Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Ends

Participating in November's National Blog Post Month has been fun. The event was helpful for me because I started this blog on October 29, 2013 with no other purpose than as a way to get my food reviews on Urbanspoon listed as blog reviews. Then I did a little poking around, discovered the Blogher network and the all the fun stuff happening: write a blog post a day, 30 day plank challenge, etc. The #NaBloPoMo prompts have helped spur my thoughts for other writing projects as well as for the food chick eats blog.

Trying to churn out a fresh post everyday, for #NaBloPoMo , was a not easy and I am glad it is over. Now I won't feel guilty when I miss posting something :-)  I will continue to write elsewhere and on this blog too. At food chick eats, the focus is on reviewing restaurants where I have eaten. I will, of course, continue to do that. My challenge is to come up with interesting and creative ways to share my love dining out and eating.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving Day highlights

Had a great day with friends and family. The turkey was pretty and delicious as it was smoked on the Weber kettle grill. Lots of trimmings. One friend supplied us with lots and lots of Italian wine. Another friend supplied homemade cherry strudel, apple strudel, and the world's best tiramisu (the only tiramisu that I like). The next day, for breakfast, I had coffee, a chocolate biscotto, and more tiramisu :-)






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Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has officially begun.



I picked up the Thanksgiving turkey about an hour ago from Mom's Organic Market. This year I will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday meal with friends and family visiting from near and far. On our table will be a golden turkey smoked on the Weber kettle grill, candied sweets, delicious custard-y macaroni & cheese, seasoned green beans, cranberry sauce, and the best cornbread dressing in the world (It's my Great Grandma's recipe).

What are your Thanksgiving plans?  
Will you travel? Do you eat turkey or some other selection?

I have a friend dining with me who is vegan. There will be plenty of vegan options for her, I'm still working on that portion of the meal. I almost bought her this vegan pie but she sent me a text saying she made homemade (vegan) apple strudel to bring for dessert.

Organic Apple pie vegan spelt crust

Homemade vegan Apple Strudel


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jerry's Place of Southern Maryland

Jerry's Place Seafood Restaurant

1541 Solomon's Island Rd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (410) 535-3242
http://www.jerrys-place.com/

Dined on November 10, 2013


I ate at Jerry's Place again after a nice long hike. My dining companion had the special: filet of sole stuffed with crab. I know fish and I know filet of sole is a thin, smallish piece of fish, so I figured they didn't really mean stuffed but perhaps they'd sit the crab on top of the filet of sole. Nope! They wrapped the sole around a dollop of crab meat. (see photo). My friend said it was good but decidedly at $32.50 for this special entree was a rip-off! Way over priced.


I enjoyed the full fried shrimp dinner served with kale (love, love, love the kale at Jerry's Place) and fresh fries. The batter on the fried shrimp is merely a light dusting and the shrimp are not greasy at all. At Jerry's Place the shrimp are huge, incredibly flavorful and shrimp tasting. So often in restaurants the shrimp doesn't have that shrimp taste or it is flavorless, not the case at Jerry's Place.

Dessert: Jerry's has decent homemade desserts. On this visit I had the pumpkin cheesecake--real cheesecake. It is YUMMY, get some.

I am a fan of the croissant bread pudding, I always get it to go. However, the last two times I ordered it the bread pudding wasn't fully cooked. One time the entire lower half was runny. I had to bake it at home for 20 minutes and then the top layer of croissant was over-cooked and chewy :(  The second time I received an under-cooked croissant bread pudding it was not as bad,10 minutes in low temperature oven solidified things.

What my dining companions and I have learned from frequently dining at Jerry's Place:
1. Don't order combo dinners. You will not be given 50% of one entree and 50% of the other entree, you will get less than half. I had the shrimp and haddock combo once and the amount of fish was definitely less than half an order of the haddock dinner. Also the pieces of fish were smaller (not as big or thick) so they were dryer than the haddock given as samples and served on the full fried haddock entree.

