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  2. Sounds interesting. How did it turn out?
  3. @donk79 thank you for the correction and thank you for operating Kline's. Will miss seeing their seasonal opening this year. Best wishes to you and your family.
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  5. The few bowls of East Asian-style noodle soup we've had in our little corner of the world, at restaurants, have been highly mediocre. I am fairly certain that it's about the broth, which is typically limp and watery. We've made our own broth a few times when craving, but that's not always feasible. And paradoxically, with our time here dwindling, I am craving food I can't get here more and more. So when a friend suggested Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen, and I saw that I could get it on Amazon, I took the plunge. If you think you're getting Top Ramen or Cup o' Noodles, wrong! Mike's has none of that awful, sodium-heavy saltiness. The three varieties I've tasted, savory miso, spicy beef, and pork tonkatsu, have been rich, earthy broths. The noodles aren't like you'd get at a Seattle pho shop, but they are far better than the college instant ramen you remember. The small oil packet takes the soup over the top by adding a welcome richness. We've taken to throwing in a few elements to make a small packet into a meal -- a soft boiled egg, some homemade karaage, or maybe a sheet of dried seaweed. I'd like to add some slow-cooked pork the next time I do up a bowl. If you're in a noodle soup desert like we are, Mike's Mighty Good is an awesome substitute. It's not homemade of Toki-quality ramen, but it's as close as you can get with about six minutes of prep.
  6. I grew up eating scrapple, and love it. Goetta is in the same family tree as scrapple. The grain in the goetta is very prominent. But I have to say, if I could get goetta regularly, I would abandon scrapple immediately! Of course, I believe they put goose (duck?)fat on the griddle before cooking the goetta. That may have something to do with why I liked it so much!
  7. To get an extension Parliament needs next week to approve the deal they've twice rejected. Not a lot of downside for the "Conti-Non". Much more for UK. Nige & co, (who has split from his first baby UKIP, and claims to have a new party and candidates to pull of the shelf in the event of a general election), plus the European Research Group (ERG), Mogglydites etc. would not complain loudly if she failed. They wouldn't reject a "no deal" option as quickly as other elements would. Think of them collectively like Tea Party Jihadists. Possible way out....... Petition to revoke and remain gathering signatures at record pace. Just crossed 4M at last check. Parliament "considers" all petitions above 100K. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584
  8. Goetta sounds a lot like scapple - we're there for one meal. Terry's Turf Club also!
  9. Will she get an extension? What's the downside for the Continent not to grant it? Does anyone actively want her to fail? Given that this seems like a hasty mistake, isn't there a possible way out? Even powers-that-be enjoy stability.
  10. Without going to the store, what was the alternative? This sounds like a good fridge cleanout.
  11. Never trust a college kid's food palate, no matter what he turned into. 😉 Seriously, I had a Del Taco Green Burrito within the past couple of years - it's a scoop of refried beans (mostly mush), green chili sauce (mild), a little sour cream, and a small handful of cheddar thrown into a flour burrito, then tightly wrapped - they're teeny-tiny, and have a flavor that you either like or don't. I *love* the combination of green chili sauce (completely canned) and mushy refried beans, and with a little sour cream and cheddar, it works for me as guilty-pleasure food, preferably if I'm hungover as hell - do note that it's vegan. Not one single component of this burrito can be called "high-quality"; if you like the flavor of the combination, good for you - you have a dirt-cheap meal on your hands; if not, you're like the other 99% of the world. Never underestimate the power of the Bell - I never got hooked on it; there are people who absolutely love it as their guilty-pleasure food. I know there's probably lard in the tortillas, possibly the beans (blowing up the vegan notion), but the combo works for me, just like Taco Bell's works for Willie Nelson et al. But my goodness, please don't ever put my reputation (or, what's left of it) on the line when it comes to judging this industrial burrito.
  12. Perhaps The Bruery can post updated information here so our beer lovers can get updates - would someone please send this suggestion to them?
  13. They have changed their menu significantly from when they opened I think to separate the two spaces, I have been to both several times since I live in the area. TTT is very loud and more casual. Buena Vida is more of an upscale tapas type of place. I think they have this all-you-can-eat deal for $35 and all you can eat and drink for $50, but the catch is the entire table has to order the all-you-can-eat option. I went with a large group and we were told that we had to do the all-you-can-eat option which was not something my group wanted to do, and they were flexible about doing things ala carte and even gave us crab nachos and tequila on the house. I went to Buena vida another time and had very incompetent service and the bathroom was backed up. We poliltely complained and they ended up comping our whole meal.
  14. No, unraveling wasn't the right word - it just seemed like SMN opened to the type of excitement that could draw crowds cross-town, and over the years, it became more of a neighborhood restaurant in the minds of the public (I guess the only "major" change was the reversal of the service charge, which I thought was pretty ground-breaking at the time). I've been here 4-5 times, and went from being "dazzled" to merely "very happy," which hardly signifies an unraveling. For the life of me, I think I remember an off-night which scared me away for awhile, but I haven't been here since Mar, 2018, and it wasn't on that evening. PS - here's the menu from Mar 3, 2018 - I had the Fried Oysters, Mushroom Salad, Gnocchi with Vegetable Bolognese, and Lamb Shank Goulash that night, and everything was quite good.
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  16. When I lived in Columbus, everybody raved about Terry’s turf club for burgers and cocktails in Cincy
  17. I just had the So Happens its Tuesday with Coffee from Bruery at Fireworks Arlington. They have something from Bruery on Tap and it gets a big crowd, being popular. This is great. I'm a dark beer fan. This is strong at 14.6 ABV and extremely tasty. It looks like it might be available at Total Wine. I'm in. I can't believe it. I never drink during lunch. Now I can't do anything...but boy that was good.
  18. Two things: 1). What do you mean when you say it has slowly unraveled? I don’t recall hearing any chatter about the place declining. 2) Does anyone know what they meant when they said they’re excited for their next chapter? Are the same people that are closing this restaurant opening a new one in the same place? I was very confused by the message
  19. Hey, @DonRocks, I see that Black Rooster is still listed on the dining guide (un-closed, that is).
  20. This made me sad also - I suppose it seemed almost inevitable (the restaurant has ever-so-slowly unraveled since its opening), but it still makes me sad. They tried to do the right things, and they succeeded for awhile.
  21. I'm not one to rush out to be the first in line for things, but I have 4PM tickets today for the opening-day screening of "Us," and after seeing "Get Out," I'm darned well looking forward to it.
  22. I've got this Dark Chocolate - Olive Oil Skillet Banana Bread from Food 52 in the oven right now. It smells good. I only had 2 bananas instead of 3, but calculated that I was only about 2 oz. short. The batter, at least, has a decent amount of banana flavor to it...I used a loaf pan instead on a skillet, so I'm going to have to keep checking in terms of baking time.
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