Sunday, August 31, 2008

Review: Freda's Kitchen

sandwich from freda's kitchen

I am not quite sure why the Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large says Freda's Kitchen is a New York style deli because many of the hallmarks of a New York style deli were missing: no knishes, no matzo ball soup, no latkes; none of the usual Jewish-style sides common at even non-Jewish New York delis. Not to mention that they seemed stunned that we would want only mustard on our corned beef on rye. They did have a limited variety of deli meats, hot dogs and some salads so perhaps that is what Ms. Large was focusing on.

The corned beef was indeed tasty and fresh and the sandwich (even after a car ride home wrapped in foil) was not soggy but it was also on the small side. My sandwich (which, though not teeny, was unevenly filled--the corned beef was lumped in the middle and didn't make anywhere near the corners of the bread) was almost twice the size of Matt's and we ordered the exact same thing. One would expect some sort of standardization of sandwich size, especially since they were on the expensive side at $8 a sandwich. Also disappointing: the counter staff said pickles came with the sandwich so Matt didn't order any on the side but when he got home, there were none in the bag. The red skin potato salad, although it was flecked with what appeared to be dill was unexpectedly and overwhelmingly sugary sweet. I don't think I've ever had sweetened potato salad before and I don't care to ever again, it was really quite disgusting. We were rather disappointed that for about $20 we ended up no pickles, inedible potato salad, (especially for Matt) sandwiches which left us still hungry and no beverages.

So, I would never make a special trip there again, but if I was in Mt. Washington and terribly hungry, I'd probably stop in and pick up a a pound of corned beef and make my own sandwich.

I'd post a link to their website but despite what it says on their menu, doesn't appear to exist.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

FAGE Total Greek Yogurt

I have loved Greek yogurt for a while now, but today was the first time I tried one of the ones that came with fruit. It was pretty good. I normally don't like cherry flavored things but this was less sweet than I expected and the flavor was mild. Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Chopstick Shame

How much do I need this shirt? And it (along with all other shirts) is on sale for only $12.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Birthday Chocolate

birthday candy!

My yearly custom assortment from Rhebs. Yum.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Rising Mango Star

How cute is this kid chef? I wish I had access to this sort of technology when I was his age!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Knock Knock

I love Knock Knock's line of cards and now they have a cute magnet that encourages people to grade the meal they just had.

Friday, August 08, 2008


I'm not much of a bar person, mostly because I work from home and can make whatever I want to eat but these Soyjoy bars are pretty good, especially the mango one*. I like the mango/coconut flavor and it has an enjoyable coconut-y texture. I appreciate that they hold up to heat well and are hard to smoosh which makes it a good choice to stash in your bag or car (or take it to the beach!) in case of emergency. I like having something on hand in case I get stuck some where longer than I think and get hungry. Even eating half a bar takes the edge off. I also like that they are basically just soy and dried fruit in bar form. So if you haven't checked them out, do so!

*The other flavors are pretty good as well but they have a dryish texture that I think works well with coconut.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

RA Sushi

my zonie roll
Heather and I went to RA Sushi (over on Lancaster St) for lunch last Friday. I was pleasantly surprised. I had read a bunch of negative to middling reviews for this location and a couple of the other locations in other cities. It was pretty loud but the sushi was pretty good. Large rolls, fresh fish, good rice and a lot of variety. I wouldn't say it is my new favorite sushi place but if I was down in Harbor East, I'd probably make a stop. My main complaint would be that there are very few "special" rolls that don't have some sort of fried component. Unusual rolls seem to be a bit of a focus there so I was surprised they didn't have as much variety in the raw only line. I was able to find one I liked (above) and had an acceptable yellowtail and scallion roll and Heather tried several yummy looking pieces. All in all I'd go back, especially for lunch. A lot of the complaints online were from people who went there late at night/peak dinner hours when I would assume, given the bar-like atmosphere, was pretty loud and crowded. Two things that normally mean sloppy sushi making to me.

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