Abbey Becker

9-5er by weekday, slowly reforming picky eater the rest of the time.

  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Favorite foods: Cheese, craft beer, just about anything between bread, pickles, tzatziki, pie, mashed potatoes, peaches, pizza.
  • Last bite on earth: Homemade macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes. If I'm at the end, what do I care about calories or vegetables?

Skirt Steak With Warm Spicy Corn and Peach Salsa

This was so dang delicious!

Hersh's Chef Josh Hershkovitz's Guide to Eating Well in Baltimore

I live in Baltimore and haven't been yet, but my boyfriend, who knows his burgers, says no. BUT if you're down by Kooper's on Thames Street, go to Thames Street Oyster House. Their burger is AWESOME.

Open Thread: What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

It WAS Trader Joe's 3 Plus Blue Cheese Flatbread, but they stopped making it. Along with their key lime pie. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD.

A Very Unofficial Snack Cake Field Guide

I am now making a trip to the store after work and buying boxes of most of these. Thanks a lot.

Taste Test: Is Better Vanilla Extract Worth the Price?

Ina Garten would be very disappointed to hear this.

Let's Get Drunk Watching: The Bachelor

This is my favorite Serious Eats feature.

Where to Eat in D.C. Near the National Mall on Inauguration Day

Thanks for the reminder about Lil Pub! I live around the corner and never go, but I talk about going enough that it seems like I've been. One thing to note, though--cash only.

Mapo Chicken

Yvonne, I like heat, but I think I'd want to tone it down based on your description of "burning hot" and "mouth numbing." What would you recommend cutting back on to achieve this, yet still keep it flavorful?

Last Minute Gift Guide for the Bottom-Shelf Drinker

This makes my day.

A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Grilled Cheese at Luke's Lobster

Would like to note that Luke's has several DC-area locations!

10 Ice Cream Scoops We Love in Boston

Rhubarb Sparkler

This ended up being pretty tasty and very refreshing. Not as rhubarb-y as I would have liked, though.

5 Great Beer Gardens in Washington, D.C.

DC Reynolds has a great outdoor seating area in the back as well.

First Look: Smucker Farms Brings Pennsylvania's Lancaster County to D.C.

Brian Oh? The Brian Oh I went to high school with? Way to dominate SE DC, RMHS!

Pizza CS in Rockville, MD: Decent Neapolitan Among the Strip Malls

Dave, I agree completely with this review. I did takeout (which they don't recommend, because the pizza can get soggy if you live more than 5 or 10 minutes away), and I'd say the crust leaves something to be desired in terms of flavor. I got the caesar salad as well, and I got a plastic salad container with sad-looking lettuce, a few croutons, and barely a dusting of parm. And the dressing was nothing to write home about.

I do have to say that 2 Amys should be included as a benchmark for the area as well, especially for those who don't live on the VA side of the river, but I think many people already know that.

7 Brunches We Love in Washington, D.C.

@adamt I've had mixed experiences there--sometimes great, sometimes mediocre in terms of food. But their chicken and waffles, when good, is great!

We Try Pepsi Next, Pepsi's Lower-Calorie Soda

A lot like Coke Zero, I'd imagine. Not as bad as diet, but not up to par with regular.

Sandwiched: Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Bacon-Apple Frosting

Maria--these ended up being AWESOME. I doubled the recipe and have a lot of frosting left in the fridge. I'm dreaming up ways to use it, other than eating it with a spoon. Home run, girl!

Homebrewing: How to Brew American Amber Ale

If all amber ales looked this beautiful, I'd drink them exclusively.

Sandwiched: Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Bacon-Apple Frosting

I'm going to a breakfast potluck and I'm going to bring these, and even though it's not a competition, THESE ARE GOING TO BLOW THE COMPETITION OUT OF THE WATER. Maria, thank you for this!

Side note: I'm assuming you need to make these waffles and then serve immediately, yes? They can't be transported?

Fast Food: McDonald's Chicken McBites

I've never heard anything from KFC called "delicate." Well done, Will.

Bottom Shelf Beer: Anheuser-Busch's Natty Daddy

There are college-age delivery men in Cambridge? Well, maybe from Suffolk.

6 Spots for Delicious Strudel in the Washington, D.C. Area

@belinskaya I tried their strudel--worst strudel of the day. Definitely not worth recommending.

9 Taco Spots We Love in the Washington, D.C. Area

@AmberMarie I didn't forget about it, but it was just a bit too far outside the city to include. I know a lot of people already know of it, too, and I wanted to include some new suburban places. I can definitely recognize that it's good, though!

Real French Onion Dip

Oh boy is it sweet.

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Vegetarian: Braised Baby Bok Choy

This preparation of baby bok choy caramelizes it in hot oil, then braises it quickly in a flavorful liquid made of rice wine vinegar, dark soy sauce and brown sugar that reduces to a beautiful glaze. The stems of the bok choy remain deliciously crisp-tender, while the leaves wilt softly, and the smooth, sweet-and-savory soy reduction pulls everything together. More

Gail Simmons's Welsh Rarebit with Guinness and a Fried Egg

In Talking with My Mouth Full, Gail Simmons claims that this is the "perfect dish to accompany a marriage proposal," which, of course, accurately lines up with her own story (which comes in chapter 13, if you want to know). Though my own experiences with the dish don't exactly line up, I do have fond memories of Welsh Rarebit—a warming meal of toasted bread with a cheese sauce spiked with Worcestershire sauce. More

Bread Baking: Stuffing Bread

My goal for this bread was for it to have three different uses. First, it could be the base for a stuffing. Second, because it tastes like Thanksgiving, it would make a great sandwich bread for the day-after turkey sandwiches. And last, the bread would make great croutons for salads. More

A Sandwich a Day: Croque Madame at Poste Brasserie in Washington, DC

In my experience, restaurants seem to griddle the bread for croque madames to the point where a steak knife and some serious muscle are required to reach the ham and cheese inside. But at Poste, inside the Hotel Monaco in D.C.'s Chinatown, the Croque Madame ($16; on the weekend brunch menu) features two thick yet airy toasted slices of white bread enveloping thinly sliced, salty Virginia ham and gruyere. More