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Ronda, Spain, recs

Oh, that's so sad! I really enjoyed the owner and his partner and the pastries were just wonderful.

May 28, 2014
Smokey in Spain/Portugal

Montgomery County Taquerias -- Taco Bar and Tortacos (and R&R in Elkridge, not MC)

Hey Marty, Tortacos is good, isn't it? We recently moved from the DC area and we went there on one of our final nights in MoCo. The food isn't AMAZING, but it's quite good and the folks working behind the counter have always been really friendly at finding vegetarian options in their menu.

Jul 28, 2012
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ronda, Spain, recs

YEARS later and going through some old papers I found the address for La Pasticceria:

c/Las Tiendas, 25
Telefono 952187513

Mar 10, 2012
Smokey in Spain/Portugal

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

Ditto(2) brownies. The only place I'll buy them it from Zingermans. Otherwise, mine are the only ones I want.

May 14, 2010
Smokey in Home Cooking

Make me a muffin -- a Chowhound Challenge

However, I'm confident if she were back *I* would be the winner. I was merely awaiting my award (I'll take the monument, not the medal, thanks!).

I miss Mrs. Smith.

May 10, 2010
Smokey in Home Cooking

can I freeze paneer?

I'm interested in making a recipe from the Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything Veg. It's basically an Indian tomato base (makhani) topped with blanched spinach, cooked chickpeas and paneer and then baked for roughly 25min (if I had the page number I would give it, but I don't).

However, it's going to make far more food than I want and I would love to freeze a couple of servings for later consumption. I'm going to be making the paneer myself. Will the texture be ok after the freezer (ok doesn't mean "identical to immediately after cooking", it means, reasonably edible)? Will it be safe to eat (there won't be any preservatives or anything, after all)?

I think I'm overthinking this, but would love some input from other hounds. The recipe doesn't say anything like "freezes well" and I don't recall seeing anything about freezing paneer in my Indian cookbooks.

Thanks, hounds!

Mar 03, 2010
Smokey in Home Cooking

Please share your favorite chocolate cake recipe!

Add me to the chorus of people who agree about CI's cooking vs baking recipes.

Mar 02, 2010
Smokey in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

Finally tried these a few weeks ago--they're rich and wonderful.

Mar 02, 2010
Smokey in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

GREAT caramel sauce--my go-to recipe that always gets raves. Hate their hot fudge though; it's a dud in my book.

Dec 12, 2009
Smokey in Home Cooking

Hungerford Drive's new "York Castle" IS The ORIGINAL GIFFORD'S ICE CREAM. (Proof)

How was the banana, Marty? I LOVE banana ice cream and it's extremely hard to find any banana ice cream worth the time spent eating it or money spent buying it.

Nov 04, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

good places to eat in Rockville?

>Compared to what I am used to in the Iselin/Edison area in NJ and to what I experience in India, the spiciness and some of the sharp edges were tuned down a little

Remember, Rockville doesn't have the S. Asian population that Edison, NJ and India do. I'm glad you liked it in spite of this; I think it's pretty good.

Sorry you ended up at Raku. That definitely isn't Montgomery County's finest, but that's generally a problem with restaurants in Bethesda.

Oct 31, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

good places to eat in Rockville?

Thanks for your great reviews/reports on the restaurants we've suggested!

Oct 29, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

good places to eat in Rockville?

Totally forgot about Viet Goel--good reminder. It's funny you should come back with a "good not great" on Bobby's Crabcakes. I decided to repost to this thread because I realized I had forgotten to mention it.

I would veto Dining with doc's recs for Benjarong (as a broad statement, I haven't had a lot of good Thai in the DC area--more specifically, Benjarong is simply eh compared to good Thai) and Austin Grill (incredibly mediocre Tex Mex--again, as a broad statement, not a cuisine that the DC area does well). I've never been to Thai Pavillion, but haven't read good things about it on the boards here. I went to Pizza Pomodoro about a year ago and thought it was fine--nothing to write home about and incredibly mediocre service. Went to Sichuan Palace last night and really liked it. I had a GREAT Sichuan soft tofu, far better than the last time I ordered it at Joe's Noodle House.

Oct 24, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Wine Store for Excellent Buying Advice/Guidance?

I know it's too late to help you, and I know I'm going to get slammed for recommending a place in MoCo, but I've got fantastic advice from the folks at finewine.com in Gaithersburg. They've never given me any attitude or holier-than-thou about my total lack of wine knowledge and have made some recommendations of bottles to go with specific meals that have been perfect.

Oct 22, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

good places to eat in Rockville?

A&J, just north of you on the Pike, west side of the street, lower level of a strip mall. Great Northern Chinese dim sum and CHEAP. Sichuan Village in Rockville Town Center has gotten some good postings--I haven't been. Spice Xing in Rockville Town Center has great Indian food. Not dirt cheap, but certainly reasonably priced and a nice atmosphere. I'm not as big a fan of Joe's after a take out meal that was WAY subpar.

I've heard good things about Gilly's fine beer/wine store (just next door to Urban BBQ), but haven't been.

Oct 22, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Penzey's smoked paprika = pimenton?

I've never had traditional pimenton, so take my rec with a grain of salt, but, have you ever tried Penzey's Aleppo Pepper? It's struck me as something that might map to pimenton. It's good, even if it doesn't!

