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JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

It is early in the season but the West Virginia Farmers Ashton on the craft side has been having pretty good peaches. Nectarines were out last weekend. Look for more to come. The Agriberry folks just started with plums last week. You are just beginning the season so hang tight. Although I was surprised to see apricots.

Jul 06, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

This may be true but they have a rule about the "Homemade" nature of products and a % which have to be true farmers which I am cool with. We know the farmers do talk and set prices. I don't care about that either - I will pay for great quality local food. However, I think consumers should have the choice to select the vendor they like best for milk, eggs, chickens, beef etc...some will choose based on diet of animals, slaughtering techniques, fresh pack vs. frozen, large vs small packages, price, taste etc.....I think since we see multiple folks selling radish, lettuce, squash, tomatoes etc... that the protein and dairy folks should get equal consideration. Not sure why the market manager has drawn a line about some products and not others. I did also hear that certain vendors are loud and complain when they see someone else selling their products...but I think hey if your stuff is good and priced fairly and you provide a great service you should have nothing to worry about...but honestly I do understand that some of these folks with bricks/mortar stores can get their locals to come and buy at market and some of the dairy farmers can't do that yet it is the brick and mortar types who are mostly complaining. In the end, all we end up doing is spreading the money around - it is probably simple minded of me to think that the more diversity and choices consumers have the more cash it will bring to market. It is pretty crowded and reaching saturation so, we are spreading around the same amt of money to more people vs giving spending more possibly which could be why they complain bc they make less each year maybe? Who knows. Anyone checked out the Sat Fell's Point Market? It is small but I like the variety. Each week gets a little larger.

Jul 06, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

1 Day Food Itinerary - key is it is a Sunday - Your help

thanks for the guidance

Jun 18, 2011
hammocc in San Francisco Bay Area

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

It is not really "rule/law" but it has to do with long standing market vendors who complain to the market manager - they demand they put a stop to it. Apparently instead of dealing with a confrontation they tell other vendors hey please stop they were here first....STUPID what happened to competition? KCC sells eggs.
I think these vendors should be told about the new Fells Point Market and sell their stuff there.

Jun 16, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

1 Day Food Itinerary - key is it is a Sunday - Your help

Thanks everyone. We are looking for an all day foodie experience - bites. Wanting to cover as much on foot of the city as we can. Was thinking os hitting betelnut for dinner?Any good?
Which are of the city would you say to start in on foot on a Sunday - parking?
We were thinking Chinatown but didn't know. See the Ferry plaza would be good if places are open? Thanks again

Jun 16, 2011
hammocc in San Francisco Bay Area

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

I live in the Canton side of town. I walk to all the places I listed minus anything in Hampden and Woodberry. From Jack's on caton side to Bluegrass on Hanover in Fed Hill you are looking at an 1:15 hours's walk or $15 cab fare restaurant to restaurant 1 way. By staying on Fayette - you are in between fells/canton, federal hill and north Charles/Mt Vernon area. You have cab access to all of these likely looking at $10 far 1 way any directions. Our public transport is awful really. Cabs are easy to get in your hotel area but just are not cheap and many act like they don't take credit.
Zipcar is a great option for anything northbound. Can rent by the hour.

Walking is great - though I would not walk to Lexington Market as a tourist. We often take the 1 hour stroll in early evening along the water (will add some time) from caton to fed hill - stop along the way grab a drink then walk to dinner location - cab home. That way you earn those showstring fried w/mat vinegar mayo at Bluegrass or the Cold Saison at Ale Mary's or Bacon happy hour at Bad Decisions in Fells. You can always reverse it cab it to dinner early in Canton and walk back to hotel area through Fells and grab a Gelato or Fro Yo there, grab a beer or cocktail in Harbor East then cab to hotel from there- this cuts your cab fare in half.

Best of luck

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Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Hampden Cafe
4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

Ale Marys
1939 Fleet St, Baltimore, MD 21231

May 30, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

Freshly shelled peas are so good. I think they can be simmered in boiling water for up to 5 min. then shock them with ice water. Cook them until you get the desired tenderness. I also think they ones at market are somewhat larger then frozen peas. Frozen ones I also think have been blanched before freezing. So you are essentially cooking 2x? I think you can saute quickly post blanching or microwaving to soften them. We eat them raw with pinch of salt b/c we like them crunchy. Good luck

May 30, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

Have you ever prepared one of KCC's chukars/partridges? If so, how did you prepare?
We tried them a week ago and we split them to grill them and we used a brick to keep them flat - well needless to say - sooo tough. Think we should not have used the brick. Meat had great flavor but just tough (not dry). Didn' t know if we messed them up.

