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  1. iolaire

    Food Halls

    Auckland has "food courts" in high rise developments that were built in modern history. With small ethnic type food cooked in small spaces. But yes making something like Reading Terminal Market work would require either a developer/owner with a desire to make it happen. Or a local government who allowed it as a replacement for some sort of mandatory art space, setback or whatever.
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    Food Halls

    I think the concept could work but it needs to be affordable to the vendors and guests. Lots of the food halls mentioned in the linked story seem like they are started by big names with high costs and rules. I guess what I'm saying is we need to try the Reading Terminal Market concept more. With an affordable rent and vendors who are actually cooking food in small spaces and its not all high end dinning. Reading Terminal Market is more similar to what you see in Singapore versus the Time Out food hall. Time out does work but its much more complex and costly all around.
  3. I use the Amazon music streaming thats included in Prime a lot. Generally I listen to playlists or stations for pop, electronic and dance. I find the playlists/stations repetitive, for example if you listen to top pop and top dance a lot of the music is shared. I don't know if thats reflective of what people dance to these days or if it just reflects a limited "free" catalog. But I continue to listen to it since it doesn't have ads and I'm already paying for it. I do explore pandora and google pay stations at times but end up on Amazon most of the time. Movie wise we don't get to much to watch because my wife checks out every new movie found at the Arlington Library via the library hold system so its hard to find new movies. I've only watched about two series of the Amazon produced shows but they were good.
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    Caboose Brewing Co. in Vienna

    Yes, see their website home page for lots of graphics showing how they backup on the trail http://www.caboosebrewing.com
  5. These days my wife prefers non diary milk, and I only really consume milk on the weekends so it doesn’t make sense to by half gallons of milk as it goes bad. Really I only desire a cup or so per week. Usually buying smaller milk quantities of say pint are very costly. Therefore I’m looking for a source of small single serve milk packages like you would find in Europe for say 25 euro cents per box in some sort of bulk pack priced at a few euros. The official name of this packing is UHT (Ultra High-Temperature Pasteurization). Some says it kills the good bacteria but I’m less worried about that as I consume it in small quantities. What I see online and in local stores are usually Horizon Organic type single server boxes that cost roughly $1 for 8 oz. (one cup) in multipacks. I’m not yet ready to jump on that because it seems fairly pricy. I do have some powdered milk (which I drank growing up) but I use it in such a small quantity that it gets old and becomes not so tasty… So does anyone know where I could find something like this (1 cup UHT milk single serve packs) locally at a fairly low cost, say 50 cents per container? https://www.stockupexpress.com/parmalat-lil-milk-whole-milk.html
  6. The blue line I rode today had a single car wrapped with advertising for this place. I don't recall seeing branding inside the train.
  7. I don't know, it seems like multiple restaurants with their own ordering systems and seating? Patrons can hop from one place to another with a drink in hand. True food courts should allow you to grab something from each of multiple restaurants. Or for example six people get their preferred food and sit down at the same table. I guess I expect something more like Time Out Market Lisboa where you could sit at a bar at one of the stands to eat and drink something from just that vendor, or you could order what you want and take it to tables in the middle to combine it with something else such as a charcutaria plate, then add a suckling-pig sandwich, and then finish with coffee, all from different vendors.
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    This should have been corrected before I could no longer edit the post as no set menu had three courses, each had way more: It was as set meal, each version with numerous courses. You pick on of three set menus, we both went with the most expensive option that included wagyu beef.
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    Returned from a trip to Japan and Kyoto last week. We were there for the fall leaves and it was peak season in the temple grounds with perfect Japanese maples changing color. Our nice meal for the trip was lunch at Shoraian - Tofu Restaurant http://www.syouraian.jp/ 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨亀ノ尾町官有地内 Sagakemonoocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan based on the recommendations from a poster over on the InsideFlyer.com forums. Its located in a park area in Arashiyama facing the river. I believe you can access it from the Arashiyama bamboo forest but we accessed it via the river. Its in a park and you need to walk in. Our guest house made reservations for us, that was the start of November for the last week of November and we were told it was the last reservation available for the three days we had open. We were VERY happy to have the reservation because the entire Kyoto area was very crowed because of leaf season. It was a set meal with multiple courses. You pick one of three courses and we both went with the most expensive option that included wagyu beef. Our check totaled $118 with the two meals and one extra glass of plum wine (the set menu also include one small glass of house plum wine). Its called a Tofu restaurant but there are still many non tofu items. Overall the menu is hard to describe other than its traditional Japanese food of numerous types, about seven or so courses and overall it was a great experience which I highly recommend. The best dish was the wonderful Tofu Gratin with Namafu, which had both cheese and a soya based product, it was a wonderful creamy dish. Rather than trying to do my own full write-up, which I'd do poorly, I'd suggest reading this blog post which also rates good the Tofu Gratin with Namafu: http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/shoraian-syourian-tofu-restaurant-kyoto/ Update, I forgot to mention the Shoraian meal was similar to a meal we had a temple in Koyasan - minus the meat, but it was miles better! I was very happy we already had the Shoraian meal when we had a vegetarian temple meal where all the dishes were about 45* and completely uninspiring as we ate it in our very cold room with the heater blowing. I don't recommend a temple stay when its cold because the temples are open to the elements and the rooms with rice paper walls will be freezing, as will the walks to the bathrooms... Luckily that was the one place we had the Japanese baths so we were able to warm ourselves up prior to going to bed. At some point the heaters did an ok job and got the rooms relatively comfortable. The river photo is on the walk to the restaurant. The trees were ideal and then there is a simple temple shot from the gardens.
  10. I enjoyed Booeymonger in Bethesda when I worked in Bethesda prior to 2010. I liked the bagels and my favorite lunch was the: The Manhattan 7.50 Grilled roast beef, fresh spinach, bacon and melted cheddar cheese on a French baguette with a touch of house dressing I don't recall the catering. But I do find most catering meals not that exciting.
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    Dining at Airports

    I've been told of a CEO who likes this place so much that he has brought his family to this place just to eat.
  12. Your final version is much more PC, the email alert was much shorter Good point.
  13. District taco is giving a free burrito all day with costume, my wife got one in old town Alexandria with only a mask.
  14. I think restaurants also have sort of a minimum price for entrees. For example if you look at the menu online, that doesn't have cauliflower, the minimum entre price is Chicken Almondine at $30. I'd guess that the current menu price is probably more like $32, unless you are paying a premium for a "steak" of cauliflower. Also that menu had a side of cauliflower duet at $11, maybe that could be used as a substitute if you are going on the cheap....