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  1. I must add an addendum: look closely at the photograph of the open kitchen above in reedm’s expressive post. Enlarge it. All of the woodwork was done by hand by the owners. From the ten inch beams to the carving-this is a hand built two hundred year old exquisitely restored Inn in the Alps. Note the soft lighting and candles throughout the photos. Character, romance and quiet comfort. I know of no other restaurant in America like this. It is an extraordinary escape for this side of the Atlantic. And worth the journey on the other side.
  2. This is the most difficult reservation in America and worth the effort. We have been twice since they opened (including two weeks ago) and have two more upcoming reservations-one night next month and one in January of next year. This is my favorite restaurant in the U.S. in part because of the extraordinary ambience, incredible presentation of John and Diane and having now sampled 15+ dishes the honest belief that the overall experience rivals The Inn which is only five miles away. But we prefer Three Blacksmiths. On the website you will see instructions for how to make your on lin
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    Water Grill

    Water Grill is the best seafood restaurant in all of Southern CA. Serious. And, it's in downtown L. A. a couple of blocks from the Bonaventure. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Probably comparable to Kinkead's in price.
  4. Water Grill is the best seafood restaurant in all of Southern CA. Serious. And, it's in downtown L. A. a couple of blocks from the Bonaventure. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Probably comparable to Kinkead's in price.
  5. https://www.restonnow.com/2017/02/09/boston-properties-impact-of-town-center-paid-parking-far-less-than-claimed/ above is a post with Boston Properties response.
  6. This is different. Bethesda involves meters and perhaps a credit card. If Reston had done this, probably this thread wouldn't exist. They have an "app" which involves a number of steps to use along with several minutes each time it is used. At Reston Town Center you need a smartphone.to park on the street (although not in a garage where you can use a kiosk although not every garage has one). As I noted above there are "terms and conditions" which you have to agree to if you use it. There are also other complications such as $3.00 an hour to park on the street including Saturday while a
  7. Boston Properties' representative said late last week that 70,000 people have downloaded the app. I wonder if all 70,000 read the following in the next to the last paragraph of the "Terms and Conditions": https://www.restontowncenter.com/parking/parking-terms-conditions/ "By using the Platform, you agree that the statutes and laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina without regard to conflicts of laws principles, will apply to all matters relating to use of the Platform and the Services, and you agree that any litigation shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction
  8. This is a huge issue locally and will probably go national: Boston Properties (BXP) is a publicly traded company which reported after 4:00 on Tuesday and had their conference call on Weds. morning. There was no mention of any problems at Town Center. There are also 1,600 or so apartments and condos at Town Center who must be having similar problems. The result of both is that this afternoon @3:00PM (when street parking was $3.00 an hour and a complicated app to pay it) there were, perhaps, 35-40 people around the skating rink. I would guess that a similar day a year ago would h
  9. One of the advantages of Early Mountain is that they also carry wine from a number of other wineries. On a stop a year or so ago there was Friends and Family which is RDV's third label (and well worth the $35 or so dollars it costs) along with Ankida Ridge pinot noir. Ankida Ridge is especially interesting since the winery is only open to the public for five hours on Saturday afternoons (one day a month in January and February), It is also an experience to visit- both the setting and also the trip there. This is one of those handful of wineries (Stone Mountain, Moss Vineyards also) that a
  10. We just returned from our annual January O. C. visit (New Year's Eve four out of the last six years). Sello's in West Ocean City is now O. C.'s best Italian restaurant-it would do justice to the best in Little Italy and I am serious in saying this. It's also enormously popular with locals and is full on most weeknights-even in the middle of January. Liquid Assets and Hooked continue with their similar popularity and excellence. We also included the Henlopen Oyster House in Rehoboth which I believe is so good that we build our trip around when it is open. Both Ocean City and Rehoboth a
  11. Forgive me but I will make the serious and respectful argument that any tasting that is free is not the wine that you would judge a Virginia winery by. Linden's '13 Hardscrabble Red is perhaps the best young red that Jim Law has made. It's $50.00 a bottle but you can also buy it by the glass. '14 Delaplane Williams Gap and Petit Manseng are outstanding. Williams Gap is $50 or so but you can also buy it by the glass. (the view out the floor to ceiling plate glass windows of the mountain side tasting room is breathtaking.) Glen Manor's '13 and '14 Hodder Hill, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot (o
  12. Dooky Chase had serious fried chicken in the '80's but this is like Kansas City's "Chicken Betty" who Calvin Trillin made famous in an early '90's New Yorker piece. She cooked at auto auctions sometime in the '80's and was legendary for her skillet fried chicken. I read about her on, I believe, Roadfood and tried to track her down at this auction on an '80's trip. She wasn't there that day but everyone I talked to told me how good her chicken was. Sorely disappointed I reluctantly went to the original Stroud's which was my first visit there. I knew Stroud's was suppose to be good but
  13. I actually thought about this last night at Clarity, too. After two hours or so the wine bottle directly in front of me was almost empty. The glass of water poured when I sat down was still full.
  14. One more comment: I like to swish wine in the glass. Perhaps because I quit smoking 28 years ago I need something to occasionally do with my hand (i.e. lifting a cigarette to my lips). Last night sitting at Clarity I noticed that from time to time I would touch the stem of the glass and lightly swirl the wine inside. This was not a conscious effort to help the wine open; rather, it was an act similar to "taking a drag." It is easier to do this in a larger glass. I almost always ask for the largest available glass regardless of what its shape is intended for. Again I note t
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