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  1. Mario Batali - Sexual Misconduct

    This one is especially bad. The details in the story are horrific. Don, do you want to start a new thread for each pervert or can you add Ken Friedman to this thread's title? Ownership of different restaurants, so I think each pervert gets a thread.
  2. Mario Batali - Sexual Misconduct

    Wonder if it's best to wait til people come forward and then take the hit, or to come out and apologize before the story comes out. Lot of names gonna get continue to get named. I'd be so anxious.. probably better to take ownership.
  3. Good standard for prices, quality, value

    I initially wrote it out as linear.. but then I thought about it, and I'd spend $160 at Rose's and not feel like I got ripped off... Or $240 at Metier.
  4. Good standard for prices, quality, value

    Here is my back of the envelope value calculator for eating out. If I go out, I assume I will spend $50 for food, 2 drinks, tax and tip for me. If it meets 5/10 quality (let's just use Del Ray Pizza as a reference 5, because I eat there a lot), then it's just meeting threshold for value. If it costs less, it's a good value. If it's more, then it's not a good value. For each point above 5, I'll spend exponentially more, i.e. - 6/10 - $60, 7 - 80, 8 - $120, 9 - $160, 10 - $240. If the meal costs more than that number it's not a good value. If it costs less than that, it is providing excess value. If the quality is less than 4/10, then it doesn't matter the price - I left my house, went somewhere, and had a shitty meal, so I paid $50 for 2 beers - so it's always poor value.
  5. There are SO MANY bad restaurants on 23rd Street. When I first moved near there, I was excited to see a row of ethnic restaurants and bar/grills, but they are shoddy. Wonder why not one is any good. The only decent thing in the area is Kabob Palace, but that's not really on the strip. Cantina was what it was. Average suburban Tex Mex. I'm sure some people will miss it. Margaritas were aight.
  6. Thailand

    And it got 2 Michelin Stars.
  7. What if people are completely aware of what is out there in Europe in terms of benefits and wages, but are powerless to do anything about it? I disagree it’s because of labor’s ignorance. It’s because of their powerlessness, its because unions are disrespected and now weak compared to prior eras, and because there are no alternatives. It’s like medical residents. Nowhere in the world do they work 80-100 hour a week. We all know it. We all fudged our hours and pretended it was less. What are you supposed to do about it? Buck the system and get fired? No thanks. My partners are all very educated about the world around them. Many are female. Yet, we aren’t copying Scandinavians 1 year fully paid maternity leave. Not efficient and not necessary to offer since no other group does. Our 3 months is “generous” (1 of those being taken out of your PTO allowance). The American worker - and I mean worker -not opiate addicted, disability check collecting waste of space - the non-professional American worker that puts in 40-70 hours a week of restaurant, factory, or office work is not lazy, stupid, or ignorant. They happen to live in a country where those that own capital don’t feel the need to bestow rights to the labor that generates the wealth. And if I sound like Karl Marx, that’s not the goal. We don’t believe in “the third way” here. The country is dropping the 35% corporate tax rate to 20% with almost no backlash, but to raise the minimum wage of our lowest paid employees causes huge backlash and scares the Dow. We no longer believe/never believed in paid vacation, adequate PTO/sick time, retirement accounts, adequate health care, maternity/paternity. It’s not because people don’t know about it. It’s because there is no way to obtain it. Even places like Starbucks (that have a perceived social justice mission) screw their workers out of benefits, by keeping them under the threshold of hours needed for benefits, while forcing them to be available for greater than 60 hours a week, even if they won’t be called in. People know what’s out there. My fiancé knows. But she works at Hopkins in nursing and is limited in what she gets for time off and even for health care. She works for the “best medical system” in the country and can’t find a gyno within many miles to see her within a reasonable amount of time, and her copay to an ENT is a low level employees weekly take home. She had a great sales job with great benefits before that, but she had a calling for health care, so she took a hit. What is she going to do? Make JHH give her better insurance and 6 months of maternity? Yeah right...
  8. Thailand