2. Don't get the specials (unless it is something seasonal). Jerry's does weird things with their pricing. The specials are abnormally high-priced for what you get. Made this mistake twice.

What Jerry's does very well is kale, crab cakes, haddock, shrimp, and service!

Tip: People love the oysters here and several people come weekly for oysters. I don't eat oysters but Jerry's Place has a variety and they are fresh at the oyster bar.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Excite my palate, satisfy my soul



Too many restaurants focus on the wrong things when trying to woo the dining public. The menus are filled with rare, never heard of food or they tout foods sourced locally or an artistic masterpiece designed with food is placed before you to consume yet the dish tastes blah! Nothing to excite the palate or satisfy the soul. And you will be charged a small fortune for the exotic, fresh, beautifully prepared morsels of food.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's Wednesday...can we talk?

Happy Wednesday, hump day, get me to Friday fast day!

I am happy (for now), I've only been up for two hours. But I am happy. I slept well. I woke to glorious sunshine. I have residual happy leftover from last night's fun & funny comedy showcase--The Last Resort Comedy Show. My day looks pretty good overall except the visit to the orthodontist in a few hours, which really should be okay too. I am in the "settling" stage of having my braces removed. If all is going well I will get them off the day before Thanksgiving. Yippee! I'm a little nervous to have the braces removed. I know so many people who had braces and their teeth shifted again once the braces were off. That would be a real bummer. After $9000 and 3 years and 7 months of my teeth encased in wire (and me looking oh so sexy!) I deserve to have permanently straight teeth.

Anywho? That's what's up with me. What's up with you?

I will leave you with some words of wisdom.


A NICKEL WILL GET YOU ON THE SUBWAY, BUT GARLIC WILL GET YOU A SEAT. --Old New York Proverb


Make your day a great day.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blue Wind Gourmet

Blue Wind Gourmet

22803 Gunston Drive (directly on MD. RTE 235)
Lexington Park Maryland 20653 (301) 737-2714
http://bluewindgourmet.com/


Dined here on November 17, 2013

We stopped here after a day of hiking at nearby St. Mary's River State Park. I had remembered Blue Wind Gourmet from previous years when I spent a lot of time in Lexington Park, Maryland. Blue Wind is casual dining but it also has a great wine selection and is as well known for wine as it is for fresh, great tasting food. This restaurant is a much needed addition to an area full of restaurant chains and devoid of higher quality food.


The Food
Cajun catfish on ciabatta with avocado. I did not enjoy my half of this sandwich. The Cajun seasoning was good but the catfish was a little chemically or fishy tasting, good catfish doesn't taste like that. Too, the sandwich had very little avocado. This sandwich comes with a side of remoulade sauce. I usually hold off on sauces but add a little of the remoulade sauce to this catfish sandwich, it improves it. The ciabatta bread was good. (sandwich half, left side of photo)

Cajun shrimp & goat cheese on focaccia bread brushed with garlic oil was good. The focaccia was whole wheat and seemed to have its own herb flavor as well. The shrimp on the sandwich were huge. (see sandwich half right side of photo)

Crab corn chowder was thick and creamy (but not gelatinous) and mainly a corn flavor but there was crab in there too. It was a good soup for a cool night. The best food of the entire meal was the Masala Lentil soup. Great spices and a pinch of hotness; hearty not overpowering. I wish I had gotten some to go.

The Service
Service is walk up to the counter and order style, but they do bring your food to your table if you eat in.

Tip: The place us hard to find at night, not lit up, Blue Wind sign is dim. Heading north look for well lit Chiropractor sign, turn after that.

Note: I had dined here once before back in 2009 and had a memorable crab cake sandwich. I recall it being very tasty, fresh and little filler. 


