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Ways to use up hard ciders

Use it as the braising liquid with sauerkraut? Since it's sweet, I'd cut it with some good stock and a little bacon fat.

Korean Cuisine Beginner: What do I order?

If you visit H-Marts and Lotte grocery stores, they generally have food stalls. Try a few dishes to get an idea of what you might like. Added bonus, on Saturdays, H-Mart generally gives out samples of whatever they have on sale.

Jun 22, 2015
Mer_Made in General Topics

VINTAGE places DC/suburban MD/N VA

New website here:

The theater is having a grand reopening this Friday after a renovation.

B, L, D in (or around) Culpeper

I second the farmer's market. I'd suggest the Frost Cafe for breakfast.

Culpeper also has Calhoun's Country Ham's. If you don't want to invest in a whole ham this late in the spring, I'd suggest getting some side meat and some sliced ham.

Frozen passion fruit pulp

I believe Shoppers Food Warehouse has a section with frozen Goya products, so you might want to try their stores.

How do you split the bill and tip evenly?

I have started asking for separate checks. Mostly because the person I was dining with has started insisting that a normal tip would be both of us tipping 50%.

Apr 24, 2015
Mer_Made in Not About Food

Fast eats near National Theater?

Pret a Manger is on 11 and F. You could also try the bar at Chef Geoff's. It looks like it's just around the corner from the National.

Old Bay Seasoning vs. Chesapeake Bay Seasoning.

The Herr's Old Bay cheese curls are really good too.

Apr 14, 2015
Mer_Made in General Topics

Looking for blood oranges

I think they maybe out of season by now. I got some at Trader Joes and Wegmans in Jan/Feb.

Where to find melon pan?

Tours Les Jours on Rt. 40 had melon bread last week. You might want to call and ask them which days they bake it.

Like Old Angler's Inn, but with good food?

The Drift Inn, but that's in St. Mary's County, and I'm not sure it's open yet.

Gefilte Fish in DC

DGS has it on their Passover catering menu. That's the best I can come up without outside of Wegmans.

Peter Chang to come to Arlington?

There's an article in the Post Food section today about Peter Chang. Apparently the reason he kept leaving restaurants was due to a combination of his immigration status and not seeing eye to eye with the business owners. The article can be found here:

Restaurants near Fallingwater?

My suggestions all come from visting my mom, so it's nothing fancy or trendy. I like Casselman Inn in Grantsville and I do not suggest Penn Alps at all. My mom likes the new restaurant at 4625 National Pike/Rt 40 in Markleysburg. I would give you the name, but I can't remember it. Also Rt 40 are Curt's and Lone Star. Curt's is uneven and I've never been into Lone Star. Which is probably a sign if my mom won't take me there.

Mar 16, 2015
Mer_Made in Pennsylvania

ISO: pâté & terrine cookbook

Time Life Good Cooks has a book on terrines, pates and galantines. I haven't used it much, but it's a lot of fun to browse through. It's available used on Amazon if you don't want to go on a thrift store hunt.

Mar 16, 2015
Mer_Made in Home Cooking

Regional snacks for gifts?

IIRC, Herr's is the only one who actually has the license to use actual Old Bay on their products. Everybody else is just kinda close to Old Bay.

Regional snacks for gifts?

While we're on Old Bay, Herr's Old Bay chips and cheese curls.

Classy, expensive restaurant in PG County?

There's Poets and Busboys in Hyattsville, but I prefer Franklin's so I've never been. Also, parking and access to that shopping center is a real problem.

Heinz adds Sriracha to Ketchup

I fully support Huy Fong Foods making a profit and hope they gouged Heinz for every bit of money they could get on this deal.

Feb 11, 2015
Mer_Made in General Topics

Soy Sauce: Dark vs. Light

+2 Pearl River Bridge is my go to for soy sauces now, especially the dark. If you don't want to order them off Amazon, and you don't have a Chinese market nearby, I can generally find them in the larger Korean supermarkets.

Jan 09, 2015
Mer_Made in General Topics

Wheaton dim sum on New Years Day

I like New Kam Fong, but I think they do bbq better then dim sum. So, I'd suggest Hollywood East.

Buying Cherry Liqueur or Kirsch in the area

Total Wine in Laurel would be a good choice. Their website also says there's one in Towson.

Ethnic Food in DC near green/yellow line??

Are you willing to take a bus? There are some near College Park, but you'll need to take a bus.

New place at Navy Memorial (Penn Quarter)?

Plan B Burger Bar. Basically, fancy hamburgers.

DC affordable dining options w/access from DuPont circle

I can only give options around the Mall/National Gallery. Someone else will have to take on the Dupont section of your trip. Penn Quarter is very near the Smithsonians and the National Gallery and has a good chunk of office workers, so you'll some not incredibly expensive food.

-Protein Bar will run you around $10-11 for a healthy lunch and has breakfast.

-Lincoln Waffle Shop near Ford's Theater, if you don't want to be healthy and want local color, this is a decent greasy spoon with cheap food.

-Shack Shake has good hamburger's and fries. I prefer them to Five Guys just on the fries.

-701 has a $17 entree and wine special at the bar for lunch if your budget can stretch to that.

-Red Apron Butchery has regular sandwiches, but I prefer the breakfast sandwiches. The Southern Comfort is my personal favorite.

Where to stop for lunch on the way to Air&Space?

You do mean the Air & Space on the Mall, not the Air & Space's Udar-Hazy Center out near Dulles? Because if you're headed out that way, I suggest the Bon Chon or grazing giant H-Mart off of Rt. 50.

If you mean the one on the Mall, I'd suggest Canopy pit beef in Ellicott City. Or maybe not. Try that on the way back for dinner.

What is your favorite place for crabs and pitchers of beer

How far do you want to go? I liked Drift Inn in Mechanicsville but it's a drive.

Seeking local insight (DC)

Cedar in Penn Quarter might be what you're looking for. The chef will do special veg tasting menus occasionally, so just let the chef know you're looking for when you book and he'll probably accommodate you.

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

I'm trying to be diplomatic. Perhaps I was too diplomatic?

Jul 25, 2014
Mer_Made in General Topics

Pureeing the Myth of Sriracha Sauce

The Atlantic posted a four minute clip from the Sriracha documentary here:

I think it's interesting to note that in the clip they visit, and taste, their way through Si Racha and the Thaitheperos factory. And that the audience surrogate finds the Thai version to be sweeter then Sriracha.

Jul 25, 2014
Mer_Made in General Topics