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    Trendy hipster bar in DC

    Not sure exactly what consitutes a hipster bar but these might: Zaytinya (penn Qtr), Zengo (Chinatown), Left Bank (Adams Morgan). Mie n Yu (sp?) in Georgetown?
  2. Yeah, this belongs in the delmarva board. I'm in Arlington too. The Courthouse market is sat 8am-noon and is great! Clarendon is wed 3-7pm and is good. Ballston farmers market is Friday 11am-3pm and while weak on fruits and veggies has several bakers (one is good), a sausage producer, a great goat cheese vendor, good coffee form Honduras, a sauce and rub guy, etc... Good wine/cheese store: Arrowine. There are Asian groceries nearby at Eden Center, a vietnamese shoppign area just outsode of arlington. French Bakery: Randolphs (near the next suggestion) Lebanese Taverna market is good. Great Italian market w/ny pizza and philly hoagies: The Italian Store. That should do for now.
  3. Well, now it is finally getting press since Sietsema gave them a good write up, but I really like a newish alregian lunch spot called Couscous Cafe. I've mentioned it on other sites, but it probably hasnt been mentioned here. 20th and M in DC. It's not hidden, but people wlk right by ti and don't notice it. I like Cafe Tirolo, which is in a hidden location in Ballston, behind Tara Thai. It has been in the press for many years, but it can not be seen from any street. El Charrito Caminante and Taqueria Distrito Federal are 2 taco dives that are popular enough in the media and food boards, but you might not notice them if you happened to wander by. I actually like a couple of things in the Mexican place in the ballston mall foodcourt. It is an extension of a Merrifeld restaurant, but I don't remember the name (La Choza?). Mainly, I go there for beef empananadas, and that in itself is a compliment. El Pollo Rico in Va Square i(for rotisserie chicken) s in a hidden location on an odd sidestreet, but people know about it, especially GMU grad and law students.
  4. Sara asked me to post the experience of getting to watch her show in person. This is a repost, slightly edited. ------------------- When I lived in NYC (a few years ago), I used to take the express bus daily with a woman who worked for Conde Nast with Sara. They knew each other because they had similar last names, so got each others mail a lot. This neighbor got me into the taping. They just sat me and two friends at a table in the back with a botle of wine. They didn't have an actual audience. We had to pull our legs in whenever the cameraman ran by with the equipment. Afterwards, Sara came by and spoke to me for a while. She asked what my cooking infuences are, etc... She is a real sweetheart. We actually share a birthday (date, not year) but I forgot to mention it. That means hers is coming up in February. We also got to try the food that they had prepared. Yum. It was a great experience, and I'm glad I was able to be there. I had met Jacques Torres the same week at the chocolate show. In a French accent: "Men, eat my chocolate, the women will love you. Ladies, beware, I'm eating some now."
  5. Jaleo has good sangria and desserts, evcen if the tapas are mediocre. They have happy hour sangria specials. Ella's for free pizza during happy hours.
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    Whole Foods Market

    I shop at the WF is Arlongton, Va, and they are best of the easily accesible options for fish. They have my business from that alone but they have a good meat department as well. Their appetizing case sometimes has interesting items. Their bakery dept is good as well. I'm just not seeing a downside to shopping their as long as I look at the prices carefully when shopping for produce. Plus, a lot of items taht I like are carried by WF but not by mainstream supermarkets. I see a lot of people are attacking them on price but I find their house brand to be good value and quality on a lot of items. Mainly the produce prices seem out of line, but justifiable based on sourcing and quality. I know that they don't carry items with hydrogenalized soy...but that is fine with me.
  7. I wouldn't take credit for someone else's food, but I'm a decent cook, so it wouldn't be necessary. I'd like to see someone get away with this if they were dating someone who like us Egulleteers is into food. Wouldn't you ask them what the seasoning were or how they did this or that? I probably would, at leats as a way of showing interest in their cooking. I could see someone trying to get away with it with Wholefoods prepared foods since they list the ingredients and the food generally looks and tastes good but not spectacular.
  8. I do not know if they have a buffet, but I do not like Mehak, the indian place in Chinatown.
  9. nope. I do not like Breadline, Ben's, Lauriol, or Moby Dick. and the list goes on ... if you live in or have visited D.C. have you eaten at some of these places? Agree with the author of the article? ←
  10. Nam Viet has a DC location, and it is good. Malaysia Kopittiam in Dupont is good. I will agree that Ethiopian should be on the list, but 1. I was looking for good Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Malaysian IN the district. 2. It was nearly impossible to find. For Vietnamese Falls Church is where it's at. All the good Thai places seem to be in Arlington. Okay, I have heard of some underground place run by a guy named Toth, but I haven't tried it yet. If lives up to the hype, then maybe they should have mentioned that. Chinese is DC flat out sucks. We have one of the worst Chinatown's ever. Tai Shan is reasonable but only if you know the owner. Eat First can be good, but is highly inconsistent. Full Kee is alright, but mainly because it's open so late. Some of the more expensive places are better, but don't fit the requirements of the article. China Garden in Rosslyn is good, but again, not in DC. I blame it on Tony Chang thinking he is the godfather of chinatown. I haven't really looked for Malaysian food, so you've got me there. ←
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    Smoking Ban in DC

    The Mayor says he won't sign it. DCist had the update last night.
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    Sara Moulton's moving to PBS

    chrisamirault, thanks for sending me a message about your comment, because I don't have notifications set for this thread. ----------- Well, when I lived in NYC (a few years ago), I used to take the express bus daily with a woman who worked for the same company as Sarah. I forget what the larger company is for Gourmet. They knew each other because they had similar last names, so got each others mail a lot. She got me into the taping. They just sat me and two friends at a table in the back with a botle of wine. They dont have an actual audience. We had to pull our legs in whenever the cameraman ran by with the equipment. Afterwards, Sarah came by and spoke to me for a while. She asked what my cooking infuences are, etc... We actually share a birthday (date, not year) but I forgot to mention it. That means hers is coming up in February. She is really nice. We also got to try the food that they had prepared. I had met Jacques Torres the same week at the chocolate show. In French accent: "Men, eat my chocolate, the women will love you. Ladies, beware, I'm eating some now."
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    Sara Moulton's moving to PBS

    I've met Sara Moulton and she is a sweetie. I actually sat in on a taping of Cooking Live when I lived in nyc a few years back. -Jason
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    Vegetate

    Vegetate is vegetarian. Assume it isn't actually bacon. Should I assume that it's not real bacon? Because why eat bacon but not eggs? ←
  15. I didn't like the second book because I just was not interested in her flings. I didn't even find them interesting. I loved the other 2 books.
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