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  1. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves at Reverie last night. Its a funny little space - but I liked the quirkiness of the location and the informality of the place in general. I also would say that you can get the entire menu sitting at their bar which was relatively empty at about 8pm last night (we had reservations - and sat looking into the kitchen which was fun). We ordered: - Scallop crudo - this was a very good dish - though the "sauce" could overwhelm the scallop if you weren't careful in terms of loading up a spoon / fork. Refreshing and light. - Beef Tartare - I really like beef tartare and this rendition, while not mind blowing, was solid. The oyster sauce was interesting as were the black garlic chips. - Mushroom - pictured in the post above, its a beautifully constructed dish and the mushrooms were really tasty - that said, I feel like 26 dollars was a bit excessive for what you get on this front. Additionally, I think "yolk fudge" isn't totally the way I'd frame that component of the dish. While delicious - I thought it a bit of a curious classification. - Duck - Order this. I thought it one of the better renditions of duck that I've ever enjoyed. Its also a LOT of duck - my wife and I were pretty stuffed after making our way through it. - Bay Ice Cream - for whatever reason, I seem to like Bay leaf in cream components (I've enjoyed Bay whipped cream as well) - who knew. This was fine - but I probably didn't need more food at this point since I was relatively stuffed. We paired the meal with a really nice "winter" rose that was balanced with the food we ordered and rang up for about 60 bucks. I had a glass of a nice italian orange wine at the bar (which had some nice funk to it) - and their by the glass list ranged from 14-20 a glass which seems to be the norm these days. All in all - I'd recommend going here. Reservations were easy to come by, the staff was gracious (though our waiter seemed to be on the greener side? There was a pretty long gap from when we received menus and when he returned to get us drinks - but serve was fine from there on out) and as I said above - I liked the refined food in a casual setting vibe.
  2. Just heart breaking. Jane was a wonderful person and filled Glen Manors tasting room with warmth whenever she was there (which was almost every time we visited). I can’t fathom how distraught Kelly and Jeff must be. Jen and I are going to make a trip out there next weekend to have a glass in Janes honor.
  3. Rovers2000

    Eating at Nationals Park

    This is similar to what has happened at Capital One Arena this season. No bags bigger than 14x14 are allowed. Its been a pain for me (when I walk to games after work, having to leave my bag in the office) but I guess its just the new normal unfortunately.
  4. That is (in my view) nuts from a corkage perspective...that said - I was pretty surprised that they didn't have anything even resembling a wine list online. I assume they had bottle / by the glass selections? I likely wouldn't have pulled a bottle from the cellar for this dinner - given for this type of cooking I'd rather let the restaurant guide me a bit - but I find it a little odd that the only thing they reference in their menu's is their small cocktail list. I'm going next week with my wife and would be curious to know what the deal is on the wine front.
  5. Since my wife and I dine out significantly less than we used to due to the kiddos (dragging 14 month old twins and a 3.5 year old out isn't my idea of relaxing) - we chose Green Pig on Saturday evening due to its proximity to our home in Ballston, ability to walk around and grab a drink somewhere after dinner and just general disinterest in heading downtown. We walked in around 730 without reservations and were able to easily grab 2 seats that had recently opened up at the bar. Its been a couple years since I've dined here - and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the meal. Nothing was earth shattering, but everything we ordered was executed well and delicious...and the bartender (whose name I regrettably missed) despite taking care of a relatively full bar didn't miss a beat and was just genuinely very nice. We ordered: - Charcuterie and Cheese plate - pretty standard but did the trick as we enjoyed a glass of wine and a cocktail (mulled wine with apple cider that my wife very much enjoyed) - Filet for her and Scallops and Pork Belly for me - both were really well done, cooked as they should be, and very satisfying on a chilly winter evening. I would order the Scallops and Pork Belly again in a heart beat (my wife cleaned her plate so I didn't snag a taste of hers) - Pistacio creme brulee - a very good rendition that really leaned heavy on the pistacio (which I liked). We enjoyed a simple but ideal for balancing across the meal bottle of Beaujolais and walked out satisfied with the overall quality, general relaxed vibe of the place and price of the experience. We'll put this up higher on whatever amounts for our "regular" rotation after Saturday night.
  6. I agree that its a shell of what it used to be - that said, to Keithstg's point - there is wine to be consumed . ...and I'm down there relatively frequently for Caps games or other things. The space has a lot of good memories and while the food isn't what it used to be - I've found that one last time in a space where I've had good meals, good times and memories that make me smile can be as important as the food itself.
  7. This really makes me sad as I make it a point to visit proof (despite the fact they've taken the gnocchi off the menu of late) before Caps games. I would certainly be in for a DR.com throwback dinner.
  8. This is genuinely appalling and I share in the disgust that my tax dollars go towards the policing and defense of this absurdity. Thank you for taking up this charge.
  9. Rovers2000

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    Oh man are you ever right re: the end result of those peanut bars. Though I'm ashamed to admit I'd likely still be able to inhale a couple oatmeal creme pies (which is one of the reasons Little Debbie snacks have never made an appearance in any of my "adult" homes)
  10. Rovers2000

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    It reminds me of the buckets of UTZ cheese balls my parents used to keep in the pantry (growing up pretty close to Little Debbies / Entemanns / UTZ factories in Eastern PA as a kid led to a pretty interesting pantry). I do have a bit of faith that this stuff is at least a tad healthier and I must admit, I have stolen a bag or two of these and "veggie" straws from my daughters stash.
  11. Rovers2000

    What Are Your Kids Eating Tonight?

