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  2. Since my original posting, we have opened a second office in DC location at 1410 Q Street, NW. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!
  3. This confirms what an absolutely terrible breakfast town D.C. is--truly, the nadir of the otherwise creative and burgeoning dining scene here.
  4. I had a business dinner at the Top of the Hub about 6/7 years ago, and the dining was unremarkable (as was the view, unfortunately, on a hazy night). In fact, and unfortunately, I'd completely forgotten about it until I saw your post!
  5. I spent my early to middle teens in Mount Vernon. In those days, you could actually see the Empire State Building from Fleetwood.
  6. Tonight I made ricotta blintzes from Smitten Kitchen Everyday. The flavor of the batter (which included orange zest and currants) was great, but I had trouble with the directions for forming them by hand-tossing in flour. I lost a lot of batter that got stuck to my hands. (The recipe yielded 16; I got 10.) The temperature given for frying was too high and they over browned and dried out some. I wish they'd worked better because the batter was nice. They were supposed to be served with honey but I used maple syrup. I also put out some smoked salmon, dill, and sour cream for the blintzes. I cooked up a bunch of pork sage breakfast sausages as well. (That's one reason I went with maple syrup instead of the honey that would have had to be heated. I love maple syrup with breakfast sausages.)
  7. Patricia Murphy's was my first "fine dining" experience. We had moved from Yonkers to Rockland County in 1962 (talk about rural) but went to Patricia Murphy's once a year in the mid '60s for a "special" dinner. I moved to DC in 1978 for law school. My first real fine dining experience (and the first time I spent over $100 for a couple for dinner) was at Cantina D'Italia, which I definitely could not afford. I still remember that meal (and my date, who has been my wife for over 35 years).
  8. I adored Albuquerque breakfasts - Huevos Rancheros with Blue-Corn Tortillas, mmmmm!
  9. They say this cat's shaft is a bad mothafu... SHUT YO MOUTH!
  10. When I was in graduate school, I lobbied to have our Spring Formal at Peachtree Plaza - at the time, it was the tallest hotel south of NYC. It was "fine," but I wish the other person had spoken up more loudly: He wanted to have it at Litchfield.
  11. Just noticed that an office tenant of some size just signed a lease to move into Rosslyn across the street where Sfoglina should be. The office will include a preponderance of people in their 20's, 30's and possibly 40's...including a heavy number of tech engineers and programmers. I assume the salaries will be pretty good. Meanwhile it appears that Sfoglina has hardly done any construction at all. I think they mapped out spaces on the floor where there should be drilling...but I don't think an ounce of heavy construction has started. Hence I'd move open date to late spring or early summer. I can't figure this one out. While working as a commercial RE agent with tenants I would "manage"/ more monitor construction to see if it was occurring on a timely basis and costs were in line with the construction budget and some other items. I never saw a tenant sign a deal and wait this much time. Oh well...its not my dime. I still think this should be a killer restaurant location for a restaurant/bar of this quality. There simply isn't any competition in this heavily populated area of office space.
  12. Like @seanvtaylor my first fine dining memory involved dining high above a city as a child. We took the train (Amtrak, I think -- this was before the T commuter rail extended to Providence) with my grandparents from Rhode Island to Boston for lunch at the Top of the Hub, which is still open. The view is amazing. I'm not sure about the food, but I'm guessing not so much. A few years later we ate at the Sun Dial while visiting my uncle in Atlanta. I guess my family liked eating on the top floors of skyscrapers.
  13. Growing up in rural NW Pennsylvania didn't provide a large number of fine-dining options, but when I was very young--maybe 6 or 7--I stayed with my aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh and they took me for lunch at the Top of the Triangle, at the top of the US Steel Building. It was the first restaurant with white tablecloths, waiters wearing ties, and of course an incredible view--it fit the definition of ultra-luxe in 1970s Pittsburgh, I think. I had a barbecue ham sandwich, and distinctly remember the sweet onion slices on the sandwich and the nicely sliced slivers of ham. It was several years before I visited another restaurant like that.
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  15. I loved those popovers at Patricia Murphy's, although I think the one I visited more often was on Long Island - Manhassat maybe.
  16. Brazil already is a classic, just not a masterpiece1. Jack Mathews 1987 making-of book The Battle of Brazil provides more than enough background and venom for Universal's then-chief Sidney Sheinberg over what happened to the film. 1 this reasonably describes most of Gilliam's oeuvre - even the much-loved Time Bandits - IMHO save for his film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which to begin with is rich in the currency of his tribe, but also enjoys two phenomenal performances from its leads
  17. The bottom of the article includes a passing reference to its impetus. In case you missed the recent news, from February until June (2019), the Rijksmueum is holding an unprecedented exhibition All The Rembrandts, in which all 22 paintings and 60 drawings in their collection will be on display. Somewhat belying the name, only the best 300 of their 1300-odd prints will be included, but that could hardly be considered a disappointment.
  18. The first recollection of a really "nice" restaurant I can remember from youth was a spot in White Plains, NY called Patricia Murphy's. It was a large building, huge dining room with a lavishly landscaped and lit garden behind it. This was when White Plains was somewhat rural. It was only for special occasions and holidays. The signature was the waitresses circulating with enormous baskets of fresh pop-overs. There was a branch in Manhattan for many years, as well.
  19. Growing up we didn't do much fine dining, but I remember one restaurant which was the "birthday place" and I remember always ordering the creme de menthe Grasshopper sundae for dessert.
  20. This 1974 episode of the "Dinah!" show just popped into my head, and I found a picture of it - Dinah Shore pronounced the name "Nav-ra-ti-lo-va" veeerrry carefully, reading it from the teleprompter. Martina was only 18, and hadn't lost her baby fat yet!
  21. Trade deadline is Monday the 25th, and the Caps put Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers to free up cap space. No one claimed him (he's not had a good year) and so we keep him in the org and move him down to Hershey. In the meantime, we picked up Hagelin for some draft picks from the LA Kings, where he has not had a good year, but they play a different system and he doesn't seem to have found his groove there. He's a speedy player, good experience, and should be a good fit for the 3rd or 4th line, plus has 2 Stanley Cups from his tenure with the Penguins. Looks like a good trade on paper at least. My guess is that Burakovsky is still on the trading block as well. He's got talent but can't seem to reach break-out velocity with this team. Rumors are swirling but nothing has solidified yet.
  22. "How Do You Preserve History on the Moon?" by Nell Greenfield-Boyce on npr.org
  23. Always pleasant to sit at the bar with Andrew. Food was a bit mixed with an overly oily eggplant parmigiana and an overcooked pork dish. I went with pastas-lobster and the duck lasagna both just fine but more lobster in the pasta would have been nice. Andrew adjusted the bill after our comments on the pork. A fun evening as usual.
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