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  1. On the positive side, the kids & I had lunch at 9 Padthai recently, & it was very good. Our order was not optimal (3 of them (not me) got Pad see ew w/ beef), but the food was good. I have good memories of Bangkok Noodle & I’m happy 9 Padthai is there.
  2. I’m surprised that I’m the first to talk about 9 Pad Thai. I first visited last year, on Mother’s Day, shortly after they took over the space last occupied by Bangkok Noodle. I went again this last weekend, & it was very good. I went with the kids & unfortunately, none of them were adventurous-3 Pad See Ews w/ Beef! We shared an order of larb gai (delicious & perfect level of spice) & I got gai pad kaprow (nice & spicy). I don’t go out that much anymore, so I’m happy when I get a great lunch.
  3. I haven’t been in awhile, but the ceviche & the sope w/ frijoles is what I ordered. Maybe I should go back & try them again.
  4. True, I was experimenting with different teas & blends-white, green, black tea, even some lapsang souchong mixed in. I used a blend of hibiscus & black successfully once, but with the rooibos, it went funky.
  5. I’ve made jun, the only batch of kombucha I made that went bad was made w/rooibos tea.
  6. My darling daughter, who moved out about 3 weeks ago, just texted me that there is a garden snake in her apartment, & no one that they have contacted is replying-oh well, I’m sure they’ll be fine 😀
  7. I have tried to share w/ friends & family, but they are strangely reluctant. I like to mix my kombucha w/ seltzer water..
  8. I’m so grumpy, started brewing kombucha a few years ago, had like 6 batches going at once, & no one in my family would drink it. I backed off, & now my daughter has moved out & is buying commercial kombucha 🙄
  9. Rainy day lunch w/ the kids at Taco Bamba Springfield today & it was SO good-first time in a while that I ordered all new stuff & it was worth it. I got a sope w/ tinga, tostada Tong Po Pork-chorizo, mint, basil, larb sauce, onion, cilantro, charred serrano salsa, chicharron, & street corn (I shared ). Tom got 3 tacos-al pastor, Ricky Bobby, & high on the hog, E got 2- taco bamba & arabe. I am SO happy when I get good food, despite the rain, I almost floated home. I’ve only eaten at Springfield & Vienna locations (& none of us have tried DC), but the kids think that Springfield has the edge. It was packed today & no complaints, aside from how messy I got, hands & face, eating all the delicious food. Next time, I’m going to have another Foo Fighters taco-I think the small one I got the first time was an aberration, & it tasted delicious.
  10. It is outside, eastern exposure. I got it as a seedling from the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC years ago. I think it has flowered, but never fruited, & has a wayward akebia vine growing through it.
  11. Kids & I visited the Vienna location on Sunday, at the same time as a large family Easter gathering (just a bit strange, loads of small children), had the Arabe & SanDiego tacos. I thought the tacos at Springfield were a bit better (the chicken on my Arabe was kind of cold) & I’m giving up on fish tacos, you don’t get enough fish to even taste it (Foo Fighter at Springfield, while even smaller, was tastier). I love the salsas & will continue to try other menu options.
  12. An unfortunate title: "The Forgotten Fruit that Looks like an Anus" by Anne Ewbank on atlasobscura.com
  13. Medlars are supposed to be best when they are almost rotten; I have a loquat tree, but it has never fruited.
  14. I agree with you, mostly because I don’t understand the appeal of Italian food. Maybe i’ve just never had really good Italian food, it’s all been sort of “meh” (now, I’m not talking about raw ingredients, I’ve had great prosciutto, olives, bread, but most pasta dishes leave me cold).
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