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  1. Tim Carman's article yesterday described Gen Lee's reaction to their signature eggplant dish appearing on the menu of Andrew Zimmern's new Minnesota restaurant. The article notes Mr. Zimmern did not ask permission to add it. Zimmern got a demo in July 2013 when he visited Chang's Richmond location (the first page of this thread includes a link to Zimmern’s Vine of the visit, but it highlights a fish dish). I wonder: did Zimmern disclose to Chef Chang he envisioned opening a chain of restaurants? At the time, Chef Chang could have seen this kitchen visit as an informal nod to a journalist/T.V. personality, not sharing a recipe for future commercial use. Sure, it was 5 years ago, but ouch. Who knows, their expansion plans might geographically overlap. Chang's restaurants' quality have varied depending on who was in the kitchen and some here have had disappointing meals. What if Chef Chang was even farther removed from the plate? When I first read yesterday's article I thought of Tom Power's "Chocolate Hazelnut Bars" heartfelt homage to Michel Richard and their time working together. Mr. Zimmern's offering was not this.
  2. Lydia R

    Eating at Nationals Park

    Wow, just wow. The in depth article was tough to read. With Valerie Camillo heading to Philadelphia, I hope the Nationals organization understands the level of commitment necessary to keep the Park "experience" of value and staffs accordingly. Having someone else represent in her stead at Winterfest was an inkling change was afoot. Valerie is trading her old job as the Nationals' Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer to become Comcast Spectacor's new President of Business Operations and will oversee the Flyers and Wells Fargo Center.
  3. I looked at the menu from this link and realized there are two burgers: N4 (Rouga Mo) and N5 (Cumin Beef). When a table of Chowhounds dented the menu a few months ago, the burgers we got were the only disappointment. Steve's report is on Chowhound. I'll specifically order the Rouga Mo next time. I've been back a few times for a weekday lunch plate. Instead of the standard suburban afterthought meal, the quality of this kitchen elevates the roll, soup, entree above other Rockville eats.
  4. Lydia R

    Eating at Nationals Park

    Having La Casita helps fight the concession-envy I feel from the Jose Andres curated Audi Field offerings. The unexpected cold weather snap on Saturday sent me looking for chicken soup, but I didn’t make it past SEC 139/140. Knowing La Casita is a successful MoCo mini-chain (Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, & Germantown) gave me confidence it would be good. Fresh off the griddle puposas were warm and filling. Two other updates: The larger format beer cans are still available in the concourse, but in-stand vendors don’t carry them anymore. They now carry small cans of sparkling wine and Atlas 1500. At Grace’s Kitchen, the fried shrimp po’boy was replaced by a cold shrimp salad roll - best started with a fork and then picked-up to finish the last third of cool shrimp with the buttery, crisped, top-sliced roll. The meatball sub was slightly downsized to a manageable four-ball ciabatta sandwich (bringing fresh picked basil from home is a good finishing touch). Other than the debut of Childish Bambino and All Star Game festivities, this was a dull thud of a season.
  5. Menu is on Grubhub. Definitely looking forward to seeing pics. https://www.grubhub.com/restaurant/xian-gourmet-316-n-washington-st-rockville/907076
  6. Lydia R

