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Looking for fromage frais in DC area

I'd suggest you email Cheesetique and ask. If they don't have it, they may be able to tell you who does. (

Is the Ninja really as good as a Vita-Mix? I shopping...

You might want to take a look at the "Breville The Hemisphere Control". At $199, it's more than some Ninjas, half the price of the VitaMix, and highly recommended by America's Test Kitchen.

Oct 15, 2013
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Farm fresh eggs in/near West Roxbury

When they reopen in the Spring, I'll have my parents give them a try! We've gotten vegetables from them off and on for a long time, so, thanks for the suggestion!

Farm fresh eggs in/near West Roxbury

Thanks! :) My parents will give it a try next week or so, if the weather is decent. :)

Farm fresh eggs in/near West Roxbury

Thank you! That's really close! My folks said to say, "thanks," and they'll give it a shot!

Farm fresh eggs in/near West Roxbury

Hi all.

My parents, West Roxbury residents, asked me to ask if there is an indoor Winter farmers market or other locale for purchasing farm fresh eggs in or around West Roxbury?

My google-fu seems to have failed me in this instance.



Cooking Lessons in DC Area

For convenient to downtown DC, I'd say Culinaerie, Hill's Kitchen, or L'Academie de Cuisine's recreational arm in Bethesda (a short walk from the Bethesda metro stop).

For affordability, however, I like Cookology in Dulles Town Center. Usually around $49-59 for a class, compared to $85 at Culinaerie, for example.

top picks in Bethesda/Chevy Chase?

I was at Lia's this past Thursday and it was really, really good... Try getting there for the twilight special-a three course meal for $20.

Picky-eater friendly in Rockville, N. Bethesda?

Bucca Di Beppo on the Rockville/Gaithersburg border might fit the bill. Plenty of options, gargantuan portions, lots of pasta dishes, and lots of stuff that's golden brown and delicious.


I just back back the Kosher Mart in Rockville (the Boiling Brook location), and they had a lot of sufganiyot on hand. They're very tasty!

Funnel cakes?

Well, I know you said not a county fair or other such event, but if you live in Annapolis, you're really close to the MD Renn Fest, which I believe has funnel cake...

Taking the bar exam...what to eat?

I take the MD bar exam on Tues/Wed... I've been trying to eat healthy for the past 2 months, and I've done pretty well with it, but my game plan is to grab a sandwich or something for lunch, and have breakfast and dinner at my hotel. I'm not planning on studying, but I think I want to be away from people, just hang out on the net, watch TV, etc.

Jul 27, 2008
dartmouth05 in Home Cooking

Looking for Whole Grain Cookbooks

If you have an interest in baking, the best whole grains book, IMHO, is King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking.

Jun 18, 2008
dartmouth05 in Home Cooking

Silver Diner - Rockville Pike

Gee-I like the Silver Diner... I haven't had anything overly complex, I suppose, I've had their pancakes, chicken tenders, their healthy omelet, etc., and it's all been good. I was recently there with my girlfriend, her brother, and one of her friends, and they all liked their food and loved their shakes...

1st date/dinner in Bethesda - Dinner recommendations

I second the Mon Ami Gabi recommendation... The food is reasonably priced, delicious, and is a mildly impressive choice without it being pretentious or coming on too strong.

Non-stick frying pan suggestion?

Thanks for the suggestion, Blondelle. I sent it in to them today, so, I'll see what happens and report back! :)

May 27, 2008
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Non-stick frying pan suggestion?

Thanks for the advice, all! I checked out Ikea tonight, BarmyFortheringayPhipps, but they didn't have a great selection. The 365+ they had were all really dusty, apparently from the renovations. Ick! :P

I'll take a look at Vollrath and that Cuisinart pan. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

May 25, 2008
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Non-stick frying pan suggestion?

Hi all. I loved my Calphalon 12" Frying Pan (said 1392 on the bottom-I think it's this one: ). Unfortunately, despite never putting it in the dishwasher, the non-stick finish is starting to flake off when I use my sponge on it. :( I got it on sale almost three years ago, and I was rather expecting it to last longer.

