Friday, October 30, 2009
To date, I have gotten mixed, although pretty skeletal, reports on the Diamondback like these. I have a Restaurants.com coupon to use.
If you're adventurous enough for the testudo, consider other unusual sandwiches like the bulgogi panini at Riverside Coffee.
Hiyashi Somen(from The Japanese Kitchen)15 oz dried somen noodlesFor the dipping sauce8 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked in four ounces of hot water for 15 minutes8 ounces (1 cup) of dashi broth (see below)2 ounces (3 1/2 TBL) mirin2 ounces (3 1/2 TBL) soy sauceCondiments1 ounce (2-inch piece) fresh ginger root, peeled and shreddedshredded peel of yuzu (or lime, which I used)1 sheet nori (dried seaweed), shredded4 scallions, finely choppedPut the mushrooms, their soaking liquid and all the other dipping sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Simmer gently until the mushrooms are soft, then let cool. Remove the mushrooms and chop them finely.Boil a saucepan of water and add the noodles. Stir with chopsticks to separate them. When the water is about to boil, add 1 cup of cold water and let it return to a boil. Drain, rinse under cold running water and drain again. (Alternatively: Cook the noodles according to the package's directions.) Serve the noodles floating in a big bowl of ice water. Serve with a cup of dipping sauce, the mushrooms and condiments. Each person can mix the noodles and condiments. The first night, I dipped the noodles in the sauce. For lunch the next day, I pour the sauce on noodles and packed them in a plastic container.Dashi(From The Japanese Kitchen)1 piece dried konbu (kelp), postcard size4 c. water3/4 ounce bonito flakes (about a handful)Put the konbu with the water in a saucepan. Heat gently and take the konbu out when it begins to float. When the water begins to boil, remove it from the heat. Add the bonito flakes. Let them settle to the bottom. Strain the broth through a fine strainer lined with paper towels.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Check out Kevin's review of Azul 17 on Kevin & Ann Eat Anything. I'm psyched that he loved the guacamole because it was one of my low points during my"soft open" visit. Mrs. HowChow and I need to go back. Also -- you have to read Kevin's report about Larriland.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
(Update: I disabled comments on this post so that people will group their favorites on the original post, which should get more traffic because it's linked on every front page.)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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8801 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
NEAR: The far end of the Lotte shopping center on Rte 40 just east of Rte 29.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Ellicott City, MD 21043-4601
Monday, October 19, 2009
Columbia, MD 20723
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I represent some interests here in Howard County and we have some serious problems brewing that require your strict attention.
You can’t sit by and let these lightweights from DC and Baltimore not include us in their goal to settle the score. What, these guys think Howard County is only some kinda way station between the “big cities”? They got some set on them not planning to include us!
DC and Baltimore ain’t the only locales in the area that can whip up the Queens favorite pie. You make certain to get us included so we can be represented alongside the shoddy interests of Tommy the Tomato and Sourdough Sal.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- Eat a peach right off the tree at Larriland Farm in Woodbine. From berries in early summer through apples and pumpkins in fall, nothing beats the flavor of the first peach that we split driving away from the farm stand.
- Reserve a private room at Sushi King in Columbia. The private rooms are really walled-in tables for four to six. Romantic or impressive, but also surprisingly useful to keeping a toddler confined during a meal.
- Grill your own meats at Shin Chon Garden in Ellicott City. Korean restaurants serve some of Howard County's best food, and the post-renovation Shin Chon is pretty, welcoming to beginners or immigrants, and fully-outfitted with grilling tables. Go with a group so you can try several meats.
- Keep thick-cut pepper bacon in your fridge from Laurel Meat Market, JW Trueth in Oella or Beiler's Meats in the Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel. Four-to-six slices are perfect when I am canvassing the refrigerator to make a meal -- BLTs, pasta sauces, or just bacon-and-eggs.
- Buy hot baguettes at Bon Fresco in Columbia or Bonaparte Breads in Savage. I have knocked on the door at Bon Fresco 30-45 minutes before they open, and they're so nice that they'll sell you baguettes and other bread right out the door. Two baguettes for that night's dinner party, plus one more than I started eating warm in the car.
- Buy a hot pretzel, then walk around the Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel. Start with a hot pretzel, then circle the relocated market to check out Amish salads, butchers, candies, baked goods, etc.
- Grilled kabobs, naan and Italian ice on a summer night at Maiwand Kabob and Rita's in Columbia. Harper's Choice Village Center is the spot for a perfect casual dinner.
- Pho on a winter night at An Loi or Pho Daht Trahn in Columbia. People complain that both of Columbia's Vietnamese restaurants have gone downhill, but the noodle soup makes for a warm, full night (and is great takeout) -- even though it's traditionally a breakfast in Hanoi.
- Coffee and breakfast at Sarah & Desmond's Bakery and Cafe in Ellicott City. Bring the paper. Enjoy the food. Squint hard enough, and the traffic driving past the plate glass window could almost convince you that you're in a city.
