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  1. Liu Chaosheng - who dat, you might ask. Well, he's the guy who opened Hong Kong Palace and Uncle Liu's Hot Pot, and he's now opened Asian Origin, in the old Panache space on Pinnacle Drive as noted in this McLean Patch article. When I first received a menu, I noted its Sichuan dishes and instantly decided to compare it to HKP (not knowing at the time they're sister restaurants). The beef, tendon, and tripe dish is $9 at HKP and $12 at AO. Spicy wontons are $6 at HKP and $8 at AO. Dan Dan Noodles are $7 at HKP and $8 at AO. So the prices are higher at AO, presumably reflecting a higher rent as well as fancier décor. Now I have to decide whether to drive a little farther to HKP or stay in McLean.
  2. Fish filet and silken tofu in chili broth. For non-spicy, tofu or bean curd stirred fried with pork strips . Unfortunately they don’t have their actual menu online so I can’t give you the exact names. Ask what fresh vegetables they have - usually great just stirred fried with garlic.
  3. Website. A large and somewhat inexpensive pan-Asian menu. Has anyone been to one? I'm thinking about taking the kids - they love Korean BBQ.
  4. You're definitely right about the name - I found their Yelp page. But I'm pretty sure they use the same menu. Probably best to separate the two until ownership is confirmed.
  5. I'm on a mission to eat at every restaurant in Eden Center. Today I went to Hai Duong, which according to Eden Center's website and Tyler Cowen, specializes in - Sizzling Fish Filet in Northern Style. I don't know if this is the same as Cha Ca La Vong or just something very similar. In this case, I was given a purplish sauce (I believe it's shrimp paste), peanuts, sliced onions, a plate of herbs (minty smelling), lettuce, rice noodle and then a sesame rice cracker. A little later a sizzling fish filet with lots of dill showed up. With Cha Ca La Vong, all the herbs are cooked tableside along with the fish. In this case, I wasn't quite sure what to do. I wrapped some noodles, herbs, fish and dill in lettuce, and dipped the whole thing into the shrimp paste. It was really good. The fish was moist and flavorful. I even liked their shrimp paste (I thought the version at Present was kinda gross). Tyler Cowen says to put everything on top of the cracker. I saw some older ladies eating them like lettuce wraps - so I went with that. I would love some tips on how to eat this. I probably should've asked my waiter.
  6. https://www.sushiyoshivienna.co/ The a la carte sushi may be more expensive since 1 order = 1 piece but they have many varieties of fish. For lunch I had Boston Mackerel, Spanish Mackereal, and Horse Mackerel, in addition to Sardine, Yellowtail, Yellowtail Belly, and Uni. Each piece was between $2 to $3 dollars (the sardine was $1.85) sushi_yoshi_sushi_a_la_carte_.pdf Due to the impending snowpocalypse, I also ordered some fried squid legs (kara age) and something they called seafood pancake. The squid legs were medium sized fried 1 leg at a time and not a clump of squid legs like fried calamari. The legs were a little chewy, but I suspect that's how they're supposed to be. Nevertheless, I enjoyed them without the tartar sauce that came on the side. Not on the website are two pages of specials, of which 1 was labeled Japanese small plates (lots of grilled jaws and fish). The seafood pancake was one of the specials but it's nothing like a Korean seafood pancake. This is really a rather large fishcake topped with some tempura shavings and a slightly spicy soy based sauce. The first bite was a bit fishy but I soon got used to the favor and enjoyed the dish. This is the best sushi in Vienna (not many others in the area - Sakana, Sweet Ginger, Sushi Yama, Konami are others I've been to) and the additon of other specials makes this place one of the best yet unsung Japanese restaurants in the DC area.
  7. Apr 25, 2017 - "Take a Look inside the Stunning Seafood Restaurant from Marcel's Chef Robert Wiedmaier" by Anna Spiegel on washingtonian.com The chef comes from Brine.
  8. On Friday, doughboy and I went to the new St. Anselm, a Stephen Starr joint located at Union Market. Our server was friendly, and quite good at ass kissing. We had him as a server before, but we can't remember where. We started with beef tartare and blue crab deviled eggs. The tartare was mixed with lots of herbs and seasoning, thus obscuring the taste of the beef itself. The deviled eggs was good, adding crab made it different, but not better nor worse. The best part of dinner were the grilled oysters (with smoked herb butter) and grilled clams, with a chartreuse sauce. The oysters were the best since my first visit to The Ordinary in Charleston. The clams were also excellent. Unfortunately, the monster prawn was overcooked. The Butcher's Steak of the day was a hanger steak. It was cooked to medium rare as requested, and very good. At $28, it might be not a bargain (or maybe it is, I don't order steak very often). We also had the grilled salmon collar. It was nicely grilled - a treat if you like simply grilled salmon. I would go back just for the oyster, clam and maybe steak.
  9. No condiments bar. I’ve been here twice and I think Uncle Liu’s is much better. The spicy broth here isn’t anywhere near as good as Uncle Liu’s.
  10. The place wasn't crowded or loud this morning - hence I was able to discern the music as Ozzie Osbourne (Black Sabbath) and The Doors. We had steak & eggs, french toast, and grilled broccoli. We ate almost everything - the kids did not eat the french toast, in fact, my youngest gave Chef Marjorie a thumbs down (she was expediting right next to our table). [facepalm] Union Market itself is crowded as usual. We just popped into to get some yogurt flavored soft drinks and sweet basil chips (by Lay’s) from Toli Moli.
  11. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    Carnival in Venice starts on 2/16/19 and ends 3/5/19. Business class fares is expensive (paying cash) but you can fly business class on United (operates by Lufthansa) for 140,000 miles. 4 star hotels in Venice are less than $200/nt near Rialto Bridge or Piazza San Marco. I was thinking about traveling over Presidents Day weekend (flying out on 2/13 returning 2/19). I know people spend hours researching vacations and I would love to see what you're planning and what deals you've found. Anyone have ideas for MLK Jr. weekend?
  12. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    Went to Costa Rica almost 18 years ago. Drove around in a 4x4 feeding monkeys everywhere. It was a blast. The kids' passports are expired so we won't be going there (until I get them new passports). Most likely heading to Puerto Rico - I like Old San Juan. BTW, the food sucked in Costa Rica years ago. I ate a whole lot of pretty bland fried fish.
  13. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    The kids and I are all tired of going to Orlando for Spring break. It's expensive, it's crowded, and we've been there too many times already. So what are some other ideas for Spring break? Disney cruise is a possibility. New Orleans? San Antonio? Puerto Rico? Some place warm, lots of kids stuff, good food, no more than 5 hrs flying.
  14. Ericandblueboy

