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Little sister moving to New Orleans!

Thanks for the tip! And yes, I will be visiting her very often!

Jun 29, 2010
AnneBird in New Orleans

Frozen Custard

I third for Dairy Godmother!

Jun 27, 2010
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Vapiano's?

LOVE Vapiano. Its a really nice in-between option for when you don't want to sit down at a real restaurant, but you really don't want to hit the deli sandwich line... again. They have several of them in the DC area and they are a hit with the foodie, but still has a ton of work to do and needs something good but fast, crowd.

Jun 27, 2010
AnneBird in Chains

Little sister moving to New Orleans!

She is in fact underage, but I'm not, so thank you for the recommendations all around!

Kate7047: I know what you mean! I'm really looking forward to visiting my sister too! Its a tough job, but someone has to step up.

Jun 27, 2010
AnneBird in New Orleans

Little sister moving to New Orleans!

Hi Littleman! I've never been to NO myself, as such, I am clueless. Affordable places around Loyola would be great. I'm hoping I can arm her with a list of reliable local spots. As for the "name" places, I'm looking for one great dinner spot to take her to before I leave. I see August and Emeril's are mentioned often, are they worth it? Thank you for your help!

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jun 26, 2010
AnneBird in New Orleans

Little sister moving to New Orleans!

My little sister will be starting college in New Orleans in late August. We are both really (really!) into food and love eating. I'm traveling from D.C. down for the weekend before she officially starts school from Saturday morning to Monday night. We both grew up in Miami, but New Orleans will be her home for the next 4 years and I would love to give her a list of great local places that she can be "in-the-know" about, even though she's still an out-of-towner!

I'm hoping someone can recommend a mix of prices-she'll be a broke college student after all. However, I would like to treat her to one unforgettable meal at a quintessential New Orleans restaurant. I can see this board gets rec-requests all the time, but I'm hoping you can recommend places a (future) local should get to know. She is attending Loyola if that helps, and we'll be staying in the French Quarter. Thank you everyone for your help!

Jun 26, 2010
AnneBird in New Orleans

Looking for prix fixes or specials in the DC/Arlington area

Check out Kora, in Crystal City. I've always been a Morou fan, but the specials they are running makes it super easy. They have something called a "power lunch" and its like restaurant week, but cheaper. I think they also have dinner specials, and a well priced tasting menu. Check it out!

Jan 10, 2010
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Help! Term for politically/socially-motivated responsible carnivore?

I don't believe the OP asked for help in coming up with a shorthand label for her eating habits to antagonize others. I presume that the OP was simply asking for help! Personally, I'm torn between flexitarian and conscious omnivore... I tried out flexitarian today and people understood it!

Jan 04, 2010
AnneBird in Not About Food

How Does One Make Killer Popovers?

Thank you for replying!

Nov 29, 2009
AnneBird in Home Cooking

Help! Term for politically/socially-motivated responsible carnivore?

To the OP, I can relate! I LOVE meat, and I have no qualms about eating steak and talking about how a cow had to die for my meal. However, I also limit the amount of meat I consume, and whenever possible I eat at restaurants that have meat that comes from local farms. That's not a problem at home because I only get stuff that's local and organic, organic, or at the very least from the "all natural" brands. I can relate to the OP because it confuses people that one day I'll ask the waiter for vegetarian options, the next, I'll comment on the awesome steak I had for dinner.

Yes, I'm still an omnivore because I eat everything, but sometimes it would be nice to have a label that will help me sidestep the conversation about when and why I will eat meat, and when I wont'. Personally, it has nothing to do with why other people eat meat, its about why I eat some meat and not other!

Nov 28, 2009
AnneBird in Not About Food

Pre-pregnancy feast

I had no idea you couldn't eat these things... these are my go-to's. No prosciutto? No unpasteurized cheeses? A pre-pregnancy feast sounds like a wonderful idea!

Sep 02, 2009
AnneBird in Home Cooking

Lunch in Crystal City

You have to go to Kabob Palace! You can call your order in ahead of time too! On 23rd: Mexican is really good. As for Thai, go to Urban Thai. If you are in the mood for italian food, you cannot go wrong with the neighborhood newcomer Kora. They have this $16 "power lunch" deal which cannot be beat. The food is delicious and the service is superb. Highly recommend it!

Sep 02, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kora in Crystal City - Review (2 thumbs up!)

Thank you for the review! I am also in the neighborhood, and share your opinion on both the food and service at Bebbo. I'm looking forward to trying it out!

Aug 23, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fresh Figs - Who's Got 'Em?

I bought 2 pints of figs from a vendor at the Crystal City Farmer's market last Tuesday. Amazing!

Aug 23, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

How Does One Make Killer Popovers?

