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Weight your own vegetables at Wegmans

Amen! Ever since they changed the original layout of the produce department, it's been a zoo there. Back to the question: I do weigh some produce, but not all. How can anyone be a grump while in Wegman's?

Nov 24, 2014
meem in Chains

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

German Gourmet is the only place I go to buy brats. And their saurkraut is delicious. My husband is from the upper midwest (land of the brat experts :>) and usually brings them back after a trip home. But he thinks GG's brats are really good.

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - June 2013 [OLD]

I love TJ's frozen naan and their Indian simmering sauces are very good too and their Greek plain yogurt is perfect for making raita. TJ's Thai Vegetable Gyoza are delicious as well (I make a simple Vietnamese dipping sauce to go with them). If you like chai tea, TJ's Spicy Chai Tea Latte Mix is wonderful. I also like their frozen peas. Lots of Yays here! Sometimes I like to pick up a package of crumpets as they're not sold in many supermarkets in my area. Almost forgot my newest big deal: I love Trader Joe's Extra Virgin California Estate Olive Oil. It's only about $5.99 and is just as good as a $29 bottle of Olio Santo. I now buy 2 at a time.

Jun 07, 2013
meem in Chains

lunch in farifax/fair oaks area

At Fairfax Corner you can get a good lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, Chipotle's or Potbelly (good sandwiches). Jason's Deli at the north entrance to Fair Lakes Shopping Center is pretty good. Viet House (corner of Jermantown & Lee Hwy) has good chicken pho and summer rolls. I guess you know about Cheesecake Factory. We really like the pizza at Luciano's in Oakton but their new branch at Fair Oaks Mall doesn't seem to be as talented at pizza making (maybe they've improved...we were there this past winter & haven't returned). Pizzarama's subs and pizzas are good (I like the Philly Steak & Cheese but have chicken instead of the steak). Wouldn't it be great to have a Breadline or Teaism out here? I've yet to find a great Chinese restaurant. Happy lunch place hunting!

ISO good lunch in Leesburg

Thanks everyone! We had to postpone our trip today - going tomorrow. I think we're leaning toward LIghtfoot (because of those fried oysters on greens :) but we're adding all these suggestions to our special "eats list" that we keep in the car (so that we always have options in case a restaurant we're headed toward is closed/out of business/etc).

ISO good lunch in Leesburg

We're going to Leesburg on Thursday and want to have lunch in the historic downtown area (King St?). I've heard that Lightfoot is supposed to be very good (looked at their lunch menu and noticed the fried oysters on greens that sounds wonderful). Thanks.

Mylo's Grill in Vienna?

Thanks so much for all this good info'...sounds interesting and certainly worth visiting!

Mylo's Grill in Vienna?

Has anyone been to this new restaurant? I read about it on a blog but can't find out where exactly in Vienna it's located. They don't seem to have a website either. They serve Greek food. Thanks!

Johnny's Half Shell?

Fried Oyster Po'boy is wonderful!

How is Maplewood Grill in Vienna, VA?

The lunch menu online looks good. Has anyone been to this restaurant since the changeover from Le Canard? Thanks.

ISO seafood west of Falls Church

Wow - we just checked their menu. Thanks so much. This is exactly what we're looking for (can't believe I forgot about PassionFish).

ISO seafood west of Falls Church

I'm looking for a seafood restaurant (or a general restaurant that also serves good seafood) west of Falls Church. Specifically, we're interested in a lunch menu that might include fried oyster po'boys, fish and chips, lobster rolls, etc. We like Hank's but don't want to drive in to Alexandria or take metro to Dupont Circle. Is there anything in Herndon or Reston or Leesburg? Thanks!

Coastal Flats-Fairfax

We just had lunch at Coastal Flats and were disappointed with our food (the service is still great!). My crabmeat sandwich was not as good as in the past- the crabmeat just didn't taste "right" ...not quite past its prime but almost?? My husband thought the oil used to fry his fish was old (he also thought his cole slaw tasted oily). We've always had very good meals at CF in the past--but we hadn't been there since last spring, though. Has anyone else noticed something different?

