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Dining around Maryland Live!

If you like Korean, you're not that far from Ellicott City. Shin Chon for bbq or Shilla Bakery for a quick snack.

Apr 18, 2014
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Childhood memories

I would have loved to try that. Sadly my family was firmly in the Breyers and Carvel camp when it came to ice cream.

Apr 03, 2014
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Childhood memories

My mom bringing home paper bags full of crabs. Sometimes, I really miss the crab trucks along the side of Rt. 5. And High's sour cream dip.

Apr 02, 2014
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

2 Lunches and 2 Dinners in DC

If you're staying in Penn Quarter, Red Apron Butchery does a decent breakfast sandwich. It's new so they're still working out some kinks though. Protein Bar has oatmeal, yogurt and breakfast burritos. You'll get your food fast there. If you want breakfasts that are, um, cheap, seedy and old school, try Lincoln Diner across from Ford's Theater.

Mar 14, 2014
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

The hard debate over nutrition standards for food stamp benefits

That's what you took away from the article? Not that each of those men abandoned their children? Not that she's raising her sister's children? Not that the employment rate is 24% in their ward? There are a lot of points to comment on in that article, and the point you picked was the least important.

However, this NPR article (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013...) on Jessica Ortiz may be more acceptable to you. Mrs. Ortiz only has five children, but they all have the same father.

Dec 19, 2013
Mer_Made in Food Media & News
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Coming to DC next weekend

The American History/National Gallery of Art side of the Mall, Teaism, Protein Bar, Paul's and Chop't are acceptable, if boring. They're all clustered near the Navy Memorial. Luke's Lobster and Taylor are a few streets further, Luke's isn't cheap though. If you want really, really, really cheap, go to the Lincoln Dinner across from Ford's Theater, but that one isn't for everyone.

Nov 26, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Restaurants around Hyattsville, MD

Maybe Food Factory Kabob House in College Park for Middle Eastern? It's been ages since I've eaten there, so I don't know what the quality is.

Nov 04, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Restaurants around Hyattsville, MD

Tiffin's on University Blvd for Indian. Sardi's on Rt. 1 in Laurel for Peruvian chicken. Seoulia and Da Rae Won in Beltsville are good bets for Korean food.

Nov 04, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where to buy a variety of fresh chili peppers

There's a Megamart in Silver Spring. I haven't spent too much time in them, but I'd assume they would at least have some of those chiles.

Nov 01, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any locally sourced whole duck for purchase in Baltimore/DC?

It's fall, so Groff's Content may have them right now. There's a contact form on their website to ask about duck availability.

http://www.groffscontentfarm.com/

Oct 30, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fresh Figs - Who's Got 'Em?

I got a pint at the Penn Quarter. I am blanking on the vendor though.

Oct 21, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Woo Lae Oak

Yes, yes we are. I know just how tiny the place is and just a few people can make the space crowded and tight.

Jul 31, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Woo Lae Oak

I saw people eating at China Boy mid-morning on a Sunday. It looked incredibly crowded.

Jul 31, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

store bought dumplings, pierogies,...

+1 - While you're on Rockville Pike you should try the dumplings at Kam Sam and Mama's Dumplings. I believe Kam Sam has a selection of their stuff frozen near the deli bar.

Jul 31, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where can I find real county ham slices

That's Calhoun County Hams and it is very good.

Jul 23, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seafood in DC

Not a clue. I had a coupon for Frank's, so I went there to feed my seafood needs.

Jun 10, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Seafood in DC

If you want to go really old school, go down to the Maine Ave market. It's not an actual dining experience, so just buy some crabs and take them home.

Jun 06, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any really good Ice cream around here?

Max's on Wisconsin Ave before it closes is a good choice.

Jun 04, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Local strawberries available yet?

It was the Sunday market. They weren't bad, but probably could have used another day or so ripening. I think they'll probably be better this week.

May 10, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Local strawberries available yet?

How local do you consider the Northern Neck? That's were the strawberries I bought at the College Park market came from.

May 08, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

resaurant near Ford's theater...suggestions?

D'Oc is a good choice. If they seat you in the windows, the tourist watching in fabulous!

Apr 26, 2013
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

New (Greek) yogurt flavors....you dream of

Hah! That's exactly what I do with sour cherry spoon sweet I make every year. Well, that and toss them into oatmeal.

Mar 29, 2013
Mer_Made in General Topics
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How do you "dress" your fried eggs?

So, only my family put a generous dollop of horseradish into the yolk?

Feb 22, 2013
Mer_Made in General Topics

Alternative to chicken feet for gelatin in bone broth ?

Backs give off a lot of gelatin. That's usually what I use in broths and stocks.

Also, have you checked out the feet at Asian groceries? The few times I've peeked at them, they've looked pretty clean.

Jan 30, 2013
Mer_Made in Home Cooking

Pink Boxes for Pastry on TV? What's Up with That?

It may have something to do with the Cambodian bakers not wanting to use white boxes. Hollywood may have just picked it up and ran with it.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/09/th...

Sadly, the link to the LA Mag column 404'd me, or I would have used it.

Jan 15, 2013
Mer_Made in Not About Food

Suggestions for restaurant near Landmark E Street Theater?

I've had lunch there on weekends. It was years ago, so I'd suggest calling ahead.

701 generally has a great bar menu if you're in the mood for that.

Nov 26, 2012
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

What did you have for lunch today Part 4

red cooked pork shank = Pork braised in a broth of soy sauce and spices. It's better with a trotter.
smacked cucumbers=Cucumber with salted chilis, sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic and sesame oil. Called smacked because that's what you're suppose to do with the cleaver when you prep them.

For both, I used the recipes from Fuschia Dunlop's 'Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook' as my basis. Which I probably butchered because I am sinus infection and can taste almost nothing. I went off recipe the most with the pork shank since I added dried mushrooms and their soaking water and totally forgot the star anise and cassia.

The smacked cucumbers were pretty much Dunlop's standard recipe but I soaked the salted chilis and garlic in the vinegar for a bit to try and distribute the flavors a bit more. I didn't include any chili oil. Since I don't have any right now and the chilis I'd made the with Thai birdseye from my container garden are incendiary.

I used rice cakes that came from my local Korean grocery chain and were cooked in the broth. They were included for the texture. I'm big into texture right now. Go figure.

Nov 15, 2012
Mer_Made in General Topics

What did you have for lunch today Part 4

Red cooked pork shank with rice cakes, smacked cucumbers, pickled radishes and 2 apples. And a dt. Pepsi.

Nov 15, 2012
Mer_Made in General Topics

pick your own figs

I've never seen them at Larriland or Homestead. I think Maryland may be too far north for figs to be a viable commercial crop.

Oct 05, 2012
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foods not to miss in D.C. area.

Millers!

I have nothing to add to this conversation, I just wanted to say that.

Sep 25, 2012
Mer_Made in Washington DC & Baltimore