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Restaurants Everyone Loves Except You

Rasika (total yuck!)

Restaurant Eve (horrible vegetarian selection). They actually told me that they didn't buy enough vegetables so they couldn't give me more!

Birthday Dinner Suggestion for New Parents?

Update!

We went to Obelisk and we loved it!!! Can't wait to go back!

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Butter and cheese are actually really great for kids (as long as the dairy is coming from a grass-fed, non hormone pumped source).

Babies and kids need a lot of fat.

I used to give my baby a spoonful of ghee every now and then. She loved it.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

I think the idea is that my DD will have 1/12 of an egg (if she eats an entire muffin) and then after we've done that, we'll gradually increase the amount of baked egg over time.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Thank you for this really great discussion.

One of the challenges is that I need to find a recipe that calls for one egg per 12 servings. I think that the doctor suggests muffins and cupcakes because you can easily measure out what that "one" serving is.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Thanks. I've been following this news trend. Our allergist is at a Children's Hospital so she is really up to date on the latest research. She's been telling us from the beginning that we need to introduce allergens (safely) to our daughter, but when a child has tested positive for an allergen, it is a slower process. Hence, the need to introduce egg.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Would you mind sharing your muffin recipes?

I'll ask my doc about waffles. I was supposed to start doing this 3 weeks ago but I havent found a recipe I like yet!

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Biscuits are a great idea. Do you have a good recipe you can share?

I need a recipe that calls for one egg per 12 servings.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

Unfortunately our allergist has said no to pancakes because they aren't cooked as long as muffins. She wants something that is baked.

The difference between my daughter and your coworkers daughter is that my daughter has tested positive (and had a reaction to) egg. So we're not doing an elimination diet and then introducing foods to ascertain allergens. We already know there is an allergen and we're introducing small amounts to help her immune system learn how to process egg, thereby helping her overcome a long term allergy.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

No she can't have straight egg just yet. She has an egg allergy so we're trying to introduce small amounts of baked egg into products and hope that she will be able to fight her allergy.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

My daughter has tested positive for nut allergies.

Mar 12, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Healthy (nut-free) Muffins for Kids

My daughter has a minor egg allergy and in order to help her overcome her allergy, the doctor has asked me to give her baked egg (in a muffin) a few times a week. The problem is that I don't want to give her sugar or a lot of white processed flour. I would like to be able to make a zucchini muffin sweetened with applesauce, but I would love recipe suggestions.

Ive made an egg-free muffin before and she's refused to eat it. She's a toddler so she's picky so I need a good recipe that she will hopefully eat (and will hopefully be good for her).

Thanks!

Mar 06, 2013
idealist in Home Cooking

Birthday Dinner Suggestion for New Parents?

When I called to make the reservation, they didn't seem to think it was a problem. I'm attracted to Obelisk because it seems like good food in a non-pretentious environment. (Or at least I hope so!) We're just looking for some good food in a relaxed setting.

Can I get authentic Pakistani (or Indian) Achari Chicken in DC???

The samosa are amazing. They sprinkle chaat masala on them after the come out of the fryer.

We also like the malai kofta and aloo saag. I think we had the dal makani once and it wasn't as good. The okra was also really good, maybe a tad greasy.

Its super hard to find good (restaurant) indian food so were really excited to find Salt and Pepper. It's not as good as eating in someone's kitchen, but its good takeout indian food.

where do the locals go?

I would second Thai X-ing. It's amazing!

Can I get authentic Pakistani (or Indian) Achari Chicken in DC???

Have you tried Salt and Pepper Grill on Georgia Ave? They have the best Indian/Pakistani food I've had in DC.

Washington D.C. Food Itinerary

My favorite Ethiopian in the city is Zenebech near Howard Theatre. It's not pretty, in fact it's quite dingy, but the food is amazing.

Birthday Dinner Suggestion for New Parents?

Thank you so much. We would rather stay away from Indian (we eat it all the time).

I made a reservation for Obelisk. Any thoughts?

