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Here’s a few various things from the last couple weeks:

  • Hollywood East Cafe is having a 14-dish meal to celebrate Chinese New Year, complete with Lion Dance. More information can be found here.
  • Wheaton Patch posted a story about the second generation at Los Chorros trying to increase their visibility. That story is here. My review of Los Chorros is here.
  • Eatin’ in Wheaton recently reviewed K Town Bistro in Kensington. The review can be found here.
  • Been There, Eaten That loves the spicy food at Nava Thai. The review is here.
  • Recently, while surfing the Internet I came across a condiment called Mike’s Hot Honey.

    It’s essentially honey infused with chilies. I highly recommend ordering some. I’ve put it on roast duck, bagel with butter, and chicken. The possibilities are endless. You can find out more about it here.

  • I’ve been able to try some great beers in the past couple of weeks. Some of my favorites are as follows:

  • I was recently at Woodmoor Supermarket and was blown away by their beer selection. I found a bottle of Baying Hound Angel’s Nectar.

    I’m a big fan of Baying Hound because they make good beers and they are local. This particular beer is a chamomile honey wheat beer.

  • While at Arrowine a few weeks back, I came across Bell’s Winter White Ale.

    This is a nice change of pace from the usual heavy winter ales. It’s a nice, light witbier. I highly recommend this beer.

  • I finally got around to trying Newcastle’s Winter IPA.

    I liked it, but it did not have any kind of bite to it. I like my IPA’s to be hoppier. However, this beer did taste good and I would definitely drink it again. It won’t blow you away but you’ll most likely grab another one.

  • Last week I stopped at Beers and Cheers and picked myself up a six-pack of Tröegs Hopback Amber Ale.

    I’ve never tried a beer from Tröegs that I didn’t like, and this one was no different. This is an Amber ale which a nice hoppy aftertaste. Pick this up if you come across it.

  • I went to Gilly’s recently and decided to make my own 6-pack. One of the beers I chose was a Scrimshaw Pilsner by North Coast Brewing Company.

    My initial instinct was that this beer almost had a salty flavor, in a good way. This was a fantastic beer.

    I also tried the new Flying Dog Wileman Farmhouse IPA.

    This beer just debuted this month. It was one of the best Flying Dog beers that I have ever tried. It’s a nice, crisp beer that packs a punch (7.5% ABV).

    Also in the 6-pack, I had a a Long Trail Harvest.

    Addmittedly, I was drawn to it because of the label. This is a brown ale from Vermont brewed with maple syrup. Truthfully, there is not a lot of flavor to this beer.

    I also tried a Slam Dunkel from Weyerbacher.

    I loved this beer. It’s a Weizenbock with a very balanced taste.

    Another beer I tried was Full Sail’s Amber.

    This was a very tasty, amber ale. It didn’t blow me away, but good none the less.

    In addition to the 6-pack, I picked up a bomber of Amber Dog by Pub Dog.

    I bought this mainly because it’s brewed in Maryland. I’ve tried Pub Dog beers before, and they are pretty good but nothing amazing. I liked this beer, but as I drank it I forgot I was drinking it. It’s a middle of the road beer.

  • Recently, I also tried the new Sam Adams Alpine Spring.

    I’m not sure why I bought a Spring beer so early, but I did, and I wasn’t crazy about it. This beer tastes way too citrusy. After a few sips, I slightly adjusted but I didn’t really enjoy it much. I’d be open to trying it again in the actual Spring time.

  • Speaking of beer, I was in New Jersey a couple of weeks ago visiting a friend and we were looking for a place to watch some NFL playoffs. Our options were slim, so we decided to go to Uno’s in Hamilton, NJ. I have not been to Uno’s since I was a kid, and I remember it used to be a treat when my family would go. Normally, we’d get Little Cesars or Pizza Hut.

    My expectations were extremely low, but to be honest it wasn’t all that bad. We were quickly seated, and our waitress handed us a beer menu. I couldn’t believe it – a whole page of craft beers on tap. I ordered a 20oz Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA for $7.50! I paid the same amount for a glass half that size at Dogfish Head Alehouse. Not only did they have great beers on tap, you could even buy growlers. Granted, the prices were awful but just the fact that you could do so blew me away.

    The food was definitely quantity over quality. We tried the wings, and I found it weird that they did not have hot wings. However, our waitress brought us a bottle of Tobasco. The service was quick, and again, the beer selections were great. They had Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Old Rasputin, and countless other great beers on draft and even more in bottles. While I won’t go out of my way to eat at Uno’s, if they all have this beer selection, I’ll certainly stop in for a beer.

  • Speaking of pizza, I recently ordered again from Big Papa Pizza and Wings in Arlington, VA. We ordered a Hawaiian pizza, a chicken parmesean sub, and an order of fries. The food came FAST which we really liked. Also, the pizza is definitely better then average. The crust is really good. The sub was pretty good, but nothing to go out of your way for. The fries came soggy so we had to crisp them up in the stove. I still want to try the wings. However, the draw here is definitely the pizza. Great pizza, fast service, and good prices make this place a winner.
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Mumbo Sauce

Yesterday, there was an interesting write up in the Washington Post about mumbo sauce. The link is here.

For those who don’t know, mumbo sauce is a DC institution. Every carryout has their own take on the stuff and will swear they have the best kind. It kind of tastes like a mixture of sweet and sour sauce and ketchup.

The interesting thing about the article is that it was talking about people craving mumbo sauce outside of the District. I’ve never tried it outside of DC, but it has peaked my interest. In the article, they report on a woman who developed her own mumbo sauce recipe and has begun selling it online.

I am curious as to how the mumbo sauce in Maryland or Virginia compares to the sauce in DC. A quick search of my area shows that my best bet is Andy’s Restaurant. It is located right on the border of DC and Maryland.

I plan on going and getting some wings and fries with mumbo sauce and reporting back with my findings.

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