Archive for March, 2015

Volt Family Meal Still Impresses

I must say I am completely impressed with Volt Family Meal in Ashburn, VA at One Loudon after having dined at Family Meal four times in the month of March.  My first visit was when they had been open for a week and today was my fourth visit.  After two dinners and two lunches I absolutely have to give Family Meal a huge stamp of approval for service, decor and food.

I have been to dinner by myself twice – once during the week and once on the weekend.  Both times food was outstanding, service was outstanding and the bill reasonable for the experience and food provided.  Both times I have gone for lunch have been on a Sunday with companions.  The food has not disappointed at any of the four visits and the service only had a minor issue during one visit and that shortcoming was addressed by the assistant manager of the restaurant without asking him for any accommodation – the accommodation was offered by the assistant manager due to their short time being open.  He made it a point to make sure I understood that it was extremely important for them to make sure they had loyal customers that would return again and again.  They want to have long term relationships with their clientele and it showed.

Other than the one service issue on one visit everything else has been flawless at Family Meal.

I am glad we finally have a “destination restaurant” in our part of the Washington, DC area that is worth the trip every time.

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Amazing – Hingis Pairs With Mirza To Win Indian Wells Doubles Title

Well color me surprised!!!  Martina Hingis paired with Sania Mirza to play doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA and the pair was the number one seed.  It was the debut tournament for Hingis and Mirza as a doubles pair.

Martina and Sania played for the title against the number two seeds, Ekaterina Makerova and Elena Vesnina.  Martina and Sania took the title in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Now it’s off to Miami for Martina and Sania to play doubles at the Miami Open again as the number one seeds.

Martina’s time as a Washington Kastles playing Womens Doubles and Mixed Doubles appears to have put Martina in tournament shape!!!

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Serena Withdraws from Indian Wells With Knee Injury

I was shocked and dismayed to find out that Serena Williams would be coming out on court to explain why she would not play her semifinal match against Simona Halep at Indian Wells due to a knee injury.

Serena had waited a long time to return to Indian Wells and it was almost ironic that her withdrawal was so similar to Venus’ withdrawal at Indian Wells 14 years prior.  That withdrawal by Venus’ was the entire reason why Serena had been boycotting the tournament at Indian Wells.

At this point I don’t know whether Serena will be playing in Miami at the Miami Open since it’s so close time-wise to Indian Wells.

 

I can only hope for the best and pray that “My Serena” will be able to play in Miami.

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A Long Four Months Until Kastles Time!!!

On Monday, March 16, 2015 World Team Tennis held a combined Marquee Player and Roster Player Draft.  It was the first time in 10 years that the Marquee and Roster Drafts were combined.

In the Marquee Draft the Kastles brought back Martina Hingis (protected) and Venus Williams (protected) and added a former Kastle – the one and only, incomparable current world number one Serena Williams.  The sisters are both back on the Kastles and I can’t wait to see Serena in DC in July.  In the first round of the Roster Draft the Kastles made a move to replace the retired “Kastles Kloser” Bobby Reynolds.  The Kastles selected Sam Querrey who was ranked 43rd in the world in singles and 64th in the world in doubles at the time of the draft.  Sam has had a ranking as high as 17 in singles and 23 in doubles.  In the second round the Kastles brought back the one and only Kastles Kaptain Leander Paes (protected).  The Kastles made no selection in the third round and then selected Anastasia Rodionova (protected) in the fourth round.

I am ecstatic to have back Martina, Lea, A-Rod, Venus and of course my favorite player Serena on the 2015 Kastles.  The addition of a player of Sam’s caliber to replace Bobby Reynolds is a big plus.

LET’S GO KASTLES!!!  We want a Five-Peat!!!

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Volt Family Meal – A Fantastic Restaurant Opens in One Loudon

I have been waiting for Volt Family Meal to open in Ashburn, VA at One Loudon.  Volt Family Meal is the brainchild of Brian Voltaggio and his partner Hilda Staples.  Think of comfort food elevated to a level approaching fine dining but in a “stuffy free” environment.

There are extremely interesting items on the menu in all categories.  I had a hard time deciding between items in each menu category (appetizer, entrée, desert).  I finally settled on deviled eggs as the appetizer based on the server’s recommendation.  They were probably the best deviled eggs I have ever tasted.  Perfectly boiled eggs with an elegantly piped yolk mixture that was silky smooth, seasoned with a very mild kick and topped with double smoked applewood bacon and chives.  And it was a nice generous portion of four half eggs.

There was an entrée that was on the menu in the restaurant that was not on the website and I opted for that – A barbeque pork chop, cornbread puree (huh?) and braised cabbage.  The great thing about the pork chop was that the barbeque sauce was a brown sugar based sauce that was spicy enough to be very flavorful but it was not over spicy and did not overpower the perfectly cooked, succulent pork chop.  The cornbread puree was surprising – it was incredibly delicious and the braised cabbage was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked and worked amazingly well with the pork chop.  A truly satisfying entrée that would fit in any fine dining restaurant and served with impecable presentation.  The desert was a tough choice but I finally decided on their signature desert – butterscotch pudding, shortbread, bruleed banana and whipped cream served in a cylindrical mason jar.  Absolutely delicious and worth every calorie.

This is a restaurant worth the tab, worth the drive and well worth repeating over and over again.

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