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Authentic French Macaroon's?

Another vote for Tout de Sweet here. Exquisite texture and intense flavor. Costly but worth it!

Jun 14, 2011
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

chevy chase whole foods

Hmmm...good to know about Tenley, since that was my former haunt.

I went back on day 2, with a stroller (and a baby, needless to say), and found the store to be a total oasis of calm, so there was definitely an Opening Day melee, followed by an immediate return to orderliness.

One frustration with managing a stroller was that I took the elevator from the top level of the surrounding plaza down to the entrance, and the door to the elevator chamber (or whatever that's called) didn't have a push-button to open it, so I was stuck finagling the stroller through the door. That's not an uncommon occurrence, but you figure anyone who's using the elevator has their hands full and would benefit from having the accessible push-button for the door. I can always come back to shop without my daughter, but if I were in a wheelchair, I wouldn't feel completely welcome at the store.

May 21, 2010
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

chevy chase whole foods

Anyone been to the store yet? I swung by yesterday after work, and while it was kind of a zoo -- thronged with every resident who'd clearly been counting the days until the place opened (2 years later than planned) -- things were relatively well-organized. The checkout line expediter, like one of those airport customs people who directs you to an available cashier, moved more efficiently than I'd have expected. The pasta station was also a good addition to the store, and the gelato/popsicle station at the entrance was kind of a stroke of genius.

I'd count as a minus the fact that there's no accessible entrance from the Metro for those of us with strollers, wheelchairs, or suitcases. That may not be the store's responsibility, but it'll affect how/how often I use it.

Other thoughts?

May 19, 2010
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Hello Cupcake

The lines on opening day were literally into the Circle -- some folks came quite close to getting flattened by speeding busses -- so I was skeptical that HC could live up to the hype. Toward the end of opening week, I scouted out the location for some colleagues and brought back a 4-pack to glowing reviews. Since I work in the area, I've since returned a number of times -- just what number, I won't disclose...suffice it to say that I get a free one next time I visit! -- and have sampled a pretty broad selection. HC was the perfect choice for a shared office b-day celebration last week, and the wait on each visit (at 11-ish) was minimal. Staff has always been cheery and relaxed, never crossing the line into perky territory.

So far, I've tried the You Tart, 24 Carrot, Velvet Elvis, De Lime & De Coconut, PB Blossom, Pick-me-up, and Prima Donna. (What? All were shared!) In terms of cake, the banana batter from the Velvet Elvis was divinely moist, and the pb frosting was incredibly satisfying, if somewhat predominant. The other winning cake would have to be the lime base for De Lime...tart and pucker-inducing like nobody's business! My colleagues strongly prefer the You Tart, and it's definitely bright and refreshing, but I wonder if it will be less popular when summer ends.

Icing-wise, the cream cheese-based ones could use a little more tartness, in my opinion. The strawberry frosting on the Prima Donna was startlingly fresh...definitely exceeded expectations. The coffee buttercream on the Pick-me-up was a little salty -- I'm all for balance and nuance, but it did seem a little odd. I'm bringing a Chococo and Peppermint Penny home to the hubby tonight and look forward to reporting back,

I haven't tried the ganache yet but dream that it will one day appear on the banana cake...yum. I'd also love to see filled cupcakes, as someone else suggested. The seasonal root beer flavor just ain't my thing, but I can't wait to see what the fall offerings are.

The boxes are definitely a bit of an issue. They mush frosting and commingle flavors that shouldn't play together. They also don't fit into my tote bag, which is a bummer if a) you commute by Metro and want to minimize schlepping, or b) you didn't ask if anyone wanted a cupcake and are trying to discreetly enter the office with your private stash!

Sep 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Passover-Friendly Restaurant Needed

Ooh -- I hadn't heard that and was excited to check it out...thanks!

It's a little hilarious that couscous is on the menu, along with some items and combos that aren't kosher for everyday life at all, but hey -- we're all free to celebrate in whatever way is meaningful to us, right? (If I see another egg this week, I might explode.)

Apr 21, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

1 Dinner in D.C. - What's Your Favorite?

Sorry, it was probably a year or two ago, and it was in the fall, so that might be a seasonal offering. Along with the rolls, it completely made the experience.

Mar 21, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Ko - Chevy Chase

I was at the River WF yesterday too! Tenley seems to have better produce, including those Champagne mangos on sale.

I hear ya on the parking and general congestion...the noise must be a nightmare.

Glad there's some movement on Sushi-Ko -- feed us already!

Mar 17, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Crispiness Jihad

Coffee Heath Bar Crunch cannot be surpassed...unless we're talking about that chocolate flavor with the pb cookie dough B&J carried in the early '90's. [sigh] That was quite the pint of comfort!

Mar 04, 2008
ganacher in Features

Who Makes Trader Joe's Food?

Yes -- I'm still mourning the loss of that balsamic vinegar reduction, and things like microgreens and maitake mushrooms seem to attract a teeny following (i.e. just me).

Does anyone else think the pita chips taste completely different from Stacy's? They're saltier, with a somewhat heartier texture.

Mar 04, 2008
ganacher in Features

1 Dinner in D.C. - What's Your Favorite?

Oh, and I also once had this crazy chocolate chip cookie dough souffle there. I don't know how the chef pulled it off, but it had this ethereal texture with the comfort wallop of old-school cookies. I should get back there...

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to find Fage Yoghurt

Agreed -- honey isn't needed if you really like the tang of the yogurt, and who doesn't have their own honey at home or work?

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cooking Club members: How To?

