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The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Maybe that's why such policy doesn't exist. You make good points.

about 10 hours ago
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Freakonomics » Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

I would guess there isn't much enforcement because few people have actually applied for a job at a hole-in-the wall ethnic restaurant and been turned away. Do Americans want to work 12 hrs a day 6 days a week (maybe 7) with no overtime pay, no benefits, lots of prep work and cleaning? I'm guessing not.

BTW, I'm not familiar with the law but common sense tells me that one cannot discriminate based on race or ethnicity absent some compelling reason. I'm not advocating that ethnic restaurants should hire their own kind. Instead, I'm just pointing out that sometimes it's really a economic necessity (of the employee) as opposed to a desire to discriminate by the restaurant. I'm aware that immigrants who don't speak English well often can't get a good job, and end up working in restaurants that exploit their lack of options.

about 12 hours ago
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The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I would much prefer airlines just ban outside food and drinks. Like restaurants that don't allow you to bring outside food or drinks on their premises, airlines should do the same (unless there's a law against it)? That way, the airlines can profit and limit the types of food that can be consumed in flight. Frankly, I'm surprised that airlines don't do this, since they nickel and dime you for everything else.

about 12 hours ago
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Masterchef returns with new judge

Stephen, Leslie's doppelganger, will like finish in the top 4, because he's both competent and incendiary. Derrick is a better cook, and somewhat incendiary, and he's the front runner. Olivia and Christopher may round out the top 4? Maybe Claudia is in the top 4 in place of Christopher.

about 12 hours ago
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Masterchef returns with new judge

It's six of one half dozen of the other to me. In fact, I prefer to see both of them go instead of the air conditioning repairman from New Orleans (at least his cake tasted delicious).

about 13 hours ago
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Freakonomics » Is It Okay for Restaurants to Racially Profile Their Employees? A New Freakonomics Radio Episode

Sometimes language is a requirement. If the chef only speaks Chinese or Japanese, then the servers must speak that language. Many Chinese restaurants do hire non-Chinese bussers because they don't need to communicate with the chef. Restaurants, like other businesses, want to keep their labor costs to a minimum. Many Chinese servers seems surly probably because they get no benefits, work long hours, and don't get paid a lot. I don't think it's as much discrimination by the restaurant as it is that many minorities can't get jobs at better paying non-ethnic restaurants.

about 14 hours ago
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Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

Maybe I'll have a drink at buvette chez simone before Le Filet. Cheers!

Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

Good selection! You are obviously a man with good taste.

Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

My trip is this coming weekend (July 4th) and as a result, I've been busy booking activities.

I was going to Lawrence and Maison Publique for brunch but instead, I'm taking a walking tour of Little Italy/Jean Talon on Saturday morning, and then getting spa treatment at Bota Bota on Sunday morning. Any recommendation for brunch in Old Montreal that focuses on decadent food (foie gras/offal/seafood) and not just eggs?

In search of squid, etc.

If you're willing to go towards 7 Corners, you can check out Miu Kee (on Rt. 50). I believe Huong Viet (in Eden) does this squid as well. Four Sisters (in Mosaic) also has it, called crispy salted and spiced squid. You're going to have to try a few different restaurants to see which one you like best.

In search of squid, etc.

Lotus Garden is the only Chinese restauant in Vienna that's any good. It's actually pretty good and they have a dish called

Deep Fried Spicy Scallop, Squid and Shrimp……………………………….……….......14.95

You can probably request squid only.

In search of squid, etc.

It's salt and pepper squid - most good Cantonese restaurants have it, and many Vietnamese restaurants (not pho shops) have them.

What's the best pizza delivery (and non-delivery) in Falls Church/McLean? Particularly NY style

McLean/Tysons/Vienna has a ton of pizza joints - although I don't eat at any of them (anymore) and can't really recommend any. However, I've had some of them in the past and suggest you try the following:

Santini's NY Deli
Church St. Pizza
Extreme Pizza

When to get lunch/a snack on this trip?

If I had a good suggestion, I would've offered it. I usually starve, which justifies a lavish meal at destination. sorry!

When to get lunch/a snack on this trip?

I imagine it takes a shrink to analyze some of the behavior of online posters. From the OP's point of view, I can understand that it's distracting and annoying.

Masterchef returns with new judge

They're supposed to be impressed. In the past, it's usually Gordo who got to show off. I wonder if Graham knew what his ingredients were going to be so he already had a menu planned or did he really come up with 3 dishes on the fly (which I don't doubt that he's capable of since those were basic breakfast ingredients).

As for saving Hetal, I assume that's because she's better looking? I don't know how many more times I can listen to her exclaim "I'm a vegetarian, I don't know how to cook that..." Seriously, how can a vegetarian expect to win if he/she can't taste the food? The only logical conclusion is there's no expecatation of winning, that getting TV time is the ultimate goal.

Any Must Order at Jaleo?

