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I find commerce, cloaked in patriotism and military pride, to be stomach turning. It is the "mission" of Mission Barebecue.  

I find the playing of the National Anthem at noon to be absurd. I love  our country. I love barbecue. This place gives me the creeps and is not for me.
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Went to the next-door Latin market yesterday and Holkaido is shuttered with a sign that says closed for remodeling .

I wonder if it may be permanent ?
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We had a great meal for our  25th Anniversary the other week at Komi.  Service was personalbe and professional.  Highlights were the amberjack with bebere, the grilled watermelon, stuffed dates, corn tortellini, and of course the goat.  I don’t know how they got corn that sweet in the tortellini.  Also, bergamot soda was great for this no drinker.  My only question was the mild flavor in the Italian summer truffle for the pasta course. I was expecting something funkier.  Kudos to Komi!
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Their Rockville (on the Pike across from Congressional Plazas) location has closed. For lease sign out front and it's been removed from their website. 
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At this point, so many people are getting into line for 5 in order to put their names in for later, that it probably makes sense just to have only (or mostly) the people who want to eat early stand in line. I haven't been going super often, but I have noticed over time that many of the people lining up at opening are requesting call backs for later. They are good at evolving their business model based on changing circumstances (i.e., people realized how they could get de facto reservations by standing in line and now the restaurant is adapting).
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I have become partial to their goat cheese stuffed lamb meatballs with tomato sauce.  The duck spring rolls with peach duck sauce and curry mustard are also tasty and quite a bargain when on the happy hour menu.  Sometimes I make a meal around just those two items.  A small greek salad with salmon on top I have also found satisfying.  This also a reliable venue for friends and family from out of town.  There is just enough variety on the menu to satisfy the young folks as well as us geezers folks no longer so young.  I would agree it is not necessarily a destination restaurant, but if you live, or find yourself, in Arlington it is definitely worth toddling on over every now and then.  They also offer gluten-free pizzas.
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rose's is now rolling out same-day reservations. 
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I wrote this in a PM to Don back in 2016, not sure why I didn't just post it here, which I will do now: 
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My 26 year old son is really into the whole beer thing.  He manages a restaurant that specializes in it. He thinks Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA tastes like a combination of rail vodka and paint thinner!
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When I was at LB I thought mostly the same thing about the service.  Perfectly attentive and without any weird long breaks, but slightly overly formal.  Did not enjoy inquiring for more details about how a dish was prepared only to simply be read back the list the same list of ingredients used again... *I did like the somm we had at least.
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Has anyone been here lately and noticed a small snack menu near the business cards at the podium? I quickly scanned this thread and didn't see any mention. I had dinner here a few weeks ago and it wasn't handed out at the table/counter so they're probably not supplements to the set menu. I remember asking about it on my way out but can't remember the answer. Maybe it's for guests waiting for their tables to clear? Or takeout?
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The tips above still apply, here's some other Taipei bits from a trip earlier this year:
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Rainy day lunch w/ the kids at Taco Bamba Springfield today & it was SO good-first time in a while that I ordered all new stuff & it was worth it.  I got a sope w/ tinga, tostada Tong Po Pork-chorizo, mint, basil, larb sauce, onion, cilantro, charred serrano salsa, chicharron, & street corn (I shared ). Tom got 3 tacos-al pastor, Ricky Bobby, & high on the hog, E got 2- taco bamba & arabe.  I am SO happy when I get good food, despite the rain, I almost floated home.

I’ve only eaten at Springfield & Vienna locations (& none of us have tried DC), but the kids think that Springfield has the edge. It was packed today & no complaints, aside from how messy I got, hands & face, eating all the delicious food.

Next time, I’m going to have another Foo Fighters taco-I think the small one I got the first time was an aberration, & it tasted delicious.
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I just submitted my Pillsbury Bake-Off entry, inspired by the blueberry peach coffee cake that I made for the picnic.  It's open for entries until the 12th at noon Central time.
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All I kept thinking while reading these three sentences was, 'perfect parent.'

I've been here a few times this year, and I'm a fan. The menu appears to have turned over a fair amount since I was last in, but the Pan-Seared Scallops with Coconut Risotto are fantastic, and the wings are always a winner. I don't think you can really go wrong, I've enjoyed every meal I've eaten here, and I'm always surprised it isn't busier. 
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We finally used the last of the gift card yesterday, walking back after the Nats' game. I'd already used about 1/3 of it,  not too long after my last post, by walking in and ordering takeout food (which wasn't all that easy to do, but the employees were nice about facilitating it.) Our server yesterday was great, but the whole experience made me glad I have no reason to go back any time soon. I'd looked at the menu ahead of time, and they've changed the in-restaurant menu from that. While all of the burgers on-line are listed as coming with tomatoes, the ones you can actually get--at least at the Capitol Hill location--come with arugula instead. I'm okay with arugula, but it's tomato season, and I'd much rather have them on my burger than arugula. I didn't dismantle my Bistro Burger, but the greenery was probably baby arugula rather than mature, as it wasn't that strong in flavor.

I hate writing this because I could be wrong and I don't want to be one of those people, but the fries were not as good as they used to be and seemed cookie-cutter frozen. 
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This week's projects involved turning a boatload of organic Gala apples from the orchard into dehydrated slices, applesauce, maple bourbon apple butter, and salted caramel apple butter. Some of the applesauce will likely go into a cake or muffins tomorrow. I just got an apple corer -- so much faster than quartering and cutting the core out! -- so dehydrated rings will be coming soon. Chutney will likely also be forthcoming because I'm not sure how much more apple butter I want to make.
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the bf and i checked out himitsu's monday "supper club" last night, which i ringingly endorse.  
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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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