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About DaRiv18

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  1. My kids love Sugar Fox ice cream and I REALLY want to love it, but it doesn’t have the depth of flavor of other ice creams. I guess it is Dolcezza for me, although it won’t be the same.
  2. Ugh. Stopped by today on Saturday night, after the Caps home opener. 9:30pm. They turned me away because no one is there so they are closing early.
  3. Hot N Juicy is a guilty pleasure, I must say. Dare I say, destination restaurant?
  4. Trickling Springs today announced on their Facebook page that they would be shutting down “plant operations” in September 27, 2019. I am a loyalist, and to my eye they are doing very well in DC. Their ice cream was a crowd pleaser and very, very good. Their cow butter, goat butter, dark chocolate milk, buttermilk, and creamline milk are all high quality, distinctive products. They only sold grass-fed dairy and you could taste the sweetness. My kids literally grew up (and are still growing) on their milks and ic cream, and I always envisioned that I would buy my grandkids a cone someday. No announcement as to when the retail stores will close.
  5. Sad news. Trickling Springs, my favorite local ice cream is shutting down. Link
  6. Red Apron’s beef fat rosemary fries are the best I’ve ever had. (Which was today). And that’s before I discovered its buried treasure.
  7. That’s a nice review, and sounds like a solid place. At the risk of mischaracterizing what you wrote, it seems that restaurant basically offers Americanized Thai dishes (but are willing to, say, make their pad thai less sweet) and more authentic lao dishes (to the point that they even serve the same Americanized Thai version of the dish, such as the papaya salad). It’s a smart move on their part, just to keep the lights on. I think Laos in Town is doing the same sort of risk management, providing an casual date-night atmosphere and serving accessible versions of the cuisine. I recommended it to you because it would provide another data point on laos food, as well as probably accommodating your kids’ palate. That’s partly why Thip Khao is so cool, they are all-in on authentic Laotian cuisine. the next time you are in DC without kids, you should definitely visit Thip Khao and also Little Serow, now that is a hip ( but not obnoxious) place that will blow your mind. [As far as other split-the-baby compromises to accommodate both adult and kid tastes, 2 Amys remains a top choice in DC (neither side compromises, actually). Daikaya, Convivial, and Dino’s Grotto have also always done our family superbly. My kids like the New Big Wong more than I do.]
  8. I’m not surprised there is better loa food than LIT in St Paul’s, I think the food there is pretty accessible compared to Thip Khao. But where do you find loa food in St Pauls if there aren’t loa restaurants? You mean at combo loa-Thai restaurants?
  9. The twitter hashtag for the Metro is #UnsuckMetro. Metro’s own marketing campaign is “Back to Good”. Service on the weekends is even spottier. Just so you know.
  10. I've actually had a group at the National Place Food Court after 1:30pm, I thought it worked out really well given the group's size.
  11. Two days ago, I stopped by the National Building Museum after running an afternoon errand. A bit disappointed that there was massive scaffolding blocking my favorite views in the main area. But, there were sounds of kids laughing and having a great time there. Dozens of parents in line to get tickets for the LAWN exhibit. That could be a fun, interactive way to give your kids a break from the museum tours. Seems like a great setting for memorable family pics too.
  12. I’ve heard really good things about Reverie’s burger, still haven’t been.
  13. Some practical advice: Seylou Bakery is awesome, but A Baked Joint has more conventional breakfasty items and is my top quick breakfast rec for the area. Avoid the McDonalds at 7th and G. They have an on-site security guard there for a reason. There is another across from the FBI Building on E Street, which is better and is an acceptable “meh”. Museum restrooms are roughly 100x cleaner and more comfortable than any fast casual restaurant restroom. Check out the blog KidFriendlyDC once you arrive in August for events, exhibits, etc. happening that week. National Portrait Museum is a great museum, a great pick for a last day, close-to-hotel outing as the kids wind down from several days of site seeing. Time your arrival for a docent tour, bring a lunch to eat in the amazing courtyard. It opens and closes later than other museums.
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