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  1. Can someone point us to a good, consistent, reliable graph on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths daily in the United States?
  2. Yes, although when we were dining at the restaurant, our server told us we could pick out anything in the seafood cases, and they'd prepare it for dinner in whatever prep we'd like (I'm not *sure* this means sashimi, but why not?) - I'm guessing I cut all that fish in about 15-20 minutes, and my knife skills are terrible. --- Oh, let me make this clear: Those four pieces were exactly how we purchased them. I didn't carve the fish; I sliced the already-carved fish (bought by-the-pound) into sashimi. I bought too much flounder (which was great), and not enough fatty tuna (which was ethereal). The opah was perhaps the second-favorite - it had quite a buttery texture, and wasn't really all that expensive. I once read where maguro is some famous sushi chef's favorite fish; it's not mine, as I find it to be "the filet mignon of sashimi" (silky texture, not much flavor), but this was still a fine example of it. True o-toro (and this Bluefin was more like a good toro) is akin to A5+ Kobe beef - two thickish slices of this would have been $16-20 in an upscale restaurant.
  3. We purchased some sushi-grade fish from BlackSalt Seafood Market, and gorged on sashimi the other night. This would have cost $200 in a restaurant; it was less than $60 here (clockwise from top-left Opah, Fatty Bluefin, Ahi Tuna, Flounder - all were impeccable, and as good as you can find anywhere in town). The bluefin was the most costly per pound, and worth every penny and then some - this was one of the best (if not the most varied) sashimi meals I've ever had, and the prep/cleanup was negligible - sort of makes me wonder why anyone would go out for high-end sashimi. Of note: I don't recommend the squeeze-tube wasabi here, and the jarred pickled ginger is mediocre. Try to find these elsewhere, maybe at an Asian market.
  4. Here's to Carl Reiner, one of three comedians who seemed to have an infinite lifespan (along with Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke). --- "The Dick van Dyke Show" (DonRocks)
  5. "Poignant Ennio Morricone Street Art Appears in Rome, a Day after the Film Composer's Death" by Maddy Shaw Roberts on classicfm.com
  6. I don't think I've had this sandwich since 2019 - now you have me wondering if they're using mild Provolone (my palate memory is faintly whispering that you're correct about the tanginess, but it's not like John's Roast Pork tangy (btw, the pork itself at John's Roast Pork is wildly overrated - they tong the slices out of a steam-table bin-thing filled with liquid - between that and the spinach, it can be a soppy day in Waterville)).
  7. It's Swiss cheese, but it works (there's nothing wrong with a good Emmental). Yes, that salty-garlicky pickle is good (*) - I'm glad you liked it! (*) I was infuriated once when I forgot about it, and found it at the bottom of the empty bag after finishing the sandwich.
  8. We went to pick up some sushi-grade fish at BlackSalt Market yesterday (their market is very well-stocked, and I don't know of any better fish markets in the Washington, DC area). Anyway, after *four months* of not having dined at a restaurant, we finally had dinner at BlackSalt as well. At 6 PM, the restaurant was empty, save for about a dozen employees, working the market, kitchen, bar, and floor. In fact, we were the only diners between 6-7 PM, but when we left, another couple was being seated. We felt perfectly safe dining here. Here was last night's menu (there was also a limited selection of raw oysters): We were also presented with a limited selection of wines by the glass (the sommelier came over and told us they had a bigger one, but I knew I wanted the Chinon Rosé). This Dozon Chinon is a vin saigné, and was $13 by the glass, but we were charged a remarkably low $35 by the bottle. Incidentally, the sommelier said that all of their wines are available for off-site purchase at 30%-off the menu price (as long as they sell you "some" food) - I'm not sure if I got the menu price or the take-home price. The only problematic dish of the evening was a bowl of Chilled Beet Gazpacho ($13) with Crème Frâiche and Cucumber Relish. The soup looked lovely, but it was brutally acidic, and tasted like the beets (or maybe just the cucumbers) had been pickled; other than the acidity (which was a fatal flaw), it would have been a perfectly fine summer soup. My Oysters Rockefeller ($15) were prepared correctly, and were a solid version of this classic dish. DIShGo had only tried this one other time, at a touristy restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA, and she said these were night-and-day better than what she had previously. These weren't perfect, but they were better than you'll usually find, even at an upscale restaurant. It was really a pleasure to have a complex dish such as this in the confines of BlackSalt. Lobster and Avocado Salad ($25) with Citrus Vinaigrette, Local Grilled Squash, Cucumber, Basil, and Scallions made for a good one-two punch of summer dining along with the Gazpacho. DIShGo said there was a lot of lobster in it, and what I had tasted really good - she said she enjoyed it more than mine (but I beg to differ). My Butter Poached Lobster ($28) with Sweet Corn and Fava Bean Succotash, Bacon (really, Guanciale), Corn Flan, and Sherry Lobster Butter was the type of dish you just don't make at home (or, at least, I don't), and I savored each bite slowly with the wine. The lobster was small, but it was still a lobster, and the Corn Flan stole the show, and was the "item of the evening." While driving home afterwards (we took 1/3 of the bottle of wine home), we were wondering why on earth so many people were clustering around bridges, etc., when it was only 7PM, the sun was still out, and the fireworks wouldn't begin for a couple of hours. But not long after we pulled into the driveway, these flew directly overhead: I hope everyone had a nice 4th of July. Cheers, Rocks
  9. I wanted to bump this thread in case anyone has a loved one who is seriously ill.
  10. This response is a bit late, but here is the answer that you seek: Aug 2, 2018 - "Then and Now: What's Replaced Six Classic DC Haunts" by Alex Daniels on washingtonian.com Bonus: Sep 25, 1995 - "The Woes of Kilimanjaro" by Ken Ringle on washingtonpost.com
  11. "Why Did the Washington Post Get this Woman Fired?" by Josh Barro and Olivia Nuzzi on nymag.com
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