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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: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/inde...

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

‘Food is Meant to Nourish, Not Entertain’

That totally beats my Gingerbread CSI diorama.

Jul 25, 2014
Mer_Made in Food Media & News

What not to do at a farmers market

I know that market. That farmer has a very different idea for his business model on a farmer's market.

Jul 10, 2014
Mer_Made in General Topics

Has anyone tried the BBQ at Ardmore Carryout?

...No, but now I really, really want too.

Dim Sum

No shame in eating dim sum alone! Especially since all the lovely leftovers belong to you alone.

Weekend DC Trip! Foodie advice?

MKB in would be another option. It's just around the corner from Red Apron.

You could also try searching for the farmer's markets. The fresh fruit at them would be hard to beat.

Good restaurants half way between Washington DC and Philadelphia?

If you want to take Amtrak, Tom Sietsema liked La Fia in Wilmington. It's close to the train station and you wouldn't have to fight traffic.

Jun 24, 2014
Mer_Made in Mid-Atlantic

Plan a month's menu on SNAP benefits.

I think this might the same program the Washington Post wrote about last summer. The article was pretty depressing.


Jun 05, 2014
Mer_Made in General Topics

"Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?"

I worked in a 7-11 20+ years ago, well before the benefits were transferred to debit cards, and once had a woman do her grocery shopping in the store. A real grocery store was catty corner to my store, but she came to mine. I was flabbergasted. Getting to the other store would have been harder since the intersection was very busy, but the benefits really don't go very far in a 7-11.

Jun 05, 2014
Mer_Made in Food Media & News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.