Archive | August, 2008

A post for Sam

As you’ll surely find from talking to him or reading his posts, my brother Sam is an immense fan of bacon. That is the understatement of the year but I’ll leave it to him to describe his relationship with that particular meat product. That being said, when I saw this, I figured he would appreciate […]

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Review: Viet Royale

6767 Wilson Boulevard (Eden Center) Falls Church, VA 22044 Slightly less well-known than some of its Eden Center neighbors like Four Sisters, my brother and I never the less had an outstanding lunch at Viet Royale and recommend it wholeheartedly for folks looking for good Vietnamese food beyond the staples of pho and banh mi.

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What kind of bar do you prefer?

There are so many different kinds of places to have a drink these days. There are massive bars filled with tanked folks partying their livers off, there are quiet joints, there are hip places with $12 drinks, there are dives, and there are even places where you have to wear a jacket. Depending on my […]

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Review: A&J Restaurant

The Place: A&J Restaurant 4316 Markham St, Annandale, VA 22003 The Meal:  Pickled Cabbage Dried Bean curd with Peanuts Spicy Cucumber Sesame Wide Noodles with Powdered Peanuts Fried Dough Cruller Shanghai Style Wonton with Spicy sauce Sesame Biscuit with Beef 2 diet cokes (because caffeine cures all)

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On Sam’s list

Sam’s list below is good, but he has exposed my preference for Cantonese food over Szechuan. Frankly, I have to be in the right frame of mind to do a full-blown spicy Szechuan meal. I love spicy stuff, but in my opinion Szechuan spicyness doesn’t match the flavor and heat that comes from good Thai, […]

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Best Chinese Restaurants?

While my older, more conservative, perhaps more feeble brother did indeed name some of our area’s finer Chinese restaurants, he did miss a few that have, over the years, satisfied both my palate and my wallet. 1.  A&J Restaurant – A little pickled cabbage, a little spicy cucumber, some cold sesame noodles, the best fried […]

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The Greatest Snack in the World: Bánh mì

Its 1pm on a Saturday Afternoon, I am just arising from the couch where I have no doubt been playing video games or watching mindless cooking shows since 10 or 11 and the paralysis hits me —- Damn I’m hungry. I already know that my cupboards are empty, my fridge filled only with juice, leftovers, […]

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What are your top 5 Chinese restaurants in the DC area?

In honor of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, going on live in Beijing as I write this (despite what NBC might have you believe), let’s ask this question: What are your top 5 Chinese restaurants in the DC area? Here are mine: Mark’s Duck House, Falls Church – I am lucky enough to live 5 minutes […]

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Some strange dishes seen at the Olympics

Western reporters have been gleefully reporting some of the strangely translated dishes on offer at restaurants throughout Beijing. Even the official Beijing Olympic website has noted the effort to correct the strange writing. Now, I love Chinese food, so I am not goofing on centuries of culinary tradition, I am just think language is funny. […]

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