Awesome. That sounds perfect.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 9 March 2012 23:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
That does look good.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 10 March 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
ever wanted to go to a St Patrick's Day party at an Ethiopian restaurant?
NO COVER, BRO DJ
― I DIED, Monday, 12 March 2012 03:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
― mookieproof, Monday, 12 March 2012 03:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 12 March 2012 04:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
luck of the broish
― tehresa, Monday, 12 March 2012 11:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
I just do not . . WAHT
― quincie, Monday, 12 March 2012 12:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
"Don't bro me if you don't know me," to quote a t-shirt I saw this weekend.
― Seraphim? I don't even know him! (j.lu), Monday, 12 March 2012 12:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
Washington City Paper publisher Amy Austin announced today changes to staff operations at Creative Loafing, the company that owns the Chicago Reader, City Paper, and Creative Loafing Atlanta.
All employees at Creative Loafing's three publications, including City Paper, will receive 5 percent pay cuts. Austin said the reductions will "stabilize" the company.
Additionally, some employees' hours have been cut to part time. There are no further staff reductions at City Paper planned. The other two papers had more extensive cuts to staff, Austin said.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 March 2012 12:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
Everything is Terrible live show at Subterranean A tomorrow night - they'll be showing their remake of Jodorowsky's "Holy Mountain" comprised entirely of "dog-related found footage." I can't wait.
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Thursday, 15 March 2012 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Thursday, 15 March 2012 17:56 (1 year ago) Permalink
i am probably going to go to that
― 1986 Olive Garden (Z S), Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
Seen at tonight screening of Balthazar: Ian Svenonius. Don't know if he stayed for Mouchette.
― Seraphim? I don't even know him! (j.lu), Monday, 19 March 2012 00:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
is svenonius a lithuanian name?
― mookieproof, Monday, 19 March 2012 01:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
i was there but didn't see him (nor you j lu!) - but i arrived a few minutes late and didn't stay for mouchette
that film is weirder and spookier than i remember, i know i've seen it before but i think it was on a small screen about 8 years ago
― seriously, THIS GUY (daria-g), Monday, 19 March 2012 02:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
Folks were sleeping out since Friday to get some of the 60 seats available to the public for the Supreme Court Arguments on health care. A number of 'em were folks paid to wait in line for others. I've been to 2 Supreme Court sessions. Very interesting experiences both times.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
ilxor Pinefox's band the Pines has been added to the Friday 4-6 Chickfactor anniversary show at Artisphere
― curmudgeon, Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:58 PM (2 hours ago)posted this over on ilm Capital Swamp thread
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2012 16:39 (1 year ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 30 March 2012 04:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
I haven't seen the Pines since a Chickfactor in London many years ago. I will make an effort for this.
― stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 30 March 2012 04:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ok, gf, son and others out of town this weekend, and I'm gonna do Passover with my folks on the 2nd night Saturday, so that means I am going to the Chickfactor show Friday night(yes the Windian label thing is also going on, but I made my choice). I have never seen the Pines nor met ILXer Pinefox, but hopefully that will all be remedied Friday night. I will miss most of the old-school DC pop acts that are there on Saturday though.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink
Saw an advanced screening of Margaret at West End yesterday. They'll be showing it daily at the end of the month. SEE IT!! It's great.
― Moreno, Friday, 6 April 2012 03:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
Reopened Howard Theatre and the Hamilton seem pricey for many gigs. I guess this is the new DC. But of course, there are still other choices
― curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 14:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:13 (1 year ago) Permalink
i don't know what name you post under, but just thought i'd say it was neat to hang out at your place last night, Seth!
― 1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 9 April 2012 14:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
I met ilxor Pinefox over the weekend but did not get to meet ilxor M. Jones whose significant other was performing onstage at the Chickfactor fest
― curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
Northern VA food blogger (and annoying libertarian economist) Tyler Cowen in the NY Times. I went to this place once!:
So where did Professor Cowen, who lives in Northern Virginia, choose to have lunch to discuss his book? An Ethiopian restaurant in a strip mall wedged between Falls Church and Alexandria, a place that illustrates his belief that anybody can use simple economic analysis to improve their odds of getting a good meal. Professor Cowen said that some of the best food in America can be found in such immigrant restaurants in malls like the ones along El Camino Real in Silicon Valley in California or on Main Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens. The best food is not the most expensive and is rarely found in Midtown Manhattan, he said.
This restaurant, Eyo’s, is off Interstate 395, near apartment towers populated by affluent Ethiopians. It is one of six restaurants in the tiny mall with a 7-Eleven sitting on one end. That’s not all, Professor Cowen said: “There are six more in the back. I’ve tried them all.” His point being, of course, that a restaurant facing competition has a better chance of being good.
It’s a sports bar, which seems like an unlikely choice, but not to Professor Cowen’s way of thinking. He chose it precisely because it was an unlikely choice. An American sports bar might mean Buffalo wings and cheeseburgers, but an Ethiopian sports bar? “They are making no attempt to appeal to non-Ethiopians,” he said.
How does he know it is good? Ethiopians eat there. It’s crowded. People look prosperous. But the two-page menu offers more clues. A few American items are tucked down in a corner, but other than that it is all Ethiopian. It has Ethiopian breakfast items. The descriptions are sparse, because why would they need explaining to its core audience? There are dishes on the menu that he doesn’t recognize. “That’s always a good sign,” he said.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
The NYT book review absolutely teed off on his book on Sunday:
The quality of Mr. Cowen’s prose varies wildly. Many of his sentences read as if he composed them before entirely waking from a nap. Here’s an example: “The more fundamental problem is that labels do not encompass the same economywide information that is communicated by the price system in its assessment of competing uses for resources.”
