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About Ericandblueboy

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  1. I just had a falafel sandwich from the Halal Guys. It sucked, compared to Amsterdam. My balls were very soft, and slightly undercooked. I don't see myself as a regular patron. I'll just eat my crappy American Chinese food from Panda Gourmet next door (sadly I eat crappy American Chinese food all the time because I enjoy eating real vegetables).
  2. Calamari

    Asian calamari tend to be seasoned heavily in salt and pepper - you can find them in Chinese restaurants and Chinese influenced restaurants like certain Thai and Vietnamese joints.
  3. I took the kids to Ramen Factory 42 for dinner tonight after a visit to the pediatrician. What I first noticed is that their menu selection is remarkably similar to Jinya, which is also similar to Kizuna. Basically bao buns, gyoza, fried chicken, fried shrimp, takoyaki and ramen. That makes cross comparison pretty easy. We had their gyoza - the kids think Jinya is the winner. I don't think there's much difference. Both are small, thin skinned, with less filling but do not taste great. We had their fried shrimp (ebi fry). This is not shrimp tempura, and it isn't anything special. Can't say I'm a fan of Jinya's crispy shrimp tempura either. Different batter but similar in quality. We had their fried chicken. Again, not much difference in quality between here and Jinya. Inarizushi - I'm shocked that the kids like this. I liked it too but it's just tofu skin and rice. Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen - very fatty chasu with very little meat, perfectly cooked egg with creamy yolk, nice noodles but I would've liked more chew, and decent broth.
  4. Tysons Corner Center location just opened. It's on the bottom floor food court, near Mickey D's.
  5. With the draw, that is a very likely scenario. But EPL is totally unbalanced this year - there is only 1 good team (Man City, which ended the season yesterday by beating Man U). An awesome final 4 would be Munich, Barca, PSG, and Man City.
  6. First Round of Knock-Out PGS v. Real Madrid Chelsea v. Barca Tottenham v. Juve Sevilla v. Man U Basel v. Man City Porto v. Liverpool Munich v. Besiktas Shakhtar v. Roma In any case, one of my two disfavored teams (PSG & Real Madrid) will go out. The only other big clash is Barca v. Chelsea but Chelsea isn't as good as last year. In fact, Chelsea just lost West Ham (I might as well shred my bet on Chelsea to win the Premier League).
  7. Had dinner there. Much of the menu are dishes available at other Chang restaurants, and then there're the Chinese-style American food. We started with half a Peking duck for $35. The crepes were thin yet resilient. The condiments included the normal plum and a slightly hot sauce. The toppings included scallions and cucumbers. Most importantly, the duck was tasty. I think they may be the best Peking duck in the DC area, but China Wok charges $35 for a whole duck. The other 2 apps we had were crispy pork belly (also available at other Chang joints) and cumin shrimp with okra. Should've realized that the seasoning on the shrimp wouild be the same as the crispy pork belly - but the shrimp was very good - very crispy exterior and yet tender (kinda like that other cumin dish, dried fried eggplant). The shrimp would've been great in a po-boy sandwich. The 2 entrees were snow pea tips (excellent) and some bizarre noodle dish - Fermented Bean Paste Beef Tenderloin w/ Rice Noodle - this is not really Chinese food, the beef was cut too thick and too big to eat with chopsticks, and it was cooked to medium rare. The dish came with some chopped carrots and asparagus that looked steamed, and the whole thing was served on top of chow fun and you have to mix it up yourself. I would never order this again and even if it was free, I wouldn't eat it.
  8. We went to Maydan last night. It's definitely interesting to see the kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. We tried the hummus, halloumi, shrimp, squid, aleppo (ground lamb skewer) and koobideh (ground beef skewer). The hummus was definitely not as good as Zahav's (not as creamy and very heavy on the tahini). The halloumi came topped with lots of sesame seeds - just so you know. Both the shrimp and squid were cooked well - I liked the seasoning but they weren't particularly interesting or compelling. The two skewers were both fine - nicely seasoned, tender, but not particularly juicy. At $12 per skewer, they're just a bit more expensive than your local sit-down kebab shop such as Rose's or Shamshiry. The last picture was the kebabs I had at Thanasis, one of the 3 famous kebab shops at Monastiraki Square in Athens Greece. For 8 euros, they served up 4 super delicious lamb kebabs on warm bread topped with tomatoes and onions - I could not finish it - that's a bargain!
  9. Prime Rib

    What grade of prime rib do you buy? And where? Safeway has specials around xmas but I don’t know about the grade of beef.
  10. Unreal flat tire story

    I have no spare to worry about now but that is bizarre.
  11. Teams from the same country cannot draw each other, nor can teams who played each other in the group stage. The task is made especially hard for Chelsea. As the other four English sides won their groups, and Chelsea cannot be drawn against Roma again, it leaves only three possible opponents: Barcelona, Besiktas or Paris Saint-Germain -- meaning they have a very high chance of a tough tie. Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are also likely to face a big tie in the last-16, with Liverpool and both Manchester City and Manchester United on their shortlist of opposition. Possible opponents for all round-of-16 teams Barcelona: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Basel, FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk. Bayern Munich: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Besiktas: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Basel, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Chelsea: Barcelona, Besiktas, Paris Saint-Germain. FC Basel: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Juventus: Besiktas, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool: Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk. Manchester City: Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla. Manchester United: Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Paris Saint-Germain: Chelsea, FC Basel, FC Porto, Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Real Madrid: Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma. Roma: Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Tottenham Hotspur: Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk. Sevilla: Besiktas, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Shakhtar Donetsk: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. FC Porto: Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur.
  12. Group stage of the Champions League ended today. Group A - Man U, Basel Group B- PSG, Munich Group C - Roma, Chelsea - Atletico Madrid out! Group D - Barca, Juve Group E - Liverpool, Seville Group F - Man City, Shaktar - Napoli out! Group G - Besiktas, Porto - Leipzig and Monacco out! Group H - Tottenham, Real Madrid - Dortmund out! 4 Premier League teams topped their group. One 1 La Liga team topped its group. Only 1 League 1 team left, PSG. Only 1 Bundesliga team left, Munich.
  13. Tail-On Shrimp

    I can't find the thread that raised the question, but here're some responses.