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  1. We received the attached email outlining the effects that this has had on Fiola. In support we will be eating there with a reservation at 6:30 this Friday. If anyone else is doing the same ask to speak with the Newman party. On Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:35 AM, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi <rewards@c.pxsmail.com> wrote: Dear Friend of Fiola, As you may have heard, Fiola has been in the news lately and not in a particularly helpful way. On Monday night, a group of protesters found out that Senator Ted Cruz was at the restaurant for dinner. A large group entered the restaurant suddenly and were joined by others already inside the restaurant who may have been patrons or protesters in waiting. Together they surrounded the senator’s table and chanted slogans at him and his wife. They were politically motivated, loud, and disruptive. They were also potentially a danger not only to the senator but to our other customers and to our property and so, as is our policy, our managers called the police and eventually escorted the senator outside away from the protesters when it was safe to do so. We managed to hide him in the kitchen until the protesters left and he finished his dinner and left, thanking us for our hospitality. We have no idea how the protesters knew to come to Fiola to protest, but some in the media have suggested that we intentionally leaked his presence to the protesters. How insane to imagine we choose to host an attack in our own restaurant! As crazy as that idea is, the negative effects of the repetition of this false statement is unprecedented in our careers. We had to take down our social media temporarily because we received thousands of hateful comments. Our reservation lines are inundated with calls from people who are taunting our staff and threatening to destroy our restaurant. Maria and I have personally received death threats. We would have never thought such a thing was possible in the restaurant business. Fiola is being blamed simply for being the location for the attacks as if we ourselves were the attackers. While anyone may disagree with the politics of Senator Cruz or Senator Corey Booker or anyone else in the spotlight, we know you understand that we operate a restaurant in a city where politics is the main industry. We cannot stay open if we don’t welcome everyone regardless of party affiliation. We take our hospitality seriously and dole it out generously to all comers. Under difficult circumstances and without regard to who was being attacked, our staff did the best they could to handle a horrible situation that they, as hospitality professionals, were not prepared to handle and tried to offer the kind of care that any of you would like to be offered if you were in such a situation. As always, we are proud of our team. And we want to make it crystal clear that would never participate in or would condone a protest of anyone of any political stripe inside one of our restaurants. We are now living in the aftermath of this PR disaster. The restaurants will be getting security guards for the time being to avoid similar instances. We are re-training the staff at all our restaurants on what to do in the event this happens again. We are trying to run a restaurant that was besieged this week with the sort of vitriol that is the story of divided politics in America now. It will be challenging, but we are not afraid of working hard, and our entire team is committed to coming back even stronger. We will come back no matter what it takes. If you are receiving this email, you are a friend who comes to see us when you want a good meal and warm hospitality. You are a friend of Fiola, and we take that friendship very seriously too. As a friend of Fiola, you may ask what you can do to help. We are writing to explain what happened and with a request. Simply, please come to Fiola now and through the Fall and holiday season. Not to the neglect of our other restaurants but to come with friends to enjoy the original Fiola soon. As you know, our menus change daily and some amazing items are coming into season now. Please come celebrate the end of the rain (please!) with us, have a cocktail before heading to the Capital One Arena, or make jury duty less dreary by having a Presto lunch at the bar. We promise that Fiola is better than ever, and with your support we will emerge from this challenge quickly. Please contact our reservations team at reservations@fabiotrabocchi.com or visit www.fioladc.com, and we will welcome you with open arms. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for allowing us to serve you over the years. Our most fervent desire is to be able to continue to do so for many more, and so we ask that you come back soon and show us your support now when our staff could really use it. Sincerely, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi
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    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I will be attending, bringing a selection of cheeses made at the Washington State University Creamery, my alma mater (the university but not specifically the creamery).
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    dr.com Picnics - It Has Been a Long Time

    I looked at the website again today: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/carderock-recreation-area-pavilion/r/campsiteDetails.do?arvdate=07/21/2018&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=111899&siteId=401320&lengthOfStay= and it appears as if a number of dates are still available. Let me know if you would prefer that I book a date? Are Saturdays or Sundays preferable or does it matter? If you have already booked the site (July 29th has been reserved) than never mind. Paul
  4. My wife and I have reservations for the main dining room at 5:45 tomorrow (2/21). If any DR people are there, please stop by our table and say hello. I have shoulder length hair and a beard and if you can't find me ask to find the table with a reservation for Newman. Hoping to see other DR people and am looking forward to a great meal.
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    dr.com Picnics - It Has Been a Long Time

