Saturday, April 26, 2014

Romance, The Prom...and fried chicken?

Talk about doing weird $hit with food: the fried chicken corsage...

source: The Thrillist

I really have no other comments.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Acqua Al 2 Italian Food in DC

Acqua Al 2

212 7th Street Southeast, Washington DC, 20003 • (202) 525-4375

Dined on April 21, 2014
Total bill for two: 71 USD

I arrived on time for my 5:30 p.m. dinner reservations at Acqua Al 2. There were 3 people at the hostess stand when I arrived. There was a little confusion because no one knew where the hostess was. I waited about 3 minutes while people ran around trying to find the hostess. It was a gorgeous evening so I just stepped outside to the sidewalk cafe dining area while they searched for the hostess. No hostess was found so one of the waitstaff seated me. Ten minutes later there was still confusion at the hostess desk because my guest arrived and someone there told him that I had not arrived! He brushed past them and came into the restaurant and there I was.

Acqua Al 2 is a lovely looking place with rustic, Old World decor. The restaurant is located in the Eastern Market neighborhood, right on 7th Street across from Eastern Market. The location makes the outdoor dining scene one of the best in DC--pretty, lots of foot traffic but very few vehicles.

The Food
The cocktails were delicious. Verdolino-Bubbly gin cooler with fresh cucumber juice and elderflower liquer. Tasty and refreshing. It rivals the Pimm's Cup made at H Street Country Club, which is a real Pimm's and the best I've ever tasted. The non-alcohol cocktail Zenzero Rinfrescante was good because I like ginger beer but that flavor overpowered everything else--Refreshing fruit juices shaken with seasonal herbs and poured over ginger beer. Zenzero is a $6, 6 ounce ginger beer with ice.

Go for the salads. They are big and full of flavor. Insalata Finocchio--Shaved fennel with pine nuts, radicchio, parmigiano olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper. The Rucola e Pere salad was excellent, with dinstinct layers of flavor. Ingredients: Arugula, pear, citrus & Dijon vinaigrette, and Parmesan cheese.

Fennel salad

Main courses and sides. Fussilli Lunghi al Mascarpone e Funghi--Long fussili (cork screw) pasta with porcini mushrooms, mascarpone cheese and parmigiano. I liked this dish more than my own because I love mushrooms and it was very mushroom-y, with a light, light cream sauce. I would order this again. Cannelloni Mascarpone e Funghi--Porcini mushrooms with mascarpone rolled in fresh pasta, baked in a bowl with house-made tomato sauce, b├ęchamel and parmigiano. The mushrooms are lost in this very saucy dish, which is disappointing if you want to taste mushrooms but the dish is still very tasty. Yes, I would order it again but not before I ordered the Fussilli Lunghi al Mascarpone e Funghi. The side of Red Skin Roasted Potatoes with rosemary and garlic was satisfactory. They could have been roasted more, half the order was cooked but not truly roasted.

The Service
Besides the confusion upon arrival at Acqua Al 2 everyone was pleasant. Our waitress was just okay. The server was very good--gracious, mannerly, observant (he should be a waiter); and, he had to act as our waiter a few times because the waitress was a little scarce. There was one other waitperson in the restaurant (in fact he seated me), I could see he was far better at his job than our waitperson.

Plus: All meats are organically raised, hormone and antibiotic free.

Would I go back to Acqua Al 2? Sure, but it is not going to be my go-to Italian food restaurant.

Best Bet: It would be a great place to people-watch, sit, converse and enjoy drinks in the beautiful bar or in the picturesque outdoor cafe.

Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Quick 'n' Easy: Naan Pizza

My 'go to' quick pizza made with Tandoori naan. Try it you'll love it!

Tandoor Chef Naan, Applegate Organic Uncured Pepperoni,
fresh spinach, sweet onion, crimini mushroom. Delicious!

Tandoori Naan: Authentic Indian bread, hand-stretched and baked in a traditional Tandoor oven.

Get creative and add your fave ingredients. Tandoor Chef Tandoori naan is delicious, moist and fresh tasting. There is so much you can do with this delicious naan. Create-- sandwich, wrap, 'dough', hors d'oeuvres or snacks.

Keep Tandoori naan on hand for:
  • traditional bread,
  • pizza 'dough',
  • cut it into pieces to use with dipping sauces,
  • create a wrap or open-face sandwich filled with whatever you have a taste for.

I love to make a wrap/sandwich of curry salmon salad adorned with spinach and dried cranberries. I have made breakfasts sandwiches for guests of naan topped with one fried egg, and a piece of ham.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

KBQ Real Barbeque Is Back!

KBQ has relocated to a new location that is bigger and better. The place is now a sit-down eatery with plenty of seating, and it's contemporary and clean.

KBQ Real Barbeque

Woodmore Town Centre
9101 Woodmore centre drive
Lanham, MD 301 · 322 · 1527


April 4, 2014 - carryout service

Once again KBQ is kicking out some of the DC area's best barbeque ribs. Truly smoked meat, tender and pink (not brown like par-boiled ribs with sauce poured over it). Speaking of sauces, there is a choice of original, sweet-n-spicy, and sriracha sauces. Don't get all caught up in the sauce, you won't even need it. I ate my ribs without sauce so that I could savor the delicious, smoky meat. I did dip a piece of rib in the original sauce just so I could report to you about it. The original sauce is good, a tad tangy but not in a vinegar way. I ordered the entree 1/2 slab rib meal, which came with two sides.

Well prepared sides. My selected sides were the macaroni and cheese and the seasoned green beans. Yummy!!! The green beans were cooked perfectly; they were not mushy or salty. Yaay! The mac-n-cheese was tasty too; something I would order on its own. It was not oily or overly salty, just the normal amount of salt given by the cheese. My meal also had the regular style corn muffin, it was moist but sweet. I don't like sweet corn muffins.

KBQ has not lost its fine art of barbeque-ing. In fact, I think the food tastes better than before when it won so many accolades and BBQ fans.

**Note: KBQ Real Barbeque was formerly located in Fairwood Shopping Center, Bowie, Md. New place, same owners.

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