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  1. Hat tip to Jake for nudging me to this "real good" spot: The Wallace. Smart crowd but decor is tasteful and comfortable. Started with a spinach salad with grilled portabellos and blue cheese which was very nice and straightforward. Grilled Japanese eggplant over lentils was next, and possibly my favorite dish of the night. Lentils were smokey and delicious! Spouse ordered the squid ink pasta with Uni bescamel and ikura. Tasty but a bit too rich for me. And yet hypocritically I loved the next course, foie gras three ways: terrine, mousse, and grilled. All fantastic, with the exception of the mousse which was spectacular. It was served over what looked like crumbled feta, but was actually dehydrated foie gras! We shared a carrot cake that delivered. Many tables ordered a mushroom tartine that looked really good. Cocktail was an apple brandy and a duck fat rinsed orange liqueur with bitters. Very nice. And the wine was all good as well. Fun place! Service got weeded here but we enjoyed ourselves and had no subsequent commitments.
  2. After a sweet renovation of a large house just off the main drag (Mt. Vernon Ave), it looks like Del Ray Café has opened (or is doing so, softly). They serve breakfast and lunch Mon-Fri, brunch on Sat-Sun, and dinner Mon-Sun. Thrillist has some details on the space and menu items (menus are available on the website linked above). It does say they're closed this Saturday - and they're hiring. I look forward to checking it out!
  3. In my efforts to eat lunch across the 'burbs of NoVA, I had lunch today w/ a friend at Walker's Grille, which is in an odd location behind Inova Alexandria. There's plenty of parking, a built in clientele w/ the hospital & doctors offices, I think it was about 3/4 filled. The space is attractive enough, reminiscent of an office building, a little noisy, & has an outdoor patio that might be nice, when the weather is warmer. We both got sandwiches, I was craving a club, (which is why I tried this place), so, turkey club w/ bacon & cheddar on wheat toast- large, a little dry, & the fries were a little limp. My friend had the reuben, said it was ok, not outstanding. Service was excellent, so while I won't be rushing back, I think it was just fine...
  4. The Daily Dish They are located in the strip mall on Grubb Road, near the intersection with East-West, a few doors away from Parkway Deli in the old Red Dog space. Aside from the seasonal/local bent (the entrees do change frequently) they are somewhat distinguished by offering a full bar and vegan/vegetarian-friendly selections. In terms of the kitchen's ambitions and the ambiance/decor, I regard them as slightly more casual than nearby 8407. We've been maybe 1/2 dozen times. It's always a bit of an afterthought for us. We go when we want something relaxed and close to home, and we've grown temporarily fatigued with the places in our usual rotation. Last Thursday evening, our party of 3 had a very pleasant meal. It was particularly delightful to sit just inside open garage door up front so we could enjoy the cool evening air. We each started with a vegan soup of the day. Both my companions had the tomato, which they liked very much. I had the potato/leek, which would have been improved with the addition of heavy cream , but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Both the crab cake (appetizer) and lamb shank (entree) were deemed good by my dining companions. I had a sauteed softshell crab entree that, while not iconic, was well-prepared and satisfied a craving I've been suffering for several days (NB: at $30, it was the most expensive item on the menu). For libations, we enjoyed a margarita (The Classic) and Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, which was on draft. If it were as close to home as our other regular haunts, we would probably dine at TDD more often. Over time, it has proved to be a good option for us when we need to break away from our routine.
  5. I'm not PETA but I generally don't do endangered species. Can we start a list of restaurants that serve unsustainable foods so maybe some of us can avoid them? For example, how do I know whether a restaurant is serving sustainable Chilean Seabass?
  6. If your from Philadelphia, or just know it well, you've probably heard of the White Dog Cafe in University city. A lovely and large townhome (200 seats), it is made intimate by it's many nooks and crannies and worn yet warm wooden floors. It's founder, owner and resident, Judy Wicks, has announced she is moving on and will turn the restaurant over. I'm posting this because even if you've never been there, you may be interested to learn about Ms. Wicks and her uncomprimising means of bringing food to your plate in the most ethical and earth- conscious ways possible. She has been a beacon for food sustainability, fair trade, eco-friendly practices and social responsibility for 24 years. The restaurant's mission has always been the aformentioned goals of Ms. Wicks, first and foremost. The food is second, but always solid. It's a wonderful overall experience though, and should be on travel agendas should you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love. I'm looking forward to reaquainting myself (window table in the piano room)with the WDC when the new and hopefully more food driven leadership is in place. Meanwhile, I'll comfort myself with the cooking.
  7. About Virginia Cobia Farms LLC Virginia Cobia Farms LLC produces Cobia and Pompano fish at its farm in the mountains of Virginia. The company produces the only Cobia in the world that is rated as a “Best Choice” Sustainable Cobia by the Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch program. Its inland production methods ensure that our fish are always fresh, nutritious and safe. Visit: http://www.virginiacobiafarms.biz yep it seems it IS from the mountains of VA
  8. Has anyone tried this before? It looks really good and ultra-healthy.
  9. This place is a great find, especially if you are staying around the Chelsea area and wanted to cook locally-sourced, fresh foods. Although I ended up buying mostly coffee beans here, I loved how fresh the seafood and meat case looked, how clean and labelled everything was, and how friendly staff was. They even have a little coffee bar that carries beans from the Brooklyn Roasting Company. The Chelsea location is an off-shoot of their Brooklyn headquarters. The pictures of the Brooklyn market look awesome. I only wish I could have browsed longer here.
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