Berger cookies from Baltimore are yummy
By Andrew Reiner, Published: April 19
My wife, Liz, and I had been living near Silver Spring a few months when we attended one of her good friend’s dinner parties last summer in Dupont Circle. Like many of Liz’s friends who live in or near Washington, this woman slams pretty much anything — music, people, stores — that smacks of mainstream American culture. Especially food.
Back in my native Baltimore, where I’ve lived for much of my life, Berger cookies top the guest list at dinner gatherings, ranging from picnic table crab feasts to white-linen fetes. The groom’s cake at my wedding? Berger cookies. But no one at this dinner party featuring crepes drizzled in truffle oil had ever seen a Berger, with its trademark Himalayan mound of chocolate frosting. In all fairness, until very recently, the Berger had been practically synonymous with Baltimore.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 April 2012 23:03 (five years ago) Permalink
Other link was to the comments
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 April 2012 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink
haha I think truffle oil is more of a "mainstream American culture" food item than Berger cookies
― I DIED, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:49 (five years ago) Permalink
To a city where blue-collar culture and ethos mesh with a thriving underground music scene, this “chocolate helmet” means a cookie with little patience for restraint for restraint’s sake.
oh my god, worst Post culture writer since Monica Hesse
― I DIED, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:50 (five years ago) Permalink
i hate impatient cookies
― mookieproof, Monday, 23 April 2012 00:53 (five years ago) Permalink
He's a guest writer:
Andrew Reiner teaches freshmen writing at Towson University and is presently teaching creative writing and literature, as well, in the Honors College
Berger cookies are not mainstream because of lack of distribution while truffle oil is still mainly at gourmet shops. [does google search for truffle oil and walmart and comes up with hits]. Oops, maybe you're right
― curmudgeon, Monday, 23 April 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink
“What they’re doing with their money is not necessarily buying a $40,000 Vuitton bag,” said Aba Bonney Kwawu, president of the Aba Agency, a public relations firm that specializes in high-end retailers. “They’re spending their money on private school tuition and taking the whole family to Greece.’’
That's a relief. That's from the article in the Washington Post the other day on DC area 1 %ers.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink
spending their money on boring suits and tickets to the Kennedy Center Honors
― raw feel vegan (silby), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:39 (five years ago) Permalink
the private school only approach sadly helps them isolate themselves from others who may never be able to take advantage of the tax breaks and deductions and such that help rich Washingtonians maintain their status
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink
Possible link between three random assaults (one fatal) in Petworth this week; police advising residents not to walk around alone. The neighborhood (where I live) is completely crawling with cops tonight.
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Friday, 27 April 2012 04:25 (five years ago) Permalink
Friend near petworth asked me to walk her from bus stop first time ever, had wondered what that was abt.
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 04:15 (five years ago) Permalink
Cynthia Connolly photo opening at Civilian Arts Friday 7 to 9 and this at the Hirshhorn:
ilxor Geeta on a panel at the the Hirshhorn friday: A symposium inside the museum Friday will feature Aitken, David Allin, Aaron Betsky, Geeta Dayal, Sasha Frere-Jones, Dean Kuipers, and Zabet Patterson.
Outside will be: this Friday's "Happening"—for which the museum will turn off the soundtrack to the massive installation and allow a handful of Pitchfork and Wired-approved acts to perform—now has a full lineup. Geologist and the pair of Tim McAfee Lewis and Leo Gallo will perform along with High Places, No Age, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Nico Jaar.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:59
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:01 (five years ago) Permalink
x-post-sadly does not look like any police updates re those Petworth incidents
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink
huh? they arrested a guy pretty quickly. I haven't heard anything since then, so I presume he hasn't been let go.
― how's life, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink
― how's life, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink
Oh, missed that. Thanks
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink
Are Taylor's Gourmet's hoagies any good? Obama went there yesterday as part of a small business initiative
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:36 (five years ago) Permalink
Chuck Brown news disccussed on other dc music and gogo and obit threads
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:38 (five years ago) Permalink
yeah, taylor's real great - get there early before they inevitably run out of bread a couple hours before closing
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:37 (five years ago) Permalink
new mural up already
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 May 2012 13:57 (five years ago) Permalink
Sietsema's spring dining guide(he returns to and looks again at 15 fave places of his) is out in the Washington Post magazine http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/best-bets/dining-guide/dining-guide-spring-2012,102675.html
I heard a radio ad for the Washingtonian June Cheap Eats issue on WTOP radio (do not think it is online yet)
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 May 2012 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink
The Cubanos at Fast Gourmet aren't bad, but I do not think I will race back there quickly for another
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:10 (five years ago) Permalink
have you had the chivito?
