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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.

about 3 hours ago
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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