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Affordable food itinerary, focusing on the south?

Hi there -- I'm planning a trip to Spain and Morocco for this August. I'm starting in Madrid and plan to make my way south, with a heavy focus on food. But my budget is not huge (35 euros a day on food?). Thoughts on what cities to hit?

Thank you!

Jun 03, 2013
JohnSmith2 in Spain/Portugal

Leftover honey ham

Hi -- I have several pounds of leftover ham in the fridge. Thoughts on how to use it? I made a pasta dish last night with ham, peas, and bechamel. I thought of the Cooks Illustrated Fish Chowder. Other thoughts?

Jan 06, 2012
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Place to buy oysters (fish market?) between DC and Philly

Any thoughts on a place to buy oysters between DC and philly? I don't need especially fresh ones (shucked in a tub is fine), just want to fry up a po' boy this week and will be traveling this weekend....

Anywhere in DC proper to get kosher brisket?

Any ideas? I've tried Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Safeway.... no dice. Can't drive to VA/MD unfortunately.

Ramps in DC yet?

Anyone seen them yet? Where?

Favorite Bittman recipes

Thanks! The anchovy pasta is a column. I actually love his tofu "pudding," too.

Apr 06, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Favorite Bittman recipes

Anyone got any favorite Bittman recipes? I like his anchovy + cherry tomatoes pasta, gorgonzola + arugula pasta, pasta with fried eggs, pasta with sardines, chili shrimp, slow cooked scrambled eggs, swordfish with pimenton, chicken with creamed corn, cornmeal pancakes...

Apr 06, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Favorite easy pasta dish?

Just made a version of this last night. Terrific! I didn't use the ham and I traded white wine for the broth.

Mar 15, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Fresh bread crumbs -- storage?

Would they get (overly) stall or moldy after more than a week?

Mar 09, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Fresh bread crumbs -- storage?

I'm always seeing fresh bread crumbs in recipes, but I'm reluctant to haul out the food processor just for a garnish. It occurs to me that, for all I know, fresh bread crumbs may take perfectly well to the fridge or freezer, so that I could make a batch and just leave them in one or the other. Thoughts on whether this would work?

Mar 09, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Favorite easy pasta dish?

Well, I love anchovies, sardines and the like, so maybe not the person to ask -- but I think it tastes more salty and umami than fishy. Recipe is: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/01...

I prefer to roast the cauliflower separately and then mix it in...

Mar 08, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Favorite easy pasta dish?

My absolute favorite pasta dishes are:Pasta with Cauliflower and Anchovies (Amateur Gourmet), Spaghetti Carbonara, and Pasta with Sausage and Broccolli Rabe. All are easy, rich, salty, delicious.

I also like AG's pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Beans; Bittman's Sardine pasta; Pasta alla Amatracini; Pasta with Fennel and Bacon; Bittman's Anchovies and Cherry Tomatoes; Bittman's pasta with eggs.

Any other favorites?

Mar 07, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Cheap, easy, really good dessert to bring to a dinner party -- does it exist?

I'm looking for a signature dessert -- something to bring to dinner parties that is really good. The catch: it has to be (reasonably) cheap and easy. Any ideas?

Feb 23, 2011
JohnSmith2 in Home Cooking

Decent pizza delivery in Dupont/Logan Circle?

Thanks very much. I will try Steam Cafe. ZPizza is unfortunately too far for delivery but I will try it sometime too.

Decent pizza delivery in Dupont/Logan Circle?

I actually disagree with this -- Pete's is good even for delivery. Although you are right that it is quite expensive (for pizza).

Non-Canned Sardines in DC?

Hi there -- I just watched the Mark Bittman video on broiling fresh sardines and would love to cook them, but am unfamiliar with buying them fresh (i.e. not in cans). Any ideas? Whole Foods? Giant? Harris Teeter?

Chinese egg noodles where? Whole foods?

Anyone know where I can find chinese egg noodles in the district? Does Whole Foods sel them? If so, where (refrigerator section?)?

Decent pizza delivery in Dupont/Logan Circle?

Hi there -- I'm from New Haven and just moved to Dupont/Logan Circle in DC. Is there anywhere, anywhere at all that has decent pizza to deliver to me? I'm just out of the range of Pete's.

Sushi delivery in Logan Circle?

Thoughts on a sushi delivery place to Logan circle? Cheaper the better generally so long as it's edible.

HELP! Need advice for New Haven lunch on Monday

Not to worry, New Haven's a great food town. The best option is probably to head to the Yale Medical School campus and eat at the food carts... Unbelievable variety (20+ trucks, everything from sushi to fancy salads to pho). York Street and Cedar Street, 5 minutes from the train station. For fancier, try Barcelona or Bespoke restaurants. Good thai at Bangkok Gardens....

Bangkok Garden Restaurant
172 York St, New Haven, CT 06511

Very cheap but decent sushi in DC?

Anyone know of a very cheap but decent sushi restaurant in DC? Preferably near Dupont/Logan/U Street. Just acceptable fish would be fine with me if it's cheap enough, so long as the sushi is made to order (not sitting around)... Wok n roll in Chinatown is one option but I'm wondering if there's more.


Asian grocery store in District?

Anyone know of a decent asian grocery store in the District? Preferably near Dupont / Logan / U Street / Shaw.


Whole fish purchase in District?

Hi there -- Anyone know of somewhere to buy a whole fish in the District, preferably close to Dupont/U Street/Logan (i.e. not Waterfront)?


Momofuku NB -- Guess on wait time?

Hi everyone -- Guess on the current wait time at Momofuku Noodle Bar at 8pm on a Saturday, two people?

Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

Nov 17, 2009
JohnSmith2 in Manhattan

Crabs between DC/Philly?

Hi everyone, I'm driving between Philly and DC and am looking for a good place to have crabs along the way. Preferably as close to the highway as possible so we don't have to take a detour. Nothing fancy, just the standard old bay / steamed would be great. Thanks!

Pho in/near New Haven?

Hi there... Anyone know of a good place to have pho in/near New Haven? I'm not a big fan of Pot au Pho -- it's OK but nothing special. Anywhere better? THANKS.

Szechuan in Fairfield County

Any good spots?

Szechuan near New Haven?

Hi there... I'm looking for a good Szechuan Chinese place in or around New Haven... Any thoughts? (Have deep dan-dan noodles craving.)

Fried belly clams

Where to go for Fried Belly Clams -- in Manhattan or another borough? I know of Black Pearl but am looking for other places.


Jul 16, 2007
JohnSmith2 in Manhattan

Crabs btwn Midtwn e. and UWS

Hi there -- I'm trying to buy live blue crabs (not soft shells)... I know I can get them down in Chinatown, but I work in Midtown East (in the 50s) and live on the UWS (Morningside Heights), and was wondering if anyone knew of a place that sells them in either neighborhood or somewhere in between. Thanks.

Jul 10, 2007
JohnSmith2 in Manhattan