    Any Cool Events This Weekend?

    Ride the Metro without pants. Actually, I don't think it's cool. It's possibly the stupidest thing I've ever heard of.
  15. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    My last trip was the same length as this trip, i.e., 4 days but 2 days are really spent travelling. There are some sights in the city, and then there's lots of stuff just outside the city. I want to do a partial transit tour this time. If I had more time, I'd to a lake/jungle tour to see monkeys. I think you can easily spend a week doing stuff in and around Panama City. Also, they have casinos and sports books everywhere.
  16. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    Heading back to Panama City, because there are direct flights, it's warm, has sports books/casinos, and I never made it to the canal/lock last time. ETA - direct flight on Copa and staying at Bristol Hotel (5 stars) downtown is $1,260 total for 3 nights (via Expedia). I upgraded for more legroom for another $90.
  17. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    Still can't decide. I've never been to Mexico City and that's definitely on the list. New Orleans is off the list because of football play-offs. If I don't make any decision, the default is to go to NYC cause last minute train travel is still pretty cheap and hotels in the winter ain't bad.
  18. Ericandblueboy

    West Virginia

    https://www.hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com/dining/the-eatery. I need to go to Hollywood at Charlestown tomorrow for some sports bets. If anyone else wants to go and carpool, message me.
  19. I'm surprised Nini got the boot since she won 2 consecutive elimination challenges before RW. But she was a mess as the front of the house. Of the contestants, only David Viana (Philly) seems to be consistently good.
  20. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    I just got back from London. Granada is definitely on my list but I need more time to do Seville, Cordoba and Granada together. I plan on leaving Wed night or Thurs and returning on Monday.
  21. Ericandblueboy

    Vacation Ideas

    I did book a trip to Venice for February but still no plans for MLK Jr. weekend. I could go back to Panama City or Reykjavik. I could go back for the umpteenth time to New Orleans or NYC. I could go back to Montreal, Toronto, Halifax. I could go back to Bermuda. I'm looking to go somewhere that I wouldn't need to drive, has good food, walking tours, great museums, and some night-life.
  22. Really? Did they say they rather have you sit at a table by yourself? Seems a bit weird.
  23. Ericandblueboy


    There are more eyeballs on OT. I’m pretty sure all restaurants know that but they do the cost/benefit analysis. If they can fill the restaurant without OT, then they don’t need OT.