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  2. Does this date mean anything to you? also check out the next 2 lots in the auction #81507 and #81508. Unfortunately, Coot messed up the dates so it was really when you were 1 day old! The Nolan Ryan lot IS the correct date............ RR
  3. Bill is aMAZing, we were shocked and saddened when he left Komi, but oh so happy to learn he'd dived into this new adventure. Which, ahem, seems to be working out okay. Obviously we'd been enjoying Jon's mastery for years at Komi, without knowing it -- but at TUG he's been revealed as a genius in his own right. We're scheduled for 19 May & we're psyched!
  4. We generally go on a Wednesday night, around 7 pm and its usually 3/4 full in the main dining room. The back wine bar area is usually full or one or two little tables are free. We have only once had to wait for a two top to open up. The two people working the bar area are always hustling and last night four items were 86ed while we were there. The patio at Cactus was also hopping, but it was a lovely night out so that was expected.
  5. Four games in the ever-changing Denver weather environment (plus that altitude thing) and a 3-1 record: 8-4 loss (the day after playing the ESPN Sunday night game against the Mets), 15-12 win (Turner hits for the cycle), 11-4 win, and 16-5 win (11 of the 16 runs coming in the top of the 7th). Imagine if they played at Coors field half the season...
  6. Yeah, Don, like them or not, hip checks for the most part are entertaining to watch. The backside-over-teakettle result is common. That being said, the overwhelming reason the players want it to be made illegal is the injury risk. As an example, do it wrong and you just gave the guy a knee injury. For the record, this is the hip check against Ovechkin (and it was clean). He came back later in the game. Here is Ovechkin dishing one out.
  7. The pici is (are?) simple but amazing. (One other tip: The bread dishes are indeed delicious but very filling. If you don't order one, order an unadorned side of bread and butter instead. TuG has the best bread in town, IMHO.)
  8. On Sunday they were packed solid from noon onward until at least 8:00. Many items 86'd very early on. Go figure.
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  10. 2 Amys has been crowded for nearly twenty-five years. Let the new kids have their day - although I haven't been to 2 Amys in perhaps six months, as far as I know, nothing has changed at this legendary restaurant, which deserves a James Beard Award for Peter Pastan. Obelisk was, along with Makoto, the most interesting restaurant in DC in the 1980s, but 2 Amys surpassed it, and has been a temple of great eating (not dining; eating) since the 1990s. It is criminal that Pastan doesn't have a Beard Award of some sort. And, I scroll up and see that I wrote essentially the same thing just a few months ago.
  11. Thanks for all the support here guys! Just wanted to drop a quick link to let you know if you're interested in trying our coffee, but can't find it near you you can order a coffee subscription directly from our website. Definitely give us a shot if you haven't already as we just got back from competing in the National Coffee Championship where we took 5th place in the Roasting Competition! Also, we just put out our cold brew lineup featuring some great drink options for summer. Stop by our shop or a farmers market to try us out. If you have any questions about us providing coffee at your event or for your office reach out at
  12. This place used to be packed all the time and on our way to the Cactus Cantina two weeks ago it was literally a ghost town at 5:30 PM on a Monday evening. Ok, so Monday nite is a tough nite, but CC was ramping up and pretty busy when we left. 2 Amys still had many tables available. Not sure if something has changed recently or just the time we were there. We have enjoyed 2A many times in the past, but it always required a lot of planning or waiting in line to get a table. Food has always been great.
  13. Apparently the Urban designation is being used to justify the instigation of paid parking. The place is dead during the week, even in the early nighttime, typically, happy-hour prime-time. It appears the lack of patronage at RTC now is having a positive impact on the nearby businesses but best I can tell no real #'s have been provided on the positive impact, just observations and speculation.
  14. Anyone been yet? I love Marcel's!
  15. It's hard to believe Teaism closed a year ago. The new tenant - Sunday in Saigon - is still in the slow/soft opening phase, but we had a very pleasant and flavorful meal at the bar last Friday. They were quite busy and it was on the later side, so an item or two wasn't available. They currently have a short but interesting beer menu - including several Hitachino selections and a rice beer from Colorado on draft, along with a few specialty cocktails and wines by the glass. There is also a several-bottle Enomatic station, for which wines were still being selected at the time of our visit. We were told customers will be able to purchase a card and make their own selections shortly. There is nothing on the menu from Caphe Banh Mi (they share the same owners). We started with the Chinese sausage and shrimp roll with egg, jicama, and carrot - a nice change from the standard rolls you find a lot of places. We were quite happy with the Huế noodle soup ( Bún bò Huế) and the grilled eggplant stir-fried with pork and shrimp (cà tím nướng). The noodle soup included pork hock which had been soaked in coconut milk and cooked separately with a variety of spices (I hope I'm getting the details right). I'm not normally one to gnaw on skin/rinds, but was very glad that I was encouraged to do so - the flavor was incredible. If you prefer, you can order the soup without the hocks. The eggplant was generous, well-prepared and seasoned, if a touch oily for me. A nearby diner ordered the deep-fried whole red snapper - it was an attention-getter, but also looked like something I'd order next time out. The menu has a variety of dishes, with prices ranging from $8 for a few smaller dishes to $28 for the snapper, with lots of options in between. The space has been somewhat reconfigured from the previous Teaism layout (bar moved, some interior features removed, fun custom wallpaper installed, entrance shifted). The room has a nice ambiance (as it did before). My - the owner and chef - is very much involved in every aspect of the operation, from the interior design (and exterior - the umbrellas over the patio tables are stunning!) to the recipes. They will be serving brunch soon, too. I hope they see crowds at Sunday in Saigon similar to their other business, which is always packed. I'm not a Vietnamese food expert but the care and attention that have gone into both places is evident. I'm happy to support another tasty, local, woman-owned business in the former location of one of my other favorites that fits that description!
