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New Small Chain Openings in NoVA

There is also a Moe's in Leesburg. Last time I was there the queso dip left a realy weird after taste...but you're right, for about the same price as Taco Hell I can run in there and get my kid a snack she'll actully eat. Yay!

Need some help in Gettysburg, please.

I am helping to organize a get together of handlers from the National Sheepdog Finals taking place in Gettysburg at the end of the month.

I need a medium-to-not-REALLY-cheap place that can accomodate maybe 20 people on a Friday night. Non-foodies.

I would appreciate any help you could offer.


Sep 03, 2007
paxamicus in Pennsylvania

Chowhound outings -- what's the etiquette?

The new guy always picks up the cheque on his first outing. *nodsnodsnods*

And you have to wear a Goofy hat, you know, the kind from Disney, with the Goofy the Dog ears? You have to show up wearing it. It's the "hound" thing, you see.

I'm sure I've missed a few things...

; ) (I don't know squat, sorry. Just havin a little fun rather than go work.)

Mar 26, 2007
paxamicus in Not About Food

Somethin' Different Pizza in Morris Plains c. 1985?

No, but thank you anyway. It was this weird little spot in a storefront with maybe two other stores on the east side of 202, just outside of Morristown and way before you hit 10.

I am sure of the name because I was the only one with a credit card, and my Dad had a heart attack over $150 worth of pizza in one month. I can still hear him in my head, (and, when he likes to rag on me at holidays, because what are the holidays without guilt? ; P ) "Something Different Pizza, I'll give you Something Different Pizza, I don't work night and day so you girls can pig out on pizza non-stop! Something Different, my ***!"

It was really funky pizza, as I remember.

Foods you love at Trader Joe's that got discontinued? [OLD]

I mourn the loss of the Yin Yang peanuts. (Wasabi and honey roasted mix.)

D*mn you, Trader Joe.

Mar 22, 2007
paxamicus in Chains

Somethin' Different Pizza in Morris Plains c. 1985?

I was at St. E's in the middle 80's, and we used to make late night runs to this place in Morris Plains...right off 202.

Does anyone else remember it?

I'm getting ready to go back to visit and I'm wondering if it's still there, I don't see it listed in directory inquiries.

Dinner in Bethesda

I'm a little late to the discussion but you guys left out Addie's in North Bethesda, right on the Pike.

: )

Persimmon is nice. Jaleo is good. Second the opinion on Mon Ami Gabi (that is, thumbs down on the service and the feeling it's overpriced.)

Little tiny squash, how do I cook?

My computer did something screwy with this post when I posted it, and I couldn't find it again for the rest of the evening, so I missed all these great ideas.

I ended up doing the fried zuchini, garlic and basil in Marcella Hazan's book. It was good but I lost the cute factor.

I'll try sauteing them after blanching them next time and stuffing them sounds like that could make a fun antipaste.

Thank you all.

Mar 21, 2007
paxamicus in Home Cooking

Good finds in Gaithersburg/Mont Village area?

I don't know how long it's been since you were back in Gburg but Roy's has come down in the world, imo. When I was pregnant with my 14 yo I craved the Mother's Ruin something fierce.
I went back twice recently, the second time because I was hoping the first revisit was a fluke. It wasn't. It was everything I hate in a sandwich.

Roy's is amusing as a lark but I don't think the quality is half as good as the imagination. It's all fun and all but then the reading the menu part is over and you have to actually eat the stuff.

If you want a sandwich, Quizno's is a better option, imo.

I forgot there is a funky chicken wings place in the strip mall directly across Shady Grove from the hospital that is great for quick lunch. I'm sorry I can't remember the name.

(That strip mall is restaurant heavy, there's also a Mama Lucia's pizza and a crab chain. And a Krispy Kreme in case you need dessert.)

Good first modern/gourmet type cookbook

The new big yellow Gourmet cookbok is fabulous, everything I've made from it has had my family drooling and asking for more, but I am not sure I would give it to someone as their first ever cookbook. I like nothing more than poking around the kitchen making things from scratch but this book wears even me out, sometimes.

I find the Silver Palater cookbooks unduly fussy for a medium-ish result.

Do you like Italian food? I love Marcella Hazan's books. The Essentials of Italian cooking starts simple, builds up slowly, gives you options, explains very clearly, isn't fussy, doesn't require a tonne of special equipement, etc.

Mar 19, 2007
paxamicus in Home Cooking

Little tiny squash, how do I cook?

I bought the cutest little teeny green squash today, about three inches long tops.

What do you reckon would be the nicest way to cook them? I was going to chop them, saute them, and toss them in with Marcella Hazan's Tomato and Butter Sauce and some fusilli, but it seems a shame to waste the smallness=cuteness factor.

Mar 15, 2007
paxamicus in Home Cooking

Specialty meat market?

Have you tried the Mt. Airy Locker Company in Mt. Airy, MD?

Good finds in Gaithersburg/Mont Village area?

Also cheap and yummy and non-chain..The Village Green in The Washingtonian Center, at the junction of 270 and 370, a block from Shady Grove. You can see the Target from 270, next to the Barnes and Noble. Kebabs, and general mideastern fare. Big portions, cheap, I love their falafel.

