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  1. Wandered into Kohinoor Dhaba today, per the proprietor of Indus Imports in Old Town Alexandria. Just last night, he took his family there for the first time, in search of a place to send customers when they ask (and they always ask) "where should I go for lunch today". So there I went. Environment No frills. I did not realize this would be a buffet situation. But hey, in for a penny, in for a pound, and that pounding was going to be my headache if I did not eat something soon. The outside of the restaurant carried an inviting aroma, made furher appealing by the warm greeting I received when I opened the door. A prominent, cleanly kept buffet and a few tables dominated the first floor. A more open space and additional tables appeared on the second floor. Self service water, napkins, and plastic flatware were also upstairs, making this a quick, easy, convenient lunch or dinner option for anyone on the go. The bathroom was remarkably tidy for such a small space. As a solo, famished diner, I found this layout excellent for my chowful needs. Would also be hella fun as a group to start or end a night on the town, with none of the interruptive table service hassles that can be a conversation-killer. Food Hat Tips: Marinated (not really pickled) onions, spinach pakora, and goat curry. Especially the curry, gawds that was good goat. The freshly-quartered limes on the buffet are a bright way to punch up the flavor for any of the dishes (plus, Vitamin C in da haus!). Just Misses: Bund gobi aur matar, the cabbage and peas underseasoned and dominated with oil. Garlic naan appeared beautiful with hallmark char and browned allium, but the quality of the flour prevented anything more than a token addition to the meal. Regular naan comes with the buffet, garlic an additional charge. Ease of Access Parking spaces in front of the building seemed reserved for other establishments, so adjacent meters are the way to go. Since I don't mind the trek, I just parked in the neighborhood behind the restaurant and walked the block and a half over. Upon the entrance, a set of steep stairs awaits, entailing precarious footing. Once inside, the bathroom is also upstairs. The faint of knees should dine elsewhere. The all-you-can-eat buffet with six entree options and condiments a-plenty was a whopping $8.95. An option for anyone seeking quick-fix Northern Indian, especially on a Saturday morning before the lunch time crowd hits. Website
  2. Anyone have a place they swear by in the District itself that's roughly comparable, in price and quality, to Takumi? The sushi version of Seki, say? (I know some of you think the omakase at Ogawa is excellent, but because of the $$, I'd only go there for special occasions. Same w/Taro's omakase.) Happy hour at Taro fits the bill, obviously, but that requires advance planning and a wait in line. How's the new, Chinatown location of Sushi Capitol? I haven't been to Nama or Kaz in a long time. Recent reports? Gakyu? Perry's, even? Others?
  3. Going to Philly next week for the first time ever. I already have reservations at Morimoto, but after splurging on omakase, I'll be looking for some more bargain-oriented places. I'm staying at the Marriott on Market Street--any recommendations? Bonus for restaurants where both meat-eaters and vegetarians can be happy!
  4. Location and Rates for Tonight - Website with Best-Rate Guarantee Being such a fan of Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, I had to do whatever I could to go watch their performances before it closed at the end of March. Seeing how this past weekend was the only time I could go, I booked transportation first, but fell short in my usual routes to book accommodations, since the famous art dealer exhibition was at Javits this past weekend as well. So, after TONS of research, I came upon The Bowery House. Depending on weekday or weekend booking, the base price for a shared bunk, with shared bathroom, starts between $55-60, post NYC taxes. This was an exceptionally good deal for me, since my goal was to book for a spot under $100. Sure this is a bit like college dorm days, but the bathrooms were neat, clean, and with really good quality bath soap, shampoo, and conditioner. I ended up getting upgraded to a cabin, thankful for the kindness of the lady who checked me in, since she was uncomfortable with my would-be-bunkmate choice. Although the single cabins are tiny (it is only an arm span's worth of space), the mattress and bedding are clean and comfortable. Really don't need much for weekend travel. The only negatives for these single cabins are there is not much noise-prevention. So, if you are a light sleeper, then I cannot recommend the twin cabins; although I don't know what the others are like. The other bonuses are that they have a nice rooftop garden, a bike rental program, and 24 hour security. You hand your key in every time you leave and pickup upon return. It is located in a fabulously convenient neighborhood, with a Whole Foods about a block away. I walked from the hostel to Chinatown, the Village, and Soho areas with ease. I worked with Christopher (who checked my room out) and Jamie (who upgraded my cabin), so I would ask for them first, if you do call. I am definitely planning on a return trip at some point here.
  5. Recently a few members have mentioned in other threads that Nebbiolo Langhe is a wine that they like for an every day wine at home due to its drinkability and relatively low price. Last evening I was in a restaurant and noticed that they had this wine on the Wines by the Glass list. Having been intrigued by the mentions of it on DR, I ordered a glass and liked it a lot. I haven't been able to locate the thread(s) where it was mentioned, despite searching. I'd appreciate it if some of you could let me know where you are buying this wine. Thanks.
  6. I spoke to Chef Sylvain Tonello of La Bergerie and Del Ray Cafe and he agreed to prepare a special dinner for Rockwellians at Del Ray Cafe. We discussed menu and came up with the following dinner: Premiere cours: Le Souffle aux Trois Fromages Bleu, Parmesan, and Gruyere Cheese Souffle Deuxième cours: Les Coquille St Jacques et leurs Sauce a la Truffles 10/20 Diver Scallops with a Truffle Sauce Le cours principal: Les Escaloppes de Veau au Tarragon Milk-fed Veal Scaloppini with a Tarragon Sauce Et pour le dessert: La Crepe aux Fraises et Chantilly faite Maison Strawberry and Fresh Home-made Whipped Cream Crepe Dinner will be a miniscule $60 per person. I had to ask 3 times to make sure that I didn't hear incorrectly. That's right $60 for dinner. These are dishes that Grover and I have enjoyed in Paris and would like to share. There is a wine pairing available which consists of the following: First course: Cahors, 2011 Second course: Mader, Riesling Reserve 2009 Third course: Berthet-Rayne Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2010 Dessert course: Veuve Cliquot Champagne, NV The wine pairing is available for $25 a person. This is a great opportunity to sample exquisite French cuisine for an unbelieveably low price. If you wish to attend, please let me know. When we get 10 people, I'll arrange for the dinner. We'll dine in a private dining room with personalized service. If we go over 10 people, I'll arrange for a second dinner at a later time.
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