New DCist post about some area establishments with condiments. Check it!
Not to mention ridiculous fooding at Bob’s Shabu Shabu 88. It was a deep fried fest. My tummy has gone completely round. I feel bad for real critics. I had a jones for Chinese. I knew where I could fill it, and no one told me where I was supposed to go. I just went. And now I’m hurting for some taqueria and horchata love like I had in SF. We’ll see what happens.
Salmon thing at Restaurant Kolumbia. Good Lord. This gorgeous tower combined classic flavors into a beautiful, briney, lovely thing. Potato pancakes with cucumber-dill sour cream sauce, smoked salmon, and salmon roe. A beautiful takeoff on the idea of caviar with latkes. Or sour cream and latkes. Or smoked salmon and latkes. You get the idea. The pancakes could have cooled a tad bit more so that the other ingredients were more cold and not lukewarm.
This tasted better than this picture looks. It’s a shawarma from Max’s Kosher Cafe in Wheaton. Still doesn’t beat my favorite doner kebab place in England with respect to toppings (namely some of the best chili sauce with some tzitzaki sauce), but they do a respectable job. Allegedly they do a fantastic falafel that I’ll explore on my next visit. I found that there were a lot of salty pockets in this baby. I need to be more vigilant about topping choices, because I think that made a difference. It would have helped to have some more layers of clean, crisp veggies and not so many preserved ones.
Two weeks ago I had dinner with the fine Husband and Wife from My Husband Cooks. And now my life has become more complicated since Husband introduced me to Hendrick’s Gin. Since the weather is warming up quite nicely, it’s been rather appropriate gin and tonic weather. So I went to the liquor store and purchased a bottle of Plymouth gin, which is about $15 less expensive than Hendrick’s. It was recommended by the folks at the store as a fine alternative, and well-spoken of by The New York Times.
Well smelling Hendrick’s there is a lovely floral and botanical scent. Husband also had Plymouth, and I remember it smelling quite similar to plain old rubbing alcohol. There is a reason why it is worth shelling out the extra $15. Plymouth tastes a heck of a lot more like rubbing alcohol. So next time if you order a gin and tonic, try and get it with Hendrick’s. It is seriously better.
As for the meal…
Citrus-Glazed Barbecue Ribs
Galbi – my own secret recipe
Asparagus with olive oil, garlic and salt – the finest asparagus I’ve ever had
Ice cream trio with homemade marshmallow creme and pecan chocolate chip cookies
I had lunch at Brasserie Beck today. After having two really, really good experiences, I was disappointed today. I repeated my order of pea soup with veal meatballs and the duck confit with pomme puree. The veal meatballs seemed smaller and less tender today, and the duck confit was a bit too salty.
But worst of all, was my boss’ order of mussels with white wine, parsley and garlic. The first whiff was amazing as they lifted off the lid from the pan. But he offered me three, which, while all were enormous, were mushy, overcooked and flavorless. I actually had some nausea after I ate them. Yes, it was that bad. I am hoping it’s just because the lunch crew was on the meh side. The mayonnaise came out congealed on the top. Clearly, prepped well in advance and just looking totally disgusting.
I did enjoy the lemonade, which came out with a pitcher of simple syrup to sweeten to taste. They could knock that up a notch by offering various flavors of simple syrup like lemongrass, mint or ginger. That would be so lovely.
My bud, J, started a music blog, listenist. It is teh awesome. He’s only written one review, but it’s great. Check him out, and you can say you knew him before he became famous.
*Edit: And one day later, he’s decided to be a high roller and changed platforms to WordPress.