But first some business. Alyssa emailed to ask whether anyone knows of restaurants that will honor Jordan's gift cards? Jordan's closed last month. Elizabeth Large posted that the planned Carlos' Steakhouse will honor them, but you might have heard about other places looking to attract new customers. (Update: Anonymous reports below that Bistro Blanc will honor them at 30.)
Now, to the opinions:
- Amy reported that the jazz musicians who I saw outside Strapazza included Phil Heiliger of the Maryland Piano Service on Red Branch Road. She thinks they're good too.
- Veggies and Anonymous reported about the re-opening of the Dutch Country Farmers Market in its new Laurel location.
- Kikiverde's report on India Delight was one of my inspirations for my visit to their buffet. After I wrote, a bunch of people, including MegH and Dzoey joined the chorus of support.
- The Baltimore Beer Guy gave tips for where to sit at the Frisco Grille and see the beers on tap. He also says Frisco Grille has published its "secret" menu -- an extra sheet of items including green tacos, a steak sandwich and his favorite the "Adam Bowl."
- JamFreak talked up Sarah & Desmond's Bakery. They made his wedding cake, and he recommends the "BellaDonna" portabella sandwich, the margherita pita pizza, the formaggio pizza, and the "lemon lust" cake. He also says the chai tea is perfect for these cool fall days.
- Anonymous finally visited Lily's Mexican Market and loved the tortillas, the dried peppers and the fresh poblanos.
- Data -- who has a new food blog called Adventures in Food -- finally bought the popped rice at the H Mart!
- Sara says the mole at La Palapa is so good that she has never ordered anything else.
- John G. Boyle and his wife liked Coal Fire Pizza -- the "ring of fire" pizza and the "crabby mac."
- Ho.Co.Po. talked up Hanamura, especially the salmon soup and the mushroom miso, on the post about sushi spots and talked up Pachanga and Bare Bones on the post about Rte 40.
- In fact, Ho.Co.Po. joined crowds on both posts. Tons of people commented about their sushi favorites -- everything from changes at Nicki Bei Kei to favorite rolls at Yamahama. On my post about Hanamura, Kim and emkenton talked up the tempura sweet potato roll. Others commented about Rte 40 and their beef favorites like Chum Churum for Korean, the Canopy for pit beef and Bare Bones.
- Some things were mixed. Bitsy, SH, Johanna and others loved the Dog House Pub and its wings, burgers and beer, but Anonymous was disappointed by the craft beer selection on his visit. Another Anonymous didn't love the tomatoes or melons that he/she bought at Gorman Produce Farm. And a third Anonymous really didn't like the falafel at Parsa Kabob. (Maybe he/she should try Ceazar in Elkridge because a fourth anonymous loved the falafel there.) And JP really doesn't recommend the pho at An Loi.
And one final comment from HowICook, who was the first person to tell me about Heyser's, which has an in-orchard fruit stand in Highland just off Rte 216:
Seasonally from July - early Fall, Heyser's of Colesville in Montgomery County runs a in-orchard location on Browns Bridge Rd in Highland. This is their local peach orchard. It's a shadow of it former self because of pending development but it's still open. They have a tent under a large tree right off the road.
They sell stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums etc), pears, corn, tomatoes and other stuff in season. Some of the varieties are hard to get in main stream markets. According to the help, the source of the produce is the on location orchard, Heyser's main farm, Heyser's Pennsylvania farm and some other local Maryland stuff. Sometimes they label the varieties but if they don't just ask and they'll tell you the variety and source. I generally go for the unbelievable white peaches. The juiciness, smell and sweet taste is a bit of peach heaven.
The stand is reachable by turning right off of 216 onto Browns Bridge road. The tent is a short drive down Browns Bridge on the left. Sometimes there's a sign with an arrow on 216 that says Peaches. There only open Tuesday thru Saturday.