    So, that was quite an experience! Firstly, the cost is not inclusive of tax/service, so it ends up being 6500B a person (~$180/person) without drinks, so it's expensive by Western standards. We ate on our last night in BKK. The restaurant is in a very cool old house in the Lumphini Park area. The feeling is more like "old school" British service with many people assisting you every step of the way. We had a table upstairs for the first seating at about 6pm. The menu is 25 emojis, and it's "small bites", molecular gastronomy, with cute presentations from the servers - you have various people bringing you courses - from the captain, to waiters, to the chef (not Gaggan, he doesn't work on Sundays). I've never had this type of food before, so it was a lot of fun - the spheres, foams, gels, etc. It's not "Indian" in the way Rasika still has completely Indian roots. It borrows from Indian cooking / spices, but it's it's own thing, and there are definitely some Thai influences. Without going into each specific dish (there are far too many and I don't think it's that valuable), but the ones I really enjoyed - "chili bon bons" - a take on pani puri, a chaat masala yogurt "explosion", a deconstructed green curry served on dehydrated chicken skin, shrimp foam in shrimp shell as a sort of "tom yum" (yeah, doesn't make much sense, but it's pretty amazing), baingan bartha "biscuits", idli foam, banana / chicken liver mousse, Indian fatty tuna sushi, pork vindaloo croquettes. They have an "audio/visual" dish, fun desserts, lamb "chorizo" with a tamarind fruit roll-up to eat it with, fish with indian green chili (similar to something served at Rasika but they use chicken as protein) made in banana leaf served flaming on the table, deep fried taro "charcoal", lobster taco made with a soft dosa shell. We had a blast, since neither of us had this type of an experience. One of the better experiential meals, like Komi or something like that. Was it the best in Asia? Well, with the number of Michelin starred restaurants in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, I would find this claim to be at best dubious and at worst, laughable at worst (not saying the Michelin star in itself means something, just saying there amazing fine dining experiences all over Asia). It's possibly not the best Asian fine dining in Bangkok (I didn't go to nahm or any of the nicer Thai places in town). The other thing, even though I'm not even a novice with wine, I recognized some of their options and the markup was incredible. Stick to cocktails and beers (they had a great New Zealand Double IPA that I've never even heard of) There are also service glitches. It's one of the most innovative takes on Indian food I've ever seen, very fun for the guests, and with extremely enthusiastic servers (think Rose's Luxury staff dressed much more formally). Service glitches - there was an issue with cocktails and our table and others - they took far too long to make and didn't come til the 3rd or 4th course. We just stopped eating until the drink finally came. Water glasses can stay empty and need gentle nudging to remind them to fill them back up. We spend $500 total, and it was well worth it, in my opinion. If you're going to be in Bangkok and aren't traveling on a budget, you should go, because of it's uniqueness and innovative nature, and because it really is tasty and refined. After many, many roadside curries, fiery som tam, rice porridges (we will miss these dearly), and so much meat on a stick, this was the perfect way to end the trip. I'd also suggest a quick stop at Muse Hotel's rooftop bar before or after (opens at 5.30p, so perfect for one cocktail before dinner) - it's just 5 minutes away. Enjoy the food pornographs!
  9. Went last night to ChiKo in Barracks. I had been interested in going, but just don't get to that area as much these days. It's "Chipotle-esque" inside, industrial look, done quite well. There isn't a whole lot of seating, you get in line, take a number and then hope a table opens up. There were 3 of us, so we went to town ordering. It's small plates-ish, but some of the items could definitely make a good size for lunch. It's not Chipotle as in customizable - you order items that are being continuously made fresh in the open kitchen. - Double fried chicken wings - spicy soy glazed - expertly fried, just a bit sweet for me, compared to BC, but these come right of the fryer and perfect crunch - Pork and kim chi poststicker - really tasty, with a nice dipping sauce - Kimchi stew - with pork belly, subtle, not very hard core on the kim chi, but well done - Smashed salmon - with squash and korean red chili paste ... very good - Wagshal's chopp'd brisket - this came most highly recommended by the staff member, but it was not the most loved - I didn't try it, since I don't eat the beef, there's a soft egg and you mix it in. - Cumin lamb stir fry - with wheat noodles... this was one of my favorite dishes I've had in DC in a long time, really well prepped, noodles had good chew (not sure if made in house), spicy but not terribly so, braised tender lamb, pretty much everyone's favorite - Chiko "shrimp and grits" - another WOW dish! Congee and garlic-sauced shrimp, so tasty. I think maybe I liked this better than the lamb. - Wok blistered Chinese broccoli - greens, a palate cleanser, done differently than at Chinese restaurants - it has thicker stems $125 for 3 of us, including one adult beverage each. Not really "fast-casual" - it takes a bit of time to get your food, as it is made to order, and it's not exactly cheap to get full for dinner (what we had was a good amount, we finished almost all of it and were comfortably full). But, high quality. I really like it - I would go back for that lamb stir fry. The ingredients are all really good compared to most Asian places, I think that's why everything just tasted "brighter". And, as someone else on Yelp said, it's not really Chinese - Korean fusion - it's Chinese and Korean dishes, all on the same menu. It's pronounced - "Chi" with a long I sound .. duh - "Chinese Korean". Got corrected when we said chee-ko.
  10. Totally agree! Cooking is one of those jobs that people seem to do against economic self interest, maybe? There seems to be a "love of the game" aspect of it. Or used to be, since it seems to be a lot of undocumented workers now. But, still, seems like the people interviewed are doing it for the experience and joy of it, despite how thankless of a task it is.
  11. Japan

