Draft beer – Base Line Brews

Draft beer - Base Line Brews
I attended my first Nats game this summer and I really enjoyed their ballpark. (It’s no AT&T Park, but I’m biased, lol!) The Nationals Park was clean and the fans were friendly and well behaved. They also had a great selection of food and drinks. Large $9.75
Base Line Brews, Washington DC

Nationals Park
Nationals Park.

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Pasta bolognese – Volt

Pasta bolognese - Volt
Calamari and pepperoni, roasted tomatoes, ricotta cheese cavatelli with squid ink, grated parmigiano reggiano. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

This pasta was very rich and delicious. I like that it was unconventional with the seafood additions of calamari in the sauce and squid ink in the pasta. These ingredients really changed the flavor and feel of the bolognese. This was about the point when I was getting VERY full and started wondering how many more dishes were left, hehe.

Sazerac cocktail - Volt
Sazerac: rye, bitters, lemon, fennel. $11

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, VA.

Pork belly hash – Market Table Bistro

Pork belly hash - Market Table Bistro
Breakfast potato hash, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, hickory glaze, poached eggs. $18
Market Table Bistro, Lovettsville VA

This hash was really good! There were full on chunks of fat in the hash (without any meat attached) which was delicious but unexpected. I couldn’t eat all of them though because it was too rich. The dish was tasty and I loved the seasonal vegetables incorporated into the dish. Noms!

Cow creamer - Market Table Bistro
Cow creamer. Very cute, especially against the black tabletop.

Turkies, Morven Park
Turkies, Morven Park, Leesburg VA.

Oyster duo – WK Hearth

Oyster duo - WK Hearth
Baked with bacon onion jam. Raw with melon granita and lemon. $8
WK Hearth, Purcellville VA

This was gross! The texture and flavor of the raw oyster with the granite made me dry heave a little. The warm oyster was a little better, but I think the quality of the oysters was off in the first place. Not a good dish.

Remarkable Sparkles flight - WK Hearth
Remarkable Sparkles flight. $13
Carte Noire, Charles Organ, Chardonnary, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, NV, Champagne, France.
Prosa, Meinklang, (Rose) Pinot Noir, 2012, Burgenland, Austria.
Puianello, Lambrusco, NV, Lombardy, Italy.
Mmm, these wines were VERY different from each other and different from the types of sparkling wines that I normally drink. The last one was super sweet but it was still enjoyable to drink. I always like trying new things.

Davis mansion, Morven Park
Davis mansion, Morven Park, Leesburg VA.

Lasagna fresca with shrimp – Olive Garden

Lasagna fresca with shrimp - Olive Garden
Vegetable lasagna, sautéed shrimp, grilled tomatoes with sun-dried tomato sauce. Served with soup. $14.79
Olive Garden, Martinsburg WV

Omg! I thought with the words “fresca” and “shrimp” that this dish would be on the lighter side. That didn’t happen! This plate was definitely a gut bomb. There was SO much cheese in the lasagna and the sun-dried tomato sauce (which I’m assuming was inside the lasagna) was overpowered by the additional cheesy cream sauce dumped on top. The spots of pesto were cute for color but just added another layer of richness to this heavy dish. Not really what I wanted when I ordered this from their seasonal fresca menu.

Morven Park grounds
Morven Park grounds, Leesburg VA.

White asparagus – Volt

White asparagus - Volt
House bay seasoning, poached brown butter custard. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

This was a freebie dish from the kitchen (ooh, I love freebies!). The asparagus had a different texture that I hadn’t tried before. I’ve had white asparagus before, but not prepared in this way. I liked the bay seasoning and the custard! The flowers were a pretty touch too.

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, VA.