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Starbucks

July 20, 2008
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Starbucks tactic to speed up the road to a comeback: fruit smoothies – which were introduced last week. My co-workers and I agree…they suck. Vivannos come in two flavors, banana chocolate and orange mango banana (pictured right). The texture is similar to baby food and the orange mango banana Vivanno is nothing more than a pureed banana. It was a little bitter and was not cold and icee like a smoothie should be. I was kinda rooting for Starbucks on this one, but in my opinion these fruit concoctions are a bust.

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Ray’s Hell Burger

July 13, 2008
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With all the hype of this burger joint which opened on July 1st, I was expecting the best beef patty I’ve ever tasted. Eh, not so impressed. I LOVE Michael Landrum’s other restaurant Ray’s the Steaks so I was a little disappointed with less than juicy meat, room temperature bun, and unimaginative toppings. The only redeeming qualities were the watermelon and corn that came with the mediocre 10 oz. burger. We ordered Old Dominion Root Beer to wash it all down but I would have enjoyed it much more in a frosted mug. Others have great things to say about this place, but I think if this place wasn’t owned by DC’s King of Beef it would just be another restaurant.

UPDATE 9/26/08: Gave it another try and I take back all the bad things I said about the burgers here! The buns were toasted and the toppings were fresh. I’m craving a peppercorn crusted burger with piranha sauce right now!

RHB

Pictured above: The Punisher

Ray’s Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA


Yechon

July 2, 2008
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Yechon is a 24 hour Korean restaurant in Annandale, VA which makes it great for yummy late night food that you wont regret eating the next morning. Because they have a large dining room, I’ve rarely had to wait more than a couple minutes before getting a table. Even if there were a long wait, it would be totally worth it! Besides traditional Korean entrees, they offer sushi (only during day hours) and Korean BBQ

Here are a few of my go2s:

  • mae woon kal bi tangspicy short rib soup served with rice
  • soon doo boo jigaespicy tofu stew with seafood
  • kal bi dolsot bibimboprice mixed with assorted veggies and marinated ribs served in a hot stone bowl

Yechon is a great place to go even if you’re not familiar with Korean cuisine. The entrees and banchan here are both constantly good. The added bonus is that the waitresses are dressed in traditional Korean costumes!

Yechon
4121 Hummer Road 
Annandale, VA 22003


Mr. Yogato

July 1, 2008
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One of my favorite deserts out there is Korean-style frozen yogurt. There recently have been many new fro-yo shops riding off of the success of the Pinkberry chain in LA and NYC. One of these is Mr. Yogato which had its grand opening this past Saturday (June 28) in Dupont. Mr. Yogato carries 19, non-fat yogurt flavors like mango, mojito, and black cherry which is rotated and served 4 at a time. They also offer 30 different dry and fruit toppings.

Sounds strikingly similar other copycat fro-yo shops, but Mr. Yogato stands out from the rest because of the fun atmosphere the employees create. The storefront is very tiny and there was a substantial line when we got there, but it moves pretty quickly (especially when they pass out free samples while you wait!). Here are other things they do to keep things interesting:

Rules of Yogato

  1. If Mr. Roboto comes over the speaker system and you sing along,
    you get 10% off yogurt.
  2. Try your luck with a trivia question. Get it right for 10% off, but get it wrong and 10% is added.
  3. If you will wear a yogato stamp on your head, you get 20% off.
  4. If you can recite the Stirling battlefield speech from Braveheartin a great scottish accent, you get 10% off yogurt.
  5. Order a yogurt for 30 consecutive days and we’ll name a flavor after you.
  6. If a customer suggests a topping or flavor which is then adopted, that customer receives a 5% discount for life.
  7. If anyone can stump Steve on trivia regarding Seinfeld or “The Rock,” 10% off yogurt.
  8. Anyone wearing a kickball uniform and has played hard (evidenced by dirt on their knees) will receive an automatic 10% off yogurt.

We ventured into Dupont on Sunday after our kickball game and the BF got a stamp on his forehead. With both discounts, a medium with 3 toppings was $3.50. If we would have ordered in a Arnold Schwarzenegger voice it would have been even cheaper! Bargains are the best.

What we got: the original tangy with mochi, kiwi, and blackberries.

As Arnold would say, “I’ll be back.”

Mr. Yogato
1515 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036