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New Dim Sum - Hong Kong Pearl Falls Church

Has anyone else been here lately, possibly on a weekend?

I went there for a bowl of wonton soup, shrimp dumplings and fish balls today. Their shrimp dumplings continue to be supersized - extra thick wrapper with 4 tasteless shrimps inside, and an order comes with the typical 4 dumplings. This is not a good thing. The fish balls used to be delicious and now it seems to be just edible. Fish paste formed into balls with no discernible flavor. The wonton soup was also just edible. I'm giving up on Hong Kong Pearl. Luckily, there are two other half-ass dim sum joints nearby.

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Really, Elizabeth's husband fainted? Attention hos much?

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

Honestly I dislike them both. Pole dancer has obvious affectations but I hate Elizabeth's expressions.

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

The lamb is raw....you pouty mouthed donkey!!!!!!!!

I'm disappointed that lamb didn't go flying.

Masterchef US Final 3 tonight--conclusion (expect spoilers here)

It does seem suspicious. I rather watch football than the last hour. I think Elizabeth is predetermined to win.

Bond 45 National Harbor

Had lunch at B45 yesterday with my daughter. I ordered fennel sausage with broccoli rabe - the crumbled sausage with lit bits of broccoli rabe were served on top of some toasted bread like an open face sandwich. It was decent - I would have preferred the sausage not crumbled and served with lots of broccoli rabe. The fried artichokes alla giudea was actually pretty good. The clam and mussels pasta was an epic fail. The pasta was way overcooked - almost mushy. Didn't bother to send it back as we were going to get popcorn at Cirque du Soleil anyway.

Some questions about Vegas dining

I didn't know Robuchon had uni pasta. I'm definitely going there then. I've put in an e-mail to see if Raku is open on Xmas eve. Thanks.

1 day ago
Worldwide Diner in Las Vegas

Some questions about Vegas dining

Barmasa has uni pasta on its current menu. I'm tempted to go there - lots of stuff to choose from and it's right on the strip. Can someone weigh in on Barmasa vs. Raku vs. Nobu? I'll probably only order a few pieces of nigiri sushi. I'm looking for interesting cooked food, but not necessarily grilled.

Sep 13, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Las Vegas

Some questions about Vegas dining

I'm traveling by myself for a part of the trip so I can't really order a bunch of dishes, hence the tasting menu. Blossom's tasting menu looks decent, I'll keep it in mind. Thanks.

Sep 13, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Las Vegas

Some questions about Vegas dining

Where is the best Italian seafood? I've been to Bartolotta and Scarpetta. They're not without pretty significant flaws. Looking especially for sea urchin pasta.

Where is the best seafood platter (fruits de mer)? I've only had it at DB while it was at Wynn. Looking for variety of seafood, not just oysters/shrimp/clam/mussels.

Best Japanese. Barmasa? Raku? I've been to the Nobu in Hard Rock. Enjoyed it but that can't be the best, can it? Or the Nobu in Caesar's?

Any really good Chinese restaurant with tasting menu?

Best modern Mexican?

Thoughts on 550's clam pizza?

Xmas specials. I'll be in Vegas 4 nights starting on Xmas eve. Any crazy over the top things that I shouldn't miss?

Pricing not really an issue, but I want interesting food with great execution.

Sep 12, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Las Vegas

The Perils of Shaming Bad Tippers

I know LeSean did stiff the waiter but the restaurant's side of the story may be total b.s.

Eden Center, Vietnamese, help this Boston hound please?

The baby clam dish (with rice cracker) is unique to Vietnamese cuisine and very good (note, there's a lot of pork in the dish).

Nhu Lan has good banh mi.

The Perils of Shaming Bad Tippers

Aren't most of these stories b.s.?

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

I'm not saying the law is right but I applaud you for digging up the law instead of misrepresenting what the law is.

Top Chef Duel 9/10 Dale vs. Tiffany

Both chefs have transformed from raging assholes to lovey dovey hippies. They didn't even attempt to talk trash. Instead, they expressed shock at having won while praising their opponents. Who are these people dressed up as Dale and Tiffany?

Dale first challenged Tiffany to making two kinds of dim sum. Neither did well and Dale won because he looks more like a dim sum chef.

Tiffany then challenged Dale to create a new cocktail paired with a canape. Tiffany's canape turns out to be a biscuit - why is that a canape? Dale made devil eggs topped with prosciutto. Tiffany won.

For the duel, they had to prepare a 3 course vegan dinner for 3 over the hill metal guitarists. I honestly didn't find any of the food exciting. And I missed the end of Hell's Kitchen for this? I couldn't DVR Hell's Kitchen because I was DVRing this shit and UFC (where women (including women who were formerly men) are allowed to pummel each other).

Anyway, Dale won. I bet the producers thought there'd be some fireworks making two hotheads cook vegan. Instead, the two mutual admirers expressed delight at cooking vegan. Someone even asked who the hell goes to Tiffany's BBQ joint to eat vegan? Deep down, I'm sure they're still seething.

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

You're right. There's no money there.

