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
202-299-0399

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?

 Boqueria
1837 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202.558.9545

Monday, April 2, 2012

Me Gusta Stuffed Arepas

Ah, sketchy hotels. When I think of sketchy hotels visions of adultery, police stings and cheesy straight to television movies pop into my head. But now, that might change and I might start thinking about frickin delicious stuffed arepas instead.

Inside a super sketchy motel in Falls Church, there is a little ol' place called La Caraqueña. (Just in case you were wondering, ñ is made when you hit ALT+164. Thank you AP Spanish class)

You are probably also wondering what the esse an arepa is, non-Latino eating friends. I'll have you know it is a delicious, airy corncake, usually served as a side, and at La Caraqueña they're stuffing these bad boys with all kinds of yummy.

I had the JP's Favorite, and it came jam-packed with thinly sliced steak, sauteed onions, tomatoes and cilantro. Besides, making a huge mess, it was SO GOOD. Also got the fried yucca that came with homemade salsa and that was amazing too.

Fried yucca and plaintains
 
JP, whoever you are, you are a genius

I mean, the food is great and pretty cheap and all that but really there is one main reason I know I am coming back here.

Amidst the Spanish music playing that might as well be the same song over and over cause it all sounds the same, for someone's birthday they BLASTED 50 Cent's In Da Club while they brought out birthday dessert. That definitely deserves another arepa trip.

La Caraqueña
300 W. Broad Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-0076