Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New York Style Pizza in Arlington: Wiseguy NY Pizza

My roommate and I were having a lazy Sunday and were in the mood for some NY style pizza. Our beloved Tony's in Manassas is too far for to travel for a simple craving so after some quick yelping I discovered Wiseguy NY Pizza. The photos on yelp looked pretty baller so we decided to take the leap. 
There are two locations, one in DC, and the one we visited, Rosslyn. There was plenty of street parking on the rainy Sunday we went. It's a little small inside, but there are a few tables inside and outside if you want to sit and enjoy your slice. We chose to get a few slices to go.  

My mouth literally waters looking at the below photo - I may or may not occasionally look at my instagram just to look at this picture #pizzamyheart. 
This fulfilled our NY Pizza craving. The cheese was stringy without sliding off the slice and the sauce was the perfect amount of tartness (unlike a few NY style places in the area where the sauce tends to be on the sweeter side). I ordered a slice of cheese and the margherita and both were delicious - I also stole a bite of the buffalo chicken. If you are obsessed with buffalo sauce like we are, this slice will combine your two favorite things beautifully (pizza+buffalo sauce). The Garlic Knots were delicious. This place will satisfy all your cheesy, saucy, carb filled needs. My only complaint was that the crust was pretty tough to eat - but it could be because we got premade slice. 

Would I come back? Yes, this place is about to be on our normal rotation for pizza. 

1735 N Lynn S
Arlington, VA
Wiseguy New York Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Eden Center: Rice Paper

I love best friend days. The other weekend I got lunch with one of my best friends. She asked me what I wanted and naturally I listed everything imaginable but settled on soup. Jessie lives very close to Eden Center in Falls Church so we decided to walk there (which is advisable if you can because that shopping center is cray). 

We are slowly working our way through trying the restaurants in Eden Center, and Rice Paper was next on our list. Most pho places in the shopping center are packed during prime hours so expect a wait. Luckily we were one of the few twosomes dining and were able to be sat right away. 

We split an appetizer of beef salad (Bo Tai Chanh) $11. The acidity from the limes, tang from the onions and crunch from the peanuts paired perfectly with the beef. I got a plain chicken pho (Pho Ga) $8. The broth was super delicious and did not need a lot of extra seasoning to make it better. Of course I added in some lime and srirachi. I also really liked how onions were added to the pho - it is not something I have come across a lot. Jess decided to be daring and try something a little outside the box - Canh Chua Ca / Tom $13. This had shrimp and okra and other things in it, and while it wasnt bad, the pho was the winning soup of this meal. 
Overall this was a good meal, quick service and one of the many delicious Vietnamese restaurants in Eden Center. 

Would I come back? Yes! That beef salad - so delicious! 

6775 Wilson Blvd
Falls Church, VA
Rice Paper Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Shirlington: Aroma Indian Cuisine's New Winter Menu

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and try Aroma Indian Cuisine's new winter menu at their Shirlington (Arlington) location. Founded and run bDaljeet Chhatwal, Aroma has been around since 1996. Chhatwal has a very varied background, first working in hotel management in New Dehli and for Air India before moving here in 1984 and managing at Bombay Palace. After 10 years of restaurant management he decided it was time to start his own restaurant and Aroma was born! What a varied background - the conclusion is that Chhatwal has a lot of experience, making for a great owner. Their location in DC has served the likes of Obama and Bush and catering big wig events. Currently due to high rent costs their DC location is temporarily shut down until they find a new location - no worries though, you can still find them in Shirlington and Lorton. 
When we entered we were unfairly shown/had to walk by their beautiful dessert display created by their pastry chef (yes they have a pastry chef, how cool is that?!?). There were four new desserts to try out, and they were as tasty as they were gorgeous. It was ALMOST a shame to eat them. There was a panna cotta with blueberry served in a plastic tulip dish. Delicious. A double chocolate mouse in a chocolate tulip, a bread pudding in a chocolate bowl and a tulip made of an apple. Everything was fantastic but the apple was lacking a sauce or some additional seasonings.

Below are basic accompaniments in Indian cuisine. The last two are pretty self explanatory, basmati rice and naan. The first item you see, papadum, or a thin lentil like cracker is actually meant to be a textural addition to your meal. A lot of curries have the same texture, and this is given to you to add a little crunch/break things up. 
To start off our meal, they brought us a selection of two soups. I don't normally think of soup when I go out for Indian, but perhaps I need to rethink that notion. The first soup was Vegetarian Mulligatawny Soup $4.99. Mulligatawny comes from two oriental words meaning "pepper water" and curry. Basically this was the Indian version of tomato soup with some bits of chopped cauliflower that gave a nice textural element. The other soup (and my favorite) was the Chicken Corn Soup $4.49 which reminded me of a fancier Chinese egg drop soup.
This is where we get to the good stuff...we tried about a million dishes - I will show you my favorites in their full form later. Below is how we were presented with the food, a couple bites of each dish. There was also a veggie platter served but in my extreme hunger I forgot to take a photo. 
My favorites below ... 

Salmon Puff Pastry $20.99 One bite and you will be indulged in comfort. The salmon is seasoned with lime juice and a blend of Indian spices then baked in a delicate puff pastry with spinach. It rests on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. 
This was the epitome of a comfort dish - I wouldn't hate eating this on my couch wrapped in a blanket in front of a fire. 
Kandhari Lamb Chops $21.99 Enjoy these "fall of the bone" lamb chops that have been marinated overnight and flavored with fresh herbs. This was definitely a favorite of the table - the bones were licked clean. The spice rub was flavorful and the meat tender.  
Pudhina Kofta Masala $11.99 Mixed vegetables and curd cheese croquettes cooked in a creamy almond sauce. A vegetarian "meatball." The almond sauce was creamy and flavorful - this is a dish I am going to start adding onto my rotation when I go out to Indian restaurants. 

Would I come back? Yes, I definitely would. I need those vegetarian "meatballs" again! 

4052 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, Va
Aroma Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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