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Hatch Chile time at Wegman's

Baltimore --- Inner Harbor

If Fells Point is an option (and it should be) - Mare Nostrum is excellent - here is a thread.

I think Thames Oyster also does not serve all day or at least a full menu I believe.

Also nice Gelato nearby- Pitango


Actually I thought is was so the wait staff would not have tables starting at the same time. It is difficult with those stairs and they spend time explaining, etc. Kitchen timing might be true.

I thought the waiter said there was cod (maybe haddock) in it. I agree the searing before it was roasted over cooked it. It was a hard sear.

I just found a article:

Greg Vernick's seafood and shellfish roast includes trimmings from skinnier fish fillets served in a broth made from leftover bones. At Vernick Food & Drink off Rittenhouse Square, many of the menu items make use of usual kitchen castoffs.

The fish included may change.

Aug 22, 2015
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

Hatch Chile time at Wegman's


Washington reco for a mixed group

Just to make sure you mean vegetarian right not vegan? I assume because usually pizza has cheese.

Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

Yes she uses butter:

There are also several other threads on your topic

Aug 21, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Washington reco for a mixed group

Zaytinya was very noisy when I went, but ok once I moved and sat outside.

Also Graffiato might be good - there was some recent posts that were enthusiastic,
It doesn't SEEM to close between lunch and dinner which might be a plus.


Thank you - good to know I am not the only one.

I wonder if there is any reason to wait to seat people except the restaurant wants them to drink? I would think it delays getting the customers out for the next reservation and on a Friday night I would imagine that is not a good thing.

Aug 21, 2015
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

Caramelized Onions - would like more ways to eat them

Alsace (Alsatian) Onion Tart?
also Mujadara and Pissaladiere

Aug 21, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Where to find skate wing?

This 2004 thread might be useful about the smell- it's about skate.

Entitled: Why does my fish smell like ammonia?

chocolate chip cookies too fluffy

Maybe use a little less flour.

Aug 18, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking


Went to Vernick Friday (reservation made a week prior for 5pm). I was five min late (I called) and my friend was on time). They seated her at the bar, I hate sitting at a bar, and kept us there until 5:25. We had to ask when we would be seated). Service was VERY well done, but for this. We had sea urchin (amazing) and parmesan custard (wonderful) (although I would not order these together again) and eggplant with tomatoes on grilled bread (nice - the bread was wonderful). I should have ordered the grilled romaine- stupid.

We then had a half portion of the seafood roast, large and we did not finish it. I was not a big fan - the seafood was certainly fresh, but the fish pieces were overcooked. The mussels, clams, squid, shrimp were all nicely cooked, but just not great for me. Oh we also had the cauliflower with black pepper which I liked a lot.

Thanks for all who helped us choose the restaurant and the plates.

We also ate at Vetri pizza (near the Whole Foods at 20th and Callowhill) and enjoyed our Margherita pizza and Caesar salad. I should have ordered another salad - I was still hungry.

Sazon was not as successful. Friendly and good service. It was empty when we came at about 11am on Saturday, but was set up for big party which arrived as we left. Are we good or what. We had chorizo and eggs - scrambled eggs overcooked by a lot - ugh (the chorizo was good). The pork on arepa was cooked perfectly and had a great taste although I thought it needed something. I also had the hot chocolate - which was good, I did add some sugar (which is fine). It was topped with whipped cream which I gave away - I should have stirred it in, I think.

Aug 16, 2015
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

Where to find skate wing?

I just had it at Black Salt yesterday at lunch which has a fish market with the restaurant. It was very good. They carry a lot of fish.
4883 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 342-9101

Easy Chicken Meatloaf

Aug 04, 2015
mscoffee1 in Recipes

What's the best restaurants/cheap eats in Silver Spring, MD?

Falafel sandwich - is great
Max's Kosher (check hours)
2319 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

Ruan Thai has great spicy duck entree and the fried watercress with cashews app. (I was not a fan of the duck app (smoked as I remember) when I had it.

There have been some good reviews of Ethiopian in Silver Spring like Lucy's, but I have not been.

(for your other post if you go to DC Smokehouse try Meats and Foods, 245 Florida Ave. NW, a few blocks on Florida- half smoke is wonderful with or without chili.)

Campfire marshmallows in DC/MoCo

There is a website with a locator (Walmart is listed a lot).
but doesn't look like they are there for "pick up".