- Buy your vegetables right off the farm at the Gorman Produce Farm in Laurel. The Likers run a CSA and a seasonal farm stand on Gorman Road just east of Rte 29. Expect nature. People have correctly pointed out that every selection isn't mind-blowing, but the Likers improved throughout the 2009 opening year -- and it's still a treat to buy produce that was harvested a few hundred feet away.
- Pick up a few dozen crabs at Frank's Seafood Market in Jessup. It's free to visit Frank's at the wholesale seafood market. You just show ID to get through the gate.
- Stop for tacos and a horchata at Lily's Mexican Market in Columbia. You should visit Lily's just for the homemade corn tortillas. But you can treat yourself to a few of the tacos and the horchata drink in the machine across from the takeout counter.
- Stop for empanadas at El Patio Market in Jessup. The Argentine restaurant closed next door, but the small market on U.S. 1 still sells empanadas that you can order hot for a "mid-errands" snack or cold to carry home and re-heat for dinner.
- Walk around Main Street in Ellicott City. The weekend parking and dusty antiques have discouraged us, but you can spend a great afternoon poking around -- even if none of the shopping interests you. Snack at the French Market or Sweet Cascades. Grab at beer at the Judge's Bench, or take one home from the Wine Bin. Sample yourself a "progressive dinner" by trying appetizers along the way.
- Saute the big scallops from the Today's Catch market in Columbia. My friend Cheryl has me freaked out with the facts about fish and big business -- the chemicals, the packaging, the by-catch destruction. Today's Catch sells scallops that aren't pumped full of phosphates. You don't need anything more than butter.
- Sample beer and a burger at Victoria Gastropub in Columbia. Five half-pours and the best burger in Howard County. Even better if you can enjoy the "parking lot cafe" and eat watching your car.
- Picnic and paddleboats at Centennial Lake in Columbia. Enjoy a meal on the grass, then work it off pedaling (or kayaking) around the lake on Rte 108. Big enough to entertain any kid. Small enough that you can survive even if you're solely responsible for locomotion.
- Take your meat-eating father-in-law to Mirchi Wok in Columbia. This is the vegetarian's trick. Sit in Mirchi Wok, and the meat-lovers in your life can order Indian or Chinese-Indian fusions. But you can order off the menu from vegetarian Mango Grove next door. No fuss, no conflict. (Eventually, they'll be enlightened enough to respect the food at Great Sage in Clarksville.)
- Ask for advice at the fish counter at the H Mart in Catonsville. Not from the fishmongers. I am slowly learning to cook whole fish by asking other customers "What are you going to do with that?" So far, everyone has been tickled to talk fish, although they have offered far more general plans ("then you cut it up for soup") than step-by-step recipes.
- Go for a late-night margarita at Azul 17 in Columbia. You're in the suburbs. You're not dead. The new Mexican restaurant feels like a city restaurant, and you can splurge on a designer tequila -- whether your idea of late-night is 9 pm or 1 am.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- The burger at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia
- Pit beef sandwiches at Pioneer Pit Beef in Woodlawn
- Samauri roll at Sushi King in Columbia
- Salted plum soda or Vietnamese coffee at An Loi Pho in Columbia
- Masala dosas at Mango Grove in Columbia
- Tacos at Pupuseria Lorentia ("The Taco Truck") in Elkridge
- Dim sum for lunch at Asian Court in Ellicott City
- Milkshakes at The Duchess in Ellicott City
- Cupcakes at Touche Touchet bakery in Columbia
- Ceviche at La Palapa Too in Laurel
- The naan and rice pudding ("kheer") at Akbar in Columbia
- Bistro Blanc in Glenelg for imaginative, upscale American food (that exceeded even the worst in service) -- new to the list
- Bon Fresco in Columbia for sandwiches -- and for takeout bread -- new to the list
- Cuba de Ayer in Burtonsville for Cuban
- Iron Bridge Wine Company in Columbia for tapas and wine
- Grace Garden in Odenton for authentic Chinese -- with Mrs. HowChow still voting for Jesse Wong's Asean Bistro in Columbia, especially if you can get it delivered
- House of India in Columbia for northern Indian
- Maiwand Kabob in Columbia for Afghan -- new to the list
- Mango Grove in Columbia for southern Indian
- Shin Chon Garden in Ellicott City for Korean
- Sushi Sono in Columbia for sushi -- [updated to the list in January 2010]
- Tersiguels in Ellicott City for French
- Aida Bistro in Columbia for Italian
- Tian Chinese Cuisine or HanJoonKwan in Ellicott City for Korean Chinese food
- Cafe de Paris in Columbia for crepes
- King's Contrivance in Columbia for American/French
- Burrito Brothers in Columbia for burritos (mostly because I never noticed it in King's Contrivance) [Update: Closed in early 2010 before I could visit].
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- Kevin and Anonymous laughed at me for leaving the shrimp heads during my dim sum lunch at Asian Court.
- Porter confirmed that I have overlooked a Burrito Brothers in King's Contrivance.
