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.

TAYLOR

Taylor Gourmet

Do you remember my brief introduction of Taylor Gourmet way back when? They opened on H Street, then K Street, and now… BETHESDA. It is so good.  I highly recommend it for lunch or for day parties/gatherings like football. We went on Superbowl Sunday, and there were a lot of big orders going out or getting picked up. I’m assuming it was all for Superbowl Parties!

Rocky’s Risotto Balls (Arancini), served with Marinara Sauce at $4.50– mm, haven’t had these babies since my study abroad in Italy back in ’05. So, of course I have high expectations! Did Taylor and Rocky meet them? YES. These were excellent. They’re seasoned, lightly fried, and PACKED with risotto (pasta that looks like rice) and cheesiness, which I think is provolone. I also enjoyed the marinara sauce. The tomato compliments the cheese and fried goodness.

Front Street, Sopressata, Taylor Home Roasted Turkey, Sharp Provolone, 12″ for $8.90– I’ll be honest, I’m thinking this is Front Street because of the pictured variations of meat. I don’t remember b/c it wasn’t mine and this was Superbowl Sunday! Definitely turkey… and it was good. Their home roasted is a good deal, as I’m not usually a fan of cold cut turkeys.

Mine! Art Museum, Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula, and Sharp Provolone, 6″ at $7.10– Grilled chicken on Italian Bread. There’s an option for Italian Breaded. I love their chicken sandwiches, but this one was a tad over grilled, slightly charred. As you can see though, this is definitely GOOD chicken. Their ingredients are fresh, and everything is made to order.

The boy needed a cannoli. This is not listed under their online menu, but they had it at the Bethesda location. Because of my study abroad in Italy, I also have high expectations for cannolis. This unfortunately did not meet my expectations. I found them to be too sweet. The fried part wasn’t bad as it was not greasy, but the filling was just too sugary.

Still, if not for dessert, go for the subs and chicken sandwiches! Don’t forget the risotto balls!! 🙂

The End.

Dallas BBQ in Chelsea- not Texas?

some good ol’ country bbq.

DALLAS BBQ CHELSEA is a pretty good deal. The combo was $10 and comes with soda. They give you A LOT for this deal. I definitely did not finish it in one sitting. The chicken was a little fatty but that’s the best way to bbq them huh? The fries were okay, the cornbread was decent, and I don’t like coleslaw. So, it’s a good deal and filling meal if you’re looking for something quick and cheap to hit the spot.

Love Affair with Crepes

Crepe Amour @Georgetown

Where? 3291 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC‎ – (202) 625-6625‎

Crepes for dinner AND dessert. That’s right. Oh, Groupon, how I love thee. $40 worth of crepes for 4 people translates to 3 savory and 3 sweet. We definitely could not finish it all. Oh. My. Right, let’s get to it:

The Savory

Omega 3 (tuna, sweet corn, shallots, celery, parsley, fresh lime juice- $6.75), Da Vinci (shredded chicken, basil pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese- $7.25), Supreme (smoked ham, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, baby spinach, red wine vinaigrette- $7.50)

The Omega 3 was okay; it was a little dry without mayonnaise or some creamy base. The table liked it least, and I thought it wasn’t too bad. It was actually kind of nice without fatty mayonnaise and the sweet corn was a good touch.

Da Vinci was really good. I think it was mostly the pesto and mozzarella that did it.

Supreme was pretty good as well, but the best part (and what stood out most) were the mushrooms.

Everyone thought the crepes (batter) was too thick or cake like, but I actually thought it was okay. I think they wanted it to be more crispy, but honestly, any thinner and the crepe would’ve broken with the load of food stuffed inside. Plus, really, we should’ve gotten 4 crepes, 6 was ambitious. Still, it was all very good. I would go back for more.

The Sweet

Carnivale (hazelnut chocolate, strawberries, bananas, whipped cream $6.95), Madagascar (kiwi, mango $6.25), and not pictured, the Coco Loco (hazelnut chocolate, coconut, bananas $5.75)

You can’t mess up chocolate and strawberries and bananas and whipped cream. Gorgeous. Madagascar was good, very simple, and fresh. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of Coco Loco… I think I was distracted by our buffet of crepes. Crazy. That was good too, especially if you love coconut!

The first floor is really loud, but luckily, they have a quieter and more spacious second floor. Open in the late hours, this is a nice spot in Gtown.

Chicken. on. a. STICK!

Cherry Blossom Festival on 12th St between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW

’nuff said.

Well, I got this during my lunch break (we totally hoofed it) and it was so worth it. $11 for the combo (lo mein, fried rice, and chicken on a stick) That’s a good deal! Adriana’s chicken fell on the ground so I gave her half of mine. It was way too much for one person. 🙂 I love cherry blossoms!