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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

I would've thought that Leslie would team up with Big Willie but since neither of them are good leaders, it makes sense to team up with someone strong and not real douchey just so you don't have to do the pressure test. I don't believe that Leslie was actively trying to steal Elizabeth's secrets. I think he's just trying to save his butt.

about 11 hours ago
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Have you ever left a Restaurant...

This happens fairly regularly when restaurants don't update their online menu. What looked interesting and drew me to the restaurant isn't on the menu when you arrive - but I've never left for just that reason. I suppose I could, but finding another restaurant nearby that has what a I want and has a table available isn't so easy - I guess that's why I never left.

about 16 hours ago
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

That would be Jaimee. I don't know whether her's was properly sealed. If so, how did Cutter win?

1 day ago
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

I think he's the only one who successfully sealed the raviolis?

1 day ago
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

Cutter is the proverbial blind hog who finds the acorn at the right time.

I do find MK amusing - obviously he's good at sucking up. You don't become a kept man if you can't suck up properly.

I thought it's funny that Courtney was wondering why no one wants to team up with her. It's even funnier that no one really wants to team up with anyone other than Elizabeth.

1 day ago
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Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

Gordo called MK a crafty old dog and a schmuck!

Aug 18, 2014
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2 weeknight stay in October

I haven't been to Ray's in years - heard it's still good. The newer and more unique steak houses in DC are Rural Society and Del Campo. Joe's Seafood, Steak & Stone Crab is new to DC but available elsewhere in the U.S. Prime Rib is old school but somewhat local to DC. Fogo de Chao and Chima are all you can eat Brazilian steakhouses (where you can try 10-13 different proteins, including beef, chicken, and fish). I like Del Campo for its south American style, but I haven't been to Rural Society or Joe's Seafood.

What else are you fond of? Do you like to do your own research or you want people to just give you some options to choose from? If the former, go to Washingtonian for a list of the top 100 DC restaurants. Here's a list from Eater http://dc.eater.com/archives/2014/04/...

Aug 18, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

R'evolution

I had brunch at R'evolution this past Sunday. According to Open Table, jacket is preferred. And when they called, they informed me the dress is business casual. Nevertheless, they accepted me in a jacket, collared shirt, shorts and leather flip-flops. There were other tourists dressed even more casual than me (t-shirt and shorts), but maybe that's just for brunch in August.

To start, I asked if I can get a tasting of gumbos. They were able to put together smaller portions of seafood gumbo and snapping turtle soup. Unfortunately, they could only serve "death by gumbo" in a full portion. With each soup, the broth was poured tableside, which worked wonderfully well with the seafood gumbo as the seafood was cooked instantly and perfectly. With the snapping turtle soup, there weren't hunks of turtle (like you'd get down in Cayman Island), so that was a bit disappointing. Otherwise the soups were excellent.

The crab beignets are their brunch signature dish. I was so happy to find them more like fried crab tempura than beignets (I think I've tried beignets at Cafe du Monde over 20 years ago and I have no inclination to try again). I also ordered the oyster stew R'evolution, which was poured tableside into a hollowed out pastry. This was delicious but I think I had way too much soup/stew/gumbo for one meal.

I sat on one end of an island facing the kitchen, with the jazz band standing on the other end of the island. It was a great seat. Definitely would like to go back for dinner.

Aug 18, 2014
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Peche - excellent

I went to Peche on a busy Saturday evening. As there were seats at the raw bar and a line of people waiting for tables, I gave up my table and sat at the raw bar, where they also dish out desserts (which strikes me as odd).

From the raw bar I tried two of their crudo specials: (1) tuna with cabbage, giner, and chilies, and (2) king mackerel with cucumber, hot sauce and popcorn. I think each dish is supposed to have 2 oz. of protein but they appeared to contain more fish. I'm not complaining other than I had to hold off finishing the crudos so I can eat the rest of my dinner. I would say the crudos are pretty good but I don't like popcorn with my raw fish - don't like the textural contrast, don't like popcorn getting stuck between my teeth, and don't think the popcorn adds flavor to the fish. As for the tuna, it could be sliced thinner.

For my entrees, I had some (1) grilled red shrimp, (2) crab capellini, and (3) fried brussel sprouts. The shrimps were superbly grilled - cooked but super tender. I did have a little trouble peeling them and it was only later that they gave me a bowl for the shells. Do most people eat these with shells? Even so, I imagine people don't eat the heads. The crab in the pasta was plentiful and tasted very fresh. The pasta, as with my other experiences in NOLA, were slightly overcooked.

This is an exciting restaurant with lots of things on the menu that I wished I could've tried.