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Monday, November 18, 2013

What Your Coffee Says About You

I make a fresh pot of coffee 2-3 times a week, in a French press. I buy whole beans and grind them as needed. I prefer dark roasts and some full-bodied medium roasts. My cup of coffee is usually prepared with 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. of raw sugar, and 1 TBS. of evaporated milk. According to a survey by Clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula, I am a "Latte" drinker who seeks comfort, is generous with her time, and on the down-side can get over-extended. I won't quibble with this assessment. However, I think how I ritualize making coffee says more about me than the way I take my coffee. Perhaps it says, I am a perfectionist who allows little room for error, and who likes things orderly. Likes to have a plan, and stick to it; nothing wrong with routine. Naw, that doesn't sound like me ;-)

What does your coffee say about you?
How do you take your coffee? Share in the comments section.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Take a hike!

Today, November 17, was National Take a Hike Day. So I did just that--went for a hike. For the first time, I visited St. Mary's River State Park, in Southern, Maryland. I enjoyed the non-strenuous, 7.5 mile hike around the lake. The trail was very peaceful, undulating through the forest. I look forward to hiking here again this winter.




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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 things in my fridge



#NaBloPoMo Prompt:
Name 5 things inside your refrigerator right now
and how you feel about them.

1. Evaporated milk. I use this primarily in my coffee and tea, like you would cream. When I make omelets I add a dash to make fluffy omelets. Do you know what evaporated is? Evaporated milk is created by removing about 60 percent of the water from ordinary milk. I use whole milk evaporated milk. Tip: English Breakfast tea with a 2 teaspoons of evaporated milk and one half teaspoon of raw sugar is a pleasant cup of tea.


2. D'Noir prunes. Forget raisins...THIS is nature's candy. I love the taste of these prunes! They are so fresh, and sweet. I eat 3 - 5 of these most every day.

3. Mushrooms. I eat A LOT of mushrooms--crimini, white, baby bella, shitake. There are shitake and white mushrooms in the refrigerator now and I just finished the crimini mushrooms at lunch. I enjoy mushrooms in eggs, sauteed with onions in garlic and butter, raw and on a salad, and raw for snacking.

4. and 5. Apples and sauerkraut. Apples and sauerkraut is a salad I discovered while doing the Dr. Oz 48-hour cleanse. It quickly became a regular part of my diet and I have this for a snack pretty much everyday, when I have apples. I try to always have apples. Honeycrisp and Braeburns are the best choice because they are firm apples with a slightly sweet-tart taste. This balances well with the pungent, sour taste of Bubbies sauerkraut.



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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Twitter sent me to Eventide Oyster

Eventide Oyster Company

86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101   (207) 774-8538
http://www.eventideoysterco.com/

Dined here September 27, 2013

Recently, I vacationed for one week in Maine. I ended up at Eventide because once I entered the state of Maine I tweeted that I was looking for lobster rolls. The United Way of Portland replied to my tweet and suggested Eventide Oyster Company. I was hightailing up to Mt. Dessert Island so I did not stop in Portland but decided to visit the restaurant on my way back home. Thanks United Way of Greater Portland (@unitedwaygp) for the suggestion.

Eventide is a very small trendy type diner. Seating is at bar stools along the bar and stools along the windows with views of the street. Also there are two picnic tables indoors one that seats 4, the other seats 6. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about oysters and how the menu items are prepared. The food is reasonably priced for this type of dining, in a tourist area. How does the food taste? It is good, decent tasting food. Not stellar, not OMG. The nice thing is nothing was heavily salted.

Potatoes tossed in aioli

The Bottarga Potatoes were good: a simple dish of tri-color fingerling potatoes fried and tossed in a minimal amount of aioli. No special seasonings, just tasted like potatoes. The clam chowder seasoned with salt pork should be renamed "pork chowder". There was no clam taste at all. The chowder had potatoes, large bits of pork, and in a few spoons I was awarded small minced bits of clam. The base of the clam chowder was not creamy but more the broth-style chowder. The color was cream but it was not at all creamy in texture. As pork chowder, it was decent pork chowder in broth but disappointing if you want clam chowder whether it be creamy, broth, or buttery. The biscuit served with the chowder was delicious! The zucchini fritters has a nice spice to them, they were not heavy or greasy. For my taste I would have enjoyed a little more corn meal flavor, which was almost non-existent.
Clam chowder and lobster roll

Lastly, there was the lobster roll. It was good. The roll is smaller than many other lobster rolls elsewhere but Eventide's has just as much meat. I had my lobster meat tossed in the house-made mayo with dill. Very refreshing, a nice flavor and change of pace. At $12 it was the cheapest lobster roll I had all week while vacationing in Maine. Most places charge $14 now! 3 out of 5 stars.

