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…

Brunch at the Green Pig Bistro

A good friend suggested meeting up for brunch and she had a list of 3 places she wanted to try. My eye was immediately drawn to the Green Pig Bistro; it’s a pretty catchy name and I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this place on Twitter. It’s a relatively new place, so I was excited to give it a try. The atmosphere is very cool, we actually got seated near the bar area instead of the main dining room. Looking over their brunch menu, there were a handful of…

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…

Dining at Honey Pig Izakaya

I’m a huge fan of Honey Pig Goldagee so when I heard about their sister restaurant, Honey Pig Izakaya, opening up, I had to mark my calendar to go check them out! What makes this place different from the original Honey Pig? Well for starters, it’s not a real Korean BBQ restaurant. Instead, it’s a Japanese fusion place, specializing in yakitori (grilled skewers), ramen noodles and sushi. The décor reminds me a lot of Honey Pig, it’s definitely a little smaller and the bar takes a prominent role on the…

A Great Dinner with Some New Friends at 2941 Restaurant

I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with some fellow writers for the Falls Church Times; I thought it would be so much fun to meet people who were into food as much as I was. We decided to have a nice leisurely dinner at 2941. I hadn’t been there since their remodel, so was excited to check it out. The menu was completely redone and I love the concept of the small plates. This meant I could try out more items without feeling overly guilty. I started with…

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…

Tapping into Cajun Cuisine at Chasin’ Tails

A few weeks ago, my husband noticed someone across the street from La Cote D’or waving around a sign with some sort of crustacean on it. He guessed it would be a new seafood place opening up. Little did I know that only a few days later, people on Twitter were buzzing about a place called Chasin’ Tails Seafood and Bar (Twitter handle @ChasinTailsCF) and talking especially about the crawfish there! If any of you listen to the Sports Junkies, 106.7 the Fan, you know that EB was helping to…

An Eating Experience at America Eats Tavern

As my husband likes to point out, I’m a huge Jose Andres groupie! And after hearing that his pop up shop, America Eats Tavern, would be extended only until July 2012, I needed to take this opportunity to introduce my husband to the amazing cuisine of one of my favorite chefs! So we settled on a date night for Penn Quarter. Let’s just backtrack for sec and find out what’s so special about this place? Jose Andres is known for his unique take on food to feed all the senses…

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…

Crawfish Dinner in Eden Center

Sometimes it’s hard when a craving hits me and our area really isn’t known for that type of cuisine. I love crawfish (also commonly known as crayfish and crawdads). There’s just something so decadent yet filling about getting my hands dirty while devouring those succulent little crustaceans that resemble mini-lobsters! There is a chain-type restaurant that opened up near the Zoo that I’ve been to a few times. But on this particular cold night, I wasn’t in the mood to trek into the city. After doing my due diligence and looking…