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DC: Location near Penn Q for Baby Shower Cocktails Next Week

Looking for a location near Penn Quarter for an informal baby shower with mocktails, real cocktails and good snacks for approximately 10 people. And, yes, I need to do this next week during the week.

I want it to feel special, but I am not sure we can swing the budget necessary for a private room. I am thinking $30-35/pp before tip.

Many thanks!

Aug 06, 2014
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get best fresh roasted coffee beans?

I sincerely appreciate all the ideas. I might try Beanetics since I will be in VA tomorrow. I will let you guys know what I end up doing and how it works out.

I always strive to be a great host, and I try to provide what I think my guests will like but never in a million years ask for. In the end, I know my coffee-drinking visitor will be thrilled with anything that I provide and would probably be happy even if I handed him some instant coffee.

I actually had to purchase a Chemex and filters so coffee making was even possible at my house so I very much appreciate your taking the time to offer your wisdom.

rgustafs

Apr 03, 2014
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to get best fresh roasted coffee beans?

I am not a coffee drinker, but I have one visiting soon. He roasts his own beans at home, but he swears that the only thing he is snobby about is that the beans he uses for coffee must be freshly roasted (24 hours to 5 days). If it matters, he prefers mellow brews with chocolate notes.

Where am I to purchase these magical beans in the DC/NoVA area? Swings? Misha's?

Thanks!

Apr 01, 2014
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Heights area business lunch catering for 10-15 ppl

I have a friend that is starting to do quite a few working lunches in his office, and I am checking in with the smartest food people I know to see if you guys have some good ideas for caterers.

He's looking to spend $25ish per person and hoping for salad, entree and sides, and dessert. For entrees, he's thinking along the lines of King Ranch Casserole, Fajitas, or Lasagna. Good, solid basics, with the possibility that a veggie eater will need to be accommodated every now and then.

He says he's willing to spring for the chafing dishes so all the caterers would need to bring are the pans, as this could become a 2x a week catering deal for the foreseeable future. Any great Chowhound-worthy caterers in the Heights area that could tackle this?

TIA!

rgustafs

May 29, 2013
gustaf in Houston

Fave restaurants in Amman? Also spice shops?

Heading to Amman for a few months for work. Will be based at Grand Hyatt, which has apartments in the tower. In our group, we have an ovo-lacto veggie pescatarian (sp?) and others who will eat anything. What should we put on our list of must eat locations? Any recs for walkable restaurants?

And I have a request to bring home spices, particularly Zaatar. Any hound suggestions for that?

Thanks!

Dec 28, 2012
gustaf in Middle East & Africa

Santiago Eats and Drinks?

I have read with gusto the reviews from 2008, and I am excited abbout trying a few of those places -- ecpecially Tio Lucho in Mercado Central.

I am looking for additional suggestions from you chowhounders because my group came to Santiago with less than cosmopolitan clothing. Because of work requirements, we are strictly jeans and polo shirts on this trip. So I ask -- where can we find good food without the need for dressing up?

We are staying in El Golf, and we are looking for lunch and dinner spots. Steak, salads, fish and local cuisine are on our agenda. WE do have access to cars so that is not a worry.

ALSO -- can anyone suggest a good place for Chilean wine tasting. I doubt our office would allow us to go further afield to do a winery tour, but maybe there is a wine shop here in Santiago that does good tastings?

Thanks!

rgustafs

Mar 11, 2010
gustaf in Latin America & Caribbean

July 4th Cookout -- Need to order sides in NOVA

Ohhhh. Now that I think about it. RH&B baked beans and potato salad is a good call. And since I actually make a mean mac and cheese, I may just have to suck it up and make that myself. With the time I will save by picking up the beans and potato salad, I should be reclined on the chaise with a cocktail hours before my guests arrive. HOORAY!

Jul 02, 2009
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

July 4th Cookout -- Need to order sides in NOVA

All great ideas. I do love RH&B potato salad so maybe I will get the potato salad there. And then maybe I'll do the rest from Bittersweet and/or Rocklands. I am so used to making stuff (and stressing to get things done) that I do not get to ENJOY my parties. I am trying to get better.

