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History of microwave-cooking?

are you referring to the barbara kafka microwave cooking book?

Jul 08, 2011
tinymango in General Topics

Moving to Charlottesville...Cheap Eats

i highly agree about guadalajara having some gems on the menu. every time i've gone there, i've gotten the carnitas tacos and i have never been dissappointed. they are truly the cream of the crop. fatty, meaty and crispy. wow. however, beware the guad wad. it's the inevitable consequence.

May 16, 2010
tinymango in Mid-Atlantic

Moving to Charlottesville...Cheap Eats

personally, i would skip aqui es mexico. i used to love their tacos as well as their ceviche but my last three visits have been met with lifeless steamed meats that lack seasoning and flabby old tortillas. even the salsa couldnt save it. i would rather go to la michocana or el tepeyac any day.

May 16, 2010
tinymango in Mid-Atlantic

coming back to NYC after 4 years -- need restaurant recs

la bergamote is amazing.

May 16, 2010
tinymango in Manhattan

Moving to Charlottesville...Cheap Eats

i have to disagree and say, after trying the food at milan many times, it is not good indian food at all. i think anyone that has had good indian will know this immediately. sad, lifeless curries and underbaked naan do not a pleasant experience make.

May 16, 2010
tinymango in Mid-Atlantic

Hello CVille Hounders! [moved from Southeast]

taste of china is actually my favourite restaurant in all of charlottesville. i love their food and service. their lunch deal is fricking incredible.

cafe 88 isn't bad for a quick chinese bento box type meal. also, very good service at this little place.

i'm also fond of aqui es mexico and especially la michocana, both for mexican, obviously.

Jan 17, 2010
tinymango in Mid-Atlantic

Charlottesville Delights from a Relocated Hound.

aqui es mexico is good. you find that they use quite a bit of cinnamon in random dishes. but we had a quite decent and flavourful ceviche here. their lengua and carnitas tacos have been good the last couple times that we've gone. i'd like to get the chance to go back and try the lamb barbacoa as well as the goat they sometimes offer on specials. also, the pupusas are not bad but can sometimes lean towards the greasier side.

also, quite good for mexican is la michocana. they offer homemade carrot pickle on their "condiment bar" along with some guacamole-like substance and a salsa roja and a salsa verde. we've had the carnitas, cueritas, and lengua tacos there. i found the meat a bit tough but well seasoned and with homemade tortillas. this is really authentic, the clientele is basically gringo free.

nothing will ever compare to the experience of good, cheap and plentiful taco trucks and taquerias in the mission (el tonayense, el farolito, el metate, pancho villa, to name a few...) but these will def. satiate your hunger when youre craving that authentic mexican food.

Nov 03, 2009
tinymango in Southeast

What do you put in your pasta salad?

i totally agree with that.

man, i love making pasta salad. i make it for every summer event. camping, cookouts, potlucks, beach parties.. all of it. i make sure to make plenty of leftovers for the chef and i as it seems to get better with time.

i almost always use penne though, roasted red peppers, yellow bells, basil, capers, feta, dried oregano, dijon, red wine vinegar, evoo, red onion. those are what i use pretty much universally. but sometimes there will also be green beans, corn, tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant... whatever is seasonal. i use lots of veggies on mine and i love to garnish it with a huge poof of spring greens or something to add crunch.

ahhh, pasta salad. i do love this thread.

Sep 03, 2009
tinymango in Home Cooking

What ingredients make your heart go pitter pat?

aint nothin wrong with a pickled beet.
specially ricks picks phat beets.

Jul 28, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

rehoboth advice- first week of august?

so this is what i was thinking so far. we will be there from sunday- wednesday.

oysters + happy hour beers at fins

rooftop reservation for the cultured pearl

dogfish burger at happy hour

nage sunday seafood dinner ( maybe? any experiences with this particular nite at nage would be helpful)

and maybe chinese at confucious?

also looking for a really good crab house with a water view and also dog-friendly spots.

recs and help will be greatly appreciated. every single one of us that is going is in the industry and has high expectations. but we can appreciate things that are just good food- not necessarily fine dining. some in our party are on a budget. 2 waitresses, a garde manger, 2 cooks and a chef. jeez. THANKS.

Jul 20, 2009
tinymango in Mid-Atlantic

duke's mayo -- i think i'm a convert

thank god for this thread. dukes is such an institution. slather it on merita bread with a tomato from the garden and a wee bit of salt and you are in virginia, my friend.

i can literally eat this on bread by itself. i know im in a minority on that but oh my. dukes. what a mayo revelation.

May 19, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

cheap eats for one nite in va beach?

2700 atlantic ave. thereabouts.

Mar 07, 2009
tinymango in General South Archive

cheap eats for one nite in va beach?

looked at older threads, not interested in terrapin or the like. not interested in travelling too far.

is there anything at a decent price that isn't incredibly cheesy or awful? good ethnic, a good burger. something. also looked at the surf rider menu. we actually live on the chesapeake bay and i feel like we actually have a lot of good sea food where we live.

please, please help. we are at a loss so far. nothing seems to meet our criteria.

