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  1. Ditto to this. The salads have also been quite good each time I've been. The Hot Mess is my favorite. Have also had a couple make your owns, the Margherita, and the Mushroom.
  2. Italy might be perfect for this. Orvieto is within a short drive to most of Tuscany (wine, history, cycling) and is a very pretty walled city. If you want to go more urban you could go full on tourist and do Florence but my off the wall suggestion is Bologna. it's the center of the spoke for Italy's train system, has the best food in all of Italy, and has some phenomenal day trips within 1.5-2 hours either by train or car. It's actually cheaper to fly into than Milan, Venice, or Florence for some odd reason from the States as well. On the car theme, Ferrari and Lamborghini are headquartered nearby.
  3. Caveat: I have no dog in this fight and am watching bemused from across the state line. That being said, I tend to focus on the substance of the policy rather than the actors on one side or another. I absolutely support the idea that those working in restaurants deserve a better living wage. However, this policy targets the wrong part of the house - the one that's more highly compensated by and large! The issue for the owners (again, don't really know any on a personal level in DC) is that they will absolutely bear the cost of this because MD & VA restaurants will not have to do the same thing, which limits the ability of DC restaurants to pass on price increases directly. This is exactly what's happened to MoCo restaurants with the absurd DLC monopoly. They're just structurally less profitable in a business where margins are low anyway.
  4. Great to see you back. Hope the surgery went well.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    You could cross-reference the trite foods thread and make a couple things from there. Sort of a meta-critique on criticism.
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I'm sincerely hoping that you watch Atlanta and that's from whence the Ostrich egg mention stems. Teddy Jenkins episode, specifically. I would love to commit, but may be out of town for work. Will know more as the date approaches.
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    Chinese in Rockville

    Corrected. Can't comment on consistency after one visit but my lunch Dan dan noodles were quite good. Struggling to not fall asleep as the portion size was quite generous. Will definitely head back again.
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    Chinese in Rockville

    I've found China Bistro's dumplings to be incredibly consistent. PC definitely can have an off night - once the dry fried eggplant fell short of transcendent. I actually haven't been much, though, to PC Rockville since Q opened closer to my house. Sadly, I haven't been to Joe's Noodle House at all. Since my new office is in walking distance, though, I intend to correct that in the short term.
  9. My understanding is that if you're not paying minimum wage (without considering tips) to the front of the house, it's illegal to pool their tips with the back of the house. There are legal moves afoot to change this (actually from the current administration) but that would also allow managers (and employees suspect owners as well) to share in the pool, so it's not supported by many in the business.
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    Bath Bombs

    TJ Maxx and World Market. My teenage daughter use to love these things. Some can be a horrible pain to clean up. I’m sure there’s also a Pinterest somewhere on how to make them yourself.
  11. No pretty pictures for me - it was pretty slammed and crowded last night when we arrived for pre-theater dinner. I probably should have known there was a Caps game then, as well. Had three small plates and an entree for the two of us. Started with the burrata bing, which was really delicious. As long as you get the burrata right and add a few good accompaniments, you've got the dish, but they did all that well. Next up were the two dumplings on the menu. Shrimp dumplings were in a vinegar-based sauce and were pleasant. The beef and lamb dumplings were really, really good. I could do two orders of those and call it a meal next time. The only complaint I would have in the whole meal, though, involved the chopsticks. Background - not from Asia or an Asian family that grew up using chopsticks. That being said, I do know how to use them well. The chopsticks here were of the circular variety more common in China (rather than squared off) and metal to boot. You absolutely could not keep a slippery, sauced dumpling in these damn things. After the third or fourth drop, I gave up and asked for a fork. Entree was the branzino ssam. The fish was a touch over-cooked, but presented gorgeously with the herby sauce right on top. You wrapped up the fish in lettuce along with some additional items to form a wrap. Well-conceived and executed. The dinner included a bottle of Ransom Albarino from Oregon, which was good and paired fairly well with our disparate food choices. Also had a glass of the sparkling Riesling from Dr. Loosen, which I enjoyed as well. Thanks for the recommendation - definitely enjoyed this iteration of Momofuku.
  12. OK - I've taken the bait and made a reservation. Will provide thoughts after I dine. Never tried the old format so can't offer any relative comparison.
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