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Any suggestions for some foods for the local heat wave?

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  1. RESTAURANTS HUE--LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE COOKING AND CLEANING UP!!! How about chicken salad with slivered almonds and tarragon mayo--a platter of heirloom tomato slices, cucumber slices and red onion---Southwest corn salad--corn cut off the cob and mixed with chopped onion and bell peppers in a cilantro vinegrette-chilled.

    Chilled lump crabmeat would be good on top of the gazpaucho. And always--icecream and snoballs.. FoiGras

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    1. re: FoiGras

      During the time when I didn't have power, I make a couple of lunches from Trader Joe's Gazpacho that survived storage in the unpowered refrigerator.

      Drank as much of my ice cream as I could but still have some that re-froze and is probably pretty grainy. Can you re-freeze ice cream in an ice cream freezer and restore it to nearly its full glory? I'm saving it for when it's not too hot to experiment.

      1. re: MikeR

        Mike..ice cream is all about controlling the water, each time the water in the ice cream,melts and refreezes, the more ice crystals you get.....Try the experiment "once for philosophy"..

    2. Spicy Food! I have been eating at taco joints in Alexandria and had Korean yesterday for lunch at Yechon..

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      1. re: tommyskitchen

        Wouldn't the heat make you more unconfortable? but, whatever works for you--go for it. What are the "joints" that provide you with the Spice to keep you Hot or Cool? FoiGras

        1. re: FoiGras

          It makes the day seem cooler! My "joints" are Tacos el Costalilla and especially La Mexicana Bakery for Torta Ahogada!

          1. re: FoiGras

            There's a reason why cultures from hot climates tend to have spicy food. Once you're done eating, you're cooled down!

            1. re: FoiGras

              It is no coincident that the spicier cuisines come from hotter climates . . . more sweat equals better cooling . . . .or perhaps something about dilating capillaries . . .

              1. re: drewpbalzac

                I always crave spicy food during the summer. Well, I crave it all the time, but much more so in the summer. It's a physical craving, too - hard to explain.

                So to keep it local, right now I'm thinking about the chili paneer at Saravana Palace. Yum.

                1. re: VaPaula

                  Or the liquid wasabi cocktail at Sei. Almost mouth-burning, and gets both the cool and the hot points. If only their sushi was as good!

          2. Folks, just a reminder- our Home Cooking board is the best place to discuss chow you want to make at home. Please keep this thread focused on food you can buy in the local area. Thanks.

            1. Ice cold soba noodles with a little Memmi sauce, green onion, and sesame seeds. Grilled unagi if you can find it.

              1. Talk about "nobody goes there because it is too crowded" - I'd never attempt to go to Bruster's Ice Cream in Gaithersburg because the line is so long it fills the parking lot.

                1. TJ's Caribbean Fruit Floes. Extremely refreshing

                  Saltibarsciai (Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup) Get past the Pepto-pink hue, and you have a somewhat tart, somewhat sweet creamy soup. Served with a hot, boiled potato on the side- great hot/cold contrast.

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                  1. re: Vidute

                    Where can I get this soup? My Lithuaninan friend would be so proud.

                    1. re: mdpilam

                      Unfortunately, you can't buy it here in Baltimore. You have to make it yourself. If you're up to making it, I'd be happy to give you a recipe.

                      1. re: Vidute

                        Actually, I would love that - I think my gf would really like it. Not sure if CH mods would allow it here, otherwise you can email (there should be a way to Private Message here...) me at: md_pilam AT hotmail dot com


                        1. re: mdpilam

                          Rather than emailing it so only one hound benefits, please post the recipe over on the Home Cooking board and provide a link here. That way everyone will get this interesting recipe. Thanks!

                  2. Vietnamese iced coffee and a big bowl of pho loaded with chiles and heavily dosed with Sriracha.

                    1. Ice cold watermelon. Tomato sandwiches. A big bowl of cherries. Sweet corn. Steamed crabs and cold beer. Peaches.

                      My favorite time of year.

                      1. The baby lotus root salad at Huong Viet, or their papaya salad. Both are veggie-heavy dishes that are very refreshing in the heat.

                        1. Grilled vegetable gazpacho with a dollop of fresh Maryland back fin crab meat.