    Dining in Potomac

    Article in Bethesda Magazine announces Shake Shake (& liquor license?) coming to the Cabin John shopping center along with other improvements: "Shake Shack to Open September in Potomac" by Glynis Kazanjian on bethesdamagazine.com
  7. /bump/ I'm looking for a few lunch options near the Convention Center in July. Tom Power's places aren't open for lunch. My list already has Smoked & Stacked, but always looking for more choices. Extra points for tabs less than $35, please. Any suggestions?
  8. I got to Rasa for the first time yesterday on my way to an afternoon game in Nats Park. I ordered the Open Sesame and was rewarded with a large, nicely packed bowl with fresh lamb meatballs and a riot of flavors and textures (will make sure to have the eggplant again). It traveled well to the Park and the (nice, but kicking) spice level benefited from being accompanied by a cold District Draft. Next time, I'll try one of the other set bowls on the menu. Upon arrival, I was told it was their 6-month anniversary. Definitely wish them well.
  9. Documentarians Christoph Green and Brendan Canty's film "The Liberation" will be shown at AFI's Silver Docs on 15 June. Unfortunately the evening screening in Silver Spring is sold out, but their are still tickets available for the afternoon screening at Landmark E-Street. WaPO Express article by Kristen Page-Kirby HERE. It's been a while since we had a DR volunteer night at DCCK, but remember them fondly.
  10. Also about 5-miles away (north/west of FedEx) is location #2 of Taqueria 3 Reyes, 8500 Annapolis Rd, New Carrollton, MD 20784 - DR Thread here. It's located just inside the Beltway in a curved row of shops between Annapolis Road and the Metro Points Hotel. It's one of the better real-Mex mini-chains and easier to hit than others in Riverdale/Hyattsville. Maybe calling in your order ahead (301-918-4848) will make this option fit within your time window. First page of the menu here: http://taqueriatresreyes.com/menu1.html
  11. Interesting how the rumors eventually evolve. It'll be a while before the Rockville Wegmans opens at Twinbrook Quarter. Looking upthread, it took 4+ years for the Landover location to open after its initial press release.
  12. It'll be reported elsewhere on this board: yesterday, the new Twinbrook Quarter development announced their anchor tenant will be Wegmans.The parcel starts a block north of the Twinbrook Metro (where Pizza CS is located), past Congressional Lane and continues north-ish to include the building currently housing Joe's Noodle. This area totals 18 acres and is less than half the size of the White Flint parcel (44 acres) under consideration for Amazon's HQ2, but wow. From the April 11th Rockville City Planning Commission briefing (starts on page 110): No timeline yet, but Bethesda Magazine has additional information in an article by Andrew Metcalf.
  13. Lydia R

    Eating at Nationals Park

    Grace’s Kitchen: the food sums up as super delicious, but impossibly messy. A neighbor in the stands had Jamie Leeds’ shrimp po’boy and declared it the tastiest thing he’d had in the Park (multiple seasons), but it was too messy to get again. During a cold game, I had the prescription chicken noodle and matzo ball soup. It came filled to the rim in one of those indestructible plastic deli containers usually holding potato salad and was paired with a teaspoon. It would be perfect if I was home, opening it on my kitchen counter, and eating it with a proper spoon. Instead, I was wearing it and wishing there were no noodles to wrangle with the small spoon. Matzo balls are enough for this savory soup (maybe it’ll be back in October). Carla Hall’s macaroni and cheese was spicy and creamy but should not have been left with many others under the lights, uncovered. I doubt the chefs make operational decisions like packaging - they're probably made by @LevyRestaurants . Another good reason Shake Shack & Max’s use their own staff. I wonder what the Ground Rule Mule tastes like. I haven’t found any remaining locations of Virginia Kitchen – if it's survived, where’s it located? The Street Skewers’ keftedes (beef/lamb/pork mini-meatballs) are warm and juicy with a good creamy sauce. All their skewers are reheated on the same griddle and the vegetarian skewers share space with the carnivore options. This line takes a while possibly because daintily steaming the skewers with a squirt bottle and no dome is a time consuming process. Yes, the pricing is creeping up. The vendors in the stands are disadvantaged by hauling the large-format cans and not being able to accept e-cards. They carry few small cans - all Bud Lite. One vendor noted the Diamondbacks only kept the big cans for two seasons (in the Arizona heat). There’s an extra column on many of the menu screens for calories. Maybe the beer stands can show ABV as a public service. Some of the craft brews have unexpectedly high alcohol content. The team has a new twitter account @NatsParkService staffed during the game. Let them know if you have a good experience or something else. Matt Grace (#60): we recognized you at the gas station after yesterday’s game but respected your privacy. You’d have thought I was crazed, especially after witnessing my pinwheel-turns to get within hose-range of the pump.
  14. Lydia R

    Eating at Nationals Park

    Yes, I sometimes wonder if District Drafts will go the way of the Inside Pitch program/scorecard (it's not coming back this season). Yesterday, my District Draft favorites were back: Dujuan at Section 119 and Sharon at Section 129. They had both the regular and new "big format" cups. The overhead screens weren't working so it we couldn't readily see what was on offer, or the new prices. The bar formerly known as Red Porch was missing both Laura and Karen behind the bar. Isabella's former G-sandwich space garage gate was closed and the sign was gone. There was no "coming soon" signage indicating its successor. Hopefully it's something good and portable. I agree about supporting the independent breweries. It might help if the breweries came and educated the beer pourers in the DD stands. In the mean time, Port City tweeted out their tap schedule for the whole season. [As an aside: this weekend, it was a pleasant surprise to see their Monumental IPA available at the Kennedy Center lobby bars]
  15. In May 2010, Lola007 posted about Il Canale in a couple of threads. She positively compared it to 2 Amys and Luzzo's in NYC.
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