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. 🙂

Advertisements

Sushi Ko

I can never get enough of sushi… EVER… never?

Sushi Ko in Friendship Heights (Chevy Chase)

This was my first visit to sushiko. We got veggie tempura, green tea, spicy tuna, a roll with shrimp and asparagus, spicy tuna with cilantro roll, something with eel, something with yellowtail, and something with salmon. I have a horrible memory for this, I should take pictures of the menu next time, sigh. sorry!

I liked it, but it was a late dinner like 9ish. The service was pleasant, and the interior quite relaxing on a cold winter night. The sushi was fresh, and I loved it. One thing, it’s expensive. I went because of a livingsocial deal, and that was SO worth it. I’m absolutely loving these online coupons/deals.

Vapiano Repeat

So, this is from my 1st trip to Vapiano in Bethesda.

VAPIANO

2 Peronis, a Green Salad, side dressing of vinegarette, and slices of bread.

chicken bbq pizza. very yummy. i def recommend it, and i’m not even a big fan of bbq sauce usually.

and for dessert?

a delicious fall cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake…. pumpkin with icing.

Vapiano

Italian for…

VAPIANO

I didn’t think much of this place the first time but the Bethesda location convinced me that this franchise is one of the best places to get Italian food outside of Italy. Their pizza? Crisp, chewy, good. Their pasta? Fresh, personal, tasty. Their salad? Fresh, fresh, fresh. Haven’t tried the paninis yet.

The process? Walk in, grab a chip card, go to whatever station (pasta, pizza, salad) order whatever to your liking, they scan the card, you can go to the bar to order whatever drink, scan again, go back for dessert, scan again, or not. Whatever. Basta.

The pasta is obviously fresh. They’re boxed individually and by the cut of it you can see that these were hand made/processed rather than cut by machine. Right? Look at that spinach. Mild taste… or is it wild? The chef was kind of creepy, when we asked for spicy on a scale of 1 to 10… 8 please… “ah, wild”…. “. . . . .”

Anyway…

large greek salad. mia mamma did not appreciate the saltiness of the feta and capers and olives all together. me? i didn’t mind that much, especially with the soft rolls they offer you.

Four cheese ravioli. I like this quite a bit. They don’t give you too much, the sauce is pretty good, not as overpowering as most cream sauces, and they top it off with a dab of pesto, which I don’t actually think is necessary. With a spicy kick, this dish was perfect for my taste.

All in all, I really like Vapiano. They provide you with fresh LIVE herbs which you can pick at your pleasing at your table. It’s a wonderful atmosphere and great for after work drinks, but really works for any type of gathering and any time of the day.


Another -ISM

TEAism

Brunch Selections: Cilantro Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, and Cold Noodles

A bit too much really. I should’ve stuck with just the eggs, but my eyes got the best of me and wanted something sweet like french toast. MM. Den’s cold tofu noodles weren’t bad but I thought a tad sweet? Something was overpowering.

The Bento Boxes: ALWAYS good, ALWAYS filling, scrumptious. GO get one.

Salmon. Chicken. Done.

And so I leave you with an image of the cute and beautiful koi. 😀