2011 in review by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

This was a pretty thorough and good report. It’s convinced me to stay on and continue my blog. So, consider this my first entry for 2012 (wow)! Thanks WordPress. And hope everyone will look forward to more great foodie posts with me 🙂

CHEERS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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THE Silver Diner

This is for all the Maryland diner lovers– have you been to the new and improved Silver Diner yet? Well, I have! I’ve been to the one in Rockville at least. QUITE OFTEN. They buy fresh and local now, and it is such an improvement from their early years. I used to hate the Silver Diner in Towson, while growing up. I absolutely love their new philosophy, and we (my bf & me) LOVE LOVE dining there, or getting carry out. We’re such fatties… because we’re always getting their burgers and shakes. 🙂

Philly Cheesesteak with fries and slaw. GREAT CHOICE! I definitely recommend it, even for Philly natives 😉 On the right are banana chocolate shakes. SO GOOD, a lot of people’s favorites.

BLT– not that great. It was a bit salty and skimpy, I was disappointed, but maybe it’s because I wanted Shek’s cheesesteak….. and then on the right more shakes from another visit, hehehehe. I think I had gotten a strawberry this time.

Top Hat burger with fries (bacon, lettuce, tomato, the works) and on the right a Reuben with fries and slaw. Another great one, actually both were great, burger and sandwich. Their slaw is pretty awesome, not drenched in mayo like most places.

And apps with a friend… onion rings with sauces and smothered chili fries. How can you really go wrong with these? Yeah. Good. MM. Yum. 😀

Wagshal’s

Wagshal’s in Tenleytown, for the rich people in that part of the ‘hood. Seriously though, this isn’t your averagely priced mom and pop shop. But of course, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown aren’t your average neighborhoods. Lots of rich elderly…. mmhmmm. Anyway, this was down the street from where I used to work, and I got scolded by coworkers for never visiting before. I have to say, I was very satisfied with the results. I got the fresh fish blt. Yummy indeed.

Stew Leonard’s

Have you ever been here: Stew Leonard’s in CT? Great place to shop! It reminds me of Wegman’s and Disneyland, like a cross between the two. Would visuals help?

I wish they had some in Maryland or even Virginia. SL has some of the most amaZING ice cream I’ve ever had! If you’re ever in CT, be sure to check it out 😀

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.

FINALLY, the BGR

I think I had a friend waiting on this post for a while. It took so long for me to post!

Definitely one of the good burger joints in DC. I swear there’s been a boom in DC for burger places, cupcakeries, gelaterias, and of course froyo. Where’s the bubble tea????

Anyway, I don’t frequent BGR because their burgers are kinda expensive… like $9-20 expensive, but very very good. On this visit I went with a Groupon or LivingSocial coupon, can’t remember which. It was $4 for a $8-9 regular burger. It’s good, fresh with tomato and lettuce and onion. The meat is good and they make sure they cook it right for you. OH! They also have awesome asparagus fries or regular fries sprinkled with parmesan.

Bzzzz Busy Bee

Another one in North Carolina, this time in downtown Raleigh. Busy Bee Cafe… bzzzzzz

Great, clean, nice place to dine. We sat upstairs. I really like exposed brick in restaurants, it’s homier I think.

I forget the name of the burger (boy, I sure do a lot of posts on burgers), but this one’s got beef patty, pepper jack cheese, and fried green tomato. Can’t say that I was in love with it, but I did love the taters. And the picture I definitely regret missing was the SMOTHERED TOTS!! Omg, have you ever had those? They’re divine… with sour cream, green onion, bacon, and cheese, aka SMOTHERED. AH HA! It was called the Tom and Jack burger. Why? I have no idea.

Isn’t this cafe super cute? I definitely will go back if I’m in downtown Raleigh again. There’s a great museum nearby, the North Carolina Museum of Art. I really feel like Raleigh is changing for the better, and people have definitely taken notice. North Carolina is attracting a lot more people than in previous years. Hooray! 🙂

Also, there was some sort of motorcycle convention going on, and I grabbed a chocolate dipped cone– not as great as I expected it to be. Sad.