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  1. I owe everyone thoughts on food here in Swabia, one of the most unfairly besmirched areas of Germany for food and a million other things. This line from JoeH, who I miss, is a good tease.
  2. Yet another Coronavirus casualty: I was really looking forward to getting back to Albania and Kosovo to visit old friends, but they are now in the European red zone for infections. The Germans would have me quarantine 14 days if I traveled there. Not worth it. Oh, while there are more coffee shops in Albania, the Kosovars make better espresso.
  3. America. I miss my parents. And my sister. And my mother-in-law. 😞
  4. Wow. So much has changed in 3+ months. We went from Naples back to Stuttgart, and learned shortly thereafter that someone on our flight was COVID-19 positive. We were quarantined for two weeks and emerged into this new, weird, masked world. I'll try and recreate my memories of Naples.
  5. Our pizza rankings so far: 1. Sorbillo 2. 50 Kalo 3. The other Sorbillo More to come... plus some words on the Seafront Pasta Bar (go!) and various other Naples experiences.
  6. We had a beautiful dinner last night at Dino, starting off with the caprese salad and the grilled nectarines and then moving on to the softshells (for me), wagyu steak (for her) and three variations of the kids pasta dishes for the three, um, kids. Due to a small and excusable kitchen error, we were comped a plate of delicious deviled eggs, though I never did learn the spice blend that went in them. Our sons devoured their pasta, particularly the eldest who had pappardelle with ragu. My softshell crabs were big and juicy and the greens they were served with provided a welcome bit of tang and
  7. We will be in DC soon with the three monsters and will make a point of grabbing a last meal at Dino's. Thank you for the memories... it seems all the spots my wife and I used to frequent in our dating and DINK faze are closing! That's most likely a statement on how long ago that was...
  8. Date night! Walked in to Tagliata after an exhausting day of administrative tasks in Forestville, DC, and Pentagon City. Left the DC area right at the beginning of rush hour, and found a parking spot right next to Tagliata at 7 PM. Walked in, horribly underdressed and very grumpy, and found ourselves two seats at the bar. (Shoutout to my parents, who took care of the boys for two nights while we did work things.) The black label prosciutto di Parma was pricey but worth it, though I wish we had a few more bits of house-made giardiniera. The tuna crudo was served with these delicious b
  9. Back in Seattle! It's an errand-filled time bouncing from dentists to doctors to various other family obligations, before headed east soon for wedding fun. Lunch yesterday was at Samurai Noodle, a favorite ramen shop in the U District. It's no-frills but great as far as cheap, fast ramen goes. My spicy shouyo tonkotsu was a little mild for my taste, but I'm coming off of three years of West African peppers so my taste buds cannot be trusted. The noodles bounced, the egg ran *juuust* a little (AKA how I like it), and the pork and chicken broth was richer than usual. M had the standard
  10. One of my most memorable dates with my then-fling, now-wife was the DR.com dinner at Ray's original Courthouse location, when Mr. Landrum did all the cooking and the serving I believe almost completely by himself. This was my first experience with the captivating devilishly good eggs, and only my second with DR members as a large group. StephenB poured us a sip of something red out of a decanter and I remember neither what it was specifically nor how it tasted, though I remember vividly thinking "so this is what good old wine is supposed to taste like." But I reserve my strongest memory of
  11. The few bowls of East Asian-style noodle soup we've had in our little corner of the world, at restaurants, have been highly mediocre. I am fairly certain that it's about the broth, which is typically limp and watery. We've made our own broth a few times when craving, but that's not always feasible. And paradoxically, with our time here dwindling, I am craving food I can't get here more and more. So when a friend suggested Mike's Mighty Good Craft Ramen, and I saw that I could get it on Amazon, I took the plunge. If you think you're getting Top Ramen or Cup o' Noodles, wrong! Mike's h
  12. There's a new spot in town! Le Hublot is on your right as you're driving out of Cotonou on La Route des Peches, just before Cabane du Pecheur. It's a blue-and-white three story building, and the rooftop restaurant has a stunning view of the ocean and the surrounding communities. At sundown the breeze and the view alone make it a winner, but the food, at least on first bite, is equal to the surroundings. We started with beignets des courgettes and gazpacho. The courgettes, topped with feta and served with a garlic aioli, were cooler and drier than versions I've had before but somehow it wo
  13. Don, this is a story begging for closure.
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