Every week I write about some stuff I did and review a new (or new to me) restaurant.
The week before Thanksgiving, over already. Fall is on its way out the door, and if you’ve been in a department store lately, it’s already a winter wonderland.
Here are the highlights of the week, in my neck of the woods.
Monday night, before the polar vortex whipped into the district, Tom and I met up with some friends at Corduroy. After having a fantastic splurge dinner at Corduroy this past New Year’s Eve, we’ve long been meaning to return to try the $30 three course pre fix menu at the upstairs bar.
I didn’t take any pictures of the meal, but I should have. The food at Corduroy is so top notch, and none of the quality is sacrificed upstairs, even at the much cheaper price tag.
We started out by sharing the tuna tartare, which is melt-in-your mouth good. They had a different version of tuna when we were there last, and if you’ve met me, I’ve probably told you about it. It’s so good. I think about it at least weekly, and I’m really not a big seafood person.
For our first courses, I went with a delicious and comforting sweet potato soup, while Tom enjoyed the famous crispy Filipino style spring rolls, filled with perfectly seasoned pork and lightly fried to perfection. Our friends had the spring rolls as well, and the cheese pumpkin soup with foie gras.
We all had similar ideas for the main course, a toss up between the Niman Ranch Pork Belly with Flageolet Beans, the Delmonico steak with lyonnaise potato and a duck special that’s not always on the bar tasting menu. We both ended up with a pork and duck dish each. I had the pork, which was incredibly tender with toothsome white beans served cassoulet style. Tom went with the duck, and said it was fantastic.
For dessert, which no one really had room for, I had vanilla ice cream coated in raspberry sorbet with fresh berries and Tom had the pistachio bread pudding. Both were wonderful and decadent, and I wished I had more room to eat more of them.
We showed up a little past 7:30 and had very attentive service, chatting with some of the other fun patrons at the bar. This truly is one of the best dinner deals in DC, I highly recommend it.
Then, the cold came. It was real cold, but colder elsewhere from what I understand. Not okay.
We ducked inside until it passed on Thursday, and celebrated the less frigid weather with homemade oysters!
We’re attending a wine dinner in a few months where we’ll be making oysters for a group of twenty people, so naturally some practice was in order. Tom has a natural knack for the art of shucking.
We bought fresh, Virginia oysters from our go-to seafood stand Captain White’s seafood. We ordered six oysters, for $6, but were surprised to find there were eight in our bag when we got home. Score.
While my favorite way to enjoy oysters is raw on the half shell, we needed to come up with some cooked version. Our first test run was the classic oysters Rockefeller.
We need to make a couple of tweaks before they’re ready for the masses, but they were certainly tasty served alongside a small sirloin steak and garlic smashed cauliflower.
Yesterday, we took advantage of being in DC all weekend and spent the entire day out on the town. We started out with brunch at Barcelona Wine Bar, a place we’ve been several times for drinks but never to eat. I was very impressed by the food and the service, with standout items like the hanger steak with black truffle vinaigrette, patatas bravas and my favorite, pan con huevos.
Runny eggs, bread and chorizo = everything.
Then, we needed coffee so we went to the new and notable Slipstream in Logan Circle for a fix.
A cortada and a cappuccino. We hung around while we sipped, I did some writing and Tom some sports score checking. The vibe was very cool at Slipstream, nice and laid back, in spite of some of the reviews I’d read beforehand.
We wandered around a bit more, enjoying the mild weather, before hitting up another new spot for dinner.
Brand new Denson Liquor Bar in Penn Quarter, which I will write more about shortly.
And now it’s time to start a new week, as the holiday season begins. I’m not really a big holiday gal, but I’ll do my best to get excited.
How was your week? Hightlights/lowlights? Have you had snow yet? (I hope not. It’s too damn early.)