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. 🙂


Oy! Oyamel

Oyamel @ Chinatown

Terrific pick for a reunion date with Suge. I always pass by this restaurant on my way to the metro. It’s owned by Jose Andres who also owns Cafe Atlantico, Minibar, Zaytinya, and Jaleo, all in D.C. The concept at Oyamel is small plates, much like Spanish tapas, except this is Mexican cuisine. Everything we got was delicious, and man, is this restaurant busy or what? I’ve never seen it slow except when they’re getting ready to open. The restaurant isn’t that big, and it’s probably best that way. Keep the food fresh and the space intimate.

So, what did we get?

Chips and Salsa on the house, and freshly made guacamole. We got the medium spice. It was really good, but towards the end of it we were tasting a little too much salt.

Ceviche Verde: Yellowtail Kingfish ceviche with avocado, tomatillo, green olives, and jalapeño chiles.  A refreshing ceviche inspired by our friends at El Bajio in Mexico City.  $10.50

This might be my first time trying ceviche. It was really tasty. I loved the fish mixed with avocado. I didn’t notice the olives as much, but the citrus flavor of the whole thing really stood out. Towards the end of it I could really handle the tangy taste, but I would try ceviche again.

Camarones al Mojo de Ajo Negro: Shrimp sauteed with shallots, arbol chile, poblano chile, lime and sweet aged black garlic $10.00

This was surprisingly good. I’m not big on shrimp these days (depending on how it’s made) and it wasn’t my choice, but luckily Suge wanted to try it. It tasted like a kind of BBQ sauce, a fancy version. I think it’s the shallots that bring out the flavors of the chiles and garlic. The sauce melds with the taste of the shrimp and doesn’t compete with it.

So my memory is horrible. I can’t tell you exactly what this is, or what was in it, but it was on their daily specials menu. I can’t even look it up online. Well, I know it had corn in it and it was fried and served on top of a green sauce. It was good, not the most memorable (obviously), but still a nice addition to our small plates.

Pescado Mexicano: Seared fish with red onions and a sauce of cilantro, cumin and lime $4.00

The TACOS are definitely the best thing on the menu. These are probably the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. They are single servings presented in a metal carrying stand. The taco had a good chunk of fish with onions and an AWESOME sauce. The cilantro, cumin, and lime were a perfect mix. I might try to recreate it myself. Maybe it’s because I love cilantro…

Anyway, you can see how much I loved the fish tacos as I left them in their original picture size for this entry. MM. Bet you want to go to Oyamel now… 😉

Oh! And a coworker was telling me about the margaritas with sea foam! I saw them making it at the bar and was wondering what that foamy stuff was… I think it’s actually a salt foam or something, but it looks so interesting. Definitely will try that and their tostados sandwich next time!

Study Eat Study Drink

Study Session on Capitol Hill/Eastern Market ‘hood

I know, I know! In the last entry I said it would be a while before another post, but this was truly unexpected. I thought I was going to a pretty straightforward study session with the girls, and it ended up being the most spoiled study session ever!

After pulling all 4 wisdom teeth on Friday, I have to say that I am recovering very well. There’s absolutely no sign of swelling except for a slight discomfort in my mouth, and some tension. I’ve been very careful eating only soft foods or liquid. But going into Abby’s posh apartment lounge treated with homemade guacamole alla her beau, Andy, and some stuffed peppers, I could not resist eating some real food.

I slowly chewed 4 chips in the span of 20 minutes while making sure nothing slipped into the holes in my mouth. The guacamole was delicious! And I loved all their serving dishes. Very cute, right down to the Elvis Wine Tags. Kristin provided the soothing red. Considering I was on presnidone (for inflammation), I was limited to one glass.

Then came these glorious stuffed peppers that were actually perfect for my sensitive gums. They were so soft, but not mushy. Great recipe! I will have to borrow it. The peppers were stuffed with ground beef, garlic, tomato sauce, brown rice, and maybe something else I am forgetting.

And you’d think that would be enough, but noooooo… can’t end the night without some sugar:

So simple, yet so delicious. These are shamrock sugar cookies, the kind you slice up and bake. I swear, I think Kristin and I split the whole plate except for maybe two for Abby. Then it turned our teeth green. Nice.

BEST REVIEW SESSION EVER! (and so glad the cultural policy midterm is over :D)

Chips? Salsa? Margarita.

Rosa Mexicano @ National Harbor

I don’t like chains, but the small ones are okay. Small ones as in they’re only in the city, and not those big ones spread all over the suburbs and rest of United States. Rosa Mexicano, from what I know, is a small chain in Washington D.C., but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were growing or have already grown. After checking out an Art Reception @ Art Whino, we relaxed at Rosa Mexicano for some yummy pomegranate margaritas and fresh guacamole.

The last time I was at Rosa was a few years back in DC on 7th Street. I thought it was slightly overpriced then, and still do now. But the margaritas were really good. They were frozen, with lime and salt on the rim. Definitely 1 is enough, for me at least. We requested the guac to be medium, but really, it wasn’t that spicy at all… maybe not enough for my Korean tongue. The red and green salsas were nice though. The green definitely had a medium kick.

Ah, the drinks from left to right and clockwise–>Al, Kris, L; respectively.

Art receptions+Margaritas+Chips/Salsa=ALWAYS.A.GOOD.THING.