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  1. I am spending more and more time in Richmond Va and have noticed we do not have a thread on wonderful city. Look here for information on one BBQ place http://www.donrockwell.com/index.php?showtopic=38 I had a great meal at "The Hard Shell" located downtown on Cary Street. I started off with Calamari, fresh, fried, lightly dusted with corn meal. My main meal was a pasta and seafood dish. The seafood was fresh, pleantiful and full of flavor. The light tomato and basil sauce was a perfect accompliment to this dish.
  2. Sugar Shack Donuts is another soon-to-be addition to the area near the Braddock Road Metro. Sugar Shack made USA Today's list of Top 10 best doughnut shops earlier this year. Things are definitely picking up in the Northwest quadrant of Old Town, with more to come. And they're hiring, according to the signs in the windows. The latest news, and links to previous stories from Red Brick Town can be found here.
  3. "Arthur Was Always Different": Reflecting on Ashe's Legacy, 50 Years after U.S. Open Win" by Ava Wallace on washingtonpost.com I remember pulling for Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon Finals - had I only known better ... I am *so glad* Ashe won that match, and it took a lifetime of living (not just being a tennis player) to understand *why* I'm so glad Ashe won.
  4. Anyone out there currently working and living in Richmond, VA. want to talk local restaurants, etc?
  5. Bawarchi was similar but not quite as good as Karaikudi. With that said, the buffet was usually excellent. Unfortunately when we went last week we were informed that they discontinued the weekday lunch buffet. I imagine I will be writing another epitaph soon.
  6. John Dehner is someone whose face you recognize, but you don't know his name (how many dozens, if not hundreds, of actors and actresses fit this mold?) I don't want to simply parrot Wikipedia, but he was an animator, professional pianist (making him near-and-dear to my heart), and an actor in radio, films, and television, having nearly a fifty-year career. He was in three "Twilight Zone" episodes (all quoted above), among countless other things - I hope these little blurbs will stimulate memories of actors like Dehner (né John Forkum in the former name for Staten Island: Richmond (believe
  7. I've heard tell through the internet that the new Chettinad restaurant in Chantilly, Karaikudi Restaurant, has opened. It's been a long time since I've had even meh Chettinad food, so I'm curious to know if anyone has been (for buffet or meal)? The menu has the usual egg-based and egg-featured Chettinad specialties, various parottas, quail, goat, crab, fish, prawns... Heck I was happy to see Chicken 65 if only as an appetizer, been a long time since I've seen that! They also have a pretty good selection of vegetarian dishes as well, including ulli theeyal which I'm not sure I've ever seen aro
  8. Sticky Rice will be the 2nd new sit down place on H St., after Granville Moore's, and tonight there's a free sushi tasting at Rock & Roll Hotel.
  9. I got a chance to catch up a bit with Mike Derks last night at Southern Efficiency, though I was too tired to stay for his DJ set at Eat the Rich. This morning I saw an announcement for working on crowdfunding a GWARbar in Richmond. I backed it, because of course I would, and hey, I think it'll be a cool idea. If you think so too, you should check out the campaign.
  10. Recently had dinner at Rogue Gentlemen and came away impressed. Impeccable cooking, a great cocktail program, nice atmosphere, good service, and plentiful neighborhood parking. And the prices are indeed quite moderate on the pocketbook.
  11. I have a houseguest from France with a CPAP machine, and I was just told that it failed yesterday. Knowing nothing about these machines, I did an internet search, and virtually randomly dialed The CPAP People in Richmond, and was routed to an agent on call named Ellen. Ellen spent a good ten minutes talking with me about the probable causes of failure, saying it was most likely a power issue (France uses a different current system than the United States), and that if it wasn't obviously the power, we'd need to take the machine into a technician locally (she said this with the full knowledg
  12. Similar to this discussion here. I also see El Chucho is ranked highly in the Dining Guide. I hate recommending any food spots to folks from CA, but that's where I find myself now with no other recourse. If you could recommend something in DC, and then a place anywhere between Baltimore and Richmond if you think it's better, I'd think we'd be set. I'm happy to provide closure to this quest by relaying her reaction to the food, but I am pessimistic about this person being thrilled.
