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ISO dessert wine for a specific dessert

I can't speak for the olive oil, but Pedro Ximenez sherry is THE match for vanilla ice cream in my book. Bascially, if you could you think liquid figs would go with the Meyer lemons, go for it. Abala makes a good one.

Jun 10, 2011
suttonri in Wine

Duck eggs

I've bought them at Springfield Farm up in Sparks, http://www.ourspringfieldfarm.com/

Can one buy Pata Negra ham in DC?

I believe Wagshal's has it.

Red lentil shortage?

Any Indian groceries near you? I imagine they would have masoor dal available.

Rich

Lifelong wine adventure

If longevity under suboptimal cellar conditions are your prime criteria, I'll cast a vote for Pedro Ximenez Sherries. These sweet wines are already oxidized and are virtually immortal. We had a 1959 earlier this year, and it lasted several days after pulling the cork. I suppose it would have lasted weeks or months had the bottle not run out.

Maybe you should get a variety of wines. Some for the near term, some for the long haul.

Feb 16, 2011
suttonri in Wine

Pairing challenge.. Venison ragu & pulled pork...Help a relative Newb!?

Lots of good recommendations so far. I would give a Dolcetto a try with the ragu if you are buying young wines. Chiantis develop a lot of their charm after a decade in the cellar. I'd prefer a young Dolcetto over a young Chianti. If the venison is gamey an aged Chateauneuf du Pape would pair well.

If the pulled pork sauce is sweet like you expect the previously mentioned Zin or a fruit-driven Aussie Shiraz would be fine. Roses traditionally go with smoked meats so your blush idea should work too. Spiciness would be well-served with an Alsatian Gewurztraminer or German Spatslese.

Feb 10, 2011
suttonri in Wine

What to eat with d'Yquem?

Roquefort many years from now is great advice. A couple pairings that have not been mentioned are foie gras and lobster. If I serve it with dessert I keep the dessert simple, like a vanilla creme brulee.

Jan 23, 2011
suttonri in Wine

Chinese Food in Patterson Park/Canton

"this was my wife's pick"
By this I meant Ding How, sorry to be vague.

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Ding How Restaurant
631 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

Chinese Food in Patterson Park/Canton

When we used to live in Highlandtown this was my wife's pick for take out or taking visiting Chinese expats out. She thought they did a good job with Shanghainese style shrimp. I suppose she knows since she is from Shanghai. Shortly before we moved we found a place in Dundalk around Holabird & Merritt that had some good dishes. The name escapes me now, that was 6 years ago.

Best Ribs Ever!

Really bad ribs in my book. I'm mystified that people like this place, especially when Andy Nelson's is just up the street.

Abacrombie. Any recent experiences

Went there a few months back in an off night, no symphony traffic. Food and service were quite good. No complaints. They also had a very nice white Burgundy in 1/2 bottles that didn't break the bank. I'd go back in a second.

Hunt Valley area but if not....

With those constraints I would get a bunch of food from Andy Nelson's BBQ and eat it over at Oregon Ridge State Park. They have take out catering starting at $12.95/person. See http://www.andynelsonsbbq.com/caterin... . You could also add some crabs from Gibbys Seafood or Captain Treys depending on tastes and budget. I don't know if what kind of arrangements you need for the park but http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agen... should help.

The big question is whether this sort of downhome meal will suit the wedding party. I expect it would either be a resounding success or total disaster depending on their style.

Good Luck,
Rich

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Captain Treys
10625 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Chinese caterer?

A couple more things. My wife explained this to me last March when we were back in Shanghai visiting her old friends. The proper amout of food for a banquet is one cold dish and one hot dish per person. We had maybe 6 banquets when we were over there, and that was a pretty typical order, never as little as one dish per person. A ton of food is proper host etiquette. Also, a noodle dish is in order for birthdays. Long noodles for long life.

Finally, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-d3nE...

Chinese caterer?

I don't live in your vicinity so I can not help with a caterer, but here are a few thoughts that may help you throw your party.

1. Does it have to be at your house? A banquet at a Chinese restaurant would be a very Chinese thing to do.
2. Ask your guests! No doubt some of them live in your area and already know the good restaurants, some of which may cater.
3. If all else fails, Odenton is about 1/2 hour away. Take a cooler up to Grace Garden and fill it up with take out. You'll need to make arrangements some days ahead of time, but you could do a lot worse than this option.

Also, some trays of fresh fruit and bowls of nuts would be nice. I go to a number of parties with Chinese ex-pats and sooner or later, you find people sitting around the tables nibbling on these snacks and making small talk.

That's all the help I can offer. I hope you create a lot of good memories with your exchange student.

Rich

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Grace Garden
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

Dessert to pair with Pedro Ximenez?

We had a 1959 Albala PX a couple weeks ago. I paired it with baklava, salted roast cashews, and vanilla ice cream. PX goes fine with vanilla ice cream, seriously! Chowhound had a recipe of the day recently that looks intriguing. I've not tried it yet but it's on the list, especially with some flavored marscopone cheese slathered on.

http://www.chow.com/recipes/13565-spi...

Aug 23, 2010
suttonri in Wine

Looking for best Asian grocery in Baltimore east of I-83

We have always been treated well there, but we've been going there for the better part of a decade. They've pretty much watched our 5-year old growing up. Still havn't purchased anything from the freezers though...

Rich

Looking for best Asian grocery in Baltimore east of I-83

Glad you liked it. What about the 3 Crabs fish sauce do you like? I recently ran out of fish sauce and perhaps I need to try this brand.

Rich

Looking for best Asian grocery in Baltimore east of I-83

My Shanghainese wife's go to grocery east of I-83 is the Towson Oriental Grocery at 8424 Willow Oak Rd. This is just east of Loch Raven and south of Joppa. AA Supermarket and H-Mart are larger, but you can get a lot of things in Towson without making the trip west.

