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Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

You seem to be.

Feb 07, 2014
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

When I first read the thread, that's what it seemed like.

Maybe I projected.

Feb 06, 2014
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Help? Good Greek (Restaurants/Stores) in Northern Virginia?

Try Vaso's Kitchen just north of Old Town (oppposite side of the Parkway from the Potomac River). Good food, good prices. Family owned. Small.

Feb 06, 2014
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

Like most of you I'm shocked and sad that Nina didn't win, and I feel she kind of got screwed over by?????....the show?, the producers?, the kitchen? Someone.

She bought her food with the expectation that the kitchen would contain certain things and it didn't and she had to react on the fly. Which she did. But it seemed to put her at a disavantage right out of the box.

I know she wasn't required to do a dessert and I'm not sure if an ice cream maker is a standard kitchen item or not, but the whole thing felt a little unfair to me.

What if she got back to the kitchen and there was no stove or no running water? Would that have been fair? Obviously I'm taking things to extremes but I can't help feeling that it was an unfair contest.

Feb 06, 2014
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

<<<I'm fine with Nick winning. He did do a better job overall. Nina's swordfish was not popular across the board.>>>

True, but what did it for me was Emeril's comment: "I ate all the swordfish, but I couldn't finish the duck"

To me, that should have made Nina the winner. Didn't it used to be if a dish was inedible, it lost?!!?

Feb 06, 2014
Bart Hound in Food Media & News
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Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #17/Finale Part 2 - 02/05/14 (Spoilers)

<<<Did Padma roll her eyes at Tom??? I THINK it was Tom.>>>

That's what they showed in relation to Tom raving about a certain dish. Padma didn't like it and Tom said it was his favorite dish all night. Don't know if it was a funny edit or if she was actually responding to his comment though.

Either way, it doesn't make a lightweight Padma look good (IMHO) to be so dismissive of a real chef's opinion

Feb 06, 2014
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Inn at Little Washington - Reasonable lodging nearby?

If you're looking for an off season get away, keep checking the Flint Hill Public house. We were there for lunch last winter (Feb??) and they had some crazy special on the room and (In think breakfast). I don't remember the details, but I do remember being surprised at what a good deal it was. Of course it was the middle of winter so a lot of things you'd do this time of year weren't happening

Oct 18, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Most picturesque winery close to DC?

Delaplane Cellars in Delaplane, VA has great views and nice wine (better than Naked Mountain IMO). Fox Meadow also has great mountain views. All 3 are in the same area.

Oct 18, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Solo dining - Pentagon City or Yellow/Blue line

As far as the Yellowline goes.......a couple stops south will take you to King Street which is the Old Town Alexandria stop. There are tons of places in Old Town to check out (search this site, or donrockwell.com). They have a free bus (that looks like a trolley) that will take you from the metro stop all the way down to the Potomac River with stops seemingly every block.

Going north on the yellow line for a couple of stops will take you to Gallery Place/Chinatown. Another hoppin' spot with tons of choices, but not much Chinese! Speaking of Top Chef......Mike Isabella's Graffiato is here, and Speaking Jose Andres', his Zaytinya are here. I love both places.

Further north on the yellow line will take you to U St. This is the new super hot spot with a bunch of brand spankin' new places (again with Mike Isabella.....he just opened up a Greek place here called Kapnos. I love that one too!)

Sep 27, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Solo dining - Pentagon City or Yellow/Blue line

I'll second or third the recommendation for Jaleo in Crystal City (one of Jose Andres' places). They have a huge menu (over 60 items) and you can even do a totally free form chef's tasting menu - - you tell them what you like and don't like and how wild you want to be and the chef will customize it for you.

Also in Crystal City are Kora (italian) http://www.korarestaurant.com/ct/index.html

and Neramitra (thai) http://www.neramitra.com/Neramitra.htm

Those three are right in a row on Crystal Drive. A little further down the same street, on the same side is Good Stuff Eatery (burgers, fries, shakes). It's by a former Top Chef contestant

All are worth a visit or at least a look-see.

