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Hue Jul 7, 2012 10:27 AM

Any suggestions for some foods for the local heat wave?
Gazpaucho??
Ceviche?

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    dining with doc Jul 28, 2012 12:17 PM

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

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      PollyG Jul 27, 2012 07:30 PM

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

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        flavrmeistr Jul 27, 2012 01:36 PM

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

        My favorite time of year.

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          CDouglas Jul 27, 2012 10:27 AM

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

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            Vidute Jul 27, 2012 04:11 AM

            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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              mdpilam Jul 27, 2012 07:58 AM

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

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                Vidute Jul 27, 2012 02:56 PM

                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.

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                  mdpilam Jul 28, 2012 09:20 AM

                  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

                  Thanks

                  1. re: mdpilam
                    The Chowhound Team Jul 28, 2012 11:22 AM

                    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. GraydonCarter Jul 27, 2012 01:39 AM

              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. monkeyrotica Jul 10, 2012 11:04 AM

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

                1. The Chowhound Team Jul 8, 2012 05:51 AM

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                  1. tommyskitchen Jul 7, 2012 04:49 PM

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

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                      FoiGras Jul 7, 2012 05:44 PM

                      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

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                        tommyskitchen Jul 8, 2012 06:08 AM

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

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                          katecm Jul 10, 2012 10:20 AM

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

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                            drewpbalzac Jul 10, 2012 11:42 AM

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

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                              VaPaula Jul 11, 2012 01:32 PM

                              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.

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                                katecm Jul 11, 2012 04:11 PM

                                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!

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                          FoiGras Jul 7, 2012 11:55 AM

                          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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                            MikeR Jul 7, 2012 02:26 PM

                            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.

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                              Hue Jul 7, 2012 02:56 PM

                              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"..

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