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Manassas area restaurant (or surrounding area)

You'll probably get more suggestions if you move this to the Washington DC board, Manassas is in the suburbs. Trummer's on Main, just north of Manassas in Clifton, is very good, I've heard. & they also serve brunch on Sundays, which can be a nice holiday treat.

Dec 21, 2014
thistle5 in Mid-Atlantic

Costco: Xmas 2014

How is the langoustine? I want to try it, but w/ just myself & 1 other, can't see how I could use a whole package. Could I freeze small portions to put in soups, salads?

Best smoker for a dilletante?

I'd also recommend the Weber Smoky Mt., as close to 'set it up & walk away' as you can get, yet you can tweak your results, if you want. I had a couple of small electric smokers before this one, & they worked well also, but I love my WSM 22- got a great deal on Craigslist & I'm completely happy with it.

if you could live anywhere at any income level, what would you choose?

Yes, let's go there, I feel bad for being such a negative itch, it's much better to visualize a better life, I'd be cooking BBQ on the beach, too. & yum, fried fish!

Nov 29, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

Discussions about taking food home during Thanksgiving dinner

I have the opposite problem, my inlaws/outlaws are wonderful, charming people, individually, but for an introvert like me, the 6 hr. T'giving dinner is tolerable, but not joyful. I do it every year, because I do honestly love these folks,& except for the small children, most of them fall asleep at the halfway mark now.

Nov 29, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

Tell us about your Thanksgiving disaster

I was actually hoping for more drunk uncle/annoying guest posts, they're usually funnier than cooking disasters.

So Far I've Made (from Thanksgiving leftovers):

Turkey stock (from the smoked turkey carcass) & not from leftovers, something I thought about bringing to the family T'giving, an appetizer sort of thing-crescent roll dough, baked flat, topped w/ a spread of mostly cream cheese, w/ a bit of ranch mix & mayo (I know it's low brow, but I've been making it for years & I love it) & chopped red onion, blanched broccoli & cauliflower. My old boss called these broccoli brownies, & they're best chilled.

Nov 28, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Would you say your Thanksgiving this year is going to be a big deal . Or your just going to make it simple ?

Simple, but I am a guest. No matter how much other people bring or help you with, it's more stressful to be the host/ess. I am bringing 2 smoked turkeys, bean dip (a weird family tradition), & 2 growlers of beer to share, roggenbier & cranberry saison.

Nov 26, 2014
thistle5 in General Topics

Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I avoided this thread, because I thought, "They are talking about me".

Nov 25, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Let's ban the word GUYS!!!

I was born in NY & moved as a child to the backwoods of NC, so I use 'you guys' & 'y'all' interchangeably. 'Ladies & gentlemen' is too long, & 'gentlefolk' seems a little antiquated.

Nov 25, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food
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Football during Thanksgiving dinner - am I a snob?

Same here, at our family Thanksgiving, football will be on, although I don't think anyone is a huge sports fan, it's more of a T'giving tradition. There will be kids running in & out, phone calls/Skype to family members not present, groups splitting off to discuss different things, & the meal comes together, buffet style, over time- I am not a football fan, nor fond of large groups of people, but I love our family Thanksgiving & I'm thankful for my many blessings- hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

NYT Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States

North Carolina gets sweet potato cornbread- not for this Tarheel, I love cornbread, but loathe sweet potatoes (unfortunately, I know they're a healthy vegetable, just never developed a taste for them). While I can understand why people in WA might not see bok choy & shiitakes as a T'giving dish, I could eat that all day.

Nov 25, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Turkey necks for broth?

I've started smoking 2 turkeys, since it's supposed to snow tomorrow-I'll portion the larger one, & use the carcass for stock, & bring the smaller one (whole & gently reheated)to the family dinner.

I've always thrown the turkey necks away in the past, but today I threw them in a crockpot, w/ s&p, & a shot of applecider vinegar-to be honest, they do not smell wonderful, so I'll probably just use it to pour over the dogs' food. Should I have used them w/ the turkey carcass or just chucked them? Now that I think about it, I should have put them in the smoker, for awhile, to caramelize them a bit.

Nov 25, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking

Wegman's on Telegraph to include a pub

One more reason to anticipate Wegman's opening- I just recently discovered Jeff Todd Way (road between Rt. 1 & Telegraph), shortens my commute to the library & Wegman's (when it opens). I don't eat over there often, but I like China Garden & Baytna in Landsdowne center.

