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Lancaster Restaurant Week 2018 is scheduled to take place Sept 10- 16. 

 I actually look forward to this every year, and will be adding #donrockwelldotcom to my RW adventures! There are some great offerings this year, and to make it a bit more interesting if one captures their meals on social media and uses the #LCWRW2018, a diner has the opportunity to win prizes to various restaurants throughout downtown Lancaster. Win-Win in my opinion.  
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Was in town last week and thought we'd give this a try.  General comment: the plating and presentation, not something I usually care about or notice, is very strong here.   A few highlights:

Mole Sampler:  All four were complex, smokey, with fairly subdued but still present heat. The serving size is also fairly large, we needed as second helping of tortillas, which were fresh and very tasty as well, just to eat half of it. 

Pulpo: Perfectly tender, smoky, and served atop a "pancake" stuffed with black bean.  Somewhat reminiscent of your favorite Mt. Pleasant pupusa but lighter and much more subtle.  Excellent dish, kind of amazing at $17 for those keeping score at home. 

Bacon wrapped quail:  This, also stuffed with chorizo, ventured into "turducken" territory, but was served with the most incredible "pan de elote" I've ever had.  Moist, with all sorts of savory and sweet interplay with a distinctively corn flavor overall.   Might recommend trying to get an order of just that.  Seriously. 

Pastel de queso fresco:  Cheesecake, but the queso fresco gave a very light tang, offset well with the blackberry sorbet.  It worked.
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We've eaten at Assaggi Osteria in Mclean innumerable times since it opened.  We've been there through all the ups and downs- and there have been a lot of downs- but now I'm wondering how much longer it's going to last.  It was always on the expensive end of things but these days the drinks are watery and the prices are comparable high end DC, not neighborhood McLean.  The most recent crew, as well as Francesco, the long standing manager, has departed.  The wall of wine has not been replenished and there are a lot of holes up there.  Some of the wines by the glass are unavailable.  On Friday night the only special was a pasta dish with prawns which as it turned out was four slightly past their prime shrimps on top of pasta.  No fish special, no meat special.  I wonder if the pizzeria next door has drawn off the main restaurant. 
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I declare it Closed.  Warrenton to get Indian “fine dining” restaurant, by Don Del Rosso, May 15, 2017, on fauquiernow.com.

 
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And, they've closed their Virginia locations, but are apparently in the process of opening in DC according to their website.
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This is dead-on.  Unfortunately, "doorbell" was not one of the labels on the circuit panel in our basement (only "lighting") so we had to use trial-and-error to figure out which one to shut off during installation.  That and drilling a hole outside were the two most time-consuming tasks, but I'm not remotely handy and was able to complete the steps otherwise.  We have a few other Nest devices at home and they were all fairly idiot-proof too.  I'm pleased so far.
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Gators are in Virginia now, even, due to rising temps- not a huge population mainly around the border still, and definitely in NC, SC, GA, FL and then west to TX.  They are pretty visible in HHI, you will see them laying on the banks of ponds.
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Very odd experience on Saturday night.  We had a later reservation (9:15) and arrived to a relatively full but not packed restaurant.  This is a huge space but there isn't a ton of place to sit, which I'm not complaining about but it's interesting.  Agree with the poster about the vibe resembling Tao, which was definitely a bit of a turnoff for me at my rapidly advancing age.
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Had an early birthday dinner at Dorjee Momo last night.  It's the only time I've had to wait a significant amount of time to be seated, and we arrived less than 10 minutes after opening. Multiple employees apologized profusely, saying they were understaffed.  Everyone is so nice here. There wasn't much of an overflow of people generally, but it was a backlog from people who arrived at or close to opening.
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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. 

Higher End:
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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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