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I agree with this review. I liked it a lot but won't say it knocked my socks off. We had the won ton soup, the black pepper toast, a pulled pork special bun (delicious), the pad thai (loved the crispy oyesters), sticky rice (eh), whole fish (branzino) steamed in banana leaf. and rappini as a vegetable side, steamed. more than enough food for 3 of us. service was a little hiccup-y but generally attentive, The branzino was fantastic - delicately flavored, a tiny bit over cooked but very delicious.. I really loved it as did my companions. And whatever sauce they served with the steamed greens was out of this world - it made the dish. a little spicy, a little hot, a little sweet. I feel like the only way to get a table without an endless wait is to get there when they open. I hope the buzz dies down and it takes on more of a neighborhood feel than a hipster scene.

Feb 01, 2012
dipsy in Outer Boroughs

Old school DC restaurant for parents' 50th Anniversary? 15-20people

Hi all - I wanted to thank you again for your input. I ended up doing the dinner at La Chaumiere and it was perfect. My parents were thrilled, the food was exactly what I had hoped for, everyone was happy, service was wonderful. There were 16 of us, including two young children. We were in a private room in front (was supposed to be upstairs but it was so hot last night they moved us downstairs and it was fine). I had the pike quenelles in lobster sauce but also tried the duck foie gras - both very tasty. Nice endive salad with a goat cheese crouton. My entree of grilled scallops and shrimp was very good - not too heavy on such a hot evening, but the others were pleased with their rack of lamb, beef medallions and the dover sole. Half of us had a lovely crisp apple tart for dessert, the other half opted for the chocolate or Grand marnier souffles. It was really very nicely done, nicely paced, and if not as adventurous as Citronelle, well, it really was a great choice for a group with a broad range of likes and dislikes. I can't speak to the wine - my husband took care of it as I don't drink but he said the Sancerre they started with was very nice. I'm not sure which red he chose but my wine loving dad was happy. So thank you again. My parents wanted to know how I found such a perfect place when I haven't lived in DC for 25 years so I of course gave props to Chowhound.

Cheers!

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

La Chaumiere
2813 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007

Old school DC restaurant for parents' 50th Anniversary? 15-20people

Thank you all for your input. Some great suggestions here. Another one that came to mind was the Jockey Club - I know my parents dined there in the 70s and at the time it was very glam. I see they have a new chef and I wonder if I should consider that as well? Anyone been recently? Inn at Little Washington probably wouldn't work as two of the party are young children (ages 4 and 6) and I think that's the kind of restaurant people go to to escape from the shorties. In the meantime, I will investigate all these suggestions. I don't have a lot of time to pull this together. The original plan for an out of town gathering fell through so now I'm scrambling for a place that will evoke the nostalgia of Washington in 1960 when my parents first moved here as newlyweds. But I do thank you all for your feedback! Cheers, Dipsy.

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Jockey Club Restaurant
2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Old school DC restaurant for parents' 50th Anniversary? 15-20people

I haven't lived in DC in over 20 years so I'm rusty. I need to figure out a place for my parents' 50th Anniversary dinner. Is there anything remotely similar to the old Maison Blanche? I know they mourned its passing. Citronelle is not their style - they've been (with me) but I think it's too adventurous for them. And thus I'd rule out City Zen as well. Nothing nouveau/nuevo/fusiony. I'd consider l'Auberge Chez Francois but we recently did another family gathering there. Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance!

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

How to roast two 10lb Standing rib roasts??

I bought a 20lb standing rib roast at Fairway to serve a crowd for Christmas dinner. I knew it probably wouldn't fit in my largest roasting pan so the butcher divided it in half for me - now I have 2 10-pounders. Now I'm trying to figure out how long it will take to roast them - they will face each other in the roasting pan. Will two ten-pounders take longer than if I was doing a single 10lb rib roast? I'm trying to time dinner to serve the roast around 4pm. Any ideas?? I have a second oven so I could conceivably do them separately except I also need to cook two casseroles of scalloped potatoes for an hour.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Thanks!

Dec 25, 2008
dipsy in Home Cooking

How have the lines at Difara been?

We went today (Saturday) around 1PM, later than I wanted to get there.. I told my husband to be prepared to wait. There was a line but it wasn't insanely crowded. We ordered a sausage pie, and by some miracle, Dom pulled one out of the oven not two minutes later and handed it to us. He said something about someone had called in an order but they weren't there yet. Maybe he has a soft spot for kids. It was our 4-year-old's first time there. Uncoached, she announced "Wow! This pizza is REALLLY gooooood." We're happy to be back in Brooklyn after two years in the hinterlands. The thought of raising my kid on California Pizza Kitchen wasn't sitting well with me.

Oct 04, 2008
dipsy in Outer Boroughs

Electronic Digital Scale - portable

I have a Salter aquatronic. Love it. It's several years old at this point and I use it constantly.

Sep 23, 2008
dipsy in Cookware

Alternative to Kitchenaid Pro Mixer?

I've started doing a lot of baking and my basic Kitchenaid just isn't strong enough (I think it's the 325 wat model). So I bit the bullet and got the Pro Mixer, brought it home and made a batch of bread dough that called for 7 cups of flour. My basic model just about got the dough mixed but I could tell it was close to overheating. So it should have been a no brainer with the more powerful motor. I followed the manufacturers exhoration NOT to go above 2 with the dough hook. To my surprise, the motor shut off after 4 minutes. I tried it again a week later and the same thing happened. So I returned it. Now I'm gun shy. It could have been a dud, but I've seen many mixed reviews of the KA pro mixers. Should I get another one and hope it doesn't have the same defect? Or should I try a Viking or Cuisinart? The only reason I want to upgrade is for doing heavy stuff like bread dough. The basic KA handles everything else just fine. Thanks!

