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Where to buy Angostura bitters?

I'm pretty sure they have them at all of the Montgomery County Liquor stores.

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Hey Jackie, yes I know Cheektowaga and it seemed like every 5th person I knew at school went there. My roommate was from Medina and we spent a lot of time exploring the little villages all over that part of NY.

No, I'm not a teacher...though, I can understand why you might assume that. (Geneseo is still thought of as a normal school/teachers college by many.) I'm actually an engineering consultant now. I live in Kensington, MD - not NYC. This is about 4 miles north of Washington, DC.

HERSHEY WITH CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER LIVES!!!

Jul 25, 2009
Sean D in General Topics

Where is a good selection of gas bbq grills in the DC metro area?

I'm not sure what price range you were looking for, but there are definitely alternatives. On the lower end, is Hardware City in Kensington. On the higher end is Patio.com in Rockville.

Recommendations for Best NY Style Cheesecake in Area

See...what did I tell ya? You just can't convince a NewYorker that Junior's isn't the best cheesecake. I believe they now ship through the mail, if you feel inclined to try it.

Fried Ice Cream?

Reporting back! It was very good, but it wasn't real fried ice cream. It was a ball of ice cream that had been rolled around in some very tasty mixture of crumbs, sugar, and spices. (In other words, the usual thing that most Mexican chain restaurants serve.) Very yummy and worth the price, but not the same as the ChiChi's dessert. Sorry.

Zatinya - still good?

So, are you saying that you have to "limit" yourself to stay under $75?? What if you just want a good, satisfying meal without the special ocassion? We've already established that portions are small at Zatinya (especially when sharing small plates). Now, are we saying that drinks and dessert don't count, as part of a regular meal?

Folks, there is still a big rift between reality and fact here. I have no doubt that some have spent less than $30 per person, but let's be real. We're talking about dinner (appetizer, salad/soup, entree, & dessert), drinks (at least 1-2), and the proper tip (minimum 15%) for two adults (use the worst case/hungry business men scenario). Try fitting that into $13 per person, folks.

I see a lot of glossing-over when it comes to basic, fundamental realities (such as the fact that drinks and tip are part of the dinner bill). I'm not sure why people feel compelled to be defensive, or apologistic about the prices at Zatinya. Let's just state the facts. (Some of which can be found in the menus at Zatinya's website.)

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

That's a capital idea, Yayadave. Will do. Maybe a grassroots Bring Back Hershey's With Creamy Peanut Butter movement will sprout up! lol

Thanks!

Jul 22, 2009
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Fried Ice Cream?

That's all the convincing I need. It's Guapo's tonight! Thanks Skipper!

Fried Ice Cream?

Me, too. I prefer the crusty, cinnamon-like shell. However, I've known people who think that the traditional shell is too overpowering. I've never used the tempura batter as a shell. I'm curious to see what it would be like.

The recipe I gave is definitely in the ChiChi's tradition.

Fried Ice Cream?

Skipper, is this the real thing? (By that, I mean they actually fry it to order and bring it out to you immediately?) If so, I'll be heading to Guapos in Bethesda for dinner tonight!

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

You said it, Alkapal. Then again, there is a big tradition of this in corporate America. (I'm still perturbed that Ben and Jerry's cancelled Black and Tan!!)

Jul 22, 2009
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Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Yeah Jackie...sometimes there is no justice in this world! The reason for this thread is no more. However, I don't think this is the last word on the burning peanut butter/chocolate dilemma. :)

You're in Buffalo? What part? I went to school at SUNY Geneseo. I have lots of friends all over the Buffalo-Rochester area.

Jul 22, 2009
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Fried Ice Cream?

Tempura batter is actually an excellent choice of coating. While it definitely differs from the flavor you get from the other batter/cornflake coating, it fries up very quickly. The less time you spend in the oil, the better.

You guys have inspired me to try an experiment this weekend. It would be very cool to create a hybrid approach.

Need Help: Peruvian Chicken in DC Area

You're quite right, Chicky. That's precisely the reason it took me months to try Don Pollo. I'm a total Moby Dick addict. Though, when you get around to breaking away for a try, it will be worthwhile. Enjoy.

Need Help: Peruvian Chicken in DC Area

Try Don Pollo on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. Their sauces and sides are exceptional.

Fried Ice Cream?