Mar 06, 2009
tinymango in General South Archive

nopalitos?

use to thicken a brothy black bean soup,

Feb 17, 2009
tinymango in Home Cooking

eden center- what are the best bakeries and.....

what are the Vietnamese baked goods that can't be missed?

probably wont be eating at eden center but want some things to take home. not actually very experienced with Vietnamese cuisine so recs are needed badly.

we'll be grabbing a snack at the tofu place but are looking more to shop.

also- anything else to make note of or anything other things you reccommend we buy? cooking tools, ingredients, we're looking for things to experiment at home with. what are good brands of red bean paste, kim chi, and fish sauce that are sold at the market?

searched chowhound and the net extensively and didn't come up with much.
thanks in advance.

Feb 08, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

okay, great. i think we've decided on a trip to the eden center day one and lunch at panjshir and late dinner at honey pig. then day two, a trip to trader joe's lunch at tachibana and we'll probably get a peruvian chicken somewhere to cart home with us for dinner that nite. thanks for the suggestions, we'll let you know how it goes.

Feb 08, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

thanks so much, actually the reviews that i read of tachibana were not on chowhound, but other places on the web. i believe it was trip advisor and yelp. that's why i confirmed here, because i have more faith in the hounds reviews than those of random tourists and hipsters. thanks for your reply. i think we will try tachibana.

Feb 03, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

love your suggestions, really excited about the afghani place as well as getting some good peruvian chicken. and willing to make the drive.

one last question, where is the nearest asian market? and is there a trader joes nearby?

Feb 01, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

can anyone tell me more about tachibana? i researched it on-line and reviews seem to be very mixed. sakana seems less tradtional but the reviews seem consistently on the positive side. do they have good uni and eel there? we like non-traditional rolls but also really love good nigiri. whoever carries better sake might be the tie-breaker?

and yes, we will have a car but of course, prefer not to have to drive too far. thanks!

Feb 01, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

i did mapquest it but i was wondering how long it would usually take in traffic to drive to these places in falls church? i had wanted to try crisp and juicy after having read very good things about it and your description of panjshir sounds very promising.

i had looked at shamshiry's menu when i did a chowhound search before and i was wondering if they serve alcohol?

Feb 01, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

considering theyre opening first week of february it would probably be better to give them a couple months to iron out the kinks. i think we might be hedging more for a good ethnic this time around. good suggestion, though, i think that atmosphere might be more what we're looking for.. . i'll stay posted on that once theyre open though and keep it in mind- might be a good stop for a drink and an app. thank you.

Feb 01, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

tyson's corner 2nd week of february, where in the world do we eat?

we'll be in tyson's corner for a night and two days in mid- february and we're looking for places to eat. i did a search on this board but didn't quite find the sort of definitive information i was looking for.

we're VERY ethnic friendly, particularly love mexican and sushi, these cuisines would be ideal but we are open to most anything . we're from a rural area so pretty much any good ethnic food is unavailable to us.

so we're looking for one or two lunch spots and a dinner spot. would prefer the dinner spot be a little nice, comfortable and relaxing at the very least, with alcohol served.

so anyhow, restlessly awaiting your reccomendations, thanks in advance.

Jan 30, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

nopalitos?

what in the world am i to do with this huge jar of nopalitos i bought?

ive chopped them and sauteed them with black beans, used small amounts in tacos and also used them in salads.

any other ideas would be helpful.

Jan 18, 2009
tinymango in Home Cooking

your favorite diner foods

i actually prefer the hippie hash from abe's coney island in neighbouring ypsilanti. theirs has tomatoes, peppers, onions, feta, and mushrooms (i think this is accurate..) oh god, at three in the morning after a night of drinking....

that was a few years ago, though.

Jan 18, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

Ever eat a bug?

i had a few grasshopper and cricket tacos in san francisco, and i agree with you about the flavour and texture. this was my only bug eating experience, i believe. and i really believe them to be absolutely delicious. all hail the cricket and grasshopper tacos.

Jan 04, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

Ever eat a bug?

you definately have the best chow username for this thread.

Jan 04, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

Ever eat a bug?

do lobsters procreate as quickly as roaches? maybe stupid, but just curious.

Jan 04, 2009
tinymango in General Topics

Mazu?

i am bumping this thread because it was the only result in my search for "mazu" and i was hoping to get more feedback. we were thinking of going to this restaurant for dinner in early march, when we will be in d.c. for a show at the black cat. i read about it in tom sietsama's review of the best cheap eats in the magazine accompanying the sunday post. it intrigued me and i would love to get more 'hound reviews before i try it out. please? thanks in advance.

Jan 02, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

Custard Powder in NOVA

thai stores carry custard mixes frquently, as well, that culture is very into "custahd"

Jan 02, 2009
tinymango in Washington DC & Baltimore

Do You Hang on to Expired Food?

my philosophy is: simplify, simplify, simplify.

Jan 02, 2009
tinymango in General Topics