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  2. I am sitting in their bar here where most of their local draft rotating beers are $4! (13 oz). It is a medium-sized market, equal parts booze, grocery, and prepared foods. I picked up some Route 11 Salt and Pepper chips that I have not found elsewhere, as well as some 3 Stars tall boys. (Guess i should get a salad later). Little Red Fox is my favorite small shop in the neighborhood, but if Glen’s was closer, I’d have a tough choice to make.
  3. TheMatt

    ISO Whole nutmegs

    I know I saw whole nutmeg at Penzeys the last time I was there. But that was a couple months ago...
  4. DaRiv18

    ISO Whole nutmegs

    Not sure if there is a thread for where to find ingredients, I don’t expect this one to go too deep. But I am now 0-5 for finding whole nutmegs at grocery stores, they are all pre-ground. When did that happen? Has DC DonRockwellians seen it recently anywhere?
  5. Kanishka

    South Africa

    For the last three nights we've been staying at Long Hope Villa, a private home in the Nyathi portion of Addo Elephant Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. This was our first (and possibly last) safari and so we went for the fences and splurged. The villa is a converted 19th century three-bedroom farmhouse that comes with a private chef, butler, and game driver. The chef, Sam, has been there for 16 years. I only got a smidgen of what he was capable of -- we didn't really let on that we were food lovers as he was cooking for both us and the boys and we were there for the animals and not the dining*. That said, the meals were terrific if a bit too big -- for dinner, beef tenderloin and fish one night, pork the other, and an awesome venison pie for our last night. We were asked for our preferences ahead of time and told them we wanted vegetables. They sent out multiple roasted vegetable dishes each night, which the kids devoured. Breakfast spreads were "continental plus," with excellent cheeses, fresh bread, fruits, and eggs made to order. On our last morning we had springbok carpaccio, which needed just a few flakes of Maldon sea salt to wake it up. Lunches were light roasted meat with salad -- perfect! The highlight however were the game drive snacks. This sounds weird, but for each drive (early AM and 4 PM) Chef Sam prepared four sets of canapés, which we ate in the middle of the park surrounded by nature, towards the end of our drives. These included cheese and chutney sandwiches, beef tips, meatballs, amazing pumpkin fritters, and fresh fruits. We were truly spoiled. Long Hope is not cheap, and this entry should really go under hotels but whatever. That said: we saw elephants, buffaloes, kudus, three of the five lions, a hyena, rhinos (from a distance), zebras, ostriches, warthogs, etc... and we ate like champs. What an experience. As we drove out of the park, our five-year old started to cry (true story), saying "I want to stay here forever." 😢Broke my heart. *Why go to a place with a private chef and not take full advantage of it? Because peace at the dinner table is so nice after a few weeks of stressful kid management at restaurants. Maybe we'll do something equally insane when the boys are older...
  6. Java Shack no longer carries Junction Bakery croissants and other items. I hadn't seen the everything croissant for a while and finally asked. What I heard was they changed bakeries because of pricing. Maybe. I don't know. Of course that could mean that Junction Bakery in Alexandria may no longer carry Commonwealth Coffee. Dang I miss those Everything Croissants. They are delicious.
  7. Loved the restaurant week branzino, apple salad and whipped sesame/hummas type stuff with fat bread. ($22). No, I'm not trying that hard on this review for some very simple reasons. 1. I expected a menu with lots of dairy-free options but instead, almost everything had dairy on it. Ok, that's the only reason. I'm mad at Momofuku for some reason. Maybe I need restaurant therapy.
  8. Daikaya Group To Take Over Former Graffiato Space in Chinatown Details to TBD. "It's a no brainer for us to take next door because it's next door," Utagawa says. "We want to have that opportunity to keep the cool vibe of the area."
  9. Uncle Natty is here to help with your college debt!
  10. weezy