Aug 18, 2014
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Cochon Butcher

I rode my rental bike from Canal St. to Cochon Butcher on a hot steamy August Saturday afternoon. There was a line of people waiting to order but seats were available at the bar. So I skipped the line and parked myself at the bar - for a cold beer.

For lunch I ordered a Moroccan spiced lamb wrap with cucumbers, Tzatziki, and chili oil. After one bite of the sandwich, I unrolled it. The flatbread was soft and tasty but carbs aren't going to fill me up. The lamb had plenty of fat to keep it moist and tender - more moist than the lamb I found in Marrakesh (which was cooked in an underground pit). The sandwich was by no means "stuffed," which is a pity. I should have ordered another one but I had already ordered a muffaletta.

As with the wrap, I discarded a layer of bread and ate the muffaletta as an open faced sandwich. Every time I go to NOLA I order a muffaletta but it's never been all that exciting. On my way home, I picked up a muffaletta from Central Grocery (cheaper and bigger than Cochon) and neither are better than a good Italian sub/hoagie from the shore (Delaware/New Jersey).

Aug 18, 2014
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Dinner at Restaurant August

After looking at seafood all afternoon at the aquarium, I went to August for dinner. My original plan was to order the tasting menu so I can try the tripe spaghettini; however, since I could order a la carte from the tasting menu, I did just that.

First course was the grilled sweetbread. When it arrived, I was thinking this thing could've have been grilled. In fact, it was sous vided for the most part, and grilled only for the last second. As a result, it was an incredibly tender piece of sweetbread, topped with some spicy celery that provided some acidity.

Second course was the tripe spaghettini. The tripe was shaved thin - to look like spaghettini. The sauce had sufficient harissa to give it spicy flavor, reminding me of sichuan spicy noodles. Unfortunatley, the spagettini itself was slightly overcooked (which may be standard for noodle cooking in NOLA - I dunno). Still, fantastic flavor combination of tripe, smoked tomato and harissa.

Third course was recommended by my very gracious and loquacious server - breaded "trout Pontchartrain." My first bite of the fish was - perfectly cooked but how much butter is in this dish? The fish was topped with shrimp, blue crab, and wild mushrooms - all of which were also perfectly cooked. There's no rubbery shrimp or fishy crab. In consideration of my waistline, I did not finish the entire fish (it was too rich).

The service and execution of the dishes were all excellent.

Aug 18, 2014
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Borgne

My first stop after checking in at the hotel was Borgne. I have no idea how to pronounce the name - someone told me later it's pronounced "born."

I ordered four courses for lunch: (1) half dozen broiled oysters, (2) grilled octopus with hummus, (3) fried calamari with squid ink, and (4) half portio of oyster spaghetti with botarga.

The oysters were wonderful, the octopus was the perfect texture (tender but not mushy), and the calamari was expertly fried (Italian style - very crispy and light breading - the name of the dish "salt & pepper calamari" may have suggested Chinese style seasoning and cooking but it wasn't). The dishes were generally seasoned aggressively - erring if any on the salty side. The only one that went over the line was the oyster spaghetti, which may be attributed to the botarga (which adds alot of saltiness to the dish). Also, the spaghetti was overcooked (I don't know if the pasta was made in-house or not).

Overall a fantastic lunch and I wouldn't hestitate to go back.

Aug 18, 2014
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Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery Deli Falls Church

That's the shop that I was referring to. No seating in there - probably never will be.

Aug 18, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Chef Duel 8/13 spoilers Chung vs. Williamson

Not the knock-out. I haven't watched the knock-out. I'm wondering what happens now that Chung and Blais have won. Is there another round where they go head to head or is there a finale of all the round winners?

Aug 14, 2014
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Top Chef Duel 8/13 spoilers Chung vs. Williamson

Williamson's 2nd dish in the duel might have tasted good but that's one dish with 3 ingredients. Is that what a 3 ringed circus means? I really think Chung's dish with 3 different tastes is more fitting. Chung's dessert for the duel was truly brilliant. How does the duel work? Do all the winners compete in one finale or they simply move on to the next round?

Aug 14, 2014
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Top Chef Duel 8/13 spoilers Chung vs. Williamson

I skipped much of the show since they keep showing Chung making all kinds of faces. Her food sounded great, certainly most circus-like, but her choice of contrived trash talking combined with her spastic facial expressions makes me hope she would lose and I wouldn't have to see her again.

I still think judging should be blind. Why let personal bias influence judging?

Aug 14, 2014
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2 weeknight stay in October

We - as in at least 2. Is that the case, or are their more people? You're looking to spend about $135 before tax and tip for your group? Alcoholic beverages included?

Where have you been and what do you like to eat?