Someone just tell Ina Garten to come help me out. Thanks a million for the always sage advice!

gustaf

Jul 02, 2009
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

July 4th Cookout -- Need to order sides in NOVA

Last minute gathering, and I don't want to stress about getting everything ready. Having 12-14 ppl over for the 4th. Burgers, beverages, patio.

So..where to order the potato salad and maybe corn pudding or mac and cheese? I prefer lower-mayo red skinned potato salad, and it must be great. Also open to suggestions of other sides that I shouldn't miss.

I am hoping for NOVA locations so I am minimize runing around that day.

Thanks!

Jul 01, 2009
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

BBQ at David's ll - Arlington

Thanks for the report, Steve. It seemed really promising, and I really wanted it to be great.

G

May 03, 2008
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

BBQ at David's ll - Arlington

Went to get the car washed this morning at David's Car Wash on Four Mile Run. In the parking spots to the left of the line, guys out BBQing with whiteboard sign highlighting their selections. Chicken ($6), ribs ($7.50), chops ($3),Leg Quarters ($3). Just Saturdays. Looks like chicken was ready at about 10 am, and the ribs about 11. Smelled fabulous, and the guys were really nice.

Let us know if you have a chance to stop by. I am a veg or I would have sampled.

G

Apr 19, 2008
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Portsmouth-ish (VA) Deli for Take Away Lunches?

It looks like Bennet's Creek is just what we need. I called and got a price list. When I was on hold, the taped message said they make fresh fried chicken. That will keep some of my people really, really happy.

Thanks everyone!

Feb 13, 2008
gustaf in General South Archive

Portsmouth-ish (VA) Deli for Take Away Lunches?

I don't know how you survive. MREs maybe? Or PB&Js from home?

I will check into the Portsmouth bakery/deli. And I will have to check out Bennett's Creek as well. Thanks for your advice! I was worried we'd be Frosty-ed out by the time training is over.

G

Feb 11, 2008
gustaf in General South Archive

Portsmouth-ish (VA) Deli for Take Away Lunches?

Some colleagues and I will be staying at the Renaissance Portsmouth for almost 2 weeks. We will be in training 12 hours a day in Suffolk, VA (Lake View Parkway area). Knowing that our lunch options will be severely limited (uh, Wendy's), we are thinking that maybe we can pick up boxed lunches from a deli or the like.

Anyone have any suggestions that are not too far from Lake View Parkway in Suffolk or that we could pick up on the way to training in the morning?

Obviously, we could always have the hotel make us some lunches, but that is likely to get old pretty quick. It is our fall back plan.

Thanks!

G

Feb 11, 2008
gustaf in General South Archive

Portsmouth-ish VA: Deli for Take Away Lunches?

Some colleagues and I will be staying at the Renaissance Portsmouth for almost 2 weeks. We will be in training 12 hours a day in Suffolk, VA (Lake View Parkway area). Knowing that our lunch options will be severely limited (uh, Wendy's), we are thinking that maybe we can pick up boxed lunches from a deli or the like.

Anyone have any suggestions that are not too far from Lake View Parkway in Suffolk or that we could pick up on the way to training in the morning?

Obviously, we could always have the hotel make us some lunches, but that is likely to get old pretty quick. It is our fall back plan.

Thanks!

G

Feb 01, 2008
gustaf in Mid-Atlantic

BMore: Dinner, Afterward and Brunch

Well, looks like we will have to try for Baltimore another weekend. Half the sister team was under the weather. Maybe sometime in the spring...

Copra looks spot on, though. And the Brewer's Art is now on the list for sure. Many thanks for you suggestions. Maybe I'll just drive up this weekend and make a day of it. I have dreaams about the shoe store that also sells chocolate in Hampden. :)

Feb 01, 2008
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

BMore: Dinner, Afterward and Brunch

Two sisters attending concert at 1st Mariner on a Sat night. Staying at Harborplace. Will have car but are thinking of hoofing it (though a cab will be used if needed).

