Arancini – Cherry Blossom Pub

Arancini - Cherry Blossom Pub
Sticky rice, mozzarella, bechamel, marinara. $6
Cherry Blossom Pub, Washington DC

These were good (and different). I liked the sticky rice variation to keep in line with the Super Mario theme on our side of the bar. This had great flavor though. The service was nice enough, but the crowds were just too loud and crazy to really enjoy anything.

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Duck bolognese – Volt

Duck bolognese - Volt
Braised duck legs, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, whole wheat radiatore pasta, smoked parmesan, pepperoni bread crumbs. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

I thought that this was a very successful dish. I loved the combination of the duck, whole wheat pasta, smoked cheese, and breadcrumbs. It was a hearty pasta dish, but the flavors were great and you can’t get it anywhere else!

Assorted cookies and desserts – Tordomatto

Assorted cookies and desserts - Tordomatto
“Tradition” tasting menu €65
Tordomatto, Rome ITALY

These were really yummy bites that arrived after the main dessert course. They were delicious and had were in a variety of textures which made it fun to eat while reflecting on the lovely meal that was consumed. Mmm…

Bill container - Tordomatto
The bill came in this cute metal box.

Lemon and cream dessert – Tordomatto

Lemon and cream dessert - Tordomatto
Pine nuts, limoncello. “Tradition” tasting menu €65
Tordomatto, Rome ITALY

This was a super creative dessert, but I’m not sure that it was successful overall. I loved that it mimicked the look of an egg, but it didn’t feel satisfying on the mouth. The gelatin cellophane was odd and didn’t allow the other ingredients to blend. I liked the flavor of the dessert though.

Additional dessert - Tordomatto
Extra lil’ palette cleanser.