Bow Wow tasting option.
Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane VA
This was a very laid back and fun winery. There were lots of people just lounging and picnicking on the grounds. Although I wasn’t overly impressed by their wines, I did appreciate that they had a good variety of wines that were distinct in flavor profiles. And the guy who poured for us was super friendly.
Autumn foliage, Delaplane VA.
Bucket of baby back ribs, spiced avocado, mayonnaise. Happy hour $9
B Too, Washington DC
I think these tasted great. Perhaps they were a little dry, but slathered with some of the avocado spread they were pretty darn tasty!
Government House, Annapolis MD.
Fresh mango, cashew nut, ginger, mint chutney. $10
Rasika, Washington DC
The shrimp tasted great, but I wish they were cooked a little less. They were a bit dry and hard. The mint chutney was great along with the diced beets.
Potomac River, Alexandria VA.
Pork ribs, mehkong whiskey, dill. Tasting menu $45
Little Serow, Washington DC
Mmm, what a great way to end an amazing meal! These pork ribs were bursting with flavor and super tender. I’ll definitely come back for another meal at Little Serow.
Jackfruit with custard.
Shenandoah Caverns, Quicksburg VA.
Balsamic vinegar, almond, cheese, thyme. Prix fixe $50
Apartment 2g, Front Royal VA
This should have been very charming and homey dinner, but the service was SO slow that I just couldn’t enjoy myself. I loved the concept of eating in a converted apartment while the husband and wife chef duo cooks lovely dishes for you, but this dinner was painfully long. The time between dishes was unbearable. By the end, I was still hungry because I was able to fully digest between courses.
This opening bite was a little clunky. It was literally a dressed up dried apricot! I think it tasted good, but I thought that it was an odd item. I mean, I could do this…
Zardetto Prosecco Doc Treviso Brut, Italy. $8
Shenandoah National Park.
Tasting fee $7
Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont VA
I don’t want to come off as a California wine snob, but I was not impressed by the wines in the northern Virginia region. Some of them were drinkable, but overall it lacked the complexity and depth that I’ve had from California wines.
Mini smoked salmon waffles, wasabi yogurt dip. Happy hour $11
B Too, Washington DC
When I came here, I didn’t know that the chef was Bart from Top Chef until he came out of the kitchen to say Hello to some friends of his sitting near me. I was tempted to ask for a selfie, but I maintained my cool and refrained, lol!
These waffles were delicious! I loved their airy texture and the smoked salmon interior was yummy. It paired well with the wasabi yogurt sauce. Noms!
Cava. Happy hour $5
Annapolis City Dock.