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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...

Aug 07, 2014
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Where to buy dried corn husks in DC area?

Eden market, bestway - Any latin market will have them

Jul 28, 2014
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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!

Jul 14, 2014
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Dim Sum

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

Jun 24, 2014
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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...

Jun 23, 2014
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Food Truck Catering

http://foodtruckfiesta.com/ is the closest thing to a database that I know of.

Jun 17, 2014
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Pabu Closing

Major Bummer...

Jun 11, 2014
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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.

Jun 04, 2014
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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...

Jun 02, 2014
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Watermelon radishes

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

May 13, 2014
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La Saltena Empanada Dough

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

Apr 08, 2014
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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....

Apr 07, 2014
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Old Town Alexandria Happy Hour

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

Apr 04, 2014
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Restaurants serving Fiddle Head Ferns this Spring

Mar 26, 2014
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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..

Mar 11, 2014
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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....

Feb 24, 2014
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best casual italian in DC?

Because......

Feb 12, 2014
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Local source for Benton Bacon or pork belly?

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

Feb 10, 2014
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Kerrygold Butter Shortage

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

Feb 10, 2014
tommyskitchen in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Jan 27, 2014
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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...

Jan 08, 2014
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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....

Dec 27, 2013
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Torta Ahogada (ideally in NoVA)

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

Dec 27, 2013
tommyskitchen in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

Balduccis or Maine Ave.

Dec 27, 2013
tommyskitchen in Washington DC & Baltimore

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 "

Dec 24, 2013
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Fresh Masa?

Try Bestway markets or El Eden...

Dec 23, 2013
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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?

Dec 23, 2013
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Farewell to Hamburger Hamlet

I grew up in Pasadena - HH was always often an option for us, and Monty's Ribs were my favorite thing back then.

I never went to Chasen's - Pie'n'Burger was my choice for Chili - With lots of cheese and onions, followed by a burger and shake. Looking back, though, the chili was probably canned!

Dec 19, 2013
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Pabu

I've had the Happy Spoon before and it was delicious - Although all of the elements were amazing by themselves...If they have the Oysters with ponzu, definitely get that and I agree that the Toro and Eggplants are not to be missed...

If you like Sake, the list here is about a diverse as you will find outside of Japan - This is where the servers here either shine or don't, depending on their knowledge of the list. Try to go with some of the smaller bottles to have some diversity, I think we went through 7 courses of Sake last time.

It's not as expensive as Charleston - Went there on Saturday and it was very good...

Dec 12, 2013
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Foie Gras

Balduccis does sell it, but in "Discs" at an extremely high price. The only lobe I've seen was from a friend in the restaurant business who got it from a wholesaler...

http://www.dartagnan.com/ has it online...

Dec 10, 2013
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