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Searching for cooking classes?

Not sure about Baltimore but in VA, the education board has cooking classes set up in the high schools. What level of cooking are you looking at? I know there is an Art Institute some where in this area....

Sep 27, 2008
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Piano Bars?

I know Fairmont has a piano player at night... but the wine list isn't very interesting and I wouldn't recommend the food.

Sep 27, 2008
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Harry's Tap Room

Update: Harry's was GREAT! Thai mussels were awesome... It has been added to my list as one of my favorites.

Sep 18, 2008
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Gordon Ramsay at Maestro: Opening Very Soon

Wonder who the women chef will be?

Sep 15, 2008
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Scrambledeggs takes it to da DC proper (Zed's Ethopian)

Thanks for the rec I'll have to check it out...

Sep 15, 2008
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Scrambledeggs takes it to da DC proper (Zed's Ethopian)

It seems that you don't listen to the recommendations that people are giving you. It also seems like you would never be satisfied either.
Regardless my two favorites in DC are Ceiba and Proof. Ceiba's restaurant group hires CIA graduates so more so a chance for a great meal. Also the theming and service style is fun.
Proof is a great place to have a nice glass of wine and snack on great cheese, salumi and SWEETBREADS (sorry those are my favorites).
Like you I have really high expectations of food and service but at some point you need to shut off and just enjoy the meal like a regular person. so chill out dude!

Sep 15, 2008
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Dinner near Willard Hotel in DC?

I'll third Ceiba (one of my favorites, Spanish flare), second DC Coast (Southern flare??) and add TenPenh (Asian flare) and Elephant & Castle (more laid back, English fare). First two are choice picks for seafood though.

Sep 15, 2008
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Where to get dinner in DC with a group of 15-20?

To be honest I'm not too sure, the conceirge at the hotel I work at often recommends them to guests so I figured it might be a good bet...

Sep 15, 2008
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Where to get dinner in DC with a group of 15-20?

Matchbox is way to cramped and loud... But you could be looking for that.
Have you tried Sam and Harry's or the Caucus Room yet?

Sep 15, 2008
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Favorite Seafood in DC

DC Coast is great... When I ate there I thought the food was very interesting and the menu (food and wine) very well laid out.

Sep 15, 2008
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Harry's Tap Room

Do they have outside seating? And what would you recommend ordering?

Sep 14, 2008
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Harry's Tap Room

Has anyone been to Harry's Tap Room? A friend recommended it to me and I wonder if it is worth checking out...

Sep 14, 2008
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Truth in Menus

http://somdthisisliving.somd.com/vol4...

3rd paragraph...“Maryland crab cakes mean Maryland crabs.”

Sep 12, 2008
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Truth in Menus

That's assuming I just graduated. Still no one has answer what seasoning, binder, etc. is of the Maryland style...

Sep 12, 2008
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Truth in Menus

I don't believe there is a Maryland style. In culinary school, they teach you how to make crab cakes (which is basically the same recipe as above) but there is not mention on Maryland anything. The is no other way to make crab crabs... (binder, seasoning, maybe some veg, and in the oven or pan-fry).

Sep 12, 2008
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Truth in Menus

I am sure that is a standard crab cake around the US. I have had it like that in Florida, in NY, in Cali, in.... in... in... The variation depends on the maker not the region.

Sep 11, 2008
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Where to buy ginger beer?

whole foods has "reeds" ginger beer which is the best

Sep 10, 2008
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Truth in Menus

So what is "Maryland" style? What are the ingredients exclusive to this style and no other? Or maybe the cooking technique? What is the difference between "Maryland Crab Cakes" and plain old crab cakes?

Sep 10, 2008
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Sunday Brunch

FYI... Sunday Brunch at the Colonnade is re-opening this weekend.

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Juniper Restaurant
2401 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Sep 05, 2008
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First-Time Visitor with One Dinner in DC - Please Help!

Ici Urban in your hotel is suppose to be pretty good but I haven't been yet. So far my favorites are Ceiba and Proof.

Sep 03, 2008
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Truth in Menus

To me, it's like ordering Kobe beef but getting Grade A. Or ordering organic whatever and not getting it. Although I would eat (let's say) chicken if it weren't organic, if the menu said it was I would understand why I was paying extra. Now if I am paying extra and I don't get organic, then I think I've been cheated.

Sep 03, 2008
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Truth in Menus

French Onion Soup derived its name because the French created in the 17th century and it is part of French cooking technique (name earned). English tea is actually named for the popular ritual of English High Tea (name earned). But as far as I know Maryland did not create crab cakes nor does it have a style of cuisine all of its own.

Sep 03, 2008
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Truth in Menus

If you read "Maryland Crab Cakes", would you expect Maryland crab or Maryland style (if there is such a thing)? Who enforces truth in menus? If the menu reads Maryland Crab Cakes, I believe I should be paying for Maryland crab not South America Crab...

Sep 03, 2008
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Matchbox

What does everyone think about Matchbox? I have heard mixed reviews... Brunch is great... it's too crowd...

Sep 02, 2008
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Proof

Proof was awesome. Sat at the bar for a glass of wine (ended up having a few). The cheese and salume selections were great and the sweetbreads were awesome (order those twice). Love it... Best upscale restaurant I have been to in DC so far.

Sep 02, 2008
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