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Old Jan 23, 10, 8:10 pm
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: IAD, BOS, PVD
Programs: UA, US, AS, Marriott, Radisson, Hilton
Posts: 7,200
We split the bastilla as an appie; this came as three
phyllo triangles filled with a mixture of meats and poultry
and chickpeas and sweet spices. Not the sugar-and-cinnamon-
topped layered thing I am accustomed to, but tasty and well
constructed for finger food and/or sharing.

For my main, I had what was listed on the menu as "cordero:
pan roasted domestic lamb noisette rolled and stuffed with
mushroom mousseline, organic kuri squash, king trumpets."
It came medium-rare as ordered but was slightly different
from what I'd expected. It was a roulade, the exterior being
a layer of whatever you call the top part of a shoulder chop
- fat on the outside, a somewhat gristly middle layer, and
rather chewy meat inside; the interior was half tenderloin
and half an odd mixture of minced mushrooms and onions
mixed with fatty ground lamb and egg. This was all well and
good, but at medium-rare, the chopped stuff hadn't had time
to bind together, so its texture was ... interesting. The
exterior fat was also not browned, with the surprising
result that I left most of it behind. The mushrooms were
thin-sliced cutlets from what must have been a giant fungus;
the squash was okay but not so okay that I ate much of it.

I tasted the other main courses: a chicken tagine was
pretty authentic in flavor, and the filet medium-rare came
tender and as ordered. Simple food for simple people,
I guess.

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cost twice what it should have, but it was quite attractive
in a Rhonish sort of way, with spices, dark fruit, and
coffee flavors but quite smooth. It made the filet sing and
the lamb, well, hum.

Back to the Hilton to sleep it off.

One oddity about the hotel. In addition to the usual mess of
toiletries, there is a big bottle of "TruShea body wash"
(the spa downstairs, which they're pushing, is called Tru);
there is a note on this bottle that, should the guest choose
to open it, there will be an $18 charge added to the room.
This bottle, with its wrinkled old label, obvious has been
there for some time and has been handled wonderingly by
generations of would-be bathers.

The room itself was nice, the bed pleasant, the view okay,
and the stay in general quite acceptable. Nonetheless, I
wanted a Starwood night and its 4 pm checkout, so I had only
one night here, trundling my stuff out at noon and girding
my loins for the half mile to the Westin.
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