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ISO - NoVA area suckling pig to roast - Please help

All -

I'm a bit late in finding a small, nine to 12 pound, suckling pig to roast this coming Saturday. The Springfield Butcher told me yesterday they can't get me one at all from their supplier and the person I spoke with at Let's Meat on the Avenue wasn't helpful but said she'd see.

Can anyone suggest where I might go in NoVA - prefer Arlington, FC, Annandale, Vienna and find one with fairly short notice? I thought to try the bodegas in the area as well as some of the international markets.

Any other suggestions would be helpful.

My thanks -

Cocinero Cubano

ISO Oak wood chunks for smoking - NoVA/DC area

That's a great place but quite a way from where I am. Thanks for the reminder about it though.

CC

ISO Oak wood chunks for smoking - NoVA/DC area

Thanks, I'd forgotten about Brown's; close to where I live so convenient to get to.

ISO Oak wood chunks for smoking - NoVA/DC area

All -

Can anyone recommend a local source for oak wood chunks for smoking? I've been able to find apple, cherry, hickory at the local hardware stores but not oak.

Thanks.

Cocinero Cubano

DC Hound in Phoenix - Desert Ridge Inn - ISO good eats

All -

Colleagues and I will be at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Inn for a meeting in a few weeks and would like suggestions of good places to try. We're good with anything. So far I have Fu Fu African/Soul on the list. It's a way from the hotel but we'll have a car and hearty appetites.

Thanks for your help.

Cocineroo Cubano

Aug 25, 2014
Cocinero Cubano in Phoenix

NoVA - ISO local source of Smithfield/country ham

All -

We're off to a biscuit and gravy fest with friends this weekend and I've volunteered to bring some Smithfield/VA country ham to the event. Can anyone suggest a good local source in NoVA - Arlington/FC/Alexandria. I recall there's a vendor at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market that carries it but I think only whole ones and not slices.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Cocinero Cubano

Mandu Rang Kimbob Erang in Annandale - Report

Never mind, I see the restaurant's name is in your post's title.

CC

Mandu Rang Kimbob Erang in Annandale - Report

Steve -

Do you recall its name? Is the location obvious?

Cocinero Cubano

Dizzy Pig BBQ - Manassas, VA - Thoughts wanted

All -

A buddy turned me on this place recently but there's little about it on the board. Has anyone been and/or sampled any of their goods? Curious to know if it's worth the drive from Arlington.

Cocinero Cubano

NoVA/DC source for banana leaves

All, thanks for the hints. La Union on Lee Hwy had a bumber crop of them - yay.

CC

NoVA/DC source for banana leaves

All -

I'm making a dish this weekend requiring banana leaves. I'd like suggestions of where I'll easily score them. I suspect one of the bodegas or international marts in Arlington/FC/Fairfax, but if anyone has a good go to source, please advise. I prefer the NoVA locations as I'm in Arlington.

Thanks.

Cocinero Cubano

ISO local source for pink curing salt #1

Of all places Williams-Sonoma carries it - go figure. I found it doing a Google search and it's the real stuff. It's probably more expensive than what I'd find elsewhere but I need it quickly and it's close to where I live. I suspect all their locations have it. I'm also going to check at Let's Meat on the Avenue in Del Ray where I'll score the brisket. I'm making pastrami. Yay.

Thanks for the suggestion.

CC

ISO local source for pink curing salt #1

All -

Does anyone know where in the NoVA/DC/MD area I can score some pink curing salt #1?

Thanks so much!

Cocinero Cubano

Ramen in DC for lunch - where to go

Thanks. Yes, I found that on the interweb so it's an option. The last time they did it was the 19th I think; will have to look at November now. Ren's also got a shout out but it's a bit far afield for me to go on weekday.

CC

Ramen in DC for lunch - where to go

All -

I've got a hankering for good ramen and want to see if there are any good places worth checking out for LUNCH. Toki Underground, Sakuramen, etc don't serve lunch.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!

Cocinero Cubano

Good, fun, cheap lunch near Bal'more Conv Ctr

All -

I'm meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow in Bal'more and wold like suggestions of good, cheap, tasty, and fun places to consider for lunch. The main requirement is that it be w/in reasonable - 3 -4 blocks - walking distance from the Conv Ctr. We're both game for any time of food and the more localer the better.

My thanks!

CC

Austin visitor seeks good coffee

Austin 'Hounds -

I'll be in Austin on business this week staying at the Hilton closest to the convention center. I'd like recommendations for good places to get a good/great cup of coffee before the snooze fest that will be my meetings. I won't have a car but am willing to walk five to seven blocks for a cuppa.

Thanks so much and I'm looking forward to being back in your city.

