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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The North End of Alexandria has Rustico, and, slightly further away, Bastille. Myself, and a couple of people I know, refer to Rustico as the "cell phone waiting lot" for DCA. (my son flies into DCA on a semi-regular basis in the evening hours) It is a stone's throw away from the GW Parkway on Slaters Lane, and, at that time of day, you are less than 10 minutes away from the airport exit off of the GWP.
  5. Last-minute Hail Mary here, but does anyone have any recs for West Palm Beach, near Ball Park of the Palm Beaches? Casual preferred.
  6. Not sure they are at Nats Park any longer, or maybe they moved from their original location, or I am going senile. I think they were a one-and-done (season) at the park. I once got something like a banh mi dog, and although the bun and toppings were excellent, the dog itself was rubbery. Possibly due to constraints of cooking at a concession stand.
  7. I remember seeing something about this in a Reston afternoon update email: "Wooboi Chicken To Bring 'Nashville Hot Chicken' to Herndon" by Catherine Douglas Moran on restonnow.com I think this may be the same industrial park (or very close by) where Enyate Ethiopian Restaurant, and Aslin Beer, are located.
  8. A couple of "beer" places in Brussels that I did not see mentioned above: Le Poechenellekelder (The Puppet Cellar) - a quick whiz away from Mannequin Pis - really chill beer bar, pretty decent selection of various Belgian styles. They have a food menu, but we only drank here one midafternoon. Nuetnigenough (Never, ever, enough?) - a favorite of none other than Greg Engert, local beer guy extraordinaire. Hearty Belgian fare, great beer selection! Mix of locals and tourists. A little small and cramped, and they do not take reservations. We waited 30 minutes for a table (party of 5), but had a beer at the back bar while waiting (with the guy who pours at Cantillon Brewery and his pals), and then a great time once seated.
  9. If the Sterling location can do a beer list like the Arlington one usually has, I can see myself going there nearly every weekend for "dinner".
  10. https://www.restonnow.com/2019/01/18/plans-for-jinya-looking-more-uncertain-for-reston-town-center/?mc_cid=21bb8399b9&mc_eid=e45eb70003
  11. Has anyone checked out the Ninja Foodi yet? It is supposed to be like the Instant Pot, but also having air frying/crisping capabilities. Looking for holiday gifts for the young adults.
  12. AhSo by Jason Maddens in Brambleton might also be a good option. I think they are closed on Mondays, and don't serve lunch on Saturdays, but worth a look.
  13. The list includes "Italian Roast Beef". Is that the same thing as "Hot Italian Beef"? If so, I had always thought that that was a Chicago specialty. If not, can you describe the difference, if you have had both?
  14. But for The Counter, you need to contend with actual RTC garages, etc., whereas RTC West is not really part of RTC, although parking over there isn't great either.
  15. Not to totally derail this discussion, but both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings are (or at least used to be) available to both individuals and business entities. Chapter 11 is not well-suited for an individual for at least a couple of reasons, but it is an option. I think Ericandblueboy above has raised an appropriate issue--the possibility that the authors are not writing the headlines. Thus, we may not be able to pin it directly on the authors.
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