Archive | August, 2013

Nommin’ Out: Shaws Tavern

19 Aug

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Enter the Shaw Burger- one of the finest nommables I’ve consumed thus far in DC.  My friends and I have made Shaws Tavern on 6th and Florida Ave a Sunday brunch habit- it’s not fussy, you can always get seated (granted for parties of 8 or less), the service is super friendly, and they have a $12 bottomless mimosa special that one expects at a great brunch spot.  While the entire menu is impressive, the burger is by far the best thing on it.  I get this bad boy almost every time.  Comes with fries (ask for truffled for an extra couple buckaroos) or a salad (Caesar pictured).  You have a plethora of cheese options, including cheddar (pictured) and goat.  Then there’s AVOCADO, sauteed onions, jalapenos, bacon, mushrooms, and/or a fried green tomato.  I like my toppings a plenty, so granted this adds up.  That’s why I also try and go on Tuesdays when burgers are HALF OFF from 5-11pm.  And that’s just their Tuesday event.  

Shaws Tavern has a calendar on their page that boasts Soul Sundays, Trivia Mondays, Piano Bar Wednesdays, and Jazz Thursdays.   On Wednesday and Thursday nights, sit at the bar, chat with the knowledgeable and amicable bartenders, order a specialty drink and let the tunes sooth you.  For all you gin drinkers out there, I highly recommend the Lime Aviation, which features a splash of Creme de Violette for a twist.  I might be the chick on the stool next to you.

 

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VIVA ITALIA!

14 Aug

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I hope you’re salivating, because this is some seriously awesome stuff. Welcome to my version of Italian cuisine! I have been lucky enough to visit Italy on two separate occasions, and am well aware that I cannot do the food justice.  However, after getting a little imaginative during my standard Target grocery shopping spree, I decided to try a concoction reminiscent of lunch on a terrazza outside of the Duomo.  Pictured above is an open-faced sandwich of five ingredients: Garlic Naan bread (used 1/2 for the recipe, comes in a pack of two full size pitas), Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Mozzarella, 1 Tomato and Prosciutto.  The prosciutto is the most expensive item on the list, roughly $5.50 per pack, but totally worth it.

I slathered the Naan bread with hummus and layered on sliced mozzarella, and placed in a toaster oven until the cheese melted.  I added an entire sliced tomato and several pieces (okay most of the pack) of prosciutto, topped it off with some garlic powder and more hummus– wallah! Takes 5 minutes. Coupled with a glass of red wine, and you have una cena molto buona! DO IT.

Nommin’ Out: The Dickson

6 Aug

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A discreet multi-level building with almost no signage, the Dickson Wine Bar is a gem to add to your happy hour musings.  Located on 9th and U St, it’s small with a super cool interior.  The walls are lined with hundreds of dark green, blue, and brown recycled wine bottles, and the cozy bar level has cute high top tables that fit parties of four.  I sat in the bar along the window on one of several high top seats, allowing for sidewalk views and a direct line of vision to Nellie’s Sports Bar (sidewalk stalking may or may not be a blog motif).  Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5-7pm, and boasts $5 house wines (red, white, & sparkling) and select brews.  Pictured above is an appetizer from their dinner menu: $6 carrot dip with capers and feta, served with warm bread.  This was the perfect accompaniment to my house white wine, and the ideal size for a twosome.  And speaking of twosomes, the Dickson is a GREAT date place.  You can pick a level depending on your desired surroundings (i.e. bar level you will be sitting 10 inches from the next couple, whereas the top level is a bit more spread out) and its dark with great aesthetics.  Snag a companion and get there!

Nommin’ Out: Ulah Bistro on U Street

2 Aug

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

So recently us DC dwellers have been getting lucky with the evening weather.  No brow-beating sun, a nice little breeze, cool enough to actually wear the occasional pant.  To take advantage, my roommate and I decided to dine outside on U street.  We walked the few blocks from our house and settled on Ulah Bistro, where I have had brunch before but never dinner.  We sat near the sidewalk to easily/obviously people-watch while we chatted over a Moscow Mule.  These drinks are DELICIOUS, an absolute must summer cocktail.  Starving, we glanced at the appetizers and immediately tunnel-visioned to the Crab and Artichoke dip, because duh.  It arrived, and was basically a bowl of molten cheese with some think slices of bread to accompany it.  Don’t get me wrong- I love my cheese.  I eat more cheese in one day that is probably doctor-recommended.  However, I ordered CRAB and ARTICHOKE dip, not melted string cheese and parsley that would promptly fill me up before my entree arrived.  For $10, not great.   My dining experience wasn’t too deterred though; Ulah made up for the app with a delicious salmon Caesar salad.  My roomie got the fried chicken sandwich with duck fat fries (extra $2).  Those things… I die.  My advice: skip the pricey appetizer list and order an extra  cocktail and a side of Duck Fat fries for the table, or ideally just for yourself.  Trust me, you’re worth it.

Check out the menu here: http://ulahbistro.com/pdf/dinner.pdf

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