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Battle of the Potstickers

I had a similar dumpling experience at Toki; tough, thick skin, meh filling.

Boiling store bought pizza dough in baking soda / water solution = Pretzels?

Thank you so much for the update! This is such a great idea.

Oct 20, 2013
SandyCat in Home Cooking

Really, really large group in Orlando

We decided on the Tchoup Chop! It looks like a pretty space with a much better menu than anything else we were looking at. Will report back on the experience!

Dec 03, 2012
SandyCat in Florida

Really, really large group in Orlando

I will definitely check these out, thank you! Keep 'em coming, folks!

Nov 14, 2012
SandyCat in Florida

Really, really large group in Orlando

We'll be at the Peabody Orlando, so definitely near all the convention locations.

Nov 14, 2012
SandyCat in Florida

Really, really large group in Orlando

Oops, looks like it's going to be more like 150+! Again, I know it's a long shot, but any leads would be appreciated.

Nov 13, 2012
SandyCat in Florida

Really, really large group in Orlando

Anyone know of a good option for a group of 100+ in Orlando? I know it's really reaching, but I figured I'd rely upon my fellow hounds for a last resort! Maybe if anyone has been to a wedding recently that had great catering, even? Or good passed small plates is potentially fine...

Thanks in advance, everyone!

Nov 13, 2012
SandyCat in Florida

Dim sum in DC?

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but does it have to be dim sum? I have lots of friends who have various dietary restrictions and we just agree to not go to dim sum together because as PollyG said, there's lots of hidden pork (and shrimp, and gluten, etc.) in dim sum.

I suppose if you're familiar with dim sum and doing the navigating, your best bet would be to go somewhere with a LOT of variety so everyone has something to eat, and for that, I would second Oriental East.

Chicken and Waffles in DC?

Second Birch and Barley... just had it and it's amazing.

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

Easygoing bar in Dupont / U Street for a large group?

My company is about that many, and we sometimes go to the new Madhatters on Connecticut. It has an upstairs. We normally don't reserve the room, but I bet you could ask?

1831 M St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

Please help me plan a few meals out in DC

Ack! I had forgotten they were neighbors.

Please help me plan a few meals out in DC

Regarding Georgetown, Bodega had a nice lunch deal last time I was looking for a place to eat in Georgetown, and I actually like Tackle Box as well, which is exceedingly toddler-friendly.

Help! Best hamburger in DC?

Adding my vote to WPH's sentiments. Ray's good for gourmet burger, Five Guys good for quintessential fast food burger, Shake Shack/Good Stuff for the universal idea of "burger."

My reaction to BGR was *shrug, finish burger.* I didn't find it particularly good or bad. The fries are all right. The shakes for me are inconsistent: some days good, some days blah. I also found the staff at BGR in Dupont to be impatient and unhelpful.

Duck, Pheasant and Quail Eggs

Quail eggs at the mushroom stand at the Dupont Farmers Mkt. Also could try WF

Wine or Wineries in Torino?

Just buying a few bottles or a case there...

Jun 29, 2011
SandyCat in Italy

sour cherries at farmers markets?

I saw them Saturday at the Mount Pleasant farmers' market as well as on Sunday at the Dupont one this weekend.

Mount Pleasant Cafe
6001 Hillen Rd, Baltimore, MD 21239

David Chang's Lucky Peach Magazine in DC

For those wondering, it's been a pretty awesome read, and the art is a perfect match. Can't wait to try the recipes!!

New BBQ Spot in Columbia Heights

Found a bit more info on it:

It has the potential to make that whole side of the street loud and bro-y, but it might also provide a nice place to eat... Did anyone go to the soft opening?

David Chang's Lucky Peach Magazine in DC

Oh I wish I had thought to ask Chowhounders! I just ordered online through McSweeny's.

Wine or Wineries in Torino?

This is all great stuff, everyone! Super helpful. Thank you!

Jun 23, 2011
SandyCat in Italy

Wine or Wineries in Torino?

