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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 Pennsylvania

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:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9302...

Jun 29, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

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

Nice.

Jun 29, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking
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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.

Jun 26, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore
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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
mscoffee1 in Philadelphia

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:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/976617

Jun 21, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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.

Jun 16, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYDfqo...

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
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

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.

Jun 12, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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.

Jun 06, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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
Pasadena
410-255-2561.

Thanks for the excellent recommendation.

ps the turnover was pastelito?

Jun 02, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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.

May 20, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Constitutional Hall event

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

http://virtuefeedgrain.com/menu/

You can find comments if you search the thread.

(Eamonnn's (fish and chips) is small and limited, not at all "pubish")
http://www.restauranteve.com/logos_sp...

May 20, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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.

May 15, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Samos - cash only as well.

May 11, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

http://www.breadfurst.com

May 07, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Close to University Medical Center with patient

Is this thread of use?
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9691...

I was at Phillips years ago and it was not good.

May 03, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foolproof way to remove hazelnut skins

You don't need the baking soda on almonds. I boil for 1 minute, drain, cool as needed, and rub skin off.

May 02, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking
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Suggestions for using Middle Eastern spice blends

This Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon
http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/..., I liked a lot, but I did use less than the 2 T of Za'atar.

I have also sprinkled it on focaccia with the olive oil before baking.

Apr 16, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Alphonso mangoes?

No, I didn't look I will check if I see them again.
It was at the Colesville store(New Hampshire and Randolf Road), I believe, but I have not been back there.

Steve, have you ever seen the Alphonso's from India around here?

Apr 16, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore

J. Towers recipe for chilled champagne sabayon. My favorite but not home so don't have cookbook. Help

Could this be it under Chocolate Paradise? (it has Jeremiah Towers as the source)
http://www.brooksideoflivonia.org/CDC...

Apr 12, 2014
mscoffee1 in Home Cooking

Alphonso mangoes?

I saw Alphonso Mangos (yellow) in Giant in Maryland yesterday -$1.00 each. Only three years late for OP.

Apr 05, 2014
mscoffee1 in Washington DC & Baltimore