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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I thought it was Centrolina at first, but you're too close to the street. I think Shaho is right.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I was always impressed by the elegance of the simple table holding all the booze in the Eyes Wide Shut pool table scene.
  8. 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
  9. Actually, it followed more of a map of taste receptors on the tongue. The seminar 's approach wasn't flavored based, which I agree is subjective and I am bad at identifying. This was more about understanding how to appreciate a structure of a wine. On what parts of the tongue do you best identify certain elements? It sounded like an awfully simplistic exploration of sweet, bitter, acid, etc., but it was a really cool event.
  10. In the closing years of the last century during my introduction to wine, I recall attending a wine "component tasting" seminar. Instead of wine, i was given like a dozen-or-so test tubes each filled with concentrated non-alcoholic liquids that represented the bare element of a certain wine trait. The contents of one test tube represented what structure tanin provided, for example. Do "they" still do these types of tastings? I recall some wine rep put this particular seminar together at the request of the wine bar's request.
  11. Thanks everyone! Whole Foods is a place that does not sell them (anymore). Freshly grated nutmeg adds a nice nose to cocktails.
  12. I am sitting in their bar here where most of their local draft rotating beers are $4! (13 oz). It is a medium-sized market, equal parts booze, grocery, and prepared foods. I picked up some Route 11 Salt and Pepper chips that I have not found elsewhere, as well as some 3 Stars tall boys. (Guess i should get a salad later). Little Red Fox is my favorite small shop in the neighborhood, but if Glen’s was closer, I’d have a tough choice to make.
  13. Not sure if there is a thread for where to find ingredients, I don’t expect this one to go too deep. But I am now 0-5 for finding whole nutmegs at grocery stores, they are all pre-ground. When did that happen? Has DC DonRockwellians seen it recently anywhere?
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