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Casual lunch just off 270

I actually drive from McLean just to eat at Bob's Shanghai (xiao long bao)
If I'm already in the area, I would go to Michael's Nooles (Taiwanese/Chinese brunch)
For Peruvian in a fancier setting, there's La Canela in Rockville Town Center.

31 minutes ago
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Dining around Maryland Live!

Thanks for that reminder. I had no idea where Odenton was in relation to the casino.

41 minutes ago
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Dining around Maryland Live!

I'm planning on going to dinner somewhere and then gamble, and then spending the night at Arundel Mills. The next morning I'll drive home and swing by Thai Taste.

In the past I've gone to Fork and Wrench for dinner (but I prefer not to drink and drive).

about 21 hours ago
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The Source: Saturday Dim Sum Brunch

The Source website says dim sum is 8 dishes for $42 or 5 dishes for $32. Is each dish enough to share like real Cantonese dim sum? I'm curious because Tom Seitsema is pimping The Source as the best dim sum in DC/VA (notwithstanding that it's not really Cantonese dim sum).

about 21 hours ago
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Dining around Maryland Live!

That actually reminds me to hit Thai Taste by Kob on my way home.

about 22 hours ago
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Going to be in Baltimore for two days.

http://data.baltimoresun.com/best-res...

Top 50 according to Baltimore Sun.

about 24 hours ago
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Dining around Maryland Live!

I'm in McLean, VA. I was looking for restaurants within a couple of miles of the casino. I've never been to a Prime Rib and I just might have to try the one in the casino.

about 24 hours ago
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Dining around Maryland Live!

Any suggestions on where to eat around there?

1 day ago
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Going to be in Baltimore for two days.

Saying Failey's crabcakes are nasty is simply not credible. I've had their crabcakes and they're very good. Might not be the best but they're far from nasty.

1 day ago
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Former Washingtonian Needs Advice

Eat the Rich/Southern Efficiency
Alba Osteria
Fiola Mare
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Rose's Luxury
Lupo Verde
Fainting Goat
Soi 38
Menu Market

There are lots of restaurants that opened since last winter but few are notable. The 3 at the top I've been to. Eat the Rich/Southern Efficiency are bars with great food. Alba has lots of small plates that are interestng. Fiola Mare is basically a branch of Fiola in Washington Harbor, but with a few more seafood options (and just as expensive, if not a little more expensive).

The other restaurants are reputed to be good, especially Rose's Luxury (that's the one that I'd personally like to try).

Apr 14, 2014
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XO Taste

Went to XO Taste for lunch today. We wanted a lobster with scallion/ginger but not at $35 per lobster (told it was a 2 lb lobster). And they didn't have any dungeoness crabs.

We started with a combo platter of roast pig (not char siu, which they called roast pork) and roast duck. They were both pretty tasty, and plentiful at around $13.

Unfortunately the salt/pepper fried shrimp was greasy, maybe a little overcooked, and generally not very flavorful. We didn't finish the shrimp.

The last dish was beef with bitter melons. I feel like they dumped too much black bean sauce into the dish and the beef just tasted like black beans and no other flavor. The bitter melons though were bitter enough to cut therough the black beans - which is good if you like your bitter melons bitter.

Apr 11, 2014
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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

DeMarco probably should've gone postal. First he reveals that he was abandoned by his father and that he wanted to make something of himself as a form revenge. His team-mates cheers him on and then put him up for elimination because they think he sucks, not in this particularly challenge, but overall. Way to crush a dream.

Apr 11, 2014
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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

I think she acknowledged that she was the oldest on her team. I think she can hold her own but she could freak out under pressure.

Apr 10, 2014
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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

Lol, I forgot that Mike the Jersey douchey-boy had H!K tattooed on the back of his neck.

I think the men's team still need to get rid of Ralph and Gabriel (DeMarco got the boot despite the fact that he came out and said he was abandoned by his father - actually I'm not sure if his father abandoned him or his mother). On the women's team, Beth has to go. Frankly, no one stands out on either team.

Apr 10, 2014
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Tasting Menu/Splurge Dinner?

In fact, I'm going back to Al Dente right before I leave for Houston. I might need to uber it.

Apr 10, 2014
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High end dinner for 1 near downtown

I've done lots of wine pairings and can never finish the wine if there's a new wine with every course. In March, after an afternoon of walking around Philly and drinking, I had dinner at Vetri with wine pairing and ended up falling asleep right after dinner, around 9 p.m. So it's good to know that I can match the 5 course pairing with 8 course dinner.

Ever been to Uchi?

Apr 10, 2014
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Meal at Fiola Mare

I don't think geoduck has a lot of flavor, but it's definitely there. In contrast, sea urchin is flavorful if there's enough of it. 2 prawns, and no, the meal is not a good value. It's a playground for the affluent.

Apr 09, 2014
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High end dinner for 1 near downtown

In a couple of weeks. I have reservation at Uchi and Underbelly. I just canceled Underbelly and booked the Pass.