Indian take out?

Salt and Pepper Grill on Georgia Ave near Howard U is some of the best Indian take out food I have ever had. (And I'm South Asian!)

I rarely ever recommend an Indian restaurant but I would highly recommend Salt and Pepper. It is a bit of a drive from Capitol Hill but it's worth it.

Their samosa are sprinkled with chaat masala after frying and their malai kofta is amazing. Yum!

Birthday Dinner Suggestion for New Parents?

I am looking for suggestions for a nice (fancy-ish) dinner for my husband and I for his birthday. We are parents to a rambunctious little toddler so we do not get the chance to go out to eat a lot. We have grandparents coming to town and we would like take the opportunity to have a date night.

I would have loved to go to Komi, but there is no availability on that weekend.

By way of background, I'm a vegetarian (dairy ok). We would love a place that makes interesting veggies as well as meats.

Gujarati Food, anyone?

Any luck finding good Gujarati food in DC? I'm craving some home cooked food.

Can't miss vegetarian food for Boston visitors

I second Founding Farmers! Great vegan menu!

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Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Can't miss vegetarian food for Boston visitors

We just moved down from Boston and we lived right near TT in JP. We loved it. Unfortunately there isn't anything like TT in DC, but of the meals we've had, our favorite so far has been the Latin Dim Sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico. It was tasty and so much fun! I highly, highly recommend it!

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Need a romantic, but young/hip and some vegetarian restaurant in DC for an anniversary dinner

I'm a vegetarian and my husband and I went to Bibiana for our anniversary. It was good Italian and it was quiet, though it was not very hip. You might have a tough time trying to find a place that is both "hip" and "quiet." A lot of the "hip" places are loud.

We've also been to Birch and Barley. I think the brunch is better than the dinner, but I like the place overall.

Several people have recommended Komi to me b/c they have a vegetarian tasting menu. You might not be able to get a reservation though.

If they are up for an anniversary brunch, I highly recommend the Latin Dim Sum brunch at Cafe Atlantico. It's one of the best meals we've had in DC so far. It is great for vegetarians, and it is both hip and fun.

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Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Bibiana
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Restaurant Eve (Epic Fail)

Update.

I completely agree that I should have taken it up with the manager, but my mother in law insisted that I not so I did not. However I did request vegetables with the waiter, I did ask for an accommodation when I ordered my food and the waiter said that it was not possible. I asked for vegetables, and he went and asked the chef and then came back and said that they were running low on vegetables so they could not accomodate me.

I realize that this sounds completely preposterous, and that is because it absolutely was! I never write negative reviews about a restaurant, nor am I the person to send things back. As a vegetarian, you become used to eating sub-par food and just sucking it up. This was an exceptionally bad experience and I would encourage vegetarians not to eat here.

I have emailed the manager to let them know about my experience, but I have not heard back. My impression (the entire night) from Restaurant Eve was that they just didn't care.

And it could be that they have enough of a reputation already that they are not concerned about one unhappy diner. However what they should be concerned with is that many dining parties have one or more vegetarian guests, even if the entire table is not vegetarian. For those of you with a vegetarian guest in your party, I would encourage you not to go to Restaurant Eve because your vegetarian guest will be unhappy.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Restaurant Eve (Epic Fail)

I was utterly disappointed with the service, the staff and the quality of the food. We made reservations a month in advance for our family who was visiting from out of town. The reservation box asks for dietary restrictions, and I explained that we had one dairy allergy and one vegetarian. When the restaurant called to confirm the reservation, they explained that they were aware of the restriction. I picked Restaurant Eve particularly because vegetarians have said that it is a good option.

When we got to the restaurant, I was surprised to see that there was only one vegetarian appetizer and it was an Indian Street food menu item that is starchy, fried and with very little nutritional content. There was no vegetarian entree.

