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  1. man, that was a good pizza. it was my first asparagus of the season and offered a brief glimmer of hope that spring always brings. and at this point, I'll take whatever hope I can find, whether it's in logarithmic charts or pizza. and I love that they offer their tacos in normal-taco size rather than the mini-taco amous boush. every time my wife and I went to Happy Gyro last year we'd say "if only we could get these tacos full sized!" who knew we could, and at home no less! finally, the sourdough and fig gelato is really good--it's not too sweet, which I enjoy for desserts, though a touch more fig jam would be welcomed. we've been baking so much lately that it was nice to find sourdough in a different form and to have a dessert we'd never make at home. we gotta take our joy where we can find it these days, and we're lucky happy gyro is serving so much in which to find joy!
  2. 1) Yes, exactly. 2) Plant based. (I'm not sure when this became more popular than "vegan" in common parlance, but I suppose it's better marketing for the non-Moosewood types.) 3) On the bottom of the main page there's a link to set up the order. You fill out a webform and then Ellen will email you back with a confirmation and a link to pay.
  3. Equinox is open and delivering really fantastic meals. They're putting out a weekly menu and you order directly from them and they deliver it. (No messing around with a delivery service--from what I can tell, they're using their own staff to try to keep them employed.) We went all out last night and got four courses each (so much food!) We especially loved the fusilli and the jambalaya (smokey and satisfying), but it was all really good.
  4. It’s insanely loud—conversation was difficult.
  5. my wife and I were in copenhagen for a few days as part of a broader northern european vacation. we've been before and love it, but this time our driving purpose was dinner at noma. who am I to add to the vast amounts of attention given to that restaurant? I'll just say that we had a very enjoyable time, the food was always beautiful, usually interesting, sometimes challenging, and, above all, delicious (even the mold courses). while I'm never going to visit during the game season or the seafood season, I don't feel that going during vegetable season is any less worthwhile--we spoke to a couple who've been four times, during all seasons, and they said vegetable season is their favorite. while in town, we also had dinner at baest which was really good. get a reservation if you can--it seemed not too amenable to walkups, even on a tuesday night. we had wonderful breakfasts and lunches at the torvehallerne food hall. once I figure out in which thread to post for helsinki and tallinn, I'll pass along some info from those cities.
  6. I recently had dinner at Best Friend at Park MGM and thoroughly enjoyed it. It seems like a love letter to 1990's LA, but it's really an ode to the American dream--its menu is a tour of the Southern California melting pot with Korean tacos, carnitas, elotes, soondubu, and even a (vegetable) schnitzel. Don't get put off by how small it looks when you walk up to it (the real dining room is behind the convenience store setup).
  7. I don't know the area super well, but over near the Roppongi station is this really cool beer bar (if that's your thing) called Ant 'n Bee. It's kind of divey, but really unpretentious and friendly. There's a restaurant called Jomon Roppongi that some friends have strongly recommended to me, but sadly I wasn't able to get in because it was really crowded when I stopped by. But it could be worth checking it out to see if the hype is worth it. You'll also be well situated to get to Ginza, Shibuya, etc, so hopefully work won't be too much of a drag and you'll have some free time to explore!
  8. I very much agree with this. In fact, I've been meaning to write up a bit about Japan after my recent trips, but I inevitably stop when I realize the overwhelming task at hand. I could spend a century in Tokyo and still feel like I haven't experienced all there is to offer. But I shall tilt at windmills and try, I suppose. Tokyo Tempura Kondo in Ginza is worth the Michelin star. T's Tan Tan is a vegan ramen shop inside the ticketed part of the Tokyo train station, near the entrance to the Keiyo line. It's gone downhill a bit, but it's still worthwhile, particularly for vegetarians who need a ramen fix. Soranoiro in Ramen Alley in the Tokyo train station has a vegetarian ramen option too, which is pretty good, but they make the mistake of thinking "vegetarian" needs to be "healthy". Udon Shin is my favorite Udon place in Tokyo (but is that saying anything? I've tried what, like .0005 percent of them?). It's in Shinjuku. Pizza Savoy (of Ugly Delicious fame) is so simple, so precise, so, so good. To continue the Netflix theme--nearby Savoy is the Masuya salt store, which was featured on Salt Fat Acid Heat but wasn't named. I found this by--of all things--walking past it. I wanted to find moshio, so I stopped in and it dawned on me that this is where Samin Nosrat filmed that part of the show. Yes, the food at the Pokemon Cafe is terrible, but don't judge me--it's totally worth it! Here's a pro-tip: you are not allowed to hug the Pikachu or Evee mascots that sometimes greet the diners. The rules are not explained in English, but let's just say you quickly figure out the rules by trial and error. In Kyoto, Shoraian tofu restaurant is really incredible. Beautiful location in the park on the river. In Koyasan, Souji-in buddhist temple is both a great place to spend the night and have a multi-course vegetarian dinner. Finally, Menme outside Himeji castle has such good udon--the noodles are made right in front of you. Like so many restaurants in Japan, it excels at doing simple things perfectly.
