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  2. We finally made it here last night right at opening. We don't live terribly far, but it's never at the top of our list when we get time to go out. We were on the way back into town and thinking of places between the BW Parkway and our house and it popped into mind. Wow. We never should gave waited so long! First thing: my wife is celiac and appreciated that they state up front that they use tamari exclusively. She remarked how often she craves Japanese pub/izakaya food, but is always nervous that there is shoyu in everything and ends up ordering "safe" items. It's the first time she's been able to pick from the whole menu without care. I don't have any frame of reference with the NYC yakitori spots, but Momo compares very favorably to what we remember from Japan. The set combinations could have been described a little better; we ordered the 6 piece tare/shio combo and then the tsukune set thinking the meatballs would be their own thing, but the 6 pc. set included 2 meatballs as well. Also had duck hearts (well, I did) which were fantastic. All of the yakitori were very good to excellent (duck hearts and the "oyster" nugget with crispy skin), but the highlight of the meal might have been one of the veggie plates: Bok Choy seared and served with natto butter sauce I had gone to take our 4 year old to the rest room when this arrived at the table, and was lucky there was any left when we returned. I was worried this would be too natto-y, but it wasn't overpowering at all. A simple dish that hit every note perfectly. Of the 4 veggie dishes we ordered I think only the silken tofu is something I wouldn't order again (it was fine, but the subtlety was lost amongst the other dishes). We were going to get a Rita's for the kid afterwards, but tried the toasted marshmallow and purin anyway (at $3 a pop, why not?). The purin was a perfectly good take on the familiar flan, and the marshmallow was, well, a toasted marshmallow. BUT! The black sesame buttercream on the side. Holy shit. I would have been happy spooning a bowl of that directly into my mouth. We joked if they sold it in pints, and the bartender said they've done just that a couple of times for regulars 😂 We will definitely be back (our little one ate almost everything he tried, and I know our older ones will like it, too). I found it pricey just due to the amount needed to order to make a complete meal. Our total was around $120 before tip including 3 cocktails, which were expensive and by far the weakest part of the meal. I will stick with the interesting all-Japanese beer selection next time.
  3. Today
  4. Another comfort meal for Mom: T-Bone steak on the grill, eggplant casserole, roasted Yukon Gold potatoes. Mom wanted garlic butter for the steak so I made that, too.
  5. I had dinner here probably three times, usually when driving down Glebe Road and thinking of a place for a quick bite - this was often the top choice, more so than Mussel Bar, just to get a large Cheese Plate with all the condiments, and a halfway-decent bottle of wine. La Fromagerie in Old Town had (has) a far-better cheese plate for the money, but in full disclosure, the last time I had it there (probably a month ago), our server went so far as to *apologize* for its presentation, adding that the chef was making the plate that night, and he wasn't the best person to make it. Look at this - the difference in quality is obvious, but this picture was taken two-visits ago:
  6. Shoot, I didn't see this until now: I'd say Clarity (but there's also a reason I've spent 10,000 hours and ten-times that many dollars on the Virginia Dining Guide). Where did you go (or did you?)
  7. "Goodnight, Sweet Blues" (the Ethel Waters episode) is one of the single finest hours of television I've ever seen in my life (and it stands on its own). "The Thin White Line" is an amazing piece of acting by Martin Milner, slightly goofy grin notwithstanding - it's the first-ever episode that depicted LSD, and it's incredibly gripping and powerful (it, too, stands on its own). These two are the first episodes that came to mind, after not having thought about this series in a year or so. Please do watch them, and let us know what you think. I don't remember every detail about "A Long Piece of Mischief," but I remember that it was extraordinarily powerful, and that I loved it. Thanks for writing about it - "Route 66" was a groundbreaking series (I believe it was the first one ever that wasn't shot in one location). If you have access to "The Twilight Zone," watch Albert Salmi in, "Of Late, I Think of Cliffordville" - if nothing else, than to drool over a young Julie Newmar - the "mirror image" of Salmi in that episode (John Anderson, who played Henry J. Fate in "Mr. Denton on Doomsday") was also a major character in an intense episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," called "The Survivors." You and I are a dying breed, Neal - people don't know what they're missing. Without looking, wasn't George C. Scott in "The Flim-Flam Man?"