Sep 27, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef Masters September 4

<<< I'm not quite sure why Neil went home >>>>

That was shocking especially as others have noted, Curtis spit out Sang's food! I always thought inedible equaled pack your knives and go.

Sep 06, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News
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Top Chef Masters September 4

I was so happy that Sang finished in the bottom group on the quick fire. Especially after his comment about being able to win on his own without being saddled by his sous chef.

Sang is a wang. Can I say that>

Sep 05, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News
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Mid-Week visit to DC/VA

Just a second hand FYI, so take it with a grain of salt (ha!).

Table has been getting bad reivews on the Washington Post's weekly food chat lately. Both chatters and the Post's critic have said the quality has fallen off quite a bit since it opened. Someone this week posted that after going 3 times and seeing the quailty drop after each visit, they will no longer return.

I haven't been there, but you may want to reconsider, or do a little research to see if it's worth spending one of your nights there.

Aug 29, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

In DC for a few days with family... looking for ideas

Just a warning on the above places. They're all great, but they are expensive and are often booked far in advance.

Rasika - fantastic Indian for those of us who don't "like" "Indian". Expensive and probably fully booked on weekend nights.

Minibar - cutting edge molecular gastronomy, very small (17 seats) and VERY expensive - - $225 per person before drinks, tax and tip

Rogue 24 - similar to minibar, but bigger and cheaper, but still a very expensive meal

Little Serow - fantastic northern Thai and very cheap for what you get (for DC). $45 per person, but it's very small and very popular and they don't take reservations. They open at 5:30 and the line starts forming a half hour to an hour before opening! Great place, but it might be too much hassle with a family

Aug 28, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC Restaurant Blogs

Agree, it's a great site.

They even have a blog resource section:

http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?...

Aug 28, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Kapnos

Prices are on the online menu now

Jul 16, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Irish guy posted for 6 weeks in Alexandria VA

You didn't ask for it, but since you're Irish, there's a place in Old Town called "Eamons - A Dublin Chippery". It's owned by a high end Irish chef and it's (I think, but have never been to Ireland) a classic fish and chips place.

Jun 19, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lucky Peach 7.0

There seems to be far fewer recipes in this issue than in the past which is perhaps strange for me to notice as I've only tried one recipe from all of the past issues!

Having been to Crete a few years ago, I loved the Crete article. It brought me right back to the island.

Jun 07, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Anyone been to Inn at Little Washington lately?

It's funny you don't recommend the Argonaut's menu, because I was going to recommend it! I believe it's called the Gastronaut's menu though (at least the thing we ate was called that).

I was last there in Oct 11 for a speical occasion and my wife and I got the Gastronaut's menu (ie chef's tasting menu) and we absolutely loved it.

Don't be afraid to splurge for the "supplemental fee items" either. One of our favorite dishes was called the Tin Of Sin which was caviar with cucumber and crab meat. There was an extra charge if you ordered off the regular menu but since we were doing the Gastronaut's menu, there was no charge. Whatever the extra price was, it was worth it, becasue 18 months later I'm still salivating.

Yes, it's an expensive place, but I figure, if you're going there you know that and can afford it. Or you've at least made the decision to afford it for a night. So my advice is, if you're going to spend a lot of money on a meal, go all out and spend a little more for some amazing extras. If you're going to nickel and dime the dinner or agonize over the price, just don't go. Be prepared to spend a lot on dinner, embrace it and enjoy the hell out of it!

Jun 07, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Recs along Geo Wash Mem Pkwy

If you're in this area (Rt 1 near Mt Vernon), and you want some great Chinese, hit up "Peking Duck". It's a little north of the places monkeyrotica mentioned, but very close.

Excellent dumplings, Peking Duck and most other dishes too. It's a low key, family owned joint, but the duck (carved tableside) can't be beat.