    Trying to do research for Japan trip and I'm getting really overwhelmed. Any good way to break it down and figure out must-eats or a focus? We want 1) amazing sushi 2) amazing ramen/noodle soups 3) weird stuff. We have 3-4 days in Niseko when we are skiing, and my friend has gone and has places in mind, so I think we are fine there. Then 1 dinner in Sapporo on the way to Asahikawa. Any great ideas for the one meal here? Seafood/sushi seem to be specialties. Then 2 days in Asahikawa. Then 3 days in Tokyo. That's the main spot. I want to go to a nicer (but not the top dollar, would like it to be $200-250, rather than $300-350) sushi omekase, lunch at Tsukiji, various ramen/noodle shops, the Robot show, and other weird stuff. Is it worthwhile to do a food tour? They work out well in most other Asian countries I've been to, so thinking one day for that. Also, yakitori. And tonkatsu. And maybe a legit izakaya. Any recs? I know a lot of people say that if you walk around in the neighborhood and follow the lines, you'll inevitably get good food, but this is how that makes me feel. If someone could make a fairly idiot proof itinerary for 3 days in Tokyo, I would be forever indebted to you and give cancer treatment advice to you for free forever. Eh. I'd probably do that any way. But, still.
  12. Ha. Wonder why a simple statement like that took weeks to make. Maybe has something to do with 12% fall in share price after the comments?
  13. Dinner - The Polyphonic Food Blog

    Needed good ol' American comfort food after 8 days in Morocco... Tomato soup and gooey bacon and jalapeno mac and cheese from "Food Lab". Turned out fantastic and everything I needed after a week of tagine.
  14. Thailand

    Anyone do the Mae Hong Son loop? Going to do that very soon, and wondering if anyone had food suggestions... heard getting sick in Pai is a well known tradition. S
  15. Wow, Don. Re read the whole thread. Nobody called him a villain. Was it your own internal feelings that makes you say that? I don't think that one poster said anything all that negative about him as a person. We are, in fact, saying that he is peddling a horrible product, and that's the problem. Not the NFL. Please correct and delete if you see fit.