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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Some of the leaders among the Parkland kids are on a cross-country organizing and voter registration tour now. They are not the story du jour any longer, but are doing the hard work of political organizing, and (I think) are doing a great job of crossing all sorts of subcultural boundaries. A twitter link here to a story from today. The kids these days, they are alright.
  10. A new entry into the very very good ice cream category - Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream in Mount Pleasant (3110 Mt. Pleasant, NW DC). There are two stores in Maine (the Obamas went to one a few years ago, they say), and this store here just opened up. $10/pint, and of course you can get cones etc. I bought two pints - (1) Kulfi, (2) "Bay of Figs" (figs in fig ice cream) - both were astoundingly good. Tried a thai spicy (peanut and a good bit of cayenne, etc.) and a buttermint (like those funny little mints in old fashioned restaurants) and both were great. Flavors are relatively innovative but not willfully ridiculous. After I went and ate and loved, I realized that the local partners are friends of friends of mine; but I swear I loved the ice cream before I knew that. Check it out.
  11. Have now listened to the second and it is that pronouncement that I paraphrased above - which is not supported by ANY evidence cited - which is Gladwell's big ultimate point. Brian Williams (correctly, is my hunch) ends up in the second episode explaining this memory incorrectness on his part by attributing it in part to his own ego, self-aggrandizement - and it is important to Gladwell (for some unexplained reason) just to declare that this is ridiculous self-flagellation. So yes, it is probably true that Brian Williams wasn't lying: he had actually and subjectively fooled himself into believing that he was at the center of an awesome story that made him look cool. But I was struck by how the bold pronouncement that stuck out to me in the first episode - as being gratuitous and unsupported - ends up being the gratuitous and unsupported point of the second episode. Or maybe I just hate podcasts
  12. Don't want to get too off-topic but I listened to that first one and found it infuriating because Gladwell ends up making these bold pronouncements about human nature (like "how we remember stories about ourselves is not a reflection of our character at all") based on a story that didn't really justify any such thing - for one thing, it was not at all clear to me, from any evidence given, that Weitz was ever actually promoting a version of the story that was inconsistent with Adler's. But Gladwell does love bold pronouncements.
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