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Rooftop or garden dining in DC?

iron gate inn....across the street from tabard inn. GORGEOUS.

anyone make their own peanut butter?

do you think you could do agave nectar instead of honey?

Jul 17, 2008
taresa514 in Home Cooking

Hot Sauce in the Fridge?

once it's open, it goes in the fridge.
and now i'm raving sriracha.

Jul 17, 2008
taresa514 in General Topics

anyone make their own peanut butter?

mmm...honey. Good thought. Hadn't read anything about adding honey.
I just looked up the Champion, and it's a fair bet that I won't be purchasing it this weekend :) But, I do have a fairly sturdy food processor. It'll have to do!

Jul 17, 2008
taresa514 in Home Cooking

anyone make their own peanut butter?

Every recipe I find includes roasted peanuts, oil and salt...I'm wondering if anyone has the master measurement combonation of these, or if you have an "secret ingredients".

Jul 17, 2008
taresa514 in Home Cooking

baltimore chefs and wine festival-wanna go?

this sunday, looks like a good line up of chefs, bites, etc. tix for $55, but is giving away 2 free sets of tix.

Fiber in cereal bars...

I agree with the Fiber One bars. I've tried several flavors and find them pretty tasty.

Jun 25, 2008
taresa514 in General Topics

Good Stuff Eatery
another post about the same interview. sounds pretty cool!

potluck ettiquette

i feel like there's always that person/group at every office potluck...mine was a person who'd run to chick fil-a and buy 3 small boxes of chicken nuggets. They looked pretty ridiculous next to the crockpot of swedish meatballs, tortelini salad and deviled eggs.
no one ever confronted her...but we all gave her the evil eye when she went in for seconds.

Jun 17, 2008
taresa514 in Not About Food

Summer Lunch Place Suggestion

would it be on a weekday? I'd recomend Iron Gate Inn. Gorgeous patio!

Perry's Sushi--Need Quick Response

I've had their sushi and thought it was pretty good...not the best I've had in DC, but good enough that I'd try it again.
Other food and drinks there are pretty fantastic..and the deck itself is gorgeous.

new york times food section

I agree, the WaPo is great, the article about marinating was interesting. They also do some food chats (with Tom Sietsema and others from their food section) on Wednesdays. LA Times is Wednesdays, too, I think.
Oh! And Top Chef is on Wednesdays.
Loooove me some Wednesdays.

Jun 11, 2008
taresa514 in Food Media & News

Fage Greek Yoghurt

just had the 2% today, I didn't notice any difference.

Jun 11, 2008
taresa514 in General Topics

new york times food section

thanks. I knew there were a lot of reasons to love wednesdays :)

Jun 11, 2008
taresa514 in Food Media & News

new york times food section

does it come out on wednesdays?
(thanks for entertaining this dumb question...)

Jun 11, 2008
taresa514 in Food Media & News

What's a good spot for a picnic in DC?

I second Meridian Hill Park. Plenty of places to sit and watch beautiful fountians and flowers. I think they may still do drums circles on Sundays, too. Pretty entertaining!

wine and small plates need

I was at Cork last Thursday night. My two friends and I got there at 5:45 and had no problem getting 3 seats at the bar. Within the next half hour, it got extremely crowded and extremely loud. We were 3 girlfriends catching up, so this didn't bother us, but you may want to consider either arriving early or making a resveration (I assume they take them?)
We each had 2 glasses of wine- I had a multepulciano, which ran about $10 a glass. My friends drank Prosecco, which I think was around $8 a glass. We each really enoyed our wines (great selection, btw. and good notes for every wine, so if you don't know what to order, you get instant help)
For food, I sampled 3 cheeses for $10. The plate came with plenty of bread to go around and a little snack mix. A friend got an eggplant (puree I think?) for around the same. We got the bar snack mix and bar olives (which were both great, but they charge 3 bucks a bowl for each fo them...bummer)
BTW, Cork has small and large plates.

Could I first grill, then braise boneless short ribs?

here's a link to a blogpost i did about short includes my FAVORITE short ribs recipe, which I modified from Mario Batali's "Molto Italiano" cookbook. I've made them several times and everyone goes nuts over them

Jun 02, 2008
taresa514 in Home Cooking

Sunday Breakfast in Washington

Station 9 is open at 11 am. They've got grits, fried chicken, shrimp, you name it. it's a fantastic buffet for around 25 bucks a person.

DC Restaurants for Wedding Receptions?

I recently attended a rehearsal dinner and wedding held at The Dubliner and the Phoenix Park Hotel. It was a great venue for both affairs. I have a lot of pics if you're interested.

Iron Gates or Tabard Inn for lunch

For various reasons, I will be having lunch at one of these places tomorrow with an old friend (hooray for re-connecting!)
Question is, do I need reservations? Any experience?

Places you go to because you like the owners

Solly's Tavern on U Street- LOVE Solly and his PBR cans! (And Australian meat pies...mmm...)

When good cheese goes bad...

I love me some gruyere! And I'm never had a gruyere that I didn't love...until last night. I bought a nice chunk from the usual suspects over at Whole Foods, brought it home, chopped it up, and BLECH!!! It tasted really bad.
I noticed that the rind was crumbly when I cut it. Pieces looked like dirt. And the taste was really different in some spots, maybe earthy? The flavor was hard to identify, but certainly not like any other gruyere I had ever was foul.
So the question is, what makes good cheese go bad? What ails my usual favorite cheese?

