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  1. BTW, we ended up getting granite from Artelye in Belsville. They were very professional and run a pretty large modern shop. They have an image of every slab in stock and can superimpose your layout onto the slab for a "rough" design. Once they take actual measurements, we went back and used masking tape to do the actual layout. You can skip this step and let them do this if you aren't as hands on as I am (also, if you go the quartz route, there is little need for this step). We were very happy with the entire process. Our renovation was a bit adhoc, with me acting as the GC. Once our floor was done and it was time to push the appliances into place, we learned that there was a 1/8 of an inch issue and the stove and refrigerator wouldn't fit. I called Artelye and they sent out a crew who on-site shaved the counters and fixed the issue. I can't figure out if this was their mistake or mine, but it doesn't matter as there was no charge for them to come out and make the fix. One note--they are a contractor for Home Depot, and if you read on-line reviews there are clearly two sets-those who bought directly from them and those who bought from Home Depot. I asked them about the discrepancy and they said that they have no control over the Home Depot cases all the way down to scheduling. All calls, customer service, etc. is handled by Home Depot directly. They do not even provide slabs--just measure, cut, and install. Needless to say we were very happy with the experience, including, cost, value, and service.
  2. The food court here is also very good. I have been here many times. The roasted meats are good as well as the dry hot pot.
  3. Although it is probably sacrilegious, I got the spicy mushroom. Aside from the ridiculous wait for my order once placed, I thought it was really good. The spice of the fresnos, really pulled all of the components together and helped cut through the grease. Eating at Union Market is really not fun though, especially when it's winter and you don't want to sit outside.
  4. If you haven't listened to the episode of How I Built This about Five Guys, it is fascinating and worth 30 minutes of your life.
  5. Yup, Brain Pour. I guess I was having Brain Drain when I typed the original post. I have corrected.
  6. Offshoot Brewery, which you guessed is is an offshoot of The Bruery out of Placentia California. The Offshoot brand was setup to put out IPAs. Brain Pour, their latest offering weighs in at 8.5% ABV. When you pour it into a glass, there is nothing but haze. The nose is full of juicy mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit. The flavor comes through as well with the fruit. This beer is a amazing. For those who don't know, haze is the new IPA craze. Brewers have figured out how to use hops to impart a juicy fruit bomb, highlighting the characteristics of new hops and toning back the bitterness. If you want to get a 4 pack, you can head over to the Bruery Store on Morse Street, NE. They have an amazing selection of beers, and have been doing regular "pop ups" for another breweries which do not normally distribute to DC.
  7. Dry hot pot is a separate menu. I am going to go out on a limb, but the issue was probably a language barrier one.
  8. I can likely make a Sunday evening as well and may have one or two tag along with me as well.
  9. Since my original posting, we have opened a second office in DC location at 1410 Q Street, NW. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello! Philip Raskin
  10. For me the first memory I have of something special was brunch with my grandparents at Normandie Farm in Potomac. I'm not really sure how old I was, but I certainly do have a foggy memory, which includes their famous popovers.
  11. I would stop here after my quarterly dermatologist visits and order takeout, but I went to that dermatologist for the last time a month ago (retired). I don't know when I will have the chance to dine there again, but there are much better options up north near home. It was good, but not great. One of the reasons it was good and reliable was the extensive vegetarian menu, which included vegetable stock in some soups. This allowed for a wider menu for my wife. Oh well, most pho places now have veggie stock as an option, so when she wants soup, there are lots more options now. I agree though that Joe's is not what it once was.
  12. I haven't been here in a while, but I always thought it had a pretty decent beer selection. I was even able to find some hidden gems, and old beers which they basically paid to age for me. I don't make it to the neighborhood very often, but I really enjoy shopping there when I do stop by.
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