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Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

We only use Swings coffee beans now, too spoiled for anything else -- since Each Peach, a little gourmet shop, opened in Mt Pleasant, DC, a couple blocks from us, and carries them. I didn't realize they were that hard to find. (Sorry, not about NoVa breakfast.)

about 24 hours ago
mselectra in Washington DC & Baltimore

Should I be offended over a frozen pie?

This thread would be so much more fun and easier to follow if it weren't in the really annoying Q&A format! Even if all the responses were easy to predict from a long-time NAF lurker ;)

I did "ask a clarifying question" -- which it turns out doesn't post. Which was: Will there be others at this gathering who might appreciate the OP's pie? If so, seems like it would be less awkward to have asked and to bring it. But if it's only bf's mother and father and neither of them will eat any of it -- well, that does seem awkward.

Happy Thanksgiving prep everyone!

Recommendations please for DC, impromptu visit

Hi -- I will predict that you'll get better responses with a little more info, like where you're staying, where you'll likely be spending time, where you're coming from, approximate budget, and means of transport.

"Must try" is hard in the DC area.

But I will say it's worth getting Ethiopian food while you're here. And though I haven't been in ages and ages, I'd still guess it's worth breakfast or lunch at the Market Lunch counter at Eastern Market. Those are *my* two standard suggestions to new-to-DC visitors. I also do think it's worth getting a half-smoke with chili at Ben's, but not really for the quality of the food, and so many chowhounds will disagree with me.

ETA: I'm thinking Just Visiting and I were typing at the same time...

And ETA again, Rasika also would normally be on my short list, which I forgot but dinwiddie reminded me.

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

I was agreeing with you, so replied to you, and then added my own thoughts (as happens in conversations) -- and did use Millerag's name when addressing her directly. Karl also replied to you to agree. But I didn't mean to confuse :)

Nov 11, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

guests not offering to do dishes, is it rude?

Yes, agreed. But, Millerag, please don't say it's up to the "girls" only in the younger generation. Presumably there are some "boys" there too who are just "play(ing) around and having a good time" who could help out, no?

French door refrigerators...

Merci mikie and chowser -- this is a helpful discussion that I'll certainly come back to when we eventually start looking seriously.

I actually like the idea of having a smaller interior in the fridge part, if I can have either a bigger or better organized freezer.

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

French door refrigerators...

Thanks! Will definitely measure carefully etc when looking for real. And, yes, it's getting the doors fully open and not banging counters and walls that would worry me. Don't really see why would need more than the one door we have now, that opens towards wall at end of kitchen just fine.

That KA is beautiful, I get the bragging. Bigger than I'd be looking for, I think...

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

French door refrigerators...

Well, as long as I'm reading through this thread, I'll ask a question, too (although it'll be a while before getting around to buying a new fridge, much as I'd like to - out of a desperate need to procrastinate today, I've somehow found myself researching refrigerators).

Will definitely want a counter-depth and think I'd want bottom freezer, for the better organization than current top freezer. Doesn't seem like there are many if any counter-depth bottom freezers that doN'T have french doors, but with our very small galley kitchen and with the fridge at the end in the corner, I'm nervous about having a door that opens towards the small counter and stove, that would block at least the counter when open, rather than just one door that opens towards the wall.

What's the advantage of the french doors, is I guess my question?

Oct 20, 2014
mselectra in Cookware

Place for one night friend meet-up

Ha! Well, we appreciated the James Taylor soundtrack, (which I now don't remember hearing except in the restroom).... Sophia Loren and James Taylor, makes for a good date.

We had the restaurant week menu, which was extended into September (and I just saw is still on the website), and the three appetizer and three entree choices perfectly fit each of our three tastes, as we ended up ordering one of each. That meant pork (not lamb) chop for me, which I certainly enjoyed.

It really was a chatty meal, too, took us a while to order because we were talking and looking at photos on our phones, etc. Then we realized we'd taken too long (were going to something at Lisner) and had to get the check paid in a rush. Service handled all that with aplomb.

Potterstreet, have you decided where to go? Hope you have a wonderful visit and catch up with your friend.

