Dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli – Sutro’s at The Cliff House

Dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli - Sutro's at The Cliff House
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 - Sutro's at The Cliff House
Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine, brut, Somoma. $10

Kalamata tapenade – Blush! Wine Bar

Kalamata tapenade - Blush! Wine Bar
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 - Blush! Wine Bar
Prosecco, PerlApp, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. $10

Alla Romana pizza – Etto

Alla Romana pizza - Etto
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 - Etto
Lambrusco di Sorbara, Chiarli, 2013. $8

National Harbor
National Harbor MD.

Cochinita pibil tacos – MXDC Cocina Mexicana

Cochinita pibil tacos - MXDC Cocina Mexicana
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 - MXDC Cocina Mexicana
Segura Viudas Aria Cave Rose, Penedes, Spain. Happy hour $6

Chips and salsa - MXDC Cocina Mexicana
Chips and salsa. Complimentary
The green tomatillo salsa was too sour for my taste, but the darker roasted salsa was delicious!

Rockfish aguachile – MXDC Cocina Mexicana

Rockfish aguachile - MXDC Cocina Mexicana
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 - MXDC Cocina Mexicana
Poema Cava, Penedes, Spain. Happy hour $6

Mini gerookte zalmwafeltjes – B Too

Mini gerookte zalmwafeltjes - B Too
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 - B Too
Cava. Happy hour $5

Annapolis City Dock
Annapolis City Dock.

Walrus platter #1 & Jonah crab claws – Old Ebbitt Grill

Walrus platter #1 & Jonah crab claws - Old Ebbitt Grill
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 - Old Ebbitt Grill
Prosecco “Extra Dry”, Carpene Malvoti, Conegliano, Italy, NV. $8

Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, VA.

Melitzanosalata spread – Kapnos

Melitzanosalata spread - Kapnos
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 - Kapnos
Prosecco “on tap”, Montelvini, Italy, MV. Glass $9

National Mall view
National Mall view from the Washington Monument towards the Capitol Building.

Sparkling and red wine tasting – Gloria Ferrer Winery

Sparkling and red wine tasting - Gloria Ferrer Winery
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
Gloria Ferrer Winery.

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.