  9. Komi's turned into Happy Gyro for June. It's like a really refined vegetarian diner (think Chicago Diner or the local Fare Well putting on airs). It continuously riffed on (at least my) childhood memories of favorite foods--sure, they're elevated here and fancier, but darn if they're still not comforting and deeply satisfying. There were about 8 dishes of varying sizes, with the main attraction being a choice between a gyro or a cheesesteak. My wife and I picked one of each and split them. Both were delicious and would be perfect replacements for Adams Morgan's post-drinking jumbo slice, but my heart belongs to the gyro because it was the closest thing in the USA I've had to the gyro of my formative years. The mini tacos tasted like--and this is a true compliment--how I remember Taco Bell decades ago. There was also mushroom souvlaki, beet fritters, feta and tomato salad, garlic bread, roasted squash, and strawberry ice cream. Everything was outstanding. (To those who may be curious: as far as I could tell, there wasn't any tofu, seitan, or processed meat substitutes--it was mostly mushrooms or legumes in place of meat.) (EDIT: jca76 kindly explains below that the gyro is tofu-based. I was too busy Snuffles-ing to be bothered to ask.)
  10. I had a really excellent meal here last week. We waited in the small bar for our table to be ready and spent the few minutes eyeing fresh focaccia, pillowy arugula salads, and countless bowls of pasta come out...I did everything I could not to pull an Elaine Benes and steal from others' plates. Once I got to eat (from my own plate), everything was better than it looked. I was a bit amazed at how all of it (bread, salad, and pastas) was perfectly balanced--even the cacio e pepe was more delicate than the ultra rich versions that are more common. Between this and Uovo up the street in Santa Monica, this is a good area for pasta lovers.
  11. Assuming I'm grading on a curve for that area, I thought that City Cellar Wine and Bar was pretty good. I at least thought to myself, "This is better than it should be", for whatever that's worth. But I was also happy to see a Mellow Mushroom nearby, so I guess that gives a sense of the area. Although the Ball Park of the Palm Beaches is really nice, I prefer going up to away games at the Roger Dean stadium in Jupiter because it's an excuse to stop at Civil Society Brewery, which is brewing some great beer (without using a curve). It's right near Aaron's Table and Wine Bar which had the best dinner of my last spring training trip (last year).
  12. I hope this place does well--I really do--but I'm just kind of mystified by the menu. It's not very English (a side of mushy peas and a scotch egg make not a pub)...but it's not very much of anything. Perhaps the most English thing about Scotts is that it's the restaurant version of the aliens from Doctor Who called The Silence ("Anyone who sees them immediately forgets about them after looking away"). I eat in this neighborhood all of the time--multiple meals every week--but unless their menu changes I doubt I'll ever step foot inside. Not counting sides of vegetables, I see three vegetarian options: an order of nuts; avocado toast (?); and an endive salad. If their menu is going to be this lazy, I'll be just as lazy and not walk the 100 feet past The Smith to get to Scotts.
  13. Saturday's double header was an amazing time for all kinds of reasons (Scherzer complete game, Werth ceremony, Doolittle bullpen cart ride), but the proverbial cherry on the sundae was having my best stadium food experience of the season. I'm not sure when it started, but there's a place called La Casita around section 142 that has pupusas and tamales. I really hope they're back next season--shows that DC United isn't the only pupusa/sports game in town!
  14. I had an excellent dinner at Band of Bohemia last week. The service was impeccable and they were graceful in accommodating vegetarians (especially for a place featuring a foie gras dessert). In fact, their off-menu tofu was phenomenal. But the beer...wow. They turn their beers toward unexpected directions, but in different ways. The Jasmine Rice beer was on a completely different plane--it showcased crispness and devotion to quality ingredients one expects from the best Czech beers while the jasmine rice offered a dry, subtle, progressive approach toward a new direction. Their "India" Pale Ale earns its moniker not from the popular style, but by taking a pale ale and playing with typical Indian spices like cardamom, coriander, etc. Where the Jasmine Rice is subtle, the India Pale Ale is in-your-face, and yet they both succeed mightily.
  15. I honestly don't understand what connection you're trying to make here with the reference to reelecting Marion Barry.
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