Apr 04, 2008
taresa514 in Cheese

indoor herb garden, anyone?

Thanks for your help! I love rosemary and basil, but don't cook with a lot of thyme, so would shy away from that. chives are a great idea.
Did you see that post on apartment therapy's "the kitchen" a while ago? It got me all worked up about an herb garden :)

Apr 02, 2008
taresa514 in Cookware

Sandwich Shop in DC/Arlington/Alexandria

I second Lost Dog. Also, have you tried The Italian Store in Arlington? Not sure they'd throw anything in the store on a sanwich for ya, but they have a good selection of deli meats, cheeses, veggies...

Disappointed in The Heights

I live in the area, too, and have not yet been to the Heights (have tried several times, but it was never open when we walked up that way...I hear they do lunch now? Maybe even brunch?) Anyway, everything I've read has been mediocre to bad. Such a bummer- we need some great places up there! Oh well, there's always Julia's Empanadas!
Have you tried Ulah on U Street? Decent casual dining. I was there with a friend last night.

Sunday Brunch

I wrote a blog this week about the 2 places I tried for burnch in DC this weekend- here's an excerpt...for the whole thing: I was just recomending one of these places to someone on another post...

We arrived at Crème around 11:25, about 25 minutes after they opened. Crème was already full- every seat in the house was taken by hungry patrons, mouths watering at passing pancakes. We waited 15 minutes, which was not a problem, as the host paid us lovely compliments and made sure we had a place to sit while we waited (yes gentlemen, flattery will get you everywhere in life.)

We got a table near the large, sunny window towards the front of the restaurant. Crème’s menu, (if you missed my last post) focuses on country cooking with a modern, slightly upscale twist. It was hard to choose just two entrees, but we settled on eggs Chesapeake, and waffles with fried chicken. Oh yes, and the bottomless bloody mary’s. When our entrees arrived we split them up and went to work.

Aside from my mom’s special Easter and Christmas fare, I don’t think I could have enjoyed brunch more.

The crab cakes were lumpy with backfin meat and the poached eggs plopped lazily on top were perfectly runny. The crunchy-on-the-outside-waffle held on top of it the sweetest, crispiest fried chicken outside of a grandmother’s kitchen.

We felt a little odd eating fried chicken for brunch, but a few of Crème’s bloody mary’s helped us feel a little less funny and a little more fuzzy. And warm. And, (as alcohol tends to do to me in general) more hungry. And these entrees didn’t disappoint there – what we ordered for 2 could have fed more like 4. (It’s probably worth mentioning that if you like your bloody mary’s spicy, as in very peppery and with a large serving of horse radish, these are for you. You’ll get your glass filled generously and often with the fiery drink by friendly wait staff that carry around pitchers of the things. If you’re not into pepper, I’d recommend you try something else, like the bottomless mimosas.)

We spent the lazy hours of brunch at Crème, soaking up sun, easy conversation and runny egg yolk on a buttery English muffin.

Skip to the next day…Sunday…whereupon we indulged in a second brunch at Station 9.

While Crème and Station 9 share the culinary influence of Chef Terrell Danley, their brunches offer different settings and selections. While you’ll find a fried chicken variation on the Station 9 brunch menu (the batter was saltier and less sweet than at Creme) you’ll find that chicken on a buffet table.

But this is not your average buffet. My mom and I counted 4 stations in Station 9’s brunch setup, and this was before mimosa’s had us seeing double. This generous display of food included fried chicken, cheesy grits, a hot, salty seafood salad, French toast, smoked salmon, a variety of baked goods (including biscuits and carrot cake, accompanied by a huge bowl of thick, whipped cream) several kinds of sausage, pancakes and an omelet station. And I know I’m missing a few things. Phew, my pants are tightening just thinking about the selection.

My favorite parts of the meal were the grits and sausage. I’ve had Station 9 grits before (for dinner, accompanied by scallops) and remain a fan. It’s not every day that a girl from the North would choose grits over a bagel with smoked salmon, but this girl did.

The dining room wasn’t nearly as packed as Crème, but Station 9 offers patrons a much larger food selection and seating area. And the smaller crowd didn’t bother me – less people to maneuver around when I went in for a second helping of grits.

Mom and I agreed- overall, we enjoyed brunch at Crème a little more. We preferred picking out just a few of our favorite things and being served. But we’d gladly visit both Station 9 and Crème again for brunch. And next time we’ll wear sweatpants.

Japanese Food in NoVa/DC

Have you checked out Raku in Dupont Circle? I'm not an expert on "the noodle", but have been there and enjoyed my meal. I'd love to know what some "educated consumers" think of the place.

Mother's Day in DC-Recs please!

My mom visited this weekend, and we had brunch at Station 9 and Creme, both on U Street (close to my place)
I did a review of each place's brunch in my blog,
check it mom really enjoyed both, but we preferred Creme's service. Not to mention the atmosphere is perfect for a lighterhearted meal. Plenty of laughter going on in that palce!

indoor herb garden, anyone?

I've been reading a lot lately about small, indoor gardens (in pots or window planters) and would love to try my hand at one. I have a small condo with big window sills and a decent amount of light.
Does anyone have an indoor herb garden? Can you recomend some hardy herbs? Any other tips???

Apr 02, 2008
taresa514 in Cookware