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Rovers2000

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  1. Agree with genericeric - the use of bourbon / rum / whatever spirit of the day is barrels in beer should be to integrate the flavors of the barrel (vanilla, etc) and the spirit with those of the beer. A good example would be a beer called Sperryville from Aslin (a non-adjunct based stout they bottled awhile back). Its an imperial stout aged in rye barrels. The rye barrel perfectly compliments the 18% (I believe) stout - making the the whole significantly greater than the sum of its parts. I'm not sure if the issue with Hardywood's barrel program is that the barrels they're using aren't good or if they're not letting them sit long enough / sit too long...but whatever it is, their barrel aged beers (with rum in particular seemingly being a challenge for them) lack any of the above balance.
  2. Something has slipped re: Hardywood's barrel program. Their Gingerbread stouts the last two years (Kentucky Christmas Morning used to be one of my favorite winter beers) have been borderline undrinkable to me. Anything they put in a rum barrel seems to come out just disgustingly rum forward. I'm not sure if it was their rapid expansion or what, but its unfortunate. I share your praise of their farmhouse pumpkin though - its a nicely restrained version of the style.
  3. Went for a late dinner after the Caps game (ugh) last night. Really enjoyed it and will be returning. Highlights: - The duck was unbelievable, possibly one of the better renditions I've had anywhere in DC. Great textural contrast with the crisp skin and perfectly cooked meat. Really liked the house made corn tortillas as well. - Taco of the day was goat - nice level of spice. Between this and the duck, the "taco omakase" sounds like it could be a lot of fun - The cuttlefish / shrimp noodles with a coconut broth were interesting, if a little challenging to eat. - Butternut squash with a peanut mole wasn't something I'd naturally order but was really good. It was between this and the charred cabbage and we went with the waitresses recommendation - Crisp octopus was another great combination of flavors - though the octopus may have been on the chewy side. All that said - no "misses" in the entire meal and things trended towards "awesome" vs. "ok". They started off the meal with a gratis shooter of watermelon and mezcal - which simply confirmed that I'm not a mezcal guy though they happily subbed out mezcal for regular tequila my margarita (which was well made)
  4. I would imagine, from an HR perspective, it would be pretty challenging to enforce the non-compete based on the broad generalities (10 miles is relatively significant in this case) making it somewhat easy to argue that it would prevent Frank from earning a living in a meaningful way. Plus, based on the way it appeared, the termination on the front end likely could be viewed as voiding that non-compete unless there was some severance agreement also baked in.
  5. Thanks - I wasn't sure what the tolerance of the drivers in the area would be to the trip there and back. I'm out in SF speaking at a conference and tend to always err on the side of not driving if I don't need to so was debating the "driver" vs. "uber / lyft". Appreciate the perspective
  6. Anyone have any car service's that they've used to get from SF to Napa? Its a day trip and I suppose I can also just grab an uber / Lyft as well - but figured I'd at least ask.
  7. Another great meal at the Grotto last night. Brought along two colleagues who had never been and both had a great time. I will continue to get the soft shells every time I'm there...they are wonderful. Happy on a personal level for Dean but am sad that a place I have so many happy memories anchored to will be departing. I'll be back at least a couple more times. Wine Madness is just nuts - the 2006 Brunello Riserva from Costanti was awesome and a steal at the wine madness price.
  8. Rocket Frog (full disclosure, one of the owners is my neighbor) makes a Gose (Kai Gose to the Beach, named after the brewers son) with pink guava that in my opinion is a perfect summer sour. Crisp with the fruit used to accentuate the tartness of the beer vs. turning it into "juice". I believe Arrowine stocks it.
  9. Can you still get soft shells or is it restricted to the “not restaurant week” menu? Not a big deal one way or the other but figured I’d check as I’ll likely be in again over the next two weeks.
  10. I got engaged on the VA side. Its more hiking and cool views of the falls (though some areas are quite precarious, depending on the age of your kids) than having a "stuff to do". On the VA side its down the street from Great Falls center (though there isn't much there food wise). I've never been to the MD side, so can't give you a comparison there.
  11. His fried lemons made an appearance on the frito misto at Bibiana recently.
  12. I'll be in with my wife for a date night tonight and am already looking forward to some tasty softshells (and wine, always wine).
  13. Whoa, those subs look excellent. They'd definitely make it into the "pick up from Ballston Quarter" on the way home from work rotation.
  14. I read the article in the city paper and it made me nostalgic for the Wednesday nights I would be driving home from work - notice Dino didn’t look crowded as I crossed Connecticut on Ordway and walked up the street with my girlfriend who turned into my wife to traipse through the wine list and enjoy whatever specials Dean had the menu We didn’t get to Shaw as often as either of us would have liked due moving to Arlington and being overwhelmed with one kid then twins. We will be in a number of times to say goodbye this summer. Thank you for everything Dean. And if you have any of that house cello you want to get rid of...😉
  15. Trader joes cauliflower gnocchi (my wife and I - and the kids - really like these. Particularly if made in the more Parisian gnocchi style of pan seared) with fresh grilled corn and heirloom cherry tomatoes. Finished with butter and parmesean and a dollop of costco pesto. It reminds me of the gnocchi from Proof (☹️). One of my favorite easy summertime dinners.
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