Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mr Smith's & a little bit of Georgetown

My friend Teddy and I took advantage of the awesome weather on Sunday to explore Georgetown a little and get some lunch. We stumbled upon Mr. Smiths of Georgetown after seeing that they had a brunch special. 

We parked quite a bit away but we go to see this cool view. 
Exorcist stairs...I don't remember this part of the movie, but then again I had my eyes closed for about half of it. Very cool to see it. 
Mr Smiths brunch special was about $16 for 2 drinks (champagne, mimosa, bloody mary) and a item from their normal brunch menu (they had a page of specials when we went). The mimosa was ok, kinda of tasted like Tang mixed with champagne. 
We both got the Brunch Burger poached or fried, atop the best tasting Hamburger in town, reclining gently on two English Muffins served with Homefries. Teddy got sunnyside up eggs and he enjoyed his. I got mine fried and I requested the yolks to be fully cooked. I also subbed out the breakfast potatoes for a side of curly fires. I wasn't a huge fan of this in general. It was just kind of a blah dish.
Side of curly fries. Teddy ate these but I thought the oil tasted old. They weren't your typical wonderful curly fries. 
The garden seating however was wonderful. 
The food here wasn't my favorite and the service was pretty crappy. The server was nice, but he was not on top of his game. He forgot about my curly fries after charging me extra to switch it out, my egg was really yolky (luckily I am getting over my fear of yolk so I was able to eat it) and things were just really slow in general. I wouldn't come back here to sit and eat but maybe for happy hour.

3104 M Street NW
Washington, DC
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The Canal....a very dry one. 
Waterfront & view of the Kennedy Center
Georgetown Waterfront
Felt creepy taking a picture of kids...but have you ever seen one of these being used for ice skating? All I had to support me when I learned to skate as a kid was the wall. 
More of the waterfront

Monday, February 25, 2013

Annandale: Imm Thai Cuisine

Last Friday night a friend and I went to Imm Thai Cuisine in Annandale. My friend has been there before and it's really close to my house so we thought it would be good place to have dinner. 

There is plenty of parking around the side in the Giant shopping center. The interior is adorable and quaint. 
Alissa got a Thai Iced Tea which was much better then other versions I have had. It was sweet still but it didn't make you feel like you were going to get a cavity drinking it.
We started off our meal with Imm's Duck Rolls Asian pancake w/ sliced duck, scallion, cucumber and sweet plum sauce $5.95. This was delicious, simple yet complex dish. I loved it. If you have had Peking Duck, this is kinda like a mini version of the dish.
I ordered the Chicken Panang Curry homemade creamy peanut red curry sauce. The flavor in this dish was really good but the sauce was like soup-way to watery. Take a look at that rice pyramid..how awesome is that?
Alissa ordered Chicken Pad-See-U stir-fried wide rice noodles w/ choice of meat, broccoli, egg w. sweet soy sauce. I thought this was really good, definitely had a prominent soy sauce taste so avoid if you are not a fan of that. 
To end the meal off we ordered the Tempura Fried Cheesecake. Fried cheesecake?? Umm yes please. This was delicious. I normally don't order desserts but this is totally worth it. Frying cheesecake is genius. The fruit topping was really good, it wasn't overly sweet.
I'm glad to find something that's close to my house that is not Korean BBQ or fast food. Prices were good and so was the quality of the food, I have a feeling a will becoming a regular. 

7203 Columbia Pike
Annandale, VA
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Roti Mediterranean Grill

Happy National Margarita Day...wish it was in the warmer weather...oh well. I don't need an excuse to drink Margaritas. If you're looking for delicious margaritas, check these bad boys out!

The other night Carrie and I were trying to go to a networking happy hour and DC and because of traffic we got there late and missed it. Not wanting to make the trip a waste, we wandered around DC trying to find some place that wasn't super packed to eat (CAPS game). Our goal was Merzi, and Indian-like Chipotle place far enough away that we would be able to sit and eat. On our walk there we spotted Roti Mediterranean Grill-another Chipotle like restaurant spin-off so we decided to just try them instead. 

We both ordered the Chicken topped with the yogurt dill sauce. With the platter you choose your base (both got rice) and you get three choices of veggies. The chicken was really good, and so was the yogurt sauce. The rice was bad, overcooked and the veggies were not really good at all. Carrie did like her olives, but she always pointed out its pretty hard to mess those up.
Side of hummus to split. Average.
Unfortunately Roti did not sit well with us. Perhaps if the veggies were better, or the set up was different it would have been more enjoyable. I was not a fan of how everything was its own separate entity as opposed to one dish (like Merzi, Medi & Chipotle). Maybe they were having a bad night, who knows? All I know is we ate the meat, scrapped the rest and went next door to District Taco to get some guacamole and beer. 

1311 F Street NW
Washington, DC

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Annandale: Food Corner Kabob House

The other day I was hungry and didn't have anything to eat at my house. Rather then going to the grocery store, I decided to try a restaurant near where I lived. I settled on one of the few places that is not Asian (huge Korean population in Annandale) called Food Corner Kabob House.

I decided to get a combo meal of Chicken and Beef which comes with rice, bread, 2 sides and a small salad $11.95
I thought that the chicken was delicious. It was well seasoned, the texture was great and overall a winning choice. However I thought the beef, while seasoned well, was not good texture wise-kind of chewy.
For sides I chose the chickpeas and spinach. Both were ok, I thought the spinach could have used a little more seasoning.  
They serve a green sauce (pictured in the 1st photo) with your meal and for 75 cents extra you can get a white sauce (yogurt sauce). Both are delicious-I recommend springing for the white sauce too, it's a big serving so you can share. 
The rice and bread were both basic but delicious. The salad was fine, just your greens with what tasted like an Italian dressing. 
Moby Dick's is the big kabob place around this area, what people compare all the others to. The chicken is equal between the two places. Beef is better at Moby Dicks. Price wise you get more for your money here-the portions are huge! I like that this place serves veggies with your meal. 