Tip: Order the Brown Butter Vinaigrette lobster roll. @unitedwaygp recommended that I get the Brown Butter Vinaigrette lobster. I had forgotten what I was supposed to order and did not find the tweet suggestion until moments after I ordered. A woman next to me had the Brown Butter Vinaigrette lobster roll and it looked soooo good.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Small plates at Oyamel

Oyamel
401 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004 (202) 628-1005
http://www.oyamel.com/

Dined on November 6, 2013

When I arrived at Oyamel I was displeased at the very loud noise level. I had reservations so we were seated immediately. My companion and I were shown to a tiny table, on the lower level, located on the aisle and directly in front of a bar. Ugh! I absolutely was not sitting at that table. It was so tiny, I knew all our food would not fit. Dumb idea for a small plates restaurant to have such tiny tables plus my companion has broad shoulders. He would get bumped into all night if we sat there. I immediately asked the hostess if we could be seated elsewhere. She was very kind, and accommodating. We were told to have a seat at the main bar and they would re-seat us in a moment. Sure enough in about 3 minutes we were seated in a booth. The booth was on the same lower level but a wall of sorts wrapped around us shielding out the noise and the table could seat five people. Ahhh! Now I could relax and hopefully enjoy my meal.

I had been wanting to try Oyamel for some time because I am a fan of Jose Andres' Jaleo. I read a lot of Oyamel Yelp reviews and walked away with the impression that people really love Oyamel for happy hour, their margaritas, and the guacamole made at the table. Very few reviewers were ecstatic about the food. The same sentiment on Urbanspoon.

Spoiler Alert: This is exactly my impression of Oyamel. The food is okay, nothing spectacular, nothing to make you return for just the food.

Of what we ate, there were a few delicious dishes. I am a fan of small plate/tapas-style dining or in the case of Oyamel "antojitos" for little dishes from the streets.

The Food
Complimentary salsa & chips: The chips are good and our second batch was warm. The red salsa made with smokey chipotle chiles has just the right amount of heat, and is flavorful.

Guacamole: Yes, it is fresh. Yes it is good. It is not the best guacamole I've ever eaten but it is a must order item. At $13.50 I think it is the most expensive guacamole and chips I've ever had. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Gaspacho (salad) estilo Morelia: a salad of seasonal fruit (mango, grapefruit, orange), jicama root, cucumbers, queso fresco and chile pequín. The salad was very refreshing, the fruit was firm, and juicy; nothing mushy. I would order this on each visit to Oyamel. Very nice starter and is a nice change from all the 'salty' foods and heavier dishes. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Elote con calabazitas: Sautéed sweet corn, baby zucchini, & serrano peppers with Mexican cream, queso fresco & chile pequin. Meh! Don't waste your money or calorie allotment. It is not that flavorful or special. Sounds much better than it is. I was surprised how small a portion it was compared to the other dishes we had received thus far. Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Enchilada Placeras: House-made corn tortillas filled w/ spiced beef, pickled chayotes, a roasted tomato salsa, red onions and radishes. My dining companion liked this.