Jun 24, 2008
dipsy in Cookware

What do you think of powdered buttermilk?

I saw, and then bought, a container of buttermilk powder at Whole Foods last night. It seemed like it would be good in a pinch. Does anyone use it? I find I often buy buttermilk but toss it before I get around to using it, unless I have a specific recipe in mind when I'm grocery shopping, so this seemed like a possibly good pantry staple. Thoughts?

Jun 07, 2008
dipsy in Home Cooking

Kid friendly in Rome

We had dinner at Baby with our nearly 3-year-old last August. Granted we were staying at the Aldrovandi Palace where the restaurant is located, but they were extremely gracious and accommodating, although we never have to order "kid friendly" meals for her because she eats what's on the menu. As a side note, we wrapped up our trip at the Villa d'Este and when we asked about getting a babysitter so we could have dinner at the main restaurant, they told us we were welcome to bring her with us. So we did and were made to feel that our little principessa was the most important guest that night. I'm not sure we would have felt as comfortable dining in these places with her had the service not been al fresco, but we certainly felt very welcome everywhere we went.

Jun 01, 2008
dipsy in Italy

How to cook perfect asparagus?

I thought I knew how to cook asparagus, but we ordered a simple asparagus appetizer at a restaurant last night and it was sublime. It was perfectly al dente, soft enough to bite into, firm enough to give a tiny bit of a snap. It was served chilled with what seemed to be a parmesan based vinaigrette. Now I'm on a mission to relearn how to cook asparagus properly. Any tips?

Jun 01, 2008
dipsy in Home Cooking

What to order for dessert at Keens?

How can you go to Keen's and not order the Berry Bibble? How many times in your life are you going to see Bibble on a dessert menu? Get that AND a sundae. If I remember correctly it was really just a red fruit compote over sponge cake with whipped cream? But it was delightful.

Jan 08, 2008
dipsy in Manhattan

Beijing with toddler in tow

Thank you both for advice on street food. Our 3yo actually spent her first year in China (we adopted her in 2005) but yes, better safe than sorry. Still I look forward to wandering through the night market again - it was one of my favorite memories of Beijing.

Nov 01, 2007
dipsy in China & Southeast Asia

Beijing with toddler in tow

This is fantastic. Thank you so much!

Nov 01, 2007
dipsy in China & Southeast Asia

Beijing with toddler in tow

We're making a (somewhat) last minute trip in a couple of weeks and will have 6 days in Beijing. We're traveling with our 3-year-old. I'm going through the posts here trying to make notes. Fortunately she eats what we eat so really the only zinger is going to be jet lag. We're going to stay near Wangfujing. Would love some restaurant ideas in the vicinity. FWIW, when we were in Beijing two years ago we had dinner at The Courtyard one night. The food was nice and the atmosphere was very cool but the only people there were Americans and it felt a little weird. (And I wouldn't go there with a 3yo, even though ours, of course, behaves impeccably...!) We had Peking Duck that was fantastic at a small restaurant perhaps 10 minutes walk from the Friendship store - I'll never find it again. What's the verdict on street food? The stuff at the night market near our hotel looked fantastic but we were uber cautious.

Oct 30, 2007
dipsy in China & Southeast Asia

My Global bread knife shattered....

"Spending more than $50 for a bread knife is only buying ego and status"

Whatever, it was a gift and I loved the knife. On a side note, my new dishwasher has a 3rd rack on top specifically for cutlery. What IS the problem in lying a knife flat on a special rack in a dishwasher?

Dec 06, 2006
dipsy in Cookware

My Global bread knife shattered....

and so am I. My husband dropped it as he was loading the dishswasher. It bounced off my toddler's melamine plate and snapped in two.

I don't suppose it's guaranteed?

And I know. Good knives don't go in the dishwasher to begin with.

Dec 04, 2006
dipsy in Cookware

Is it still safe to cook my potroast?

Ok. It's in the oven. Smells divine. I hope this won't be my last post.... ;-)

Oct 29, 2006
dipsy in Home Cooking

Is it still safe to cook my potroast?

I bought a potroast last Tuesday with a sell-by date of Friday. I want to cook it today. It smells meaty but doesn't smell off - if that makes sense.

Yay? Nay?

Thanks!!

Oct 29, 2006
dipsy in Home Cooking

Birmingham Girls Night Out Recs?

Thanks Ted and gyp7318. We're all pretty adventurous eaters - a few are vegetarians but not super strict. I'll check these out and present the list to the group. Can't wait to check out the city - my first time in the deep South.

Sep 15, 2006
dipsy in General South Archive

Birmingham Girls Night Out Recs?

A bunch of us from all over the country are getting together in Birmingham in a couple of weeks for a friend's gallery opening. We're all moms of toddlers and don't get out much anymore. Would love suggestions for some fun restaurants - we'll be doing BBQ with spouses and kids over the weekend, so looking for more upscale. Gallery is downtown and we're all staying at the Redmont Hotel.

Thanks!!

Sep 14, 2006
dipsy in General South Archive

Lard Bread in Essex County

Anyone have any recommendations for a great Italian bakery in Essex County (NJ)? I'd love to know that I can get a lard bread fix as required when we move to NJ. I'm spoiled in Brooklyn but I assume there are many great Italian bakeries near our new digs. Just need to know where....

Thanks!