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  1. Al Dente

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I'm bringing several dozen ortolan!
  2. We stopped in for dinner last night and were generally pleased. We arrived at about 8:15 and only about 6 tables were occupied. Our server seemed busy closing up shop, but she was generally available when we needed her. I started with the Burnt Romaine Heart ($11) with avocado, feta, grilled onions, tomatoes, and green garlic chimichurri vinaigrette. I liked where they were going with this, but I think the raw garlic flavor and spiciness magnified the acidity of the vinegar making it too intense. I also had the Crispy Chicken Breast ($20) with prosciutto, fried eggplant, peas, Fontina cheese, and Marsala mushroom sauce. The chicken was a generously-sized breaded cutlet underneath the other tasty ingredients but it was swimming in the sauce. The flavors were great as long as I could keep a forkful from becoming saturated. We shared a side of Broccoli Frito with Pickled Pepper Aioli and Parmesan ($8). I think this was the best overall dish-- the broccoli had some crispy crunch that worked nicely with the aioli. All in all, a pleasant enough experience, I just think they need to tighten up the execution a bit. Two apps, two entrees, and a martini came out to $100 less tip.
  3. Al Dente

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    WTF was I thinking? I prefer thighs to peaches anyway.
  4. Al Dente

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I'll be grill man! I look forward to enjoying your thighs!
  5. Al Dente

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I forget-- will we definitely have a grill?
  6. I saw that. All the pieces are coming into place for an authoritarian regime, aren't they? I'm genuinely afraid.
  7. Reason #4,682 that the NRA is full of shit. NRA/Russia Connection
  8. I thought that cretin looked familiar.
  9. Sacha Baron Cohen's Kinderguardian Program
  10. To hear enthusiasts describe it, you won't need anything else in your kitchen-- you can toss your stove, microwave, blender, toaster, and probably even your refrigerator.
  11. Instant Pot available via Amazon Treasure Truck for $67.99 at a few spots around the Baltimore area today: https://www.amazon.com/TreasureTruck
  12. I can't get this story out of my head. I'm an atheist, but I hope there's a special place in hell... I didn't know about this Nestle boycott. This kind of shit has been going on for a long time, and there are details I hadn't even considered. Obviously (at least to any person who can think), breast milk has all kinds of benefits that formula does not, but also: From Wikipedia Formula must be mixed with water, which is often impure or not potable in poor countries, leading to disease in vulnerable infants.[3] Because of the low literacy rates in developing nations, many mothers are not aware of the sanitation methods needed in the preparation of bottles. Even mothers able to read in their native language may be unable to read the language in which sterilization directions are written. Although some mothers can understand the sanitation standards required, they often do not have the means to perform them: fuel to boil water, electric (or other reliable) light to enable sterilisation at night. UNICEF estimates that a formula-fed child living in disease-ridden and unhygienic conditions is between 6 and 25 times more likely to die of diarrhea and four times more likely to die of pneumonia than a breastfed child.[4] Many poor mothers use less formula powder than is required, in order to make a container of formula last longer. As a result, some infants receive inadequate nutrition from weak solutions of formula.[5] And most egregiously: "IBFAN claim that Nestlé distributes free formula samples to hospitals and maternity wards; after leaving the hospital, the formula is no longer free, but because the supplementation has interfered with lactation, the family must continue to buy the formula. IBFAN also allege that Nestlé uses "humanitarian aid" to create markets, does not label its products in a language appropriate to the countries where they are sold, and offers gifts and sponsorship to influence health workers to promote its products."
  13. DJT doesn't want to lose those Russian votes!
  14. DJT chimes in... Trump blasts 'fake' NYT story on US opposition to breastfeeding measure by Max Greenwood of The Hill