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Date on babysitter night!?

Two foodies (well, used to be before our 2 under 2) are getting babysitting Sunday night and need help. We don't want to dress up but something like farmers,fishers so okay. Just want good food and drinks, parking (even paid), and phenomenal service. Please help! Who knows
when the next date it. Prefer va or dc. Any recs? Whats the latest?
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Best Sonoma Wines in VA and Where?

We're trying to find some good sonoma reds in northern virginia. Any suggestions where to go for reasonably priced ones? We went to Homewood winery in Sonoma and loved it, but I can't bring myself to pay for 1 case at $350. I would like to find wines such as these around here locally.

Kid-friendly but not cheesy in DC/Crystal City area

Good Stuff Eatery- burgers are good and fast.

Kabob Palace if you want something ethnic - the chicken kabobs are pretty safe too.

romantic dinner in Baltimore

Woodberry's Kitchen was great.

Crystal City Visit, end of February

Jaleo is great for tapas. If you want a beer and a good environment, head to Crystal City Sports Pub (not to be confused with Crystal City Restaurant). I thought Good Stuff was overrated (dry patty). My husband loves Urban Thai for lunch.

DC - thanksgiving dinner to go experiences

I know this sounds sad...but the deep fried turkey at Popeyes was awesome (skip all the sides). It was so freaking good - the 10 of us loved it and we usually have home cooked meals daily. oh, and it's the farthest thing from greasy.

Bad Times for Food Writers Could Make Food Writing Better

Most jobs are like this now, unfortunately....tough times.

Sep 18, 2012
xena1441 in Features

Rehoboth Beach Delaware--Long Weekend

Not cheap, but Blue Moon was phenomenal when we went last year. This year, we had a new 2 month old addition so we didn't feel comfortable going. I highly recommend. Get fish dishes- only thing that was forgettable was the lamb sausage appetizer. Everything else was great.

Sep 18, 2012
xena1441 in Mid-Atlantic

Last Dinner Before Baby

Thanks everyone. We are settling on Willow in Arlington. I haven't been there and heard the food is great. It'll be our last nice meal out for a while so I am really looking forward to it:) Will probably head somewhere else for some desert and (decaf) cappuccino afterwards.

Last Dinner Before Baby

Our baby is due pretty soon and my husband and I wanted to do a "last dinner before the baby comes". Where would you go? I want to enjoy a long, sit down dinner before we have a little baby we have to tote around everywhere. Preferably in DC or VA.

Any thoughts on something romantic and fun?

Shan Masala Tips

Wow- your blog is exactly what I have been searching for. i absolutely love this. You have a new follower! I'll let you know as I make the recipes.

Jan 22, 2012
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Shan Masala Tips

I have added an egg as a binder before- worked really well for me. It worked on the grill just fine.

Jan 20, 2012
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Shan Masala Tips

Thank you so much for this- it's so helpful. Do you have tips for the biryani mix? How do you cook that? I'd like to try it Sunday night.

Jan 20, 2012
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Shan Masala Tips

I'm not sure if there are any other users of Shan Masala powders out there- I tend to add in a tablespoon here and there for flavor to Pakistani/Indian dishes along with some other spices. I've found that if you follow the back of the box, you'll usually end up with a mess.

Will you share what your favorite Shan masala spice box is and any helpful tips? One of mine is the Chicken Tikka Masala but I only add about 1/2 the packet, along with yogurt, ginger/garlic paste, and some lemon juice in the chicken marinade. I followed the directions on the box one time and it was really salty.

Tonight, I've got Chicken Karahi on the stove so we'll see how that one turns out (I am starting to cook Pakistani/Indian dishes more myself - usually my mom spoils me rotten with Pakistani food but I've got to learn someday!).

Jan 16, 2012
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Turkey temp HELP!!

I never let it go over 165 or it gets too dry. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes after roasting before cutting into it. It sounds like it's fine to eat to me.

Nov 24, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

where to buy goat meat inside dc?

It's a halal butcher- they won't carry any pork.

Recruiting All Ideas for Cheap Homemade Dinners!

Tuna casserole- all you need is pasta, cream of mushroom, tuna cans, frozen peas and some cheese. Tends to last me a few days.

Also, go to any local indian or Asian store and stock up there. Prices are much more reasonable.

Sep 21, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Mangos.....ideas please!

Oops....sorry I didn't!

Sep 04, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Mangos.....ideas please!

Mango Lassi! But it's a drink, not a dessert.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ja...

Sep 03, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Drinks for a Pregnant Lady

Thank you all so much for these suggestions! They all sound delicious! And HillJ, thanks for that article. I plan on making that cherry drink tomorrow! Will let you know how it is:)

Aug 29, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

Drinks for a Pregnant Lady

I really REALLY miss my glass of wine a night. Don't get me wrong, i am very excited about babies....but I really miss my glass of wine. I'd appreciate any ideas you may have for pregnant lady "mocktails" I can sip on in the evenings. Especially anything with lemon....for some reason I enjoy anything sour right now.

Aug 28, 2011
xena1441 in Home Cooking

New Food Network Show: Extreme Chef

While there are still some shows I enjoy watching, most of the shows have become reality TV junk. What happened to teaching how to cook? i still like Bobby Flay and Paula Dean. But mostly, I don't learn much from the channel anymore.

Jul 29, 2011
xena1441 in Food Media & News

Why Do Subway Restaurants Smell Awful?

Strange....I LOVE the smell of Subway. Smells like fresh bread to me.

Jul 29, 2011
xena1441 in Features

When you hear Adobo what do you think of?

Ha! I second that!

Jul 28, 2011
xena1441 in General Topics

Crystal City/Old Town Recommendation

The Light Horse (very kid friendly with delicious food).
Eamonn's for the fish and chips.

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The Light Horse
715 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Eamonns
728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Tea Online

Thanks for the suggestions- I just ordered the fine tea sampler and also the oolong sampler. I have gone to Teavana out of convenience but it's too expensive since i drink tea about 3 times a day. My family drinks chai from scratch everyday) so I can't just can't pay that amount!

Apr 16, 2011
xena1441 in General Topics

Tea Online

Uptontea is a great site! Exactly what I'm looking for - what teas are your favorites? So many to choose from!

Apr 15, 2011
xena1441 in General Topics

Tea Online

I love tea but i can't afford the loose leaves they sell at $60/ half a pound. Does anyone know a website that sells good tea for less?

Apr 12, 2011
xena1441 in General Topics

Calories in a bowl of PHO in this area [moved from DC/Baltimoreboard]

Thanks Spelunk. That sounds about right. The sodium is out if this world but i guess i'm not too surprised. Just drink lots of water that day!

Apr 12, 2011
xena1441 in General Topics

Shirlington Restaurants

I like Carlysle - always seems to hit the spot for a comfort meal. Has anyone been to PING yet?