It has been a little over three years since I first reviewed Nilgiris Indian Sizzler. Well their website may still be up for now but the restaurant is gone. Yesterday I drove by and noticed it was closed. Sad to see that since it was my favorite lunch buffet. With the demise of the Bombay Grill a year or so ago that leaves only the Clay Oven on the Golden Mile as your source for Indian dining in the Frederick Area.
UPDATE: There is a sign in the window that says Delhis will be opening soon.
Today’s harvest from the garden.
Had a wonderful mid-morning bite to eat last week at the Moxie Bakery & Cafe. I’ve driven by the place many times and its been on my (long) list of places to visit. Sat outside with Mrs. F at one of their three curbside tables. While North Market Street may not be the Champs-Elysees it was quite pleasant. The fountain just north of the cafe provided a nice ambiance. We sampled the chocolate croissant and the croissant bread pudding. Both were good but the bread pudding was excellent. Sometimes bread pudding can be too cloyingly sweet for my taste. This one was just perfect and the croissant base made for an interesting texture. Mrs F also had the egg white and roasted vegetable wrap which I sampled. I though it was very good and was an excellent, healthy alternative to a fast food breakfast sandwich. All in all it was a great place that we will return to. There are too many other tempting pastries on the menu not to go back.
Moxie is located at 629 North Market Street. They are dog friendly and have a water bowl outside for canines.
Harvest time! Tons of peas from the garden. Got all hands on deck this morning and shelled.
Just noticed that the 10th annual Washington DC Wine & Food Expo is coming February 14th and 15th. Anyone ever been? I haven’t and am wondering if it is worth it. I like the fact that wine comes first in the title.
Tangentially inspired by another question emailed me I began to wonder the other day what five things do you have to eat in Frederick? I’m looking for delicious, can’t miss foods that a foodie visitor would want to sample if they came to Frederick. I’m still mulling over my full list, but here’s the first item on my list:
1. The asparagus at Isabellas.
I’d love to see your lists, or hear your suggestions.
Hooray for summer’s bounty! Russian pink heirloom and San Marzano tomatoes from the garden. Drizzled with some olive oil, balsamic and topped with salt, shaved Parmesan and basil. Yes !!
The white whale to my Ahab is what I call a good pizza wine. What do I mean by that? Well what I am always on the lookout for is an inexpensive red (preferably Italian) that we can crack open on a weeknight with a quickie meal of spaghetti, pizza or any of the other Italian inspired cuisine we seem to eat so much of. Kind of like the house wine at Stately Fred Manor. For many years our go to pizza wine was Taurino Salice Salentino. Used to be able to get it by the case for under six bucks a bottle. Something happened to the wine after the death of the founder and the wine changed dramatically. We really stopped drinking it and went on to others. I also haven’t seen a vintage since 2003 so I’m not sure what the story is
Now I understand that price wise those days are long gone for any red I am going to drink but I am always on the lookout for something in the $8-11 range. With that background I decided to give the 2006 Terre Di Sole a try. Its a 100% Sangiovese from Sicily. I purchased it at the Frederick WIne House for $12.99. ( a touch over my price point for a pizza wine I know, but if it was really good I figure it would be worth it.)
MY notes: It was a ruby red color and had a nose of sour redfruit and some smoke. Medium bodied and light. Fairly simple tastes with sour fruit, cherry and some peppery notes on the finish. Mild tannins. Not nearly as acidic as other Sangiovese’s that I’ve had. This is a wine to be drunk as part of a meal, not savored. All in all it was a decent drink with pizza. I gave it an 85. Do I have a new pizza wine? No. Why? QPR wasn’t there- just too expensive for the wine you are getting.
The quest continues.
There was an article (here) in yesterday’s Frederick News Post about Frederick area food bloggers. It failed to mention this site, yes loyal readers not a peep about Fred Foodie. Oh the horror! The humanity! The snub! I pity the next restaurant I review. It will be ugly. The food will taste like crap! Of course since sarcasm doesn’t come across well in the printed word I must now say that I am kidding. It’s a neat article. On the page are the links to the blogs mentioned. I will have to check them out. I have to admit that I was alarmed to see that there is a Frederick Foodie blog. Will lawyers have to get involved?
Again, just kidding Frederick. This did lead me to one serious thought. When I started this blog I really had no plans other than writing. However, I am gratified and stunned to see how many hits I get per day (just wish I could get even 5% of you to leave comments). May 21st was our highest hit count ever. This is especially amazing since no one I know (except Mrs. Fred) even knows I write this blog, and I have never linked this blog anywhere. People just stumble in. Thats really cool. Thanks,
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The Bombay Grill (on North Market Street) has been serving the best Indian Food in Frederick for years. Their lunch buffet has long been a favorite. I think over the years I have filled up three of their frequent luncher cards. I must admit that I haven’t been there is the last six months though. Yesterday a friend of mine, and lover of Indian food, said that they have changed management and in her opinion the food has gone downhill to merely average. Anyone have any comments on this? I shall investigate and report back in the future.