Mintwood Place

Every once and a while I am reminded of why am I am so infatuated with cuisine and the art of gastronomy. It is meals that leave me with an “ohemgee”, “oh la la la”, “ah ha” expression on my face. This expression on my face was one I wore throughout Europe, but while back in the states it has been a rare occurrence. It was at my Dad’s birthday celebration in DC where I felt this connection to my meal all over again. 

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After biking around the DC neighborhood of Adams Morgan and various other parts of the “town” via Capital Bikeshare, my family had worked up a much deserved appetite*. 

*sidenote the day we decided to bike it was 108 heat index

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We were promptly escorted to the bar where I cooled off with a Garden Preservation,served by the bartender who created this fresh, light, and summery concoction.

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After finishing our refreshing libations, we were seated in the window. I am personally a fan of unique nook spaces, so this suited me just fine—adding to the rustic country home ambiance of the restaurant. 

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The bread was perfection. After living in Paris and having bread for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert—I feel I have the credentials to verify this loaf. It was warm, crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. 

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A unexpected match made in food heaven was this split pea + mussel soup. It was so flavorful, yet not in-your-face powerful. It felt as if each of my taste buds had been kissed by an angel. 

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Tagliatelle Bolognese 

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Silver hake, fava beans, swiss chard, piperade, squash blossom. A plate this colorful, you know it’s gonna be good. 

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Wood-grilled swordfish and shrimp, beets, goat cheese, + espelette curd.

I could go on and on about how good the food is, but I’d rather just have you go to Adams Morgan and have the pleasure and experience yourself. 

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The meal ended with an expected bang. This warm raspberry + rhubarb crumble sealed the deal. 

http://mintwoodplace.com/index.html

Person I would take as my date: A friend when I am playing “tourguide” around DC

Society Fair

Nothing gets me more excited than a boutique grocery. Somewhere you can run into, pick up 10 random items and have the most unique picnic. I found this in Old Town Alexandria at Society Fair. 

Each table display was centered around a different food category (my favorite food categories). These food categories included: chocolate & sweets, cheese, baked goods, wine and coffee. 

I’m telling you, you can walk in with a blindfold, pick things up and come out with a bunch of delectables. 

There is a cold area with items ranging from fresh guacamole to homemade yogurt parfaits. There is also a bar where you can order tasty sandwiches. 

The ice coffee—my summer favorite—was delicious. I took mine to go, but the comfy plush leather chairs were calling my name for my next coffee break. 

Who I would take as my date: My girlfriends for a coffee pick-me-up after shopping in Old Town!

http://www.societyfair.net/home/

Evo Bistro

I wouldn’t call myself a wine snob, but the wine classes and tastings I participated in in Paris definitely don’t help my case. I know a thing or two about wine, that’s why I was so excited to find this gem right near my home. 

The appetizers during happy hour were $5 each, providing a perfect excuse to “keep em’ coming.” 

Assorted Olives

Mussels (with the most incredible white wine sauce)

Patatas Bravas (a favorite my gluten-free friend introduced me to in Barcelona, think creamy, spicy, warm potatoes)  

Grilled artichokes

From now on when I need a happy hour go-to, I will be in the car on my way to Evo Bistro

Who I would take as my date: Anyone who can appreciate a good glass of wine

http://www.evobistro.com

District Taco

I think I’ve found it. Well, ok my dad found it. Regardless, I think we found a mexican joint that is on par with Chipotle. It’s called District Taco and you’ve guessed it, it’s in the District of Columbia. 
It was founded by two neighbors who wanted DC to have authentic Yucatan style food, so they created a food truck. It eventually grew and now has multiple locations around the District. 
The salsa was all fresh and fabulous. Don’t forget to get a side (or two) of guacamole. 
I opted to get the carne asada and it was grilled to perfection. Seriously, beat Chipotle. This taco is loaded up with ingredients such as cilantro, black beans, raw white onion, garlic-lime rice, and fresh jalapeños. Trust me, they were fresh– my mouth was on fire (in a good way). 
I will be back to District Taco before I am back at Chipotle, and that will be pretty soon. 

http://www.districttaco.com

Person I would take as my date: Chipotle Convert

Satellite Room

Never have I ever had a booze milkshake. Well, not until a month ago when I put my mouth to work at sucking a surprisingly delicious, strawberry gin concoction from a straw. 


I just had to capture the essence of the cocktail/milkshake menu. You’ve gotta taste it to believe it.

 

This hip take on an American classic both refreshed and excited. The Satellite Room offers standard menu options: burgers, fries, soups, salads, etc. 

It is also conveniently located next to the 9:30 club in Washington, DC. So stop in, have a boozy milky creation and get ready to dance the night away. 

http://satellitedc.com

Person I would take as my date: A music lover