Word-goo of this sort creeps in everywhere. One of his favorite books is assessed this way: “I found his writing compelling and the photos full of striking colors.” Items on one’s plate are “foodstuffs.”
You sense in almost every chapter that he’s stretching thin material. Thus the ponderous detours into much-trampled areas like the history of barbecue, the varieties of Chinese food and how to choose kitchen equipment. Truisms are sprinkled like whatever the opposite of salt is. “Barbecue restaurants often have idiosyncratic names,” he announces, to aliens I suppose. “Like Bubba’s.”
― scream blahula scream (govern yourself accordingly), Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just listened to that guy on the Kojo Show. Sounded like kind of a bore and definitely not someone I would want to break bread with.
― quincie, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 18:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
hate cowen many times
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
I still look at his restaurant list despite the issues I have with him, just because he writes about some places that the other restaurant critics in the area do not cover. I recently went to a good place in Eden Center that he liked.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
Todd Kliman (former City Paper restaurant critic years ago, with the Washingtonian for some time now) was asked in his food chat to list fave places for $5 to $10. Here's his list from the email-
Mangialardo’s, DC, for the G-Man.
Bayou Bakery, Arlington, for the Arm-Drip or the gumbo.
Zorba’s Cafe, DC, for gyros.
Fishnet, College Park, for the fish tacos.
Ravi Kabob I and II, Arlington, for the bone-in chicken with rice and chana masala.
China Bistro, Rockville, for the shrimp-chive and beef-celery DUMPLINGS!.
La Limeña, Rockville, for the tiradito, anticuchos, or ceviche.
Mama Chuy, DC, for the pork sopes.
A&J, Rockville and Falls Church, for noodle bowls and chili-oil wontons.
Saint Michel Bakery, Rockville, for everything.
Taqueria la Placita, Bladensburg, for pork leg tacos and al pastor tacos.
Pho 88, Beltsville, for a regular bowl.
Bon Fresco, Columbia, for the Brie sandwich and London broil sandwich.
Ren’s Ramen, Wheaton, for the miso ramen.
Woodlands, Langley Park, for the masala dosa.
Pimento Grill, DC, for the goat curry roti
Carbon, Rockville, for the asado de tira with black beans and rice.
R&R Taqueria, Elkridge, Md., for the cochinita tacos or the chilaquiles.
Sidebar, Silver Spring, for the Chicago dog.
Mount of Lebanon, Falls Church, for the chicken shawarma.
Shawafel, DC, for the chicken shawarma platter.
Ruan Thai, Wheaton, for the yum watercress.
Sardi’s, Beltsville, for the Pollo Ever—a marinated, chargrilled, spatchcocked chicken.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 21:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
China Bistro sadly shut down by the health department; I was a frequent customer :(
― quincie, Friday, 13 April 2012 17:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
I 've heard negative comments about Bayou Bakery in Arlington but have not tried it yet mself
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 April 2012 14:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
not one place on that list in alexandria. i feel overlooked.
― tehresa, Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Just had my first Ravi kabob experience. Tasty!
― quincie, Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ravi Kabob is great.
Just tried Bayou Bakery over the weekend. The gumbo was just ok--not bad but not great. The beignets were tasty though. It turns out that the arm-drip sandwich is only available for lunch
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
plz explain this arm-drip sandwich
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 04:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
I think it is a creamy gravy on roast beef sub and the gravy drips down your arm as you eat it
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 04:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
SPACE SHUTTLE DAY BITCHES
― I DIED, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Before it settles down, though, you'll have the chance to step outside and wave at the shuttle. It'll fly low over local landmarks -- the National Mall, Reagan National Airport, National Harbor and the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center -- between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. before touching down at Dulles International Airport.
I will likely be stuck in my office though
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
Woo hoo! Now that I have a window I was able to see it. Cool.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
uuuuugh, just missed it by a few minutes while stuck in an all hands meeting where management laid out their "leadership principles" in a way that spelled out V I R T U E. the whole time i'm thinking "SPACE SHUTTLE DAY, C'MON"
― Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
Missed it, darn!
― ljubljana, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:50 (1 year ago) Permalink
My husband and his office-mates went to Hayne's Point to watch. I, on the other hand, am stuck on bedrest (actually floor rest, bed too soft) for stupid back. Better be goddamn fixed for my upcoming trip to WOO-HOO FT LAUDERDALE WOO
― quincie, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
Hanging out in ZS's local
― ljubljana, Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
― ljubljana, Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
I can't not surreptitiously read the to-do list of the woman next to me, which includes 'Whole Foods/Safeway' with 'Safeway' crossed out, 'Personal development', and 'Tweets'.
― ljubljana, Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
― BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 22 April 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
Berger cookies from Baltimore are yummy
By Andrew Reiner, Published: April 19
My wife, Liz, and I had been living near Silver Spring a few months when we attended one of her good friend’s dinner parties last summer in Dupont Circle. Like many of Liz’s friends who live in or near Washington, this woman slams pretty much anything — music, people, stores — that smacks of mainstream American culture. Especially food.
Back in my native Baltimore, where I’ve lived for much of my life, Berger cookies top the guest list at dinner gatherings, ranging from picnic table crab feasts to white-linen fetes. The groom’s cake at my wedding? Berger cookies. But no one at this dinner party featuring crepes drizzled in truffle oil had ever seen a Berger, with its trademark Himalayan mound of chocolate frosting. In all fairness, until very recently, the Berger had been practically synonymous with Baltimore.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 April 2012 23:03 (1 year ago) Permalink