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About DaRiv18

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  1. Co-sign on Rhone1998 assessment. First, Stellina fills a tremendous neighborhood need; the closest decent pizza is probably Wiseguys and that place in Brookland. the fried seafood basket is something tremendously disappointing, because I love this dish ever since Venice and have yet to find a decent rendition here. Soggy, oily, and the oil probably isn’t hot enough. Plus everything is sized dissimilarly, which is likely the core issue when it all goes in. I wish they figure this out, soon. Stellina Spritz is perfect. The pie is delicious, and a solid neighborhood amenity. A top ten-ish DC pizza. Service is friendly, but could use a veteran there.
  2. My kids are exactly your kids’ ages. I myself would skip Le Dip (not really a family vibe IMO, others may disagree) and maybe check out Laos in Town - solid food, relaxed atmosphere. Thip Khao is a definite visit but this is a more accessible menu and it would be fun to compare. Both venues serve the local DC Brau “Tuk Tuk” - a Cambodian style lager which is my fave DC Brau.
  3. I would add Centrolina to the mix, it might be a block away from their hotel. For a "decent" lunch near the Mall, Jaleo and then grabbing a gelato at Pitango across the street. Central still has a nice roast (rotisserie) chicken. Old Ebbitt is still a notch above most others. These are well-worn venues in the regard of this community, but they are still fine pitstops for a high-impact tour of the sites. For fast casual, the food court at "Eat at National Place" is the most comfortable - every other carry-out lunch spot is an office traffic headache.
  4. Convivial isn’t too far away at all, I think it would treat you all well and has some range. Daikaya Izakaya. The best place near the national mall IMO is still Fiola.
  5. Posted in the wrong thread, it belongs here . . . Stopped by for my first visit just now . . . Closed by the Dept of Health on 6/14. Next to the official notice is a sign that says “Equipment Repair . . . see you soon!”
  6. Stopped by for my first visit just now . . . Closed by the Dept of Health on 6/14. Next to the official notice is a sign that says “Equipment Repair . . . see you soon!”
  7. It would be a fantastic location for a family looking to spend 3-4 days. The kids are close to Stanton Park, so if the kids are under 8, they have a playground where they can "live like a local" and play with other kids their age. Plus Capitol Hill is a signature neighborhood, maybe only behind Dupont Circle or Georgetown. I no longer recommend families taking the Metro, the trade off between that and an Uber is just not worth any minimal savings for the combined fares. I firmly believe families do not want to spend their scarce family time being uncomfortable on Metro. That said, Pat is right, Union Station has a bunch of tour buses headquartered there, and the free Circulator, too. Plenty of grocery stores nearby. After dinner, an easy stroll to the Capitol, which is gorgeous at night. The Library of Congress is the most beautiful "museum" of them all, standing on the steps of the Supreme Court is fun. Botanical Gardens is also very close, very family friendly. Here's an excerpt from my "Low-Key Local Adventures" guidebook: Lunch and trains/post office Union Station, 50 Mass. Ave. NE Food Court downstairs, more restaurants on main level, retail on main and upstairs levels Stroll the Main Hall and marvel at the gold-leaf ceilings Take the kids across the street to the free National Postal Museum (2 Mass. Ave. NE), very interactive and fun!
  8. Regardless of where you sit, stop by the wine bar and check out the wine bar food specials that are out, towards the left side of the bar. Take a mental note of what looks good to you, and order it.
  9. It appears that Union Market will become a corporate-account like destination (save for A. Litteri, hint hint) while H Street NE won't. There have been some really fine establishments on H Street NE: Ocopa got Michelin recognition, Boundary Road had its fervent admirers here, and Sally's Middle Name will close next week despite for being one of five finalists for the 2019 "Upscale Casual Restaurant" Rammy. The Atlas Room was a nice spot, too. It is discouraging. Nothing against cheap eats or the like, but H Street NE would seem to be able support a diverse crop of venues.
  10. I thought it was Centrolina at first, but you're too close to the street. I think Shaho is right.
  11. The restaurant is a reference to Sam’s sister. One of my favorite memories of the palace is when they invited the general public to celebrate their child’s first birthday with free cake. Keeping with the family motif, Chef presently resides at Brothers & Sisters, not surprising given their family’s closeness with the Bruner-Yangs. I am selfishly sad, but sounds like Sam and Aphra and genuinely excited for the future. They are good people and I think they are in a good place.
  12. Two weeks ago, Bread Furst remodeled a bit, and now the in-store traffic flow has been changed. The register is towards the back instead of in the middle. Havent been there during core weekend hours yet so don’t know how it has impacted the ordering experience.
  13. I was always impressed by the elegance of the simple table holding all the booze in the Eyes Wide Shut pool table scene.
  14. I am not trying to defend the tongue map itself, just saying that the component tasting is less about the UC Davis flavor wheel and more about understanding wine structure by learning how to identify acid, tanin, etc. yes, at that tasting we were shown that acid is more sensitive on the sides of the tongue. I don’t think those articles contradict that, they just don’t like the tongue map drawing. The component tasting was in some ways like this video, except we were not trying to evaluate any specific wines comparatively, it was more what is tanin and how do you taste it? https://www.northernbrewer.com/blogs/wine-time/wine-component-tasting
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