Oysters on half shell – Hank’s Oyster Bar

Oysters on half shell - Hank's Oyster Bar
Kusshi oysters and Hood Canal oysters. Served with mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon. Half dozen $13.50
Hank’s Oyster Bar, Washington DC

Finally, I found small, delicious oysters from the West Coast in DC! These were delicious especially since all I’ve encountered are the medium to large East Coast oyster which I don’t like very much. They tasted clean and briny and were perfect!

Goldfish crackers - Hank's Oyster Bar
Goldfish crackers. Complimentary

National Harbor
National Harbor MD.

Salami focaccia – Caffe Bene

Salami focaccia - Caffe Bene
Caffe Bene, New York NY

Ugh, this isn’t what I really wanted to eat, but it was convenient and I was starving. The focaccia wasn’t very good and the toppings were over re-heated and hard. The service here was also laughable. Nobody new what they were doing and they were SO frickin’ slow!

Classic New York city coffee cup
Classic New York city coffee cup.

Times Square
Times Square.

Rum raisin cronut – Dominique Ansel Bakery

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Half croissant, half doughnut pastry. $5
Dominique Ansel Bakery, New York NY

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
Well, the long line was hell (I think I waited for about an hour), but I’ve got to admit that this cronut was pretty amazing! I don’t even like rum raisin, but I still really liked this pastry. (They only feature one flavor each month.) I was struck at the perfect construction of this thing. The layers were perfectly cooked (moist and fluffy on the inside and crisp and flaky on the outside) and yet it still allowed for the oozy filling goodness in between. NOMS!

Rum raisin cronut - Dominique Ansel Bakery
It takes up to 3 days to make one of these things, and I must say that their process certainly makes a near perfect pastry. I sometimes wonder if I’d wait in line again for this thing. Perhaps with the right flavor, I would. Who am I kidding, I definitely would! :)

Cronut line
Cronut line at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Grilled calamari salad – Jane

Grilled calamari salad - Jane
Shaved celery, fresno chilies, garlic chips, oregano, aioli. $14
Jane, New York NY

UGH, this restaurant was SO annoying! Firstly, I couldn’t get water if my life depended on it, then they were out of taglitatelle so the waitress suggested this salad as an alternative. Imagine my surprise when everyone in our party got their large plates of steak, mussels, and salmon frites and I received this TINY bowl with a few bits of food in it. FML, who in would think that this dish is substantial enough to be an entree?! What a joke…

Manhattan Bridge
Manhattan Bridge.

Napoletana pizza – Marta

Napoletana pizza - Marta
Mozzarella, anchovy, red onion, thyme. $15
Marta, New York NY

Now this was a delicious pizza! The crust was perfectly thin and chewy and toppings were great. They were simple and of really great quality. A perfect combination that made for a yummy meal. NOMS!

Mortoni cocktail - Marta
Mortoni: Wodka vodka, campari, citrus, Q tonic. $10

Hedwig and the Angy Inch set, Belasco Theatre
Hedwig and the Angy Inch set, Belasco Theatre.