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:26 (five years ago) Permalink
No. I'm so dumb. The owners are from Uraguay, so that is probably the sandwich to have.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink
yeah - i thought the cubano was ok, but the chivito was really something else
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink
Still haven't read Sietsema's spring guide. City Paper has a new restaurant critic who is focussing on uh, restaurant openings and news, rather than reviews
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink
yeah, i dunno how that's going to work out - there are plenty of blogs covering that ground already. she seems to be posting with pretty good frequency already though - it can't be a bad thing for eater dc to have some competition
to continue SANDWICH CHAT i finally swung by the pepe truck today - i don't know if the pollo frito was totally worth $10 but it was fucking delicious
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink
I liked the chivito OK, but it was not my favorite sandwich ever. I'm a fan of Taylor Gourmet over Fast Gourmet so far, but I have more I need to eat at Fast.
― quincie, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink
FAST GOURMET is overrated because it's in a gas station. The sandwiches are very good but nobody would be going apeshit over them if it was just a storefront selling $14 chivitos.
Taylor used to be very good but now it isn't. Still a great meatball sub though.
Can't really think of a local chain I love - plenty of alright ones but nothing amazing (Taylor, Matchbox, Sweetgreen, Busboys, etc)
― I DIED, Thursday, 24 May 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink
Hmm have not had Taylor recently; I am sad if it has gone downhill.
Actually, I've had great sandwiches at the Jetties Express on Macomb St. in CP. Also good salads and an excellent brownie. Ice cream is totally midling, as are the cupcakes. But the tart frozen yogurt is very good (I'm very picky about my tart frozen yogurt).
― quincie, Friday, 25 May 2012 00:57 (five years ago) Permalink
I go to Sundevich like once a week nowadays. Great sandwiches.
― Moreno, Friday, 25 May 2012 02:50 (five years ago) Permalink
^ right on
― I DIED, Friday, 25 May 2012 02:59 (five years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2012 18:16 (five years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 04:37 (five years ago) Permalink
City Paper likes Sundevich and still sorta kinda likes Taylor
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 June 2012 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink
Sally Quinn always makes me laugh. She's still (albeit, indirectly) moaning that the Obamas aren't hanging with her social circle
Washington has become a community of small groups of people, mostly staying within their circles, occasionally making a foray out into the bigger world to large events, only to be turned off by the endless corporate “fundraiserness” of it all. How special can you feel when you know you have to pay to go to an event and then get a bad seat on top of that?
Could it be that the Obamas, not knowing Washington, think that’s all there is to the social life here? Who wouldn’t want to stay away? On the other hand, he is the president of the United States and, whether he likes it or not, the leader of social as well as political Washington.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 8 June 2012 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink
hope mitt will party suitably
― mookieproof, Saturday, 9 June 2012 02:21 (five years ago) Permalink
Sure, picking on Sally Quinn is easy, but I really like this jibe below from Jonathan Chait at New York magazine:
When assessing Quinn’s sense of the Lost Eden of Washington, we should also have a firmer sense of what the culture was actually like. Here is one scene from Quinn’s inculcation into the Washington elite:
Washington writer Sally Quinn told of a 1950s reception where: “My mother and I headed for the buffet table. As we were reaching for the shrimp, both of us jumped and let out a shriek. Senator Strom Thurmond, grinning from ear to ear, had one hand on my behind and the other on my mother’s. As I recall, we were both quite flattered, and thought it terribly funny and wicked of Ol’ Strom.”
Once Washington was a happy place where a girl and her mother could be groped simultaneously in good fun by a white supremacist. Sadly, it has all been ruined by Kim Kardashian and Ezra Klein.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink
According to one slide, "Question #12: Tell us more about the consultants," the Corcoran has paid $2.1 million to consultants to analyze the mechanics and identity of the museum and college.
That's a lot of money for a place with financial problems, and that money still has not given them good data or options.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink
Oh my god Sally Quinn
― Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink
more like SILLY Quinn
― Delbert Botts, D.D.S. (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink
Washingtonian's Cheap Eats 2012 is available (June issue, a fair amount of clicking required online right now to get it, I think). They define "cheap" as $25 a person!
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink
people be mad about this rush+ shit
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink
my mother was complaining. "the blue line now takes 6 minutes instead of 3...and it was really packed!"
― Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink
oh hey, btw my wife and I will be in town 27th - 1st
― Victory Chainsaw! (DJP), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:55 (five years ago) Permalink
― Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink
we are busy on the 27th and have several other ppl to visit but yeah, I was totally thinking FAP
― Victory Chainsaw! (DJP), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink
awesome! the 29th and 30th will be tricky for me but otherwise i'm free
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink
tricky but doable that is
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink
Sweet; the 28th (Thursday) would be best for me.
― i like slash and i vote (j.lu), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink