Birthday Lunch at Bastille

Over the weekend, we celebrated a special birthday by having a pretty fantastic lunch at Bastille in Alexandria, VA. This restaurant has been on my eating list for a while. I’m a huge fan of French cuisine and have made it one of my goals to try out all the French places in the area. The interior is very quaint and small. It has a romantic feel to it, so great location for a date! There’s a pretty nice sized bar as well. I was also told that if you…

Dim Sum at Hong Kong Pearl Seafood Restaurant

Over Memorial Day weekend, I received my copy of the Washingtonian Magazine and the featured article was “100 Cheap Eats”. Flipping straight to the Asian cuisine section, my eye was immediately drawn to the little blurb about Hong Kong Pearl. I remember seeing this place mentioned several times in my twitter feed, and with it down the street at Seven Corners, I couldn’t think of a better Sunday lunch than dim sum! Heading there around noon was probably not the smartest decision, since that tends to be peak dim sum…

Ramen Noodles for Lunch at Zengo DC

The ramen noodle phenomenon has arrived in DC, especially with hot spots like Toki Underground. But this is not that ramen noodle you had during your college years. Instead, I’d consider this to be a step up and will please most palettes. Walking the sidewalks of Chinatown a few weeks ago, I noticed a sign that Zengo DC was opening up their downstairs lounge for lunch and offering a lunch bar menu. So on a cold Friday, I ventured to Zengo with a friend to try out their new lunch…

Grand Opening at Café Rio

We had been watching this opening for a while, a Mexican place not too far from our house? It sounded like an instant winner! So after their grand opening, I waited a few months until the crowds died down to check it out. We went during the weekday lunch rush, so there was quite a crowd. I decided I’d get the enchilada and taco combo, with a side of chips and salsa. The pricing was great; a meal for two for around $20 was a steal. The actual food though…

Lunching at Graffiato

As I’m sure you all are well aware, there has been much hype about Mike Isabella’s new restaurant in Chinatown. Graffiato is a small-plates type place and the chef is well known for his pepperoni sauce. So while thinking of lunch plans one day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out Graffiato! We ordered a good number of items to share, but the two standouts for me were the hand cut spaghetti and chicken thighs in pepperoni sauce. The chicken thighs were deboned, which was a plus for…

Finally Made it to Four Sisters

I’ve heard amazing things about Four Sisters since I moved into the area a few years ago. I don’t know why I’ve never made it over there before, but was super happy when my husband suggested we try them out for lunch. It did feel a little odd that I wasn’t going to Eden Center for Vietnamese food. Four Sisters is located in Merrifield, right across from Sea Pearl. The restaurant itself was impressive. It was very spacious and very clean and modern looking; I was a fan of the…

Bibimbap Lunch at Mandu

Earlier this year, a new Korean restaurant opened up a few blocks from my office in the Mount Vernon Triangle area; of course as soon as I heard, I put this place on my list to check out. So finally, one day for lunch, I went with some co-workers on a mission to taste their bibimbap. So first at foremost, what is bibimbap? The way I explain it to people, it’s a rice/vegetable/meat mixture cooked in a sizzling clay pot. It’s one of the signature Korean dishes and staple for…

Lunch at Amoo’s House of Kabob

I never thought I’d go out of my way to McLean for Kabobs, especially with so many great places near where I live. But for lunch, we tried out Amoo’s House of Kabob. I was looking for a very unpretentious place with good solid food! Walking in, we were greeted very warmly. It seemed like it was a family run establishment and we walked into their house for a meal. Being a huge fan of kabobs, my eyes skipped over appetizers and entrees and went straight to the kabob section…

(Food) Highlights of My Trip to Vegas

Besides the lights, shows and casinos, what else is Vegas know for? The food of course! Spending an extended amount of time in Vegas this past week let me get a really good sampling of some of the best cuisine Sin City has to offer. I definitely packed on a few pounds with the insane amount of calories I consumed, but in the end, it was all worth it. Here are just a few highlights from my eating adventure in Vegas. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro I started of the…

Lunch at 901

A new restaurant recently opened up a block from my office and it created quite a little buzz here. A friend went there and she came back telling us about the delicious dinner she had at 901 Restaurant. So of course, I really wanted to try it out. So on a hot and humid Friday, a group of us made our maiden voyage to 901 for lunch. As soon as you walk in, you get transported into a very swanky and hip dining space. It seemed very modern, but inviting…