Jun 07, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Planting bareroot trees: to soak or not to soak?

This is way too late for the OP but maybe someone else will see it.

I've planted 40 or so bare root trees in the last few years and I've always soaked them prior to planting, but for nowhere near 18 hours. My method is the put the trees in a bucket of water the morning I'm going to plant, and then just keep them in the bucket until I have the hole dug and I'm ready to stick the tree in. It's usually between one and 4 hours.

May 03, 2013
Bart Hound in Gardening

Looking for a less sweet tomato

I'll second the nomination for Green Zebra.

Lots of people hate them for their tartness, but others (like me) love them for the very same reason. They're a tomato that doesn't taste like a "tomato", in the best possible way.

As an added bonus, they look cool as hell!

May 03, 2013
Bart Hound in Gardening

Recommended restaurant supply stores

I've got the perfect place for you.

Best Supply (413 Morse NE) in the Florida Avenue. 202-544-2525

I discovered it from an old thread in Chowhound and my wife and I outfitted our new kitchen with plates and bowls and assorted other stuff from here. The plates were plain white ones that look just like the Williams Sonoma ones for $25 per plate, but at Best Supply it was something like 12 plates for $75 (maybe even cheaper).

They also have tons of woks, and covers, from the typical home cook size to ones that are (maybe) 3 feet across!

Pots and pans of all sizes, cutting boards of all sizes and a million other items.

The place is right near Union Market which is in walking distance from the NoMa Metro stop, but it's probably too far a walk to be hauling a bunch of stuff unless you had a cart.

Apr 09, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

If I have to pick only one for dinner, what will it be? Minibar? Komi?

I don't think of Komi as avant garde at all. It's got a lot of small plates and it's beyond fantastic, but all the food looks pretty much like normal food.

At Rogue 24 and minibar you might get a salad that looks like a pizza and a pizza that looks like a lawn mower! Not really, but I hope you get my point.

If you want weird and different looking food, Komi is the most normal of the three.

Feb 28, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

Was it the part where she asked him something about what he'd change about his season and he said, "I was fat, my hair was horrible and......" and then Padma said, "well nothing's changed"

I thought that was pretty funny and that she didn't come off jerky at all, just sort of goofing around with the chefs. Haven't rewatched it yet though.

Feb 28, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

Anthony Bourdain was on Reddit's "Ask me anything" today

Thanks!

Good read. Lots of laughs. Some classic Bourdain.

Feb 27, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

China Boy--Stunning Find in D.C. Chinatown

I was there a few months ago. I got a noodle dish and an order of crepes. The noodle dish was good and large (half was brought home for dinner.....something that I never do). The crepes were underseasoned.

It was a good meal and I'll eat there again when I'm in the area, but I think some of the raves are a bit over the top and a little too much.

A lot of the appeal is the hole in the wall nature of the place. If you served the same exact food in a "real" restaurant, I doubt there would be this kind of buzz.

Feb 21, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

Agreed! And I wouldn't be surprised if it's in NY or LA or someplace other than Hawaii.

Feb 21, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News

ISO a place with a private room for 10 or 12?

Does anyone have any suggestions for a place with a private room or secluded area? I've been charged with researching a location for a 50th birthday party for a dozen or so people. Most of them are in Bethesda so a restaurant up there or on that side of town is preferred, but not required.

Anyone have any thoughts?

Feb 11, 2013
Bart Hound in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #14 - 02/06/13 (Spoilers)

When I read your comment about "TC setting it up for a woman to win" I thought you meant Tom Col. was setting it up that way. I now realize you meant Top Chef, but I've often wondered about Last Chance Kitchen. Tom has the only vote and he could put anyone he wants back into the game. I'm not suggesting the fix is in, but he sure did seem to like a certain dish this week, but pick the other chef (no spoilers).

Feb 09, 2013
Bart Hound in Food Media & News