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Room temperature squash storage

I am now refrigeratig them and they seem to be holding stronger. I always thought refrigerating cucumbers was kind of a cardinal sin. I didn't know about the wax coatings (or lack thereof)

Jul 13, 2015
daves_32 in General Topics

Room temperature squash storage

I have been getting a lot of summer squash and cucumbers from my csa. Unfortunately, they seem to be getting soft, getting these little spots of goo, and going bad within a few days. I am getting discouraged that they are not lasting. Any idea why?

My environment: live in humid area (dc), cucumbers are on counter that is quite dark for most of the day, the air is turned to kick on at 79 degrees. However, it rarely gets over 74 degrees because I don't have a lot of direct sunlight into my place. My apartment is a bit stuffy when I get home. Is it the staid sir? How can I make them last longer? Help!

Jul 11, 2015
daves_32 in General Topics

Sausage storage

cold to the touch (but clearly not frozen) and in a cooler bag that's full of frozen solid ice. That would presumably be under 40 degrees, right?

Jul 01, 2015
daves_32 in General Topics

Sausage storage

I just got them home. It feels like a few of them thawed out. They were still cool to the touch. The cooler bag was still full of ice cubes. Looks like I am good to go

Jun 29, 2015
daves_32 in General Topics

Sausage storage

I got some pork brats and breakfast sausages from a small butcher. I'm traveling with them. They were frozen. I've been putting them in a cooler bag to move them between the houses I'm staying. They were frozen when I got them. Unfortunately, the breakfast sausages were left in the fridge overnight. I just put them back in the freezer. Are they still ok?

How about the other ones. They are frozen but will be on Ice in the cooler bag for about 4-5 hours. I planned on putting them in my freezer when I get home. All good?

Jun 28, 2015
daves_32 in General Topics

Sautéed Bok Choy

May 24, 2015
daves_32 in Recipes

Babbo or del posto?

Would there be any chance two of us could walk into babbo or del posto on Saturday or Sunday night? We can be flexible on time and don't mind sitting (together) at the bar. I know del posto only has prix fixe. How different are the experiences?

May 20, 2015
daves_32 in Manhattan

Financial district or travel

We have compete choice over where we want to stay. We just wanted it to be convenient to battery park and under $250 a night

May 15, 2015
daves_32 in Manhattan

Financial district or travel

Probably staying at Marriott downtown or Eurostar Wall Street

May 14, 2015
daves_32 in Manhattan

Financial district or travel

Looking to visit Manhattan over Memorial Day weekend. We've always stayed, and gotten comfortable with our options, at the flatiron and midtown east areas. We are going to spend a few days in lower Manhattan and liberty island this time. Any recommendations In that area? Or do we travel back to our old haunts? Must accept casual (jeans), be less than $50 per person (no alcohol), and not be sushi. Extra points for seasonal pastas, healthy options, and a good bread service.

May 13, 2015
daves_32 in Manhattan

Seasonal and Simple

I am looking for a place or two for some casual seasonal and simple spring vegetables. I used to hit up Palena for all the spring bounty but now I am at a loss for where to go.

Bourbon Steak lately?

Any updated reviews since Chef Joe Palma has been at the grill?

Alternative to EMP

Kathryn- sorry for the confusion. I messed up my vernacular. I meant the $225 tasting menu.

Refined budget: $75 per person. Food only

Jul 27, 2014
daves_32 in Manhattan

Alternative to EMP

I've always had Eleven Madison Park on my list. Unfortunately, the fixed price tasting menu is out of my price range. What is the closest alternative to EMP? Similar cuisine and execution. Preference is to have an ala carte option. Entrees around the $50 range.

Jul 27, 2014
daves_32 in Manhattan

BBQ catering near arlington

I didn't think about the Italian Store. That could be a good idea. The issue is that I am moving two days later and I don't want a lot of leftovers or trash. I am willing to pick up, which is why I Started with Rocklands

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

No more than $10 or so for a 6 pack

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

It doesn't have to be "artisanal." However, I would prefer ones that are deli case and/or do not have a months long shelf life.

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

Even better than stachowski?

Retail brats, sausages, bangers

Looking to get some grillables sausages, brats, and bangers to buy and grill for an upcoming party. Northern virginia or dc. Must have chicken sausages, pork brats, and bangers available. All I can come up with is whole foods, McLean butcher (do they have sausages), and red apron (I don't like their summer sausages). Please help! Thanks

BBQ catering near arlington

What if I just got a bunch of brats and sausages. I usually do that just at whole foods. are there better options around for simple brats, chicken sausages, and bangers?

BBQ catering near arlington

No. It's called old blue. The address listed is 2nd street south. I think it's catering only. http://oldbluebbq.com/menu/

BBQ catering near arlington

How about the old blue catering outfit?

BBQ catering near arlington

Looking for the best catered BBQ near ballston. Around 20 people and hopefully less than $150. Have had Willard's (chantilly) and liked it. However, accessibility could be an issue in this case.

Tomato dishes

Any one have any updates to this list? Particularly panzanella salad.

Liberty Tavern Lately

Any updates post-Chef Liam?

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

less than a week woo hoo!

(I know it is for 2015)

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

Has anyone seen any more movement on the building, land, or otherwise here?

Sad Demise of Palena

I completely agree with drsmoke. I used to love pulling up the old bar and having the burger or gnocchi. Since the expansion to the cafe, I was only happy maybe half the time. The food wasn't as precise and the service was not good. I had orange juice once that had actually turned sour. I am most disappointed about the pre-renovation Palena. It seems to me that much like Just Visiting said, the chef just had growth ambitions without doing the math.

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

I don't know much about G Mart's processes so I can't comment on that. However, I thought that Wegmans already had something of a structure in place? I also thought that Wegmans site selection process is so thorough that a deal being cancelled this far in the process would be nearly impossible

Update on Wegmans near Ft. Belvoir

Does anyone know if this structure is actually built? It sounds like it is just a delay based on the articles I have read. Is it possible (I know anything is possible) that it just nixes the deal?