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Help me with my next few days in DC

I know it's off topic, but so cool re the TJ pamphlet! That deserves at least one fancy celebration drink.

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Good food in the DC/VA area??

Oh honey, and this is such a mild summer! I keep wondering where all the heat and humidity's gone to.... I suggest Dolcezza gelato to help you cool off.

Spend some time searching and scrolling through threads here. You've already got some good reliable posters on board giving you suggestions, too. I don't know Baltimore well enough to say, but I've been *meaning* to go up there for Greek food -- you'll find suggestions on here if you look around.

In place of Whole Foods hot bar -- is there a Wegman's near you?

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Possible Double Standard Regarding Dietary Needs/Preferences

I was procrastinating by reading this thread earlier, then met a friend for lunch who coincidentally started complaining about another friend who went high maintenance on a dinner invitation if kosher wouldn't be served. Anyway, she asked if I'd read today's Miss Manners, and I thought I'd share it here, though not exactly in response to the OP, but perhaps to some of the ensuing (and elsewhere on NAF) discussion -- it's the second letter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifesty...

ETA: if nothing else, please enjoy above run-on sentences.

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food
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Good food in the DC/VA area??

PS: and do a search for threads with alkapal's contributions too ;)

I also think the Vietnamese mechanic story is off. But I actually do believe that you can get better (and cheaper) Vietnamese food in LA/Orange County than here, or at least that there's a higher concentration of it. But I'm much less knowledgeable than others on here about that.

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Good food in the DC/VA area??

Do a search for longer threads that Steve has actively participated in. If you haven't already, also see if Tyler Cowen's ethnic eating guide helps. I think Todd Kliman and Tim Carman might be good people to follow too, if you aren't already -- do others on CH agree with that? Also, if you haven't found the Don Rockwell discussion board, you might check it out, too.

I've moved a lot, it's hard to adjust to new places. This isn't LA, but maybe there are enough similarities to make it not a clean enough break? Chowhound (and John Kelly's column in the Post, actually, but that's not about food) really helped me start feeling more grounded and at home when I moved here. I had left behind some good food that I still miss (but certainly not anywhere like LA or NYC, though I've lived in both those cities, too), but I would so much rather be living in DC for so many reasons.

Oh and, btw, I think you go to Baltimore for good Greek food, certainly not to Zorba's, ha, it fills a different niche.

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help me with my next few days in DC

In addition to Peregrine near Eastern Market, Chinatown Coffee might work for the espresso or during the morning run (would work for good coffee, might not work geographically, I mean). I'm trying to remember if there's good espresso in Union Station - there might be someplace okay in there.

Le Bon Cafe mentioned upthread is closest to LoC for lunch, very close, and it's fine, right next to Pete's. If you're deep in LoC research all day, a walk along Pennsylvania is a nice quick break. Some on here like Good Stuff burgers and his pizza place next to it, but that's a second-hand rec as I haven't been in ages.

There are various eating and coffee places in the LoC buildings too, if it's raining or you don't want to go outside for whatever reason, and you probably know you can take the tunnels. The cafeteria on the 6th floor of the Madison building is really big with big windows and a view (towards Maryland, not the Mall) -- not chowhound food, but good to know about.

Food trucks park near Union Station for weekday lunches, too, if that would interest you.

Others know the area better, especially for dinner recs. I did eat at the bar at Bistro Bis once, which I remember liking pretty well, upscale.

Aug 11, 2014
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

Jetblue does go to Costa Rica!

Aug 08, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

I meant to say, too, that although it's hard for me to go the four hours from Costa Rica without enough water, your much longer flight from Tel Aviv sounds awful and would be a (admittedly not major) health concern for me, at least. I wonder if you could get an exception with a doctor's note. Not planning a trip to Tel Aviv in the foreseeable future, but I might ask my doctor if I ever do.

I do think that, considering the variations in security protocols in different countries, C.R.'s airport should at least have signs explaining (which they don't anywhere that I saw), especially since they've got so many tourists of many different nationalities coming through there. This time I hydrated like crazy before leaving for the airport. Next time I'll ask a flight attendant to fill my bottle, see what happens. One did bring me water even before take-off and didn't seem thrown by being asked.

Really not about food, but, my worst somewhat related experience was when I had, as usual, majorly hydrated before boarding a plane that, get this, had no lavatory (and no warning ahead of time that there wouldn't be). It was a short hop in a little plane, but at some point I realized I couldn't make it. There were no flight attendants, so I had to go up to ask the co-pilot (!) what to do. He was sympathetic and had an emergency solution for me. Actually, I think I should end the story there. ;)

Aug 08, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

can i bring a yogurt cup on board an airplane

Cresyd -- It's not just that Tel Aviv flight. Just back from Costa Rica (where I go periodically), and they don't check liquids at the security line (none of that 3oz in a baggy thing), but as you board the plane do a bag search and you can't bring bottles of water etc on board. I also need major hydration when I fly -- I'm still nursing the resulting headache. Those little plastic cups don't get me enough, and I feel bad piling up the empty ones, too.

The search was fairly cursory, I was thinking I probably could have snuck in a bottle at the bottom of my bigger carry-on, but they might have caught it (and it would have been hard for me to get it out once on the plane). People were emptying their bottles into a trash can, since so many are used to the U.S. type security where you can bring in something you bought or filled post-security. And there's no warning until you're in the tunnel thing walking to the plane and suddenly there's tables with security guys opening your bags.
Wonder if they would have allowed yogurt through?

I guess in Tel Aviv they check liquids at security and then again at the gate but just for that one flight?

Aug 08, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

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)