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Escoffier

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    Handsome,charming and mostly hungry.
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    Um, let's see...fond of fast cars, beautiful women, good food, excellent wines. Dashing and charming rogue, known for continental manners and suavity. Also refreshingly modest but I keep forgetting to mention that.
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    Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again.

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  1. I go to Cucina 24 on my way to Tail of the Dragon twice a year. I sometimes put together a group (not lately for some reason) and pick one of those 4 restaurants. There's also Capells on 9 near the center of town (and Curate actually) but it was somewhat disappointing. I really like the Asheville variety of food. If you're a BBQ fan, try Luella's on Merrimon St or 12 Bones Smokehouse on Foundy St. Never disappointed with either of them when I'm in that BBQ mood.
  2. Zynodoa is excellent and now they have opened a seafood restaurant on the main street. Blue Point Seafood. Excellent food and service. The next time you're in Asheville, try both Table and Cucina 24. One is new American and the other Italian and not difficult to determine which is which. I get to that area at least twice a year and have never been disappointed at either. Curate and Tupelo Honey are both excellent. Asheville's a small town with a huge restaurant scene.
  3. Since we moved about 6 years ago, we don't get to Atlantis much any more. It was once our Friday night "let's get something to eat because it's been a long day" restaurant. One time I could have named all of the servers for you and would probably still recognize the Friday night regulars by sight. After the move, it just sort of fell by the wayside.
  4. Generally I call ahead, ask if Jonathan is in the kitchen and is so, then go. After being seated, I ask for 4 courses with paired wines. I don't look at the menu, I simply ask that the courses Jonathan would feed his mother if she were to be dining be served. Hasn't failed yet.
  5. Over the last 5 or so days, we have managed to eat in the following: 1. My Fucking Restaurant: don’t be put off by the name. The chef/owner worked at a lot of restaurants until he could open his own a, thus the name. One of the absolute best restaurants we’ve dined. Small on the outside and buried away in Calle Nou la Rambla and only open Thursday to Sunday and only for dinner. Food is fresh every day and very well done. We had toast with cheese rubbed with tomato, Iberico ham, burrata with iberico ham, and shrimp with potato. 2. The La Boqueria Bar: in the heart of La Boqueria ma
  6. We ate at Choong Man Sunday evening for Red Hot whole chicken. Great radish, excellent chicken. (I know this sounds like a commercial for Choong Man, but it is really good).
  7. Our current favorite is Choong Man chicken located behind Gom Ba Woo. We generally do the spicy whole chicken which is cut in that peculiar Asian way (watch for bones in strange places) and served with copious amounts of napkins. It's damn fine chicken. For a bit more casual (if that's possible with KFC ), try Cheogajip on Evergreen Lane. Tucked away in a office building and a bit hidden, the spicy popcorn chicken is one of our favorites as well. (Note the "spicy" trend here). I prefer my spicy a bit more spicy than Grover but the spicy here is a fair compromise.
  8. Nasime for Japanese but make sure you have reservations. 8 seats at the open kitchen, tables for about 10 (better be friendly) and one private room that will seat 8 in a pinch). Menu varies every day so I have no idea what you'd eat. Prix fixe of $55/per person for 4 courses one of which will be sashimi. Excellent food.
  9. I'd check with my network people first. They will sometimes block websites "accidentally". Because WaPo is now using Amazon Web Services (AWS) along with about 300 million spammers, they may have blocked the IP address block for AWS. (incidentally, policy at most Fed agencies (not that you necessarily work at one) is that internet access can be blocked for any reason at any time Your firm (or the network people) may feel they have the same right).
  10. It's definitely a crap shoot. Surprisingly, some of the best kimchi we've bought and eaten was made by a Latina lady at Super-H in Fairfax. It might be that she had a 할머니 (Korean grandmother) to show her how it was done initially. We found a kimchi we really liked at Lotte on Braddock Rd. Unfortunately, my Korean comprehension is limited to verbal so I couldn't (can't) read the label to tell you who made it, but it's exceptional. Nice crunchy pieces of Napa cabbage, excellent sauce preparation. Sometimes it pays to take a chance and pay a few bucks if you end up with something you really
  11. Try Jinga brand. The radish is good, my personal favorite is the cucumber kimchi and of course Napa cabbage. Not sure what particular "flavor" you're looking for (or missing) but kimchi as a rule is not overly spicy but a good blend of tastes with some heat. You should be able to find Jinga in almost any Korean market but I know for sure it's at Super H-Mart in Fairfax and Lotte on Braddock Rd (outside the beltway) and H-Mart on Heritage Drive in Annandale. Kimchi is a lot like drinking coffee. After 4 or 5 days, the one you bought is the one you prefer. 😀
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