    Info regarding Carderock. Carderock Picnic Pavilion The picnic pavilion at the Carderock Recreation Area is a large covered pavilion, open on three sides, that accommodates a maximum of 200 people. Convenient and ample parking is available for all attending your event. There are 30 picnic tables in or around the pavilion and electricity, in the form of 4 110-volt outlets, is available for your use. There are 2 large grills outside the pavilion and a large fireplace within the pavilion. Water and comfort stations are located nearby. There is an adjacent field area for activities of all types. You must provide the sports equipment, though poles are provided for volleyball or badminton. The Carderock Picnic Pavilion is available by permit only from Recreation.gov. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. The cost for the permit is $250.00 for Monday - Thursday and $350.00 for Friday - Sunday, and on federal holidays. No rain dates or partial refunds will be provided Here is a listing of general rules and regulations for use of the Carderock Picnic Pavilion. A more complete listing of park rules and regulations is available. The permit allows use of the pavilion between sunrise and sunset only. The park closes at dark, which is one half-hour after sunset. Only beer and/or wine may be served in unbreakable containers. Alcohol is not permitted outside the pavilion area Catering is permitted, however no vehicle access will be provided to the pavilion. They must be able to operate without running a generator or vehicle. The use of portable gas equipment is allowed. Permission is required to post signs or banners at the pavilion or on the roadways. The park is a "Trash Free Park" and trashcans are not provided. Trash must be picked up and the area left in a clean condition before departure. Fires may be built in established or portable grills only. All fires must be extinguished before leaving the park. Parking or driving on the grass is not permitted. Parking is restricted to designated parking lots and parking may not be reserved. Car pooling and/or charted buses should be considered for groups of 100 or more. No live bands, disc jockeys, etc. are permitted. Any volume amplification must be at a sound level that does not carry beyond the pavilion or interfere with the use of the area by other park visitors. No vending, gambling, raffles or collection of fees of any kind are allowed on park property. No amusement type rides and/or generators are permitted. (i.e. Moon Bounce, pony rides, dunk tanks, etc.) For further information, please e-mail the Fee Supervisor Shaun Lehmann
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    Chinese chile sauce

    The oil and red peppers.
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    Chinese chile sauce

    Forgive me if this has been the subject of a previous discussion but many a meal at an ethnic restaurant has been complimented by a dish of chile sauce. In the past when purchasing what I hoped would be a comparable condiment at an Asian market,I have always come away with something that I felt was too salty. Is there a style or brand of chile sauce similar to what you might be served at a typical Chinese restaurant? Thanks.
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    SUV Recommendations

    The car of choice turned out to be a Range Rover Velar HSE. It is a brand new model that was first available at the end of August. Size wise it is smaller than the Range Rover HSE but bigger than the Evoque. I've owned it for two weeks but had only one week to drive it before we went out of town on vacation (spent this past week in Provence, leaving tomorrow for a second week in Bordeaux). The good thing is that all of the technology is state of the art (self driving on highways but not around town), the bad things are it is smaller than the Hummer (which is actually a good thing except on volunteering days), I got no dealer discount off of list price as this is a new model, and so far it has been complicated to get the settings to my preference. The dealer included time with a Range Rover IT specialist versed in the car's functions which I plan to take advantage of when I return. A truck wasn't considered as this vehicle will be my daily driver. Priorities were performance, comfort and style (i.e. not a soccer mom car) and so far I have been impressed with all three. Thanks for everyone's input. Once I fully figure out the vehicle's intricacies I would be happy to show it to anyone who might be interested in a similar car in the future. Paul
  9. My 2004 Hummer H2 has had issues over the last year and I'm in the market for a new car. As a retired civil engineer, I originally purchased the H2 to get me through construction sites and it was perfect in that regard. I now volunteer every week for a non-profit food recovery organization (Nourish Now) and Gaithersburg HELP and I was recently selected as their NN volunteer of the year. I would not normally get another SUV but feel that my volunteer work providing food for those who don't have enough to eat is important. I'm looking for another SUV capable of transporting food that might otherwise have been disposed of. My budget is 100K after all taxes and fees. I expect to keep this car for 10 years and use it primarily for transporting the meals. I'm considering BWM, Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes, Range Rover, etc. Any of your past experiences would be helpful for me to determine what might work best in my situation. Thanks.
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    Dining in College Park

    I might have overlooked it under this topic but Fishnet has to be included among the best in CP. That and an occasional stop at Ledo Restaurant (not Ledo's Pizza) are my go to places in the immediate area.
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    Chicken Wings

    My favorite wings within the last year have to be what is served at Stan`s which I remember to be near the McPherson (sp?) Square Metro station. For me a small order is just right. All three parts of the wing are included. I had previously seen a discussion about their liquor pours and asked the bartender about this as I was leaving. 4 ounces was the response. It was a three piece wing seasoned to my taste although hot sauce was available. I only heard about this place though this website but have been back 3 or 4 times in the last year. Thanks for letting me know about this place although I feel a bit guilty never ordering anything but wings (and drinks, but I was taking Metro). Paul
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    We were in the Hawaiian islands about a year ago and probably had poke a dozen times including for breakfast. Pronounced po-Kay as the posted article states, never with rice and always tuna. Another faux pas that the posted article did not mention is referring to the "mainland" as the "states" as Hawaii is certainly a state as well (although there is a local effort to secede from the US). Locally, I sometimes meet friends for happy hour at Quench in Rockville which has poke on the menu ($9 no rice) although I thought that their preparation was better about a year or so ago.
  13. Madras Palace is closed. In the past I thought that it was reliably good but it has been replaced by a Peruvian chicken place which opened a few weeks ago and whose name I cannot recall.
  14. The fact that it is always open so late (3 AM, 4 AM on weekends) made it a destination to get real food when a musician friend and I needed a place catch up after a concert when he was visiting the area while on tour.