  16. The price for drip coffee has gone up a little and presumably some other prices have changed too. I haven't kept track of anything but the thing I order most. There seems to be a fair amount of staff turnover, and sometimes it's the owner and members of his family working. Still, this place keeps chugging along. It's a great little neighborhood spot. It can be quite crowded on weekend mornings, especially if there's any kind of event that has people out. Occasionally they're closed for a day with little or no notice, but that kind of adds to the mom-and-pop charm of the place (except when I'm in need of coffee and encounter a locked door). Right now they've got a nice display of art up from several artists: origami mobiles, bright abstract paintings, and black and white photos.
  17. There's too much restaurant/retail space in Rockville Town Square for the low density surrounding area + tons of competition on the Pike, Kentlands, King Farm, Downtown Crown, etc.
  18. Sadly, they're closed. In ten years, this location has hosted the deaths of four restaurants (preceded by Bobby's Crabcakes, Tippy's Taco House and 82 Steak Out). (h/t:
  19. They are taking over the large, failed location of American Tap Room in the center of Rockville Town Square: "Modern Market Eyes Fallsgrove, New Tenant for American Tap Room, Goodbye Ten Thousand Villages" on They'll be around the corner from Peter Chang, down the street from Sichuan Jin River, and within a mile of several other nearby worthy contenders. Maryland Avenue is a small, two-lane street not really suited for tour buses.
  20. Quick update -- lunch today was pretty good. I had the char-grilled baby octopus with a side of grilled asparagus. The asparagus was perfect. The baby octopus itself was very good, but the bedding of Haloumi cheese with a quinoa salad and tsaztiki was a stretch. Just under $20 for the pair of dishes, which was less than the $24 I mistakenly spent for parking on that doggone ParkRTC app....
  21. Lots of places have it on their menu and based on my experiences, these range from cheap and rushed to sublime. A pet peeve: the use of kale in poke which transforms it into a fusion version of chirashizushi and rabbit food. Don't do that and we'll get along swimmingly.
  22. And people are complaining about "Infinity Mirrors ..." "Up Close with Vermeer, Masters of Genre Painting in the Golden Age" on
  23. I'll be headed back again this weekend to celebrate the wife's birthday. Here's the recipe for the cottage cheese (thanks, mtureck!) which I'll be attempting tonight. (Talk about delayed reactions!) Also, anyone care to weigh in on using green onions vs. chives? L'Auberge Chez François Herbed Cottage Cheese Spread Adapted from The Chez Francois Cookbook by Jacques E. Haeringer Servings: 2-2/3 cups Total Time: 15 Minutes Ingredients 1 pound 4% small-curd, cream-style cottage cheese (I use Breakstone's) 2/3 cup sour cream (I use Breakstone's) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots 1 tablespoon finely minced green onions or chives 1 tablespoon finely minced parsley, plus more for garnish Instructions Combine the cottage cheese and sour cream in a medium bowl and blend well. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and adjust seasonings. Cover and chill well before serving. Serve with toasted garlic bread or crackers and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  24. Q by Peter Chang sets May opening date (credit--Robert Dyer)
  25. I haven't been to RTO since paid parking started. Just ate at Not your Average Joes. Food is average but parking was easy. Cava which is opening in same shopiing center should clean up though I feel they are still average.
  26. Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration, definitely an exhibit that will fly under most people's radar. South Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. From the Library of Congress website: Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration showcases the Library’s extensive collections of original art by talented artists hired by both newspapers and television to capture the personal dynamics of legal trials. Skilled at quickly conveying both individual likenesses and the atmosphere of the courtroom, these artists reveal, in intimate detail, the dramatic and, at times, mundane aspects of trial proceedings. The illustrations on display represent court cases dating from 1964 to the present day. These cases influenced how Americans perceive race and race relations, religion, gender issues, political and corporate corruption, international relations, and the role of celebrities in society. The corresponding drawings are poignant images of people from all walks of life during the last fifty years of court history, observed in their most vulnerable moments. While artistic styles vary, each artist brings the theater of the courtroom to life, capturing gestures, appearance, and relationships in a way that humanizes defendants, plaintiffs, lawyers, judges, and witnesses. This exhibition begins with the work of Howard Brodie who documented the Jack Ruby trial in 1964. Brodie donated his trial drawings to the Library of Congress and spurred the development of its Courtroom Illustration Collection. The collection has expanded to include trial drawings by Marilyn Church, Aggie Kenny, Pat Lopez, Arnold Mesches, Gary Myrick, Joseph Papin, Freda Reiter, Bill Robles, David Rose, Jane Rosenberg, and Elizabeth Williams, among others. These courtroom drawings provide insight into the drama and impact of events in American law during the past fifty years. Wash Post article
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