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Ray’s the Steaks – new location update

February 21, 2009
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The food at Ray’s is just as delicious as before! The dining room looks a little different, but I can assure you the furnishings have no affect on the steaks! If these pictures don’t tempt you – you must be crazy 🙂

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Murky Coffee

February 19, 2009
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We had friends in town from Chicago this past weekend and one of the destinations on our list was THE best coffee shop in the DC area, Murky Coffee. It’s a small quirky hangout spot that is definitely a local favorite. Everything they do here is done with skill and perfection. I seriously have never had a bad latte from there and am more than willing to wait 5-10 minutes for one of their perfect pours. It’s incredible how thick they can get the milk to foam – not to mention the cute latte art they can do with their eyes closed! Katie and Allie, two of their amazing baristas took 1st and 2nd place at this year’s Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition. Congratulations girls – you rock 🙂

Murky Coffee
3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201


Ray’s the Steaks – new location

February 11, 2009
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Today was the grand opening of the new Ray’s the Steaks location in the Navy Building in the Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington.  For those of you who don’t already know, Ray’s the Steaks was previously located on Wilson in Rosslyn in the same shopping center as Ray’s Hell Burger. I stopped by to make a reservation and to check out Michael’s new digs. The owner, Michael Landrum took my reservation himself! He is so nice and reminded me I could call and make reservations now too. I could have called, but I decided to stop by to do a little scouting for our group Valentine’s Day dinner this Saturday. At the old Ray’s location, seating was first come first serve – no call ahead reservations! 

All the doors were open and as I walked into the reception area I realized it was because the entire place was smokey. Grease fire maybe? Mishaps are not uncommon on opening nights, but the interesting part was that none of the diners seemed to care! Not only did the diners look happy, the people walking in were not deterred by the smoke either! The food is that good. I can’t wait to enjoy the crab bisque, a big steak, the amazing sides, a glass of red wine, and a slice of key lime pie. This place has to be my favorite place to eat…anything.

Ray’s the Steaks 
2300 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201


Crisp

February 10, 2009
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I consider myself a South Side kinda girl but I would never complain about traveling up to Crisp in Chicago’s North Side. Crisp is a small fast food Korean restaurant with good prices and good food. You order from the simple menu at the cash register, pick a drink from the cooler (try one of the Korean soft drinks), and then wait for your food to arrive at one of the long communal benches. We patiently waited for our food while we watched our neighbors devor theirs. The two of us got three things to share: the Baby Buddha, Wacky Wacky Wings, and Seoul Sensation. We ended up with leftovers but that’s ok – more for later!

Bi Bim Bop is one of my favorite dishes – and the Baby Buddha didn’t disappoint.

Baby BuddhaOur “mini” adaptation of a traditional Korean favorite, Bi Bim Bop, with an American twist. Your choice of three different freshly marinated or unseasoned vegetables on a bed of rice. Mix it all up with your choice of sauce. Perfect choice for a light and healthy lunch.

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We had to try the Korean burrito our friends had told us about. I wasn’t a huge fan, kinda bland, but cool idea! Next time I’d add some hot sauce. Comes with fries. Bonus!

Seoul Sensation Burrito – Koreans make burritos? Our adaptation of everyone’s favorite. This burrito is generously filled with rice, onions, tomatoes, chives and our homemade marinated Korean beef, Bulgogi. All wrapped in a flour tortilla. Sauce upon request.

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The chicken wings were my favorite dish of the three. They were hot, fresh, and spicy – just how I like!

Wacky Wacky Wings with Crisp BBQ sauce – extra spicy – For those hankering wings sans the rest of the bird, we’ve got a treat for you. No itty bitty wings here — these Jumbo sized wings are fried to perfection and come in your choice of sauce.

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Next time I’m back in Chicago, Crisp is definitely on my checklist!

Crisp
2940 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657


Red Velvet Cupcakery & Tangy Sweet

February 9, 2009
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I’ve been dying to try Red Velvet ever since it opened this past December in Penn Quarter. I finally got the chance- 2x in one week! The interesting thing about this cupcakery is that the owner is also the art department coordinator for HBO’s “Entourage.”

She is also the sister of Tangy Sweet owner Aaron which explains the neighboring Tangy Sweet storefront. I tried the other Tangy Sweet in Dupont last summer.

There is not much seating in Red Velvet so they encourage you to take your cupcake next door to Tangy Sweet and enjoy it in their spacious modern dining room. I tried the devil’s food (pictured above) – get ready for a chocolate overload, the key west – not as limey as I wanted it to be, and the southern belle – by far the best. The southern belle was moist and the whipped cream frosting went great with the red velvet cake. Each cupcake is $3.25. They’re small, but really, you don’t need much more than that small serving. They are very rich! My friend Cathy broke off bits of cupcake and ate it with spoonfuls of fro-yo. Yummy combo.

Red Velvet
675 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20004