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  1. I take your point, Eric. However, funkyfood has a sample size of one. I have a sample size of at least 12. And I can tell you that the age range at the bar is all over the map. It is not just old people. I have been there with my 20-something daughters and I have seen many other young people there.
  2. I no longer live in DC, but the bar at Corduroy was a favorite dining spot when I did. So, I was eager to see your post until I actually read it. I have no idea how old you are, but I am really curious why you felt the need to point out the age of the other diner at the bar. Would you have done so if he were in his 30s? And, by the way, you misspelled "septuagenarian" when describing when he left. If he were in his 30s would you have said, "Once my Millenial barmate left." How about just saying, "When the other guest left"?
  3. To Senator John McCain. I didn't often agree with his policies and I've had a hard time forgiving him for foisting Sarah Palin on the nation. However, he was a Senator who reached across the aisle and served with dignity, honor, integrity and heroism. Sadly, there is no one else like him in the current Congress. America has lost a true American hero.
  4. The NYT's article also reports that Russia stepped in to introduce the resolution and, guess what? Russia was NOT subjected to threats and intimidation from the United States! Hmm, what would account for that, do you think?
  5. Keith, thanks so much. We are staying at the Hilton on 6th Ave between 53rd and 54th. On Saturday night (8:00 pm) we have tickets to see Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers theater on 46th between 7th & 8th Aves. We're arriving Friday morning and leaving Monday evening. Hope to go to MOMA. Other than that, our schedule is open. When I say casual, I don't mean flip-flops and T-shirts, I mean something a little less fancy/expensive than Eleven Madison Park -- although, on our last visit to EMP we saw a guest wearing a sweatsuit.
  6. MrB and I will be spending a long weekend in NYC in July. We used to go to NY fairly frequently, but haven't been in a number of years, so we're not up-to-date on restaurants. Looking for dinner, lunch and brunch suggestions for casual places as opposed to fancy. Preference for restaurants that take reservations. We'll be staying in Midtown. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!
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    Podcasts - What Are Your Favorites?

    'West Wing Weekly'! Yes! It caused MrB and I to start watching 'The West Wing' from beginning to end again. We're halfway through. It often causes us to cry, contrasting it with how things are now. When we're finished we'll probably start over again from the beginning. I also like 'Pod Save America'.
  8. Jose Andres is an American hero. He has been feeding the AMERICAN CITIZENS of Puerto Rico since the hurricane, since the Trump administration didn't find it necessary to do more than toss a few rolls of paper towels at them. Oh, but wait, Andres is an immigrant. So maybe the administration doesn't consider him a real American. I don't know if Spain falls into the category of S-hole countries.
  9. According to this NPR article, Truck Driver is the most common occupation in a large majority of states. Imagine what will happen when all of these people lose their jobs and have no other alternative.
  10. This is really sad news. I took a Knife-Skills class at the Bethesda location 10 years ago and it completely changed my approach to cooking - it made it so much easier. Just wish I'd taken the class 35 years ago! Every time I dice an onion I think of that class -- can't remember the instructor's name, but he was really entertaining.
  11. How about some diced red bell peppers?
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    Frank Bruni considered the Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye to be one of his 5 favorite experiences (as distinguished from best restaurants) while he was the restaurant critic for the NYT. Three Chimneys is not just a restaurant, it's an inn as well. Well worth considering. We loved our experience there in 2010.
  13. We moved from DC to North Carolina last winter. Just yesterday, I was thinking about how much I missed Jim Vance. I watched him for decades and there was no one better. I especially appreciated his Vance's View editorials in which he would speak his mind freely and often offer what would be considered in some circles as controversial opinions. I can't think of a single time that I disagreed with him. He was a giant of a man and someone you just assumed would be there for you forever. DC is so much poorer today.
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    I agree, the Taj Mahal, unlike other iconic sites, does not disappoint -- it exceeded our sky-high expectations. Did you make it to the 'Baby Taj?' in Agra? It is stunningly beautiful and we enjoyed our visit there as much as the Taj Mahal itself. We visited first thing in the morning and basically had the place to ourselves! The tile work there is amazing -- we took hundreds of photos. Jaipur was our favorite city of the several we visited in Northern India (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur). I hope that the Amer Fort and Samode Palace are on your itinerary. There were so many highlights of our trip, but those two really stand out. In Jaipur we stayed at the Jai Mahal Palace hotel and it was easily the most fabulous of all of the very nice hotels we stayed in. None of us wanted to leave. Tweaked, I am enjoying your dispatches from India. Keep them coming! By the way, how's the currency situation there currently?
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    Asheville, NC

    I would encourage you to take the Eating Asheville High Rollers tour -- you visit several different restaurants and other food-related businesses and are served a dish and a drink at each one. It's a walking tour, so you get to see some of Asheville as well as enjoy some delicious food.