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  1. I very much appreciate the review and was interested but the website won't stop moving long enough for me to focus! I've asked before but why do restaurant websites insist on overwhelming the sense with movement and even worse, noise? Siren's Dinner webpage
  2. The original article mentions Solvang, CA, a place I have been. That little city is weird. Every minute I expected to trip on a little green person, rainbow, or pot of gold. I was also expecting to see real live Oompa Loompas too. I didn't really love it because it was so weird, and unexpected and so unlike the rest of Santa Barbara. That said, it was obviously memorable. https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/11-us-cities-feel-like-international-destinations/#SilverSpring
  3. I had no idea there were tuna in the gulf. I've eaten garfish balls but never "local gulf" tuna... (garfish balls are basically hush puppies made out of garfish meat FYI).
  4. There's a new Poki DC on L st...btw Ct and 19. Couldn't find it on the web. Soft opening today was tasty. I found this Poke more than OK. Very nice people there everything was what it was supposed to be. Fresh, cold, warm, soft, crunchy...It is a bowl of rice with stuff on it but I pretty much love rice with stuff on it.
  5. Pizza Hut...5 years. I did everything but drive at a delivery unit. I learned a lot...most lessons I really didn't need.
  6. Oh, I don't go there... 395 says it runs north-south but feels more east-west...makes me uncomfortable. (edited to say, I'm joking in case humor doesn't translate)
  7. Traffic. I live in Arlington too and my 10 minute drive from Connecticut and K to Exit 71 of I-66 can take 40. So...what's your favorite delivery? I need new Thai and my kids want Pho delivery for some reason. (and I'm getting worse and worse about shopping for food)
  8. About a two weeks ago, for lunch, I ordered tapas and entree salads in the dinning room for lunch with a group of people who shared. The food was amazing and I loved the experience.
  9. I am a terrible speller too and have a pretty big vocabulary because of it. If I couldn't spell a word when younger, I'd substitute.
  10. Third visit wasn't so great as the last few. I went first thing on Sunday. They opened at noon and I was waiting in the parking lot with another car for noon. I immediately went to the bathroom and noticed that it was very dirty and the dark shelf dusty. While sitting in the dining room, I noticed that the floor was very dirty although the tables looked clean. This really impacts my opinion of food, especially raw fish. While the salmon and avocado roll was very good, I was unimpressed with the tuna roll. It seemed to have some sort of chemical taste. My companion and I very much enjoyed the ramen but not sure I can go back. Dirty dinning just doesn't do.
  11. Happened by yesterday with 2 kids and one man. Had traditional poke, a trio of tacos, and guac. Oh my goodness gracious this food was fantastic. If you are at second story books, it is one store front down from a Subway, down into a basement. It's small with three tables of 4-6 and a lunch counter that might seat 8. All of the tables are high tops and while the 4.5-yr-old didn't fall off her seat, she might have 6 months ago. The guys in side were really friendly. What impressed me most, I think, is how much flavor was packed into these tasty treats without a lot of heat, which is great for the kids. Guac could have used more salt and were served with pita, instead of regular chips. I would argue that this poke is not trite. https://dc.eater.com/2018/3/14/17121290/tiki-taco-dupont-circle-open
  12. NolaCaine

    Food Halls

    Not sure if this is helpful to the question but I found this article very interesting: In the food space, might it be harder for a restaurant or concept to find its footing?
  13. I have had a post or two recently deleted and wasn't offended. It was the category of threads that devolved....Fair.
  14. NolaCaine

    New Orleans, LA

    Do us a favor and try both Central and Napoleon House. I've given my vote...
  15. Don: When I was a pre-teen and teen, my mom gave me a sex-ed book and an etiquette book every summer and insist I read them both. I did. I also remember getting ready with girlfriends and reading aloud from the sex one. I am proud to say that of my friends, I have the best manners, and the youngest, most planned-for kids. Regarding the wind storm. I found it fascinating and weird. I am also tired of being cold and although today is beautiful, that damn wind is keeping me inside.
  16. I am not a BBQ expert or a Rocklands devotee but it's good, satisfies the itch and is quick and easy. However, I must point out two new discoveries that I made recently: 1. On Thursday nights, with a beer purchase at the bar, received a free egg roll. but get this: IT'S A BBQ-PORK-FILLED egg-roll. !!! It's good if you like barbecued pork deep fried and served with chili sauce...and a side of beer. 2. there's a free #1 Sons fermentation bar now. I love that stuff and frankly wish they would just sell full orders of it b/c i'd purchase.
  17. NolaCaine

