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Hey all,

I'm Lindsay, and I realized that I have a few posts on another board for foodies (which is where I found this board).

My husband and I are big time food fans, so that's why I work for Whole Foods now. It's amazing to finally be able to taste my produce! This is all after years of thinking I only liked pasta and chicken, when really I only dislike my mom's cooking. So now after some cooking classes and tons of samples (and miles of running so I can keep eating!) we're both certified junkies.

The boards have turned us on to some AWESOME folks who have just out of the goodness of their hearts said hi and gave us extras at meals. So to those who even remotely recognize me (all one or two of you) hello! And to those I haven't yet met - see you soon.

My Ray's dinner this Friday will actually be my first group outing - DH let me out of the cage every now and then.

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"Who are you?" "No one of consequence."

"I must know... " "Get used to disappointment."


Actually, my name is Colleen, and mostly I commit that most evil of sins, lurking. (You can guess my last name from my screen name - if you're old enough.) I've met a number of you out there, as I have attended some of the dinners and a happy hour or two. I am married to agm, and he posts sometimes - often I am relegated to the +1.

I am a Program Manager, a contractor for one of the local beltway bandits, so nothing interesting there.

I love good wine, but I know very little about wine, so I rely on the kindness of strangers - or at least really good sommeliers, wine managers, and bartenders. And I've met some pretty great ones through this group!

I love good food, but I totally can't cook. I mean I suck! (I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up. Julia Child ) I've never worked in the biz, except once in college as a waitress (back in the stone age) and a pizza cook. I was the worst server in the world! Not smart enough. I was ok as a pizza cook, mostly since I could toss the dough in the air while people watched. It was my only cooking skill. Don't know if I can still do it.

It's DanielK's fault I'm here at all, since he introduced me to you all, but he will probably disavow all knowledge.

Can't wait for Saturday, when agm and I are coming to RTC. Also, I may be a bad person, but I have been incredibly entertained by the Sushi Kappo and Agraria threads - after all, "If you can't say anything nice, come sit by me!".

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I'm here to post, if only to say that I am saddened that I was never able to make it out to a happy hour. As, alas, I have moved to San Francisco (I know, poor me). Nevertheless, I do find time to check in every once in a while to see how D.C. is going. That being said-

I'm Chris, and I lived in D.C. for over 8 years. I came to DR from that other web page that Don used to moderate. I guess I found a place to hang out after my first visit to Rosa Mexicano, and found that I wasn't alone in my thoughts about it- ventworm and all.

Anyway, like I said above, I hope to keep checking in every so often.

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Lots of new members sign up, but many are hesitant about taking that first-post plunge.

This is a great place to do it - it doesn't have to be about food, or restaurants, or much of anything.

Do you have a dog?

Enjoy pogo-sticking?

People here are ALWAYS looking for a good plumber, urologist, or mechanic - maybe that's you?

Tell us, please! We want to know about you.

And thanks for joining. And welcome!

Rocks.

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My name is Betty, and I'm a Rockaholic.

:blink:

Seriously, this website is one of my favorite workday distractions. Not that I don't love my job (I'm a standard-issue government lawyer, but I really do enjoy my work and feel strongly about my agency's mission), but I love food even more! I really dig the interactions on this board, and the fact that chefs and diners come together for open, interesting, and (usually) cordial dialogue.

I like to cook, but I'm more of a recipe-follower than a recipe-creator. Plus, my schedule is pretty hectic (in addition to my work, I dabble in community theater and volunteer for the American Cancer Society), so I'm often too zonked out to do anything impressive in the kitchen. So, eating out is my main food-related passion, and I do it as much as my paltry paycheck will allow. I'll eat just about anything, and I've had a lot of fun exploring the DC dining scene for the past 2.5 years (I came here from Atlanta by way of Knoxville, and I was born in New York--I also lived in Spain for a while in college).

I live with my baby sister (who is moving to San Francisco in May--sniffle), my boyfriend, and my very well-fed cat, Boo. I love to read, I am a HUGE college football fan, I'm a closet TV junkie, and I'm a pretty darn good bowler. I try to work out to reverse all of my dining damage, but I really hate to exercise. I love beer, especially if it's good and hoppy. I like wine, too, but I know very little about it and I can't always drink it because it triggers my migraines. I write for two blogs, one of which (www.EatFoo.com) is food-related and neither of which gets updated as much as it should.

