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Gary Tanigawa

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    Alexandria, VA

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  1. Hawaiian Shirts - Where To Find Nice Ones?

    Guide to Aloha shirts from the UHM student newspaper. The story mentions two (less expensive) options to Reyn Spooner are Rix and Hilo Hattie.
  2. Uni

    Bird's Nest/Calamari Pasta has uni as an ingredient @Takumi in Falls Church (photo from review in Arlington Magazine)
  3. Later in the year, expanding to Hampden, Currently in Federal Hill and Mount Vernon Marketplace. Possibly later in Fells Point, Harbor East, and Charles Village.
  4. Dining in Ballston

    Gallery Cafe Ballston is in the minority of Korean-owned breakfast/lunch places for not having a buffet. I've enjoyed their sandwiches and rice dishes.
  5. $20 Tuesday at Namaste in South Alexandria?

    I'm sitting in the newly opened King St location and enjoying my dinner. I'll have to try the goat curry next time. Not sure if the above ever happened, but is anyone interested in dining here as a group?
  6. and wine. Per glass prices of most beverages about $7-15 (except for the Dassai). Sake and wine bottles uniformly priced at four times the cost of a glass. First course was a simmered dish containing ikura, uni, blue crab, and matsutake. Instead of pork tenderloin, the fried dish was oysters. The "ramen" had an oxtail broth and somen (?) noodles. Great value. I can see coming back often and rarely having the same meal. Everyone is careful to note this is not kaiseki. Dishes are combined unlike, I think, they would be in Japan. Maybe call it idiosyncratic omakase? One chef and one server. A pair of two-tops, one four-top, six counter seats, and a banquette seating six. Comparable to Makoto in square footage, but Nasime is contemporary, brighter, and more comfortable. So make a reservation or visit during a slow weekday (Tuesday or Wednesday).
  7. Traveling Round-Trip, NY <-> DC

    Consider genericeric's suggestion to return the rental at EWR (possibly renting a hotel room there) and boarding Acela or the Northeast Regional in Newark. Using public transport or uber/taxi between EWR and Newark's Penn Station might be easier than connecting JFK and NYC's Penn Station. Take AirTrain from EWR to Newark Penn Station if you're staying at the airport hotel. Or have the Hilton Newark Penn Station pick you up from EWR then walk to the train station the next morning.
  8. Sounds great, thanks manolands. Chef Masao Matsui died earlier this year. The restaurant appears to have started transitioning to the new chef Shin Kato a few months after opening. Michelin 2016 NYC awarded one star last Fall. Reviews in the New York Post and New York Times (the latter's slide show). Open only for dinner now (lunch TBA) at three set prices: $230, $180 and $140 (sample menu). Price has increased from $200 at opening.
  9. Japan

    Recent review of Food Sake Tokyo. The author's website contains an update to her book. She also wrote this in Saveur. If you're interested in visiting Tsukiji's Inner Market before it moves to Toyosu, I recommend Naoto Nakamura with enthusiasm. food-sake-tokyo-updates-20160306.pdf
  10. RANT ON/ An April Fool's joke is usually not a practical joke because it does not involve something physical. I hate practical jokes, pranks, and comedians who are paid to do them. The victim can feel embarrassed, humiliated, or worse. I know the social norm is to go along with the joke, but I can not. Why is it acceptable in an office setting? In my experience, the "thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt" is crossed when the prankster derives more pleasure from his joke than the victim. /RANT OFF
  11. Dining in San Francisco

    I haven't eaten there, but Arcadia might be worth looking at.
  12. Better signage would help. I didn't see the large sign announcing the opening after going past twice last night.