They offer tasting menus at different prices. I always prefermore tastes to less tastes.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

It's that kind of thinking that makes flying so unpleasant. That's why there are crying infants, unruly children, fat people crammed in economy seat and you can't even put the arm-rest down - all on the plane. I'm at the point that I would pay extra to get away from economy (that's with my own after-tax money, since I don't travel for work and I can't deduct my vacation as "business trips").

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

If I have time, I'd eat at the airport. If I didn't have time, I might buy some snacks at the news stand (chips, nuts, etc.) or I just don't eat. I don't eat french fries and the smell of people and their fast food on the plance annoys me, but then so do crying babies, obese people who are seated next to me, kids that kick seat backs, people who wear loads of perfume/cologne, and people with body odor. I'm sure there are more annoyances.

Masterchef returns with new judge

Shelly put a target on her own back last night against a few strong competitors, and given her incompetence as a team leader and not knowing the difference between a roulade and remoudale, I don't think she's going very far. I understand she's playing "strategetically" so I can't fault her for choosing who she chose but the way she went about ignoring other people's comments and then claimed she was thrown under the bus really ticks me off.

Solo Traveler 5 nights

Let me put on my Sherlock Holmes hat. Since you made a reservation at Makoto, you probably prefer multiple courses, enjoy seafood, both raw and cooked, and you probably enjoy Asian cuisine. You also state you have no budget.

Based on those premises, I'd recommend Komi (see if you can get reservation now), Little Serow (if you have time to wait in line), Fiola Mare, Rasika, the Sushi Counter at Sushi Taro (if you actually get reservation there, you might as well cancel Makoto unless you want two Japanese dinners). If you want to dine in Alexandria, then Restaurant Eve. For Jose Andres fans, try Jaleo or China Chilcano.

Lunch in Portland, ME

I'd go to Eventide.

Oyamel: chef needs to take it easy on the salt...

I never thought Oyamel was any good so I haven't been back in years. However, since I just returned from a trip to Mexico, I thought it was a good time to see how Oyamel falls short.

I ordered 3 items - chilaquiles, described as fresh hand-made tortilla chips with chorizo, salsa ranchera, Chihuahua cheese, cilantro, red onion and a fried organic egg. I thought it had good flavor but the thick layer of cheese made this more like nachos from your local Tex-Mex joint rather than chilaquiles. My second dish was menudo, described as a hearty tripe, hominy and ancho chile soup. The soup was so sour that I choked on the first bite. And then I scooped out the few pieces of tripe in the soup (at least those were tasty). Finally I had the quesadilla de chicharrones, described as pork belly fried until crisp and served in a house-made tortilla with chihuahua cheese. This was more braised pork than chicharrones - it was a very heavy dish that didn't really resemble a quesadilla. I ate only half the plate of chilaquiles and only half of the quesadilla - no need to stuff myself with mediocre food.

Brine in Mosaic District

Mosaic District continues to build out and bring in new restaurants, including Rapphanock Oyster's newest venture - Brine. It's seafood heavy with lots of well executed options. After slurping down some raw oysters at the bar, we ordered (i) yellowfin carpaccio, (ii) beef tartare, (iii) plankton bucatini, (iv)grilled perch, (v)baked oysters w/ pernod and (vi) tuna rillete.

The plankton bucatini is the most unique dish, described by Washingtonian as the chef "takes marine phytoplankton—the tiny floating plants fancied by krill—and adds it to pasta dough along with toasted seaweed, fashioning umami-rich noodles that are tossed with brown butter, chilies, and Olde Salt clams." While the texture of the pasta is perfect, I find the flavor odd and not particularly appealing.

The tuna rillete was served with a very light chicharrones - much lighter than the pork rinds found in gas stations, and the perch was simply perfect.

Overall, a good start. I would like to see a restaurant in the D.C. area carry more selection for the raw bar - sea urchin, whelks, razor clams, etc. And more variety of oysters.

good dinner spots for DC next week

budget? cuisine?

Some exciting places - Little Serow or Thip Khao, Rose's Luxury, Fiola Mare.

Good fish restaurants in Rockville/Gaithersburg area?

Seven Seas for Chinese seafood?

Hell's Kitchen finale spoilers

Randi looked like a total schmuck last night - really, no idea how chicken should be cooked? I'm wondering how he got so far in the competition.

I thought Meghan was signficantly better than all the other competitors - she really is a badass.

Zahav hummus retail

I know Green Aisle carries them but they don't open until noon on Sundays. We're heading to Sesame Place and staying overnight at the Marriott next door on Saturday, would love to pick up some hummus on Sunday on the way home back to D.C. Anyone know who else carries Zahav hummus?

Jun 06, 2015
Worldwide Diner in Philadelphia

Last minute dinner out tomorrow -- ideas?

I've never been, nor will I likely ever go. Just thought I'd bring it to your attention, but you've already been.

Masterchef returns with new judge

Hmm....I disagree. That's something a non-chef would say. I would puke if Thomas Keller says he cooked with love. I would think good chefs are passionate about cooking, but cooking with love is made for TV b.s.

Wait, r u being sarcastic?