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  1. The washingtonpost.com comments section is filled with hundreds, if not thousands, of innocents, fools, and idiots. You have those who spend two hours writing "clever" limericks which might be at home in a weekly limerick competition. Intelligent people, but intelligence flushed down a black hole. You have those who think logical discourse will work, and that people will remember what they type five minutes after they type it. Logical, well-informed people, whose arguments are largely gone forever, yet who somehow think they influenced the world. Ugh, this is as painful as anything. And you have those who are there to defecate on the living room floor of their host's free party. This is why communities need light moderation - to prevent the trolls from taking control, or intimidate their best writers. It's pathetic.
  2. Does anyone have the faintest idea what he's doing with this list? Surely he doesn't mean Ten Best, or even his Ten Favorites. At first I thought it was something like his top 10 most exciting openings of 2018, but nope, not that either. I'm a bit confused, not that it much matters. As for their merits, the only one from ##3-10 at which I had a great meal this year was Spoken English, FWIW. (My most recent meal at Hitmitsu was good, not great, and not quite worth the $$. But I've been wowed there in the past.) I haven't been to Three Blacksmiths or Centrolina.
  3. "Tom Sietsema Reviewed Eight DC-Area Caterers For Your Next Fancy Dinner Party" by Tom Sietsema on washingtonpost.com I enjoyed this feature in WaPo's magazine, although I agreed w/ the comment after the article that catered dinner for 8 is probably not a true test for a caterer, rather it's how well they can execute larger events. It's a nice fantasy piece, though, since not many people would spend 1K$ for a catered meal at home, most would probably host at a restaurant.
  4. This article is so incoherent in its criticism that it doesn't warrant a coherent response...but I'll waste 2 minutes on one anyway. Let's start here: Just to make it tough, I'll stick to an area 1 square mile from my house in NE DC. Charcuterie: Red Apron Coffee: Peregrine, Sidamo, Vigilante (hopefully coming soon) Bread: Lyon Bakery, Batter Bowl Bakery, Frenchies Cheese: Righteous Cheese, Cowgirl Creamery (1.9 miles from my house...the horror!!!) Ice Cream: Pitango Gelato, Dolcezza, Trickling Springs Creamery Produce: Almaala Farms, Eastern Shore Organic, H St. Farmer's Market, Join a freaking CSA As for a discernible tradition, I would offer that DC's seems to be journalists who ignorantly rant about the food scene of a city they clearly have no current knowledge of. Again, let's stick to NE/SE DC: Inexpensive: A Litteri, Mangialardo and Sons, Shawafel, Chupacabra, Neopol Smokery, Buffalo and Bergen, Red Apron, Taylor Gourmet, Taylor Charles Steak and Ice, Taste of Jamaica, Jam Duong Style, Little Ricky's, H & Pizza, Tortilla Cafe, Market Lunch Neighborhood: Red Hen, Boundary Road, Le Grenier, Hanks on the Hill, Beuchert's Saloon, Belga Cafe, Granville Moore's, Menomale, Toki Underground, Tash, Montmartre, Ethiopic Special Occasion: Atlas Room (could also fit in neighborhood). Head over the the dreaded NW, and you get The Source, Fiola, Corduroy, etc. Look, I moved here after living in the East Village of NYC for almost 10 years. I love the food scene in that city, and in that neighborhood in particular. DC is not NY, and I would hate it if it tried to be. DC is DC, and the food scene here is something to be proud of.
  5. Nevin Martell wrote an interesting article as the cover story of today's Washington Post Food Section. Having raised an adventurous eater, I feel somewhat qualified to comment on this piece, but it's not the piece itself I want to comment on - it's the fundamental tenet behind the piece. This sentence, in this forum, is going to be like Daniel in the Lion's Den screaming out, "Hey lions! I bet you can't hurt me!" as he pokes them with a stick. Nevertheless, here goes: "What's so great about being an adventurous eater?" The benefits of maintaining an open-mind on life in general are obvious and need no supporting argument - it exposes you to different people, and places, and things, that jingoistic societies eschew (how was that for three snotty words?), and makes you a better person. My mother-in-law is perhaps *the* least adventurous eater I know. So was my mom, in a different way - one was raised in the South of France; the other, on a farm in Kempton, Maryland. Throughout their lives, they have eaten the foods that they were comfortable with growing up, and never strayed too far from home base. My mom never took a single bite of Indian food that she liked; my mother-in-law refuses to eat spicy food (the French, in general, do not eat spicy food). Are they interesting and fun to dine with? No! Well, yes, in the sense that they love a good meal (forgive me for talking about my mom in the present tense here), and enjoy conversation and conviviality. But what is the virtue of having an adventurous palate? I see very little, other than it might make you a more interesting person. Knowing the difference between "healthy" and "unhealthy," on the other hand, is of primal importance, and certainly worth educating your child about. Fresh vs. processed, natural vs. chemical - these are *all* imperative, and "we" have utterly failed as a society by letting big, industrial, food factories connive their way into our homes and schools - and it's not just the U.S. either, as "it" is spreading around the world, just like cigarettes. Perhaps this is a matter of nomenclature: I don't consider knowing the difference between fresh, high-quality tomatoes and chemically sprayed crap coming up from who-knows-where "adventurous" - I consider it being educated and informed. My mother-in-law only eats organic food, nearly all vegetables and grains, nothing spicy, nothing weird, and shows every sign of someone who will live and thrive well into old age. Is that not more of a virtue than being willing to try every capsaicin-laced innard that comes your way? I want to repeat: I like and respect Nevin a lot. I think the article is interesting, and very well-written. So this little rant is neither about Nevin nor the article! But I do question the postulate that being an adventurous eater is a virtue, at least from a health perspective. And for the record: I am *all for* pureeing fresh, organic vegetables for your baby, instead of slapping down some chicken nuggets and plopping your little darling down in front of the TV set. Hard work? Yes! Especially when you're exhausted. Adventurous? No.
  6. I thought this was a good article in today's paper-http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/bethany-beach-rolls-out-the-red-carpet-for-military-families/2013/09/05/2cecbab6-1648-11e3-be6e-dc6ae8a5b3a8_story.html# We're a military family, & I realize we're lucky & haven't had any major crisis, aside from numerous deployments. This story really brought it home to me, how many families are dealing w/ problems that although they signed up for service, they may not have realized they'd be facing...this story almost restores my faith in people.
  7. In case anyone missed this in today's Washington Post Food Section--the cocktail column by Carrie Allen, one of the cleverest people I know. When Women Drink Alone
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