Pescado con mostaza: Very tasty blackened grouper, roasted tomato and pasilla de Oaxaca chile salsa, pickled mustard seed purée and pickled mustard seeds. The grouper alone, away from the salsa and mustard seed puree, was excellent. Made me long for an entire piece of blackened grouper fish as an entree. The salsa served with the grouper was good, the mustard seed puree was even better. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pescado Mexicano/fish taco: Seared fish with salsa Mexicana and a tangy cilantro pesto. Translation: A lot of mediocre flavored green stuff, and a teeny-tiny piece of fish. Pass on this item. There was only a small bite of fish in the small tortilla; the piece of fish was no more than one and three-quarter inches long! At least put enough fish to extend through the tortilla. Note tacos are $4 per taco and one order is 1 taco. Rating: don't bother ordering

Cochinita pibíl con cebolla en escabeche/pork taco: Yucatan-style pit barbecued Shenandoah Valley pork with Mexican sour orange and pickled red onion. I did not taste this but my friend said it was okay. He said he would order it again.

Note: My ratings for the individual food items are within the context of the food at Oyamel that I ate.

Service:
The staff pushed alcohol a lot. We kept saying no but they kept asking and pointing out alcohol drink menus and specials. At the main bar, while waiting to be seated the bartender looked visibly surprised when I ordered "unsweetened ice tea" and stuttered slightly upon repeating my order.

The hostess was very nice, polite, and accommodating. Our waitress was adequate.

Ambiance: The open dining concept makes for a very loud noise level at Oyamel. The space's dining room design doesn't seem to incorporate any sound baffling.

Do I recommend Oyamel? Sure. Small plate restaurants are fun for groups and friends, sharing food, and trying out different dishes. Is it the type of place I'd return to often? No.The food isn't standout fare.


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why I Plank

originally posted as comment here

"... I used to do fitness boot-camp twice a week and we planked, and planked, and planked! Got to the point it was easy, even comfortable and my mind could wander rather than think about how much I hated planking and how many seconds were left for me to be in that miserable plank position. The big bonus was that my ultra-strong core made it a breeze to invert for fitness pole dancing.

I can't afford the fitness boot-camp classes anymore and slacked off severely on circuit training. Maybe the plank challenge is just what I need to get my core strength back."


I started the 30-day planking challenge on November 6, 2013 and did a 1 minute full extension plank. Today, I did 70 seconds full extension plank. I need to incorporate side planks, I was weakest at that so I think I'll do that later today. #30dayplankchallenge

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I love salmon!

The FedEx man stopped in front of my house. No biggie, figured the neighbor was getting a delivery. Then, FedEx man started walking up to my door. I went to open the front door and said with surprise, "Hmm, I didn't order anything." Then I read the box he was carrying: TAKU. I squealed with delight. FedEx man laughed. I grabbed that box. FedEx guy said, "Have a good one!" I spun around on my left foot and danced with delight back into the house while hugging my box of Taku goodies. *big grin*


What is Taku you ask? Only the best, freshest tasting, make-ya-wanna-slap-your-mamma smoked salmon evaaaah!

(dancing and singing) It's my birthday, it's my birthday.

The Taku hot smoked salmon is a birthday gift. Day 7, and my birth month extravaganza is going quite well.


You see people, I don't just celebrate the day I was born. I take the entire month! After five years of promoting the birth(day) month extravaganza, my friends and family have finally caught on and they celebrate me all month long.*

Chow!
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* I knew I'd wear them down...lol

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sushi Art

Oishi Sushi Restaurant

817 Botetourt Ct #105, Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-0011
www.oishisushi.net/




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Noodles & Sushi = Nooshi

Nooshi

524 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003 (202) 827-8832
www.nooshidc.com/

Dined on 9/29/2013

Had my regular Katayuki noodles with shrimp. The broth was still quite tasty but the shrimp was 25% smaller and missing 90% of its shrimp flavor. Disappointing.

I have eaten at Nooshi a total of 4 times. I will give them another try but I hope they go back to the shrimp they had been using.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Life is like a sandwich...

Life is like a sandwich...enjoy the big bites. I am. I am taking all the big bites out of life that I can and enjoying it to the fullest because you never know when a day is your last day. I'm a two-time cancer survivor; I know how to live!

Life is like a sandwich...the more you add the better it becomes. Now I don't know about this. Adding? Adding what? More people, more things?... That can make life more complicated, not necessarily good or rich.