Did you do the 5 or 8 course? I see the 5 course is $20 cheaper but they skip the langoustine and foie gras.

Apr 09, 2014
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Tasting Menu/Splurge Dinner?

Al Dente (Roberto Donna) does a tasting menu but only on Tues - Thurs. You need to call them for availability. CityZen also has a tasting menu, so does Menu/MBK. Just some other places for you to consider (not saying they're better than Rogue 24, but they're very different from Rogue 24, which like Minibar, is more interesting than delicious, whereas every course at Al Dente will likely be delicious).

Apr 09, 2014
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Marcel's or Proof

Order more food.

Apr 08, 2014
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“Authenticity,” he confided to me, “is a bourgeois value posing as an aesthetic one.”

I think you're just pointing out that people are really using the wrong adjective.

Apr 08, 2014
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Meal at Fiola Mare

I was in G'town running errands and I had been meaning to try it out so I popped in for lunch last Saturday. The brunch menu is abbreviated compared to the dinner menu but it has a decent selection of seafood, which is what I came to eat.

I started out with geoduck crudo. As far as I know, it's my first time devouring this oblong mollusk. It's slightly crunchy and devoid of its own flavor, however, it combined really well with the citrus dressing and caviar. I loved this dish.

My second course was the sea urchin buccatini with prawns and esplette AND tomatoes. The sea urchin flavor, if any, was overwhelmed by the tomatoes and red peppers. The prawns were super tender though and I enjoyed sucking the juice of the heads. At this point, I'm ready to give up on sea urchin pasta in DC (I'll try to cook it at home).

With 3 glasses of sparkling wine and some gelatto, lunch was about $120 with tax and tip for myself. I don't know whether the uniforms came from but they look like Ralph Lauren's purple label so there's a lot of cost to recover.

Apr 07, 2014
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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

I'm too lazy to start a new post every week. So let's just bitch and moan here for the rest of this season.

For the reward challenge, each team is required to make 10 plates of some kind of filled pasta, was it ravioli with lobster? Gordo puts Mike, DeMarco and Gabriel as one group on the men's team, thereby dooming the men's team. Sure enough, the men get off to a good start by putting up 5 good plates before the women even plated 1. But the women's system caught them up. Tied at 9-9, the 3 stooges finally puts up their first plate, which predictably sucked. The women swoop in and won...I really don't want to see any of these men or women in a bathing suit....please stop the flesh showing rewards!!!

The women actually finished their dinner service and then went to help the men. Jason, the anger management issue guy, crossed the line but at least he knew it - did he shove a woman or something? Whatever. Men lose, I think they put up DeMarco and Mike. DeMarco says he's not worse than Mike - even if true, he's not better by much. Gordo then boots Mike - who goes out with middle finger blazing.

Prior to being booted, Mike offered to move to the women's team, to their horror!

Apr 06, 2014
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What's your favorite place for lunchtime pho in NV?

That's a heck of a recommendation, makes me want to go. Unfortunately not all Pho 75 are equal. The one near my office at 50 and 495 doesn't seem as good. I do like the Pho Golden Cow across the street. The nearby Pho Sate, Pho Cyclo and Pho 50 are all decent. During the weekdays, Eden Center isn't all that packed.

Apr 06, 2014
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Dining in Bethesda. Maryland

Doh!

Apr 04, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Anniversary dinner recommendations

I think CityZen is a good choice. Similar quality and priced restaurants include Marcel's, Fiola and Fiola Mare, and Restaurant Eve. If you like Japanese, then I would also suggest Sushi Taro's Omakase bar.

It's funny that you mentioned Idylwood Grill. It's not In the same class as the other restaurants and I'm not sure what to make of it. In VA, you should check out L'Auberge chez Francois.

Apr 04, 2014
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Would this rub you the wrong way? (House Guests selectively picking up the tab) and questions on house guest expectations

Don't feel insulted but do feel trampled upon. When I'm a guest, I regularly pick up the tab for everyone. I make sure I pay more than the hosts for the duration of my stay, in part because I didn't have to pay for lodging.

Apr 03, 2014
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Request for mini reports week ending March 30

It's hit and miss at Fiola. Maybe Fiola Mare can get it right consistently.

With respect to Fiola Mare, I believe when they first opened, the Scottish Langoustine was $13 each, not it's $16. The sea urchin Bucatini is $32. In Sicily, a bowl of spaghetti ai ricci is between around 13-15 Euros, as of a couple of years ago.

Apr 03, 2014
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Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

My conclusion on what's wrong is the fact that people like to jump to conclusions with no factual support.

Apr 03, 2014
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Dining in Bethesda. Maryland

Bistro Provence, Passage to India, Bacchus (Lebanese), and Freddy's Lobster shack (lobster roll and other shellfish) are the best. Mon Ami Gabi, Jaleo, and Mia's are okay.

Here's Zagat's list. http://www.zagat.com/b/washington-dc/...

Apr 03, 2014
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