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  1. Mama Chang or Taco Bamba (this is in the strip mall right across from the Patriot Center).
  2. Reported a little over a week ago: https://www.alxnow.com/2020/02/13/old-hat-gastropub-is-official-at-former-king-street-blues-in-old-town/
  3. Catherine Douglas Moran of tysonsreporter.com is today reporting that Urbano 116 (original in Old Town Alex.) is going to open in the Brine space at Mosaic this summer.
  4. Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church is about as good as they get in Virginia (Norm's in Vienna being my sentimental favorite)! A good number of out-of-state breweries do not distribute in Virginia, which puts the stores at a disadvantage relative to DC, but some progress is being made. In DC, Craft Beer Cellar on H St. near Union Station has had a pretty diverse selection, but I haven't been in a while.
  5. There is a Circa at Navy Yard near Nats Park, and I believe I heard that an Open Road would launch somewhere in that area by next Spring.
  6. There used to be a donut place in that building, and maybe something even before that. They have pizza by the slice at least at lunchtime (the only times I have ever been) and they do a decent job of not overcooking the slices in the reheat process. Many options available by the slice as well. Two slices is way more than enough for a hearty lunch!
  7. Will crushed it at Pizzeria Orso in his time there, I have high hopes for this new place!
  8. You don't say what style of sandwiches you used to get at Taylor Gourmet, and if the Nats don't advance, this will be useless information, but inside Nats Park, at the Caviar storefront (next to Haute Dogs in the free-standing building in left field), Grazie, Grazie! has been operating there lately (at least the last week of the season and the three playoff games). This is the operation started by one of the founders of Taylor Gourmet, whose name escapes me. The offerings are limited to a Chicken Parm sub and the "8 + 1", an Italian cold cut sub that seems to be the same as the "9th Street" (8 + 1 = 9) on the Taylor menu. Risotto balls with marinara are also available, and maybe one or two other small things. The 8+1 is $11, a bargain for ballpark prices, and tasted exactly like I remember the 9th Street tasting. Both times I ate there, the lines were considerably shorter than most other concession lines. Here's hoping I get to buy another one at the park next week! (Maybe this is a better fit for the Eating at Nationals Park thread, so please move if desired) P.S., I think I saw that a Grazie, Grazie! had opened at the Wharf, as well.
  9. Subscribed, and looking forward to next Thursday's episode!
  10. Even more strange is that one of the syrups (raspberry being the other) traditionally used is fairly bright green in color, and is referred to as "Woodruff", which is some sort of herbaceous plant. I am not sure I have seen anyone trying to replicate that (unless maybe with hibiscus?) in the Berliner Weisses and Goses currently on the market. ETA-In the "good old days" when Greg Engert had his attention more focused on Rustico, and actually tended bar there, they usually had a Berliner Weisse on tap, and he had the requisite raspberry and woodruff syrups on hand to serve with it.
  11. I haven't been, but DC Steakholders, from what I read in some story a while ago, is a food truck setting up a retail location (cheesesteaks) and keeping the frozen custard equipment running to serve FDB custard products.
  12. A new location of this place is supposed to open at the Wiehle Avenue Metro Station in either late 2019 or early 2020. Same with Matchbox. Pupatella is to take over an existing Pizza Hut within a couple hundred yards of that Metro station, I think late Fall or by the end of the year. Things are taking a turn for the better in that area on the food front.
  13. Yeah, I don't get it. I never noticed a drop off in quality, but definitely noticed a drop off in size of crowd when I would go in. It seemed like the initial crowds of late-20s to mid-30s dwellers of nearby apartments gradually gave way to more families occupying the booths, with the bar crowd being almost non-existent. I didn't go frequently (maybe 4-5 times a year), but will miss it. Where I want to go next is where several people commenting on the linked article go, those who posted statements along the lines of "not impressed."
  14. SeaQuench Ale, by one of Don's "favorite" breweries, Dogfish Head, is a great, refreshing, summer sour (lime, lemon), and is only available in cans (IIRC). It is also very affordable, in the realm of sours, being priced like a "normal" 6-pack of craft beer. (Sours can get to be almost prohibitively expensive.) Any sours by Veil, Vasen (which just started canning and distributing to Northern Virginia), or Commonwealth, is likely to be good to very good. Three Notch'd also cans a passionfruit gose that is pretty darned good. Aside from Dogfish Head, the other breweries are Virginia-based. Old Pro gose by Union Craft of Baltimore is a great example of an unfruited gose, with just the tartness and a bit of saltiness, also in cans and generally available at craft brew shops locally. At the higher end (price-wise), The Bruery out of California is turning out some really good sours, but around here they will mostly be in large-format (750 mL) bottles. They are fairly widely available, but they also have their own shop with a huge selection in the Union Market area, quite close to St. Anselm (closed Sundays at present). ETA: minor nit to pick, it is the "Department of Beer and Wine" (not "wine and beer") over there in Potomac Yards, with the appropriate (IMHO) ordering of their liquid offerings.
  15. Forgive me if I am missing something, it is late in the day for me, and most brain cells have been used to capacity. I do not see how/where batting average is accounted for twice in OPS, in that, as you say, batting average is "included as a component" in both figures. Neither includes batting average, per se, in determining the value. Batting average could be said to possibly have a correlation to OBP and SP, in the sense that, the higher the batting average, the higher the "starting point" for each may be. But, for example, OBP is not batting average plus something else, it is number of times reaching safely over the total number of at bats. Batting average uses neither of these. As to your point about OBP, I doubt that any team's data analysis group these days uses that and that alone as "the ultimate offensive statistic", and instead each have slightly differing views as to what stats are viewed as most important. It wouldn't surprise me, either, if one of those 30 teams is using something akin to your proposed "ultimate offensive statistic" either instead of, or in addition to OPS in valuing offensive output of players.
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