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It’s a Good Summer to Explore America at Random

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is the premise: With my summer trips abroad canceled, I decided to be resourceful about travel. Having lived in Northern Virginia for 30 years, I asked myself a simple question: … Continue reading

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Delivery service price cap regulations

Ben emails me: Could you please consider and comment on some of the unseen consequences of local price caps on restaurant delivery services? (Politico article describing the phenomenon in SF, NYC, etc.) A highly competitive market for such services exists … Continue reading

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Will Covid-19 expose the ghost firms?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Demand for in-restaurant dining is likely to fall as well, though estimates vary. Since the average small business carries less than a month’s worth of liquid reserves, … Continue reading

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Comfort foods make a comeback

Comfort foods from big brands are seeing a resurgence, executives say, as consumers seek familiarity and convenience amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many shoppers have favored fresh and specialty brands over Big Food’s processed products in recent years, while others have … Continue reading

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Pickles are underrated

You are going to be running to the refrigerator for snacks anyway, so why not make the most of it? Pickles are cool, fresh, delicious, and just the right size for snacking. At the same time, they are not too … Continue reading

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Support your favorite restaurant!

If you wish to support your favorite restaurant, and the American economy at the same time, perhaps consider buying a gift card from them? They get the money now and stay solvent, and you can cash in the card later, … Continue reading

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Which are the safest restaurants to eat in?

This is my subjective impression, not based on scientific sampling. Nonetheless, I think you should prefer cooked, hot food from a cuisine whose associated country already has had a traumatic experience with coronavirus. They will take the risk more seriously. … Continue reading

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King of Koshary

King of Koshary, web site, 5515 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, 571-317-7925 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | TripAdvisor | zabihah | Reddit | Arlington Now | Ylp] Excellent fish dishes, from Alexandria (Egypt) and elsewhere. Very … Continue reading

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A Taste of Burma

A Taste of Burma, web site, 126 Edds Lane, Sterling, VA, 703-444-8511 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Washingtonian | TripAdvisor | Ylp] (Previous review (2006)) Excellent place, maybe the best Burmese around? As usual, in … Continue reading

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Lubbock, Texas notes

Hill BBQ is perhaps the best I have had — ever. It is open Thursday and Saturday only, get the burnt ends and beef ribs. Next in line is Evie Mae’s, better known on the barbecue circuit, but still mostly … Continue reading

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