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  1. 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.
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    Stocking Your Home Bar

    I was always impressed by the elegance of the simple table holding all the booze in the Eyes Wide Shut pool table scene.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
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    ISO Whole nutmegs

    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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    ISO Whole nutmegs

    Thanks everyone! Whole Foods is a place that does not sell them (anymore). Freshly grated nutmeg adds a nice nose to cocktails.
  7. 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.
  8. I do not think of myself as a donut connoisseur, either. I do have some bias here, I cannot burn off the calories like I used to. So, am more apt to condemn an oversized, tasteless donut than, say, a poorly extracted glass of kale juice. So, if my review of Sugar Shack seemed a bit harsh, it's because not only did I dislike the donut, I also disliked myself for several hours after eating it.
  9. Brunched here, and I found most everything to be mediocre. I had some italian sausages, grilled with peppers but still fairly dry, and served on a plain bun (no butter, mustard, anything). The pastas I tasted from other people's plates were fine and very standard. My son ordered eggs, bacon, and potatoes - it was a huge plate, but a bit sterile. I felt we were visiting a Bob Evans or other chain-type restaurant, not a local chef-driven spot. What's the local wisdom for brunch nowadays? I am used to many (neighborhood) places still putting out really nice plates for brunch, does the A Team here just work evenings? I could have gone to Al Volo in Union Market at the same time and paid less for much more depth of flavor.
  10. Tried some donuts this weekend in Alexandria, not sure what the hype is about. Granted, we got them around 3:00pm, so they were probably 5 to 9 hours old, but my chocolate glazed donut did not taste like much of anything. Plus, these donuts are huge. I have to agree wtih Simul Parikh's family, I prefer Dunkin better (as well as Krispy Kreme, District Doughnuts, Duck Donuts, and the late-but-great Fractured Prune).
  11. I first wanted to applaud this new establishment (now several months old) for opening in one of the riskiest spots in the city for restaurants, given how PizzaGate affected so many businesses near Comet Ping Pong. We ate here several weeks ago, and I would describe it as a safe-choice venue with some interesting specials. Prices are fair for the value. Ambiance is come-as-you-are comfortable, I like it. Service is a strong point, they are very friendly. It is hard to provide any strategies for this place, as WYSIWYG menu-wise. We did order from the larger format menu, and got the $45 Grigliata Mista - filet of mackeral, two head-on fish, and octopus. Simple and tasty. Our child ordered spaghetti and meatballs $16, it was a modest portion which she easily finished. I also ordered a tripe dish in a red sauce, from the special menu, it was good. We will be back, it is a nice neighborhood amenity, and the bar is well-stocked. It will be in my rotation with Buck's and Sfoglina for last-minute neighborhood walk-ins. My interest is peaked in that it seems to be food-centric without being Instagrammy or outwardly pretentious. But I don't think they will capture an AU crowd like Comet Ping Pong or Medium Rare seems to enjoy. It is a bit of a strange bird and I will enjoy tracking it.
  12. Has anyone been here recently? Or at all? Amazingly, it is still standing, looks empty everytime I drive by, and has managed to outlive countless other establishments that I would vastly prefer.
  13. Andy, thanks again for sharing your thoughts, this is really fun to have access to your experiences and opinions. I wonder what your expectations are for cocktails in a three star restaurant. Do they differ in that setting from your expectations in a highly rated cocktail bar/speakeasy? Do you find successful pairings with food courses often, like wine or other beverages? Many bartenders have had their profile raised in the past decade or so, and I wonder whether you find cocktails to be incidental to a great meal or play a more complex role in three stars.
  14. Here’s a thread that is relevant to breaking news. Also, I throw retroactive shade their way for renaming their place Pizza Parts & Service a month after Spike Gjerde announces the opening of Parts & Labor in Baltimore.
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    iSi Whip - Any Recipe Books Out There?

    Ferran Adrià’s “The Family Meal” is probably the best example so far of preparing meals using the siphon. .
  16. I have a isi Whip that I really haven’t played with that much. Made a couple cocktail foams. I would like to get a book that explores the full range of this thing, with recipes, but the online reviews of books that focus on this appliance have poor reviews. Alternatively, I don’t want to blindly shell out $100+ for Modernist Cuisine that I may rarely open. Any (good) experience with books out there?
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    iSi Whip - Any Recipe Books Out There?

    I just received The Cook’s Book which is edited by Jill Norman. This is the 648 page original release, not the concise edition. There is a 12 page section entitled Foams, authored exclusively by Ferran Adrià. This looks promising!
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    iSi Whip - Any Recipe Books Out There?

    Richard Blais “Try this at Home” was a lead that really didn’t turn out. Of the three recipes in the book, his Cheese Wizard seems to be the one I’d most likely try. Warm 2 cups heavy cream and 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese over medium low heat. Stir frequently until melted and smooth. Refridgerate mixture until cold. Whisk the cream thoroughly to loosen it, then put in siphon charge with two charges. Let canister sit for 5 minutes, then shake vigorously before dispensing.
  19. Ekiben was really good. Taiwanese curry fried chicken and a killer order of broccoli tempura. Easy on the dinner wallet.
  20. That would be my #1 option (YMMV) in Cleveland Park, then. Great news for Cleveland Park!
  21. Also, sushi rolls are $5 from 5-7pm, Mondays and Wednesdays. For now. Cheap way to see if the rice is any better. EDIT: it’s actually half price sushi rolls, so more like $7-8.
  22. We had a snack at the bar. No comments on drinks, as I am drying out for a spell. $16 Hangar steak was really really good. Clear soup ($5) was amazing, made with seasonal veggies and some sort of smoky seaweed. And I had some sashimi, two generous slices per order: $7 scallops, $5 salmon, $5 big eye tuna, and $5 hamachi. All were very nice, and priced like a bargain. Space is quiet but looks like it could throw down, upstairs is a nice rooftop dining area and cocktail lounge. Towards the back on the main level is probably th most civilized area, with tables and bar seats around the food prep and grill. Edit: main criticism I have of this place is a lack of legit veggies. No seaweed salads, etc etc.