    The Bias Against "Local" Wines

    I spent quite a bit of time tasting VA wines in...2006-08 and they weren't that great. The exception was Barboursville and the Kluge Estate. Now I am prejudiced against VA wines based on experience. Yet, I am willing to open my mind to them...I also like driving around and spending time outside so win-win!
  18. Thank you all. The conversation did allow me to push back with conviction. I think we'll be able to improve the choices although not by much. Not that this is the topic of this thread but some of the food was quite good considering this is service for 350. "Andrew" the chef, I am told, comes from Blue Duck. Of the 6 appetizers I tried, the mini crab cake was fantastic though a bit floppy to be hand held. The "Mini" lobster roll could have used some salt, but was otherwise fine and very generous. Of the three salads, the poached pear salad with endive, spiced walnuts, blue cheese, and arugula was stunning to look at but the least flavorful. My table-mates disagreed and thought it was a very fresh start. My favorite was the generous charred broccolini salad with a bug old hunk of burrata, prosciutto and parm. Crisping up the prosciutto was magic in my opinion but might be cheating in other opinions. Loved all three main options with the grilled filet of NY strip being really tender and easy to eat with the potato puree and horseradish jus being quite wonderful. Sea bass was great with the porcini broth being such a stand-out that I'm curious about how this place does soup. But the best, in terms of flavor, by far was the veggie entree. Curried Fried Cauliflower with caper raisin puree was amazing. Absolutely amazing.
  19. What do you think about this for a large-scale dinner? Our house Wines: Hogue Chardonnay $50 Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon $50 Hogue Merlot $50 Champagne: Chandon, California, Brut Classic $55 Chardonnay: Kendall Jackson, Russian River, California $55 Sauvignon Blanc: Kim Crawford, Marlborough, New Zealand $55 Other Whites: Pinot Grigio - Danzante, Italy $56 Pinot Blanc – Trimbach, Alsace, France $55 Pinot Noir: Meiomi, Sonoma County, California $55 Cabernet Sauvignon Kendall Jackson, Alexander Valley, California $60
  20. I know, RIght? That's why I posted here. Secretly I wanted an expert opinion so when I go back to the hotel I could intelligently be indignant. Yes, this is a work event that has to be in DC. When I first saw the list I thought that I've had them all, they all aren't great, and are less than $10 at Total Wine.
  21. Interested...need space for 400 although expecting 350 this year. Don't want a too big space. Nice too. "fancy"
  22. Ah-choo intercontintial the warf Ah-choo
  23. NolaCaine

    New Orleans, LA

    I LOVE THE ZOO! But many people don't so I didn't suggest it. <having Cat's Meow flashbacks now>
  24. NolaCaine

    New Orleans, LA

    My pleasure. How about lunch or brunch here: http://www.galatoires.com/ Sunday brunch is a family affair. Bar opens one hour before kitchen and it is a scene. Historic tasting = http://www.antoines.com/ and https://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/. DO a drink and app at each. (pronounced ARE-Nos) IMO best mufalatta is Napoleon House but that can also cause massive fights http://www.napoleonhouse.com/ Herbsaint has a great rep but I haven't been because I just go back to the old places I used to frequent. However, Now that I am boycotting August, I;ll try to make it there next (as yet unplanned) trip. Have fun! As a bachelorette, everybody is going to hit on you, possibly even gay men and straight women.
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    Planning a trip to Spain

    OMG Barcelona; loved it (and yes, I think Gaudi is Gawdy). But the city is amazingly beautiful and the architecture beyond my words. I'd like to vote for Sevilla and Cadiz. They are smaller cities but each unique. Saville has a church built on a mosque, built on a church plus lush gardens and fruit grows wild. Cadiz has a million little churches with millions of little euros worth of gold, silver, and shiny stones in them. Gotta see it to believe it. I could go on and might later. Spain is small, we are talking trains here. I went to Barcelona with 3 yr olds and expecting. Because we dinned early, we discovered first hand how family-oriented the city is. Since pregnant, I was treated like a...Madonna even getting free cups of soup and wine-fruit-drinks (very weak). The kids were encouraged to run around the restaurants (if they were near empty) and proprietors enjoyed speaking pre-school Spanish with our American kids. I went to Sevilla and Cadiz while a very poor grad student. The Churches are basically free little history museums. I also remember listening to a lot of free music. I still have some pottery from that trip including my current sugar bowl. Enjoy yourself. I need to go back and take the little girl. She'd love it because that child will eat everything.