Aburkavage, I share your passion for this dessert. And, it's nearly impossible to find now. Even the places that say they have it, simply take a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream and roll it around in a mixture of crumbs and sugar. Then, the dabble a little honey on top and put whipped cream and a cherry on it.

However, I can tell you how to make fried ice cream and it's really not as hard as you may think. It takes two days to prepare, but you can make a lot of the unfried product and just use them, at your leisure.

First, buy a good premium quality vanilla ice cream. (Or, any flavor you want.) The key with the ice cream is to buy the dense, minimally aerated type. Then, scoop it into big balls. Use your hands and work fast. Quickly roll them around in finely crushed cornflakes. Then, put them in your freezer and freeze them until they are rock-hard.

Second, after the ice cream balls are frozen hard take them out and quickly dunk them, one by one, in a batter made of about 2 cups of milk, 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of all purpose flour, and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. (Note: I make this batter by "feel", but the proportions are very forgiving.) Then, roll them in another coating of crushed cornflakes. Return them to the freezer and freeze the until they are rock hard.

Third, now it's time to eat them. Heat your oil up to a very hot temperature (about 400 degrees). Your fryer/pot needs to have a lot of oil, so it does not cool down as you fry the ice cream. You need to lay out your dishes and toppings so they're ready to go. Have more of the dipping batter ready. Warn your guest that dessert is coming out and that fried ice cream waits for no one!

Now, take out the prepared balls, one at a time, from the freezer. Quickly dunk it in the batter, and put it right into the fryer. The batter will fry up VERY quickly. If you've coated the balls properly, there will be no ice cream leakage. The first ball is usually the test dummy. It has taken me as little as 20 seconds, and as much as one minute to fry them. (Usually, you're good when the ball is golden brown.)

Put it right into the dish, douse it with some honey, squirt it with whipped cream, and eat it immediately. (This is not a dessert to prepare for a lot of people who want to start eating at the same time.)

The layers of cornflakes and batter create insulation from the heat. The high egg and sugar content of the batter insure a quick browning/caramelization time. I've had really good luck with this recipe.

Good luck!

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

MYSTERY SOLVED!!!!

I took the advice of one poster and called Hershey's consumer's line. This actually wasn't as easy as you may think. It took a while to get through and even after I explained what I was looking for, the lady on the other end was clueless. She had to put me on hold about 3 times, while she made various inquiries. But, I finally got the answer. Here it is:

The Hershey Bar Filled With Creamy Peanut Butter was officially discontinued on June 1, 2009. On that date, production ceased and there are no plans to make anymore in the future. The product that we've been finding is the last bit of stock they are releasing to the public.

The 4.25 oz. Reese's Bar that we found is officially a "limited edition" product. It has been in limited production for months, but production will cease next month. While there are no specific plans to produce it again, as a limited edition product it can be resurrected at any time.

Well folks, that's it.

I finally find a chocolate & peanut candy that I really love, and they bork it! :::::sigh::::

Well...it was nice while it lasted. :)

Jul 21, 2009
Sean D in General Topics

Affordable Cakes

Hmmm...$100 might be tough for a fu-fu sculptured cake. Just about every place that I've run into that makes 3-D cake decorations charges much higher prices. There is a bakery in Catonsville that many have said it better and less expensive than Charm City.

bethesda with kids?

Do you think they are mature enough for some good Mediterranean sitdown food? If so, Levante is kinda fun.

where can i find bananas foster in the district?

I once had Bananas Foster at Timpano's in Rockville.

However, I do have a suggestion: Surprise your boyfriend with a romantic, bananas foster for two.

Melt four tablespoons of sweet butter in a skillet, stir in 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 of dark molasses, and cook until is bubbles and thickens. (About 5 minutes over medium heat.) Have about three medium sliced bananas waiting. Once the mixture starts to bubble, throw the bananas in and toss them around with a non-stick spatula, in order to coat them with the hot syrup. (No more than about 60-90 seconds.) Then, throw in about 1/4 cup of a good quality dark rum and ignite it. It makes a great show. Then, all you do is spoon it over good quality vanilla ice cream.

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Affordable Cakes

Hey Cakegirl,

I know what you mean. The best affordable, custom sheet cakes I find come from Costco. (I've used the one in Gaithersburg.) Huge, moist, beautifully decorated cakes which are perfect for the non-fufu special occasions. (You do need to be a member and order them ahead of time.) Some Giant and Safeway bakeries make custom cakes, but I don't think they are as good.