May 30, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

you just may be my hero. I was walking around yesterday trying to determine who to ask. My hubbie keeps saying they were here this time last year I am sure of it. I say -Market did open month earlier may feel like they should be here but when S. VA stand had cherries (2nd week) and Raspberries...felt like WVA guys had cherries -maybe not. Do you know if they will be West side again or in the main market side? They had best stone fruit last year.

May 30, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

1 Day Food Itinerary - key is it is a Sunday - Your help

East coasters - coming into SF on a Sunday morning and staying over 1 night. Major foodies (2 of us). Can you help us spend the day eating in your great city? We are walkers no problem. Enjoy it all. Do not need pizza or steaks. We are looking for just best bites/local favorites. High end or low makes no difference. I have been searching the board but no one makes mention of Sundays. We are unsure if this is a big factor or not. Thanks in advance.

May 30, 2011
hammocc in San Francisco Bay Area

JFX Farmer's Market 2011!

Does anyone remember the name of the farm from last year from the west side which sold fruit - peaches, plums from West Virginia? I didn't see them yet and wondered if they pulled out or just have nothing yet to sell?

May 27, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help 2 Canadian Foodies Fall in Love with Baltimore this Memorial Day Weekend.

Mr Rain's Funhouse is great fun for dinner or brunch in the American Visionary Museum which is also worth your time. All of your selections are great and would not disappoint.
Agree with Bluegrass. I find Wine Market to be so so and not the food but the service can be snooty and in Bmore that is just not the way. Brewer's Art is great for Happy Hour - fab beers.

Pazo does tapas which gets a good amt of press if you like that sort of thing. Same owners as Cinghiale.
Lebanese Taverna has good small plate options as well.
The Helmand does fab Afghani food.
Black Olive is good for seafood- the whole fish.

Enjoy B-more

Jack's doesn't take reservations and is great to eat at the bar on a weekend - get there at 5 and enjoy an hour of half off any bottle of wine.
You should consider Alchemy in Hampden -newish place.
I think Corks can be hit or miss.

I think weekend brunch you could also consider:
Bistro RX
YellowDog Tavern
Goldwest Cafe
Captain Larry's (Fed Hill cash only)

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Brewer's Art
1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Captain Larry's
601 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

Cinghiale
822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Wine Market
921 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

Black Olive
814 S. Bond Street, Baltimore, MD 21231

Hampden Cafe
4800 Hampden Ln Ste 103, Bethesda, MD 20814

Pazo Restaurant
1425 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21201

May 23, 2011
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foodie heading to San Antonio Need 4 Dinners

great suggestions thanks- I have eaten at Biga - Cuzco salad was so so...bread looked like it would be amazing but stone cold like bread from the frig cold - gross.
The entree pork tenderloin was actually very good. So underwhelmed. I tried Il Sojono last night just for a light bite knowin it was not Tex Mex but Weissman being one of your top dogs couldn't resist. The Antipasta I had 2 of the 3 were delicious. The spinach salad was very fresh - sat at the counter so watched everyone in action. The famed nutella tart for dessert was worth the calories - but honestly was most impressed by the house made Madagascar Vanilla suagr for coffee and the diverse coffee offerings like Afrikana, Shakerata etc....

The house made ricotta with anchovy paste and pistachio is worth returning for alone! Though Italian in style and not Texan - worth the trip for a great experience all around.

Tonight we try the Lodge, tomorrow La Gloria and El Mirador.

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La Gloria
1001 37th St, Snyder, TX 79549

El Mirador Restaurant
722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Oct 08, 2010
hammocc in Texas

Foodie heading to San Antonio Need 4 Dinners

thanks so much.
What about El Mirador?

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El Mirador Restaurant
722 S Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Oct 06, 2010
hammocc in Texas

Foodie heading to San Antonio Need 4 Dinners

thank you so much. Are there places around not on the riverwalk that screams SA? I Have a car.

