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Thanksgiving suggestions? Vegetarian + make-ahead or low-fuss

Lovely. wow. Great idea - a wonderful salad.

Oct 16, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

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

Did I miss a post about this?
It was closed when I tried to stop by on Saturday - 9/20/14. There was a sign at the tollhouse saying it was closed but nothing else. Does anyone have any information? Website is gone, but I don't know if that is recent.

Hyattsville, White Oak, College Park

Curry Leaf Restaurant
13919 Baltimore Avenue, Unit#4,
Laurel, MD 20707-5044
(301) 497-2017

Jewel of India
10151 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Phone number (301) 408-2200

Maiwand Kabob (Afghan)
15508 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone number (301) 421-9251

Soretti's Ethiopian Cuisine (I have only had vegetable combo)
15510 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone number (240) 390-0044

Pasta Plus
209 Gorman Ave
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone number (301) 498-5100

Cuba de Ayer
15446 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone number (301) 476-9622

Da Rae Won
5013 Garrett Ave
Beltsville, MD 20705
(301) 931-7878

Kobob N Karahi (open late as I remember)
15521 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Call: 301-879-0044

I have not been often and/or recently to most of these, but they usually get good reviews and I liked them when I went. I recommend them from the very limited experience I have had. Maybe others will give their opinions. It is difficult since I have not tried very many items from the menus.

If you want some more even better recommendations and are willing to drive just a little more search for Wheaton closer than Hyattsville, I believe.

Good luck

Fresh Baguette in Bethesda - incroyable!

I think? JV is referring to:
Fresh Baguette
4919 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814?

There was another thread recommending it.

Salvadoran in Upper Darby, pupusas

Several years later, I think the address for Little Saigon is:

113 Fairfield Ave, Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 352-1002
I've been looking for places to eat in this area so thanks.

Sep 09, 2014
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

Upper Darby area restaurants?

I know this is an old thread, but Sycamore has closed.

Sep 09, 2014
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

Recent London Grill experience

I went to London Grill because a friend had heard it was good. We were there at about 5:30 on a Saturday night. We sat outside and service was great. I had fried calamari with hot peppers and a sweet dipping sauce. It was fine. Then I had the seared duck breast medium rare which came rare and I sent it back and they fixed it which improved the texture, but it tasted blah. The only good part of this dish was the pierogi and cabbage. What a bad dish. My friend had lobster with corn and potatoes and liked it a lot. It was a pleasant place to sit outside.

Aug 09, 2014
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

All About Braising: Beef and Veal Recipe Reviews

Yankee Pot Roast Redux
I thought this was great, but I did make it with the hard cider. I think it made a significant difference. The taste was lighter than with the red wine I usually use. It also had a slight sweetness that was really nice. I used chuck roast about 1.5 inches thick and did not tie it. I only had potatoes and carrots. I have an induction stove and so it is much easier than it used to be to braise.

Jul 07, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

I got a flask of beer, what to do?

My recommendation for ribs is here and there are other recommendations in case you have not seen this thread:

Jun 29, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? June 2014 edition, part 2! [OLD]


Jun 29, 2014
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Parts and Labor - any thoughts?

I had a good Italian sandwich ($10) (hoagie like but not a hoagie- different bread and dressed differently), They have more tables in the store where you can eat. They also have Pit Beef, Meatball, and today they had Pastrami with sauerkraut (cold sandwich). The sandwiches are available all day now. They also had pre packed gelato (Dolcezza) and grits and cornmeal from (Beilers in Pa) which I had not seen before.
I went to get some ground beef and got out of control.

Szechuan reviews: Four Rivers and E Mei from Philly Chinatown

Which soup or soups have you had and did you like them all?

Jun 22, 2014
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Best Burger in Baltimore

I always thought that place that I always passed is probably good. I will not stop.
I think there is already a recent thread for this:

Best FLOUR tortillas in Balt

I don't know about the best, but the only ones I have found that are in a generic package are at Lily's Mexican Market on Dobbin Road, Columbia. I like them a lot. I don't know if Lily's makes them, but the packaging is blank. They come in two diameters.

Their corn tortillas are thicker than Mexican so I guess they are Salvadorean.

Good foods for a romantic fireside dinner? (easy to cook)

Jamie Oliver and his campfire mushrooms and of course all the prep you can do at home.

I agree with the cheese and then maybe some ham or salami and bread. You could do a raclette over potatoes, but only if your gf likes ......