    Earthquake-Proof Buildings

    Chinese pagodas have been studied because of their ability to withstand earthquake forces
  11. Yes, also on the flip side, we REALLY need more small farmers and people to get back into farming. We won't do that if we don't provide farmers decent profit margins to survive, which means selling more of their produce for profit. So monetizing produce otherwise not being sold does help it just doesn't sound as sexy- we are providing a better living and profit margin for farmers so they can continue to farm is a less sexy headline than- food bank donations going down. So I do think it is likely a complicated area.
  12. No direct experience, but I found this: Apr 5, 2018 - "Why the Business of Ugly Produce Is So Complicated" by Gowri Chandra on foodandwine.com
  13. Does anyone have an opinion on (or experience with) "ugly food" companies (e.g., Imperfect Produce, Hungry Harvest)? Yes, I fell for the click-bait: I'm expecting my first box this week. Wish I had found the TNR article before signing up. It raises some good points. However, for me, it's an affordable supplement for CSA during winter months. Thoughts? Comments? Feedback?
  14. DonRocks

    Earthquake-Proof Buildings

    "How Japan's Skyscrapers Are Built To Withstand Earthquakes" by Martha Henriques on bbc.com This is an interesting, ten-part slideshow that explains energy-dampening features in Japanese skyscrapers, including the world's second-tallest structure, the Tokyo Skytree.
  15. Pigged out here last night. I've been hitting the gym hard and thought I needed a treat, so I ate for 2(maybe 3). The Salmon Jaw was a meal by itself. The Edaname I shouldn't have ordered, not fuzz but meh. Had 3 rolls, another 10 piece of Nigri and a beer. Normally would have had a few beers but the diet is keeping me in check. Great value at Happy Hour, will come back.
  16. dcandohio

    New Orleans, LA

    “Roach strong.” Perfect.
  17. porcupine

    Dover Sole

    answer also this [excerpt: "The geographical title “Dover” was tacked on to the true sole because the English town of Dover could supply more fish for London’s Billingsgate market than any other fishing village. But, despite its name, Dover sole is caught in other places. This flatfish ranges from the Mediterranean to the North Sea and is usually found in shallow waters."]
  18. Thank you for starting this topic, lperry. I really think José Andrés might win the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Last year, I thought he'd be considered for the first time (which he was), but wouldn't be considered seriously; this year, he's a very real candidate to win the actual prize, especially in contrast to whom we have in the White House. Funny that Eater DC didn't ask me this year, as if I somehow know less than in years past (I most assuredly don't). But, that's just Eater trying to eliminate their competition, from what I hear; I couldn't care less. On other notes, Warren Rojas and I have become much closer friends since he left Eater - this should surprise no one. And, to those who think Puerto Rico is somehow "inferior" to the USA, let's take another look at the 2004 Puerto Rican Basketball Team, and the thrashing they dealt to the "Dream Team."
  19. You know what? I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to remember - really remember - the film, years into the future. It's forcing you to write down what's happening, rather than letting you enjoy the fil as a hedonist. I don't remember the film as a whole; but I remember each of the scenes I detailed, as weird as that sounds.
  20. Finatic

    Dover Sole

    Then it is not DOVER sole.
  21. Mark Slater

    Dover Sole

    Also from Chile.
  22. Finatic

    Dover Sole

    How can Dover sole be from Denmark?
  23. Joe Pesci's first-ever film: "Hey, Let's Twist!" from 1961. Click on this - he's at the 58-second mark, yes, that's Joe Pesci on the bottom-right:
  24. Yesterday
  25. At Whole Foods Arlington they had a free meatballs spaghetti and salad dinner. I wasn’t aware of it, but obviously those affected are very knowledgeable. The upstairs dining was completely packed—everyone eating meatballs and spaghetti Upon further research this was a chain wide meal deal throughout the region. I hope a lot of workers took advantage of the opportunity
  26. Wow, I just found this: Jul 2, 2010 - "Carol Anne Gubitosi, 70, Owner of Gaetano's Pizzeria in Clifton Heights" on delcotimes.com
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