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  1. I'm sure restaurants are challenged in the current environment to offer steep discounts given the lack of volume to make up for reduced prices. That being said, one of Clyde's DC Restaurant Week 'deals' is a 6oz filet mignon (menu price $31.99), salad (menu price $9.99) and peach cobbler (menu price $8.99)... all for $55. Same set ups as the individual menu listing: 31.99+9.99+8.99=$50.97, so you're paying $4.03 MORE by ordering restaurant week. I'm not sure that's what RAMW had in mind... (ordering the double crab cake RW instead saves you $0.97)
  2. I've not been a big fan of Pinot Noir, but had a request the other night for a family tasting that came with funding, so... 2016 Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Thoreys: Was very glad I'd done some looking into this wine, and read that it took longer than expected to open up. After 2.5 hours in the decanter, it was a very solid wine. After 4 hours, it was absolutely delightful. Complex palate focused on syrupy dark cherries and plum. Was pleasantly surprised to see such a great wine come from such a prolific producer. $125 2016 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills: Admittedly this i
  3. 2013 Dagueneau Pur Sang Pouilly Fume. Complex, strong minerality with a noticeable orange citrus. This is a wine that needed to open up and warm up more than I expected. But when it did, it was fabulous. 2018 Titus Napa Sauvignon Blanc (actually about 95% SB, 5% viongier). Crisp, clean. I don't like the strong lychee found in many SBs, and this was restrained but still represented a new world style nicely. At $25, a nice wine for the price. 2017 Chateau Doisy Daene Grand Vin Blanc Sec. Interesting 100% SB from Barsac - but stopped at interesting. Not sure I'd rush to buy agai
  4. Pot roast using chuck roast in the crock pot. Standard onions, carrots, potatoes. Poured in a mini bottle of vinho tinto that was the last of my wife's wine advent calendar along with some broth and herbs. I usually mix some of the liquid with more wine and seasoning to make a sauce at the end of cooking but something went awry last night, so the whole thing ate somewhat dry. The Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet is a decent, easy weeknight wine from Costco in the lower 20s, but last night had the Dry Creek and I think we've switched allegiances...
  5. Last night we opened a bottle of Caymus, decanted for 90 minutes. It was a real lightweight, and nothing like I remember from previous vintages. Moved on to Frank Family which is definitely not a light weight, although Frank Family has never been my favorite. Between the corked 8 Years in the Desert on Friday night and the Caymus yesterday, it was a bad few days for wine that isn’t cheap.
  6. Sautéed asparagus, bell pepper, corn cut off the cob, garlic. Took off the heat and added raw red onion, cucumber and grape tomatoes, then some frozen peas. Season, splash of olive oil and red wine vinegar, and added to pasta. Topped with parmigiana. By far our favorite meal of the week.
  7. Broccoli, snap peas, bell peppers, onion, edamame, spinach and chicken stir fried with some store bought teriyaki sauce and sriracha over jasmine rice, topped with toasted sesame seed. After a few weeks of quarantine cooking, this mix of fresh vegetables was like a tall drink of water on a hot day (or in my case, a cold beer...) Anselmann Pfalz dry riesling, which was perfectly pleasant if unremarkable (18.99)
  8. Chicken Kabobs on the grill with red pepper, onion, tomato after a brief italian marinade. Spring pasta salad with asparagus, peas, parmigiano, O/V. Caesar Salad. Josh Sonoma Chardonnay - not extraordinary but a solid Monday night chardonnay (the Black label upgrade is worth it...)
  9. We tried the Austin Hope Cabernet from Paso Robles last night after hearing so many rave about it. Drank to me like a cabernet for people who don't like cabernet. Light, fruit forward, very little tannin. Followed this with the Josh Cellars cabernet, also from Paso Robles which was much beefier and more my style. It's also less than half the price of the Austin Hope.
  10. Last night was Jalapeno Popper White Chicken Chili in the crock pot. Included are 5 diced jalapeno peppers but those are sauteed with onions and garlic before going in so the heat level is still tolerable even for my spice-averse wife. Topped with cumin crema, cilantro, tortilla strips. Drank an Illumination Sauvingon Blanc from Quintessa (mostly Sonoma fruit). I'm not a big SB guy, but Illumination and Bevan are my go-to's, though unfortunately both are a bit spendy.
  11. Pulled pork in the crockpot on seeded buns, onion rings and a store bought avocado ranch salad mix that I dressed up some some fresh avocado and spicy roasted pumpkin seeds. Another bottle of the Stinson Rose of Tannat. Often when I think a first bottle is great, I re-buy and am disappointed in the second. No so here - this is a great spring/summer wine.
  12. Vegetable Lasagna from Tuscarora Mill was fantastic. Didn't contain the re-heat instructions but a quick call cleared that up. They are set for pickup now, our 3rd time this week.
  13. Turkey burgers with caramelized onion, avocado, LTM. Spinach salad with bacon, strawberries, red onion, poppy dressing. Onion rings. Rose of Tannat from Stinson Vineyards just north of Crozet. Fantastic - not too fruity. Minerality without being bitter on the finish. Side note - the owner of Stinson is married to the owner of Ankida. Both have their hits and misses, but their hits are really strong.
  14. Used some of the leftover red sauce from lasagna the other night and made stuffed shells. Basically the same dish, different shapes. Sriracha ranch salad from Wegmans that was surprisingly spicy. Didn't really go with the shells, but I'm not used to planning meals a week in advance... With the shells we had an Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir. Ankida is a tiny vineyard in Amherst County at 1800 ft elevation. Their chardonnay and blanc de blanc didn't do much for me, but this is a fantastic pinot noir. Then the wife and I started playing Wineopoly with a bottle of Cooper's Hawk John Legend b
  15. A few years ago, I googled 'world's best recipe' and found this one which happens to be for lasagna. To earn the title of 'World's Best', you have to bring it... This is classic food - not vegetable, no bechamel, nothing fancy, just straight up 'grandma style' lasagna, but it is daaaaaamn good. It does take some time - I usually make the sauce the day before and then assemble the day of. This is often a recipe I make for those with newborns, having surgery, in need of meals, etc. It is relatively inexpensive to make, travels well, and is better the next day. Served with a Wegman's ca
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