  8. I just watched Season 2, Episode 15, on FETV on my cable plan in Montgomery Co., A Long Piece of Mischief featuring Albert Salmi as a rodeo clown, Audrey Trotter as the aging stunt rider who lost her husband and is inconsolable in the bottle (he loves her, naturally, but she can't see past her grief!), Ben Johnson and Slim Pickens as sadistic rodeo riders who try to humiliate Salmi for no discernible reason. You don't see Milner much but Maharis has an unusual role in the story. Wikipedia mentions that this series is loosely based on Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I know the beat icon book came out just a few years before the series (1960-64), but was the book really that well known that tv audiences would take to it? Kerouac threatened to sue! I am just catching up to Dave O's comments upthread that put Kerouac in context here. Rocks really made me want to see more of these episodes, especially the one with Ethel Waters. It seems to me like the good tv actors of the day must have wanted to be on the show because of the quality writing. It must have been too adult for me when first broadcast (5-9 years old), and I am surprised it was on CBS but maybe I shouldn't be. Route 66 By the way, I love Albert Salmi! As Rocks pointed out he was the original Bruce Pearson in the tv performance of Bang the Drum Slowly, the one with Paul Newman playing Henry "Author" Wiggen in an amazing performance. In this episode of Rt. 66 Salmi plays a slow witted but goodhearted rodeo clown, and I've been seeing him a lot lately on cable as Deputy Meshaw in The Flim Flam Man movie with George C. Scott, Michael Sarrazin, Sue Lyon, and Harry Morgan as the sheriff yelling "Meshaw" throughout. I swear that BEFORE The Blues Brothers movie came out and its car chase through a mall The Flim Flam Man must have had the funniest, most car demolishing chase in movie history!
  9. Yesterday
  10. We went for dinner last week and were thoroughly impressed. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The balance of flavors, textures and temperatures on all of our dishes was perfect. We had the 4 course menu, which was plenty of food, and the little extras they gave us along the way were a great touch (including a generous pour of a desert wine). We prefer cocktails over wine, and ordered two of their signatures, both well-balanced and complex enough to keep me sipping happily throughout the meal. Fiola is an outstanding restaurant and deserves its star, but is the food worth what we paid? It depends. Even though we loved our meal there we probably wouldn't have gone had we not been given a gift card (hello daycare!). We were discussing at dinner that as good as the food was, was it twice as good as places we've eaten that cost half as much? Probably not, but that's an objective measure for something that is inherently subjective. It felt like we were paying for the service as much as the food, which isn't a bad thing. The service and ambiance at Fiola were incredible, and certainly made our evening very memorable.
  11. You’re probably no longer in Mougins, but back when Le Moulin de Mougins had three stars, the chef opened a second, less formal, less expensive restaurant called L’Amandier de Mougins (the Amandier was right in the middle of the restaurant) - sort of like Nougatine compared with Jean-Georges, but this was better (it might have had one Michelin Star). Anyway, the meal was absolutely delightful, and was under 100 € per person, with drinks, wine, dessert - the full Monty. Only a country with a restaurant culture like France could pull off having meals like this, perfectly executed, at these prices, and somehow have the restaurants ‘available yet sold out’ every single night. It’s an attitude something like, ‘What’s the most we can do for our customers and still only charge 100€?’ as opposed to ‘What’s the least we can do for our customers and still get them to pay 100€?’
  12. Took my girl (5.75) to sho-shi zen, which she loves. However, the horror on her face when presented with a paper straw, was priceless. "This is horrible! It goes all wiggly in my mouth." takes another sip "and it tastes funny). She took it out, and took the top off the apple juice and just drank it. She was, straight up, offended. We also over-ordered b/c we were so hungry. On demand, the made her a shrimp and avocado roll (a bit bland) as well as salmon roll, california roll, veggie roll, salmon and avocado and spicy tuna. All yummy and no, girl did not (yet) try the spicy tuna.
