Food Excursions


I can’t say enough good things about this cute Dupont Circle find. We had amazing service, drinks and fod and were seated in about 20 minutes on a Saturday night without a reservation! (Probably because it’s the middle of the summer and D.C. is pretty much empty.

Highlights Include – Oysters (Malpqeue), Shrimp Cocktail (some of the largest and juiciest shrimp I’ve ever tasted), Old Bay fries and the Lobster Roll (not too much mayo and a nice crispy bun)

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We hit up Perry’s in Adams Morgan on Friday night to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We had a reservation for 6 for the roof (in the 90-degree heat) and were seated right away. The crowd is a bit older than the traditional AM crew, with mostly everyone in their early 30s. The roof was packed.

Overall I’d give the service a B and the food a B+.

Service – our waitress was quite pleasant but she kept dissappearing when we were hoping to order! We were enjoying ourselves so it didn’t matter all that much, but it was close to an hour before we even ordered any food! Additionally, we’d ordered some sushi rolls as an appetizer and a few entrees for our main courses. Our entrees happened to come out first and the sushi came later. Becuase of this mix-up, we were given these great lemonade drinks on the house!

Food – I’ve always thought the view from the roof of Perry’s was better than the food. This time, I was pleasantly suprised. The sushi tasted very fresh and my butterfish was only a little overcooked. The dessert they brought out for the birthday girl was this chocolate parfait thing that was great!

All in all, Perry’s is a fun place to go for decent food and a great view – just don’t go when you’re in a hurry…

Saturday night, Mr. Hillman’s Helpings and I went to Zengo, a trendy restaurant in D.C.’s Chinatown area (now known as Penn Quarter).

We’d been there a few times so we knew what we liked. The restaurant is unique in that the cuisine is a fusion of Japanese and Latin American (a little odd, i admit). The have things like sushi rolls with jalapenos in them, and ahi tuna won ton tacos. it definitely sounds weird but its really one of our favorite places in DC.

Start with a cocktail – the cuumber mojitos are the best!
For Sushi – the Angry Zengo roll is awesome
For Appetizer – get the chicken empanadas – the sauce is great!
For entrees – the shrimp wa a bit too spicy for my taste, but we’ve had the black cod and the short ribs, both of which were really tasty.

Overall the service was amazing, although I would have liked if they hadn’t taken away the plate so fast!

It’s definitely not cheap, but its a fun night out! see for yourself – http://www.modernmexican.com/zengodc/index.htm

Enology D.C. will be opening on Friday (the 13th). I attended a mock service last night and I have to say, the wine and cheese selection is phenomenal. All of the wines, cheese and cured meats are American. Even the alcohol was made here!

It’s located on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Macomb Street – the interior is sleek and refined and will become the perfect meeting spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Go! Fast!

After I posted this recipe and completly wrote off Avocado Oil, the lovely folks at Olivado Gourmet Foods offered to send me some samples of avocado oil just so I could see what I was missing.

Let me tell you, I made the recipe on Tuesday night for a friend, WITH the avocado oil. It was amazing how much of a difference I tasted. Avocado oil is rich and buttery (like avocados, duh) and the flavors totally came through in the dish.

Avocado oil is sold (even the Olivado brand) at local supermarkets. I even found it at my local Giant the other day!

I’d always wanted to go to Chelsea Market AND the Food Network studios in NYC. What a coincidence that they are in the same place! Last week we went to New York for a few days and my wish finally came true!

Chelsea Market was awesome. The best breads, desserts, fish, meats, homemade Italian foods etc… I’ve ever seen in one place. They had this unbelievable kitchen store (I’m sure the Food Network gets all their stuff there) that must have had every gadget and gizmo known to man.

And, we did see the entrance to the Food Network offices and studios. It was quite a thrill for me. 🙂 And yes, I was the loser who made my boyfriend take a picture with me on front of the entrance. I’m sure he was embarassed.

I went to sleep that night dreaming of what it would be like to work there…

In Front of the Food Network Studios