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Comment by Henry Brown on June 19, 2014 at 10:35am

Houston is offering their version of Washington Dining Week except it is for a full month Houston Restaurant Week(s)

Looking foward to the first and last week (will be on a 3 week vacation to Germany including a Rhine River Cruise from the 5th to the 26th

Comment by Ed Albetski on March 25, 2014 at 4:35pm

Back from a cruise to the Western Caribbean. To avoid "formal nights" (where you have to wear a suit or tuxedo) we opted for the upcharge restaurants on board where the dress code is Smart Casual. These were a Chops steakhouse, the Italian choice Giovanni's Table, and the Japanese Izumi. Chops was really like Fleming's,  Ditka's, or Shula's steakhouses. Big aged steaks, sides served "family" style, and big fancy desserts. Service was slow, but the food was great. Worth the $30 charge.  Giovanni's was all served "family style and the food was ok. Being from an Italian family (on my mother's side) I consider cheese on fish a mortal sin and Giovanni's was more Olive Garden than real Italian. $20 pp, not a bargain. Izumi was al a carte and a great deal.  They had combo menus for $15 that included soup, a sushi roll, a main course, and a dessert.  Well worth the charge.  I f you like cruises, take a look at the fancy offerings the specialty restaurants have.  Some are worth the time.

Comment by Jason Hastings on March 24, 2014 at 8:38pm

I made Atomic Buffalo Turds this weekend (I didn't name them). Jalapeno halves stuffed with cream cheese/cayenne/paprika, topped with a little smokey, and wrapped by a piece of bacon. Backed them on low heat in the oven until bacon was done (not crisp). Got rave reviews from family as well as the co-workers when I took some to work today.


Comment by Ed Albetski on January 18, 2014 at 12:10am

We finished the week at The Bombay Club on Connecticut Avenue. Starters: Hariyali fish with tomato kachumber; Lamb Goli Kebab with Onion, cinnamon, clove; Reshmi kebab (Chicken, garlic, green chili pepper, garam masala); Avocado sev puri (Flour crisps, yogurt, date-tamarind chutney); Palak tikki masala chhole (Spinach, ginger, chick-peas).

Entrees: Tandoori Salmon (Yogurt, garam masala) or Tandoori Chicken Chop 

(Chicken breast, clove, cinnamon, black pepper) or Saag Gosht (Lamb, onion, garlic, mustard greens) or Fish Moilee (Coconut, clove, cardamom, curry leaf ) or Malwani chicken curry (Malvani spices, onion, tomato) or Bombay Thali
(market fresh vegetables, paneer & dal).

Desserts: Banana crème brulee with cardamom ice cream or Gulab Jamun (Milk dumplings, rose syrup, vanilla ice cream) or Mix Sorbet (Mango, coconut, pomegranate).

An amazingly tasty and flavorful meal, redolent of spices. A great end to a great week!

Comment by Ed Albetski on January 16, 2014 at 3:30pm

Todd English's MXDC boasts modern Mexican cuisine near 14th & G St. NW. Our starters included their homemade guacamole, chicken tamales with black beans & corn, and cauliflower soup with goat cheese. Entrees were a choice of ancho glazed pork shoulder, chile glazed chicken, and baked salmon with rice. Dessert was churros or tres leches cake. The flavors were fantastic. My only criticism was the pork was served with a grilled avocado and was topped with pickled onions. Fine and good, but it was so rich, it really need something like some crisp greens to offset the fattiness. The light airy cinnamon dusted churros with their side of caramel sauce were flatout superb.


Comment by Vicky on January 16, 2014 at 8:54am

I went to Kapnos on Mon and it was fabulous.  I had never been there before but got the eggplant with roasted red peppers spread (I can't remember the name), charred octopus, grilled baby goat and their semolina cake.  I highly recommend this place!

Comment by Chuck Brooks on January 15, 2014 at 3:08pm

Please see below a link to a good Foodie group to check out on LinkedIn

Comment by Ed Albetski on January 15, 2014 at 2:57pm

Today was the Italian eatery Siroc on McPherson Square. Starters included salmon with fingerling potatoes and a cream sauce and spicy lamb sausages with an olive sauce on greens. Entrees consisted of branzino on spinach, fettuccine with bolognese and pappradelle with mussels. Desserts included a warm almond cake with blueberries, chocolate mousse with raspberries, and a pear poached in red wine and cinnamon with ice cream. A truly wonderful lunch!

Comment by Ed Albetski on January 14, 2014 at 10:12pm

Georgia Brown's, famous for it's cuisine of the new south, was offering a RW lunch, something it hasn't done in a few years. Our starters included it's house Caesar salad which has catfish instead of anchovies, but I think the hit was the low countries seafood chowder; shrimp, crawfish, and catfish in a rich creamy broth. There was jerk catfish with a pepper sauce and fried chicken with collards and mashed potatoes. Dessert was peach cobbler. This place was missed!

Comment by Ed Albetski on January 13, 2014 at 11:59pm

On the first day of DC Restaurant Week we lunched at Acadiana, chef Jeff Tunks' upscale Cajun eatery at NY and 9th. One thing that make his places so popular during RW is that the diner is not given some cut down menu of "special" selections, but gets the entire list of entrees to choose from. There's a small upcharge for the crab cakes, but everything is available. Our starter included the trio of deviled eggs, corn & crab soup and the wedge salad. Entrees ranged from the beef shortrib, crawfish etouffee, blackened tilapia, and the seafood gumbo. Desserts were huge; pumpkin bread pudding with maple ice cream, dulce de leche creme brulee, and the lemon bar. Wonderful meal and chocolates come with the check. Tomorrow we check out Georgia Brown's.


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