Dinner? Under about $40/pp w/o drinks. Great to good food but relaxed dress code as sisters will be wearing nice jeans. Prefer basic-ish American food and good seafood options are a plus.

After the concert? Neighborhood place with good drinks that is walking distance to hotel.

Brunch? The sisters are game for anything that is good and worth the wait (if necessary). Non-church attire preferred.

I will continue to seach, but I thought I'd throw it out to the crowd...

THANKS!

Jan 23, 2008
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Searching for nut roll + kolaches

Hmmm. Heidelberg would likely have what you are looking for. http://www.heidelbergbakery.com/

Dec 17, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Christmas Dinner Take Out?

Didn't even think of Wegman's! Thanks!

Dec 17, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Christmas Dinner Take Out?

Sorry. Should have said that I am looking in DC or NOVA for a traditional dinner and not Chinese takeout. Willing to pick up on Christmas Eve and reheat. Just don't want to have to make my own ham and turkey again this year.

Any ideas?

Dec 09, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Christmas Dinner Take Out?

I have done Thanksgiving take out (uh, Georgia Browns), and I am hooked. Anyone have thoughts on good Christmas dinner take out? I am thinking traditional dinner like ham or roast or something...

Thanks!

gustafs

Dec 01, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

URGENT Need for Peanut Oil

Where would one purchase 5-gallons of peanut oit in the DC or NoVA area?

A friend is searching high and low.

Thanks!

Nov 21, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

2007 Thanksgiving

Just wanted to say that Georgia Brown's sent me an email to say their Thanksgiving menu is FINALLY avaliable online! http://www.gbrowns.com/dir/thanksgivi...

Nov 06, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

2007 Thanksgiving

Just called GB's. They will be doing take away (HOORAY!), and the menu should be out by the end of next week.

After volunteering to deliver meals with Food and Friends on Thanksgiving morning, we found that GB's is a great way to have a fab meal with minimal effort. We ordered from them last year as well. My quick review is here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342096

Oct 23, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Quick-ish but good near State Dept 4 Lunch

Any suggestions for a quick-ish (can sit down but not linger) good lunch near (walking distance) State?

I am thinking that I had Indian on like 21st across E at some point, but I am not even sure what restaurant it was.

Any other suggestions? All cuisines welcome.

Thanks!

Aug 14, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC/NOVA: Meeting the Boyfriend

Thanks for the great DC suggestions. I have tried all but Creme, and I have been wanting to go there. PLUS -- It's right near my favorite late night non-dancing, non-see-and-be-seen place: Solly's.

Hmmm. Or Cashion's. Hanks is great as well.

So many choices.

Aug 06, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC/NOVA: Meeting the Boyfriend

Family in Arlington meeting boyfriend from NYC for first time on Saturday night.

The old standby is Carlyle (decently priced, something for everyone, casual, etc.), but I feel the need to branch out after less than good experiences as of late.

BF has never been to DC (don't ask) so maybe something in Old Town or Clarendon or DC that would allow for some nightlife afterword? Basic, good food a must. Mid-priced (~$30 pp w/o bevs) meals a plus. Nothing too out there. Nothing that will try to compete with NYC. One diner does not eat red meat.

Maybe Overwood? I even thought of Ray's (they have salmon and shrimp).

Any help you hounds can provide would be great. The stress is killing me.

Aug 06, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

D'town DC: Suggestions for lunch today?

Ohhhhh. All good suggestions. Maybe CF Folks will be the winner today!

Apr 20, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

D'town DC: Suggestions for lunch today?

A friend and I are meeting for lunch between our offices -- 21 & K, NW and 13 & Penn, NW.

Where should we go? We are cubicle dwellers who usually have sandwiches and salads for lunch ($10-15 range). We are open to almost anything but we will only have an hour to eat.

ALL SUGGESTIONS WELCOME.

Thanks!

Gustaf

Apr 20, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore

Equinox Lunch Today

I am headed to Equinox to meet collegues for lunch. Any don't miss items?

TIA.

gustaf

Apr 04, 2007
gustaf in Washington DC & Baltimore