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Mongolian BBQ in Manhattan

Searched boards but could not find any recent recs. Looking for Mongolian BBQ with some atmosphere in Manhattan - the closer to mid-town the better.

Feb 02, 2009
HSBSteveM in Manhattan

Best place to buy live lobsters in D.C./Md. area?

As a native New-Englander, I thought I knew everything about "sters", but this info is new to me (mainly because you didn't have to worry about freshness up there). Thanks for this info!

Best place to buy live lobsters in D.C./Md. area?

Ditto to all the above. Too bad about the place. If the construction on three of the four approaches to that place are not enough to keep you away, all the other hassles inside surely will.

Where to buy Seattle's Best coffee in NVA

My brand of coffee, Seattle's Best, has disappeared off the shelves in Safeway, Giant and Target. Anyone know where I can buy it in Northern Virginia?

Nizam, Cafe Divan, or Kazan - help me choose

Temel is great. kazan has the best atmosphere.

L'Auberge - is it open?

Just called for a res at Chez Francois. Number disconnected! Anyone know what's up?

what's the difference between "butter chicken"

Further to my post above, I just returned from London. I ate at two restaurants and had the Chicken Makhani (butter chicken) at both. At the second place, the item was actually listed on the menu as follows:

CHICKEN MAKHANI (Chicken Tikka Masala)

Oct 23, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving soup?

I always want to have a soup, especially in cold weather and have solved the "too much food" dilemma by doing a demi-tasse of soup.

My favortite soup for this kind of meal is a recipe I thunk up after one too many pumpkin or squash soups - the base is roasted sweet potatoes instead of squash.

Oct 12, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

Best Store Bought Pickles in DC (no restaurants)?

Ba-Tampte are the best - available at Giant, but it's the luck of the darw whether you find a batch that's a nice bright green. Sometimes, they're all off-color.

Candy Apple Season - What's Your Favorite?

Maybe this visual will get the ball rolling (credit goes to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)

http://blog.mlive.com/annarbornews/20...

Sep 25, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

apple intermezzo

Sounds like a good combo. They both sound painfully sour. How will you sweeten them? Honey, perhaps?

Sep 25, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

what's the difference between "butter chicken"

As a frequent eater of both in American restaurants, I can report the following (experientially, though not necessarily authoritatively); Tikka Masala sometimes can be spicier and the sauce a bit more "gritty" than Tikka Makhani (Butter chicken). Makhani sometimes can be a bit more creamy and mild, but not always. Technically, Makhani should have enough butter in it that it looks a bit "slick" and has a more pronounced butter flavor. Being creamier and more buttery, someone watching their calories might choose Masala over Makhani, though neither is going to help you shed pounds. Lastly, it is rare to find both on the menu in the same place, which leads me to believe that Indian restaurants in America regard the dishes as pretty much the same.

Sep 25, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

Berger Cookies?

Yes, the perfect finish after your Milano sub!

Berger Cookies?

Oh yeah, well I love Berger cookies enough to marry one!

WHERE'S WELSH RAREBIT IN WALES?

Funny you mention cheese on toast because that's what we were served at a pub in Ontario recently - just a strip of ordinary cheddar melted over stale bread. I was so incensed, I vowed to seek out the original, which is more like the consistency of cheddar cheese sauce and laced with the local beer.

Sep 18, 2008
HSBSteveM in U.K./Ireland

WHERE'S WELSH RAREBIT IN WALES?

That's a tongue twister, I know, but seriously...we will be travelling in South Wales (Cardiff & Swansea area) In October and wonder where you can get a proper Welsh Rarebit for lunch. Ideally, an inn or a pub in a charming coastal town with a crackling fire, but we will just settle for a plate of the real thing any old place. Please give us your recommendations.

Sep 18, 2008
HSBSteveM in U.K./Ireland

Chowda from Twin Seafood

I'm with you as far as favoring the thin version for its authenticity and flavor. This version seems to have been thickened but only slightly. It's possible it's naturally thick-ish just becuase of its high cream content. I encourage you to let go of tradition enough to try this one. Forgot to mention it also contains nice chunks of haddock.

Sep 12, 2008
HSBSteveM in Greater Boston Area

Chowda from Twin Seafood

Correct - that's the way it came to me. My impression is that hey make it fresh themselves and bag it. Can't be sure, though.

Sep 12, 2008
HSBSteveM in Greater Boston Area

Chowda from Twin Seafood

Born and raised in New England, now living in Washington DC, some relatives recently brought me a gallon of fish chowda from Twin Seafood in West Concord.

It's the most perfect thickness, creaminess, fishyness and tastiness ever!

It's the best I've ever had anywhere from Florida to Maine, and there are a lot of contenders! Curious if others have the same opinion.

Sep 11, 2008
HSBSteveM in Greater Boston Area

ethnic lunch buffet recs for Tysons Corner, VA?

Yep, not a huge selection, but very tasty any time I've been there.

How to avoid Soggy Plantains?

Drain you "tains" on ripped up brown paper bags - they will not stick.

BTW, one way to actually accentuate their sweetness is to sprinkle them lightly with sea salt.

Sep 11, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

besides meringues and angelfood cake, what to do with an abundance of egg whites?

Chiffon pies! Many versions to choose from. With fall weather at our doorstep, Pumpkin Chiffon is a favorite. Great for tailgating. I get my chiffon recipes form the good old Better Homes cookbook, but you can probably find many on Chow.

Sep 11, 2008
HSBSteveM in Home Cooking

Place To Get Pho In DC

The only decent place I have found Pho in the downtown area is a little Asian cafe at 19th and L. Not even sure of the name.

Any good Virginia/Maryland vineyards?

Three Fox Vineyards in VA has created a Tuscan-style winery and it's a great place to picnic and taste. I can vouch for their unoaked Chardonnay, when available. Nice folks too.

Where to buy ginger beer?

This post brings back the best of memories of BDA!! Have been through two hurricanes there.

ethnic lunch buffet recs for Tysons Corner, VA?

A 10 minute drive from Tysons to Merrifield will get you to Merrifield Kabob on Lee Highway. I can only describe this place as a dive. It is a hookah bar by night. During the day, when the lights are on, it's not a pretty place. But I would rate the food very good.

SOS--indian burnout

Another sleeper outside the beltway is My Karma in Lorton. It's building a following. Worth the drive if you are a true Indian food freak.

Medallion vs Slice

Technically something of any thickness in the shape described by Karl S above could be a medallion, but I would say the traditional thickness is an inch, plus or minus. But you also draw a distinction based on when something is cooked. I would assert that if you roast a whole tenderloin, what you carve off of it is a "slice", no matter what the shape or thickness. If you slice up a raw tenderloin and cook those pieces separately, those are medallions.
Come to thnk of it, I can already think of something that breaks that rule - Lobster medallions, for example.
Karl S, what's your take on that?

Sep 09, 2008
HSBSteveM in Not About Food

cooking at home with your kids!

Good job, Mom! The kitchen is a great place for family bonding.

Sep 09, 2008
HSBSteveM in Not About Food

BYOB wedding reception??

I'm always amazed at how weddings can bring out the cheapskate in people!

This one looks like "BYOF" - bring your own fun.

Sep 09, 2008
HSBSteveM in Not About Food