"Life is like a sandwich! Birth as one slice, and death as the other. What you put in-between the slices is up to you. Is your sandwich tasty or sour?" --Allan Rufus.

Ah yes, life is sort of like a sandwich only I didn't get to have it my way the way Burger King said. My life's sandwich has mostly been tasty, with a little rancid mayo here and there :D

Dinner tonight: BLT sandwich on multi-grain courtesy of
Silver Diner, Greenbelt, Maryland. Free for my birthday.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dinner and a show

Today is my birthday. As part of the day's festivities I will be dining at one of my favorite DC restaurants--Corduroy. I have dined here twice before, yet I have not written a review. It is a toss up for me as to which is my favorite restaurant: Corduroy or The Atlas Room. After dinner I will be taking in a show at Fall Fringe fest, I am a Fringe junkie. (See Capital Fringe Fest shows here.)

Capital Fringe Fest buttons
#fallFRINGE13


Watch this space for my Corduroy review. I am most anxious to try the Pistachio Bread Pudding for dessert. Update: Corduroy Restaurant review HERE

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Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

(sing) It's my birthday, it's my birthday. 

Won't you join me in a birthday dance? Love this video. Rock it out like those cute little go-go girls. Wanna get me a bday gift? Check out the orange fuzzy hat at the end of the vid. THAT's what I want :D



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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall in Maryland

Yesterday was a gorgeous, warm fall day. Late in the afternoon while driving home my eyes witnessed nature's awesome beauty.

I snapped these photos with my mobile phone. Pretty awesome pics, eh? What kind of phone you ask? HTC one x+

Fall in Central Maryland.
Mosaic of fall leaves, central Maryland.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

#5THINGS

Someone "followed me" on twitter and when I clicked on her profile it read:

@5THINGSaDAY. Inspired by life. Just write 5 things that you appreciate today and see what it does. 

Well I think that is an awesome idea! So today, this first day of November, the month of my birth I shall play #5THINGS on twitter.

I already feel that I am quite fortunate. In life I have had many grand experiences and met so many great people. I am thankful to have always had the basic things in life--food, shelter, water, a social network-- as many people do not.

Today's list of #5THINGS will be easy and keep in mind I am thankful for these things EVERYDAY and they will be the invisible entries on each and every list to come :)

1. A home (and it is lovely too)
2. Food - I have access to and buy fresh, whole foods 3 times a week.
3. Friends
4. Healthcare - OMG! Without it I would have been dead long ago. I wouldn't say it is affordable but I at least I have it. Now there is Obamacare so I have options.
5. The beautiful fall colors on the trees. Sooooo pretty! I love fall, it's my favorite season.

What are your #5THINGS? 

Tell me in comments below or follow me on twitter and share there.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

My favorite Italian Bistro

La Tomate

1701 Connecticut Ave NW Washington DC, DC 20009 (202)667-5505
http://latomatebistro.com/

"Perfectly Prepared Pasta"

I have eaten four times at La Tomate since my initial review below. Every time the food has been good. One time I enjoyed 4 types of prosciutto from Prosciutto Bar and discovered that I like brisaola very much. When ordering pasta it is always cooked perfectly. The service is never bad but it isn't top-notch, the waiters are kind of laid-back; not super attentive except one time I had a very good, and attentive waiter.

Reviewed April 14, 2013
What a pleasant surprise. I liked our indoor seats with a view of the patio and the street. The Italian bread was decent. We ordered the Caprese salad which I am sure would have been good had we been served good tomato. The tomato had no flavor and was slightly mushy. The italian sausage we had prepared as a side dish was delicious!! Great herbs and spices. My bow-tie pasta w/ diced prosciutto, mushroom & cream was prepared perfectly, and it was very tasty too. I can't quit thinking about the wonderful flavor and al dente pasta. My friend had the arborio rice, wild mushrooms, and imported mascarpone, which he I loved and I did too. Food better than average. Atmosphere fair. Service was good. I will definitely visit La Tomate again and recommend it to friends.

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