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Rio Grande/Uncle Julio’s

April 19, 2009
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My favorite summer drink of all time is a frozen swirl margarita/sangria. And they are good at Rio Grande in Ballston. A couple of these during Friday happy hour and you’re good to go ūüėČ

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The drink is good, but not the reason for this post. Behold. El Plato Gordo:

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Serves 3-4. Ribs, steak, chicken, bacon wrapped shrimp, & fresh flour tortillas. Yummmmmmmm.

Rio Grande
Arlington/Ballston
4301 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203


Sonic Drive-In

April 19, 2009
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These pictures are from our car ride from West Palm Beach to Miami for this year’s South Beach Food and Wine Festival. It hurts my heart I don’t live near a Sonic Drive-in, but you best believe we find the nearest Sonic is when we go on road trips!

Notice how deliciously greasy ¬†the hash brown box is. Heaven. But my favorite menu item has to be the strawberry limeade. I love those babies. I couldn’t finish the huge breakfast¬†burrito¬†stuffed with sausage, cheese, egg, tomato, onion, and jalapenos, but I was satisfied with half.¬†

Sonic Drive-In
Various Locations


Bon Chon

April 6, 2009
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Love fried chicken? Do the flavors of Korean cuisine make you mouth water? Go to Bon Chon in Annandale, VA for the best combination of these foodie favorites.

Bon Chon chicken is fried to perfection in a choice of spicy or soy garlic sauce with a side of pickled daikon radish. Their cooking process takes a really long time, (usually 30-45 min – so I call ahead) but it’s well worth the wait. It comes out hot and crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. Unlike the fried chicken Americans are used to, Bon Chon chicken doesn’t have the flaky batter on the skin.¬†This place is a must-try. Unlike any fried chicken you’ve had before. Guaranteed.

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Bon Chon 
6653 Little River Tpke # H
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 750-1424


Sushi Samba Dromo

March 29, 2009
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While shopping on Lincoln Road in Miami we stopped for lunch at the Sushi Samba chain restaurant. Their cuisine is Peruvian and Japanese fusion. I’ve eaten at Sushi Samba Rio before in Chicago and liked it so we decided to take a table outside and people watch. Lincoln Road is great for that. We saw a lot of interesting looking people and the cutest dogs!¬†

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Calamari Caesar Salad

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Seabass Lunch Special

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Sushi Samba Dromo
600 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139


Jerry’s Famous Deli

March 12, 2009
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During our trip to Miami for the South Beach Food and Wine Festival we stopped at Jerry’s Famous Deli for lunch. Jerry’s has locations in California and Miami and are known for their extensive menu – over 600 items! Here’s what we ended up ordering:

Cuban sandwich with slaw and potato salad

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French toast with a side of fresh fruit

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The food wasn’t really noteworthy. Basic diner/deli style food.¬†We gave it a try because we heard that the history of the building is pretty neat.

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It was originally called Hoffman’s Cafeteria when it opened in the¬†30’s, then it became the Warsaw Ballroom. In the 80’s it was a gay nightclub that celebrities like Madonna and Gianni Versace frequented. It was also a building that was used in Miami Vice!

Jerry’s Famous Deli
1450 Collins Avenue
South Beach, Miami, Fl 33139


Stonyfield Farm Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

March 11, 2009
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Seriously Oikos, where have you been all my life. I had you for the first time and you blew my mind.

The BF is a big yogurt fan – me not so much –¬†but we¬†usually buy in bulk to have on hand, although I never thought to buy organic Greek yogurt. My frugality leads me to the Kirkland brand at Costco, but after my life-altering experience with Stonyfield Farm Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt, I will never buy any other yogurt again. ever. I’ll shell out a few extra bucks for this liquid gold.

I tried the¬†honey on the bottom flavor – a yummy combination of sweet¬†and tangy. The yogurt was light and fluffy which made it incredibly refreshing, which I normally don’t think of when I’m eating yogurt. The honey was great too. I know what you’re thinking…that’s a dumb flavor because you can just add your own honey to plain yogurt, but trust me on this one. The¬†consistency¬†of the honey was perfect for blending into the yogurt. When I’ve¬†added honey to yogurt in the past it’s usually too thick straight from the bottle.

Sounds insane, but I was  happy and sad at the same time as I was eating it. Halfway through I was so happy I had found something that tasted this great. This stuff is definitely something I know I wont get sick of. Then I started to get sad as I was reaching the bottom of the cup. I only gotten 2 at the store to try Р1 for me and 1 for the BF. Stupid!

I’m not usually this crazy about brands, but this is different. I even went to the Stonyfield Farm website to check it out and guess what?! There are coupons!


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 ūüôā


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 ūüôā

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 ‚Äúmini‚ÄĚ 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 РKoreans 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‚Äôve got a treat for you. No itty bitty wings here ‚ÄĒ 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


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