David Kahn: the BLT popover converted me too! I went out, bought a pan and everything! His recipe is great! Oddly though, I have had better luck with fresh batter on an actual pop-over pan, that has been thoroughly pre-heated, and sprayed, and buttered. Enjoy!

Aug 10, 2009
AnneBird in Home Cooking

recs for Sunday lunch/brunch in Old Town Alexandria

I tend to go for breakfast items, so it could be!

Mar 08, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

recs for Sunday lunch/brunch in Old Town Alexandria

Really? I'm sorry! Every time I go there the service is great and the food is delish...

Mar 04, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

recs for Sunday lunch/brunch in Old Town Alexandria

Farrah Olivia-they are in Old Town and they have a delicious brunch!

Mar 02, 2009
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune

Talkingcat, I'm sure there are some great finds in the area, but none of them were apparent at the time of my very (very!) short visit! Could you mention a few places for future reference?

Feb 14, 2009
AnneBird in General South Archive

Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune

By "fish" I meant "fish"! I am certain the rest of the menu items came from some far away land! As for the "Caribbean Cuisine" thing- I also thought it was very funny! There wasn't anything Caribbean about the food, except maybe the names?

I agree about the touristy food comment JayL made. However, I will say that although touristy, it was all well made! Yes, there was breaded and friend shrimp with fries-but it was delicious. I was there with a very large party and everyone loved their food! In an area with sparse eating options this place was a surprise!

Feb 12, 2009
AnneBird in General South Archive

Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune

Thank you everyone for the great recs! We actually ended up driving to Atlantic City, and although our original plan was to return to Jacksonville for lunch, we ended up at a place called "The Crab's Claw Restaurant" (http://www.crabsclaw.com/). It was fabulous! Don't be put off by the decor... the food coming out of the kitchen was amazing! Everything was cooked perfectly too-no fancy preparations or groundbreaking flavors, just good food.

And if you are interested, it is not an expansive menu, but we were told by our waitress that all the fish was local. I haven't felt so good about eating out in a very long time! I would return there in a heartbeat!

Feb 11, 2009
AnneBird in General South Archive

Jacksonville/Camp Lejeune

This is a serendipitous post as I will be visiting relatives in the area this weekend! Hopefully the replies will pour in!

Feb 04, 2009
AnneBird in General South Archive

Cheese Straws want to make them for the holidays

I second the Barefoot Contessa suggestion!

Dec 05, 2008
AnneBird in Home Cooking

Support our Local Farmers!

Or, support them for the fabulous products they make/have! If I could live on cheese alone... I would be broke.

Nov 21, 2008
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Quito, Ecuador suggestions .. also Guayaquil

I'm from Ecuador, and although I cannot recommend any particular spots (I tend to stuff myself on my grandmother's cooking while there!), Guayaquil is a HUGE food city! There are huge differences between the coastal cuisine and the mountain cuisine, with the former (Guayaquil) focused on fresh seafood and fruits. If you are going all the way to Ecuador, please don't bypass this wonderful opportunity!

To the OP, have fun! Ecuador is a great country to visit!

Nov 03, 2008
AnneBird in Latin America & Caribbean

What to do with leftover foie gras

How about spread on a couple slices of really good, well toasted bread with a honey-balzamic glaze drizzled on top?

Nov 03, 2008
AnneBird in Home Cooking

Homemade marshmallows

They are definitely worth it! I use the Thomas Keller recipe, which has gelatin, not egg whites. I've only made them with a KA as I am not sure that a hand-held mixer would cut it. RosemaryHoney is right! Not only do homemade melt beautifully, but they also roast really well! They literally caramelize rather than go straight from zero to burnt.

Oct 22, 2008
AnneBird in Home Cooking

Digital converter surprise: PBS Create

Channel 200 on my plan, and it is always on! The old Julia shows are really great!

Oct 17, 2008
AnneBird in Food Media & News

Founding Farmers, DC

Hmmm... their water bottles are all glass, and have this silver-ish (plastic?) top with a seal that kinda pops when you take it off! I was there for lunch yesterday, and the table next to me was told they did not served bottled water but that they did have an in-house water filtration system. They were also given the option of still or sparkling, and the sparkling came in the same bottle.

I however, have not paid enough attention to the bottle to see what the label says! I know its something like "Natura" or "Naturale"... What I did notice is that their glasses say "Mexico", but it is stamped so that you can read it from the inside of the glass, which I thought was cute!

Oct 07, 2008
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore

Private Raw Bar?

DC, Northern-ish Virginia area! I was thinking maybe I could hire a couple of shuckers and provide the oysters myself, but I wasn't sure if this was something that could be done. Which is why I asked whether there were any companies that did it for you! I googled this, and the only hits I'm getting are for companies up north in Maine, etc.

Thanks! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Oct 07, 2008
AnneBird in Washington DC & Baltimore