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Pastries in Paris

Here are some of David Lebovitz's favorites:

Jul 20, 2012
Ell Gee in France

Pepperplate menu planning app

Now, THAT'S a good idea!

Feb 10, 2012
Ell Gee in Home Cooking

Where can I find Inlander rum in the DC area?

Does anyone know of a good place in the D.C. area to find Inlander rum that is NOT Stroh's? I just used up the last of my stash brought home from Austria in 1994 and am desperate to make Inlander hot chocolate for holiday guests!

ISO best Chinese food

Just in town for one night (Saturday), and looking for the best Chinese food this side of Taiwan. Staying in Hells Kitchen, but willing to cab or subway anywhere for the good stuff. Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

May 08, 2009
Ell Gee in Manhattan

The Omnivore's Dilemma Thread

There are also a growing number of organizations devoted to bringing the diner into direct contact (and thereby encouraging interaction) with the farmer, wine maker, cheese maker, etc., through dinners provided from produce and meat raised on local farms. One of the most interesting of these is Outstanding in the Field, founded by Jim Denevan ( The dinners sell out superfast, though.

Apr 22, 2008
Ell Gee in Food Media & News

Guilty Pleasure

Franco-American spaghetti out of the can
Sarah Lee butter streusel coffee cake
Moon pie

Mar 25, 2008
Ell Gee in General Topics

Desperately seeking Bendick's Bittermints

Thanks a million, Erica! I just placed my order, yummmm.

Thinking of trying Market Lunch Saturday mornin'

I think Tommy gets crab meat from North Carolina, too. At least a couple of years ago he did. He learned crabcakes from his dad — his grandma had 11 children, so her oldest kids were the ones who did most of the cooking. That entire clan can cook, let me tell you! ; )

Desperately seeking Bendick's Bittermints

Does anyone know of a source in the DC/Baltimore area for Bendick's Bittermints? An Internet search revealed that some World Market stores carry them, but I've been to two and neither had them. Thanks!

ISO armagnac

Thanks -- I appreciate the advice!

Jun 09, 2007
Ell Gee in Spirits

ISO armagnac

Heading to Bordeaux in the fall, but won't have a chance to venture further south without much rearranging and inconveniencing of traveling companions. Any advice on whether I can get a great armagnac (Domaine Boingneres is a favorite) outside the Armagnac region, or whether I need to bite the bullet and add another day into the trip for a southern detour?

My strategy, of course, is to procure more excellent bottles in France with what I'd pay for one or two good ones here.

Jun 01, 2007
Ell Gee in Spirits

Grom cometh

That last line cracks me up.

I am on the other pole from wealthy, yet with limited time in the city (and an even more limited budget) I waited on line with all the other poor sods a couple of weeks ago. It was worth every penny and every minute of waiting. Better than most of what I've had in Italy, and as good as the gelato my brother-in-law used to make in his now-defunct gelateria.

My only hesitation is that while samples are encouraged, Grom doesn't display its gelato. I can understand why it's easier to scoop out of stainless-steel buckets when you're getting that kind of traffic, but it really does cut down on the sensuous aspect of nicely displayed offerings.

By the way, the majority of gelaterias in this country use the same supplier of base from Italy. It's the fresh ingredients (or lack of) added during mixing that makes all the difference. Some shops, even expensive ones, add nothing. So Grom is certainly justified in tooting its horn about the sources of its ingredients.

Grom's lemon gelato is friggin' stupendous.

Jun 01, 2007
Ell Gee in Manhattan

Zaytania Wines

Had a fabulous Macedonian syrah about two weeks ago, but hell if I can remember the name. I think there were a few of them on the list at the time. Anyway, it went with all the dishes we ordered. And with nine people, there were a lot of different dishes.

need suggestions for after Walters Museum Baltimore

Is Afghan fare out? The Walters is a hop and a skip from the best Afghan restaurant around, the Helmand ( on N. Charles St. It would be very worth your while to give it a try. See all the local boards for opinions about this restaurant -- they're generally very enthusiastic.

Want Lowbar's top list for DC

Hi anonj,

You might try Full Kee in Chinatown, one of the best Chinese restaurants in this area. If you hit Kinkead's, the crab cake with mustard creme fraiche is yummy.

-Helmand's fanatic

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

You can find Zaytinya's Turkish Coffee Chocolate recipe here (as well as other area chef's recipes from the 2003 StarChefs Revue):

By the way, I highly recommend the StarChef review. The 2006 one is Dec. 13.

Best and Worst for DC Restaurant Week - Master LIst

Hmm, maybe I'll give Ceiba another try. But it was so disappointing, the most disappointing RW and overall dining experience I've had in years. I highly recommend Hank's Oyster Bar for RW.

Looking for yummies in London

Will be in London in early December for about a week. Could anyone recommend their favorite restaurants for Indian, updated traditional English fare, and of course tea? Have been to England many, many times, but not for about 12 years -- so am looking for places I haven't been to before. Many thanks.

Nov 05, 2006
Ell Gee in U.K./Ireland

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

J, send me an e-mail (see my profile) if it was removed from Home Cooking before you saw it.

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

Sorry Alphie, the recipe was deleted from Home Cooking -- copyright infringement, apparently. If it was removed before you got a look, send me a note (see my profile) and I'll e-mail it to you.

2 nights in NOLA

If you're willing to drive a bit outside of downtown, the buttery BBQ shrimp at Pascal's Manale is really something. I would've licked the bowl afterward if there weren't other diners present. The restaurant itself has alot of red-tinged Nawlins hometown ambience, too. Here's a good source:

Nov 03, 2006
Ell Gee in New Orleans

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

Check out Home Cooking, Alphie -- it's there!

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

Sure! I'll post it on Home Cooking right now.

Best Chocolate Dessert in DC

NoVaDog, I have this recipe for Turkish Coffee Chocolate if you're interested. Got it at the 2003 Rising Star Chef Revue, where Steve Klc was making it. I think I got back in his line three times.

Best wafers for real tiramisu?

Fantastico -- thanks to all!

Rave reviews, but I don't get it

Ceiba -- bah! The only movie I've ever walked out on is Cat People in the '80s. The only meal I ever wished I'd walked out on was at Ceiba during Restaurant Week last year. Bad trip.

Help me find good chinese food!

Oh man, do yourself a favor and hit Full Kee in Chinatown. Don't miss the stir-fry chive blossoms. And bring cashola to pay the tab, not plastic.

Best wafers for real tiramisu?

Any suggestions on where I could find the most authentic (not overly sweet) wafers used in tiramisu? Someone mentioned a really good Italian market in Falls Church or Fairfax. I don't want to settle for American-made wafers, am kind of hoping to find a great source of imported stuff. Thanks!

Carolines Cakes??? Is the caramel cake worth ordering?

I haven't tried them personally, but a good friend ordered two for a birthday party last year and swears it was the best thing she's ever put in her mouth.

Nov 01, 2006
Ell Gee in General Topics

Any good German food?

By far the best I've been to in this country is Schmankerl Stube in Hagerstown, MD ( It's a long drive, but so very worth it. It's like you walk through the door and are back in your favorite neighborhood place in Munchen. Make sure you have a designated driver!