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Everything posted by DonRocks

  1. Yes, unless there's something I don't know, Nasime is the best restaurant in Alexandria right now (and has been since Restaurant Eve closed).
  2. I can never read the Post - who are the others? Pit Beef - Baltimore's Very Own Barbecue Chaps Charcoal Pit Beef Pioneer Pit Beef <--- This is the only place I've tried that's better than The Canopy. The Canopy Pit Beef
  3. Oh my goodness! Look at this extract about the wines from Andy's latest review: "The wine list was quite extensive but the pricing was outrageous, even by the stratospheric standards of Mayfair. Often with an expensive wine list you can find relief by delving into the obscure regions, but don’t bother here. Chateau Bela 2011 from Slovakia, a collaboration of Egon Muller and Mirsolav Petrech, was listed at £180 (plus service), a little matter of nearly 11 times its retail price of £19 once you factor in the service charge. Matosevic Alba Malvazija Istarska 2017 from Croatia was £59 plus service compared to its shop price of £13. Donnhoff Riesling 2013 was a lovely wine to drink, but was listed at £80 compared to its retail price of £18. Guenoc Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from California was £140 plus service for a wine that costs just £12 in a shop. If you think the really prestige wines might be less marked up then, as The Dread Pirate Roberts said in the wonderful movie ‘The Princess Bride’: “Get used to disappointment”. Chateau Latour 1983 was £2,840 plus service for a bottle whose current market value is £462. I could go on. This is the sort of wine list to drive anyone to drink tap water. If you are determined to drink alcohol then there is some relief in parts of the champagne list, with Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV at £128 plus service for a bottle that costs £66 in a shop. Otherwise just pray that you are dining with a rich friend with a large expense account. Sadly I wasn’t. Just in case you are contemplating corkage, it is £75 a bottle, with a maximum of three bottles per table."
  4. Eric, is this half a tomahawk steak, or a whole one? $140 for this seems extreme; $70, much less so.
  5. I'm trying to sort out Red Sea Bream, and hit a wall. Going from Kingdom-Phylum-Class-Order-Family-Genus-Species in Taxonomy, Red Sea Bream is in the Family Sparidae. East-Asian Sea Bream is the Species Pagrus major - (Madai in Japan, Domi in Korea, and the most commonly eaten fish in Taiwan). Mediterranean Sea Bream (also known as "Blackspot Sea Bream") is the Species Pagellus Bogaraveo - (Dorade in France, Orata in Italy, and the most popular Mediterranean fish). ... or not! This web page says that Mediterranean Sea Bream is the Species Sparus Aurata, and I trust this web page (I think) - anyone want to help?
  6. You're *so* close - it's a classic sandwich (and a perfectly good example of one) from this city. Actually, I'll give it to you both: It's a Pan Bagnat from a kiosk, Chez Felix, where I haven't been in nearly twenty years - a lot of people get these, and walk a block to the beach and eat them either on the rocks, or on a bench.
  7. Yes, but there's enough information in this picture to know which city.
  8. Great review, Chris. DIShGo and I had a variation of this at Husk Nashville a few years ago, and both thought it was the pimento cheese we'd ever had.
  9. Well, you can. 🙂 I figure people will get this one - this place is virtually identical to how it was when I was last there, probably 8-10 years ago. Honestly, I ordered poorly - there was too much fried food here; I was hoping for something lighter, but I didn't pay enough attention. The spring rolls were the best dish, in part because of their (somewhat) novel protein.
