Archive | May, 2010

Elephant Jumps: A Welcome Addition to Merrifield’s Ethnic Food Scene

For those of us who consider Merrifield, Dunn Loring, and Falls Church to be our ethnic food hangouts, there has always been something missing.  While the area is chock full of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Lebanese restaurants, there has been for as long as I can remember, no real Thai restaurant in the area.  Sure, […]

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What are the most overrated sweets or desserts?

Sam and I argue a lot. We don’t really argue, as no one is upset really, so I guess it’s more of a debate. Anyway, now that I’ve established that we’re not the Gallaghers, a few weeks back we were having one of our usual debates. Was it about politics? Nope. Was it over sports? […]

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Speaking of weird hot dog-like items

We’ve already mentioned Chile’s “completo” on the site, but here’s another for the annals of “weird things foreign folks do with hot dogs.” This one is from Sweden, where my old college friend Lindsay is living currently. On her blog, Urban Pilgrim, she describes this strange half-hot dog, half-pita “hybrid.” It’s called Tunnbrödsrulle.

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Any recommendations for the Nags Head and the Outer Banks?

I am soliciting any and all restaurant and activity recommendations for Nags Head and the Outer Banks in general. My girlfriend and I are heading down there and it’s my first time at the NC beaches since I was a very young child. So, I am looking for good places to eat and fun things […]

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This only seems right to my brother

My brother, who inexplicably believes that turkey is better than chicken, would probably be the kind of weirdo who would make turkey pho like in this Food52 recipe. I wonder if we could convince our family to give this a shot with our post-Thanksgiving leftovers next autumn?

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What is it about South America going insane with American classics?

Here’s the rule is when talking about hamburgers and hot dogs in South America. What they do is take our classic versions of hot dogs and hamburgers and “turn them up to 11.” (And if you’re young like my cousins or something and don’t know what that references, run and don’t walk to watch this). […]

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Review: Ping Pong in Gallery Place

  This week my girlfriend and I went to the fusion dim sum restaurant Ping Pong down in Chinatown. It does dim sum in a “hip” way, complete with loud music, fancy cocktails, open kitchen, and a downtown address. Knowing that I’d grown up eating dim sum at hyper-authentic places like Mark’s and Fortune, she […]

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Homemade ice cream sandwiches, worth the effort?

Bottom line, is it worth it to bake your own chocolate chip cookies from scratch and make ice cream sandwiches out of them rather than just buying them at the store? Yes – big time.

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