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Lunch near Fort Belvoir -- a culinary wasteland or am I missing something?

I'm glad you've tested it (so I don't have to)-I've read about it since it opened, & just haven't been tempted to try it out (& I would really love a great lunch spot that's close by).

One place that I've eaten at a few times recently that exceeded expectations was the Mount Vernon Inn-miles better than when I ate there a few years ago, maybe I just got lucky.

Jul 12, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Side spam starting spontaneously

Why do those horrible little ads on the side start making noise? This doesn't usually happen.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Site Talk

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

That's kind of sad- I hope they didn't mean to ruin your night out. Let's hope they were well intentioned, but clueless (& I hope your next night in a new city, you have a different group of friends)-come visit DC & we'll find some good food. (& look how much I referenced 'hope' in my post, before I can't edit anymore).

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Overcooked Chicken Breasts - Help

Good luck w/ rescue strategies, & I mean that sincerely, but w/ chicken breast, you might be better off adopting another pup. Or you could give chicken salad (w/ lots of mayo) a shot. I add chopped pickles, & a bit of juice to mine.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

& if you're with friends who don't like the same food, you don't have to share.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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What's So Wrong About Not Lliking ..... ?

Don't ever try to defend or convert anyone to your choices- I love seafood, but burgers- eh, who cares? But different choices for different people & I would never belittle someone else's food choices. One of the joys about eating out- you get to order what you like.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Thai Ghang Waan in Springfield, VA

I'm going to try to go for lunch next week. We went on Mother's Day (horrible time to dine) & the chef wasn't there, & my family (ok, my DH) was impatient, so we left. I've enjoyed all my meals there.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? July 2014 edition! [OLD]

I am loving my copy of Donald Link's "Down South", but we are in moving/purging mode & I don't want to part w/ a single one of my cookbooks.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Pretzel Buns

The pretzel buns baked at our local commissary are about the only carb I indulge in anymore- usually w/ salami & cheese on the side, but occasionally for a smoked turkey sandwich. I love dense, salty breads, although I really shouldn't eat much of them.

Jul 10, 2014
thistle5 in General Topics

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

I wussed out, & only bought, "Down South", but it's awesome, other than a couple of recipes (guinea hen & frog legs, hard to get ingredients), I'd cook everything in this book. & I have a lot of cookbooks...

Jun 24, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Food Truck Catering

I peeked in the back of the truck, because I was interested to see how they operated in a such a small space. I think I'd be more comfortable w/ food truck food- it's a small space to keep sanitary, stuff is loaded on as it's needed. If you've ever worked in a restaurant (& this is a generalization), you'll realize how often some of them are deep cleaned-it's just more inventory to keep up with.

Jun 24, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food Truck Catering

We visited the NoVA Brewfest this weekend, & I had a chicken bowl (chicken, rice, black beans, salsa, cheese, & aioli-sounds odd, tastes great) from Roaming Rotisserie-it was MUCH better than I expected festival food to be.

Jun 24, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Does preparing for a dinner party keep you from entertaining?

Yum, I want to go to your party. I also think that the more you do it, the more comfortable (& able to roll w/ the punches) you become.

Jun 23, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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It's Saturday. It's summer. I want shrimp. And NO I DON'T want to clean/make/prep/grill/ it myself at home.

You're probably right, maybe that's why I love it, & the guy chops it up fresh for you, definitely the best ceviche I've ever had. I love shrimp so much, I'd rather have a smaller portion of thoughtfully prepared shrimp than AYCE cottony, mediocre shrimp.

Jun 23, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Writing a post on Chowhound...and then deleting it before posting.

I think there should be no time limit on editing one's own posts, after a few goofs, I find myself less likely to post.

Jun 23, 2014
thistle5 in Site Talk

It's Saturday. It's summer. I want shrimp. And NO I DON'T want to clean/make/prep/grill/ it myself at home.

I understand not wanting to do it yourself, the conundrum is that shrimp is the easiest thing to do at home-buy frozen, cleaned shrimp, dump in boiling salted water, chill, then add to salad, dip in guacamole, tatziki,salsa, sprinkle w/ lemon- it's DEAD easy. But if you want to go out, Thaibox has good shrimp dishes (po' boy w/ remoulade, yum) & I think the ceviche at Tacos el Costalilla has some shrimp (but it's mostly fish) & it's awesome. Also, the shrimp shu mai at Sampan Cafe is very good, & I recently had a shrimp & crab Louie salad at the Mount Vernon Inn that was outstanding.