  10. I started to write this up; never did finish it, but here's what I have so far: --- Chef-owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have opened Fancy Radish at 6th and H Street NE, Washington, DC, and there are some distinct similarities on the menus: The welcoming entrance: I made (or, I thought I'd made) a reservation on Resy, but when we got to the host stand at Vedge, there was no record of it (almost certainly, I had forgotten to click the final "Confirm," because I had no email confirmation). It was very, very fortunate to have gotten a table for two at 6:30 on a Thursday evening - they had probably been holding one back in case of a situation like this. The hosts could not have been more welcoming, and they turned what could have been an awkward situation into an exceptional show of hospitality. There was a single two-top available near the front wall, and because of our proximity to our neighbors, there was no way I was going to use flash photography. We started off with cocktails: a Cava Cake ($14) with Cava, St. Germain, and carrot; and the Arrogant Pupil ($13), with Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, and tomato. The predominant flavors in these two drinks were St. Germain and Campari, respectively, and although the carrot and tomato infusions were present, they stayed very much in the background, and the cocktails were not at all reflective of the wonders Vedge achieves with vegetables. The wine list is quite expensive, and in an exception to my usual rule, I'd advise diners here to stick with wines by the glass (hovering in the $14-16 range), which tended to be about 20% of the corresponding bottle prices. After nurturing our cocktails, we started the meal with two glasses of Bibiana Monje Rosé of Listan Negro ($14) from the Canary Islands, Listan Negro being a red-wine grape widely planted in this region of Spain. "Here the Maestro laid down his pen." -- TuranDon --- 1. Menu 2. Rutabaga Fondue 3. Applewood Smoked Tofu 4. Charred Corn "Elote" ---------------------------------------> The greatness of this meal (*) ended here, as the entrees began: Vedge did better with small plates, not trying to coax out flavors of meat. 5. Eggplant Braciole 6. Seared Maitake Mushroom (*) And it was a great meal; the entrees transitioned from "great" to "very good" which is hardly a fault. It's fascinating to compare this meal with the ridiculously great vegan "diner meal" served up this summer at Komi - I can't choose a favorite; yet they were utterly different in style. The most interesting thing, to me, is that I felt Komi's transition into "entrees" (i.e., the cheesesteak and the gyro) also dropped off a bit, relative to the first courses (these comments about the larger dishes at both Vedge and Komi are like saying the recording of Gould's 1982 Goldberg Variations wasn't as peppy as the 1955 rendition (which was launched into outer space (really))).
  11. [Go easy folks, and don't snipe at each other - both opinions here are valid (although PLEASE watch the personal comments, even with Boras ("evil" is a personal insult, and I know I've said that about one person, so I'm probably just as guilty here) ... but especially with each other) - use FACTS and EXAMPLES; don't hurl epithets.] Cheers, Your denmother.
  12. For example, folks who are interested in Shopping and Cooking can do a great deal of help by combing over out Shopping and Cooking Index, which is just awful when it comes to recipes: This is less than 1% of the work that needs to be done here, if that helps to explain the scope of how much help I need. The ultimate solution (really, the only solution) still remains "investment capital," so if any enthusiast out there has enjoyed this community for the past 15 years (and has gotten wealthy along the way), get in touch.
  13. They're not crappy, but if you don't like them, go ahead and reload them, and shrink them as thumbnails (directions are here). Send me a message if you can't figure it out. I have one picture that's too dark, but that's because I chose not to use flash under the circumstances (that should give you a hint as to which is which). Anyway, they appear to be different colors because of the lack of flash in the second photo - both fondues tasted alike; the bread and plating (note the pickles) were both stronger at Vedge. We pretty much agreed the meal at Fancy Radish was like a "cookbook version" of Vedge, i.e., sort of like Central was when it first opened, as opposed to the bar at Citronelle (which was the test kitchen for the opening of Central - at least for a year-or-so - whether people know that or not). PS - the "giveaway," if you read both menus, is the little dab of charred onions in the middle of the fondue, which is on the menu at Vedge, but not at Fancy Radish: RUTABAGA FONDUE today’s soft pretzel, yesterday’s fennel, charred onion RUTABAGA FONDUE today’s bread, yesterday’s pickle
  14. People probably think I've become overtly political; nothing is further from the truth. I desperately look forward to the day when the "no politics" rule can be enforced once again. Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama - there's only one person in that group whom I detested as a leader, but all of these Presidents are at least within the realm of sanity; our current President is insane, and trying his best to ruin the world - he must be stopped, and I have no problem in saying that I would personally do anything in my power to stop him. I miss John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and every politician who treats each other - and our political process - with respect and dignity; what we have now is a person hell-bent on becoming a dictator, and who cares only about himself at all cost to humanity. This isn't politics; this is selfishness and misanthropy in its worst form, and it must be terminated before it terminates us. If this offends you, I cannot apologize, and suggest that you look elsewhere for your restaurant information. I hate that this situation, and this community, have come to this, but I can do nothing else except try my best to fight this callous evil. And anyone who personally attacks one of my best friends - who is a better person than I will ever be - is going to get the full measure of my wrath.
  15. Depends on whether or not there's a spit and/or a Polder probe. --- DonRocks | | | V Hell
  16. That's right, and it brings up an issue: Elephant Jumps is "different" than any other Thai restaurant I've been to, certainly in the DMV. Why it's different, I'm not sure: Is it "region," or is it "style?" I'm blindingly ignorant about regional Thai cuisine, and would appreciate any input about any differences - this could be an entire forum by itself.
  17. The Gang Keaw Wan Roti appetizer ($10) is one of the best versions of curry chicken you'll find in the area - it's markedly better than Thai Square's. There were about six slices of really good Thai eggplant as well.
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