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The name of the store is Seasonal Pantry.

Ramps in DC yet?

Radius's handmade pasta, asparagus, peas and ramps is excellent. I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up on a pizza in the next week or two also.

They should show up at Dupont this week or next but you have to get there early to get them.

place to go for birthday cake (& sushi rec nearby if you have one)

A point of clarification, Cacao is north of the zoo on Connecticut Ave so you walk up Conn., not down. When you come out of the zoo on Conn. make a right, not a left.

Spices is right near Cacao. Fine sushi in an Asian restaurant. Not high end but I imagine it will make a 5 year old happy.

Best French Restaurants in DC?

Don't forget Dominique's.

Snacks/Drinks near DC Convention Center for large group

I love The Passenger but in this instance I think it's a bad idea. There is no place for a group that large, it's loud enough that have conversations can be hard and the food menu is limited. When I have gone with more than 3-4 people I have found it hard to take advantage of Tom and the other mixologists' expertise.

Homemade Pasta?

Radius in Mt. Pleasant makes all of their own pasta. The spaghetti and meatballs are some of the best in the city and there is a rotating menu of a ravioli and other pasta dish. I think right now there is a papppardelle with homemade bacon and dates on the menu.

Best Hot Chocolate?

Radius Pizza on Mt. Please just brought back their hot chocolate. It's closer to drinking chocolate but has spices I couldn't identify as well. Regardless, it's really good and available for delivery.

Any Idea Where to Buy Black Linguine in DC?

The pasta stand at Eastern Market usually has it.

Tuscan Kale

Most of the farmers markets in the area have it.

What are your Top 3 monthly "go to" places in the D.C. Metro area?

Radius Pizza (which deserves more attention around here)
The cafe at Palena

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Dry Soda in DC?

According to the web site you can get it at Coco Sala and Dean and Deluca.

Georgetown Cupcakes

The store in Bethesda is just as good without the lines if you don't care about seeing the sisters and the shop where the show takes place.. And it has a parking lot across the street.

Lunch For One in Old Town Alexandria?

Eve's Lickety Split is one of the best deals around and is only available in the bar room. You get to choose two items from the menu which includes a daily special sandwich, soup, and salad, there's always a risotto, a couple of glasses of wine and a couple of desserts. Not to mention their amazing bread and butter. It's very casual, I've gone in jeans, and no one rushes you. It's a hard deal to beat at $13.50.

Cooking Classes Or A Fun Gift Idea For A Foody New To DC

Check out Hill's Kitchen on Capital Hill. They offer classes over the shop and it's a great way to get to know the Eastern Market area of Capital Hill.

Has anyone tried Kushi yet?

It also depends on the type of food you order. There are selections of sushi where you can easily spend $50 alone and not be full but eat some amazing fish. It all depends on what you order, but $50 a person, let alone for two, will be easy to spend.

Palena lately?

Nothing has changed at Palena. You can still order off the regular menu at the bar and fry plate is as amazing as ever.

The majority of the construction will be in the old Magruders so it shouldn't impact the restaurant until the end.

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus season lasts about a month once the first stems shoot up (freeze and frost dependent). We're about a week into the season in DC. Since there are farms from Pennsylvania down to Virginia the season lasts about 6 weeks or so. Therefor, you should be able to find it at most farmer's markets for the next few weeks.

ISO: caviar

Not all Whole Foods carry it all year round. Check out Black Salt's market-they'll be able to help. If you want to try ikura/salmon roe or tobiko/flying fish roe, which is much cheaper and found in sushi, you can find it at most Asian markets.

I'd start with a mid grade variety of what every type you choose. You don't want cheap caviar because it does not have the delicate flavor that better caviar has. On the other hand, you don't want to shell out a lot of money for something you may not like.

All Things Ramps

No consumme Friday night but there was an amazing mushroom leek soup.

Flavorful Poultry - WHERE?

Market Poultry at Eastern Market. I know people who call this "crack chicken" because it is so good it's addictive.

edible flowers

Whole Foods often has them. I would also check Balducci's.

50% off at PS7

I know for a fact that you can use it in the lounge during nonHH times and not in conjunction with RW.

Where can I get the best ramen in NYC?

I'm coming up in a month and am looking for excellent ramen. Do any of these places serve natto with their ramen? I had it once in San Fransisco in the '80's and haven't seen it since.

If not, are any of them near Penn Station?

Jan 10, 2010
pineapple sage in Manhattan

Help escaping a conference for non-touristy eats (or attractions, if you've got any)

I second the Palena recommendation. Go for the burger and fry plate (they will make a smaller size for one, it's not on the menu but if you ask they will happily comply) if that's what you are in the mood for but the rest of the menu is not to be over looked. The gnocchi is some of the best you will ever eat, Ruta's soups are divine, and anything charcuterie related are gifts from above.

If you like wine, antipasto and small plates Dino's bar is a great place to spend an evening.

There are a bunch of restaurants right near your hotel. New Heights doesn't get enough attention on CH but is worth a look. If you are in the mood for good diner-esque food, Open Table is a good spot. Open late, serves alcohol and does a high class job with greasy food. Avoid all the others, except Tono Sushi, near your hotel.

Ray's the Catch opening this Spring? + other changes

It's not a typo. This restaurant, and working with the community where it is located, is an ongoing project for Landrum.

Local food gifts for DC clients

Copper Pot, who sells at bunch of local farmers markets, has great gourmet sauces.

DC Area Cooking Classes with Gift Certs

I've taken a few classes at Hill's Kitchen and they were great. I definitely recommend checking them out.

Looking for cassoulet

Central does have it on the menu.

Buying Prosciutto

I third the recommendation for Canales and add Vace to the list of recommendations.

Looking for GREAT restaurant open on a MONDAY night

Monday night at Palena is different than the rest of the week. You cannot make a reservation and they only offer the cafe menu but you can sit anywhere in the restaurant. The chef tries different dishes and has a bit more fun than the rest of the week. The infamous roast chicken is available as is the cheeseburger, but you can have it topped with a duck egg.

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008