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January 31, 2006

hot dinner date

Last night I had a dinner date with Miss InShaw at a new local U Street joint called Creme (1322 U St). I was tempted to go check it out after Durban Bud reported being called to check in with the dress code and remove his ballcap. I saw no one with a ballcap there and didn't try to wear one myself and test their standards, despite threatening to. Yeah, I wimped out, I know.

While the presentation was good I think the atmosphere of the place didn't deserve the pretention of a ballcap-free dress code. But I suppose with the nigh-unaffordable units across the street they can do what they like, and this ain't U-VA. Like a lot of new restaurants in the city, the portions were small (albeit healthy), but expensive. I got an $8 'glass' of red wine which constituted less than a cup of liquid. I summarily got wasted and almost projected the word "PRETENTIOUS" loudly when the music died down at an inopportune time. Miss InShaw did not expect her sausage to be so spicy and almost blew her eyes out on the first bite. I sampled her sausage and agreed, it was rather robust.

At least they jumped the shark ahead of time and jacked the prices right upon opening, unlike my formerly favorite eatery St. Ex which changed radically after becoming a Jenna Bush/Hill Hipster hangout. The menu options dropped and the prices went up, and I will not wait in line for a seat by the door. Here's to more reasonable and healthy eating options in the developing U Street corridor, which undoubtedly will last longer than the flavor-of-the-day style of ephemeral restaurants that are here today and gone tomorrow. While I loves my chili dog at the Ben's Chili Bowl institution once in a while, heartburn is only an option once or twice a year.

I love my straight coworkers at the university. It's nice when they're more liberal than you are and have to remind you of PC code violations. After mentioning the good service and occasional items bought through L.L. Bean, they retracted in horror and told me, "You can't shop there, they are HOMOPHOBIC!!!" and that they are apparently in cahoots with Coors and other similar businesses. I didn't know about that.

After reporting the weekend cocktail report to them over lunch I had to explain what a 'Cosmo' was, and that they are rather strong, noting that The Gay demand their drinks to be potent. When spending so much time together in drinking establishments, we are there for business and expect strong drink to get the party goin. Just mind your elbow space, and sip liberally before returning to your posse.

Posted by jimbo at January 31, 2006 2:33 PM


that's why they are called COCKtails.

Posted by: toby at January 31, 2006 3:36 PM

L.L. Bean got a 57 out of 100 in the HRC's December 2005 Buyer's Guide rating of gayfriendly and gay-supportive companies. Granted, that is not fantastic (not as nice as Gap, Inc., Sears, Nike, and Levi Strauss as some of the companies that scored a perfect 100), but it is still in the HRC's yellow zone of decent with improvements to be made.

And just for the record, Coors (as part of the newly merged Molson Coors Brewing Company) scored a perfect 100. But they make Zima and Keystone Light, so do we really care?

Posted by: chris at January 31, 2006 5:32 PM

Hey Jimbo,
As a gay Mainer, I can say that LL Bean is a great company...and I've never heard anything bad about them in terms of discrimation, bias, etc...Plus 24 hrs open and they take anything back. Been to the Tyson's mall LL Bean store...poor substitute for their Freeport destination store.
Come on up!

Posted by: 207guy at January 31, 2006 7:35 PM

I loved Saint Ex too but the $10 hamburger just doesn't sit well with me... it's got - but $10?

Posted by: TOS at February 1, 2006 8:08 AM

From my time in Maine I sort of remember that the "LL Bean is Anti-Gay" was based (in part?) on the political activities of one of the Bean family members. The thought was that purchases from the family store puts money in this person's pocket (as a part-owner) so in essence would be support his/her.

But - more importantly - what planet are your co-workers from? You had to explain a cosmo? I mean, even straight people have been allowed to watch "Sex in the City" for years now....

Posted by: zz at February 1, 2006 9:44 AM

In 1995, Linda Bean Folkers, L.L. Bean heiress ran as a Republican for congress and alligned herself with the anti-gay rights group Concerned Maine Families.

Drink BUDWEISER not coors, shop LAND'S END not l.l. bean.

You can put lipstick on a pig but at the end of the day...it's still a pig.

Posted by: Dinger at February 1, 2006 9:46 AM

You completely wimped out on the experiment. I'm disappointed Jimbo, real disappointed. You have now been placed on a 2 year no-mack suspension.

Posted by: durban bud at February 1, 2006 10:40 AM

Hey, I'm sure there are sophisticated non-baseball-cap-wearing types at UVa too!

Posted by: John at February 1, 2006 11:46 AM