So-I need a new frying pan. I use this pan for just about everything. I know, I know, I should theoretically not use non-stick for things that require browning, but I am trying to cook with less oil or butter (as I am trying to lose weight) and I don't eat red meat at all. What I liked about my current pan was that it had a great weight, it was big, eggs never stuck, chicken breasts cooked really well in it, and it cleaned off pretty easily. What I don't like was that it was so expensive even on sale, and would have been more had it NOT been on sale, and yet only lasted three years with light to medium use.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement that will be a familiar experience to my old pan, but hopefully either be more durable, or a LOT cheaper?

I'd consider paying more for a frying pan that is dishwasher safe, it seems like a nice feature, but otherwise, I'd like an economical choice! :P

Oh, and if it matters for your recommendations, I'm using this with an electric burner.

Thanks for your help!

May 25, 2008
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Milk-free dining recommendations near Bethesda?

Hi all.

I am graduating this weekend, and so my folks are in town.... I'm looking for a place for dinner tonight that meets the following criteria:
(1) Still possible to get a reservation
(2) Milk/dairy-free options for my Mom, who is completely lactose intolerant
(3) Has options such as fish (not shellfish), chicken, tofu, etc., as my parents do not eat red meat or shellfish.
(4) Dressy, as we were planning on dressing up tonight.

Does anyone have any suggestions that fit the bill?

Many thanks!

Help - have to go to Mon Ami Gabi...

I go there fairly regularly with a friend of mine.... Their onion soup is really good, and the fish and frites is terrific, and not at all overly expensive.

Question for all DC people...

Yenching Palace Chinese Restaurant in Cleveland Park (3524 Connecticut Avenue, NW) was the site of several secret meetings between the Soviet Union and the US during the Cuban Missile Crisis...

Gold leaf?

Cool-thank you all for the advice! :) I will give Jo Ann Fabrics or a shot!

Dec 30, 2006
dartmouth05 in General Topics

Gold leaf?

I was watching Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, and he decorated one of his dishes with little gold (the metal itself, not merely the color) specks from sheets of gold leaf/foil. It looked like an interesting way to plate a special dish, and I was curious how much food-safe sheets cost and where I can get them?

Dec 30, 2006
dartmouth05 in General Topics

Suggestions for Cookware purchase

Is there a reason why I would want a Lodge cast iron pan, and not an enamel-coated cast iron pan? Would that be a lot easier to clean?

Dec 24, 2006
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Lactose-free mashed potatoes? (No butter, milk, etc.)

Thanks everyone! I look forward to surprising her at dinner this week! :)

Dec 20, 2006
dartmouth05 in Home Cooking

Good knife rec needed

This may be a stupid question, but does one use a honing steel on a Shun knife? Someone told me (and I can't remember who!) that because the Shun has a different angle blade than the normal chef knife, one shouldn't use a honing steel on it. My knife skills course professor told me that I should. I figured that if anyone knew, Chowhounds would....

Dec 19, 2006
dartmouth05 in Cookware

Lactose-free mashed potatoes? (No butter, milk, etc.)

Hi all. My mom is completely lactose intolerant–the various pills and potions don't help her at all, and she hasn't had any mashed potatoes, well, nothing other than smushed boiled potatos, in quite a long time. I was wondering if anyone had any recipes that would work for her... Would water or margerine be an adequate substitute in recipes that call for milk and/or water?


Dec 18, 2006
dartmouth05 in Home Cooking

Italian restaurants in MD?

If you might be willing to cross the Maryland line by about 5 minutes max (really), I'm quite fond of DeCarlo's in NW DC, on Yuma Street (behind AU's law school), barely over the DC/Bethesda line. All the pasta is homemade, the sauces are fresh and delicious, a nice dessert menu, and all.

And the service is impeccable, white tablecloth and all.

From the outside, it doesn't look anything. I must have driven by for 8 months before noticing it was there. But on the inside, it is gorgeous and the food is great.

gelato or ice cream, please

I don't know if they make it in-house, but I've always enjoyed the gelato at DeCarlo's Restauarant on Yuma St, in NW DC (behind AU's law school). Besides being my favorite place for good restaurant-made Italian dishes, they have a great desert menu that has some great vanila and chocolate gelato on the list....