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  1. I have been buying from JJ McDonnell in Elkridge. I have a Restaurant Depot membership but they have also opened it to the public. Anyone can go in and get a one day pass now.
  2. Has anyone tried the food there? I popped in to check out the menu when they first opened. The prices seemed high for a fast casual place. I didn't end up eating there. They never seem busy when I pass by.
  3. There is nobody in their family to continue running the school. They lost a lot of credibility when Chef Patrice Olivon left. The new people they hired were just not the same caliber.
  4. I have some All Clad stainless pans that are still great after almost 20 years. (I took a seasonal job at Crate & Barrel to get an employee discount. Had to quit when I spent more than I made....) I have added more pans since then and you can tell the difference. Some newer pans and most utensils are made in China and finished in PA. It's interesting to see how the logo has gotten more prominent over the years.
  5. We have braised short ribs and made chicken stock in the Instant Pot. The short ribs were really tender and had a surprisingly rich flavor. The chicken stock turned out a little cloudy. If you don't care about that, it is an easy and fast way to go.
  6. We had dinner there last night. My SO ordered the long bone ribeye (a.k.a. tomahawk chop). The server said that it is a new item that they just started carrying this week. Well marbled and charred. He looked like Fred Flintstone but had a blast eating it.
  7. Nido in Woodridge is open tonight. No word on the weekend yet.
  8. Their quality has gone down significantly. They had a staff turnover and the former pastry chef is now working at Bob's Bakery (behind Maxim's).
  9. We went to Lexington Market for lunch this week. It's a sad sight. The place just looks so tired and dingy. I am sure that the police situation in Baltimore right now doesn't help but I expected more traffic at 12:30pm. It's definitely not how I remembered it. We ate at Faidley's and had crab cakes and fried soft shells. Lunch for 2 with no drinks was $75. The crab cakes were parcooked and sitting under a cover at room temp. They were reheated to order in the fryer. The fries were under cooked and tasted fishy. The experience just made me sad.
  10. Hi Everyone. I am finally going to Woodberry Kitchen for the first time this Thursday night. I don't usually get up to Baltimore but am having surgery at Hopkins the next day (which means no drinks, bummer). Any advice on must haves? I am especially looking for meat or shellfish dishes. Thanks Deb
  11. The bathroom at Soi 38 (21st and L St) is a neat space-saving design. There are 4 or 5 individual closets on one side of a corridor. They share a large sink area on the opposite side. It's very open and clean and no dirty door handles to touch.
  12. The Rockville location was surprisingly busy for a weeknight. We arrived at 6:45 and maybe a third of the tables were taken. By 7:30, every table was taken. There was still a line when we left at 8. There was also a steady flow of carry out. Dishes today: crazy beef with ghost chili--very flavorful but not as hot as you might expect bubble scallion pancake--they looked neat because they were all puffed up but were quite oily; traditional scallion pancakes are better hot and numbing combination--great complex flavors with plenty of heat; huge portion--it's going to be SO's lunch tomorrow shredded duck with scallion and onion on iron plate--nice char to the onions and scallions--it reminded me of beef chow fun. The duck was good except the fat was not rendered and the skin was flabby. I had to leave chunks of it behind. It seems like the menu is larger than the Fredericksburg and Williamsburg locations. Got to meet the chef today. Good visit.
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