Meyer lemon beurre blanc, brioche, artichoke chips. $33
Sutro’s at The Cliff House, San Francisco CA
A little of this went a long way! I liked the flavors at first, but after a few bites the beurre blanc dominated everything. It was so rich that it definitely overwhelmed the dungeness crab inside the ravioli. I wish this dish was a bit more balanced because it read so appetizingly.
Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine, brut, Somoma. $10
Kalamata olives pureed with basil and garlic, served with bread and crackers. $6
Blush! Wine Bar, San Francisco CA
I don’t think I’ve ever had olive tapenade served with butter crackers at a restaurant. Crazy, right?! I thought it was kinda tacky, but I ended up really liking it, lol! Noms!
Prosecco, PerlApp, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. $10
Capers, olives, onion, anchovy, mozzarella. $17
Etto, Washington DC
Mmm, this was delicious! I usually don’t like a lot of char on my pizza crusts, but this wasn’t bitter in the least. The toppings were also wonderful and tasted great. It must be good if I can eat the entire pizza by myself in one sitting. Perfect!
Lambrusco di Sorbara, Chiarli, 2013. $8
National Harbor MD.
Slow roasted pork shoulder, pickled red onion, cilantro, garlic aioli. Happy hour $5
MXDC Cocina Mexicana, Washington DC
Although these tacos were small, they certainly packed a punch! I loved the delicious, tender pork and they didn’t go overboard with toppings. MXDC kept and simple tasty.
Segura Viudas Aria Cave Rose, Penedes, Spain. Happy hour $6
Chips and salsa. Complimentary
The green tomatillo salsa was too sour for my taste, but the darker roasted salsa was delicious!
Cucumber, chile pequin, red onion, lime. Happy hour $6
MXDC Cocina Mexicana, Washington DC
This wasn’t my favorite because the dressing was way too salty! It did have nice flavors with a spicy kick and the fish (what little of it there was) was tender. There was an anise or five spice flavor that I couldn’t quite place, but it was unexpected and enjoyable.
Poema Cava, Penedes, Spain. Happy hour $6
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.
Kecap Manis, mint, cilantro, radish, B&B pickles. $16
POV, Washington DC
Ugh, these buns sucked! The pork belly was dry and so were the steamed buns. I liked the flavors but I felt like these could’ve been frozen and just reheated. Definitely not worth sixteen bucks.
Charles De Fere, Blanc de Blancs. $12
3 oysters, 3 clams, 1 shrimp. Happy hour $7.98
Half dozen crab claws. Happy hour $9.95
Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington DC
This was a great happy hour deal for seafood! I’m still not a fan of the larger east coast oysters but they definitely go down easier when they’re discounted, hehe! I’m also not sure that I really liked the clams (just not my style I guess). The crab claws were great though!
Prosecco “Extra Dry”, Carpene Malvoti, Conegliano, Italy, NV. $8
Shenandoah National Park, VA.
With morita chiles, radish, jalapeno, cilantro. Happy hour $4
Tico, Washington DC
Mmm, this taco was pretty amazing! The juicy beef had SO much flavor and the sauce and toppings were perfect. Noms! Our server started with some attitude though. Lame girl!
Brut sparkling, Pascual Toso. Happy hour $5
National Harbor, MD.
Smoked eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta. Served with flatbread. $8
Kapnos, Washington DC
Mmm, this spread was delicious. I personally love eggplants and this preparation was new to me (and I loved it). Their made to order flatbread is also pretty amazing! Noms!
Prosecco “on tap”, Montelvini, Italy, MV. Glass $9
National Mall view from the Washington Monument towards the Capitol Building.
Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma CA
I usually enjoy my visits to Gloria Ferrer, but during my last visit the annoying idiot girls working the hostess desk were ridiculous! Gloria Ferrer really needs to reevaluate who they hired to represent their brand and be the first people they encounter when walking in. I was tempted to write a scathing Yelp review right then and there! Bad service is bad service and there’s no excuse for it!
Gloria Ferrer Winery.
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. $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, Leesburg VA.