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I thought I'd start this thread after having a "are you kidding me?" moment. Maybe you've had one too. Mine was this: My husband and I were talking about perhaps having my (75 year old) mom over for the long 4th of July weekend. She'd be comming down from Philadelphia.

I know she could not hang around the mall et al to see the fireworks, so I started thinking of where we could go to view the event from afar. Well, not due to it's culinary, but rather it's scenic attributes I called the Marriott Key Bridge. Hey, OK food but a helluva show on the 4th.

I was surprised to find out that they had room to fit us in. In fact, they had a "special" menu. 5 courses. Wow. Hmmmmmmmm.

Get this...............$180.00pp

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??/

thank you, she said nicely. buh by.

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I thought I'd start this thread after having a "are you kidding me?" moment. Maybe you've had one too. Mine was this: My husband and I were talking about perhaps having my (75 year old) mom over for the long 4th of July weekend. She'd be comming down from Philadelphia.

I know she could not hang around the mall et al to see the fireworks, so I started thinking of where we could go to view the event from afar. Well, not due to it's culinary, but rather it's scenic attributes I called the Marriott Key Bridge. Hey, OK food but a helluva show on the 4th.

I was surprised to find out that they had room to fit us in. In fact, they had a "special" menu. 5 courses. Wow. Hmmmmmmmm.

Get this...............$180.00pp

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??/

thank you, she said nicely. buh by.

Holy #*$%! I'm choking on my wine just thinking about it! Give me a good restaurant and a flat screen TV and I'll be happy.

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The revolving restaurant on top of the Doubletree in Crystal City also has great views. It's closed though for a private party by someone who rented the whole thing.

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Ordering a bass and soft shell crab dish at a new restaurant (mentioned in today's Weekly Dish) and having the dish served without the softshell crab!!!

Are you kidding me?

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no way!!! how was it resolved?

Ordering a bass and soft shell crab dish at a new restaurant (mentioned in today's Weekly Dish) and having the dish served without the softshell crab!!!

Are you kidding me?

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I had to ask for my crab, which the waitress brought out a few minutes later.

Despite the fact that when the dish is plated properly the crab is right on top, neither she nor the chef noticed it was missing.

She apologized once and that was it.

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Ordering a bass and soft shell crab dish at a new restaurant (mentioned in today's Weekly Dish) and having the dish served without the softshell crab!!!

Are you kidding me?

Mmmmmm, crab smoothies! My favorite.

It wasn't in DC but in Reno over the weekend. We bought a spectacular platter of seafood on ice at Oceano at the Peppermill casino. I would order it again in a heartbeat, but with one variation. It comes with oysters, oyster shooters (we chose tequila, lime, cilantro, japaleño), giant prawns, Dungeness crab, and Alaskan King crab legs the size of baseball bats. Fantastic. That was only $15/person, so we ordered the add-on lobster tail for another $7.50/person.

Except that it was a small lobster tail (no biggie, still delicious) not really worth the extra $$.

What is this dipping sauce? "It's drawn butter."

Try "movie popcorn butter compound." I can taste the chemicals.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Like I said, we'll go back and we'll order it again, because it was piled to the ceiling and everything was perfectly prepared. But we'll forego the lobster and the "drawn butter."

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Mmmmmm, crab smoothies! My favorite.

It wasn't in DC but in Reno over the weekend. We bought a spectacular platter of seafood on ice at Oceano at the Peppermill casino. I would order it again in a heartbeat, but with one variation. It comes with oysters, oyster shooters (we chose tequila, lime, cilantro, japaleño), giant prawns, Dungeness crab, and Alaskan King crab legs the size of baseball bats. Fantastic. That was only $15/person, so we ordered the add-on lobster tail for another $7.50/person.

Except that it was a small lobster tail (no biggie, still delicious) not really worth the extra $$.

What is this dipping sauce? "It's drawn butter."

Try "movie popcorn butter compound." I can taste the chemicals.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Like I said, we'll go back and we'll order it again, because it was piled to the ceiling and everything was perfectly prepared. But we'll forego the lobster and the "drawn butter."

That should go under the "crimes against lobsters" category. Blech :lol:

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Ordering a bass and soft shell crab dish at a new restaurant (mentioned in today's Weekly Dish) and having the dish served without the softshell crab!!!

Are you kidding me?

Well.... How was the rest of the meal? You cannot say you tried a new place and then not give us a full review!

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Well....  How was the rest of the meal?  You cannot say you tried a new place and then not give us a full review!

Let's just say that it is still finding it's sea legs and if there was something worth sharing I would have.

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I work in the Watergate.

There's a lot of money here. I don't know how much, exactly, only that Condi Rice and Bob and Elizabeth Dole are among my neighbors, I'm told. And I think Monica used to live here.

Also, there's a law firm and a couple of Embassies, including the Saudis across the street.

The Saudis have a lot of money, I'm told.

We're all together in the middle of nowhere, though the river is very pretty.

We have restaurants here in the middle of nowhere, where there's lots of money. We have multi-ethnic restaurants, here, in the middle of nowhere. We have a Mediterranean coffee shop, an Italian place that makes its own pizza, Chinese take-out, a bakery, and a grocery store with a deli. I tried them all on the days I forgot my lunch, and I've found tastiest food for those days:

CVS sells Stouffer's Lean Cuisine, and there's a microwave in the office.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

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I work in the Watergate.

There's a lot of money here.  I don't know how much, exactly, only that Condi Rice and Bob and Elizabeth Dole are among my neighbors, I'm told. And I think Monica used to live here. 