I had exactly the same experience with a CL group I joined in Chicago 5-7 years ago. We were strangers with different levels of cooking experience and taste, but it was an interesting way to connect with folks and see homes in other parts of the city. (Though the recipes were all healthied-up fare from the magazine, there was always so much that we'd call it "Eating Heavy.")

We were all women, but we'd also sometimes invite friends/partners to join. The group eventually disbanded as other priorities took over, but I miss it. I even recently joined a book group that I've bullied into serving or going out for the food particular to each book's setting.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Not About Food

How Important to You is Pronunciation? (vis-a-vis Food)

The gracious thing to do, in my opinion, is to attempt native pronunciation the first time you order a new dish and try to achieve mastery before a subsequent visit. On the pedantry/respect-for-details front, one should also never embarrass a language-mangling dining companion or staff person by correcting them in public and without solicitation of help.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Not About Food

How Important to You is Pronunciation? (vis-a-vis Food)

My father, coincidentally also an Ohio "Holocaust refugee" though never thus snubbed, once ordered a "floating root beer" in an ice cream parlor! (Not as bad as the time he showed up to his first black tie wedding in a green suit with a black tie.)

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Not About Food

How Important to You is Pronunciation? (vis-a-vis Food)

And add the Canadian pronunciations of "drama" (near rhyme with Grandma), "plaza", etc. It's not meant to be culturally insensitive -- that's not how Canadians do -- it's just a local variation.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Not About Food

How Important to You is Pronunciation? (vis-a-vis Food)

Phew -- I was waiting for someone to bring this up! There's no such thing as hollah...at least, outside the lexicon of hip-hop, as in "hollah back". Everyone can make that sound when they clear their throats, so why not when it's phonemically essential? And asking for "one rugalach"?? Oy.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Not About Food

Where to find Fage Yoghurt

The Trader Joe's house brand (no cute Greek name for this one, unlike the Trader Ming's and Trader Giotto's products) costs half as much and is, in my opinion, equally delicious, especially with a sprinkling of granola and fruit. There's an absurd amount of protein in it, too.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

The "new" Bon Appetit (magazine)

Yes! I'm too young to need bifocals, and I resent having to squint at my pleasure reading. It's not about the language, which, if anything, could benefit from a little more complexity -- just that typeface!

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Food Media & News

The "new" Bon Appetit (magazine)

I've also been bitterly disappointed in most of the new look -- the itsy-bitsy typeface, those pointless slashes, the dumbed-down recipes -- and I completely agree that the cover recipe was revolting. I took it on a short flight on Friday -- where I was also surprised to breeze through a cover-to-cover reading before we landed -- and was mildly embarrassed to be seen with that sandwich in my hands. That said, I actually thought those ingredient close-ups were ravishing...I even looked to see who the photographer was, and I think he did a phenomenal job of making cabbage look sexy. Now, if only they'd give me a few more of those go-to cakes that keep me subscribing...

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Food Media & News

The "new" Bon Appetit (magazine)

I had the same reaction...a simple design refresh would have been most welcome, but this is just downscale. The teeny-tiny type at the top of most pages is also a real barrier to enjoying the read.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Food Media & News

Bakery in Bethesda/CC/R'ville?

Agreed -- I picked up a few pastries from B&C for New Year's Eve, which was our first week in the 'hood, and I found them a little lacking in personality. I had high hopes for one mousse-filled item that was a little oily, and the giant rugelach didn't have any tang in their dough. That said, I have enjoyed a tasty salad and sandwich there. There's another one on M and 25-ish (I think) downtown.

Feb 12, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ice Cream in DC

Agreed -- I seldom struggle to finish any kind of frozen dessert, but it's like some kind of brownie-batter-meets-opium confection that eats you alive.

Feb 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ice Cream in DC

Friendship Heights -- it's just north of the Metro station, a little east of Wisconsin. If you like the lemon, you'll love the passion fruit.

Feb 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Ko - Chevy Chase

Nanette Lepore, right? What's holding her up? The Whole Foods is coming along nicely, though.

Feb 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Takeout/delivery options near 22nd & M NW?

Meiwah's steamed veggie dumplings are addictive! One appetizer serving of 6 is a great lead-in to a fuller meal for 2 or a great meal for 1. The sesame noodles are comforting, too. Some of the stir-fried dishes tend to be a little sweet and gloopy, but everything else I've tried has been a hit.

Feb 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bob's 88 Shabu Shabu

I also enjoyed Bob's, though I only visited once when I lived in Rockville. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a flavorful vegetarian shabu shabu, and since Taiwanese friends were there with us, I figured it must be authentic enough.

Feb 11, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

The best chocolate covered pretzels in the US?

I'm not a fan of milk chocolate, but Kron Chocolatier in DC has thick pretzels dipped in milk chocolate and sprinkled with toffee. I'm sure they ship anywhere.

Feb 06, 2008
ganacher in General Topics

Citronelle: A Disappointing Experience

Agreed. I was there last June and felt pretty underwhelmed. There was a trio of either soups or asparagus dishes -- the fact that I can't remember which speaks volumes -- with a tasty little asparagus soup. Otherwise, nothing stood out. The "breakfast" dessert was a fun (if over-hyped) concept, but it left me wanting a little more flavor.

Feb 06, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

1 Dinner in D.C. - What's Your Favorite?

CityZen, yes. With those melty Parker House rolls, no companion needed!

Feb 06, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore

Sushi Ko - Chevy Chase

I'm in the neighborhood, too, and the anticipation is running high. With all this waiting, though, my expectations are getting unrealistically high.

Feb 06, 2008
ganacher in Washington DC & Baltimore