I haven’t written in this blog in ages. I’m wondering if I should start back up again. Hmm?
Again it’s been two years… No, 3 years since my last post. I’ve been in a food coma for 3 years. Going out, enjoying new restaurants, eating and drinking like a glutton– it’s been great! Yummy in the tummy but too much on the thighs and not enough in the bank.I’m trying to slow down and demonstrate some restraint by cooking at home, eating out almost never, take lunch to work, stop buying coffee, and anything else I can think of. I’m now a subscriber to monthly wine c/o wineawesomeness and weekly meals thanks to Blue Apron. So far I love both and hope this will significantly cut down my spending on eating out!
I hope this also motivates me to cook more. Although I enjoy cooking, I do not enjoy my small kitchen and cleaning up so much after.
So, it’s been over 2 years since my last post.
A food blog is supposed to be about food. Although, I may sneak in a few things about art here and there. Mi dispiace.
Let’s catch up!
2012: I enjoyed really good beer at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD (great tours, book in advance, complimentary tasting glass, and yummy sandwich place 5 blocks away); ate some green eggs and ham (JUST KIDDING); tasted juicy burgers and great iced tea in cute mason jars in NC; discovered I can make some CRAZY good guac; got my braces removed and paid FDB another visit; had EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC DELICIOUS Korean food in Seoul and Jejudo; and so much more.
2013: I finally made it to Birch & Barley, and soon after discovered that Churchkey would be my go-to bar; scarfed down the best HOMEMADE poptarts EVER at Ted’s Bulletin alongside ADULT milkshakes; tried gin and homemade tonic at New Heights; discovered baby mason jars; indulged in a limitless tapas brunch at Cuba Libre with my bff; quickly learned that donuts and fried chicken were meant to be made in the same place and devoured at the same time; HAD THE BEST FRESH OYSTERS EVER IN OBX; roasted 2 whole chickens Ina Garten style; among many other highlights.
And so far this year? I have some Korean food planned for tonight. There’s cucumber kimchi marinating in the fridge along with chopped zucchini, potatoes and carrots for jjigae and pajun. Mmm, I’ll have to make some rice. So glad it’s a snow day. 🙂
Fear, you say? No, it’s more like “fare”. Take a look: The Fearrington Granary.
They sure love their belted cows. Don’t know what a belted cow is or looks like? Again, take a look here: BELTED COWS! Lovely and cute, aren’t they? The Fearrington Granary is located in this adorable village… appropriately called the Fearrington Village. If you are EVER in North Carolina, make a pit stop in Pittsboro (hehe) and stop by this adorable village. They have pretty houses, cute cows, quaint book store with readings, and great events. My first visit was for Halloween where they got decked out with costumes, kids’ events, hot chocolate, beer garden, and carved pumpkins and turnips. Yes, you read that right…. turnips.
Probably my ALL TIME FAVORITE dish in the South. This particular Shrimps and Grits was a little more soupy than gritty. I did enjoy the scallions and andouille sausages though. My mom had the soup of the day which was a little salty, but hearty, and something else which I neglected to take a picture of and thus forgot. 😦
Remember that book store I mentioned? LOVE IT! I especially love the kids section… maybe because I’m a kid at heart? 🙂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!* Oh and how happy it was. Happy I shared it with MLK Jr. and happy I spent the entire birthday weekend (beginning on Thursday!) with my MAN, the big honcho… my main squeeze. As you will see from my post, I think HE enjoyed my birthday a little more than MOI! And it is all thanks to the wonderfulness that is FOUNDING FARMERS.
Enjoying the flying ducks and cotton-like clouds up there?? 🙂
FANTASTIC concoctions for lunch. Of course it’s not too early for cocktails! On the left is the Constitution and on the right is the Farmers Smash. I got a gin mixed with blueberries, tea, ginger, and lemon, while Shek opted for the Founding Farmers Rye, muddled lemon, orange ginger syrup, and bitters. I really loved mine because it had a tasty kick whereas his was a little too strong for me.
Left: Drinks ———— Right: Mr. Handsome
Left: Lovely milk bottle for H2O ———- Right: Amazing app, Pitchfork
We got the combo Pitchfork, which was a combo of tater tots and glazed bacon. Both were amazing and wonderful and delicious. LOVED IT! Another customer accidentally bumped into our table and knocked a tater down, but fear not, our gracious hostess brought out another fresh one. So courteous, thank you Founding Farmers. 🙂
Credits for the above photo and the one of the cocktails goes to my sweetie. He loves his camera. For our main dishes, he ordered the Slow Braised Short Ribs. MELTS OFF THE BONE. yes. delicious. mouth wateringly delicious… comes with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. For the ribs, the sauce was so perfect, they put the appropriate amount and it was wonderful.
I had the pleasure of dining on one of the best fried chicken dishes OF MY LIFE. I ordered the Northern Fried Chicken, which comes with potato latkes, apple sauce, sour cream and chives, and pickled beets. They also include a tin of a garlic oil sauce to dip the chicken. The Northern Fried chicken is crispier than southern style, but just as juicy. The chicken was perfectly moist and I loved the crispy outside. I’m dying to know how they made it! What kind of magical cast iron skillet do they have in their kitchens?!??
Of course, no visit is complete without the pressed coffee, and bread pudding with vanilla cream. mm. mm. good.
AND, they leave your check in a cute old fashioned tin mail box. A D O R A B L E. I am so enamored with Founding Farmers. Fondly infatuated ❤
*Yes, my birthday was over a week ago and this post is unfortunately late AND I’ve already broken my NYE resolution (to blog every Sunday). I’ll keep up from now on, and really work on scheduling my posts better! Again, wonderful birthday weekend… oh yeah, another birthday post about a tea party, coming at you soon 😉
This post is extremely late. Oh well.
Among chains in this area, I do believe Matchbox is one of the better ones, especially for pizza. They should watch out though, because Pi pizzeria has moved in and their pizza is pretty damn good.
Below are drinks Shek and I had while waiting for our pizzas in the Rockville location. Do not get cocktails because they are overpriced for the combination of alcohol splash and juice/water Matchbox gives you. Definitely stick to the beer!
We got a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings and the fixings. I love how they add herbs and parmesan to their ginormous onion rings. Very good. On the right is a Spicy Meatball Pizza… soooooooo yummy– one of my fave pizzas there.
On the next outing, Rockville again, we met up with friends and ordered the crab avocado appetizer. I first tried this app in DC at the Chinatown location. The picture above is much different from the first one I tried. In Chinatown they presented it as a salad with crab cakes and avocado sitting on a bed of greens. This was good, just a little more fancy. The pizzas were a combination of prosciutto, arugula, herbs, cheese…. pretty good, but meatball is still my favorite. And for dessert? A type of banana chocolate bread pudding, REALLY SWEET. Not sure if I would order it again.
So yes, Matchbox is a good chain, with expensive and weak cocktails, but good wood fired pizzas. 🙂