Oct 06, 2010
hammocc in Texas

Foodie heading to San Antonio Need 4 Dinners

Needing your help, have done a great deal of research on up coming San Antonio trip but still am struggling with finding 4 dinners. I am looking for a quintessential SA experience. Cheaps to Fine Dining does not matter on price - just want to walk away from SA feeling like I got a great taste of what this city is known for. The struggle is you appear to have a blooming higher end culture at the moment, mobile trucks are just starting but not enough to write about, and then there is the quesiton of BBQ & TexMex...can any of you help define the quintessential SA experience? Much gratitude!

Oct 05, 2010
hammocc in Texas

Need Dining help Orange County

I have no food preferences just looking for a great experience through out Sunday and Sat. They don't have to dressy/ fancy and price is no problem. I love cheap eats and too fine dining is great if its a good experience.
I don' t want to eat at Disney property or chain.
Thanks again.

Mar 01, 2009
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

Need Dining help Orange County

Thanks so much. No price range issues. Visiting from East Coast- MD.
In terms of food types, I like it all but looking for non-CHAIN restaurants of course. Thanks for the Advice on Sunday market. From online couldn't tell which was best. Maybe I will try Hollywood's Sunday.

Mar 01, 2009
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

Need Dining help Orange County

I will be in Anaheim next week. I have Saturday night dinner open and all day Sunday. Thought about venturing to Santa Monica's Farmer Market Sunday Morning so, looking for great food (doesn't have to be expensive but can be) for meals Sat. night in OC and Sunday (Breakfast at Market but lunch and dinner Sunday. Also looking for some Asian Bakery rec'd in OC.
Thanks!!! Does anyone know if there are local/private eating tours for certain neighborhoods?

Feb 27, 2009
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

Dinner Saturday night for 4

Thanks friend told me about azafran and I wondered why I couldn't find anything recent on it.
I have been to marigold and I looked at Gayles as well.

Thanks for heads up

Mar 27, 2008
hammocc in Pennsylvania

Dinner Saturday night for 4

Can anyone help me find a local restuarant in Philly that would be good for 4. I have my aunt and mom in town and we are heading to Philly. I heard Azafran was good, Tres Scalini, Jack's Firehouse, Zorbas, and Il Cantuccios. Can anyone help me out in terms of best value for best food or suggest something other than what I have listed. I am more concerned about great food and low key atmosphere than the wine list- BYOB is great too.

I just can't find menus of these places to gauge. I am looking for entrees less that 20.00-25.00.

Thanks in advance

Mar 26, 2008
hammocc in Pennsylvania

Misitam or Eastern Market

Thanks so much everyone....does anyone know about the status of the market today and the fire? Is it open?

Mar 08, 2008
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

I may be in the minority, but...

That is so funny because I agree on Mamas...hate it...mostly the atmosphere drives my irritation- always so busy that when seated upstairs you inevitably get run into by servers delivering food.Elbows banged up, drinks sloshed around IF you get your drink order taken that is...and this has happened more than once. I get suckered into going with friends who love it ugh.

Odd on YDT- I love their food and have always had great service - I don't think their atmosphere is anything special.

Mar 07, 2008
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Misitam or Eastern Market

Traveling to DC tomorrow with out town guest (South African) and she is wanting to experience DC. In addition to traditional sight seeing, I want to take her for lunch. She will have options later in her stay for BBQ and crab cakes but can anyone suggest which of these 2 places is best for Saturday? I have never been to either. Thanks in advance.

Mar 07, 2008
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Yellow Dog Tavern on Potomac & Foster

This bright tavern/restaurant offers fun specials (mystery beer buckets) and delicious food.
http://yellowdogtavern.biz/
Yellow Dog is a great addition to the Canton restaurant scene. It is about time that upper Canton area gains some serious food establishments. For too long Canton chowers have been forced to entertain at the Square or Can company, which is ok but something on this side of Canton is over due.

Both Yellow Dog and Annabel Lee's Taverns are bringing upscale food choices in a relaxed atmosphere at reasonable prices.

The fried oysters are an absolute must even if you don't eat fried oysters or like osyters this is a dish that just may convert you! Several friends had them at various times here and mentioned how great they were. My husband went on his own and agreed so, I was next in line. They were all right in singing their praises. Soft, delicate, not gritty, no rancid oil flavors, not greasy- a real treat.