Oct 05, 2009
Smokey in General Topics

Mousseline Buttercream - Neoclassic Buttercream

I think professionals use some kind of flavor concentrate. You don't have a lot of room to add liquid to a buttercream, so it needs to be pretty concentrated to add sufficient flavor. It's the reason why (I was told) you use lemon oil instead of lemon juice to make a lemon buttercream. You would have to add so much juice to make it taste lemony that it would totally throw off the balance of water to, well, non-water!

I think the freeze dried strawberries sounds like the best bet. I have the feeling that jam would be too sweet and insufficiently concentrated (my word for this post, apparently!).

Sep 21, 2009
Smokey in Home Cooking

Dinner at Spice Xing in Rockville

Went there for dinner on Friday night. Similar to what you described, it wasn't very crowded, although the square was teeming with people. I think a lot of the people are on the young side (15-25y), and I just don't think Spice Xing (or really, any restaurant) is what they're after. It's a shame, because it's fantastic.

No apps. Ordered a side of the chana masala (not listed on the menu, comes on the side with the samosa and is really good with great spicing, if a smidge salty). It is rave-worthy. Dal Makhni was good. For the second time, ordered the Portugese shrimp dish (Balchao Shrimp) and LOVED it again. The Paneer makhni was good, but not great. Too sweet (IMHO). However, I imagine it suits others just fine. The flavors in the food are complex and nuanced. We spent a $40/person inc tip--we had a couple of EtOH drinks and we tipped 25% because our waiter was really good.

It really is a fantastic restaurant.

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Spice Xing
100-B Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Sep 21, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Oatmeal Cookies

There's a really yummy epicurious recipe for something called Diane's Five Spice Oatmeal Raisin cookies (or something approximating that). I love it, although I usually cut back on the sugar as I find them too sweet. IIRC, the 5 spices are cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and, and, can't remember. Anyway, in other words, they're kind of non-traditional spices, but I love the taste of them.

Sep 14, 2009
Smokey in Home Cooking

Dim Sum in Rosslyn

Daniel--Is this still your opinion on Oriental East? I'm going there on Saturday (tried to talk the group into New Fortune, but there was no shifting things) and am curious about it.

Sep 08, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Brunch or Dim Sum on Sunday in Rockville or Bethesda?

I agree with Daniel K. Love New Fortune dim sum

Aug 13, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

HELP!?! New to Silver Spring/Aspen Hill/Rockville/Wheaton with nothing to eat!

One place that i haven't heard mentioned is A&J on 355. In the Sunshine Square mall, north of Joe's Noodle House and south of Edmonston, west side of the street. Dim sum, but not the kind with carts rolling around, more like small plates. Yummy Dan Dan noodles, lots of other great dishes.

I actually prefer it to Joe's. The last time I ordered out from Joe's (<12 months ago, don't remember quite when), I was really turned off. I found a LOT of hair in the dish I ordered (5-6 strands?) and I wasn't convinced it was human hair. I haven't been able to go back since.

Aug 13, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

HELP!?! New to Silver Spring/Aspen Hill/Rockville/Wheaton with nothing to eat!

>If I had to pick one old favorite to you, It would be El Mariachi in the Ritchie center in Rockville.

I'll admit, it's been a while since Iate there (few years?) but I was sort of underwhelmed by the place. To each their own.

Aug 13, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

HELP!?! New to Silver Spring/Aspen Hill/Rockville/Wheaton with nothing to eat!

>I am not a fan of WooMi or Yet Gol's food these days.

When you say Yet Gol, are you referring to LightHouse Tofu? I think it's been about 8 months since I've been, but the last time I went I thought it was pretty good. Has it gone downhill?

Aug 13, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for authentic Thai food

Whoah. I had heard bad things about the food. Sounds like the service doesn't help the place either. What a disappointment.

Aug 05, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sichuan Pavilion: a new find in Rockville

Wow, thanks Dean. I saw this restaurant recently when at the Rockville Library and felt sort of depressed, as I assumed it was just another mediocre place. SpiceXing and now this as well? Town Center is looking better.

Aug 05, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

What's in Baltimore, that you wish was in DC?

The farmer's market underneath the expressway. good produce, some good prepared foods, good prices, no attitude.

Aug 05, 2009
Smokey in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help me, Ronda (and Carmona,Cordoba,Granada)

Oh, I wish I did! If you asked at your hotel (although I fear this is too late of a response), I think there is a reasonable chance they would know of it. Ronda is not very large! Good luck, and do post if you find it and what you think of it.

Jul 14, 2009
Smokey in Spain/Portugal

Ronda, Spain, recs

Oh, I wish I did! If you asked at your hotel (although I fear this is too late of a response), I think there is a reasonable chance they would know of it. Ronda is not very large! Good luck, and do post if you find it and what you think of it.

Jul 14, 2009
Smokey in Spain/Portugal

July COTM: (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) DESSERTS

There's a recipe for a triple ginger bar type thing that is WONDERFUL if you like ginger. I think it includes candied, fresh and powdered (maybe no fresh?) and is great. I've gotten rave reviews when I have made it.

Sep 15, 2008
Smokey in Home Cooking