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Request for mini reports week ending March 30

I haven't yet, & I rarely go to Chipotle either (too crowded), so my experience is limited, but I liked this place, the people there were very nice. I wanted to get it to go, but after we got our food, my son wanted to eat there, so we did.
I got a salad bowl, w/ chicken kebab, pickled turnips, Arabic salad, olives, baba ghanoush, feta, tabouli, w/ tatziki, & a side of falafel.

Mar 31, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

In Your Opinion, What is the Best Thai Restaurant in Northern VA?

I got takeout lunch today at ThaiBox, chicken ga prow, it was delicious, maybe a bit smaller than I would have liked, but a fried egg on top, & very spicy.

Mar 31, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Request for mini reports week ending March 30

I also got takeout lunch from ThaiBox, which is a small Thai/Cajun place near Ft. Belvoir. I got chicken ga prow, asked for med spicy 6/10, it was a bit smaller than I remembered, but delicious, fried egg on top, just a smaller ratio of chicken to rice. I was hoping they would have the shrimp/pineapple curry as a special, but since I didn't see it on the board, I didn't ask for it.

Mar 31, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Request for mini reports week ending March 30

I had lunch at Baytna, south Alexandria, near Ft. Belvoir-it's fast Mediterranean, similar to Chipotle in setup- so rice, salad, or pita, w/ different toppings-hummus, veggies, sauces. I thoroughly enjoyed it-quick, inexpensive, tasty.

Mar 31, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Casual lunch with business partner near Quantico

The only place I've tried in that area is Bella Cafe-good sandwiches & a comfortable spot to chat. I see from Yelp that they've moved, address is 3846 Jefferson Davis Hwy, stafford, VA

Just going by reviews, I'd be tempted to try Kabob Corner, sounds like a favorite spot in Woodbridge, Al-Zaytoun.

Jan 22, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

What was your dish for this snowy evening?

Wish it were more exciting- frozen pizza for the girls home from school midday, later this evening-roasted Brussels sprouts & Tom yum soup, w/ smoked turkey broth, frozen shrimp, mushrooms, & scallions.

Jan 21, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bone-in beef short ribs - not worth the effort or did I mess them up?

Truth-I keep wanting to love short ribs, braising some today (I only picked them up because they were marked down, $6.17/lb to $4.63), lovely veg base, red wine, smelled wonderful, but they're so fatty, w/ very little meat.

I guess I've just gotten used to leaner, cheaper cuts, & that's what I prefer. If I want fatty, I would also go w/ chuck or a pork butt.

Jan 18, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #13 - 01/08/14 (Spoilers)

I record TC usually, & watch it the next morning, while reading TWOP commentary. After reading this morning, I didn't even want to watch the episode. I'm removing myself & watching old editions of TC Canada (which I may have already watched, but forgotten)- sounds like BS to me, I'm not Nick's biggest fan, but hey, immunity? WTF, don't hand it out, if you're going to bitch later...as a side note, I'm enjoying watching TC Canada.

Jan 09, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Tips and expensive restaurants

Well, if no server in that restaurant wanted to wait on her, I think we can assume she WAS a bad tipper, & they have the right to refuse her service. She's free to choose some other restaurant to patronize ( or abuse, or my favorite option, she can fix meals for herself at home).

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

Tips and expensive restaurants

I really hate tipping threads, I feel like such a beyotch for stating my opinion, but I worked as a waitress in my younger years, & as a consequence, I tip generously, & I'm mindful of what servers have to deal with- I wish all diners were.

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Tips and expensive restaurants

Nothing wrong w/ discussing new ideas, or disagreeing w/ the expected norm, but until you've changed the system, I believe you should tip (or serve yourself)-my opinion only.

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Tips and expensive restaurants

& if tipping while you are in the US goes against your principles/beliefs, you are free to cook your own meals or patronize fast food restaurants, where tipping is not customary. Bon Appetite!

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #12 - 01/01/14 (Spoilers)

That was breakfast on the beach for surfers, & her outfit actually made sense after a while (she was still cuter than Tom,who I have a soft spot for.)

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Infomercial Cookware that Works?

I finally put my vintage, purple plastic covered (for bun warming) George Foreman grill out in the recycling a couple weeks ago, it had to have been somewhere between 15-19 years old. The insides were scraped & just couldn't be cleaned anymore, but I will miss it.

Jan 07, 2014
thistle5 in Cookware

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

Alright, if I can substitute Snickers w/ a beer batter, I'm in...

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

I read flash fried shank as flash fried shark, & it sounded pretty good, French fries are always awesome (but not the same cooked at home), & I know fried foods aren't really good for me...it's a dilemma.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

I have got to know what 'Most Creative Fried Beer' is! Now, most of the rest of them, take it or leave it, (although I'm intrigued by Cuban roll & jambalaya)

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

What is your preparation method for making a great Fish meal.

So, how about fried fish? Just got a deep fryer (in the past, I've pan fried, w/ Wondra & Old Bay)-I'm thinking about a trial, w/ barramundi (inexpensive, neutral filets) breaded w/ cornstarch, Wondra, & Zatarains Fish-Fri (an impulse purchase at Costco, it'll take me 20 years to use up this much cornmeal breaking)-separately, of course. I love fried fish, but will have to eat it in small portions, w/ lots of slaw.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

I want a King Cake Law!

& only in NO could you get a King cake at Walmart...the rest of us have got to bake them ourselves.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in New Orleans

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

My kid mentioned Oreos, & avocados? Big chunks (or I'd be afraid they'd dissolve)?

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

That sounds good...how about Brussel sprouts (I have a big bag), can you fry them? Battered, plain? I think I saw something about Paul Qui's Brussel sprouts tossed w/ fish sauce & chiles, but I don't know if they were fried...

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

Having fun with kale desserts

Yeah, in soup it doesn't even need to be perked up-tomorrow's soup- red & brown lentils, scallions, kale, w/ smoked turkey broth & za'atar (maybe carrots & celery, if I'm not lazy)

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

What is your preparation method for making a great Fish meal.

That's interesting, I've never thought about slow poaching fish in coconut oil, I'll have to try that.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Having fun with kale desserts

I feel guilty, I have a limp bunch of kale in the frig (too limp for chips, will probably put it in soup), but if someone comes up w/ something inspiring, I 'll be picking up fresh kale in the morning (& I have NO idea how I turned into a kale loving person).

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

FRIED FOODS - LA Dish of the Month (January 2014)

I'm waiting for this thread to really take off, because although I'm not in LA, I acquired a deep fryer over the holidays (CoolDaddy Elite, woo hoo!) & I need inspiration. So far, my son has made several batches of fried chicken, but I can't really think of stuff I want to fry.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Los Angeles Area

Having fun with kale desserts

I will have to try that, because those are 2 of my favorite foods, but I never would have thought to put them together.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Having fun with kale desserts

I have to say, this is the most amusing thread title I've seen in some time-I hadn't really considered kale in dessert, but now I will, thanks to you.

Jan 05, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

Looks yummy, I'm surprised there aren't more chicken dishes besides the wings & Khao mun gai (chicken fat rice), but that's my preference, I like laap gai.

Jan 04, 2014
thistle5 in San Francisco Bay Area

R'evolution

How was Peche? That's the one that's most interesting to me, I love seafood.

Jan 04, 2014
thistle5 in New Orleans

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? January 2014 edition! [Through January 31, 2014]

I just got those 2 recently & I think they're both great. But, I think my NY resolution should be to try more stuff out of the books I have, before I get anymore (& I will fail, as w/ most of my resolutions).

Jan 04, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking
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