Chipotle Workers Quit, Shut Down Store, Because That Job Sucks

Quitting is one thing but posting a sign that's injurious to someone's reputation is probably actionable. If working 10 hrs a day is akin to a sweatshop, then I've worked in a sweatshop all my adult life.

Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

The pole dancer was raised by wolves and that isn't her brother, it's her love child....just kidding.

Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

Not only the judges offer advice, so do the contestants on the balcony. It's kind of ridiculous but apparently it's okay. However, I don't recall the persion receiving the advice actually winning. Cutter's risotto stilled looked aweful in the end.

Master Chef 9/8 spoilers

Pole dancer pronounced "orecchiette" as ore-shi-ette. Before I pounce on her pronounciation, I looked it up. Apparently some regions of Italy do pronounce it that way.

The Mystery box challenge was cook your loved one's favorite dish. I am shocked that Elizabeth's meatballs won. Whatever happened to Leslie's restaurant quality rack of lamb? I guess the judges like the racks more than lamb.

Elizabeth got to pick the offal for each loser. Christian got veal brains, Leslie got lamb tongue, Cutter got beef heart, and the pole dancer got to fondle some balls. Not surprisingly, pole dancer had plenty of experience handling balls and crushed them. Leslie was glib with his tongue, and Cutter showed some heart. Unfortunately Christian didn't use his brain and was booted.

Next it was a team challenge. Pole dancer chose to pair up with Elizabeth because she didn't want to lose. Each team had to choose mystery ingredients from their home state. Pole dancer and Elizabeth went Amish (instead of NY) while Leslie and Cutter went big (as in TX, instead of CA).

Pole dancer screws up the trout by pairing it with pear and cheese. Cutter made good ribs but none of the judges own BBQ restaurants so it's not a dish that they could serve. Leslie made a nice piece of steak but the sides fell short. I think Elizabeth did well but can't recall what she made.

While they face off for elimination, Cutter insisted he's a better cook than Leslie until the former fat guys sang. They each had to replicate 3 dishes, made from ingredients found in the CA mystery box. Joe's dish was sea urchin risotto. Graham's dish is some kind of glazed chicken that I wouldn't eat if he paid me. Gordo made a seared tuna salad.

Cutter had no idea how long it takes to make risotto. Graham had to tell him to make that dish last. In the mean time, pole dancer was helping Cutter from the balcony. Leslie was acting like a little bitch because everyone wants Cutter to win. In this case, they're really more threatened by Leslie's cooking skills than Cutter's windbaggery.

I think Leslie's edit is too unflattering for him to win. So Elizabeth must be the eventual winner.

Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill

It's not currently on the menu, and even if it was, I wouldn't order it here. I've had great whelk on seafood platters, but none in DC.

Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill

It's above average in terms of execution but the menu is rather limited. If your expection is bar food, then this far exceeds it. If your expection is great seafood, then this fall a little short. For us, it's a place for great drinks and very good seafood, a hard combination to find in D.C.

Eat the Rich and Mockingbird Hill

If you like cornmeal dusted fried seafood, the Grand Chesapeake Fryday for Two (@$25) is quite the bargain. Two of us could not finish a heaping plate of striped bass fish sticks, blue catfish, oysters, shrimp, onion rings, and mushroom caps. There were maybe 3 shrimps but nearly a dozen oysters, 6 fish sticks, 4 pieces of catfish, and loads of veggies. Okay, we had some crab clusters and raw oysters as apps too.

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

I'm not sure who is more unattractive, pole dancer or croaking tattooed baker. I wonder what they look like outside of Top Chef.

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

No clue. I've never made gnocchi. I don't even like to eat gnocchi.

Masterchef 9/1 OMG SPOILERS

The pole dancer has done well overall but she just had an epic fail. "Oh, I'm the gnocchi expert. I'm been making gnocchi since I was 2, and my family's been making gnocchi for 41 generations, dating back to Marco Polo's introduction of noodles to Italy." She then bombs the gnocchi.

Rose's Luxury

They have a reservation system through their website for the roof garden. They jack up the prices for those who really wants to make that reservation (you would be hard pressed to spend $125 on food alone per peson in the restaurant). I also suspect it doesn't cost much to book reservation through their own website.

You're probably right, that the no reservation system will not last.

Rose's Luxury

Doesn't it go without saying that they don't need to accept reservations unless they can? If they can go without it, why add the expense of a reservation system which only reduces revenue? Yes they can implement a reservation system so you (gregb) would be enticed to eat there, but they obviously figured they don't need your (gregb) business. That's just the reality.

Top Chef Duels, 8/27, Stefan vs CJ, SPOILERS, an ever more profane and surly recap

I just watched Divergent. Before that I had to suffer thru two previews with the same lame actress. She's a terrible actress, and it shows with her pathetic ooohhhing and aaahing about the foraged crap with both contestants. And that outfit is atrocious. Fade back to obscurity.....go forage shrooms!

Master Chef 8/18 spoilers

You're still here? ;)

Thought you'd jumped off a bridge by now. I'm not sure how I survived that spoiler.