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John William G

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  1. John William G

    Charleston, SC

    On a recent trip to Charleston, in addition to breakfast at the Vicious Biscuit, I had a wonderful meal at a restaurant I had never heard of, the Coda del Pesce. The restaurant in not actually in Charleston, but on the Isle of Palms, about a half hour drive from the city. It was well worth the drive. There is a nice view of the ocean from most of the tables in the restaurant. They began by serving us some Italian bread with an olive oil and basil dip. For the first course we shared the “Local Flounder ‘Braciole.’” It was delicious. For my second course I had “Heritage Bone In Pork Chop.” (In spite of this description in the menu there was no bone in the serving I received.) It was excellent. They have a good selection of wines to go with the meals—mostly Italian, as one would expect. We had a bottle of J. Hofstätter 2016 Gewürztraminer which was very nice. I was with a group of three and all of us were extremely happy with our meal. If you are in the Charleston area, and have time to drive to the Isle of Palms, you should not miss having a meal at the Coda del Pesce.
  2. John William G

    Charleston, SC

    I ate at the Viscious Biscuit on my recent trip to Charleston and thought it very nice. A nice variety of biscuits, plus sides like sausages, and eggs, and so on. Warning: when we left after our meal there was a crowd of about 20 people waiting to get in. I suggest you go early, like right as it opens.
  3. John William G

    French Onion Soup

    I like the onion soup at Chez Francois. I had a bowl there on New Year's Eve and it was very, very good.
  4. John William G

    Dining near Dulles Airport

    Thanks for all of the suggestions. We decided to try Mon Ami Gabi. We had never eaten there before. We had a very nice brunch.
  5. John William G

    South Carolina Lowcountry

    My wife and I were visiting the South Carolina Lowcountry last week and ate at a restaurant in the Frogmore area, The Foolish Frog, which is on St. Helena Island. Here is a photo of the outside of the restaurant: We ate on the terrace. Here is the view from our table: They have a variety of seafood dishes, smoked ribs, steaks, sandwiches, and, of course, hush puppies. The food was very, vey good. I don’t know how many Rockwell members will ever visit Frogmore, but if you do you should seriously consider the Foolish Frog for one of your meals.
  6. John William G

    Dining near Dulles Airport

    They will arrive on a Saturday, and the plane is due at 10:30. Our assumption is that they will be ready to leave the airport by 11:30.
  7. We have friends that will land at Dulles, and have a short time before they leave for Harper’s Ferry. Any suggestions for restaurants where we might meet them for brunch, or early lunch?
  8. There is a very interesting article in today’s NY Times about which chain restaurants are the worst for your health. There are some real surprises in it, at least for me. For example, “Hungry for a hearty breakfast? You could … try the Cheesecake Factory’s Breakfast Burrito: ‘warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken chorizo, cheese, crispy potatoes, avocado, peppers and onions, over spicy ranchero sauce.’ Nutritional information: 2,730 calories,… 4,630 milligrams of sodium…and 73 grams of saturated fat…You’d have to eat seven Sausage McMuffins from McDonald’s to equal the cardiovascular and waistline damage done by one burrito…”
  9. The shape of the T might well mean something to a person with more knowledge of the restaurants in Virginia, but not to me. But starting ow I will look more carefully at the shape of letters on restaurant plates, etc.
  10. Well you are correct, it is not either of those. Which one do you think it is?
  11. The scallop dish was delicious. The restaurant is in northern Virginia. That fact, combined with the T on the dish, is a good hint as to the restaurant.
  12. John William G

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    Let me add my thanks to those folks who did the work for the picnic. It was nice to see some folks I hadn't seen since the last picnic, and to meet some new folks. The food, of course was all extremely good. I especially appreciated the work that astrid did to bring the tomatoes and cut them so we could taste a variety. I think I sampled about 10 different ones, and my favorite was the Azoychka, which I had never heard of before.
  13. John William G

    DR Summer picnic -7/29/18 Noon to 5ish

    I will certainly be there. Really, really looking forward to another Rockwell picnic.
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