Jun 21, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

World Cup party with Portuguese cuisine

I am not really a sports fan, but I'm loving the World Cup-watched Costa Rica/Italy (great), France/Switzerland (crushing), & now Honduras/Ecuador...I am inspired to cook-because I'm a Chowhound, not a diehard soccer fan.
On the menu- baleadas, different salsas, & maybe a quiche (cooked a spinach/cheese pie tonight).

Jun 20, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Patterns for everyday and china dinnerware

I had to check out Wedgwood Hunting Scene from your post, it's really cute (that sound strange, but it shows personality).
Many years ago, when I registered for our wedding, I selected Wedgwood Napoleon Ivy, it's earthenware, not china, but I've used it everyday. I've never broken any, either (knock on wood). I also inherited a bunch of Lenox Westwind (autumnal leaves) but have used it infrequently. I also have a set of plain white bone china, but that really hasn't seen a lot of use either.
I agree that preferences & circumstances change, I'm just happy that I still love my original choice.

Jun 20, 2014
thistle5 in Cookware

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

Thanks, I think it's a good fit for me-I'm Southern, & I love Korean food (& soccer-SKorea/Russia, 1-1, just ended). It just looks like it's skewed towards pork (& I like pork, but I just smoke it) & not as many seafood recipes (my recent passion). The other one on my wish list is the "Lee Bros. Charleston Cookbook".

Jun 17, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

What cookbooks have you bought recently, or are you lusting after? June 2014 edition! [OLD]

In my shopping cart I have "Roberta's Cookbook", "Down South", & "Smoke & Pickles"- any opinions on these? Borisabrams, thanks for mentioning "Delights from the Garden of Eden"- read that last night, & had to run downstairs & dig it out of the bookshelf-it's definitely a keeper.

Jun 17, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

"Silver Palate" and "New Basics": Dated? or Worth Keeping?

When I saw this thread, I had to check it out (I was sure that I had responded). I have the Silver Palate Good Times cookbook, & it's one of my all time favorites- it has great sidebars & tips. Now, I'm off to reread it & see how many things I've actually cooked out of it. It doesn't matter, I wouldn't get rid of it. I didn't like the New Basics as much, it's at my mom's house, so I occasionally revisit it.

Jun 15, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Stick a fork in Top Chef Canada... it's done.

I loved TC Canada, as least as good as the US version, I like Mark McEwan (he always looks so spiffy) & Lisa Ray, I just wish I could get full episodes on YouTube.

Jun 09, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Where to find good, cheap, wood cutting board?

TJMaxx & HomeGoods usually have a good supply- there might be some flaws, but they're inexpensive. If you need small sizes, they usually have bamboo boards, which are great.

Jun 07, 2014
thistle5 in Cookware

Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

I haven't had tamales either, but I've had pupusas & sopes. I'm surprised at how many things I've tried, the biggest group I can think of that I haven't tried is some offal- I've had liver & sweetbreads, but not tripe, chitlins, kidneys, heart or brains (I think brains might be similar to sweetbreads, though). For seafood, no abalone or sea urchin, & maybe a few obscure veggies like crosnes & scorzonera.

Jun 07, 2014
thistle5 in General Topics

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

My daughter picked out a bunch of canned pho broth, & it's turning out to be as bad as you would think it would be, I tried to warn her.

May 30, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

My favorite is the spicy chicken basil (kaprow)- deceptively simple, yet seriously spiced, w/ an egg on top. The shrimp po' boys are also good.

May 30, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

GMart opened this past weekend, after a quick trip through,it's very similar to the Bestway behind HWV, maybe slightly less selection. Next door is Doña somebody's pupuseria, opening soon. I still have yet to try Rahama, the African restaurant in that same plaza.

May 27, 2014
thistle5 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pre Washed Bagged Salad Mixes- Do You Take A Lending Hand?

I resisted for the longest time, just bought heads of romaine & prepped it myself, but lately I've started getting bags, & no, I don't rewash.

May 20, 2014
thistle5 in General Topics

The Last Great Bastion of Racism

Michael W. Twitty is from the Washington DC area & is an excellent food blogger http://afroculinaria.com/about/
& while the Mount Vernon Inn is not usually listed on the top restaurant lists for this area, both the director of food & beverage, Jay Quander, & the executive chef, Ryan Wallen, are black. My last lunch there was excellent, although I have no idea of the racial/ ethnic background of the kitchen, because it didn't matter-I was there for the food. (Actually, I was there to visit the gardens that day, & we just ended up eating there).

May 20, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

We Asked Chowhounds for Crazy Stuff to Put on Fries

Left over green & white sauces from a Peruvian chicken place, even better w/ some leftover chicken. & I like shoestring fries & my Peruvian chicken place (Su Pollo) has disgusting frozen crinkle cuts, so I get rice.

May 19, 2014
thistle5 in Features