Shanghai Cafe in Potomac

My wife, who grew up in Shanghai took a Shanghainese friend there yesterday and was very disappointed. She said the XLB were comparable to the frozen ones that you buy at an Asian grocery store. The Shanghai-style fish was no better. We won't go back. For Shanghainese fare around Baltimore-DC, Pacifica Cafe in Gaithersburg is the best we know.

Rich

Retail Cheese in Baltimore

I was recently in Eddie's on N. Charles and was pleasantly surprised by the cheese selection. Lots of Neal's Yard items, which have dried up around Baltimore the past few years. Got some Keen's cheddar, my 2nd favorite next to Montgomery. Any other good cheese places in town? Wegman's has dumbed down over the years, not what it used to be when it first opened. The Wine Source has never been the same since Bill left and got a job in the environmental field. To my knowledge Eddie's is the best thing going now.

Thanks,
Rich

Pacifica Cafe

This chef arrived there within the last 2 years or so. He used to be at what is now Mr. K's Oreintal Cafe, when it used to serve Shanghainese fare.

Pacifica Cafe

We went to Pacifica Cafe at 621 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg's Kentland Market Square last weekend. My wife grew up in Shanghai,and she wanted to take a Shanghainese exchange student there since she had heard that the chef was from a famous restaurant her hometown. Judging by their reaction it was a huge success.

We had rice cakes with pork, a blanched chicken dish with a seasame-soy dipping sauce, steamed buns, fish with mushrooms, and pork meatballs with rice noodles. All were very well-prepared with the pork meatballs being the best of the lot. The student was in heaven. Her school back in Shanghai sends students to the DC area every year, and she planned to spread the word about Pacifica Cafe.

Worth checking out if you want to sample some traditional Shanghai dishes.

Rich

PS Yahoo yellow pages lists this as Pacific Cafe. Both their sign and card say Pacifica.

Smoking wood in Baltimore?

Where is a good place to buy wood chunks for my smoker. I used to go to BBQ Galore in White Marsh but they've been closed a while. Watson's on York Rd is OK but I'm looking for Alder & Oak and they didn't have them in stock a couple weeks ago. Where else?

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corn husks in Hunt Valley?

I want to make some tamales Is there anywhere aorund Lutherville-TImonium-Cockeysville that sells corn husks?

Thanks,
Rich

Upscale Chinese in Baltimore?

Agreed on the food, but the decor is better than most. Don't know about any Joey Chiu and Bamboo House connection, but I'm not qualified to answer. I've never been to Joey Chiu, and really not in any hurry to go...

Upscale Chinese in Baltimore?

I'll agree that Szechuan House is not upscale. My vote would be either Bamboo House in the Cranbrook Shopping Center in Cockeysville or Jesse Wong's in Hunt Valley. Hunan Manor in Columbia is also worth considering.

Rich

Grease Garden??

That's good to know. I think we'll ask for less oil next time. They might have loaded up because my wife is Chinese. At the end of the meal I asked not to dump the oil into the carryout boxes and the waitress replied, "But your wife likes it." She doesn't, but I suppose that's their notion of Chinese home cooking. Personally, I have eaten in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen and never seen anything 1/2 as greasy. My wife, who lived in China until her late 20s, never has either. I suppose different families in different regions have their own ways, though.

On a more positive note we finished the leftover pork in rice powder and it was real really good. We'll go back, but we'll ask to cut back on the oil.

Thanks for the tip,
Rich

Grease Garden??

Just went to Grace Garden in Odenton for the 3rd time this past Saturday. Both my Shanghainese wife and I loved it before, but a couple of dishes this time were just swimming in grease. Puddles and puddles of the stuff. The braised szechuan beef and crispy eggplant were really oily. The beef chow fun, cold beef tendon, and pork with rice powder were fine. The squid dish, while not greasy, was cooked to the consistency of pencil erasers.

Did we catch an off night? Have they gone downhill? Do you just have to avoid certain dishes? What's going on here?

Thanks,
Rich

Mekong Delta Cafe- Baltimore

"except for the "no utensils" comment by suttonri(uh, you do realize you're eating in a very traditional, mom and pop shop ASIAN restaurant). "

Yes, I do. I've been eating at mom and pop Vietnamese restaurants, along with homecooked mainland Chinese food, for over 20 yrs. They gave us one set of chopsticks and one soup spoon for two adults and one child. Fork, soup spoon, whatever, just give us something our 4 year old can use along with the extra bowl you had already brought.

Mekong Delta Cafe- Baltimore

Apparently we were sitting at a table when you came in to order. My opinion is that they are twisitng in the wind and have not yet realized it. Maybe they will get it together. We'll try again after w few months and see if they do. For the time being, I think the Baltimore Sun's favorable review is more a blessing than a curse. They can not handle the modest volume that their seating allows.

1, They were out of Pho at 11:30 AM Sunday. Apparently they were slammed Saturday night and could not get restocked soon enough Sunday moring. They were also out of condensed milk for Vietnamese coffee.

2. Service was slow. Maybe 1/2 hr for summer rolls to appear.

3, Service was inattentive. No napkins. No utensils except for one soup spoon and chop sitcks. The beef with lemongrass came about 20 minutes after the egg noodle faux pho. My wife and I ate in shifts, and our 4 yr old got a fork after we asked for one.

4. The food was OK at best. My wife said she could do the fauc pho better at home. My beef with lemongrass was tough and salty.

I'd love to see them succeed. Maybe we just caught them at an awkward time after a tough Saturday night. We'll try again in a while. Hopfully mom, pop, & grandpa will have it down by then.