Cocinero Cubano

Sep 10, 2012
Cocinero Cubano in Austin

Maple syrup tart recipes requested - ATTN: Montreal/Quebecois hounds

All -

The family and I just got back from a swell trip to N VT that included in part a day trip to Montreal. For a second year in a row we made a bee line for the Jean Talon market and devoured several excellent treats among them a maple syrup tart. We were first introduced to this delicious dessert at L'Express.

I'd like to ask if anyone has a maple syrup tart recipe they can share? I've looked online and have found some but they don't look all that good.

My thanks to anyone who's willing to share!

Cocinero Cubano

Aug 05, 2012
Cocinero Cubano in Home Cooking

What's good for Korean in the NoVA area

All -

My wife and a friend are looking to do Korean this weekend. I considered Hee Been, Sorak Garden, Han Gang, and Chug Dae Kam. The most recent reviews on each weren't all that good; disappointing as I'd been to Han Gang before and liked it (it's been about two years now though) and had always read good things about Hee Been.

Can anyone suggest a place that's still good and has a variety of menu choices? I thought perhaps Honey Pig but would like to try some place we've not been.

Thanks!

CC

Local source need - Gabila knishes

All -

Has anyone seen Gabila knishes locally? I've been told they're available in Giants and Costcos but I can't find them in NoVA. Perhaps DC or MD?

Thanks.

CC

Pre-theater dining near Arena Stage

Hello all -

My wife and I will be seeing a play at the Arena Stage on Saturday evening and want to have a nice dinner before hand. I've been told there's a new place close to the peformance site but the person telling me about it didn't recall the name. He also suggested Sou'Wester at the Mandarin. I've got a reservation at Acqua Al2 just in case; we haven't been but have heard good things about it.

Thanks for your suggestions.

CC

Takoma Park dining recommendations

All -

My wife and I are meeting friends for dinner on Saturday evening. We're thinking of going to Takoma Park, a place none of us has ventured into much or at all. We're looking for recommendations of all types of cuisine, but would prefer sit down places with table service.

My thanks!

CC

DC-area source for gueuze

All -

I've had several good samples of gueuze at Brasserie Beck but haven't been able to find many if any of them at local shops such as Whole Foods or Total Wine. I want to see if anyone's run across the stuff somewhere close by in DC/NoVA (Arlington, FC)/MD (Bethesda, SS, RVille).

Thanks for any suggestions.

CC

DuPont Cir area - anything new and good for lunch

All -

I'm meeting a friend for lunch tomorrow in the DuPont Cir area and want to hit something new. I'm a bit tired of Levante's, Albertos, Kramer Books, etc. Has anything opened of late worth considering?

Thanks -

CC

Wiinky's Burgers Arlington VA - No reports on the boards, what gives?

All -

I've been trolling the DC area board for any words of insight, recommendation, or bewariness about Wiinky's, one of the numerous burger joints to have opened in the N Arlington area. It's in the space formerly occupied by at least two Central American places in the past ten years, right across the street from the Gold's Gym.

What gives? Has anyone not been there or perhaps has an found it not worthy of even a bad review? I admit I haven't been yet; perhaps I should and post a review. If I've missed anything about the place on this board, please let me know.

Thanks!

Cocinero Cubano

Local source for - Old South brand "tomolives"

Fellow Hounds -

Especially the drinkers among you. A friend of mine recently mixed up a swell gin martini and used Old South brand "tomolives" (small, pickled tomatoes) in place of the green olives. I was floored and have made it my mission to score a bottle. Does anyone know of a place in NoVA (Arl; Falls Church; Alexandria; etc)/DC/MD (close in) that carries them? I suppose they don't have to be Old South so any other brand will do.

Thanks much!

Cocinero Cubano

ISO Family friendly restaurant in/near Foggy Bottom

All-

A friend has asked for suggestions of family friendly restaurants in or near Foggy Bottom. She has friends visiting with their three year old and six year old in tow. I don't know how well-behaved they are, but let's assume they're angelic model children.

The only place coming to mind is TGI Fridays; eh, not the best suggestion I know.

Thanks for your input.

Cocinero Cubano

Local source for Ubet's chocolate syrup - NoVA/DC/MD

Thanks. North Arlington but a buddy of mine who knows about such things said the Safeway on Lee Hwy carries it; or did some time ago.

Cocinero Cubano

Local source for Ubet's chocolate syrup - NoVA/DC/MD

All -

I want to make a few batches of eggcreams and chocolate milk and want to use the best: Ubet's chocolate syrup. I've searched high and low and have come up empty at the shelves of Giant, Whole Paycheck, and the HT.

Please, please, please let me know if you know where I can source this locally!

My best -

Cocinero Cubano

Kouign Aman in Paris - 12 arr. or reasonably close by

Merci, merci for the late night reply - much appreciated!

CC

Sep 13, 2011
Cocinero Cubano in France