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

Mamma's Kitchen, Rt. 1, is another Greek/Italian place that serves breakfast (weekends only). It's a favorite lunch spot for me & their breakfast menu sounds appetizing (if I were a breakfast person).

Good basic breakfast in NoVa?

I read that Olympians, in Lansdowne Center, has recently started serving breakfast, I've eaten other meals there & enjoyed it. Family Bakery & Mrs. Donut, just off Richmond Hwy, n of Ft. Belvoir, has good pastries (I like the enormous elephants ears & the pineapple cream cheese pastry). & if you're adventurous, there's Elsie's Magic Skillet, my kids have eaten there, but I have not. I am not a breakfast person & only eat breakfast out if I'm traveling.

California Trailblazer Jeremiah Tower Comes Out of Retirement to Take Over Tavern on the Green in NYC

He certainly has the experience, to manage an iconic restaurant like this- I wish him good luck.

Retire where?

Wilmington or Chapel Hill, NC- Wilmington for the beach, Chapel Hill for everything else. I'm biased, though, I've lived in & loved both of those places, & would happily retire to either one of them.

Oct 21, 2014
thistle5 in Not About Food

Ebola: Do you think it will change how we dine out?

No, just being aware of what's going on- I'm in the DC area, too, been here since the DC snipers, anthrax, ( & wretched traffic, but that's another story). There are a lot of people, moving in & out of this area, & by the time we figure out how to take precautions, it may be too late.

I'm also thinking about military personnel that will be sent to Africa to deal w/ it there, yes we have a volunteer military, but is this what they thought they would be doing? & is the training there? Early days yet, but it's hard not to be pessimistic.

Oct 09, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Ebola: Do you think it will change how we dine out?

All of you people that aren't concerned, give it 6 months- what do you envision? If you're not at all thinking about what could happen, you live in a bubble. I don't think we need to panic, but the reality of it being introduced into the states is already a foregone conclusion.

Oct 09, 2014
thistle5 in Food Media & News

Thai Nakorn, Rt. 1, Alexandria

I know this place is probably a bit further south than most folks that frequent this board, but I wanted to talk about my dinner tonight. My daughter came home craving pad see eaw, talked me into getting takeout, I also ordered larb gai. My larb was amazing, very spicy, & sour, just the way I like it.

We don't get food from here that often (mostly I cook), but our food was so good, I called to tell them that, after we picked up our order.

Autumn Soup Course

Call me contrary, but I also like the duck & shrimp gumbo, a small cup would be a luxurious way to start a dinner- I would rather have a small cup of something fabulous than a larger serving of something middling. & I also dislike butternut squash soup, although I saw a recipe for a Thai curry one that sounded interesting, but not enough for me to try it.

Oct 08, 2014
thistle5 in Home Cooking
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I thought the garden folks would enjoy this okra tale

I used to get side-eyes from the neighbors when I planted cleome (not even close, imo).

Oct 08, 2014
thistle5 in Gardening

Depardieu: ‘I drink 14 bottles of wine a day’

That's still a lot of wine-I understand being a functional alcoholic, but 14 bottles? I imagine that his stomach is torn up...

Oct 04, 2014
thistle5 in Wine

Why you should refrigerate tomatoes and ignore anyone who says otherwise?

End of summer- I pick them off the tomato plants I've neglected all summer- Sun Gold & Carolina Gold are still producing, despite total lack of care.

Sep 09, 2014
thistle5 in General Topics

Looking for AFFORDABLE caterers!

Time to start asking questions of the caterers covered by your deposit- the more stuff you can DIY, the more you will save, but it will be lots of work, more than you anticipate. Caterers are pros, until you regularly work large parties, you won't be able use their economy of scale or expertise.

Good food in the DC/VA area??

My tips on relocating to DC/VA/MD (although I didn't move here from a food paradise) 1) keep hoping that summer's almost over (it has been quite a mild one, though) 2) lower your expectations & 3) focus on finding what you most want to eat locally, explore your neighborhood. There's lots of good food here, it may just take you awhile to find it (& be ready to appreciate it, i.e. when you're not missing where you used to live). & do check out DonRockwell.com. Welcome to the DMV, I wish you great grub...I think you'll feel better once fall gets here.

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.

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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