There's also a Cafe Spice in the same place. Yummy. Can you imagine me saying "tandooooooooooor" in a Homer voice?

Zio's pizza (mentioned above) rocks. And I second the advice to stick with the pizza.

Yays and nays from Trader Joe's, lately [OLD]

They have frozen presliced and prebreaded eggplant cutlets that are so thin, they turn into little eggplant crisps of yumminess. Topped with TJ's fresh bruschetta and some fontina and life is good.

Good for nuts in bulk in different combos ...roasted, raw, unsalted, salted, amazing flavour combos.

TJ's prices on most organic things is way less than Whole Paycheck...the Barbara's, the Annie's, Luna bars, chips, etc.

And my family for some reason will scarf BUCKETS of the frozen pot roast. I know my pot roast sucks, but they will suck this stuff up off the plate like it's going to get taken away from them. I keep two bags in the freezer for emergency dinner.

They discontinued the Yin Yan peanuts which were a thing of beauty and a joy. BAD TJ's!

The greek yoghurt, Fage, I think it is, is outstanding.

And one more cheer for the low acid french roast.

Mar 11, 2007
paxamicus in Chains

Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway - foreign newbie needs good eats

At the Thornton Gap, if you follow 211 E into Sperryville, there is a coffee roasters which might be nice if you indulge. In "town" on the right. About five minutes from where you get off the Skyline Drive. There is also, if you go a little further into Sperryville and hang a right on 522S for about thirty seconds, there is a nice little place called the "Thornton Grill", but it's got to be lunch, at dinner they are always solidly booked. The owner's son runs the butcher's shop adjoining and they do good stuff.

And, also off the Thornton Gap, if you take 211 E into Washington, Virginia (about ten minutes past Sperryville) is The Inn at Little Washington. (Go watch the flash animation, if nothing else, such pretty scenery shots and some not bad food porn. ; P ) I'm pretty sure you'd need to book in well in advance, although I have often been pleasantly surprised being able to slip in occasionally for lunch.

Happy travels.

Edited to ad: The Thornton Gap is the first gap in Virginia, after you get on the Skyline Drive in Front Royal.

I don't know how you're getting to Front Royal, but if you have the opportunity and are at all interested in Civil War history (or, as Southerners call it, The War of Northern Aggression), you might like to investigate Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, which is an easy hour drive north of Front Royal. I think it was Thomas Jefferson that called Harper's Ferry the most beautiful spot in America..(so, the review is a little old). It features the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, and the town is cute to walk around in, as well as the footpath along the rivers for walking and scenery and the fact that a lot of the historical buildings have been preserved, thanks to the National Park Service.


I steeped a pinchful of saffron in the heavy cream for a while first, and then dumped everything on the list into an ice cream maker.

Also, I didn't grind the pistachios finely, to me it makes more interesting texture if they are finely chopped.

Easy and FABULOUS. Thanks.

Mar 10, 2007
paxamicus in Recipes

French Fries - How do you like them?

I like to bake the potatoes, cool them, peel them, and cut them into 8ths or so, then fry them in peanut oil. Crazy crunchy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside.

Sea salt, to start and then the skies the limit.

Mar 09, 2007
paxamicus in General Topics

Granddaughter wants "elegant," I want kid-friendly and reasonable prices!

Upthread I referred you to the American Girl store on 5th and 49th. There's a link and a mini discussion about it in my original post...just scroll up. : D

Sorry, that was my first post ever here and I didn't understand how the replies "nested" I repsonded in the wrong place.

Mar 09, 2007
paxamicus in Manhattan

Granddaughter wants "elegant," I want kid-friendly and reasonable prices!

Yup, it's commercial, and it's totally non-foodie, and all of that. : ) No doubt, it's basically handing corporate America your ATM card when you walk in.

But it looks like something out of a 40's glamour film, the food is fun for kids...little chocolate tea pots, gorgeous cookies, amazingly decorated little petit fors, ....and it's catering to kids.

It's a fun, once in a life time day. : ) And that kid, who is now 14, she and her friend still talk about it sometimes, so as far as I am concerned, it was worth every penny.

Even though I did feel like I should have been doing penance for a while for buying into it. : D

Mar 07, 2007
paxamicus in Manhattan

Granddaughter wants "elegant," I want kid-friendly and reasonable prices!

I took my then 10 yo, her best friend, and my littlest one (3) to a tea at the American Girl store up on 5th and 49th.

They were so thrilled with themselves they couldn't stand it. : )

And it's nothing if not kid-friendly.

The food was elegant but all stuff my non-foodie girls were happy to eat.

If you want to go ALL out, they do a little American Girl review, a little mini stage play, that my kids loved. Remember yor first real stage show? The velvet seats, the gold roping, the chandelier, the lights going down?

It's cute, it's kid safe in terms of content, it's friendly, it's nostalgic in a nice way. It's overpriced a little but hey, a day in NYC with the grandkids that they will probably remember forever? Like AmEx says...priceless.

If you really want to go overboard you can take them shopping there, too....and buy the fancy princess dresses to wear to the tea. : )

The second floor is set up like a museum, so it's interesting just to wonder and look, and not have to buy anything.

Edited to add linky...

Mar 07, 2007
paxamicus in Manhattan