Also, there's a law firm and a couple of Embassies, including the Saudis across the street.

The Saudis have a lot of money, I'm told. 

We're all together in the middle of nowhere, though the river is very pretty. 

We have restaurants here in the middle of nowhere, where there's lots of money.  We have multi-ethnic restaurants, here, in the middle of nowhere.  We have a Mediterranean coffee shop, an Italian place that makes its own pizza, Chinese take-out, a bakery, and a grocery store with a deli. I tried them all on the days I forgot my lunch, and I've found tastiest food for those days:

CVS sells Stouffer's Lean Cuisine, and there's a microwave in the office. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

Cool, "babka",

I worked at the Watergate for 8 years total. I worked for 6 years at Jean-Louis at the Watergate in the 80's. I live 2 blocks from the Watergate, so that is my local Safeway (unfortunately). At J-L, the staff meals were so atrocious most of the time, we ate the salad bar at the Safeway. The sous-chef at the time was Eric Ripert. Chen's is a good place. The food that you order is always tasty. The lunch buffet is, well, a lunch buffet. The Italian place has good calzones and stromboli. I always take these home and cook them myself. An interesting bit of trivia about Jean-Louis, the restaurant was formerly the lunch club of the Democratic National Committee (the guys who almost got bugged starting the Watergate scandal). An interesting feature of the restaurant was that you could whisper on one side of it and the guy across the room could hear every word.

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Here's one from this weekend.

Watched a line cook in an open kitchen at a nice restaurant replenishing the contents of the squeeze bottles at his mise during dinner service. He was very awkwardly refilling one squeeze bottle with white wine from a Franzia box. Ew!

This might fall under the category of things I probably would never notice or care about - unless I had to sit and watch it in front of me as I ate!

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Here's one from this weekend.

Watched a line cook in an open kitchen at a nice restaurant replenishing the contents of the squeeze bottles at his mise during dinner service. He was very awkwardly refilling one squeeze bottle with white wine from a Franzia box. Ew!

This might fall under the category of things I probably would never notice or care about - unless I had to sit and watch it in front of me as I ate!

Come on, at least give us a clue...

Forgot to add. While getting pancakes at a breakfast place on the Jersey shore I spotted an item called a Texas something or other... a hotdog with cheese wrapped in bacon. Why do that to the poor bacon?

The pancakes with the side of scrapple was good though.

Edited to keep on topic... :lol:

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Guilt

This morning I stopped into Le Matin de Paris to grab a cup of coffee to assist me in my Route-1-esque drive down Little River Turnpike. A small cup of drip coffee was $2.50, and a large cup was $2.95. For a stinking little cup of coffee! Are you kidding me? I often deliberately bypass BarfSucks to support locally owned places, but today I actually made a beeline for the nearest one - a virtual tumor-within-a-tumor, as there was one sitting inside a Safeway down the street.

Miso Horny

And I noticed that one of my previously favorite places to get kimchi at 4:30 AM - the old hideaway Man Po Myun Oak - has reopened as Miso Cafe. It was shuttered up so I couldn't really see inside, but they have the little plastic sushi things going in the window, so I assume this is a Korean-owned Japanese joint - their bright green-and-red sign should attract more street traffic than the previous establishment.

Cheers,

Rocks.

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Cool, "babka",

I worked at the Watergate for 8 years total. I worked for 6 years at Jean-Louis at the Watergate in the 80's. I live 2 blocks from the Watergate, so that is my local Safeway (unfortunately). At J-L, the staff meals were so atrocious most of the time, we ate the salad bar at the Safeway. The sous-chef at the time was Eric Ripert.

Trust you mean Ripert was at J-L and not Safeway :P

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I work in the Watergate.

There's a lot of money here...We have restaurants here in the middle of nowhere, where there's lots of money....I tried them all on the days I forgot my lunch, and I've found tastiest food for those days:

CVS sells Stouffer's Lean Cuisine, and there's a microwave in the office. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

notti bianche, and a bowl of chilled tomato soup with rock shrimp, pine nuts, and basil marscapone, is just around the corner from the watergate.

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I, too, work in the Watergate misery-plex and I'll add that the recent additions of Coggins, Pita Pit, and a Jamba Juice at the Marvin Center of GW don't improve the lunch scene at all. It's so bad that there used to be a contest in my building known as "The Chen's Challenge," wherein you could eat nothing but the Chen's Lunch Special for 30 days. We lost a lot of good men to that contest.

Today, after sweating through the eight blocks to Breadline (worth it for the glorified Oreo of chocolate cookies and marscapone filling alone) and cursing the absence of the Grill for the next two weeks, I am all the more determined to try this chilled tomato soup.

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Unbelievable that Whole Foods will package some of mealiest, white-hued watermelon into a quart container and try to charge you $7. It's peak production season and this region produces.

Are you joking? It makes me want to steal from the vitamin aisle.

Edited by Meaghan

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Today, after sweating through the eight blocks to Breadline (worth it for the glorified Oreo of chocolate cookies and marscapone filling alone) and cursing the absence of the Grill for the next two weeks, I am all the more determined to try this chilled tomato soup.

more shameless self-promotion...

since there are a number of rockwellians stranded in the watergate, i would be happy to put together a "relief" luncheon some friday in the future. anybody interested?

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more shameless self-promotion...

since there are a number of rockwellians stranded in the watergate, i would be happy to put together a "relief" luncheon some friday in the future.  anybody interested?

Since I occasionally work in Foggy Bottom, can I tag along? :P This place is a lunchtime wasteland.

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