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The Al Volo pork sandwich.  Thursdays at the McPherson Square "By the White House" Farmers Market.  They also do meatball and breaded eggplant. 
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We stopped in the other day for a glass or two and a couple rounds of mezze.  Pretty much everything we had last time was still good this time, although everything need a touch more salt.  While a couple of new dishes fell flat.
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This was three weeks ago

Blueberry galette with a rosemary crust, served with crème fraîche
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Somewhat motivated by the Gin and Tonic thread and some subsequent comments about liquor infused drinks I tried a few contemporary cocktails that currently embellish the cocktail menus of a few restaurants.  In general I don't try many of these.
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Brian Wilson is the executive chef again. 
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After nine years, we returned to San Sebastian. I seriously question our sanity in waiting so long to return. If you love food, wine and beaches it is paradise on earth. As always, more detailed photos and info on wine available on my Instagram.
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Groupon now offers Groupon+.  You don't need to buy anything. Just add the participating restaurant and anytime you use a linked credit card, you'd get a refund.  

I just got 20% back at Asian Origin over the weekend.  
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"Ai Wei Wei's Beijing Studio Destroyed by Chinese Authorities"  by Shannon van Sant on npr.org
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Goodbye, Ben’s Best! Doors shut on iconic New York Jewish deli, by Shiryn Solny, on jns.org.  Opened in 1945.  Although sadly recently closed, since it was open when our community was founded on April 15, 2005, it makes the list.
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It had been many years since we had been to Belga, so my husband and I went there last night for his birthday. We had a really good meal. The options we were shown for a table included that spot in the corner by the brick wall and the window that is the "quiet" table. Good thing, too, as the restaurant started to fill up and get louder, and we got a large party seated right near us. No one was particularly loud; it's just a noisy restaurant. It has "energy."
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I can't let Casa Luca close without memorializing the great meal I had there about a month ago. @MichaelBDC and I met up with his parents for a Sunday dinner and we had a lovely time. 
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Hello all, I'm Cheryl Kane Heimlich, publisher of Store Reporter (www.storereporter.com). We cover retail and restaurant openings and closings in the greater Rockville/Potomac area. Our news site is free, and if you live in this area you can sign up for our weekly news emails (also free, all supported by local advertising). I look forward to getting to know the Don Rockwell community, and I always welcome news tips, questions and suggestions for what we should be covering. You can reach me anytime at cheryl@storereporter.com.
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Finally made it here last night with the wife. Some parts were great, but others disappointing. Maybe I chose poorly, but I was not hugely impressed.

We had:
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It's getting harder and harder for me to justify having anything to do with Amazon. 
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Just got back from a 5 day food and wine binge in Copenhagen . Pics are on Instagram including specifics on wine. 

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There are serious equity and privacy issues with going to a cashless society, but by and large the world is moving this way quickly.  Worth reading how countries as different as India and Sweden are pushing this move as well.  On the other side of equity, is it fair to force an establishment to accept cash?  Small amounts of cash create the same fixed costs of getting it to the bank as large amounts.  All that gets translated into the price of your food or sweater.  Why can't they choose to lose your revenue if you can't pay with a card?
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So herein lies the challenge - development is progress, like it or not it is coming. 
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CALIFORNIA TORTILLA CLOSES IN LEESBURG by Chris Wadsworth, theburn.com
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After having been to the Mescal bar a few times we tried dinner for Mom's birthday- what a wonderful treat. 
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This may help for comparison's sake

A side-by-side comparison of all four Ring Video Doorbells - from All Home Robotics
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08/07/18 - Jinya Ramen Bar, 910 Prose St (Pike & Rose), Rockville, MD (via Bethesda Magazine).

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Yes, sorry. Lukas is an avowed bitters fan and opened a bitters bar pop up below Smoke n Barrel last year but the setting and client base didn't really seem to work
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I've given some thought to a Nest doorbell, but seriously, nobody rings our doorbell.

Here's another take: (Work and family safe)

 

 
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Washingtonian seems to think the Chinatown Graffiato has closed as well:

"Mike Isabella's Graffiato Appears To Have Closed" by Anna Spiegel on washingtonian.com
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Adam's out

"On August 27th, I’ll be leaving 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof & Doi Moi side of Fat Baby restaurants. It’s a bittersweet departure, but I appreciate my time with these wonderful restaurants & anticipate wonderful things for both myself & the group in the future.
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