's enjoying a Beau's beer (which he said is great, "best beer I've had in a while"). And this morning he went directly from the airport to Planet Coffee, really liked the cappuccino. And he loved figuring out the bus, took it from hotel back to Byward Market area.

Jun 03, 2014
mselectra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa - solo dining, coffee/cafe, first time visiting...

Many thanks, ottawaoperadiva! The places you mentioned were all ones I'd seen recommended (perhaps by you) on other threads, and your specific reply here helps to narrow it down. I really appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of your reply -- I know it can get tedious answering similar questions with similar responses over and over, so I do try to be as specific as possible. He's pretty excited to get a handle on the public bus system, so thanks for that additional info, too.

He took an early flight this morning and will likely be at Planet Coffee later today. That and Golden Palace are pretty sure stops. I'm also pushing the Murray Street patio, if he has time. I'm sure he'll have a great time -- the only downside is it's such a short visit and that I couldn't come along!

I'll be checking back here, so any other suggestions will be quite welcome. In fact, couple other things he's wondering:

We have the impression there are some good local beers, right? Any specific recommendations?

On another thread I saw mention of Supply and Demand, and this is a conference of economists, so that sounded kind of perfect for dinner one night. Good idea?

Thanks! And I will update after his trip, if not before.

Jun 03, 2014
mselectra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Taking dried shrimp across a border to Italy

Couple years ago we came into Europe (from US) in Italy and then took train to Switzerland from where we flew home. Swiss border guy was very very annoyed that our passports had not been stamped in Italy. Very.

Jun 02, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

Ottawa - solo dining, coffee/cafe, first time visiting...

Hi -- My partner is arriving in Ottawa tomorrow, just for a few days for a conference. Staying at the Hilton Doubletree Gatineau. He's got some ideas already for if he has time to get out and about, but I thought I'd post to see what other suggestions you all might have.

Perhaps helpful data: He may be on his own when he does explore, has some mobility issues (can't walk far), and tends to prefer not fancy but special to wherever he is - if that makes sense. (For example, at a conference in Houston, TX, chowhounds helped him find a great fajitas place -- he took a couple hours off, took a taxi, sat at the bar and loved it.)

He'll have limited time to explore, but I've done a little searching here for him just in case. We've got a list of places at By Ward Market, for example. And eggrolls at Golden Palace seem like the perfect kind of thing for him.

Some more specific questions for you all:
-Suggestions for a good cafe to sit and get some work done (computer friendly) and, I suppose, do some people watching? He loves a good cappuccino or macchiato, and he also enjoys "third space" kind of places.

Would a taxi be the best bet for him to get out to eat, do you think? He loves taking public transportation, would be happy to get a bus to Golden Palace, for example, if that were doable. He can figure that out, but if you have thoughts....

Do you know of places near (or in) his hotel that are all right, maybe for delivery, if he can't get out for some meals? Having some trouble envisioning what it'll be like there (seems to be surrounded by golf courses).

Thanks!

Jun 02, 2014
mselectra in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BBQ catering near arlington

Thanks Lori and Steve, that was quick! I hadn't really started thinking about this seriously, yet. This is really helpful. If we do it, we'll probably need boxed lunches to pick up or have delivered. Or would actually eat at the restaurant, so would need someplace with enough space. As I said, haven't given it much thought and might not go this direction, but this thread inspired me to ask.

Apologies to OP for taking it off-topic.

May 28, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup trip June 13-15

Sounds really fun.

I haven't been to POV in a long time (and always on the early side), but experience was that it's very snooty but worth it for the view, seems like it would be right for what you're looking for. Probably should get a reservation.

May 28, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

BBQ catering near arlington

Steve or anyone -- do you have a suggestion for a specific place that would do banh mi catering like this? I've been thinking about it for an event I'm working on -- and then you just happened to mention it here so thought I'd ask. Not sure which restaurants could handle a large order -- haven't done any research on it on my own yet, though.

May 28, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

ethiopian in dc?

That's what I thought, Steve. Got excited that maybe she had returned when I saw it listed here. I've been to that market back when Queen Makeda was still open, I think for dessert or some groceries - will try to remember to check it out again.

May 16, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

ethiopian in dc?

Is Queen Makeda back?

May 16, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

"Just eat it, you'll like it"

I was also thinking about "cultural" differences, although not really ethnic/racial/national.

Just, I think some people were raised that if they say "yes" the first time they're offered something, it's rude or greedy. So, if then if they offer you something and you say "no" they assume (perhaps unconsciously) that you're being polite, so they want to insist, "please, really have some."

It doesn't actually seem like this is the case with OP's co-workers who know her preferences already, but it's a thought.

And, I was *not* raised this way myself and tend to be pretty straightforward in my yes or no, thanks.

But, also considering the emotional issues raised by sharing food, mentioned above, I've found it can be helpful to express great (and sometimes long-winded) appreciation of the offer, even as refusing it.

Apr 18, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food
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2 Lunches and 2 Dinners in DC

Thanks for the great report! I haven't been to Zaytinya in ages, but have had the same reaction as your husband about the kibbeh.

Apr 18, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore