Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering

Sloppy Mama’s Barbecue and Catering, web site, 5731 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, 703-269-2718, closed Mondays. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Arlington Now | Washingtonian | Trip Advisor | Ylp]

A more authentic barbecue joint than I ever thought I would see in this area, full wood-burning pits, classic traditional style, you can see and smell the smoke before you enter. They claim it is fine with the regulators. As for the food, I would call it “quite good but maybe not yet at full potential”? I tried the brisket and the ribs, in both cases I thought it was the best stuff around in Northern Virginia, possibly this whole area. Not yet a wow, but certainly enjoyable and I hope they are able to take the next step, at the very least they have the basic infrastructure in place.

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Karachi, Pakistan bleg

Guidebooks on Karachi, at least in English, are rather hard to come by. So what should I see and do, and where should I eat? I thank you all in advice for your usual sage counsel.

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Pakistani Street Food | Javed Delhi Nihari | Ultimate Nalli Maghaz Nihari | Karachi Food Street

 

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Poca Madre

Poca Madre, web site, 777 Eye St., Techworld Plaza, NW, Washington, DC, 202-838-5300 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | WaPo | Washingtonian | Don Rockwell | TripAdvisor | City Paper | Ylp]

 


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One of my favorite places right now, you could call it Mexican-Peruvian fusion, from the people who formerly brought you Del Campo. A few of the dishes here are among the best in town, in particular the Mango ceviche (yup), the fried chicken with mole (very subtle), and the corn risotto, called Huitsquites. I’ve had many of the other dishes, no disappointments, but those for me are the clear favorites. Not cheap, but the prices are not outrageous relative to value. I’m not so much into desserts, but if you like Latin desserts, try the Suspiro.

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Warsaw bleg

It turns out I will be there for a few days, unexpectedly. I haven’t been in about fifteen years — what do you recommend?

I thank you all in advance for your wisdom and counsel.

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Street Food in Zoliborz Market, Warsaw, Poland

 

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Relative rates of fraud

About 21% of delivery customers worry the driver may have nibbled their order en route—and with good reason, according to a new study of delivery gripes. Some 28% of drivers say they were unable to resist taking a bite.

Here is the full story.

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Desi Bethak

Desi Bethak, web site, 8000 Haute Court, Springfield, VA, 703-337-2448 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | zabihah | Ylp]

Egads, what a place! It looks like a little shack in a forlorn part of Springfield, Springfield already being a forlorn city in a forlorn part of the county. And yes, much of the food is too oily or maybe too something. But there is a fundamental distinction between places where the food tastes real, and where the food does not, and this restaurant belongs in the former category. The best biryani around, try the Haleem too. The bread and the green sauce are of note as well. Note they often run out of things, but that is because it is made in fresh batches, so on average it is best to visit early in the day, usually they open by 10. Is there any local Pakistani place that feels and acts so…Pakistani? Thumbs up, of course.

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Meokja Meokja

Meokja Meokja, FB, 9619 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA, 571-459-2875, the sign is not very visible, look for the 7-11. Dinner only, and Sunday lunch. (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | Reddit | NoVA Mag | Ylp]

The best Korean barbecue by an order of magnitude, and at this point maybe this is in fact the only place worth going to? The catch is that the crowd and lines are crazy, and they take reservations for large parties only. So show up Sunday 11:45 am, or just before 5 on a weekday evening. The thick-sliced pork belly is a specialty here, and it is very good. In general the menu is focused rather than comprehensive, but that is a good thing. Definitely recommended, across the board, the only catch here is getting in.

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Khisko Authentic Bolivian Cuisine

Khisko, FB, 6763 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church, VA, Eden Center, located in the back row, in the interior of shops, 703-888-3290 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Ylp]

This restaurant has one very significant feature to recommend it: its spicy green sauce is the best of any Bolivian place around. That is important! The quality of their meat, though, is slightly below average, though still within acceptable standards. Service is slow, and the overall environment is very mom and pop even by the standards of this guide. They have soups every day, unlike many other Bolivian places, which save them for the weekend. I’m not sure everyone needs a Bolivian restaurant in the Eden Center, but overall I liked this place – one big upside with modest caveats.

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Banh Cuon Thang Long

Banh Cuon Thang Long, web site, 6757 Wilson Blvd., #22, Falls Church, VA, Eden Center, 703-534-1746 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | Ylp]

A small place, specializing in crepes and soups (but not Pho). Again, like many of the smaller interior places, I would rather eat here than from the larger restaurants with the all-purpose menus. I like #33, the Mi Quang soup, and of course the crepes, as always use the condiments liberally.

(Previous review from 2010.)

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Taipei notes

My other visit here was thirty years ago, and most of all I am surprised by how little has changed. The architecture now looks all the more retro, the alleyways all the more noir, and the motorbikes have by no means vanished. Yes there are plenty of new stores, but overall it is recognizably the same city, something you could not say about Seoul.

Real wages basically did not rise 2000-2016. The main story, in a nutshell, is that the domestic capital has flowed to China. About 9 percent of the Taiwanese population lives in China, and that is typically the more ambitious segment of the workforce.

I am still surprised at how little the Taiwanese signal status with their looks and dress. The steady heat and humidity may account for some of that, though the same is not true in the hotter parts of mainland China.

The Japanese ruled Taiwan from 1895 through the end of WWII, and those were key years for industrial and social development. The infrastructure and urban layouts often feel quite Japanese.

Thirty years ago, everything was up and buzzing at 6 a.m., six days a week; that is no longer the case.

The National Palace Museum is the best place in the world to be convinced of the glories of earlier Chinese civilizations. It will wow you even if you are bored by the Chinese art you see in other places, as arguably it is better than all of the other Chinese art museums put together. How did they get those 600,000 or so artworks out of a China in the midst of a civil war?

The quality of dining here is high and rising. Unlike in Hong Kong or Singapore, Taiwan has plenty of farms, its own greens, and thus farm to table dining here is common. Tainan Tai Tsu Mien Seafood is one recommendation, for an affordable Michelin one-star, emphasis on seafood. Addiction Aquatic Development has superb sushi and is a first-rate hangout. At the various Night Markets, it is still possible to get an excellent meal for only a few dollars.

One can go days in Taipei and hardly see any Western tourists, so consider this a major arbitrage opportunity.

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Best Street Food Night Market in Taipei

 

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