I agree with DCDeb's suggestion about Stella's Bakery. It's excellent, albeit pricier.

Do you have a price ceiling for a particular sized cake?

bethesda with kids?

Kids seem to get a kick out of BDs Mongolian BBQ. It's kind of fun to create your own stirfry and watch them cook it on a big griddle. It also allows you to address both the picky and less picky eaters. They serve both rice and flour tortillas with your meal, so you can eat from a bowl, or make little roll-ups.

Recommendations for Best NY Style Cheesecake in Area

Cioada, I can give you several examples of what I consider great NY style cheesecake in this area. However, every New Yorker (including some in my own family) I know scoffs at my suggestions.

In New York, it seems that the ideal for NY style cheesecake comes from Junior's Restaurant, in Brooklyn.

http://www.juniorscheesecake.com/

A few years ago, my sister brought several of these cheesecakes down during a visit. I had to admit that there was something extremely different about them. They are much drier than the type of creamy cake we seem to regard as the norm. (My pal from NYC used to say that our cheesecakes were more like "sweet bagel shmear".) Also, there is much less emphasis on graham cracker crumbs and crust. It's a different experience and New Yorkers seem to really have a sense of cheesecake superiority when it comes to touting Junior's. That being said, I have to say that their cheesecake is a bit too dry for me and I prefer the bagel shmear variety. :

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The cheesecake at the Hollywood Diner in Rockville is wonderful. The Cheesecake Factory's Dulce De Leche cheesecake is untraditional, but luscious. The frozen cheesecakes at Trader Joe's are actually very much like the Junior's cheesecake.

BBQ Ribs - Where to eat

Will do, Dom. Good BBQ is definitely worth a 45 minute drive. Thanks!

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Thanks Juju. This past weekend, I spotted the Reese version of this bar in a Giant Food store. I'm beginning to think that there is ongoing test marketing to determine which of the two versions the public wants more.

Jul 20, 2009
Sean D in General Topics

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Jackie, Katty, & Courtney, I'm blessed in my life to be surrounded by so many wonderful ladies of good taste! (Present company definitely included.) :)

This weekend, I found myself in an incredible store in Wheaton, buying chocolate molds. I later went to Trader Joe's to buy some PoundPlus chocolate bars. This week, I'm going to experiment a bit. I think I'm putting the 72% dark chocolate on the shell, with a chocolate truffle filling. I'm also going to try to create some sort of peanut butter truffle-like filling.

I wish there were something like a Sunday chocolate club in this area. We meet, bring our best homemade chocolate creations, sip good coffee or dessert wine, and slip off into deep sugar comas. lol

Jul 20, 2009
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Need A Nice Restaurant Near Dulles Airport

Thank you all for your suggestions. We opted for Sweetwater Tavern. The food was wonderful and house brews were awesome. (Ironically, my guests did not seem too keen on Jimmy's, since they are attempting to escape Buffalo. However, I'm a total wing-slut and I'll be heading there, myself!!) I'll be trying Community Canteen and Mimi's Cafe, in the coming months.

Thanks again!

Jamaican beef patties around DC area?

Takadi, I recently saw something on a travel show that left me totally amazed. It was a show on Jamaica. They had a segment on a bakery that made some very popular island delicacies including the famous beef patties and cocoa bread. (I discovered both over 20 years ago, locally.)

But, then they did something that blew me away. The ladies there showed the host how many locals eat those items. They split open a loaf of cocoa bread and they sandwiched a beef patty inside it. I have a hunch that both of those items were much fresher than those found here. (Most of the cocoa bread I've had is pretty hard.) This is something I plan to try if I ever get to the island.

Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Jackie, I thought this might make you laugh. My aunt is a somewhat famous artist in California. In recent years, her health has declined and she is mostly bedridden now. I recently asked her daughter if there was something I could send her that she would enjoy. (I offered the examples of a book, flowers, fruit, or something homemade...like my chocolates, or my pumpkin bread.) The email shot right back with "SHE LOVES CHOCOLATE". So, guess what I'm making for my dear aunt this weekend? This whole search has inspired me to create a dark chocolate/peanut butter truffle.

Like I said, you have me pegged! :)

Jul 17, 2009
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Hershey's Bar With Creamy Peanut Butter: Something's Going On Here [moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Jackie, you are obviously an astute and worldly person. You've got me pegged! :) Bless your heart.

Jul 17, 2009
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