ISO Swedish restaurant in St. Paul

Wow! Thanks, everyone :) I really appreciate your suggestions and warnings. I like the idea of the Swedish Institute and Ingebretsen's. And the menu at Taste of Scandinavia looked good (hmmm...will have some advance scouting done on that one) plus they sell limpa which I can't get around here. Hope they're back to being good because I'd love to try that French Toast Scandinavian style (whipped cream, powdered sugar, lingonberries on cardamom bread). Again - tak!

Jun 09, 2009
meem in Minneapolis-St. Paul

ISO Swedish restaurant in St. Paul

Actually either Minneapolis or St. Paul. Is there a Swedish restaurant in the area where we could have lunch, or coffee & Scandinavian pastries? We'll be visiting over the 4th and being Swedish-American (and living in the not very Scandinavian metro DC area) I think it would be fun find a taste of Sweden (excluding Ikea - we have them here :). Thanks!

Jun 07, 2009
meem in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Hunan in Reston - any good?

My only reason for being interested in this place is that they'll deliver and where we live, there really aren't any good restaurants that will. Maybe the next time I'm up in Reston I'll try to find this restaurant and check it out (of course after first checking out the health dept rating!)

Hunan in Reston - any good?

I'm desperately seeking a good Chinese restaurant for delivery in my area (Peking Village II is only "just OK" these days) and recently received in the mail a menu for Hunan Chinese Restaurant in Hunters Woods Plaza. Anyone familiar with this place and if so, is it any good? thanks!

Lobster Rolls

The only place I order a lobster roll around here is at Coastal Flats. It has some mayo in it but not too much (or too little as I experienced at several places in ME not too long ago). And it's in the correct roll and the roll is lightly grilled. I'm not a Bostonian but I lived there many years ago and remember when I could easily buy a lobster roll for lunch (about $5 so you know this was *many* years ago :)

KC Cafe at the Kennedy Center

We've eaten several times at the Kennedy Center's casual restaurant and liked the food - not sure if it's called the KC Cafe (but most likely it is--it's not the expensive one :) We prefer to eat a light meal before a performance and we like walking around the buffets to make our selection of foods.

ISO place to eat near GW (Marvin Center)

Thanks everyone! Will try Founding Farmers :)

ISO place to eat near GW (Marvin Center)

We're going to a function at GW tomorrow evening and are interested in grabbing a bite to eat somewhere between the Foggy Bottom metro station and the Marvin Center. Just something simple and light. Thanks for your help!

ISO restaurant near Marriott in Roslyn

Thanks, everyone. You've given us more to contemplate :) Maybe we need to check out Village Bistro's distance from the Marriott Residence Inn vs Red Hot & Blue (not our favorite but as I said, who knows what the weather will be like that night for walking).

ISO restaurant near Marriott in Roslyn

It doesn't have a restaurant. Hey thanks everyone for your suggestions and comments. We thought Village Bistro would be great but it's a bit of a hike (we think??) when we don't know what the weather will be like( we're taking Metro in from Vienna). We think Red Hot & Blue should be ok (our main goal is to just have lots of conversation and catch up after not seeing them for 14 years)...hopefully we can find something decent to eat there. I appreciate your help :)

ISO restaurant near Marriott in Roslyn

We plan to take the metro in from Fairfax to meet friends who will be staying at the Marriott Residence Inn on North Oak Street in Roslyn next month and are in need of suggestions on restaurants within walking distance. We'd prefer a place where we can hear each other (low decibel??). It will be mid-week, probably around 6:30 PM. Something similar to Les Halles or Clydes or Arties (cuisine and price range)? Thanks.

Ur best savoury dried cranberry recipes?

I found this recipe at the Epicurious swap & love it . I found I needed more dressing & had to add some sugar as the orange I used wasn't very sweet. Also, I used orange flavored Craisins. This recipe is delicious and a keeper for us. If you make the whole salad you might want to double the dressing (I just halve the salad part and make the dressing as described below).

