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Quiet and romantic restaurant for anniversary dinner on short notice

My 5 year wedding anniversary is on Saturday night and my husband and I are trying to decide where to go for an anniversary dinner. It would need to be somewhere we could get a reservation on short notice. We don't mind old-fashioned as long as the food is good and it isn't really noisy, is easy to get to/ample parking.

We got married at The Inn At Brookeville Farms so if we can't think of anything we may just default to having dinner there - it being the big "5" but I'm having trouble working up any excitement over the menu, which is more or less the same it has been since we got married there.

Any suggestions?

Callebaut chocolate callets near Silver Spring, MD

I guess I'll have to compare as well. I always liked Trader Joe's chocolate chips and I always like Guittard but I really liked the size of the Callebaut callets (combined with a regular sized chip)!

Callebaut chocolate callets near Silver Spring, MD

Ooh! That's good to know! I do like TJ's chocolate chips. These Callebaut were twice as big as regular chips and I think that's why I like them so much, in combination with a smaller chip. To tell the truth, I always save a bit of dough to eat raw and this is the best dough I've ever eaten! Thanks for the info.

Callebaut chocolate callets near Silver Spring, MD

I just made one of the best batches of chocolate chip cookies I have ever made using a combo of about 1.5 cups of Callebaut callets and about 1 cup of Guittard chips. The chocolate was so much smoother than Nestle's and a bit boozy tasting too!

I bought the Callebaut at a place in Pittsburgh when I was visiting my husband's family. They don't always have the callets, usually they just have larger chunks that would be a lot more awkward to use in cookies and its a 4 hour drive so I would like to find a place that is closer that carries them. Does anyone know of a place near Silver Spring, MD? Or is there a convenient place to order them from?

Max's in Wheaton, HORRIBLE!!

nevermind - I see how old this post is.

Where to eat near Dulles Expo Center

Oh boy! It's like Christmas morning here with more responses!

My friend and I live in Silver Spring so we would be heading back that way. I keep forgetting about taking the toll road out there - I usually take 66 but it is always backed up, no matter what time of day I take it, no matter which direction (except it is usually worse coming back from that area toward Silver Spring than going to the area). Is the toll road as huge a mess as 66 is around that time of day?

There's an Eggspectations near Chantilly? Hmmmmm. I go to the one in Silver Spring occasionally and I like that you can get pretty much anything you want at anytime, waffles, hamburger, crabcake, crepes, salad... It's sort of like a diner, only you can't get crepes at a diner.

Where to eat near Dulles Expo Center

Wow! I take a break from the computer for a few hours and get all these great responses! Thank you so much!

I'm not sure what I'll feel like eating after dragging my carcass all over the exhibit hall all day (and how much I'll feel like spending after buying too much) but I'm usually hard pressed to turn down good diner food and my friend that I'm going with is usually game as well. I DO love Vietnamese but I'm usually only in the mood for it once in a while. Not as big a fan of Thai. I guess, less "ethnic" food and more bistro-y type stuff is my general preference. Is that helpful?

Anyway, you've given me quite a bit to go on - I'll start looking at some of these places and share this thread with the friend that I'm going to the show with.

Thanks again so much!

Where to eat near Dulles Expo Center

I'm going to the gem show on Friday and from previous experience I know that it is useless to try and drive home after the show is over. I'm looking for a decent place to eat that won't be traffic-crazed near the Dulles Expo Center. We're planning on leaving the Center about 15 or 20 minutes early to beat the mob out of the parking lot (THAT can take 1/2 hour or more) so hopefully we will be on the road a few minutes before 6:00

I know Anita's makes a great margarita but I wonder if there is another good place to eat around there. I'm not a fan of Indian food or hot/spicy. If there is a decent diner nearby I wouldn't mind that - I love breakfast for dinner!

Any ideas?

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

Hi and thanks Queenscook,

I recently found on a pre-Christmas trip to TJ's that although they had sold all of their seasonal Candy Cane Joe-Joe's (which, the hell? It was a week before Christmas! You'd think they would have them stocked through the holiday!) they had brought back the orange and raspberry sticks. BUT: They are no longer dark chocolate - and decidedly just not as good with milk chocolate. Bummer.

Jan 20, 2011
maianajewel in Chains

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

Well, they went and did it. They finally discontinued my precious dark chocolate raspberry sticks. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Nasty letter writing time...

Oct 06, 2010
maianajewel in Chains

Weight Watchers Recipes - the good, the bad and the...

Hey! Found this post looking for WW turkey and black bean chili recipe from the Pure Comfort Cookbook - it is YUMMY (although I do substitute bison for the turkey and put about 1/4 cup of brown sugar in - the stats are about the same). What a great idea!

I highly recommend the chili. I also really love their Farmhouse Strata. I make the 0 point veggie soup but it is more like a point or so because I add ground turkey or lean beef - I also add a jar of mushrooms and it gives it a really satisfying, nice texture.

