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  1. TSC management accused of improperly soliciting millions of dollars in investments, and disbursing $1.3 million to four executives while insolvent. https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/09/27/trickling-springs-creamery-abruptly-closes-following-pennsylvania-financial-investigations/
  2. I second the recc for Family Meal. When I started cooking for myself, I would pick a thing or two out of Claiborne or Beard, and would promptly lose *hours* to shopping, preparing, and cooking one dinner. No college student should have time for that. Family Meal has a very limited number of recipes, but it’s at the top of the heap for flavor vs prep time and number of ingredients. Between that, a knife skills class, and cultivating regular housekeeping skills, he would be miles ahead of most students (and no-longer-students) IMHO. Since he has the benefits of YouTube, lately I’ve been digging the recipes on Pailin’s Kitchen. Her presentation is clear and the dishes come together quickly, if you like mainly Thai food. It does require access to an Asian grocery, though.
  3. Author and Chinese cooking expert Fuchsia Dunlop tours her latest title “The Food of Sichuan” this October, with a DC stop planned for Politics and Prose Union Market on the 26th. https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/fuchsia-dunlop-food-of-sichuan-politics-and-prose-union-market
  4. Who among us is the Kenji of DC? https://washpostpr.tumblr.com/post/186166679987/job-posting-recipes-editor
  5. Brazil already is a classic, just not a masterpiece1. Jack Mathews 1987 making-of book The Battle of Brazil provides more than enough background and venom for Universal's then-chief Sidney Sheinberg over what happened to the film. 1 this reasonably describes most of Gilliam's oeuvre - even the much-loved Time Bandits - IMHO save for his film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which to begin with is rich in the currency of his tribe, but also enjoys two phenomenal performances from its leads
  6. The bottom of the article includes a passing reference to its impetus. In case you missed the recent news, from February until June (2019), the Rijksmueum is holding an unprecedented exhibition All The Rembrandts, in which all 22 paintings and 60 drawings in their collection will be on display. Somewhat belying the name, only the best 300 of their 1300-odd prints will be included, but that could hardly be considered a disappointment.
  7. FWIW, the version at Masterpiece in Duluth, GA (“eggplant with chili powder and pepper ash powder”) is superb. Then again, chef LIU Rui (two-time JBF semifinalist for Best Chef Southeast) was a master chef in his own right, before immigrating to the US and working for Chang at Tasty China.
  8. Evidently we didn’t walk far enough to find the Jonathan Gold-approved Mariscos Jalisco truck, settling instead for the Mariscos 4 Vientos truck. But dang, that shrimp taco (“taco dorado de camaron”) is addictive. Would go out of way to eat again.
  9. I am loath to quote in its entirety Jeff's Seasonal Update, mailed last week to Glen Manor's case club list, but these two excerpts about the 2018 growing season stand out: Of the non-red wines, Jeff writes that they did manage to harvest the SB, PM, and enough red blocks for the Morales Rosé. For the moment, GM is preparing the 2017 reds for release. If you've seen the very steep HH parcel and followed Jeff's efforts to make wine "in the vineyard" (2014 Virginia Grower of the Year), you'll understand that it wasn't merely fruit that was lost to Florence, but also a tremendous amount of labor. I don't know what the loss of the 2018 red crop will mean for their bottom line in one to two years' time, but I'm sure that the continuing support of their fans will be appreciated in the coming year.
  10. I would think that the first problem would be finding a ginger beer anything like Rachel’s to begin with. Her varieties are flavorful, but also very atypically dry.
  11. Firefly Hill growers were set to harvest Tuesday morning; arrived to find vines picked. "Winery Reports Overnight Theft of Grape Harvest" by Mike Gangloff on roanoke.com
  12. Regrettably, I’m not going to be able to attend after all. I was very much looking forward to this revival of a wonderful community tradition, and to meeting the people behind the avatars, but since Sunday a flurry of surprise problems with three different vehicles has set me back by days and demolished my picnic plans. I hope to see you all at the next one.
  13. I find this description surprising, because G&M’s crabcakes (and I had one just last week) are (1) not blue crab, and (2) use considerably more filler than a truly minimalist crabcake, despite an abundance of jumbo lump meat. One notices the cracker meal binding the relatively bland meat, unlike say Faidley’s lump crabcakes, or River Falls’. Enjoyable, reliable, full of charm, a favorite of the people around Linthicum, but not really striving for crabcake excellence IMHO.
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