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PranQster/Marvin

October 3, 2009
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Found my new favorite beer. PranQster is a Belgian-style golden ale made with a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish. If you like Blue Moon you’re bound to enjoy this brew too (BM is a Belgian-style wheat ale).

Besides the taste, the best part about PranQster is that it’s traditionally served in a goblet rather than your usual pint glass. Classy.

Pranqster

You can find PranQster at Marvin – a bistro/bar that serves “home cooked classics from Belgium to the American South”. I can’t speak to the food at this establishment, but their selection of Belgian beer is extensive. The decor and overall feel of the place is really fun too. It feels like you’ve stepped back in time a few decades – in a good way ūüôā

Marvin
2007 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC


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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


X Rated Liqueur

October 24, 2008
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Dispite the total cheeseball name, I was compelled to try X Rated when I saw it at MCCXXIII, which has the BEST Friday happy hour, by the way (open bar from 5-9pm topshelf for $20!). What girl wouldn’t want to try a hot pink fusion of French vodka, blood oranges, mangos, and passion fruit? Come on, it’s PINK!¬†

I asked the bartender what¬†goes well with it and he suggested Sprite – ugh, big mistake. Way too sweet. It tasted like Sprite plus 50 packets of Splenda. If I ever¬†have it again, I’d try one of these recipes. YumSugar has a different opinion, but I do think a bottle of this would make a great girly gift for a friend!


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Makoto

August 22, 2008
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We went to Makoto for an early birthday dinner for the BF last night. This restaurant requires a credit card to make a reservation, dress code that is strictly enforced, and all patrons to wear their provided slippers upon entry. We ordered the 10 course chef’s dinner – $60 per person. The food makes it a very worthwhile experience as you can see from the pictures (click to see them full size). The sashimi course is missing from¬†the gallery¬†because I ate it before I remembered to take a picture, yes I’m a pig! It was 3 pieces of tuna, 2 pieces of yellowtail, and 2 pieces of flounder, in case you’re curious.

We also tried the warm poison fish fin sake – it numbs your tongue a little so don’t have too much ūüėČ

I recommend going to this authentic Japanese restaurant for special occasions since it’s a little pricey. The wait staff is extremely attentive and pleasant, which makes for a delightful dining experience!

Makoto
4822 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, DC 20007


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Tangy Sweet

August 22, 2008
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Not the best frozen yogurt DC has to offer, but it’s decent. The opening weekend was miserable because their A/C wasn’t working so hopefully the got that fixed! They do have a pomegranate flavor which is pretty¬†cool but I stuck to the original – just to be safe ūüôā

Tangy Sweet
2029 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


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