I have also seen homemade marshmallows at Whole Foods I haven't been there recently.

Mare Nostrum in Fells Point: odd name, good food

I had a nice quiet meal today at Mare Nostrum. It was about 2:00 and there were no other customers. Köpoğlu- Eggplant, tomato with yoghurt - very good. Some nice bread. Manti, small pasta filled with beef and yoghurt, which was nice, but needed salt which is ok, but I also thought needed more of punch of something even after salt was added. The stuffed calamari was good. I did take some food home. Tasty and very pleasant meal. Wait person was very friendly. Nothing knocked my socks off, but it was an enjoyable meal.

Thanks for the recommendation.

Ricotta and cottage cheese free lasagna?

Would lasagna bolognese be of interest - it uses a bolognese sauce and Bechamel (White) Sauce? I have made Marcella Hazan's Lasagna many times and I love it.

Jul 09, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Franks's Seafood in Jessup, Md. closed - does anyone know if this is permanent?

Wild Seafood has opened in Frank's location. Looks and smells better and had an excellent variety.
7901 Oceano Ave, Jessup, MD 20794
(443) 661-4923

Where to get a pig head in the DMV?

Copper Penny Farm has nice pork and though they do not list the head for sale, you could call. Very nice people.

7510 Race Road,
Hanover, MD 21076

HELP - Dinner for vegetarians and carnivores

Could you refine area, price range, liquor preferences (if it matters), and your transportation requirements? - that would help us give you the best recommendations.

Meats & Foods in DC - Report

Half smoke was great and just as you said with a nice kick and I added peppers and onions, and chili. Nice, but I am not a big fan of the roll. I know it is traditional, but it needs a better/different kind.
There was street parking around the corner so it was easy and they serve beer and wine.

for ease
247 Florida Ave. NW
Washington DC 20001
Open Wed–Sun

Help needed: Bethesda for a smallish group

Thanks for the report. Hope some of us can help next time - sorry.

seeking suggestions for American w/ private room

Maybe something in Pike and Rose development? I have not been to most of the places, but it seems like it would have rooms, etc. City Perch might be a good place to start. You didn't give a price point which may help keep the search on track.

Frozen passion fruit pulp

ShopRite had them a few weeks ago when I was at the Silver Spring store. (I know that is a long ride) I used to get it at Lotte a long time ago and then they stopped carrying it. I would try the big Asian grocery stores like Grand Mart - but I have not seen it there nor looked for it - the big Asian stores around me also support the Latin community.)

What's your absolute favorite/best apple dessert?

oh my - I hope it is not as good as it probably will be. Thanks.

May 15, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Bullfrog Bagels - liked the Bagels and the Sandwiches, but I forgot to get a bialy

I went Wednesday at 11am and found parking easy. I got a Pastrami Egg $7.00 - (no cheese for me). They put on a Sriracha Aioli that was a good spicy contribution. I had not really wanted Aioli with pastrami, but to my surprise it worked. The pastrami was thinly sliced and the egg was cooked a little weird (it was a hard "fried" egg which was very hard in some places (too hard for me) and less so in others), but it all was good together.

Also tasted: The Oriole $8.50 Hot Baltimore Brisket, Muenster & Jus although I am did not like that there was cheese (I often do not like cheese with an already "rich" meat. It was a "Jewish" type brisket to me of course not BBQ or Texas, but very tasty. Not fatty nor a lot of seasoning, but tender and moist. I usually don't like Bagel sandwiches - I find the ratio wrong, but these were good. Nest time the salmon.

I had a Bagel with my breakfast today and it was great. I had frozen it and reheated it in the oven and then split and toasted - wonderful.

Nice staff.

from website:

Bullfrog Bagels
1341 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. / Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Suggestions to improve this bread (which is already pretty good)

What brand of bread flour?

May 12, 2015
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

New BBQ place in North Bethesda / Rockville

There was no "Texas" in description of the beef in this sandwich unless I am missing something. When I looked at menu, I only saw a different sandwich with "Sliced Texas-style beef."

New BBQ place in North Bethesda / Rockville

I stopped for lunch to-go today. It was about 11:30 and I was the only customer. I got Hill Country | $12.99 - Hand sliced moist rubbed brisket on an egg glazed kaiser roll - it came with a sweetish cole slaw. It was good, moist, and tender. There was no fat. The sweet potato fries had no salt and did not travel, even a few blocks, well.