- Amy of Delicious Divas found the bento boxes at Hanoori Home Plaza, but noted that a store full of colorful plastic and shiny metal was not the place to browse with preschoolers.
- Rob and Trip Klaus discussed quality beef and their hopes for the new steakhouse planned for Maple Lawn in Fulton.
- Trip Klaus also reported that Bistro Blanc joined the Howard County elite by offering a parking lot cafe -- al fresco dinner with a view of your car. In serious news, Anonymous reported that four Jordan's Steakhouse waiters have joined Bistro Blanc.
- K8teebug, Kevin, and others gave their advice about Max's Blob Park and how to enjoy the polka, German food and Oktoberfest.
- Robandsam asked whether anyone knows what is joining the Columbia Mall food court next to the new Thai place. Still in the mall, Wonderinaliceland says no the Five Guys' mall location, saying it didn't match up with burgers at other Five Guys.
- Among the comments on Mango Grove, Kattrina said that the owner/manager recommends great foods, and Dzoey recommends the onion and pepper oothappam with the tikki channa chaat appetizer. But SH says the Columbia restaurant is underwhelming and not as good as Udupi Palace -- a PG County place that I love as well.
- Anonymous found one of the great taco trucks on U.S. 1. We're not sure if it was Pupuseria Lorenita's, but I think it was because they do sell tortas. Anonymous shrugged at the tacos, but loved the bean and cheese pupusas.
- Veggies!, HowICook, TVMom, Kathy and others described their favorite items at the relocated Dutch Country Farmers Market in Laurel. Although Sandy McDonald echoed my concerns that the market offers some great items and some ordinary when she noted that the deli salads comes from plastic tubs and the produce appears to come by delivery from the Jessup wholesale market.
- Anonymous talked up the chicken kabob, the pumpkin, the balkava and more at Mimi's Kabob -- dinner for three for $21. Similarly, Maria talked up the Red Snappaz for Jamaican in Laurel.
- Nakiya at the Taste of Baltimore blog chose the wrong side and agreed with my wife that chocolate doesn't go together with Old Bay seasoning.
- Lovely Rita says that the India Delight buffet makes her question her loyalty to House of India. Just below, Lyss recommended the lamb di piaza and the chicken tikka masala.
- Anonymous seconded my rave about the popped rice cakes at H Mart -- although I'm not sure that he/she actually saw my original post.
- Katie gave her recommendations for sushi at Hanamura: Kevin roll, crunch roll, . . . . . . But Kim and emkenton both talk up Sushi King -- and emkenton says the King will make you a sweet potato roll if you ask.
- Coal Fire continues to spark comments with it's pizza. The recent ones include everything from Lar being disappointed to Anonymous promising to drive eight hours back for another pie. The big news: Anonymous says there is a kid's menu if you ask. Why make people ask?
- Then, there were excellent recommendations of specific dishes: Heepers likes the carnitas at Zapatas in Columbia. Kristi and a friend enjoyed the bibim bop at Bethany Seafood Restaurant in Ellicott City. Momomon loved the Cuban panini at Hidden Treasure in Highland - and says they sell salted caramels. Kim liked the chicken dish at Soretti's Ethiopian in Burtonsville (formerly Cafe Oromia). PENALTYna talked up the tacos de alambre at El Azteca in Clarksville -- steak, bacon & chorizo. M Allen loved the buffalo chicken sandwich at Dog House Pub in Columbia. Morty Abzug waxes poetic about the chorizo burrito at Frisco Grille in Columbia.
- Michael says that Fortune Star Buffet seems to have dropped off. It's the classic fly in the soup problem.
Monday, October 12, 2009
- descriptions of the three main dishes jajangmyeon, jjamppong and bokkeumbap and the side dishes that you should expect.
- options if you want to order larger dishes meant to share -- along with directions on making a dipping sauce from the condiments on your table.
- links to Wikipedia and other sources about the Chinese-Korean cuisine.
9338 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tian Chinese Cuisine
8151 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Sunday, October 11, 2009
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4861
The October Second Sunday Market is this weekend! As you may know, we been growing with each and every Market and are excited to be introducing even more local farmers and vendors and will have repeat appearances from Rare Opportunity Farm with delicious baked goods and pastries; Springfield Farms with organic meats and eggs; additional specialty grain and bread vendors; another special appearance from Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant and more prepared food tastings from several other of Historic Ellicott City's fine restaurants and cafes - there is something for everyone!Second Sunday Market is a monthly specialty Market on the courtyards of The Good Life Market Home, The Good Life Market Cottage, Mon Amie Boutique and the Little French Market on Tonge Row off Main Street in Historic Ellicott City. Tonge Row courtyards are located off of the large public parking lot, behind the old Post Office off Main Street.Bring your family and friends!
When: Sunday, October 11, 2009Time: 10am - 3pmWhere: On the Courtyards of The Good Life Market Home, The Good Life Market
Cottage, Mon Amie Boutique & the Little French Market
Questions?: Contact: The Good Life Market 410-480-4324
Little French Market 410-465-5995
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Ellicott City, MD 21043