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  1. Before Tuesday night's game at Nats Park, there was a nice tribute to Jim Vance, complete with video of him throwing out the first pitch at a Nats game and followed by a moment of silence. I hadn't been expecting this, but it certainly seemed fitting for someone who was such a part of DC. Lots of applause from the crowd.
  2. I stopped in just after 5 for dinner before the game last night. (Dinner was better than the game .) I ordered a mix of three types of oysters ($2.50 + $2.75/ea.), some based on the recommendation of the man doing the shucking. I was sitting at the end of the bar right opposite the shucking station. He was shucking batches in advance in anticipation of the crowds, which did start to move in during the time I was there. I imagine they'd get behind pretty quickly without that bit of pre-prep. I ended up liking the Nauti Pilgrims (from MA) the most of my selections. I believe they were also the smallest of the oysters I got. These came with two sauces, one a tomato-based cocktail-type sauce and the other a mignonette that was quite vinegary and peppery. When I used just a little bit, the balance of vinegar and pepper was perfect. A bit too much and I realized how very potent the sauce was. Quibble: I would have liked an oyster fork. The oysters were mostly well-shucked. I only got a bit of shell in one of them, but they were not all free enough of their shells to be slurped without an extra effort. I was most of the way through when it occurred to me that I didn't have a fork. I should have asked for one. A friend of mine who had been in a couple of days before had loved their roast beef sandwich [BOSTON ROAST BEEF bbq sauce, horseradish cream, american cheese, onion roll] ($16), and I wanted to try it. So I moved from seafood to beef. I loved the meat and the roll. It was a bit messy but not too much. My only issue with it was that it didn't need both bbq sauce and horseradish cream. I think I would have preferred just the horseradish. There was nothing wrong with the bbq sauce (I could see offering the sandwich with that as an option), but it seemed to be going in a different, somewhat incompatible, direction than the horseradish, flavor wise. I didn't ask about happy hour beer specials (I think that was Yuengling) and ordered a couple of draught DC Brau Pils ($6/ea.), which worked well with both the oysters and roast beef sandwich. It was but a short walk across the street to the first base gate. If I arrive that early for a game again, I'd happily stop back in for more.
  3. Heirloom tomato stuffed with salmon salad (leftover salmon, mayo, horseradish mustard) Pecan brownie
  4. P&C Market

    That's staying. It sounds like they're making them more connected to each other. Sorry that wasn't clear.
  5. Thin baguette slices, buttered, with leftover salmon, sliced cheddar, and thin cucumber rounds.
  6. P&C Market

    The store is rebranding. It also looks like an ownership change. The new name, to which they are in the midst of transitioning, is "Wine & Butter." They will be closed for a while sometime fairly soon to complete the process, but I didn't ask for how long. They are going to open up the wall between the store and Surroundings florist next door and also add an espresso bar. I'd been getting increasingly disappointed in the selection in the store and haven't been going in so much. The selection is looking a little better again. The second-to-last time I'd been in, they didn't have a freezer any more. Now they have one again.
  7. Jim Vance This made me so sad, and I haven't watched local news in ages. He was just such a DC institution, it's hard to believe he's gone. On a trivial note, I didn't realize until I read the obituary that he was born in the same town my father was...
  8. Gazpacho Crispy skin salmon Leftover green beans
  9. I know nothing about this company, which apparently has its kitchen in Ivy City, but I got a mailer from galleyfoods.com today. It's a chef-prepared meal service. If it's any good, it actually looks almost exactly like what you're looking for. No subscription and delivery includes tax, delivery, and gratuity. Promo code SUMMER20 for $20 off your first order. (Offer expires July 31.) Order for either same-day delivery or in advance. Perhaps someone else is familiar enough with them to give a review?
  10. Other than pizza places, I can't think of specific restaurants that do delivery except for Chinese. I have kind of a soft spot for Hunan Dynasty on the 200 block of PA Ave., but it's not exactly the pinnacle of Chinese food. They have free delivery, though. I don't know how well the setting up credit card payment in advance would work out with them either, Are the aggregate delivery services in play here? You can set up deliveries in advance with Doordash. They deliver to SE from quite a few restaurants that are not fast food. There are not insignificant fees attached to this, and I don't know how much extra you want to spend for delivery. If you have Prime, Amazon restaurant delivery is another option. I still haven't tries it, but I keep thinking I'll order from Panda Gourmet through that one of these days.
  11. Chopped salad: napa cabbage, romaine, radicchio, radishes, cucumber, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, chicken breast, homemade blue cheese dressing
  12. Deviled chicken drumsticks and homemade blue cheese dressing
  13. Last night was a chicken leg and wings from a Whole Foods rotisserie chicken; corn on the cob with butter and pepper; and, quick-boiled green beans dressed with extra virgin olive oil, a splash of white balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. The beans were an impulse purchase when I was passing Eastern Market and the vendors were selling everything cheap at the end of the day. I haven't had fresh green beans in a while, and these were good.
  14. Joe Ross is having Tommy John surgery Wednesday per Jorge Castillo's twitter. Infinite sadness. Good luck, Joe.
  15. FWIW, Sietsema says his review of Millie's will appear next week. He mentioned it in this Sunday Magazine column of questions and it appears he had issues with sitting at a high stool at a high counter and very large menus. He may well love the place other than those issues. I guess we'll see in a few days.
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