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  1. Fava Pot apparently started as a food truck. It then spun off a restaurant in Falls Church, in the same shopping center where my daughters take their swimming lessons. I first became interested when I noticed they served beer/wine (the owner was raised Christian). Hmm...that's a nice spot to chill while the kids flounder around in water. Then I found raves by Tim Carman, Tyler Cowen, and Washingtonian too (I think). Anyhow, we tried the pickled eggplant with garlic, gollash, and breaded veal escalope. The eggplant was neither hard nor smooshy, but it was pungent - reeking of garlic. It's a wonderful dish, especially if you want to go stake out vampires afterwards. The gollash is a "beef pie made with buttery layers of flaky phyllo dough and stuffed with ground beef, onions, and spices." It too was wonderful, but I have a nagging feeling lots of butter is a major contributing factor. The breaded veal escalope is basically a wiener schnitzel, and it came with a side of macaroni bechamel ("pasta baked with a house-made creamy b├ęchamel sauce and stuffed with ground beef with a little bit of tomato sauce"). The pasta is similar to moussaka. I thought the veal was a little bland, and I don't really care for moussaka. I give this place a half-hearted thumbs up. On a scale of 1-10, maybe a 6 or 6.5. I will give it at least one more try, because the menu is interesting and they serve booze.
  2. So we are going to China in May, so I have a long time to think about this, but we are going with two friends and will be with both their families at some point. For the husband, we will see his parents, who live near Kunming, but will also likely see his brother and sister in law, and they are helping to make a lot of our travel accommodations. We will also see the Wife's parents in Chengdu. Likely we might also see some extended family. But I was trying to think of good host gifts for their parents and brother. I wanted to do something that represented our home or families well. My Hubby's uncle is a distiller in Connecticut that makes some pretty good stuff- Gin, Vodka, but their whiskey is what I think they are known for right now. Hubby could also bring them some Mount Vernon whiskey, or we could get them some Ragged Branch, which is a stone's throw from his parent's house. I had thought about some Virginia wine, but not sure if they are wine drinkers or not. Although those are rather heavy things to bring with us all the way, we certainly could, one bottle will leave our suitcases about as soon as we land, then just one bottle in each suitcase to continue onto Yunnan. Since it is May, I don't want to bring chocolates or something that could melt. We could likely bring some other type of Mount Vernon souvenir? (Mount Vernon mini sculpture or sword letter opener anyone?) I was trying to think of something good from Garrett County- there is a lavender farm that makes a really nice soap and lotion, and my Amish Nanny's children have a maple syrup business and I could get small bottles of maple syrup or local honey. I thought the soap would be nice for both our friend's mothers, or perhaps lavender hand cream? Any thoughts from you all on what might go over well?
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