  13. We have a Newks in Annapolis. Never been, not going as I try to support the local spots as much as possible.
  14. Dinner at Paste Bangkok was fantastic. Service was efficient, and while English was clearly not the first language of any of the servers they did fine in describing the dishes, and were very polite and welcoming. I didn't feel like having wine with this dinner, so I opted for a "Phraya sour," one of their 'signature cocktails." It was great, nicely tangy and refreshing after a walk through the hot Bangkok night. While their menus online suggest that they will only do tasting menus for parties of 2 or more, they offered me (as a single) a nice tasting menu. The amuse bouche of spanner crab on top of a rice cracker was a promising start, though not nearly as interesting as everything to come after. A trio of starters (watermelon/ground salmon/galangal, roasted duck/nutmeg/coriander, and scallop/mangosteen/young coconut) were each really nice, with the scallop dish being the clear highlight. It was sweet, sour, creamy and a little crunchy, absolutely amazing. The soup course of watermelon rind, dish roe and dumplings was flavorful and interesting, and I used the leftover broth to flavor the first helping of jasmine rice. These courses were followed by two 'main' courses (sour sausage/crunchy rice balls/kaffir lime/'weeds', and a southern-style yellow curry with spanner crab). The sour sausage dish was incredibly flavorful--the jasmine rice that was provided wasn't to tone down the spiciness, but to provide a counterpart to the intensity of flavor, in my view. A small dessert trio was almost too much--almost, but a very nice riff on the salty cream coffee. I'd love to go back, but with so much else to experience in Bangkok, that's not too likely. Nonetheless, this is Thai cuisine done at such a high level. I was very impressed.
  15. Dinner at Paloma in Mougins, France was really spectacular. It's a charming, intensely polished restaurant with some of the best service I've encountered; the service team truly made you feel that you were in the best hands, but were also completely unobtrusive. Dinner was a multi-course affair, starting with an array of small bites before jumping into a Jose Andres dish (I believe), a direct steal from him (but who cares, really?): foie gras cotton candy. Absolutely a flawless homage (if Andres created the dish, or if somebody else has) and a fun way to move into the menu. The bread service was very good, featuring three nicely flavored butters, and then came a tomato dish that was, in a word, crazy. The menu describes it as "Heirloom Tomatoes with Provence Strawberry: Tomato garnished with a creamy centre and delicately chopped Green Zebra tomato with lemon thyme flavours, accompanied by a carpaccio and little strawberries." But while that technically describes it, this was something like a tomato that had been hulled out, maybe roasted, the inside coated with white chocolate, which was then filled with green tomato and a lemon thyme sauce and serve with delicately sweet strawberries. It was unclear to me how one would even begin to prepare such a dish, and it was heavenly. The main course is described on the menu as "Brittany Lobster Marinière: Lobster medallions preserved with salty butter, accompanied by a lobster sauce with orange and basil flavours and artisanal linguine served with a creamy seafood emulsion." Again, that's right, but it doesn't convey how much of a spectacle this dish was, the seafood emulsion arising out of the cupped plate like a foamy soufflé. Original and delicious. Speaking of soufflé, in fact the dessert course was an apricot one, served with a nice sorbet. One dessert was enough; too was indulgent but too delicious to say no. The typical 'sweets' finish was nice, and small This was a really, really good meal; it should be, of course; what was surprising to me was that the tasting menu was only 98 Euros/person--an absolute bargain for food (and a restaurant experience) done this well.
  16. Leave it out back for the curlews. (Just trying to bring Melina back.)
  17. Juan González is one of the greatest hitters not to be in the Hall of Fame. Yes, steroids, but at least be aware that he exists - he put up some great numbers in the steroid era, and is a relatively forgotten power hitter of that time.
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  19. Not gonna lie -- achieving that feels like SUCH a huge success to me on the (incredibly rare) occasions it happens!! Why is it that children have the ability to leave just the right amount leftover that it's not enough for another meal, but too much to be part of anything else??
  20. Officina is my go to for Italian food now. I’ve made reservation as a single.
  21. Turkey* and cheddar sandwiches with romaine on some kind of bread that Whole Foods calls "Fire Bread." It has wheat germ in it. Good and solid for a sandwich plus a bit crusty. Potato chips. *This is the actual roasted turkey they sell at the deli counter at WF, not the pressed deli kind. I didn't know what I wanted to make for dinner and picked that and the sliced cheese up in a cold case in the deli department.
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