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First date in Arlington area...

Ha, that has yet to be seen! :)

First date in Arlington area...

The Dates were over-fried and gummy, the salmon crudo was completely covered in the sauce and accompaniments that you couldn't taste it (and the sauce was horrid,) the gazpacho was just ok - Not up to his usual standards - And I forget what else. The mushrooms were delicious - But shrooms, garlic, thyme, and butter is hard to screw up.

The service was excellent though, I will not be going back to that location.

First date in Arlington area...

I saw the other thread that mentioned Jaleo but I was there recently and it wasn't very good at all.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a good place for a first date in the Arlington area? Not sure what I am looking for, other than nice ambiance, not too loud, and solid but not terribly expensive food.


Where can you purchase good ground beef made with quality meat that tastes like steak?

I get grass-fed ground-to-order from Society Fair in Alexandria...

Where to buy dried corn husks in DC area?

Eden market, bestway - Any latin market will have them

Crabs at Kent Narrows

I haven't had the Crabs there, but i love the setting at The Jetty - And I do see a lot of people order the crabs!

Dim Sum

Not only that, but it's easier to get seated during busy times I've found!

It's Saturday. It's summer. I want shrimp. And NO I DON'T want to clean/make/prep/grill/ it myself at home.

The ceviche at Costalilla is all shrimp - At least whenever I order it, that's how it comes, never seen it any other way. If you order it to-go they will pack it separately from the shell so it doesn't get soggy...

Food Truck Catering is the closest thing to a database that I know of.

Pabu Closing

Major Bummer...

Recs for fall trip to Alexandria

You may want to do Vermillion and/or Majestic for Lunch - Those are solid. I would suggest the Lickety-Split lunch at Eve but you are set there for dinner.One of my favorite breakfasts is the Ham and Cheese biscuit at Society Fair, very simple and delicious.

Where to buy Thai shrimp paste with no MSG? And bird's eye chilis?

You can try the regular H-Marts closer in, or the market in Eden center...

Watermelon radishes

All the farmers markets should have them, I have seem them at both DuPont and Courthouse...

La Saltena Empanada Dough

Have you checked Bestway or Grand Mart markets? Also El Eden may have it....

Fresh Chickpeas in DC area

Yes, Fresh World as tcamp said and also H-Mart - But they aren't always around, I find them hit-and-miss - I have also seen them just one at Balduccis....

Old Town Alexandria Happy Hour

Brabo has half-priced wines and snacks including mussels...

Restaurants serving Fiddle Head Ferns this Spring

Restaurant Recipe?

Some restaurants reply positively to recipe requests (others not so much) - You can start there...Don't know if any local papers that do this but maybe someone else can help..

Union Market

That looks really nice - Did they extract the lobes, clean the shell and put them back in? The last time I had Uni from the shell it was messy....

best casual italian in DC?


Local source for Benton Bacon or pork belly?

For Belly, hit up EcoFriendly Foods - Dupont Farmers Market on Sunday, Courthouse on Saturday...

Kerrygold Butter Shortage

Balduccis and Society fair in Alexandria had it last time I looked...

Best Finds at Local Asian Markets?

Don't forget the Shrooms! Beautiful Shitake, Enoki, Trumpet, and others...

Shishito peppers, Labeled at H-Mart as "Sweet Pepper"

Fresh Garbanzo beans in the pod (Oil Salt Pepper Heat - And eat them like Edamame!)

Uni - Oh Beautiful Uni...

I love experimenting with all of the "Deli"-type items - The "Seasoned Eggs" were last week's try, not as good as the one at A&J though....Also work your way through various types of Kimchi...

My Favorite Ramen - Shin and Shin black Label if you can find it

Torta Ahogada (ideally in NoVA)

I havent tried the TA here, but I have had the tacos - Only OK, they pale in comparison to La Mex or Costalilla...

Where To Buy Live Maine Lobsters in DC/MD/VA in 2013/2014?

Enjoy - And when you ARE ready to venture to H-Mart, you'll find them as cheap as $5.99 a pound....

Torta Ahogada (ideally in NoVA)

They took a while to answer me, but they do read it!

Where To Buy Live Maine Lobsters in DC/MD/VA in 2013/2014?

Balduccis or Maine Ave.

Torta Ahogada (ideally in NoVA)

Good news- a response from my facebook Inquiry:

"We will be bringing back the Torta Ahogada on special occasions. Keep checking our FB page for updates "

Fresh Masa?

Try Bestway markets or El Eden...

Serving Shell-less Raw Oysters

i would serve them in a Chinese soup spoon - They are large enough to fit oyster and accompaniments, lat flay so they are easy to serve (and prep with!) and are fun to Slurp out of! They are made out of anything from cheap plastic to fine china - I even have a set that includes spoon rests - So you are never putting a wet one on the table.
How many people are you serving?