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Sex and the City: Where the Girls Eat

September 24, 2008
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Planning a visit to the Big Apple? Check out this list of restaurants where Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte sip their Cosmopolitans, run into their exes, and gossip over brunch!

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The Omnivore’s Hundred

September 10, 2008
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Below is a list of 100 things that every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all!

Thanks to the original blogger who thought this up. (If you have questions or are wondering about food on the list, check out the handy FAQ.) 

Here’s what you do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment linking to your results.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, Wikipedia has the answers!


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Portillo’s

September 10, 2008
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Ever heard of an Italian beef? I’m surprised how many East Coasters haven’t. I guess you could say they’re the cheesesteaks of the Midwest!

According to Wikipedia, an Italian beef is a sandwich of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, dripping with meat juices, on a dense, long Italian-style roll, believed to have originated in Chicago, where its history dates back at least to the 1930s. The bread itself is often dipped into the gravy, and the sandwich is typically topped off with Chicago-style giardiniera (YUM!) or sauteed, green Italian sweet peppers.

 

Sound delicious? Here’s my favorite place to get them!

Portillo’s
Locations in IL, IN, & CA


Pho 75

September 3, 2008
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Pho 75 has the best pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) which is rumored to be a great cure for hangovers…

There’s not much else on the menu, but why would you come here for anything but pho anyway? The broth is very flavorful and the noodles are chewy. I like to add all the side items: sprouts, Thai basil, lime, hot sauce, & a little hoisin sauce. The food comes quick, less than 2 minutes after ordering, no joke.

 

The iced coffee with condensed milk is killer too. 

A regular sized bowl is under $7. The restaurant has communal long tables and they take cash only – just walk up to the register and tell them what you got.

The parking lot is small and is also in the same strip mall as Ray’s the Steaks & Ray’s Hell Burger so taking the Metro is ideal (Orange line/Rosslyn stop).

Pho 75
1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209