ETA: Since you mention drinks in the OP, I do think Ris has very good cocktails, too. So do other places recommended here as well, though.

DC Trip Report 10/11/14

What a wonderful report and so glad it was a good visit. Great photos. Haven't been to Central in a while, glad to know it's still worth a recommendation. Have had the sneaker dish at Jaleo, hard to resist when you see it served to another table!

Place for one night friend meet-up

I had a nice dinner at Ris recently, which was partly a catch-up with an out-of-towner. It's near GWU. We had very early reservations but it was fairly full by the time we left and wasn't too loud. We enjoyed the food and the service.

Does your city have an International District/Chinatown?

Thanks Lorenzo -- when I used to spend more time in Georgia, I was aware of demographic effects of African immigration to metro Atlanta, but thinking about it, hadn't heard it talked about it terms of food or particular neighborhoods, so this thread got me wondering.

Oct 03, 2014
mselectra in General Topics

Does your city have an International District/Chinatown?

Isn't there a large African immigrant population in the Atlanta metro area, too? Haven't been to Atlanta in ages, miss visiting there.

Oct 01, 2014
mselectra in General Topics

Please help ladies with DC recs

Thinking about how to minimize your walking and still get very good food: right across G St from the museum is Proof and almost right across G is Zaytinya.
Then, on the south side, across F, is a Shake Shack, for, you know, very casual burger.
The cafe in the museum is fine, the setting in the courtyard there is wonderful. You could bring in food, as long as it packs away in your bag, to eat in the courtyard.
Along 7th St by the museum are a bunch of restaurants. A search here for Penn Quarter restaurants will give you more ideas. There's Jose Andres Jaleo for Spanish tapas, and Nando's Peri Peri often gets recommended here -- it's low-key, casual.

That's all to add to the list of what to check out, not, of course, to replace anything anyone else has suggested.

Also, only since you mentioned tapas, you could check out Estadio on 14th St., which is also a fun neighborhood with tons of restaurants. Not exactly sure from your hotel, but you might be able to get the Circulator bus that stops at P & 14th.

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

TDQ -- I've actually been witness to just such a scenario as the one you made up, many years ago -- where a mother was moving, with her children, away from an abusive father. The teacher knew, but the child didn't know he wouldn't be coming back to that school the next day, and the teacher was pretty much in tears saying good-bye. I suspect it's not as unusual as we'd like to think.

Sep 22, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

Electric pressure cooker with slow cooker, rice cooker, etc functions...

We love the Instant Pot bought back in the winter. Have to admit, haven't yet used it for much more than beans, so I haven't felt like I have much to add here. Can't compare it to others, since it's our first pressure cooker, but we think it was a very good purchase. I agree with saluki about the learning curve, especially in figuring out timing, and timing plus the release has taken some getting used to, as using suggested times seems to overcook, if anything. The recipe booklet that comes with it is small and not super useful. I do worry a bit about sticky/starchy water coming out the steam vent when releasing, but doesn't seem to be getting dirty or caked in there. It's not hard to clean the stainless steel pot (it did come with the glass lid, so, as said above, easy to stick in fridge.) I think we've only used it on manual and saute, not hard to get the hang of. I'd like to try slow cooking, but without instructions, will have to figure that out on our own (since never have cooked with a slow cooker, either).

Sep 22, 2014
mselectra in Cookware
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Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

I grew up in the U.S., elementary school in the 1970s, and certainly remember a child or two at my school who had allergies. I seem to remember some food some not. I believe also when babysitting there were foods some kids weren't supposed to have. I don't think it was as institutionalized as now, so to speak, and I don't remember the fear of death by allergy that's as prevalent now. But I was just a kid myself, and it's not like it was something that I would have paid a lot of attention to, myself, to remember well. The kids I remember, the allergies affected their health and day-to-day life enough that I didn't have to be a good friend to have picked up on it.

Sep 18, 2014
mselectra in Not About Food

Two L.A. Hounds for Five Days. Food and Sights Itinerary?

Add Weenie Beenie, if you're going to taste test halfsmokes with chili: http://www.yelp.com/biz/weenie-beenie...

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/ar...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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