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The Procurement Thread - Your Best & Worst

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Steve Sep 20, 2013 06:19 AM

I recently experienced opposite ends of the spectrum on procuring tasty foodstuff in the DC area. Not from a restaurant, but from a market or grocery store where you can pick up something that calls for finishing/easy cooking at home.

The worst is first: literally the wurst. The shortrib franks at Glenn's Garden Market on 20th above S St, NW are $13 for ten franks. I tried two ways to heat these things: once in a microwave and once in a pan. Either way, the texture is like clumps of sawdust and lacking in flavor. I had visions of the great shortrib franks at Lyon Hall, but these are inedible. I tried a couple and threw the rest away.

After years of misplaced hope that Safeway can actually do something right, I have to say that their unorthodox samosas are a shining light. They use a beet-tomato tortilla as a wrap and are stuffed with vegetables bursting with flavor. I avoid samosas at most restaurants because they are too doughy and the filling indifferent. These are fresh tasting, crispy, and light.

If you could name a recent success and/or failure at procuring good food, please list it here!

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    rachelcp RE: Steve Sep 23, 2013 08:47 AM

    Since the season is approaching...two years in a row now I've outsourced some of our Thanksgiving sides to Whole Paycheck (Old Town/Duke St store) and I must admit, they do it very well. Biscuit stuffing, mushroom gravy, green bean casserole, breads are all very solid items.

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      fldhkybnva RE: rachelcp Sep 23, 2013 01:52 PM

      I haven't been able to get home for a proper Grandmother-prepared thanksgiving in a few years and Whole Paycheck (AKA WPC as we call it in our house) is my go to. I really enjoy most of their items. My usual order includes a raw turkey cleaned and seasoned with herb butter, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sausage stuffing, and both the turkey and mushroom gravy which is outstanding. For dessert, I like the apple pie. The rolls I am not too much a fan of, but everything else has been great. I like to use it as a base and then give myself some chance to tinker with it in the kitchen so I feel like I'm contributing as I do enjoy cooking. The turkey I prefer to cook myself for many reasons. The potatoes I will often doctor with additional milk, butter, herbs, bacon.

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      rachelcp RE: Steve Sep 23, 2013 08:51 AM

      Oh and another "best" -- Society Fair's meal bags and dinners have been consistently good.

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        Steve RE: rachelcp Sep 23, 2013 10:26 AM

        No 'worst' to report?

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          rachelcp RE: Steve Sep 23, 2013 01:25 PM

          Was having trouble thinking of one. Then it just came to me...Polyface's bacon. Oh the salty horrors. Milk soaking hardly made a difference. Resorted to using it as obscenely expensive bac-o-bits in salads because any more than a crumb was unpalatable.

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            rachelcp RE: Steve Sep 23, 2013 01:26 PM

            Their breakfast sausages are not bad. Just the bacon.

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          Steve RE: Steve Jan 11, 2014 07:07 PM

          Went back to Glen's Garden Market, and this time scored well with their baked empanadas. These slay Julia's and any others I've had in the area. Really good stuff.

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