Israeli Couscous with Cranberries and Pecans (a la Whole Foods) Serves: 4-6

2c Israeli couscous, uncooked
1c dried cranberries
1c toasted pecans, quartered
2 scallions, minced

3T canola oil
1.5T champagne vinegar
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 the orange you just zested
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t dried thyme
1/2 t dried tarragon
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and add the couscous. When it's done (roughly 8-10 mins, or when it's al dente), drain it but do not rinse. Set aside and let cool while you mince the scallions, toast and chop the pecans, and make the dressing.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the canola oil, vinegar, orange zest and juice, spices and salt and pepper.

3. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, cranberries, pecans and scallions. Pour the well-whisked dressing over it and toss to combine.

4. Serve immediately, or chill in the fridge for a few hours to blend the flavors. Enjoy!

Posted at epicurious swap by ach77

Oct 02, 2008
meem in Home Cooking

ISO casual restaurants in Broomfield, CO

Uh-oh. I'd heard that Broomfield was an upscale suburb of Denver with lots of upscale boutiques, cafes, interesting shops, etc. we're thinking of moving to this area and will be checking out housing this weekend. Hmmmmmm........ Thanks everyone!

Oct 02, 2008
meem in Southwest

ISO casual restaurants in Broomfield, CO

Hope I'm in the right area for discussions on restaurants in the greater Denver area. Anyway, we're going to be in Broomfield this weekend and I'm interested in casual places for lunch and dinner (e.g., bistros, cafes). Thanks!

Oct 01, 2008
meem in Southwest

Best Store Bought Pickles in DC (no restaurants)?

The only dill pickles I buy are the Giant brand which amazes me as I've never been keen on store brand items. Maybe it's because Giant was founded and run by a Jewish family for many years that their own dill pickles taste great??? Who knows? But IMO they are far superior to Mt Olive (my next favorite brand). I've always thought Vlasic has an odd taste to its brine. Now they don't taste like the dill pickles you get in a bowl in a Jewish deli...but they're very good.

Mon Ami Gabi for lunch?

I hadn't realized Mon Ami Gabi was open for lunch. Has anyone tried it? Anything outstanding? Thanks!

help me enjoy salmon, recipes needed

I only buy farm raised (usually at Wegman's) and make sure it doesn't have that strong fishy odor...that's when salmon can put you off it for ever! I love this recipe - think it's from Cooking Light or Eating Well, not sure. But I've made just a few changes (like not using canned salmon) and I use fresh capers (in those plastic containers at Whole Foods). This is the only way I eat salmon now. I like to serve the salmon cakes on arugula (on which I've squirted a little of that Asian Silk dressing...I think it's WishBone Salad Spritzer).

Crispy Salmon Cakes w/ Lemon Caper Mayonnaise

Salmon Cakes:

1 T vegetable oil
¼ cup finely chopped onions
¼ cup finely chopped celery
1 T minced green bell pepper
¾ cup crushed fatfree saltines (20), divided
1 T dijon mustard
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
16 oz fresh salmon, poached (farm raised is best imo)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 T mayonnaise
½ tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes Tabasco
(if using fresh salmon, add a bit of salt to this mixture)

Heat 1 tsp oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat; add onion, celery and bell pepper and saute 4 minutes or until tender.

Combine onion mixture with ½ cup cracker crumbs, mustard, ¼ tsp black pepper, salmon, egg, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco in medium bowl; divide into 4 equal portions and shape into ½” thick patties.

Coat each patty with 1 T cracker crumbs; cover and chill for 20 minutes.

Heat 2 tsps oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add patties and cook 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve salmon cakes with lemon caper mayo.

Lemon Caper Mayonnaise:

6 T mayo
2 tsps capers, rinsed & drained
½ tsp grated lemon zest
½ tsp fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and chill.

Sep 14, 2008
meem in Home Cooking