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Peach Melba Cooler

have you guys heard of the jared dalby? equal parts lemonade and limeade with crushed raspberries

Jul 07, 2011
sjomansbiff in Recipes

Bakeries in DC

Hey everyone

Curious if there are any up and coming bakers doing some killer sourdough in the DC Baltimore Area. Who do you know?

Apr 11, 2011
sjomansbiff in Washington DC & Baltimore

50 things to eat in NC

i love seeing this

Jul 26, 2010
sjomansbiff in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Loco Pops(any flavor of popsicle you would want to try)= Chapel Hill/Durham
Neal's Deli (everything deli you would want)+Carrboro
Toast Panini (killer panini's actually done right)= Durham
Amelie's French Bakery(enuf said, try salted chocolate and hit up erin staten pastry chef)+Charlotte
Lantern Cocktails (interesting cocktails awesome setting)+Chapel Hill
Vit Goal (south korean)=Cary
Red Oak Beer=Whitsett
Highland Beer=Asheville
Whiskey Bar=Durham
Watt's Grocery (brunch)=Durham

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Vit Goal
2107 Allendown Dr Ste 101, Durham, NC 27713

Watt's Grocery
1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

Neal's Deli
100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

Jun 08, 2010
sjomansbiff in Southeast

Quick trip to Chapel Hill

I agree with Carrboro's morning market, it is nice to walk around afterwards into the town.

If you get into Durham go to Foster St. Farmers Market

May 20, 2010
sjomansbiff in Southeast

Quick trip to Chapel Hill

Nice dinner at lantern for sure.

Carborro Food:

Neal's Deli - only open until four so get there for lunch or breakfast
Carborritos

Drinks in Carborro

OCSC
The Station

Chapel Hill Food:

Loco Pops - Killer Popsicles
Elaine's- expensive dinner but you have latern down already
Sandwich- just that

Chapel Hill Drinks:

Top of The Hill - decent beer
Lantern- stay there after dinner and get drinks

Durham Food:

Piedmont- brunch?
Watts Grocery- Brunch?
Guglhupf- pastries/bread/brunch
Foster's

Plenty more that are worth a mention but I don't think you have enough time. You need to spend more time down there. You will be back for more!

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Watts Grocery
1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

Neal's Deli
100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

May 19, 2010
sjomansbiff in Southeast

Looking for SouthEast Culinary School Specializing in Vegetarian/Healthful cooking

Hey guys,

I have a friend looking for a culinary school that has classes specializing in vegetarian cuisine. I had heard of a school in a southeast state but can't recall the name... does this ring a bell?

Apr 22, 2010
sjomansbiff in Southeast

Pho14 was awesome. Who do you recommend?

Can't wait to try Pho Viet!

Feb 23, 2010
sjomansbiff in Washington DC & Baltimore

Pho14 was awesome. Who do you recommend?

On a recent trip to DC in January, I was craving some pho so my girlfriend and I went out to Columbia Heights to try Pho 14 (on Park Road NW between 14th and 15th). It's a new place, but we went during lunch time and it was really busy, so we sat at the bar instead of waiting for a table. We had a great time!

The food was really fresh and came out quickly, which was great because we were starved. We ordered spring rolls to start and both got the fatty brisket pho. The spring rolls were a good portion size and everything was incredibly fresh and really tasty. We ordered the smaller bowls of pho, and even though we started out starving we couldn't finish everything. Next time we go we might either split the bigger one with the spring rolls or both get the big bowl and take home the leftovers.

They have more than just pho, even though we didn't try any of the other entrees. Two guys who sat down next to us both got sandwiches (#44) and they looked amazing. I'd definitely go back there again. The staff was friendly, service was fast, and it was delicious pho. Plus, it was very cheap! For an appetizer, two bowls of pho, and some tea the total bill was only about 24 dollars. We left very satisfied, and I'd definitely recommend it!

Has anyone else eaten at Pho 14? Did you like it? Thoughts?

Feb 20, 2010
sjomansbiff in Washington DC & Baltimore

Poor Experience at Etete

My girlfriend and I recently had a terrible experience at Etete. We're very laid back about Valentines Day, so we just flipped through the Zagat Guide and looked online for a few places in the U street area to just go out and try.

We'd never had Ethiopian food before, and Etete had gotten great reviews from almost everyone online/at Zagat, so we went to check it out. When we walked in, there wasn't a hostess to give you any sort of direction where to sit, and one of the servers told us to walk upstairs. Luckily we caught a man who worked there at the top of the steps, who pointed us to a table. We watched several other tables stand awkwardly at the top of the stairs and look around for a few minutes before someone finally came to tell them where to sit.