I happened to go on a Thursday evening and the place was not overly crowded but doing a decent business for a week night in Canton. Thursday is their $4 mystery beer bucket- you get 5 bottled beers of the bar tender's choice which usually consists of a local fav. like Natty Boh and at least one higher end micro brew and the rest somewhere in between. You can not give any back however, they do encourage you to swap out with neighboring diners- cool way to meet new folks. This in general creates chatter at the bar and a friendly atmosphere.

Service here was superb. We never waited, needed or had to ask for anything including S&P while dining bar side. They do have a few tables downstairs and plenty more on the 2nd floor.

For my meal I tried the Fish tostadas- Grilled Mahi served over 2 crisp, not greasy, tostadas. It came with black beans simmered in beer, jicama slaw, & salsa verde on top the fish. The accompaniments were balanced in flavors and not too wet to make everything soggy.

The very best thing about Yellow Dog is their trial of many flavors on standard food items & their vegetarian offerings. Their veggies are anything but normal yet ,not far reaching such as: roasted cauliflower with crushed mustard seeds, sauteed shallots & brussel sprouts. They are the first non-fine dining establishment in Baltimore that I have seen menuing swiss chard as a side- yum!

We didn't dine their fore Valentine's Day but saw their Aphrodisiac menu and once more the Chef was experimenting with unusual ingredients and flavor pairings.
Give this place a try. Though the items sound normal they are anything but. Execution and service make this place a sure thing. Try it on a week night when it is less crowded and they will not disappoint. Heard they do fabulous bloody marys for Sat. brunch (closed on Sundays)- which will be my next visit.
I hope the neighborhood can help this place stay in business.

Feb 16, 2008
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

Annabel Lee's Tavern Fleet Street

This place is a must try! The atmosphere is cozy. Beer selection is good for Belgian styles including, of course, Brewer's Art beer. Though sold out of the green peppercorn triple, there is a Saison in its place. Chef Simons does some fun and unique things with his menu and the food is very reasonably priced. They offer some non-traditional bar foods as well as a selection of small plates but don't let the title of that area of the menu fool you- nothing really small about them. These are not tapas style by any means nor are they suppose to be. We tried the "tortillas" a special of the evening which were seasoned corn tortilla chips served with refried black beans and a habenero guacomole. The guac had kick but was well balanced and didn't blow your head off.
The small plate/entrees we had were the orange roughy fish tacos which were mild and flaky. The seasonings and the lettuce inside added a slighlt sweetness. The tacos were well portioned, not over flowing. It was accompanied by rice infused with beans and sausage. My husband had the lamb sliders. Sliders were juicy and quite tasty but the very unique blue cheese cole slaw is crazy good when paired with the slightly spicy brown sugar coated sweet potato fries. If I recall correctly most small plates were less than $12.

Service also- fantastic! Beware- this is a true tavern style dining experience. Though with the smoking ban in place you can't even tell you are in a bar. It is great. Majority of the seating is at the very large bar. There are only a handful of tables (~5-6) and most accomodate parties of 2. This is not exactly a place for big dinner parties.
http://www.annabelleetavern.com/

Feb 16, 2008
hammocc in Washington DC & Baltimore

1st time to Orange County-Recs needed

Thanks I really appreciate the advice.

Jan 19, 2008
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

1st time to Orange County-Recs needed

Thanks actually I am in town on business. I have open Monday basically until 3 to tour around and was hoping to hit some markets, food shops so anything you can suggest would be great!

Jan 19, 2008
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

1st time to Orange County-Recs needed

Thanks everyone. I appreciate it. I am from a somewhat not nice city area so, I am used to be careful. Can anyone tell me if these places are safe for a single female dining alone or am I better off getting take in to hotel? I love ethnic food! So, can't wait to try these out.

Jan 16, 2008
hammocc in Los Angeles Area

1st time to Orange County-Recs needed

I am flying into Orange Sunday and need dinners for Sun, Mon, Wed. I am a big time foodie and looking for a great experience. Can be California cuisine, ethnic etc....not picky. Doesn't need to be high end but can be. I just want to have a great local experience. Also, any ideas on must see food joints anywhere in that area bc I have a car. Things like local food shops, markets, bakeries, chocolatiers etc.... I really appreciate it. I think Rest. week is starting and typically in my area they stink as far as quality and service goes so, if you have a better program would like to know that too. THANKS A MILLION.

Jan 16, 2008
hammocc in Los Angeles Area