Beef jerky and fondant
I'm looking for "real" beef jerky in the DC area. I could mail-order it from Robertson's in Oklahoma, but the shipping adds up. Also looking for a place to buy white or pre-colored fondant. Outside of the District is fine but must be Metro accessible. Thanks!
Great Wall near Merrifield sells Chinese beef and pork jerky. Chinese jerky is generally less sweet and more spicy.
I always see some great looking beef jerky at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market. I forget which stand it's at but they always have it out along with coolers with a bunch of different organic meats. Not sure how they taste since I haven't had beef jerky in about 10 years, but it certainly looks like the real thing.
For fondant from someplace metro accessible, I don't remember if Sur La Table carries it but you could try calling them to ask -- Sur La Table in Pentagon Row (Pentagon City metro stop) (703) 414-3580. You could also try calling La Cuisine to ask if they carry it, although it's probably at least a 15 min walk from the King Street metro. They're at 323 Cameron St in Old Town Alexandria (703) 836-4435.
You can find Wilton brand fondant at Michael's or A.C. Moore craft stores. I can't think of any locations in DC, but there's an A.C. Moore in a strip mall in Rockville (11840 Rockville Pike) that isn't too far from the White Flint metro stop.
I normally buy Satin Ice brand fondant from Fran's Cake and Candy supplies in Fairfax, but it's not metro accessible.