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  • Birthday 04/17/1965

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  1. For a birthday we ordered pickup from Thip Khao yesterday. $40 per person for 3 non dessert courses, with one meat and one vegan option per course. You have to make the same choice for each person in the party, along with same spice level, but I imagine you could work around that by making multiple separate orders. Also cocktails for 4, etc. it was incredibly good and extremely generous portions that will make more than two full meals. (I have no reason to think that was a fluke for our order). Check it out.
  2. As of tonight (I think) Tail Up Goat is doing take-out. Ordering link here. We ordered a couple days ago and picked up tonight and were very very pleased. They have 3-course meals (with very good clear instructions about any little bit of cooking or plating required to make them wonderful) and other awesome stuff including ALCOHOL thank god. The pick up system is good and safe and you get to say hi to Jill through your mask and hers. Delicious stuff, and if places like this have been important in your life as they have in mine, we should do what we can to increase the likelihood that they will continue to exist in whatever form the future makes possible.
  3. Never met the guy but loved his presence here. 💓 Don, you have made a good subculture.
  4. I ate the Happy Gyro tonight. OMG it is so good. Komi trying to channel Superiority Burger and I love it. The gyro is by far the best of the sandwiches, though others are good too. Get all available vegetable sides. Let's hope that I was not a vector to them and they were not a vector to me
  5. If you search my history here you will see that I love Tail Up Goat and the people who work there. That is my bias. So, first visit to Revelers Hour and it is unsurprising that I love it but let me perhaps give a little more information than that. Somewhat bigger and more boisterous in vibe than T-U-G. But it still has the same sort of warm vibe, not really "rustic" but somehow very home-y feeling. Like maybe a nice orange-y glowing aura in an aura sense rather than a literal sense. It is different from T-U-G (at least so far) in the absence of bread course and the absence of large fish or meat entrees. There are several pasta dishes, of which we ate three and all were mind bogglingly good. (the one with smoked collards and red peas, described in an earlier post, was especially amazing to me). If you ever want to take someone for a drink and hope to smooch them, go sit at the bar early and have wine by the glass and order the nuts (with rosemary etc) and the potato chips with a potato-based dip (i know, it sounds paradoxical, but believe me). T-U-G and now Revelers Hour are the only restaurants I have ever been to that make such a point of being vegetarian-welcoming that they hand-prepare menus which note the dishes that are veg or can be made so with identified tweaks. I think that is lovely.
  6. Also, depending on the precise number of involved employees, a possible violation of the federal WARN Act for not giving employees advance notice of closing. Corporate values yay!
  7. I ate at Urban Hot Pot last night. I am not here to tell you that it is the quintessence of the world's best hot pot. I am not your go-to expert on that. But damn what a good experience on a jolly brain-dead evening with someone you like. $25 all-you-can-eat, in sleek modernistic clean bright space. Get a booth around the conveyor belt. Order your broth of choice and get it going on your little glass stovetop. Conveyor belt brings this and that. Use the attached iPad to order other stuff too. Go to the sauce and condiment bar to get things on top (sesame dressing, peanut dressing, cilantro, peppers, etc etc etc.). Stuff yourself silly on meats (incl. stomach and intestines if you are into that), seafoods, tofu, vegetables, in your hot pot. Spice up your broth how you like it. Eat too many noodles. Things that you order on the iPad come within minutes. Eat and eat and eat and eat. Pro tip: order more napkins through the iPad too. Again you may say that I am a rube but what fun and quite good.
  8. From the linked article: "Personally, I go to restaurants primarily for the hospitality and secondarily for the actual food." I am kind of the opposite
  9. I ate at Elle for the first time last night, and (1) it was very nice though loud and (2) it made me realize why I go out so rarely in DC these days. Eating light and vegetarian, two drinks each, $75 per person with tip. I wish I understood the economics of running such a restaurant better. I am not saying that it was yielding enormous profits for anyone. I have no idea. Maybe all employees are very well paid, which would be good. Maybe good bok choy costs more than I imagine. Maybe rent/mortgage is bizarrely high even in Mt. Pleasant. I suppose that maybe I am saying I don't want to pay double for good food, for the opportunity to sit for an hour and a half and have people fold my napkin and refill my water glass. I wish we had restaurants like Superiority Burger here in DC.
  10. Yeah it is a harsh concept that is the law in (I believe) most states. (See that definitive source, wikipedia). We are wild about long-term incarceration in this country.
  11. Thank you for doing this chat. Two questions, if you have the time: 1) I assume you have been eating widely in "great" restaurants for years. How would you describe the change(s) you have seen over the decades? 2) What do you do, to find very promising places to eat at, when you are traveling to a city without a Michelin guide?
  12. Small nonstick pan. 2 or 3 eggs and about a half tablespoon butter, plus salt & pepper. low heat. no whisk. break up eggs and stir and then constantly fiddle and scrape and stir and worry them with small spatula until they are right to your preferred level of wetness or dryness. haven't measured the time but should take at least 3 minutes and perhaps more.
  13. We went to the bar here last night and found it utterly bizarre. As suggested above, the insistence on local is non-uniform and therefore arbitrary: "yuzu oil" in one thing, but no tequila because it's not locally sourced. Could not find a drink that did not sound, from menu description, over-complex and over-sweet. Sorghum is a clever notion; but a whisky cocktail with sorghum etc etc would have been awesome if poured over hot oatmeal but otherwise blech. The building is cool, though, and everyone was nice! Order liquor neat and enjoy the experience.
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