    My kids cannot get enough of omelets (the 11 month old twins and my 3 year old daughter). It ends up being a good way (a lot of spinach goes in - but also any unused veggie scraps that are in containers in the fridge do as well) to get some extra veggies in across the board. My daughter went through a phase where she only wanted cereal but thankfully that's passed.
  12. My wife and I went out (a less frequent occurrence now that we have 3 kiddos) for our anniversary last Sunday and were very very pleased we chose to do so at Kinship. We arrived early for our 830 reservation and enjoyed a couple drinks at the bar - a pear themed fall cocktail for her and a glass of chenin blanc for me. The bar was relatively empty but the dining room was humming even on a Sunday so it was a really nice, relatively sedate, way to start the evening. Upon finishing our drinks we were informed that our table was ready and escorted from the bar to our table in the back corner of the dining room. As an aside, in the future I’ll definitely try and grab one of the private booths right off the bar. I thought those looked terrific and should’ve heeded the advice of others in the thread above and snagged one. A nice touch was a little card awaiting us on the table wishing us a happy anniversary from the staff. For our meal we shared 3 courses and a desert, complemented by two excellent half bottles of wine (a nice dry Riesling and an excellently chosen Pinot Noir): -Squid Agilio e Olio - I literally (and my wife would’ve fought me for it) could’ve eaten a giant bowl of this. Extremely light and dressed so that the squid really shined (and texturally was perfect). We gobbled this up before my wife had a chance to snap a picture. -Lobster French Toast - I agree with Don that this dish doesn’t totally represent the “best of” Kinship due to its overall decadence. That said - we both really enjoyed splitting it (for me, it would’ve been too rich to eat by myself). I found the “french toast” to be a nice compliment to the perfectly cooked lobster I also thought it was a perfect size. -Roasted Chicken - I had to convince my wife go this route and man, she was pretty thrilled we did. I don’t believe I’ve ever had a chicken dish of any sort that rivals what we had (and I’d include Palena’s in this). The panade was incredible and I liked the way they shredded the dark meat over the frisée salad. I accompanying potatoes (I wonder if they use the par boil with baking soda technique to get the crusts the way they are) and parker house roles served as nice compliments to the roasted bird. - BlackRock Orchard Baked Apple - we paired this with the excellent coffee service (its worth getting to echo everyone’s statements above) with this fall focused desert (despite it being 80 degrees outside). The apple may have been slightly underdone - but otherwise this was another excellent dish. I really was surprised at how much I enjoyed the “bay mouse” that served as the base. Despite some absolutely atrocious behavior from a customer nearby, I was also extremely impressed by the staff at Kinship from both a warmth and an overall level of service perspective, even late on a Sunday evening. Additionally - from a cost perspective, getting out of there after having the amount and quality of the food we ordered plus two very nice half bottles of wine for 160 pp (including tax and tip) felt like an excellent deal (not cheap certainly, but more than fair in my opinion). I really look forward to returning.
  13. I've found the formula (Similac Sensitive) to be a great deal. Its a larger container and ends up cheaper by the ounce than amazon. As a father of 10 month old twins - its been definitely a cost saver. I also used my membership to buy my dad his hearing aids and he has been over the moon about them as well as Costco's services on this front (when he visits we go to get them "tuned up"). While I don't buy a ton of wine there for myself, my parents who love cheap chardonnay (to each their own) have me load up on Simi when it goes on sale for them. Additionally I was quite pleased with the Uppercut Cabernet that was on sale earlier this year. Its a more than serviceable house wine.
  14. Andy - thank you for joining us for this chat! My question is more around, despite the attention the 3 starred places receive - what draws you to a smaller, more mom and pop, type place in your travels? Is it just to experience something truly "local" or are there specific types of cuisine that hit home for you (whether because they draw up certain memories from your past or there are just specific tastes that hit the sweet spot for you)? Thank you!
  15. Rovers2000

    Boston and Cambridge, MA

    I'll be up at MIT Sloan for a week in early September. Anyone have any recs for places (Craigie on Main is on the list) that are going to be walk-able from MIT? I'm also fine hopping in an uber. Its looking like I'll have 3 nights free to do some exploring on my own.
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