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Yes, But Will There Be Customer-Behavior Videos? Silver Spring’s Pacci’s Neapolitan Pizzeria will be opening up a sibling restaurant in the old General Store space in Forest Glen where Gillian Clark, her fried chicken, and her video production work once found a home. [Eater D.C.]

Smoothing Things Over: Oh, Spike Mendelsohn. He is clarifying his D.C.-is-a-second-tier-city comments that have gotten him into trouble this week. “There is nothing secondary about DC in my mind,” says the cable television reality chef. Eh, there’s always the Taste of Arlington! [People’s District, The Hill Is Home, Eater D.C., D.C. Füd]

Libations: These desserts will get you drunk if you consume enough of them. [The Feast]

Excitement Buds in Bloomingdale: For those eagerly waiting updates on the development of the future Engine Company 12 restaurant on North Capitol Street: “Be patient, everyone — we will soon (in the not too distant future) have our very own wine & cheese bar (plus retail shop), courtesy of one of our very own Bloomingdale residents.” [PoP]

Tips From Tom: You can use bartender tipping strategies at Starbucks! From Tom Sietsema‘s weekly chat, responding to an inquiry about tipping for carry-out service: “I periodically tip $5 to my favorite baristas at Starbucks and guess who gets his double espresso quickly even when there’s a long line of java junkies in front of him? Definitely worth the outlay.” [WaPo]

Tips for Your Herbs: “[T]here’s nothing convenient about coming home with arms full of groceries, ready to cook your magnificent, herb-laden feast, only to find that your parsley and dill from three days ago have melted into a yellow-brown puddle of slime.” So true! Here’s a good primer on how to make the most of what you buy in the herb department. [Serious Eats]

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