I asked the waiter if there was anyway I could get some vegetables, either from some of the sides that they had on the entrees or anything else they had on the menu. The waiter said that he would have to ask the chef, and then he came back to say that they are RUNNING LOW on vegetables so the chef cannot give me any. (Mind you, I called a MONTH in advance to say that we were coming)

The waiter said that he could give me a "leafy green salad" as an appetizer. he prix fixe costs $65 and everyone else on the table had interesting and inventive food. I did not want to pay $65 for a salad, so I asked for the other option. The waiter said that my vegetarian entree course was a Moroccan stew or falafel. Again, I can get a falafel wrap on the street for $6 and was not expecting that as part of a fine dining experience. I asked for the Moroccan stew.

The first course came out and it was horrible. It was a mess of starchy fried bits of flour and sauce that immediately gave me heartburn as soon as I ate it. I barely touched my food while the rest of my table finished their first course.

Then the second course came out and the waiter brought me the WRONG DISH. I had ordered the Moroccan stew and he brought out the Falafel!!!! When I told the waiter that it was the wrong dish, he tried to say that the chef had combined the stew and the falafel, but he was just straight up lying. The Falafel dish he brought out was exactly like the dish he described and NOTHING like the Moroccan stew.

And what is worse is that the Falafel dish was almost exactly the same as the first course they brought out (with the same chickpeas and potatoes) and it gave me the same kind of heartburn as soon as I ate it.

So I ate a few bites and then stopped. The rest of my table finished their entrees and none of the waitstaff seemed to notice that I was not eating. Finally, the Sommelier came by to refill wine and asked me what I thought of the Falafel and I explained the situation. She said that the restaurant had no vegetables because its the time of year where they cannot get any vegetables!!! I said that I had called a month in advance, and all of the other entrees have vegetables as sides so I don't understand why they cannot just give me vegetables.

She took my falafel away and then came by later to say that she was bringing me another entree. I said that was not really necessary. At this point, the other 5 people at my table were finishing their entrees and I did not want to GET my dish at that point. The point of going out to eat with people is that you enjoy the dining experience together. She insisted on bringing out an entree, so I let her.

She came back with some ricotta stuffed pasta and some bits of small turnips. While the entree itself was better than the first two, I had lost my appetite. I ate out of politeness.

As a vegetarian, I am used to getting sub-par meals and horribly cooked vegetables. I rarely complain. If it is edible, I'm fine. But if you are going to an expensive meal to a restaurant that advertises that it caters to vegetarians AND YOU GIVE THEM A MONTHS NOTICE that you are coming, I expect a decent vegetarian meal.

Our bill ended up being about $100 a person when it should have cost about $10. It was just that bad. We were with family and I did not want to make a scene so I remained polite throughout the dinner, but I will never eat here again. If you have any dietary restrictions, or if you are looking for a restaurant to accommodate your preferences, do not eat at Restaurant Eve.

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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Toscanini's B3 ice cream

I had the saffron ice cream last year and I have been dreaming about it ever since. Has anyone seen it lately?

May 14, 2010
idealist in Greater Boston Area

Halfway between Davis Square and Jamaica Plain?

Yes I was thinking halfway on the train. I've been looking for a while now and I'm only seeing places in Chinatown.

Now I've moved on to the South End. Not because of location, but because it seems to have the most options for what we're looking for, and it is not a bad commute from Somerville.

May 05, 2010
idealist in Greater Boston Area

Halfway between Davis Square and Jamaica Plain?

I am looking for a dinner suggestion halfway between Davis Square and JP. I'm new-ish to the Boston area. Right it seems like downtown/chinatown might be the best option. I went to Xinh-Xinh recently and loved it.

But I was looking for something where we could grab drinks and food. I'm vegetarian and my dinner date has requested something healthy.

Suggestions?

May 05, 2010
idealist in Greater Boston Area

Favorite dish in Boston area - under $15

Ali's Roti: Veggie Dinner with Buss-up Shot. I think it runs about $12? It's amazing. I get so excited everytime I walk in there b/c I know I'm going to leave with some yummy food.

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Ali's Roti Restaurant
1035 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Apr 30, 2010
idealist in Greater Boston Area