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  1. Koreans drink a lot of barley tea (bori-cha) and corn tea (sorry, don't know the romanji for that one) as well as green tea mixed with brown rice. I personally prefer Korean green tea. I'll have my +1 add some notes for you, she's from Seoul.The +1 comments follow: I would recommend Jak-Sul Cha which means sparrow tongue tea. The dried tea leaves look like sparrow's tongue. It is very unique Korean tea. Most tea grown in Korea is similar to Chinese or Japanese teas. A lot depends on where your friend is going. If he's going to be in the city, that's one thing, if he's traveling, he can go to the tea growing areas in the southwest and that's a whole entire new adventure.
  2. You mean in all the time I spent in the Mahwah, Ramapo, Suffern, Ramsey area there was a really good restaurant? I'm going to have to check it out the next time I'm there. Where is it?
  3. Certainly is hard to put "trendy" and Belmont in the same sentence, especially when you grew up in Charlottesville and Belmont was where Hog Waller (not wallow, waller), trailer parks and the sewage plant were located. From the map it appears that Mas is located in the old C'ville Workshop for the Blind which used to hire the blind to make brooms for sale locally.
  4. Nothing wrong with not liking something. We all have things we'd rather not eat or on our 'not-favorite' list. Im not wild about sea cucumber but like cassoulet when I get it in a restaurant and it's done well (lots of duck confit, good sausage, properly cooked beans)
  5. Buz and Ned's Barbecue in Richmond. When you see the Braves Baseball stadium on your right, it's time to get off I-95. About 1 mile up the road on the left.
  6. I'll be in Dubai and Port Salalah, Oman in a couple of days. Anything in the area that isn't hotel food?
  7. Don't want to be too generic, but head for the downtown mall and check out Millers (which I remember being a drug store before it became a restaurant), the Hardware Store (likewise), and any of a number of food places. Also check on the Corner (across from the hospital on West Main St). The White Spot (locally known as the Grease Spot) is a good place to spend a drunken Friday or Saturday night trying to recover. Go for the one-eyed burger (a cheeseburger with a fried egg), guaranteed to make you change your mind about drinking too much. Check on Second St for a lot of really good upscale restaurants and on Hydraulic Rd for some tucked away great eating places. Also check on Rio (Rye-o not reee-o if you want to sound like a native) Rd for other little places. C'ville is a great eating town when you look closely.
  8. I find Fratello Brothers pods to be extremely good. I had a Senseo but traded for a Bunn Pod machine. The Bunn seems to be extremely well made and because the spout is higher than in the Senseo, you can use a bigger cup for more coffee. The thing that I disliked most about the Senseo was the position of the spout.
  9. Hmm, that means I'm a 64 year old kid. I start with the curry on top of my rice in a bowl and mix away. I agree with the kimchi...some mighty fine eating that is...
  10. Partially. 1. somewhat correct depending on brand 2. we normally add chicken, shrimp or beef (or sometimes all three) as well as carrots and potato. 3. This depends on brand. Vermont curry ranges from mild to spicy. The spicy version is not bad (my preferred selection).
  11. That depends on how you translate Korean pronunciation to "Romanji"...as an example, I've seen kimchi, kimcheee, gimche, and other more interesting spellings (and that's just on Korean menus)
  12. I believe the original is on Beauregard Street near Rt 7 in Alexandria (or it's the second one opened). We need one of the brothers to settle this. (and for the record, I've never seen ANY burger at 5-Guys be anything other than freshly cooked when ordered).
  13. I'm lookng for a place for about 40 people for the Columbus Day weekend (Saturday night). Most of the people in the group seem to wince when the cost per person goes over $20 so I guess that's another constraint. We'd prefer a private dining room or banquet room (we can get a bit rowdy) and good food. I hope I'm not asking for too much.
  14. We are going in November so all information is welcomed. We will be there for 1 week staying in an apartment so dining out and dining in advice will be appreciated.
  15. This may be slightly off topic and if so...well, do whatever is called for, but... What is the English obsession with canned green peas? My last trip to London, every dish I ordered (with the exception of ice cream) was accompanied by a ladle-full of green peas....what's with that. I don't remember being inundated with green peas on any of my other trips to the UK (mercifully mind blanked perhaps?).
  16. Da Pinto near the Canada Hotel is a great wine bar surrounding a tremendous restaurant.
  17. Try winezap.com and see if there is a distributor who will ship to you. Google the wine and sometimes you can find a distributor that way. If that fails, go to www.lavinia.fr (which has stores in Spain and France). They ship to the US (shipped six bottles from Paris to us with no problem).
  18. To continue slightly off topic, I always put rice in my jambon...the spice of the soup and the soothing of the rice just go together so well.
  19. To continue slightly off topic, I always put rice in my jambon...the spice of the soup and the soothing of the rice just go together so well.
  20. As I was wife-less last Friday evening, I set out at 6:00pm for Ray's...other than the horrible traffic it was a totally uneventful trip to Arlington. One circuit through the parking lot to determine there was no parking, out on the street and, et voila! a parking space less than 2 blocks away. Walked to RTS, entered through the throngs waiting at the front and found Michael and asked for a table for one. "Give me 10 minutes"...sat in front in the glider watching the traffic for about 5 minutes and was seated. Michael looked totally relaxed and very laid back. I think the Hawaiian shirt and Bermudas and flip-flops had something to do with it. I ordered the $20 bistro hanger steak. Dinner started with the spicy cashews and the extremely good bread, followed by a very smooth glass of California Cabernet. Out came the first course, the crab bisque. What can you say about this bisque? It's wonderful, creamy and packed full of very good crab meat. This was followed by the house salad which is somewhat pedestrian (what else would you expect for a house salad) but was rescued from mediocrity by the dressing which was just a tiny bit spicy and very good. Then came the piece d'resistance, the hanger steak was a perfect medium rare. It was accompanied by the creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, the veggie portion of dinner was somewhat ignored in favor of the steak. I tried, I really tried, to save some for my better half but my taste buds overwhelmed my resolve. So there were no left-overs in the steak department. Accompanying the bill was the demi-tasse of hot chocolate. A great ending to a great meal. If you haven't been to RTS since the DR dinner, you are missing an excellent meal and a tremendous bargain. I almost felt like I had stolen dinner it was so inexpensive. Thank you Michael. (Posted previously on another board..the sentiments, however, are exactly the same)
  21. Slate On-line magazine had a Toaster test article today. Click here for the test results. and I just noticed that I'm not the only one who happened to read that article. Oh well....
  22. Jindlee Shiraz 2003/2004 Jindalee Merlot 2003 Both available at Total Wine (finally)
  23. That and the fact that most (older anyway) Asians aren't raised on cow or sheep milk and so don't have the enzymes required to digest the cheese. I have a Chinese friend and if she eats cheese it is apparent to everyone within a 1 mile radius.
  24. and for those with no knife skills, you can use the Octodog
  25. I have to agree with both of your statements..the 3 times I tried DD coffee, I wondered if they had reused the coffee grounds from the previous brewing. No or very faint taste, no "oomph", like drinking dirty coffee flavored water. Starbucks...yech! Blowtorched coffee beans for most of their coffees...only saving grace is that you can order a short coffee (the one they don't tell you about..it's cheaper than those things on the menu board) and get your daily minimum requirement of caffeine.
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