- Anonymous describes the Coal Fired Pizza being built in Ellicott City and says that it may open as early as tomorrow, April 20. (Update: Coal Fire opened, and I posted about it here.)
- Bob writes that he got a computer message that suggests that Z Pizza may be relocating and trying to open again two months.
- Anonymous loves the Ginza of Tokyo restaurant in Fulton both for the food and for the way that they catered to his son's allergies.
- Anonymous left a comment on the mangos at Lotte linking to a Channel 2 Web page that describes roaches and rats at Lotte. I don't like smacking around a local business, but the health department report and the reporters' personal observations are pretty horrible.
- The Gonzo Journalist sent an email asking about the ingredients in An Loi's pho. Does anyone know if they share the recipe? Or can you recommend a great pho recipe?
- Anonymous left thoughts about "community supported agriculture" and her experience buying a share of a farm.
- David sent an email lauding Cha Ya Thai Sushi in Columbia, which he calls a mash-up of An Loi and Bangkok Delight and which I have never tried. He talks up the Thai, Japanese and Chinese dishes, especially the duck with coconut milk curry, the hibachi chicken and the sushi rolls. This is from David:
So far, our favorite dish is the duck with coconut milk curry. Wonderful duck, cooked and chopped in the traditional style, then added to an incredible curry. It comes out moist and tender, tasting like duck of course, but with the lightness of the coconut and the spice of the curry to balance the fat of the duck. Very impressive.
We also had hibachi chicken, which took a bit longer to prepare than other dishes, but had that wonderful charcoal flavor and a great sauce, along with grilled veggies. They make some really impressive sushi rolls, too. They have the obligatory Chow Fun, which they call "Drunken Noodles", done very nicely and doesn't leave you with a puddle of grease when you are done. Still working our way through other dishes.
Cha Ya has the most spectacular rolls I've ever seen. Everything from simple California rolls to bizarre assemblies with pureed fish in the rice, crisp wrapping around it and layers of various raw fish on top of that. They use a variety of sauces, too. With the bigger ones, one could be an entire meal.