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  1. Renegade is now open in the former Mr. Days space in Clarendon " “You can’t swing anything in Clarendon and not get nachos,” says Crump, a 25-year industry vet (Eventide, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant) and currently the executive chef at Clarendon Ballroom. “I wanted to get away from that.” His casual menu borrows from a dozen countries and regions, from Vietnam to Egypt to Hawaii. Find curried collard greens with coconut milk, roasted harissa chicken, Filipino spring rolls, Egyptian fava bean falafel. Nothing is more than $10, and many of the dishes Crump learned how to cook f
  2. I've never been to the Palm at Tysons, so if you are literally limiting to NOVA I can't offer a suggestion for a good "steak house". There are loads of places that can do decent steak. But, in DC there are many steak houses, the foremost are Charlie Palmers, Bourbon Steak, or BLT. I am emotionally attached to the Palm in DC -- it was the first Palm to be established outside of NYC, and etc.
  3. No comment except to observe, the end is nigh. Latest development in fake meat
  4. While there is no shortage of lobsters, there may be an impending shortage of the bait -- herring -- preferred by lobster fishermen https://hotair.com/archives/2019/04/01/lobster-wars-may-put-hold/ I'm not sure I agree with the premise here if the least expensive bait becomes unavailable or increases in price that lobstermen will just not fish, instead of substituting whatever the next least expensive bait choice there is. But if true....NOOOOO!
  5. Good read about fraudulent marketing and over-hyped food products: "What seems to be the issue with San Marzano tomatoes is widespread fraud. They command a higher price than regular canned tomatoes, and as with any other premium brand, counterfeits follow. Unlike faux Chanel bags, though, you can buy San Marzanos in legit stores, which is why the sheer number of knockoffs is jaw-dropping. In 2011, Edoardo Ruggiero, the president of Consorzio San Marzano, told the small Italian importing company Gustiamo that at maximum 5 percent of tomatoes sold in the U.S. as San Marzanos are real San M
  6. Don: Here's an article that explains the City Council's vote from a Libertarian perspective: "With its vote on Tuesday, the D.C. City Council did what elected officials in a representative democracy are supposed to do: act as a check."
  7. Useful Q & A about eating well. I personally adhere to the Julia Child diet: everything in moderation (well mostly ).
  8. I hesitate to put this up because it might be a little too inspirational, but nevertheless...
  9. Liberty Barbecue, the newest enterprise of the Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall/Northside Social folks, had its Grand opening last night in Falls Church. Located In the space most recently occupied by Famous Daves on Broad Street. The schedule for the rest of December is unclear, but they say in January they will be serving both lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Full bar with a small but adequate wine list, and, of course, a nice selection of beer. Wi-Fi is also provided. I had a quarter slab of ribs which were very meaty, perfectly cooked, but could have used a touch more smoke. The sauces need s
  10. OK -- Not a big fan of "Buzzfeed" [prefer Clickhole when I need to waste some time], but here are some "vintage recipes" that are the stuff of nightmares: Jul 19, 2007 - "Yes, It's a Liver Sausage Pineapple" on turkeysandwich.wordpress.com Just imagine the horror of expecting something pineapple-flavored and instead getting a mix of liverwurst, mayo, and Worcestershire. IMAGINE.
  11. Great. I once ordered the Crack Pie from the NYC Milkbar for Christmas dinner and paid the prohibitive overnight shipping cost (I think $68). If you haven't had it, Crack Pie is aptly named, and now we can just get it as a pick-up item. Yay!
  12. Why Yelp reviews are unreliable Bottom line: "When your clientele becomes the type of people looking for problems, it becomes nearly impossible to take care of them. This type of diner stays longer, takes pictures of everything, and is generally more disruptive to service and other guests. It has greatly diminished the pleasure of hospitality, and I hope it dies a swift, permanent death." Read the whole thing. This is not the only recent discussion of Yelp and Yelpers that supports the basic premise that Yelp empowers people who, for whatever reason, derive more pleasure from tearing so
  13. You strangely interest me. Whatzup?????
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