I hope to attend a happy hour or dinner one of these days--maybe those of us who are in town for the December holidays can get together. Thanks for everything you all bring to this forum!

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Hi I'm Jeannine the newest newbie.

I found out about this site from some some friends and co-workers. I am the manager at Grapeseed Bistro in Bethesda. Right now we are closed for expansion and I'm just waiting in the backround to find out about when these inspectors will approve our site. I am both nervous and excited about the new dig but I have utmost confidence that in a few weeks time we'll have everything down to a science...or so I say.

In any case, these days I spend a lot of time trying to master my Grandmothers recipies...my latest project was empanadas. Yumm. I'm honing my cooking abilities as we speak but I have lightyears to go. For now I'm just having fun with it and trying to develop a few "go-to" recipies for different types of cuisines that I like.

Food and wine facinates me and I look forward to getting downtown more often to check out all the aforementioned places.

I love the trend of modern asian-inspired cuisine and the joys that classical french cooking offer. Trying new restaurants and food is one of the greatest pleasures I've experienced, next to scoring goals in soccer (hasn't happened in a yr+), and traveling abroad.

Things I love: The smell of grass & rain, hot chocolate w/marshmellows, soy cappuchinos, cheese w/wine, REM sleep, Uefa Champions League.

Things I don't like: Bad drivers, over-priced food, 2 checkout lanes open out of 20 at the grocery, poor customer service, single-ply toilet paper, and warm wine.

Thanks for having me...I look forward to reading more amusing and educational posts.

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Betty and Jeannine, thank you for writing about yourselves. I enjoyed reading what you had to say, and I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

Would others consider following suit? Even those of you who have been around for awhile? It's so much more personal and (gulp) meaningful when you know who is writing something - at least it is to me.

Nevertheless, it's optional as always.

Thanks,

Rocks.

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Hi. My name is Julia. I speak fluent Spanish and am musically inclined, and I am from the city of brotherly love (now known as the city that loves you back and then some. Maybe they changed the name of Philly yet again. No, I did not grow up in the burbs, but in the heart of the city.) I share the pleasure of enjoying a delightful cocktail with others and occasionally trying my hand at one of my own. I used to be connected to Notti Bianche, although I have ventured otherwise in a year's time. Today I enjoy my time when Tabatha isn't waking me before it is time.

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Hi, I am also new to DonRockwell and also from Philadelphia area. It seems like there are a lot of us out here. I am not the traditional Philly Cheesesteak eater. I do not like the Cheezwhiz type cheese used as some of the better known establishments. I prefer good old Provolone or American (yikes). I grew up in Rosemont, PA (near Villanova University) so I guess I am more of a Philly Suburbs person.

I now live in Vienna, VA with my husband and three kids. I work part-time from home so you will probably see me a lot on this board. I love to cook - especially anything new. I love wines and learning about wine. I also love Good Beer.

My husband is on his way to China for a business trip so we are about to order take-out Chinese for dinner.

Thanks for setting up this introduction area.

Cheers,

Mary Michelsen

Independent Wine Consultant

www.myttv.com/mary9129

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New members, would you consider coming to this event?

Please post on the thread that you're coming, and we'll all make sure you're welcome just like an old friend.

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I wish I could attend the PS 7's event, as I'm a big fan of the place and have yet to try the charcuterie, but I'll be in Vegas that week (eating well, I hope). Hope everyone has fun! I look forward to meeting folks at a future shindig.

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My name is Juan (would be a lot cooler if it was Don Juan. :blink: ) I am not associated with a restaurant and probably will never be, but I love to cook and eat good food. With that, comes my love for good wine. :)

I am on a constant search of the perfect meal, but I often find that I can cook half of the items on the menu ;) . This leads me to my biggest pet peeve...... bad service and lack of atmosphere :P .

When I find a gem, I like to stick to it but I am never opposed to trying something new.

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Hello all,

I've been lurking on the board for about a year and finally decided to come out of the shadows. This is such a great community and well run bulletin board that I'm really starting to feel guilty that I haven't contributed anything to it.

