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  1. Sorry to miss this as February as I just got an email from Charleston today teasing me with their wine list. I've already committed to sailing in the Bahamas for a week, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays I somehow call the Tysons Sheraton home(how weird). enjoy.
  2. Pigged out here last night. I've been hitting the gym hard and thought I needed a treat, so I ate for 2(maybe 3). The Salmon Jaw was a meal by itself. The Edaname I shouldn't have ordered, not fuzz but meh. Had 3 rolls, another 10 piece of Nigri and a beer. Normally would have had a few beers but the diet is keeping me in check. Great value at Happy Hour, will come back.
  3. Celebrated a birthday Friday night here. We brought a 2012 Caymus Cab which they charged $20 for corkage. Truly a bargain for the 1L bottle. In my opinion Preserve does great thing with veggies and small plates. We had fried Kale serverd with a crack like sauce, mushroom medley, Brussels Sprouts, Merguez Sausage and broiled oysters. All great but the Kale, Brussels and mushrooms were stand outs. My son has a large plate of pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut which he really like. Preserve is a small local operation. They do a great job between the food and service of treating you well, feeding you good food and as you leave you ask yourself why don't I come here more often.
  4. Fractured Prune works at the beach where folks are willing to wait for a doughnut. But that was a fail a Dupont Circle where people go nut at Starbucks waiting 5 minutes.
  5. Seafood paella Saturday night washed down with many bottles of Rioja Riserva. Paella included lobster, shrimp and scallops. I made stock for the paella with the lobster and shrimp shells. The stock made the paella wonderful.
  6. Mason had a truck last Saturday at the Tug between Annapolis(Westport) and Eastport. Annapolis won but Eastport had a much better party.
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    Wine tasting

    I'd recommend Rioja, Riserva and Grand Riserva all from same house Muga.
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    Lobster Rolls

    I have neighbors who crab in our backyard creek. Keeping them in a live cage until they have caught a few dozen. I'll try that route next year,
  9. No way I'm going for a Lobster roll in a Crab cake town. Kind of like visiting Napa and ordering Virginia wine. I believe mason's is up by Church Circle.
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    Bagel City in Rockville had them as did the Bagel store in Traville but take it with a grain of salt as I haven't been to either in several years.
  11. Been to Level in Annapolis 3 times in the past two weekends and my wife and I are convinced this is the best small plates restaurant in the Annapolis area. Large and crowded but we have been able to snag reservations on consecutive Friday nights. Place isn't quiet and adult oriented. I.E. I didn't see any children or really children friendly food. Small but great list of curated cocktails. My wife had a pair of Gimlets with Lime Foam and shaved Lime Rind and I have Moscow Mules with handmade Ginger Beer. Seemed like a good selection of Beer and Wines. We had Finca La Mata on Saturday night, a good wine which I have bought by the case. Annapolis is a drinking town and it doesn't disappoint in this regard. We have had salads, Fried Cuban Rolls, Lamb, Sea Bass, Pork Loin, frites and they were all great. They have 4-5 entrees in groupings such as sea, land, veggie, pasta and appetizers. On West street about a mile away from city dock, which makes for easier parking.
  12. The Robert Morris INN in Oxford MD is scenic, on the water and historic. I have only eaten there for wine dinners where the chef has knocked it out of the park. Robert Morris Inn Nov 22, 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner
  13. If Level was in DC this board would be all over it though then we would have folks nitpick over the noise, seating, parking or service.
  14. Had a great dinner at Level Saturday night. New on the menu were crispy Cauliflower with pickled vegetables and sweet and sour sauce-Delicious. Also Brie and Fig flatbread was rocking as well. Never have any trouble getting a reservation as Level is up the street from City Dock and Ego alley.
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    Dining near Dulles Airport

    The Ice House Café in Herndon used to be great when I lived there in 1984, cant vouch for it anymore. Paradise Indian in Herndon is solid.
  16. I hope they had the CAPS game on all of their TVs. Baseball will be forgotten soon, hockey is almost every night!
  17. Had dinner a Carlyle last night with wife and son. This is solid food nothing spectacular but very solid. Service was good and the sound level was great which allowed us to engage in conversation. Wife and I have their short stack Salmon on top of Cauliflower puree along with 2 stalks asparagus. Could have used a few more stalks! My son had a hanger steak he devoured and thought it was really good. Ample parking and good location away from some of the Arlington hustle.
  18. Met some Friends who waited the 90 minutes at Vin on Saturday night. The four of us shared a beet salad and butcher board to start and then moved on to 2 pizzas. The margarita was perfect while the white pizza with BBQ chicken was great(less then perfect). Place was hoping when we left at 9:30 which is late for Annapolis.
  19. Have you taken any WSET classes or similar? Thoughts Looking at starting a wine based business when I retire to combine passion of wine, food and travel.
  20. Had a splendid dinner here last night. Anything smoked including the beef ribs were superb. grapefruit and shrimp salad was tasty and original. Jose’s Andres did well.
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    Butchery Classes

    This mess hall event returns in 2 weeks. Both educational and entertainment. https://mailchi.mp/147438080fbf/some-disassembly-required-returns-to-mess-hall?e=dceaefbbdb