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Four Sisters - New location

Had lunch at Four sisters last Friday. The baby clams with rice cracker was terrific, probably because it's mostly pork! If you ever had this dish anywhere, you know those canned baby clams are like rubber pellets. So they smartly loaded the dish up with fatty chunks of tender well seasoned pork. It's better than the version at Rice Paper, Nha Trang, and Present.

The other two dishes we had were caramelized fish and shaky beef. The fish was okay - typical oversweet overcooked fish. The shaky beef though were very tender and had nice flavor.

If I want Vietnamese, I tend to go to Eden Center. Only went to Mosaic last week to see if Gypsy Soul had opened.

about 7 hours ago
Worldwide Diner in Washington DC & Baltimore

Is this tacky?

I have no problem paying for good food. Free food holds no attraction for me unless it's good. So if it's between free half ass food and paying for good food, I rather pay. That means we meet friends out - no cooking, no cleaning. I don't invite people over unless everyone is cooking, more or less from scratch.

about 7 hours ago
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Berkely Springs recent dinners?

That sucks. I actually had a decent tex mex lunch at Mi Ranchito.

about 8 hours ago
Worldwide Diner in Mid-Atlantic

Master Chef 7/21 (SPOILERS)

Cutter: the mystery box is big, everything is bigger in TX, I'm from TX, therefore, I must have an advantage.

Cutter: I'd order my yeast-less "Artisan" pizza....

Cutter: did not acknowledge that he's in the bottom two.

Courtney: I need to win so I don't have to go back to being a pole dancer.

about 18 hours ago
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

You spoke too soon. What made you think Stones left?

Jul 18, 2014
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Hell's Kitchen Spring 2014 season spoilers

Scott and Jason in the finale. I'm shocked but not unhappy. Scott was always good in the reward challenges and then stepped up at the pass. Jason was steady but his screaming gets annoying. Melanie needed to take her trashy ass home. Rochelle was sweet, but ultimately not experienced enough. I think Scott will win. He's easier to market?

Jul 17, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

Her obnoxiousness has yet to shine....her time will come.

Jul 17, 2014
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Noise level at the Ordinary

Why don't you call the restaurant? This is something the restaurant would be able to answer and reserve the right table for you.

Jul 17, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

Stop trashing Joe. He's just playing a role. It's like trashing an actor because he played a villain.

In real life, he's a successfuly businessman. I don't know how qualified he is to be a judge, but does it matter? As I understand it, the judging isn't based on merit anyway.

Jul 17, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

I have a shirt which my ex-wife gave to me, it says "I do what she says." I didn't always follow that shirt.

I'm not entirely sure why she's peeved. I've thrown out some hypothesis - but none seems to apply. Maybe SO is just being stubborn but she's not here to explain, and we're only getting one side of the story.

Jul 16, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

Isn't that how it usually goes?

Jul 16, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

So if I we go out, I can't order stinky tofu, durian or natto? What kind of controlling bastard are you?

Jul 16, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

People who really want to try the BBQ. I'm not sure I'd wait for BBQ but I've waited for plenty of other stuff. Some people stand in line all night for Black Friday. I think I stood in line for hours to watch a new movie release. Definitely waited to ride amusement park rides.

Jul 16, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

So you don't think the stammering mixer tatted baker is gonna win it? I wouldn't mind if she won, maybe she'll tat the Master Chef logo on herself.

Jul 16, 2014
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Master Chef 7/14 spoilers

What does Dan do for a living?

Jul 16, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

My position is either go and order the RW menu or don't go. I personally would not go to any restaurant that is participating in RW week. I never said I personally would limit the options of fellow diners. I'm offering opinion as to what the OP should do, not that I would be aggrieved. The only difference between your position and my position is that I can understand why OP's SO might be a little peeved.

Jul 16, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Obama cuts the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin

Internet tough guy!

Jul 15, 2014
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112 year old ham!

Free, sure. Pay lots - no.

Jul 15, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

Is it actually fun? Would kids at least enjoy it?

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

It was a hypothetical. I'm not saying you're selfish. In fact, why don't you just buy dinner for everyone, so then you can order whatever you want?

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

I rather not. To me it's self evident. If not to you, then don't worry about it.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

"I would be very happy to pay the other couple the differential of my additional costs of ordering off the higher priced menu."

Not anyone, just not the other couple. I don't know the financial arrangement with his SO.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

If I spend all the money I earned on myself instead of funding my children's education, am I being selfish?

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

Not knowing what they are, it's hard to say they're unrealistic or arbitrary. But if they are unrealistic or arbitrary expectations, then sure. I imagine that'll take lots of discussion with each other, not posting on Chowhound.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

We have a limited set of facts. We have no idea whether money is tight, and OP is being selfish by insisting on spending more money on himself.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

I refuse to get sucked into an internet argument that can't be won. If you don't see my point, then that's fine.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

It's not a matter preventing the others from ordering from the RW menu. It's causing unhappiness in others.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food

Restaurant week dispute

How about everyone agrees to try the tasting menu at the restaurant, which is only served when everyone at the table is doing the tasting menu. You're in the group, you knew in advance that the rest of the group wants to try the tasting menu, so you're going to order a la carte at the last minute? My point is, just don't go instead of ruining everyone else's expectations.

My analogy is you stick to what you agreed to do. Nothing more nothing less.

When we went to Disney as kids, we didn't get to just run off and ride whatever we want ride.

Jul 15, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

In my analogy, they're all in Orlando, but doing different things. In this case, they're all at the table but doing different things. What's the difference?

The problem is they have different purposes in going to the same restaurant. The 3 want to order from the RW menu, the OP wants to enjoy himself. My analogy would break down if OP had agreed to go to Orlando but specifically said in advance that he's going there to golf. My analogy is fine if the OP simply agreed to go knowing that the purpose was to take advantage of RW week.

One is not entitled to enjoy himself at any time he eats out. It's simply a matter of compromise as the Spanish doughnut pointed out.

Jul 15, 2014
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Restaurant week dispute

Either go and order from the RW menu or don't go.

It's like a family agrees to go to Orlando to visit Disney. Once you arrive, you decide you want to play golf instead of taking the kids to Disney.

Jul 15, 2014
Worldwide Diner in Not About Food