Jun 15, 2014
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Bread Furst Bakery open - lively, pleasant, and

I have returned several times and I now love this place. The prices are not low, but almost everything I had I would get again. The sweet items are generally small by usual American standards, but I like that. A small Blondie was a delicate butterscotch, a canele had crunch outside and lovely moist, tender center, and a pastry with just a little sweetness and caramelized edges and a couple of raisins from croissant pastry (I guess) was amazing. I also had a piece of muffuletta which was great, but not really a muffuletta at least from my experience.
I enjoy the bread most when a reheat in my oven which returns the terrific crunch to the crust. Oh, the everything bagel was unlike any bagel I have had, but terrific.

Parts and Labor - any thoughts?

I went yesterday and bought smoked Liverwurst, andouille(nice kick), and ground beef (somewhat coarse grind and maybe 20% fat - used for burger). All were excellent.

They had a Pit Beef and a Meatball Sandwich available until 3 in the retail shop.

How do I make PERFECT scrambled eggs?

I made these via Antilope's link- I did not think I would like it, but it was great (I will try less butter next time,and I think I used less than he did - it was rich). Not fluffy, but moist, tender, velvety and lovely. Thank you both. I love eggs.

Jun 05, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

New Honduran/Mayan in Pasadena

I went today at about 3pm and had a nice lunch. I had not eaten all day so this may be a little biased. At the recommendation of the waiter, I ordered the Mayan Chicken with Chips, I think that what it was, but it does not match exactly what Warthog had. It was a fried (deep fried with a crust) bone-in chicken breast on fried banana slices (not sweet) with some cabbage and salsa and also another sauce (yellow) like I have had and loved with Peruvian chicken elsewhere . The whole dish was tasty and went really well together. The chicken looked a little dry, but tasted good especially with everything else. It was not spicy(hot) at all to me. It was $11. I was the only customer and the young waiter was friendly, but a little incompetent.
The address is:
Los Maya's Cafe
8971 Fort Smallwood Road

Thanks for the excellent recommendation.

ps the turnover was pastelito?

Knife sharpening in Baltimore

Just went to Frank's and had five of my knives done. I have only tried one so far, but it is great. He even said my "cheap knife" (the words of the person who gave it to me) was a good knife and he had a bunch of them. It looked like he had previously owned knives for sale. What a great place. He is there on Tues and Thurs afternoon, I called and he said that he would be there until 3pm. Next time I'll take my mower blades. Yea.

Constitutional Hall event

You mean Virtue, perhaps, and I have not been, but it has a section called "Young Diners" on the menu.


You can find comments if you search the thread.

(Eamonnn's (fish and chips) is small and limited, not at all "pubish")

The Belgian Cafe - 21st and Green

We went for a quick lunch today. The mussels were tasty and fresh. The fries were ok, lukewarm. The salad was insipid. The beer was good. Pages and pages of beer...

May 17, 2014
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

December 2013 Cookbook of the Month, ALL ABOUT ROASTING by Molly Stevens: Beef & Lamb; Pork

350 degrees (325 for convection)

May 16, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Howard County, Montgomery County Tortas

Recently went to Tere's and had torta cubana and it was not good. Dry chicken with a lot of chile (not hot - ancho?), a little chorizo, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on stale, bad bread. I had liked their tacos when I was there a while ago.

Recommendation for crab cakes near Camden Yards or not too far away.

Samos - cash only as well.

Bread Furst Bakery open - lively, pleasant, and

I love the mixed grain bread I got. Since they just opened yesterday, they are still getting it all together. Everyone was friendly and active. There is parking in the back. I went there at about 2 pm and it was lively, but not overwhelmed. Their bagels looked a different, but that is probably a good thing.

4434 Connecticut Ave NW


What are you baking these days? May 2014 edition, part 1 [Through May 14, 2014]

It was the texture I was referring to. I guess you could say they were the cakey type of brownies but to me it was a moist cake. I guess that could be the same thing.

May 06, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2014 edition, part 1 [Through May 14, 2014]

Your cake looks great.

Did you like it? I made it a few weeks ago, but I don't think I baked it long enough. It was nice, but dense (because of my baking incorrectly I think). I made Alice Medrich's almond cake and it was wonderful. I added some orange zest and a little orange syrup.

May 06, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2014 edition, part 1 [Through May 14, 2014]

I made the White Chocolate Brownies, yesterday, but I browned the butter (I don't think it made a taste difference) and added a middle layer (12 oz) of fresh raspberries (between layers of batter). It turned out to be a cake rather than "blondies" or bownies, but was very tasty. I agree the cake did not have a strong taste, but was very nice with all those raspberries. I was going to add sliced almonds on top, but forgot.

May 06, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Chanticleer Gardens?

I was at Chanticleer a few years ago (lovely) and just in case you did not know - they have tables so that you can picnic and as I remember they allowed wine. I did not realize how nice it would be to picnic and did not bring lunch. We ate at Susanna Foo, again a while ago, and it was good.

May 05, 2014
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia