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  1. Pickup only, Wed-Sat evenings. They sell out early (they're probably sold out for this week), so it's best to reserve early in the week. Ugh, I went to pick up my food a couple nights ago, and it was so sad to walk inside - only one young cashier working in a darkish restaurant, and boxes of wine piled on top of the bar.
  2. "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." -- 1 Corinthians 15:32 Olive Oil Baked Cod ($28) Duck a l'Orange ($28) Lunch bonus: Kale and Bean Soup ($8)
  3. Wed, Apr 15, 2020 will be the 15th anniversary of this community, and on that day it will switch to being a read-only document. I hope you've enjoyed participating here as much as I've enjoyed being your host, and I promise you that all of your posts will remain in perpetuum as a historical resource. Cheers, Rocks
  4. Assuming there's going to be a presidential general election. I don't suppose I've said this here, but I've been saying it loudly elsewhere: There will be an "emergency postponement" of the November elections, don't think there won't be.
  5. When a new restaurant industry emerges, it will be time to eliminate tipping. If someone serving me at a restaurant isn't feeling well, or just broke up with their spouse, I really don't want them smiling and trying to be friendly, any more than I should smile and be friendly as a customer in the same situation. This is, or should be, a relationship among equals, and I have no right to determine the financial well-being of a complete stranger. Why should someone working at 6 AM on a Tuesday morning earn so much less than someone working at 6 PM on a Thursday night? "The Disturbing History of Tipping in the U.S.: 'It's Literally a Slave Wage'" by Taylor Mooney on cbsnews.com
  6. Ooh boy, you're touching on a sensitive nerve, and bringing back an awful memory. (Feel free to put in a link to that apartment - the renters deserve it.)
  7. A little birdie told me Amazon ($16.99) is going to run out of books tomorrow, so unless you buy it tonight, you'll need to get it at Barnes & Noble ($19.60).
  8. Interesting. I watched "Lolita" last week (liked it; the book is way better), and have almost watched "Barry Lyndon" a couple of times since then, but a three-hour period piece sounds like torture to me. I haven't read anything about it because I don't want to ruin it, but if anyone here can urge me to see it, I will.
  9. Yes, I suspect we'll see some Virginia closures soon. "Chuy's Furloughs about 40% of Corporate Workers, Draws Down Remainder of Credit Facility" by Tonya Garcia on marketwatch.com
  10. Not since my Jul 24, 2018 post. The food will be as good as whoever is cooking it, nothing more, nothing less - I'm sure the recipes are fine if someone can execute them. Sorry for the non-answer, but the last time I went to Peter Chang Arlington, it was an unmitigated disaster. My one meal in Richmond (years ago) was extraordinary, and if someone told me that Chang was in the kitchen that day, I would have believed them. Have you had Chang's cooking before? It's really something special.
  11. This book is coming out in two days. I heavy-duty copy-edited "Front Row at the Trump Show," I know it inside-and-out, and Jon is absolutely correct about it being an eerie premonition of Trump's handling of COVID-19. This interview with Martha Raddatz is really good.
  12. Has anyone noticed the birds are chirping louder and with more zeal? I absolutely have.
  13. Every single time I've done this, I've waited outside the restaurant with the door of my car open, and they just say hello, plop the food in, and we part ways. Especially given the absence of traffic right now (#CoronaVirusSilverLining), it has never been easier - it never will be easier - to get carryout from fantastic restaurants.
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