  13. Website We had graduation dinner at Acacia on Saturday night. I like the new location, it is much more modern, open and light. We had a sauvignon blanc from Glen Manor that was very good, very light and crisp, but in a good way. I started with softshells and slaw with pickled onion and a curry vinagrette, which wasn't as bold as I thought it would be, but it was good, a little unwieldy to eat, but good. For my main I had the rockfish with:cipollini puree, ramps, local mushrooms, chayote squash, sunchoke, roasted apples, lingonberry sauce which sounds odd, but was actually really good.
  14. About once a year, I find myself in North Richmond not far from Henrico, and three times now, I've ended up at Umami, a tiny little family-owned coffee and tea shop, specializing primarily in teas. The shop was decorated for the holidays, and I ordered an Iced Tea ($3.25), got out my computer, and went to work on their free WiFi. After about thirty minutes, the kindly proprietor came over, took my cup, and refilled it for me without even asking. This is not some junky iced tea either; Sabrina, the owner, knows her teas, and they are exceptional. Wanting to support this wonderful little fam
  15. I was reading the "healthy dining" thread, and knew I couldn't get away with mentioning the opening of this new restaurant without posting a new thread first. (or fear being chastised by Don! ) Energy Kitchen is a restaurant the has nothing over 500 calories. http://www.energykitchen.com I do know that there is some affiliation with Five Guys with this location. They have been planning this for over a year--I know as when I went to NYC last year in December I knew they would be coming so stopped in to take a gander at one of the original locations. That is each item, mind you. So when you
  16. Last year, Man vs. Food’s super glutton Adam Richman hosted a Best Sandwich in America bracket style competition. The winner for the Mid-Atlantic region was a fried chicken liver sub from The Black Sheep, besting a Baltimore crab cake and the Washington W Hotel’s chicken club (perhaps the Fast Gourmet chivito was declared ineligible). Today, I found myself close enough to The Black Sheep to stop in for lunch. It is pretty close to the VCU campus, and I imagine they have a steady stream of customers at all hours. They are open breakfast through dinner. After a quick glance at the menu, I d
  17. Pardon my first selfish post of the VBT, but I have to rave somewhere about this local product. For those of you who aren't familiar with Hardywood Park, it is one of the breweries that have started to put Richmond on the beer scene map. They gained some notoriety with a 100 point rating from the Beer Advocate boys for their Gingerbread Stout. Along with Strangeways, Center of the Universe, Lickinghole Creek, Extra Billy's, and the grandfather of them all Legend, Richmond has started to make a name for itself in beer. Cream Ale is a personal weakness of mine. Back in the days of the good
  18. The Chinese New Year 4711 (Year of the Snake) begins on Sunday February 10. Is anyone interested in celebrating the New Year at Peter Chang's in Richmond? I am willing to arrange a special feast. I have no idea now of the cost, but it will surely be more than a "$20 Tuesday" with a preset price and list of dishes. If so, please indicate your preferences for : Saturday, Feb 9 afternoon Saturday, Feb 9 evening Sunday, Feb 10 afternoon Sunday, Feb 10 evening Remember, it's in Richmond, so if you are going to imbibe you will need a way to get a ride home or stay overnight. Sheldon
  19. I received this letter late last night from a friend of mine who is a very close acquaintance of Buz Grossberg. Yes, the author is clearly biased via association, but also hints at the ultimate irony of this teary-eyed video: Bill's was buried by pure, free-market capitalism (*) and competition. (*) Or, maybe not. Here's a Richmond Times-Dispatch article about the closure which reveals that Grossberg received a $1.3 million SBA loan. So, competition, sure; "free-market" capitalism, maybe not quite so much.
  20. I forgot to add this after my recent trip, but Banana Splitter is right. Go to Aziza. Beautiful room and beautiful cooking. $42 gets you what has to be the best tasting menu value West of Komi - a lentil soup, several mezzes for the table, bisteyaa, and your choice of entree and dessert. I'm not too familiar with this cuisine, so it is hard to compare - but this was refined but very flavorful cooking. Many "ethnic" places are either a little too rustic or dumbed down. This came off as well chosen ingredients cooked with a sure hand. My advice to people coming from out of town to DC
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