Once we were seated, it took our server an incredibly long time to come greet us. After a very long time and another server pointing to us, she finally appeared and was very brisk with us. After waiting forever after ordering, we finally started keeping track of how long it took to get our food, and from that point it took twenty five minutes (plus who knows how long before we started keeping track), and the same server had to point us out to our server again. When she brought our food, she didn't ask if we needed anything and almost ran away, didn't come back to check on us at any point, and didn't even make eye contact when she was walking around the restaurant talking to other tables. As this was a place where service was supposed to be friendly and helpful to first-timers, we were pretty surprised and annoyed.

Now, we're usually pretty forgiving about service, having both worked in the restaurant industry for years, but the food did not make up for the service in any way. We ordered one lamb dish and one vegetarian dish, and the portions were so small we thought for the majority of the meal that they had forgotten one of our orders. The injura bread they served with it was cold and soggy, so we started eating everything with just our fingers. Since we didn't have any napkins besides the small bev naps, that was kind of a problem. The only good part of the entire dish was the potatoes, which were really tasty.

We had to flag our waitress down to clear our plates and bring us the check, even though we had a credit card out for a large part of the time we were eating in order to expedite that process. On a final note, no one ever refilled our two small glasses of water, even though several servers walked by or near our table refilling other tables' glasses and they were both empty for a long time.

Overall, our meal was a huge disappointment and we both left in really terrible moods (until we found the Saloon and got a beer). There was no redeeming quality to our meal. We know it was Valentine's Day and that can be a hectic day, but the upstairs area wasn't even full. The service was borderline rude and very hurried from the moment we walked in until we left, and the food didn't seem well prepared either.

With all the great reviews the many other Ethiopian restaurants in the area have gotten, we'll probably never go back to Etete but we wanted to know if anyone else has had a similar evening. Has anyone else eaten there? What was your experience?

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Feb 19, 2010
sjomansbiff in Washington DC & Baltimore

What do you make in your rice cooker?

Other than rice?

Feb 02, 2010
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Gastro Pubs

I recently ate at CommonWealth in Columbia Heights and had a decent time. I went later in the brunch service so service and food was, unfortunately, a little tired. I liked the atmosphere and the food concept a great bit.

Would you recommend any other gastropubs in D.C.? or any other places that serve rustic fare and have that "feeling" that CommonWealth has?

Cheers!

Feb 02, 2010
sjomansbiff in Washington DC & Baltimore

Corn Chips Cause Joyous Weeping

I had no idea these guys had a chocolate chip. I believe I will be picking up a bag tonight

Nov 05, 2009
sjomansbiff in Features

Knife Sharpeners in Richmond, Va

Thanks guys

Sep 16, 2009
sjomansbiff in General South Archive

Knife Sharpeners in Richmond, Va

Are there any noteworthy knife sharpeners in the Richmond, VA area that have a quick turnaround?

Sep 11, 2009
sjomansbiff in General South Archive

Water melon rind

whoa that sounds incredible

Aug 17, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Water melon rind

What can I do with my water melon rind? I overheard people talking about pickling it in a sweet solution and adding it to a remoulade. Anything?

Aug 17, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Chipotle

"perceived as" would be better

Aug 17, 2009
sjomansbiff in Chains

Chia seeds?

goodhealth,

would you have any recipes, with the use of chia seeds, that you could offer? I'd love to see them at work!

thanks

Aug 17, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Chia seeds?

What is this all about? I have looked on the web and have determined it is the same as flax (with the exception of more dietary fiber). Will you share with me what you know?

Aug 14, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Baking at home

Would I be adding the same amount of starter that I normally would and just expect a longer proofing process?

Aug 13, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Baking at home

Can I totally emliminate added yeast if I have a starter? Maybe adding additional starter and ...

Aug 13, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Chipotle

Did i see them grilling chicken thighs? that would be amazing and worth giving the chicken a go!

Aug 10, 2009
sjomansbiff in Chains

Chipotle

there you go!

Aug 03, 2009
sjomansbiff in Chains

Chipotle

What do you guys think of chipotle? Do you like them? Hate them? Fresh? Not Fresh? Clean...so on a so forth.

Aug 03, 2009
sjomansbiff in Chains

Pickling Okra

thank you so much! i look forward to getting into this

Jun 30, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Fried Smelt!!!

Do you eat bones and all? Can you buy them pre-boned?

Jun 29, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Cookbooks to request that my library purchase?!

Robert Danhi's Southeast Asian Flavors is great! I love the way he writes and these recipes always turn out amazing. Great pictures as well.

Jun 29, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Fried Smelt!!!

I am looking for a nice recipe for fried smelt. How to prepare the fish, best batter, best way to enjoy. Let me know

Jun 29, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking

Pickling Okra

you say you pickle a good amount of okra. would you care to share a recipe or two that you use? maybe one for canning and one that i can enjoy in a week or so?

Jun 29, 2009
sjomansbiff in Home Cooking