Sunday, August 26, 2012

I'm Outtie!

Sup y'alls, you should probs know that I bounced! Visit me at my new home at! Go, now, it's cute, promise!

New home:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Don't Read This...Please

OK, so like I finally went to Mintwood Place after 9000 other food bloggers have made me drool tweeting about it. The thing is, it was so good I don't even want anyone to know about it.

We got there early and I honestly thought there was an Instragram filter - on my eyeballs. It was so adorably decorated, with no detail overlooked. The hook under the bar for my purse? An old bathroom faucet knob. Handmade-looking lighting fixtures, mason jars with flowers, antiquey mirrors, the whole deal. I imagined my group of friends, sitting in the corner by the window, chatting and laughing all night and I don't want you to take our spot with your friends that probably aren't as funny.

The bartender talked to us like we were old friends (in my mind, we are now), tough to find in Adams Morgan where most bar-goers want their drinks delivered to them in condiment squeeze bottles or want to beat the clock at happy hour. We got some "nibbles" at the bar and were shooting the shit 'til our whole party arrived for dinner. How long did we wait? 15 minutes? An hour? It didn't matter.
Maple pork cracklin with zesty dipping sauce
Pickled deviled eggs
And then of course there was the glorious, three-course, Restaurant Week meal. I don't even want to tell you how good it is or you'll take our spot on the outdoor patio too, you jerks.

The octopus salad was light, refreshing, and the octopus perfectly cooked. This portion was huge and a great deal for just being an appetizer course.
Octo close-up

mmmm, tentacles
My main course was a whole boneless American Seabream (never even heard of it, but just a basic white fish). Look at that thing! Super simple on the seasoning, accompanied by braised fennel, tomatoes and possibly the best olives ever.
No head attached for you scaredy cats. I missed the eyeballs cause I'm Asian and weird
Look, I like pasta, I just don't get impressed by it all that often. But this, the trofie bolognese, this was something pretty different. A little sweet with a bit of a kick and dreamily creamy. And seriously, look at that cheese.

This trofie was a lot tastier than my volleyball trophies. #seewhatIdidthere
  I have been craving a strawberry rhubarb dessert all summer. This, this, is what I was waiting for.

Strawberry rhubarb crumble. Hubba hubba

If I see you there you better not be in my seat, punk.

Mintwood Place
Somewhere in Adams Morgan, not telling

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Restaurant Week Dinner at Westend Bistro

Eric Ripert - amazing chef, adorable French dude, BFFs with Anthony Bourdain. What else needs to be said? Oh, right, you probably want to know how good his food is. Thanks to good ol' Restaurant Week, I can now tell you.

Westend Bistro, tucked inside the fancy schmancy Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, has been on my target list for a while now. It's a lot smaller inside than I thought it would be, and had nice, big windows ideal for people watching. Happy hour? Yes, please. I love a discount beverage while waiting for my table. **Make sure you know if that delicious wine you're sipping on is on the HH menu. There's a big difference between a $6 glass and a $15, ya dig?

Otherwise, the service was fantastic. We felt taken care of, yet not rushed, each course came out in perfect time and we probably forgot we were in a restaurant at many points because we were allowed to be our ridiculous selves here. (Not common at a place at this price point. Seriously, you haven't met my friends.)

And, duh. The food was totes the bomb. Notes:

  • The mac and cheese ($3 at the bar during HH) was retarded good and is a MUST-have
  • I don't think I've ever had a piece of fish cooked as perfectly as the grilled trout. Hands down, perfect texture
  • Lamb sausage - so simple, yet so frickin good. Ridiculously hearty 
  • Dessert - look, I'm not trying to get all NSFW but the warm chocolate tart and panna cotta were pretty sexual. Serious dirty thoughts in remembrance

baked mac and cheese, seriously heavenly
Sweet corn soup with ricotta and chili oil. Plus they do that fancy thing where its a bowl with just the stuff in the middle and they pour the soup around it. It doesn't take much, does it?
Fennel and arugula salad
Pork and duck pate. Those pickled peaches tasted so much like actual pickles it was trippin me out dude.
There she is. Grilled Carolina trout. Huge portion with a perfectly balanced mustard vinaigrette
Lamb sausage with tabbouleh
Panna cotta with berries and mint, perfect summer dessert

Thinking about this chocolate tart again is giving me hot flashes

Westend Bistro
1190 22nd Street, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 974-5566

Monday, July 30, 2012

Capital Grille "Plates" Menu Summer Additions

Oh my gosh y'all. I've been so busy having the best summer of my whole entire life that I haven't posted in the hottest of 100-degree-day minutes.

Not cool (literally) I know, but I just needed to tell you that I just had the yummiest work day lunch ever. This is like, beyond rare, for most 9-5ers so let me divulge the 411. 

