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  1. Dude I agree on both counts. I've had the absolute good fortune to dine at Le Bernardin twice, and both experiences were exceptional. That said, Frank Ruta is still at my culinary core.
  2. Pool Boy


    We tried to secure a booking at the Inn as well - we're certainly going to do our best to at least dine there.
  3. This is sort of a modern variation of a tune, but despite that it is lovely.
  4. So what the insurer is admitting to in forcing their insured party is that there is enough meat on the bone to make it go long and cost a lot. So there's something there. Maybe not absolute guilt but enough uncertainty that the insurance company doesn't want the exposure. The business transaction is on the part of the insurance company, not the insured that is being sued, at least in part. Given the number of people that have come forward and the details the Washington Post was able to dig up, you have to admit there is a mess here and at the core is Isabella.
  5. All of these series are long. 7 games happens a lot. Look at the Caps dropping 2 to Columbus to start, at home, and then went on to win it anyway. Tampa Bay could do the same to the Caps. It is playoff hockey and really anything can happen. But man, I like how the Caps have played these first two games in this series.
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    Never used one of these services, probably never will.
  7. Point 1/21 - I am sure they are doing their homework. But, at least for apartment buildings (not condos), even with homework, you are, in essence, building it and hoping they will come? Sorry but had to be a little cheeky here. Point 3 - Entirely possible - that said, the jury is out until the kids hit school age. That is usually when the parents decide that they can either afford private schools in order to stay in the city, or instead go to where the best public schools are if they cannot afford i (or do not want to, say, for instead saving for college for the kid). Point 4/5 - I think you misread my point. I was suggesting that millennials may, as they start to have families, buy housing, etc, their tolerance for paying for $20 cocktails might wane. And probably not disappear, it would depend at what stage a millennial the person is and so on. I followed that suggestion that, anticipating someone might say 'Hey Boomers will fill that gap easy!'for buying $20 cocktails. I am sure many could afford it given their social security, 401k, and government pensions. But.....would they? I sure would, but I am not sure what percent of Boomers would. Some may move to the city, for convenience and access, but inertia often means you stay where you know unless you've long had a plan for something different. I honestly do not know what the average retired person in the DC area's yearly income is. If both members of a couple worked, I think they'd make $4-5K/month off of social security. Minimum required 401k distributions would likely by in the $1-2K/year range at least but possibly (much?) higher. Pensions are unlikely except for ex-Feds most likely. Point 6/7 - I agree.
  8. Just some favorites. I think they put out 9 albums over the dozen years or so that they were officially active. Johnny Cunningham was a bit opinionated and, as with many great bands, this (probably among other things) caused rifts and the group just splintered off. The good news is that they all remained active (or still do) and have made lots of fine music. I had the good fortune to see them in concert once, it was a masterpiece - there is nothing like seeing these gents live.
  9. It's still continuing, IMHO. But I think it is possible that it is slowing down....a little. I mean, how many millennials and baby boomers are still moving in to the city (and staying?), and more importantly, how long will that trend last? Particularly, it'll be interesting to see the Millennial generation and what they do as they all start having kids - stay in urban areas, or shift to suburban? Millennials are now age 23 to 38 - in prime home-buying and start-a-family modes, even by delayed standards (and aversion to debt and permanency). And, as the Millennials age, their desire to pay for $20 cocktails regularly may wane as they decide to start families. And not sure Baby Boomers (age range = 54 to 72) will fill in that gap, spending their retirement dollars to order those same $20 cocktails. While DC became red-hot in the apartments and condos zone, the current DC population has risen from 601,00 in the 2010 census to an estimated population of 693,000 - the highest point since the 1970s. But I think it is a matter of time before we hit an upper limit for need of more condos and apartments. I could be wrong, because the building continues in other close in urban areas (I see it all over Ballston, for example). And the roll-out of houses, townhouses, condos and apartments in the suburbs that continues, does so, IMO, at a more slow, deliberate pace. A good example is the Konterra development on both sides of 95 in the Laurel, MD area betweent DM-200 (the ICC) and Route 198. Some apartments have gone in recently. Most of the houses and townhouses from the last of the 2000s wave finished in the late 2000s. Much of the new houses have gone in first in the Montgomery County section of what is the total footprint of the Konterra development. But there are vast tracts of land that go untouched, and will probably stay untouched until the developers are sure they have strong interest and can sell through newly created inventory. It is fascinating to watch.
  10. I liked my one meal at Fork & Wrench well enough. Parking was a bitch though.
  11. Yeah I understand about the timing issue being a drag - especially given the emptiness of the restaurant and the fact that they only released some portion of the availability online (something I do not like, even though I understand why restaurants do it). I agree a menu, any menu, should have balance, and it sounds like Hazel's brunch menu is not balanced, and they could clearly improve on that front.
  12. Hey thanks for clarifying. Maybe the menu is slanted too far one way or the other. My point was, nobody was twisting your arm to order what you did. In situations like that we often order a couple of things, try them, and decide if any reorders are needed or move on or call it a day.