Aug 13, 2014
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Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery Deli Falls Church

It's fun to find new things to try. Too bad Ba Le doesn't provide any special sauce but it tasted pretty good without any sauce.

Aug 13, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Master Chef US 8/12 discussion - spoiler

What set off that comment? I must've missed something.

Aug 13, 2014
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Ba Le Vietnamese Bakery Deli Falls Church

I've been going to Ba Le for a few years. I started out by trying out their banh mi sandwiches - didn't like them very much (prefer Banh Mi DC). Next I tried their bun bo hue and some other noodle soups, which are generally pretty good. Then I changed my diet, cutting out most carbs. So now I would order a quarter chicken (all dark meat) for $2.75, cha gio (fried spring roll), and shrimp roll (summer roll, not fried). There's nothing special about their summer rolls but their cha gio at $1.25 each is really good, and the chicken leg/thigh are usually very moist and flavorful, having been marinated in a slightly sweet sauce. Today I tried something completely different - called a banh gio ($2). This is a white gooey thing wrapped in plastic wrap found in their prepared hot food case. Inside the gooey white stuff (rice paste) is minced pork and mushroom. I thought it was really good but probably an acquired taste for non-Asians. Here's a better description http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...
I also tried their banh xeo. It came with lots of herbs, which really added a nice flavor to an otherwise bland dish. The shrimp inside were not shelled, but the shell didn't really bother me. Combined with fish sauce, it was pretty good.
Next time I go to Eden Center, I'll see if anyone else is doing banh gio.

Aug 13, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Master Chef US 8/12 discussion - spoiler

When it's down to 5 in the pressure test with no obvious lame duck, it was smart for the pole-dancer to drop the chivalry and take her own red heels upstairs. A good move for sure. I just can't stand the ridiculous self-promoting things she spews. It is rumored that she was indeed a pole-dancer before becoming an aerialist. In any case, nothing about her exudes class.

Aug 12, 2014
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Azure at The Revel in Atlantic City

I have a players card for Total Rewards (Harrah's). What's surprising is that I can't get a decent hotel deal at all this year (but I've gotten good deals in the past). I'm not sure why anyone would pay $300/nt to gamble in AC when there are plenty of casinos en route to AC. I guess there are people willing to pay $300/nt to visit the beach/boardwalk. Maybe I'll go to AC in the fall.

Aug 12, 2014
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Azure at The Revel in Atlantic City

What will happen to those closed casinos? The article mentioned that 2 others will close soon. The number of casinos will go from 12 to 9.

Aug 12, 2014
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HONEY PIG

Honey Pig is now offering discounts via Groupon regularly. I ordered a seafood pancake, bulgogi, and spicy beef soup. The pancake is crispy and tasty but doesn't pack a ton of seafood. The spicy beef soup is pretty good. The bulgogi is tasty enough but not particularly tender. So the place isn't anything special - other than offering many offal BBQ options and with a Groupon, a decent deal. The service was efficient.

Based on BBQ alone, Kogiya is much better.

Aug 12, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Master Chef US 8/12 discussion - spoiler

Courtney says she's good at concessions because that's what her family does. They must be the classiest concessionaires. Do they hawk their wares to the classy denizens of Lincoln Financial Field?

I fast forwarded thru most of the team challenge. I'm shocked that Christian's watery turkey became the winning burger and the mess that is the red team won. Jaimee was a train wreck as a captain. I don't suppose there was any explanation as to why the red team won?

The pressure test was indeed dread worthy this time. Prawns 3 ways - much more interesting to watch than baking a cake. I assume they all have recipes, and the person who follows the recipe the closest probably wins because they simply don't have the culinary knowledge to improvise (seen too many nasty attempts at thinking outside the box).

Aug 12, 2014
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Good food in the DC/VA area??

You ordered chicken pho at a Thai restaurant? And you claim to know good food? And you expect good boba drink at a Thai joint?

Aug 11, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

Internet browbeating has changed my mind. From now on, I won't change smelly, ebola virus dripping diapers on a restaurant's table in full view of the all the diners.

Aug 11, 2014
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If I can remember the restaurant where it happened, I would post it so you can avoid said restaurant in the future because I'm sure just the thought of someone changing a diaper in said restaurant would be unappetizing to you.

Aug 11, 2014
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

I'm not here to debate this issue. I'm merely pointing out the fact that we have changed diapers at the table at upscale restaurants and no one complained. Far worse than witnessing a diaper change at a restaurant is getting stuck on a plane with people who cut cheese.

Aug 11, 2014
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

And I care about what you think? What's done is done. Your insistence that I'm wrong won't change a thing.

Aug 11, 2014
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