I'm a transplant to DC by way of Chicago. I'm here for the next few years repaying my debt to Uncle Sam for putting me through medical school. I live on U Street and plan to post some updates on my experiences up there soon. I grew up in TX and spent quite a few years in NM so I have definite opinions on BBQ and Mexican food. I'm planning on making it to the PS7 Happy Hour next week and look forward to meeting some of the faces behind the posts.

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Jim. I am currently running a Country Club kitchen in Scranton PA. (I grew up in the Chicago area)

I am serving my 20th year of a life sentence in the foodservice industry. I still love all aspects of our business (well at least the ones in the back of the house).

I am semi functional out in the real world, but am still working on my mis en place there.

I am currently searching for a property to turn into the best restaurant I can possibly run. (the working for other people has run its course, and I finally paid off my C.I.A. loans a couple years ago.)

I look forward to learning some new things here and hopefully helping out where I can.

Thanks for letting me be part of this community.

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Hey folks,

I've drifted in & out & back into a few other food boards. When we were planning a trip to DC in Oct, someone suggested I look here for restaurant suggestions. I remembered Don from one of my "in" periods at eG & so I ran the board down.

Don't know how much I'll have to contribute here, since we live in NJ just outside of NYC, but I became an instant fan of DC last month, had a wonderful time, & know we'll be back at least once a year, hopefully more. I expect I'll have some sporadic comments on the foods we find in our travels.

My name is Anton but since I've been ghostrider everywhere I've gone on the Net for the last 7 years, it's too late to change now. :P No I'm not a leather-clad crime-fighting biker; I pinched the name from a John Fogerty lyric, who of course was referencing Ghostriders In The Sky.

I grew up in suburban St. Louis. Unlike most of my peers, I was raised on fresh vegetables from our backyard garden. I've never lost my taste for the fresh stuff since. Moved to NYC after college, lived there approx. 20 years, then moved across the Hudson 16 years ago, but still within easy striking distance of Manhattan.

In the 1970s I taught myself Indian & then Chinese cooking. I became quite good at certain aspects of both, if I may say so, particularly the Indian dishes. Over the years my ambitions dwindled; I still do all the cooking in our house, but these days I tend towards a quasi-Italian minimalist approach, ;) a description that seemed to resonate with some folks on another board. I do a lot of greenmarket shopping (enjoyed Dupont Circle market greatly!) & generally let whatever's fresh & in season shape our meals.

I'm "transitioning" toward a third career, or something like that. I was a literary agent for 10 years, then a system analyst for a big insurer, then I got downsized in the new millenium. While I figure out what's next, I've been working as the lunchtime delivery guy at Belgiovine's Italian Deli in Montclair, NJ, a shop widely known for having the best mozz & store-made ravioli in North Jersey. It's run by 2 brothers-in-law who came over from Bari 25 years ago & believe me, it's the real deal. Somehow this transition phase has entered its 3rd year. One of these days I'll figure out what comes next. :blink:

Oh yes, my great-grandfather invented the corncob pipe, the well-known Missouri Meerschaum. Unfortunately my grandfather had no head for business & lost the company, and with it my chance to be a corncob pipe tycoon. Such is fate.

I have a short list of places I want to try when we get back to DC, which I hope will be soon. Cheers, see y'all in cyberspace. :)

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Oh yes, my great-grandfather invented the corncob pipe, the well-known Missouri Meerschaum. Unfortunately my grandfather had no head for business & lost the company, and with it my chance to be a corncob pipe tycoon. Such is fate.

According to my mom, my Uncle Don (after whom I was named) "invented the Gradall" - a story absolutely debunked by this website. Then again, she also tells me she used to walk five miles to school in the snow, and had to wrap rags around her feet because they couldn't afford proper shoes. Honest, she still says this if you ask her! I didn't believe her when I was ten, and I still don't believe her now.

A bunch of malarky, just like Al Dente claiming his great-great-great grandfather was shot by Billy The Kid.

Yeah, and I'm the Queen of England. It's nice to see you here, Anton!

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Thanks!

Shot by Billy The Kid? How poetic. :blink:

Those ingenious Dutch immigrants! When they weren't inventing corncob pipes it was excavators.

It's actually true about my great-grandad though. If you go to Washington MO, where this all happened, there's a big historical plaque in a park overlooking the Missouri River that tells the story.

