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  1. This is a well-made documentary. I found it riveting and thought-provoking--even after a friend revealed the entire storyline to me before I had the chance to see it! I highly recommend watching it (and reading as little as possible about it beforehand).
  2. I had dinner at Vernick last weekend. Everything was fabulous, but the one dish I wouldn't miss is the sea scallop and black truffle butter toast.
  3. The cucumber works well as a mixer, I think. I also love the grapefruit.
  4. Cucumber is one of my favorites! I always buy it when I see it.
  5. They're back! I enjoyed a wonderful meal at 2 Amys tonight. Everything was fabulous, but the highlight was the lemon poundcake. It was one of the best desserts I have had in ages. Get it. You won't be disappointed.
  6. Imo's pizza was the worse (particularly the cheese). Everyone went to Tony's for special occasions. I was never a fan of Ted Drewes, but it certainly has a following in St. Louis. During my first week at St. Louis University, the upperclassmen in my dorm kidnapped the freshman while we were in our pjs, blindfolded us, gave us shots of tequila, and then took us to White Castles and Ted Drewes. Maybe the tequila shooters are why I never liked Ted Drewes or White Castles...
  7. "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," was supposed to be a follow-up to Robert Aldrich's successful film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." Though not a sequel, Charlotte was to feature the former film's stars--Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and fall into the "psycho biddy" sub-genre of horror popularized by Baby Jane. While the film does mimic Baby Jane in style, there is no reunion of the feuding costars. Crawford, who was cast opposite Davis' Charlotte as her cousin, Miriam, began shooting the film, but left before it was finished, and was replaced by Olivia de Havilland. I liked this film more than I thought I would. Agnes Moorehead is a hoot as Velma, the housekeeper, and Bette Davis is delightfully over-the-top as Charlotte. De Havilland gives a fine performance as well, although some scenes are tailor-made for the Crawford/Davis pairing that the we never got to see. The film also features the final performance by legendary actress Mary Astor. The cinematography is lovely, as well, with picturesque shots of a tree-lined Southern estate. The final scene with Davis is one of her finest. Without saying a word, much is revealed through those luminous eyes and her expressive face.
  8. I found the miniseries "Feud, Bette and Joan," about the lifelong catfight between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, highly entertaining. Having seen both actresses in a number of films, I was curious to see "Mildred Pierce," the role for which Crawford received the Best Actress Oscar, her only Academy Award win. About a third of the way into this movie, I realized I knew whodunnit, and not because of anything I had read about this often-referenced, classic film. It was an episode of the Carol Burnett Hour that I had seen as a child--a skit with Burnett playing "Mildred Fierce"--that sent a stream of spoilers, safely sleeping in the back of my brain, to my frontal lobe. Seventies variety-show spoilers notwithstanding, I found this film entertaining. It is dated, but dated in a way that adds to the fun. It's a classic film noir, full of melodrama and suspense.
  9. Napoli Pasta Bar in Columbia Heights is a cozy and affordable neighborhood gem. Michelin recently named it a Bib Gourmand restaurant, and based on my first visit, this designation is well-deserved. I started with a cocktail, the "Ischia" (apricot and rosemary infused gin, earl grey cocchi americano, and aperol). Creative and refreshing, it was only $10. My dinner companion ordered a Moretti beer for $6. Forgettable bread was offered in a charming blue colander, served with olive oil on the restaurant's whimsical dinnerware. We enjoyed our drinks with two wonderful appetizers: "Millefoglie di Baccala" (layers of marinated cod, buffalo mozzarella with arugula, EVOO and balsamic, $14), and "Carpaccio di Manzo Pepato" (beef carpaccio, marinated zucchini and shaved parmigiano cheese, $12). Both dishes were generously-sized and delicious. The cod salad was perfectly dressed, and the carpaccio dish was outstanding, a true bargain at $12. Next, we shared two pasta dishes: Paccheri 'O Rrau" (paccheri, slow-cooked meat and tomato sauce, parmigiano cheese and basil, $19), and "Gnocchi Sorrentina" (potato gnocchi, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil, $16). These dishes featured rich, lovely sauces. The pasta didn't taste house-made, but it was satisfying nonetheless. A bottle of "Calpazio" (a Greco from the region of Paestum, $40) completed our meal. We sipped this with our dessert, a Ricotta Cheesecake ($10), the perfect ending to a delightful meal. Our bill came to $140--quite reasonable considering we had a $40 bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and a dessert.
  10. Hmmm. I took my son there last Wednesday night, and I didn't see a burger on the dinner menu. My Wagyu Denver-cut steak was delicious, however. It tasted exactly like the Denver-cut beef I buy at the Organic Butcher of McClean.
  11. My second visit to Woodberry Kitchen was disappointing. The drinks were fantastic and the service was great, but someone in the kitchen was seriously over-salting nearly every dish we tried. My first meal there, everything was spot-on, including the deviled eggs, crab pot and oven-baked clams. This time, the deviled eggs were again sublime, but all of the other dishes fell short. The biggest disappointment was the raw beef. It was so salty that I couldn't finish it. The beef was served with homemade chips that were fabulous alone, but difficult to eat with the extremely salty meat. The smoked trout was better, but also over salted. The saltiness in this dish competed with an overly sweet mustard sauce, overwhelming the delicate flavor of the trout. The cast-iron chicken and biscuit, which sounded fantastic when the server described it, was poorly seasoned as well. The biscuit was great, with melted honey butter inside, but the chicken (cooked in a cast-iron skilled--not fried) was salty and texturally unappealing. I love this place, and I hope the kitchen was just having an off-night. Based on the wonderful food I enjoyed the first time I visited (earlier this summer), I will certainly try it again.
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    Scrambled Eggs

    I whisk minimally before pouring into small, nonstick skillet. Salt, pepper, low heat. Move and scrape continually with spatula or wooden spoon. Sometimes I add a bit of butter.
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