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  1. We just got a new benriner to replace our old mandoline that was no longer sharp. The old one had a cool plastic storage box but googling around, I can’t find any advice on how to store a mandoline that doesn’t come with its own box. More than one article notes benriner staying upon their flimsy cardboard boxes until they fall apart. Does anyone have any creative storage ideas?
  2. We ordered an oz of royal Ossetra a couple of months ago from www.petrossian.com. Not cheap, but good stuff and shipping and service was pretty great.
  3. I wanted to close the loop on this, so thanks for the replies! I actually went ahead and ordered before anyone responded. We were looking for something bigger than any of the local places, like profish, had so we went with MaineLobsterNow.com. I'm not sure that there is really any difference between the online places, so we went with this place as much because they had free shipping as anything else. The Giants were plenty big and came completely frozen. The only issue, was that they did not come bagged, but rather loose in a styrofoam box. I ended up wrapping as best I could in foil then
  4. Thinking outside the box for Thanksgiving this year and looking into ordering some big crab legs online. There are a million places online and wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations. Thanks!
  5. Just wanted to chime in and say that this place punches well above it's weight. If you are in Arlington, please think about giving this local favorite some business. Moussaka isn't something that I would typically order, but it is really out of this world. You can get lamb/beef patties about six different ways and they are all great. Household fave is probably the Beyti Yogurt, where grilled lamb/beef is wrapped in flatbreat and covered in yogurt.
  6. To close the loop, we ended up at ghibellina. We were able to book a large private room on the second floor overlooking 14th street with a $2000minimum spend. Staff was responsive in helping plan and there are set menus with a ton of choices and price points. If I remember correctly, we were able to select three wines, which would be charged each time a new bottle was opened, and three cocktails which would be charged per drink. food was great and service, all the way from when we sent our first email to when we closed out was fantastic. I would strongly recommend.
  7. Does anyone have any advice for making ahead if we are going somewhere for the game?
  8. Thanks, again, guys. The wines "survived" freezing and tasted fine for the most part. A half bottle of 2013 Lynch-Bages which popped its cork was pretty blah, and a 2013 Beaucastel which did not pop the cork lacked any sort of body, but I'm not sure if that's a function of freezing. Highlights of the rest of what drank last weekend were a 2008 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay, which was perfect, and a 2009 Ridge Estate Cab. A 2013 Pierre Bourée Fils Gevrey-Chambertin was also really good, but had a weird, but not necessarily bad, grapefruit flavor. We don't drink a lot of old world wine
  9. Don, thanks for the advice! You weren't kidding about the "crystalline matter!" All of the dozen or so wines that we drank this weekend that had popped their corks had significant sediment that looked like sand. I had one additional question, though. At least one of the wines that we drank this weekend didn't show any visible signs of the cork popping, but were clearly wet on top, so we are likely to open a few bottles of the young monte bellos to see how they fared. Do you have any advice on how best to enjoy a red that you weren't planning on drinking for 10-20 years? For example,
  10. So, i popped into my basement to do some laundry this morning and noticed what I thought was a leaf on the bottom of my 40 bottle wine fridge. Upon opening, it turned out that it was not a leaf, but a small puddle of red wine. Upon further inspection, it turned out that my wine fridge went haywire and some how tried to turn itself into a freezer. So, the (hopefully good news) is that the only really fancy stuff that I have are about 15 bottles of Ridge Monte Bello from between 2008 and 2014. These appear to have gotten really reallycold, but do not appear to have frozen. The bad ne
  11. Hey, everyone. My wife is turning 40 in August I'm looking for a private or semi-private space for a seated dinner for between 10 and 20 people on a Saturday night, preferably in Virginia or DC. Would love to keep it under $100 for drinks and food, but have been looking at Jose Andres places and this appears to be around the going rate. You only turn 40 once, right? Thanks for the help!
  12. On Friday afternoon, our driver took us from 14th and r through DuPont circle to m street and all the way through Georgetown to deliver us to bluemont. What should have been a 20 minute trip turned into an hour. Brunch at le diplomate was great, but my morning absinthe left me too confused to speak up.
  13. Well, this is a bummer. "Minh Vietnamese Restaurant on Wilson Blvd. has Closed" by Adrian Cruz on arlnow.com
  14. I'm not sure if it's because it was Easter Weekend or what, but we had dinner at IALW last Friday and experienced similar issues as Eddiebosox that simply aren't acceptable at this price point. First things first, the food was very good. There are currently three menus: "Our Enduring Classics," "Menu of the Moment," and "The Good Earth," with the latter being their vegetarian menu. Diners are permitted to mix and match, and our server indicated that they could adjust portion sizes if you wanted, say, a third course from one menu to serve as your first course. I selected The Menu of the Mo
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