We used to drive out to Washington frequently when I was a kid, one of my dad's brothers lived there, back when it was still a slieepy little farm town. I think the real purpose of those trips was the German butcher in town - the bacon, the sausages, & the infamous "raw hack" that we used to bring back, my lord - well, it's no wonder that my dad survived 3 heart attacks. Or had them; the wonder is that he survived them.

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Oh dear Rockwellians, I have left my introduction too late. I found you all some monthes ago and lurked happily, guzzling up ideas and suggestions and some yummy calories.

I finally started posting recently and really enjoying this place and this week my husband came home and told me he'd been offered a buy out and an early retirement. He's taking it and we are bugging out of here as early as January.

Washington has been good to us. Thanks for all the fun, and if any of you know anyhting about Brattleboro, VT, please feel free to contact me or start a thread, if Don doesn't mind.

Slan!

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A lot of what ghostrider had to say goes for me as well. My wife and I will be in DC for a long weekend the end of Dec so dr.com was recommended to me, actually by ghostrider and Heather, among others. Of course, in order to do that, I guess it's clear that, I too, am a member of other food boards, crossing paths with many dr members over the last 10 years or so. However, in case anyone's wondering, I'm one of the nicer ones on those boards :blink: .

At any rate, except for a 6 year stint teaching High School and going to grad school in St.Louis (mid-70s), I am born, raised and currently live in Brooklyn, NY. And we eat out in Bklyn and other parts of NYC approximately 8 nights/week, so I'm familiar with a lot of places. Not so much the high or molecular end(s), having little interest in Per Se, WD-40 (that's a joke, folks; I know it's 50) or similar. I am very approachable for recommendations as long as you dont mind opinionated answers that reflect my taste but take into consideration your stated interests. I'm also one of the more social folks on the boards and go out to dinner regularly with many, many others from the assorted food boards out there. I'm still active on all, although my "home" is on one particular board the past several years (I dont know dr preferences on giving other board names here so I wont). That means, if you're going to be in NYC and want to meet me or others over a meal, I'm open to it & can try to set it up. Similarly, I plan to have dinner with at least one, if not more, dr members in late December.

That being said, my name is really Steve R.

And thanks for this board. What I've seen/read so far, I really like.

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A bunch of malarky, just like Al Dente claiming his great-great-great grandfather was shot by Billy The Kid.

Yeah, and I'm the Queen of England.

The Malarkeys were on my mother's side of the family. Deppity Bob, rest his soul, was on my dad's side.

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New members, would you consider coming to this event?

Please post on the thread that you're coming, and we'll all make sure you're welcome just like an old friend.

Or this one.

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Jim. I am currently running a Country Club kitchen in Scranton PA. (I grew up in the Chicago area)

I am serving my 20th year of a life sentence in the foodservice industry. I still love all aspects of our business (well at least the ones in the back of the house).

I am semi functional out in the real world, but am still working on my mis en place there.

I am currently searching for a property to turn into the best restaurant I can possibly run. (the working for other people has run its course, and I finally paid off my C.I.A. loans a couple years ago.)

I look forward to learning some new things here and hopefully helping out where I can.

Thanks for letting me be part of this community.

Welcome! Which club in Scranton? I'm from Taylor.

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Hello!

My name is Lisa, and I've attended several events as ErikOx's "+1." I thought it might be time to become a legitimate member of the board. I've met a few of you in person and don't know your screen names, which feels a bit backwards to me..

Anyhow, I only really became interested in food a few years ago, when I got engaged and moved to DC with a man who has a love of fine dining. I enjoy cooking as well as dining out, but find that I'm much more successful at the latter. I love wine, but need to work on my pairing skills, because there isn't anything quite so lovely as beautiful dish, beautifully paired, in my estimation. I have no relationship with the food industry other than a grateful participant, and I'm not a writer of any kind, just an enjoyer. My typical thoughts after a good meal are, "I like that. It was yummy. When can we do this again?"

I'm looking forward to reading for myself everyone's thoughts, experiences and recommendations!

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Hi Everyone! My name is Marylisa Lichens and I'm the owner of FireFlies Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. A dear friend told me about this site and I'm excited to check it out.

If anyone has any questions or comments about the restaurant, please don't hesitate to ask. I look forward to reading through the threads!

www.firefliesdelray.com

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