Hi All,

I don't know very much about wine at all, but I have a friend who is getting married in Torino and I thought it would be an excellent gift to get her some bottles of wine from local wineries. I don't mind dropping some good money on them, as long as the wineries are reliably great! Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Jun 22, 2011
SandyCat in Italy


Went to Truckeroo, and it was as expected. Super long lines, and lots of things were running out occasionally. Beer was pricey. However, with a good group of friends and great weather, I was willing to call it a decent tradeoff. If you're in a neighborhood where the food trucks never go, then I'd say it's worth a trip with friends to divide and conquer.

Tried the BBQ truck. Not sure if it was just the sheer volume that made the quality suffer, but I felt they could be a bit more tender and a lot more warm. The sauces were good though.

Eat Wonky was as good as ever; I went with veggie friends and their veggie gravy is almost as good as the regular.

Dangerously Delicious pies was pretty great! I had a coconut chess pie that was a toothache wedge of tastiness. Friend had a Baltimore Bomb that was pretty amazing.

Pleasant Pops was okay. They only had the green tea flavor by the time we got to it, and a bunch of matcha had settled to the top of the pop, so it was gritty at first, but at least I knew what it was made out of? The rest of the bar was creamy and light. I was worried it would be watery, but it wasn't at all.

The Big Cheese grilled cheese we shared was nice, nothing remarkable. The quality of the cheese was decent, and the sandwich was hot and gooey, but waiting a half hour for a grilled cheese... not sure about that.

Music was not so great. People seemed to "Dress to casually impress." The Stella I had was $6 and I can't remember how much water was... I think $3.

Take-home message: If you have the patience for outdoor fairs, this is a pretty fun way to try the food trucks with friends. If you don't, avoid it and just chase them down on Twitter. Although, it could potentially calm down in subsequent months?

The Big Cheese
47 Randall St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Authentic French Macaroon's?

I heard that Paul Bakery in Penn Quarter has them... has anyone tried them there?

ISO Banh Mi/Pork Buns

Unverified, but I have a friend who says Szechuan House Restaurant in Chinatown has pretty good char siu bao (if that's the type of pork bun you mean). And he says they're really inexpensive, so hopefully if they aren't awesome, you won't have spent too much money.

748 6th St NW
(between N G Pl & N H St)
Washington, DC 20001

Eden Center is - of course - going to be the best place to get a banh mi and Vietnamese-style pork buns, but the pork belly banh mi at Dicksons Wine Bar is also good and it's within the district and has nice atmosphere.

Eden Center
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

Szechuan House Restaurant
748 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001


I'm trying really hard to attend tomorrow, though I have a friend coming into town so I'm not sure I'm going to make it. Will report back if I do!

Shake Shack

Got to Shake Shack at about 6:20p, actually! The line wasn't super long and from the end of the line to having burger in my hands only took about 15 minutes.

Ordered the double Shackburger, cheese fries, and a coke to split with my bf. Definitely true to the burgers in NY as oniontears said. One of my friends had the portobello burger, and while he's grown weary and unimpressed with portobello burgers (he's a vegetarian) recently, he said this is the first good one he's had in a while. Another friend of mine ordered the Shack Stack (cheeseburger + shroom burger, shack sauce and the standard burger toppings) and said it was really good but had a bit too much cheese.

I had no problems with my service, and the free custard samples for waiting in line on opening day were a nice touch.

I pretty much second what oniontears said in his last paragraph. Though I mean, I really love the Shackburger and consider it pretty much the perfect burger, so I'm not going to detract haha!

Shake Shack

I know it's only been an hour and a half... but has anyone tried it yet? I'm planning to go after work today to compare to the NY locations.

Ideas for Georgetown and Adams Morgan, ethnic preferably

Bistro La Bonne isn't far from AdMo, and is quite tasty and inexpensive. I also second Etete in the U St. Area.

In Georgetown, I love Neyla (Lebanese). Pretty decor and awesome and authentic food.

1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Car for an evening, suggestions on where to go?

I second Joe's Noodle House!

Joe's Noodle House
1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

Milk Crisp bread pastry. (Ni su/Nai su)

It's obviously not sourdough, but I can't tell if it's more like a brioche or a dinner roll or what... My memory of the crumb is fading since it's been so long, so I want to know what kind of dough to make first before trying.

Good call buttertart on posting on the What are you baking thread. Maybe I'll try there.

Apr 13, 2011
SandyCat in Home Cooking