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  1. This radical liberal forgot all about the DCist story until I came here to write up a recent Rose's At Home dinner we ordered. It's amusing to me because I am usually one of the first in line to write off businesses with problematic owners and chefs. Not sure the lack of impact that DCist story had on me speaks more about me or Aaron Silverman. Back to the food, we had Rose's At Home delivered to our place last week. The current menu, which ends this week, consisted of a night called TOMATOES ONLY and another night PICNIC PACK. A third night option would have been ROSE'S CLASSICS (spicy j
  2. We did the chef's choice takeout at Nina May a few weeks ago and we LOVED it. Everything survived the 20 minute walk home and another hour or so of sitting on the counter because we weren't hungry yet. When I got there, around 6:15pm on a Friday, the patio was pretty full and there were three other to-go orders getting taken out. Hope they continue the good things and can stick it out through these COVID times.
  3. Mélange recently opened in the City Vista, taking over the spot left vacant when the excellent Ray's Hell Burger closed. We (and the neighborhood) have truly missed Ray's, but after an initial lunch on Friday, I think Mélange is a worthy replacement (though we will miss Ray's forever). @MichaelBDC ordered The Classic ($13). The description, burger with American cheese, iceberg lettuce tomato, pickled red onions, and brown butter aioli does not do the burger justice. In the words of @MichaelBDC "the chef makes one hell of a burger." I had one bite and agree it was truly delicious. An Eate
  4. Rasa took over the empty space left behind by Taylor Gourmet in the City Vista. While we miss Taylor, Rasa is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. @MichaelBDC have picked up lunch here twice since it has opened and enjoyed our meals both times. The Home Cooking with turmeric ginger shrimp over rice noodles has been my favorite so far even though I was a little hesitant to order shrimp at a fast casual place. I also liked the Tikka Chance on Me although I found the chicken to be a little dry. Michael ordered the Open Sesame his first go round and loved the lamb meatballs although he commente
  5. Had a terrific birthday meal here in early February. We were looking forward to going back and then the coronavirus hit and now it's gone. So bummed.
  6. D.C. location has closed for good, along with Poca Madre. I was just on their website over the weekend and saw that the D.C. location was no longer listed. I was hoping there was an explanation other than this sad news. Taco Bamba may have its detractors, but we loved having a quality taco shop close by. I am really really bummed about this.
  7. I never got around to writing about it, but in pre-coronavirus times Maketto offered unlimited xiao long bao for $40 a person. While the XLB are not the best in the area, the meal also included other dishes including the strange flavor eggplant, crystal shrimp dumplings, other bao, roast pork, and a stir fry vegetable and was a good deal and a fun time, especially with a group of friends. We went twice for unlimited XLB and loved it both times. For restaurant week, Maketto is offering 24 XLB, an order of shrimp rangoon, strange flavor eggplant, snow pea tips, and a slice of chocolate cake
  8. Thanks to the positive reviews by Don & Eric, @MichaelBDC and I had dinner at Centrolina to celebrate two years of marriage bliss last week. It was a hot evening so we opted to dine inside. Tables were well spaced and servers were careful when interacting with us, which greatly mitigated COVID-19 concerns, though they can't really be fully eliminated. All around, dinner was lovely and the experience was much needed after a couple stressful months for us that included a new job for us and the addition of a puppy. Food was just as good as described above. We split an order of the fegat
  9. These are two very important points. It was and remains important that some workers, especially those who are immunocompromised or those living with immunocompromised persons, do not have to make the difficult decision between providing for their families or risking their health. Were there better ways to do that as @zgast mentioned? Certainly. However, state unemployment systems would not be able to implement anything more complex that plus or minus an amount. Twelve state unemployment systems still run on cobol. Heck, the $600 on top of regular benefits and expanding the pool of people eligi
  10. We ordered a lox box from Pearl's Bagels a few weeks ago and the bagels were fine. A little too chewy for my taste, but not bad. The bagel basics are there, including the hole. The cream cheese/lox (from Ivy City) to bagel ratio needs improvement towards more cream cheese and lox, but that is an easy fix. Given the dearth of nearby bagel options, and given the coronavirus pandemic situation, I lean towards being supportive and hopeful for improvement. Bagels are a weekend treat for us and our preference is grabbing Call Your Mother bagels from the MVT farmers market, but Pearl's is a good
  11. Funny Malarkey story...a few years ago on a trip back to San Diego, a group of us went to Herb & Wood, one of his restaurants in the Little Italy neighborhood. When Malarkey unexpectedly stopped by our table to see how things were going, my brother (who was a little drunk) told a very NSFW joke about how dill bread comes from dill dough. At the end of our meal, Malarkey brought out actual dill bread in the shape of male genitalia for us, and because he knew we wouldn't want dill bread at the end of our meal, he also brought out a chocolate cake in the shape of male genitalia with a side of
  12. When I see navel gazing articles like that, I think back to this Sally Quinn article from 2010, which I still cannot believe made it to print.
  13. Baan Siam is officially open, doing takeout and limited delivery only at the moment. Given how much @MichaelBDC and I loved Baan Thai, we are more than thrilled that Baan Siam is a mere two blocks away from our home. We put in an order on Thursday, Baan Siam's first day, and the food was as good and fiery as ever. We split the chicken tapioca dumplings (an old favorite) and the crispy lotus root and grilled shrimp salad to start. @MichaelBDC loved the dumplings but I couldn't get enough of the lotus root salad despite how spicy it was. I especially appreciate that the fried lotus root came in
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