It’s been a while…

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.

2012 food

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.

2013 food

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. 🙂

R3

Is this where R2D2 frequents? Doubtful. R3 short for Restaurant 3 is one of the restaurants bragging about it’s local and organic fare. After reading Omnivore’s Dilemma, E* and I were eager anticipating a visit to any restaurant carrying Polyface Farm meat and produce. R3 is located in Arlington, VA.

Loved the BREAD BOWL! It was a great variety with good butter. MM, Paula Deen would love, yes?

Porkbelly Hoecakes (Braised Bacon, Pickled Slaw, Spicy BBQ $12) and Scallops & Grits (Asiago Grits, Tasso Ham, Tomatoes $13). Both appetizer were great. The pork belly was a bit salty but I guess that’s what you get with any form of pig. I REALLY liked the scallops and grits. I appreciate this combination with grits as I’ve never tried it before. I also thought presentation was attentive with plates and color arrangement of the foods.

Ribs with corn on cob and mac&cheese and on the right is Pulled Pork sandwich with fries. This was a LOT of food, but not a surprise considering the people present–we all love food and wanted to try everything. It was all pretty good, I don’t think I could finish the pulled pork sandwich and it was too sweet. The mac & cheese was GREAT, in all it’s wonderful gooeyness.

Not a good picture, sorry! But this was some damn good pasta… the chicken is from Polyface Farm! 😀 It came with linguine, tasso ham, spinach, and cream at $19. Everyone at the table loved this dish. Too bad this was the only thing on the menu that really screamed Polyface Farm… everything else we had to ask the waitress about. And all she could say was “oh yeah, we get our stuff from all sorts of local areas”. ?? Okay…. maybe restaurant 3 needs to work on educating their wait staff on the sources of their food, and put it more eloquently.

Ah, can’t forget dessert. Waffles with bacon ice cream and of course some coffee. Waffles were alright, definitely did not like the bacon ice cream. I would try it again somewhere else, as we all believed this one had CHUNKY bits of bacon. It should’ve been smaller. Instead of complimenting the ice cream, it stole the show. 😦 Anyway, I would love to have some chocolate covered bacon again mmmm mmmm good.

Thai Royal Street Restaurant

Small restaurant in Alexandria, VA– Thailand Royal St. Restaurant. It’s right by the water, great place to stop by before or after a romantic stroll! 🙂

This looks like the sun dried beef and spicy papaya salad. To be honest, all these posts are from the past late summer to late fall, so my memory is not up to par. My apologies. From what I do remember, this was good but a bit salty, and definitely spicy. The salad was pretty good though.

Your typical green curry with chicken, but very spicy. I can’t say that this was awful, but I also don’t remember loving it. :/

So, overall? I think it was an okay restaurant, not in love with it, but it’s not like I go to Alexandria a lot anyway. I would probably go back for other items on the menu. They received a 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp. I assume the locals really like this place.

Great! After this one, 4 days and 15 more posts to go!~ whew

Honey Pig

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>>Honey Pig<<

Finally made it out to Honey Pig in Annandale, VA (just off Columbia Pike).

 

Youjin stirrin’ up the meat! We had 4 types- spicy pork, regular pork, beef strips, and kalbi (short ribs).

We also ordered mandoo (fried dumplings) and kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew).

Ah, yes that’s some soju. ;] potent. It was all so good, and inside was so chaotic. I really felt like we were in some hole in the wall in Seoul. No wonder this establishment has spread to Ellicott City. It took me a while to go out and try it. I would definitely go with a rowdy group of friends because this place is that kind of rowdy restaurant.

Lookin Like a THAIPHOON

I don’t like the Thaiphoon in Dupont Circle, but this one in Pentagon City (just behind the mall) was pretty good. Also, it was a little windy outside, but we made the waiter move us outside. I felt a little bad because we already ordered drinks inside. 😛 I tipped him well though! Also, we met this nice older woman and her younger companion traveling from the south or midwest, they were very sweet.

Bon Appetit!

RAISE HELL! or just go to Ray’s Hell Burger

MM TASTY! Ray’s Hell Burger in Rosslyn

This was my second trip and I got the same burger as last time: B.I.G. Poppa (Au Poivre Burger With Black Peppercorn Crust, Aged Danish Bleu Cheese, Cognac & Sherry sautéed Mushrooms, Grilled Red Onions).

Xtine got the Big Punisher (Diablo-Grilled and Brushed With Our Spicy Chipotle Marinade, Pepper Jack Cheese, Charred Jalapenos, Grilled Red Onions, Piranha Sauce-Fiery, Spicy, Green Sauce).

I guess we like our burgers BIG. Both burgers were $7.95 and WELL WORTH IT, if you cannot tell by the visuals. If only you could smell how good these were. Have they invented scratch and sniff computer screens yet? No? Aw, too bad. Actually, you’re better off… now go visit! (Need a visual on location? >>MAP<<) *There’s also an awesome PHO restaurant right next door– Pho 75. Went recently and forgot to photograph b/c I was consumed with hunger, shame on me. Next time!*

So, on this trip to Ray’s Hell, I learned that catching up with Xtine on juicy details of life was not the only enjoyable thing about dining out with good friends, but the real joy and lesson was knowing how to eat. This girl knows how to eat, especially lookin’ like she’s model thin. We split our burgers in half to share equal portions of each. We also shared SIDE DISHES. And I thought the burger would be enough. Tsk. Tsk. Here’s what we got:

They were delicious. The sweet potato fries were definitely done right. Trust me, not every restaurant knows how to cook sweet potato, but Ray definitely knows what he’s doing. Just looking at the mac & cheese can raise your cholesterol.

Also, this place is like a nice hole in the wall. Line up, know what you want, ask for it, take the number card, pick a table, stick the card at the place holder, and eagerly yet patiently wait for that awesome deliciousness.