I downloaded a recipe from their website for mini cheesecakes that really sucked though.

I'm with several of the other posters, I refuse to use fat free anything (except for Greek yogurt) and during the summer of '09 I got on a no HFCS kick, which rules out several processed foods (including, oddly, a lot of so called lite foods).

Oct 06, 2010
maianajewel in Home Cooking

Light fare in Union Square recommendations?

c oliver:

I just wanted to let you know that Roots is pretty expensive (understandable as it is a hotel restaurant) but the food was sublime and my waiter, Corey, was terrific! He was psychic or something because he knew what I wanted before the words left my lips and he was very accommodating - making special substitutions and giving me extra sides at no charge. And he is very friendly and effusive without bugging you when you are ready to be left alone.

Similar experience at E Tutto Qua, I was a gigantic pain in the butt customer - asking for a different table (their booth seat springs are tired, which makes your seat lower than comfortable from the table) and they sat us at a different table right away. I ordered a pasta that was one of their specials and it was delicious (it had scallops and shrimp that were wonderfully cooked and seasoned) but the sauce was a little peppery for me (I'm pretty sensitive to spicy/hot foods although I like food that is well seasoned) and I asked the waiter if something could be done to "tone it down" and they took my plate away to fix it. When I tasted my husband's dish, another special on the menu - my head nearly exploded with pleasure and I asked my waiter if I could have that instead and they gladly accommodated me and I couldn't have been happier. I ate nearly all of my meal (and as a Weight Watcher I've been trying to NOT finish my meals) and then told my husband that I felt like I needed a cigarette afterward. I don't smoke. Yes - head exploding awesomeness. Yummigod!

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E Tutto Qua
270 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Light fare in Union Square recommendations?

I'm so glad you asked!

I had the soup to start - it was the soup of the day - cream of cauliflower with chives and truffle oil. This coupled with the house bread and butter with a little of the soup spooned over it was decadent!

I had the mesculin salad (with candied walnuts and apples and goat cheese crostini) and the goose liver pate and my waiter brought me extra bread (it was lovely - oven toasted slices rubbed with butter and sprinkled with herbs). The pate was the most wonderful - so rich and smooth and yummy.

I'm not much of a drinker so I didn't have any wine or cocktails and I wanted to take the flourless chocolate cake to go but I wasn't able to do that.

I wound up stopping in my hotel's restaurant (Roots) and ordered the Deep Fried Chocolate Cookies to take up to my room - they were not very sophisticated but they were comfort food!

I had dinner at Roots two nights ago and it was also delightful and the creamed garlic spinach was ridiculous!

Tonight my husband and I finally had dinner together for the first time since we got here and we ate at E Tutto Qua and it was also delicious! We both had the special - spinach fettuccine with peas, mushrooms and pancetta in a truffle oil sauce. I don't smoke but I told my husband that I felt like I needed a cigarette after eating it!

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E Tutto Qua
270 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Light fare in Union Square recommendations?

Thanks! I actually wound up taking a long walk around Union Square and then settled on Cafe Claude and had a gorgeous dinner there - it was perfect! Exactly what I wanted and I wound up meeting a very sweet Australian couple (married 46 years!) and having a delightful conversation with them.

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Cafe Claude
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

Light fare in Union Square recommendations?

DC area Chowhound visiting SF and on my own for dinner tonight (hubby is at a concert). I'm looking for a cozy place in walking distance from my Union Square hotel (on Bush St.) where I can stick my nose in my book and enjoy some light fare or small plates - like a nice soup and salad - and also a decadent dessert I can order to go or stop along the way and pick up to take back to my room!

Looking for St. Jorge cheese

Hey! Thanks! I will look into all this info. I really appreciate it. I have a birthday coming up soon and I wanted to have it for that.

Looking for St. Jorge cheese

Can anyone help me out? I tried this at my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house - they brought it back from Rhode Island. Is there any place in the DC area where I can buy it or a company I could order it from? I've tried Whole Foods, they don't have it there (at least the one near me in Silver Spring).

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

I had to join just so I could pipe in here. I love Trader Joe's but I have become so frustrated with them constantly discontinuing my favorite things! They had a flourless chocolate cake bite that was out of this world and the perfect portion size. It was an intense hit of dark chocolate - bliss! Giant Grocery store has something similar in their Simply Enjoy line but it's not the same.

Then, they discontinued the Tuna in Yellow Curry Sauce that I used to make a nice Tuna Nicoise over their frozen potato medley with some Moroccan oil cured olives and shallots in a balsamic vinegar. YUM. I was really bummed about that.

I nearly had a heart attack when I was convinced for a few weeks that they had discontinued the chocolate raspberry sticks but they were just out of stock for a while. Whew!

Nov 03, 2009
maianajewel in Chains