Overall I would definitely come back to this place if I felt like eating out around my area. The chicken, sauces, rice and bread were all delicious. While I wasn't super thrilled with the veggies they have a big selection so I can try new others until I can find what I like. 

7031 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Skinny Mac & Cheese

I was pretty skeptical of a skinny macaroni and cheese but after visiting my mom and checking out Cuisine Lite magazine I decided I would give it a try. I made a few changes, but their recipe was pretty darn tasty. Great way to get some of that mac and cheese comfort food in when you are trying to eat healthier. 

I couldn't just leave the dish as is, I had to add some bacon and just a tad extra cheese to give it a little oopmh but leaving this dish as is would make a wonderful skinny side dish. I also put in way to much pasta so if I had done the correct amount then it would have been a little cheesier and more indulgent. 

This dish was served to a couple of adults and kids and everyone liked it it a lot, so it is very family friendly. However I did tell the kiddos a little white lie and tell them that the basil was spinach :) 

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese
8 oz of whole wheat pasta (spirals/penne/macaroni work best)
1/3 cup bread crumbs (I used whole wheat ritz crackers)
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 tsp salt
2 cups skim milk (1 1/2 & 1/2 cup divided)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp flour
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 Tb chopped basil & more for garnish
optional 3 Strips bacon crumbled-turkey bacon if you want to keep it healthier??

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees & cook pasta according to directions on box. 
2. In a food processor combine cottage cheese, mustard & salt until smooth. 
3. In a pot that is big enough to hold pasta and cheese mixture, heat 1 1/2 cups milk, onion powder, garlic powder over medium heat until milk steams. 
4. Whisk flour into 1/2 cup milk (this will help prevent clumps) and add into milk. Cook until the mixture thickens.
5. Once thickened stir in the cottage cheese mixture and whisk until smooth. Then slowly stir in the cheddar until everything is melted and mixed together. Stir in basil and pasta and then pour into prepared casserole dish (sprayed with non-stick spray).
6. Mix together bread crumbs, pepper and cayenne pepper and then sprinkle over top of macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top and bake for about 20 minutes. Until the crumbs are golden. Garnish with basil and serve. 

-Next time I make this I will probably leave out the mustard. I can understand what it adds to the mac & cheese, but for my personal tastes I don't like it
-If you like a wetter max & cheese use the required pasta above, but if you want it a little less saucy, you can add more pasta. I did use a full box of pasta because I misread the instructions, and it works with the recipe above, I did add a little extra cheddar though because I thought the sauce needed it 
-You can use real onions if you would like but i would recommend sauteing them before you start the cheese sauce 
-A sharper cheese is better because it adds more flavor

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ballston: Leeks American Bistro

Recently I have gone from hating on breakfast foods to loving brunch. Bottomless mimosas may play a part in that, who knows for sure but you will be seeing a lot more brunch posts on here. Based off a recommendation for some of my friends and a craving for some mimosas I wandered over to Leek American Bistro in Ballston for brunch this weekend. 

I Started off the meal with what else but Bottomless Mimosas $10 (they also offer bottomless bloody marys)
Then they give you a bread basket with homemade chutney. This week there was banana bread, mini scones and biscuits with a mixed fruit chutney. I wasn't super impressed with the bread basket but the table liked it. However I thought the fruit chutney was good. 
All Benedicits are served with lemon hollandaise, fresh fruit, hickory smoked bacon and a choice of stone-ground cheddar grits or brunch potatoes. I ordered the Chesapeake Bennie (Maryland Crabcake $13). This was pretty good but it seemed like there was something missing in the dish. 
Lili and Carrie ordered the Traditional Bennie with Virginia Ham $11. They both liked it, but like me, C thought there was a little something missing from it. 
Rommie ordered the BYOO (build your own omelet) $10. He thought it was good, your typical omelet. 
Service was really good. They kept our drinks full and were attentive. It wasn't the best brunch I have had but everything was good and the prices were great for brunch. 

801 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Finds: Skinny Snacks

It's time for the latest addition of Friday Finds! This weeks theme (I don't usually have themes for these, but it works out this week) is Skinny Snacks. 

1. Nabisco Snack Wells Peanut Butter Pretzels. Really good, the combo of pretzels and peanut butter is always delicious and its perfectly portioned so you won't be tempted to overeat. I can tell this is a "healthy/light" snack but it's still good.
2. Nabisco Snack Wells Fudge Drizzled Caramel Popcorn. Wowsers. This stuff is awesome. I can't tell that this is a low cal snack at all. I feel like I am eating a special treat. I have to keep these hidden or I'll keep eating them. 
3. Nabisco Snack Wells Cinnamon Creme Drizzled Caramel Popcorn. Delicious. This one is really indulgent so one packet is enough where as I am tempted to eat another one of the fudge drizzled.  
4. Smart Ones: Smart Delights Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae. I am not usually a fan of low-fat desserts. I will just eat fruit or something like that if I am trying to have a light dessert but this is pretty darn tasty for what it is. 
5. Smart Ones: Smart Delights Turtle Sundae. This one is ok, I am not a huge fan of this version-tastes way to diety. The only Smart Ones dessert I like is the Chocolate Cookie listed above.

Have you tried any of these???
Whats your favorite skinny snack???