You know I love me a Capital Grille lunch and now they added some noobs to the "Plates" menu for the summah time. We're talking seared scallops with tomatoes and Israeli couscous, carrot ginger soup and a tomato and watermelon salad with feta. Summerlicious. 

The scallops were my absolute fave though and must be ordered again ASAP. All of these join an already amazing selection and you can get either a soup or salad, entree and side for only $18. Check in to your local Cap Grille and check it out worker bees!

Seared scallops, sweet and sour tomatoes, asparagus and Israeli couscous
Capital Grille (locations nationwide, but this is the one near my office)
1861 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102

Thursday, May 31, 2012

But I am Le Tired: My "Eat Like a European" Phase

You guys, all I wanna do is drink wine and champagne and eat cheese, charcuterie and fresh-baked bread. All the time. For every meal. I've started speaking with a European accent (which I've been told just sounds like Borat, whatever country's accent I am attempting to emulate), I want to nap in the afternoons and I want a tall Italian man to ask me to out. Is this too much to ask?! I mean, I just kinda wanna be European.

Well as my almond-shaped eyes convey, I am Asian, I live in the U.S. of A and all I can do is try to eat like a European. And I have. A LOT.

Here are some of my favorite cheese/meat/accompaniments/bread platters around the DMV:

Red Red Wine Bar - During a trip to Annapolis I discovered the magic of a sharp cheddar with honey. The tang of the cheese with the sweetness of the honey was an unexpectedly amazeballs combo that blew my mind. I don't even remember what kind of cheese we got but one order came with all this yummy for only $7. Also, loved the reasonably priced wine flights and seriously swank decor.

Northside Social - I am OBSESSED with their coffee and enough trips will make you wonder about their upstairs wine bar in the evening. Almost as good as the coffee but a bit on the pricey side for little mouse-sized portions. However, the lomo (like a cured ham, super lean and not too salty) and the cheese selection were all REALLY good and the people there really know their stuff if you're not sure what to order.

Pinzimini - I didn't even know they had charcuterie, how embarrassing for a wannabe European! And even better, it was the kind of good that Americans are scared of. Fattier and that much more delicious. Their plate comes with coppa, guanciale, lomo and spicy olives.

Society Fair - First off, this place is like Candyland for foodies. Most things are made in-house, they offer cooking demos, have a little market for fantasizing in and they have a fab patio for your late European lunch/dinner/time for eating yummy things. By far and above the largest portions and best bang for the buck - "The Big Bad" - was more than enough for 3 people to share and very, very good.

You want this? Oui? Oui.

189B Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Northside Social
3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
801 N. Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
Society Fair
277 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314 

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Night I Was a Drunken Noodle

Sometimes you are what you eat. And sometimes, that means that a night that starts with you eating drunken noodles, ends with you walking like a drunken noodle to bed.

On one particular night, this sequence of events started at one of DC's newest Modern Asian additions, Zabb.

The new resto near Dupont is like cute and all but I knew it was fate when I saw the magical a-frame out front with the magic words - "$2 Singhas." Yes. Yes. Yes.

Not only did we drink about 100 each and make complete fools of ourselves, the staff was incredibly accomodating and the service was impeccable. And we were being LOUD.

After about 4 hours of noshing/drinking/singing songs from Saturday morning cartoons, we really ended up eating some delicious food.

I had the drunken noodles with tofu (so good I had to learn how to make them at home) and other highlights included the lobster ravioli and some super fun sushi rolls.

I wished I looked that good by the end of that night
I heard after dinner was fun too, just a little more... noodley.

Zabb Modern Asian
1836 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Barcelona Via Boqueria

It's pretty gutsy for a brand spanking new restaurant to host a bunch of food bloggers for happy hour, let alone make them all happy. But the latest NYC import, Boqueria, just about nailed it on the head.

In Penang's old space on 18th and M in Midtown, Boqueria brings the kind of energy you would expect from a restaurant in the Big Apple but don't normally see in the office building-ridden area near Dupont. And dammit, after only being open less than two weeks, you can see why this place is already getting packed.

The restaurant is fun and lively, the drink menu makes you thirsty and the food is the perfect change of pace from other tapas restaurants in the D.C. area at an incredibly reasonable price. It's the kind of place you want to go, eat, drink and hang with a big group for hours.

This is definitely already a hit with the after-work crowd and the happy hour menu is exactly why. It features drinks and bites from $4-6, with highlights including the Alhambra Negra beer ($4), sangrias ($5), patatas bravas ($4), conjonudo (toast points topped with caramelized onions, fried quail egg) and toast point topped with a white anchovy, tomato and tapenade (BY FAR my favorite thing I had).

patatas bravas

Don't be scared of the 'chovy, y'all, SO GOOD!

Wittle baby quail eggs

Bacon wrapped dates - never fails

Blistered shisito peppers with coarse sea salt

Pork belly skewers, need I say more?

1837 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036