China Chilano Review

So, the last stop on the restaurant week leg was China Chilano. Sunday was the last day for restaurant week, but, don’t worry, it will be back in the summer. This spot is one of the infamous José Andres restaurants. I got to check out lunch at this spot. The idea behind this restaurant is that in the 19th century, Chinese and Japanese settlers travelled to Peru and made it their home. They brought with them some of their amazing cooking traditions and that’s where the multi-cultural Peruvian cuisine arose. 

This spot that has apparently been in Chinatown area for a while but I never thought to go inside. Well I’m glad I did finally make it in. The ambiance is very Asian inspired and the set has all these different seating arrangements which keeps you intrigued.  My friend and I decided to get different dishes for all three courses so that we could taste as many things as possible. For the appetizer we started off with the Dancing Yucca and the Ceviche Clásico La Mar. My favorite of two of these was the ceviche which contained red snapper, leche de tiger, sweet potato, red onion, and cilantro. Yummers! Lol!Next up was the main course which was a little bigger than the appetizer. If you haven’t noticed, already, this place does tapas style dishes. We choose the Ají de Gallina, chicken stew, and the Aeropuerto, basically a fried rice. I actually throrouhly enjoyed both of these dishes. The Ají de Gallina contained Ají amarillo chicken stew, fresh cheese, pecan, and rice. This dish is apparently Peru’s most precious dish. The Aeropuerto contains fried rice, egg noodle, crisp sweet potato, 20 seasonsal vegetables, sly bean sprout, “airplanes”. Yes, “airplanes” is one of the ingredients.And, we of course ended with dessert. The last two dishes were Suspiro Limeña, the iconic dessert of Peru, and Dulce de Plantano Manduro. The iconic dish of Peru was my dessert of choice and it was so good! This dish had sweetened condensed milk custard topped with soft and crunchy meringue, and passion fruit. The other dish had a lot of bananas, so not my favorite. I like bananas but in their original form and by themselves. Strange, I know, but that’s how I like to eat them. 

The service was top notch here. My cup of water never got less than half full which was impressive in my opinion. The food all very well curated and you got various flavors throughout the dish and it worked well. 

BONFIRE OPENS IN DUPONT CIRCLE FEATURING, AGED, SMOKED COCKTAILS, EXTENSIVE S’MORES MENU & FIRE FOCUSED FARE

Downtown Washington heats up with Bonfire’s eclectic New American menu, campfire inspired desserts, seasonal ingredients and classic cocktails from the hearth

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2016) – The Social Restaurant Group is thrilled to announce the opening of their newest concept, Bonfire, an innovative, campfire focused restaurant and bar located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Under Executive Chef R.L. Boyd and Pastry Chef Ellen Diekemper, Bonfire will take Washington, DC by fiery storm with a playful menu incorporating elements of smoke, fire, and rustic cast iron cooking techniques in the form of creative s’mores, campfire skillets and an innovative menu highlighting seasonal ingredients such as day boat scallops, rockfish and wild mushrooms.   Continue reading

DC Eats: Republic

When friends are in town, what do we do? We go out to eat and drink as much as we can while catching up about life. We had a place in mind to do happy hour but the happy hour wasn’t right and the vibes weren’t right either. So, we made our way to Republic. I’ve probably been to this place 4 or 5 times but I figured by this point, it was time to add them to my blog. Continue reading

DC Eats: Pennsylvania 6

 I started my evening out with a Hip Hop dance class at the Dance Place in Brookland. Ah-ma-zing is all I have to say. Check it out! After since two foodies/bloggers knew it was Restaurant Week in DC, we had to find somewhere to eat. We decided to check out Pennsylvania 6. This place is a twist on 20th Century ‘London Supper Club’ aesthetic. They even offered to take our coats right before being seated. I loved that. Very nice layout but on to the food. We started out with sparkling water and a signature drink.  Continue reading

DC Eats: Smith Commons

I am still somewhat on my pescatarian journey but I lasted through my 30 days and have now slowly added other meats back in. I am still preferring the healthier eating because I feel better all together. But anyway back to where I went for Happy Hour.

I met up with one of my friends I hadn’t seen in a while to catch up and eat and drink good. *cheers* We walked along H street to see what deals sounded the best. Smith Commons sounded pretty good with an all night Happy Hour on a Monday. That’s pretty cool. 

For the Happy Hour, they include lots of beers and some wine at $5 – $7 each. You can’t beat that. I ordered the Cider and the Malbec. 

We were also hungry and I decided to go for items with seafood. I went for the ceviche and the mussels. Both were fresh and flavorful. The ceviche was so good and is made with Chatham cod, tiger prawns, soft onions, cilantro, tomato, and lemon juice. *drools* The Prince Edward Island Mussels are made with Thai lemongrass, coconut, curry sauce and garlic crostini. They say to save your bread until the end to dip in the sauce. The sauce was so flavorful. 

       

   

DC Eats: Zentan

As you all should have known, Resturant Week was last week. I ate too much food by the way, lol. I’m here to fill you in on all the experiences. My first stop was Zentan. Zentan specializes in contemporary Japanese comfort food with influences from Chef Yo Matsuzaki’s childhood in Shikoku, Japan.

We all started off with a drink. Whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant, I love to get plum wine. It is one of my favorites. I tried their Choya plum wine which was quite potent and it comes with a cute small bottle.

 We actually ended up having a five course meal for $35 which was a steal. Everyone starts out with edamame which is blanched soy beans with sea salt. The Kinko miso soup comes with Shimeji mushroom, tofu, and scallion. Both very delicious. I was really impressed how they included mushrooms in their miso soup. I have grown to love mushrooms.   Continue reading

DC Eats: Lost Society

I made it out to Lost Society for the umpteenth time but this time I decided to try a few more dishes I had never tried before. They have recently started a Tuesday night happy hour that is awesome because you can sit on the roof and watch the sunset.

The social bites are all half off during their happy hour and there some amazing choices. I ordered the chili and soy wings that is made with mustard seeds and scallions. Love these wings. I also ordered carmelized cauliflower because I am a huge fan of cauliflower as of a few years ago. I love them well seasoned. They just take on any flavor they are paired with. This particular dish is made with romesco sauce, roasted fennel, parmesan, and scallion oil. And last but not least, I got the mac n cheese which I am a sucker for. I could eat a whole dish of it by my myself. Their mac n cheese is made with smoked gouda, gruyere, cheddar, and fontina. It was amazing.

  
I didn’t have one bad dish or drink. This is always a good go to spot for any occasion.

NY Eats: Yatenga French Bistro & Bar

So for my last day in NY, I was determined to try one last restaurant and make it to a happy hour. Yatenga French Bistro & Bar was a must check out. They have an awesome happy hour from 4pm to 8pm. I usually don’t go for white wine but the white wine I tried was amazing.  

 They started us out with bread and olive oil which was so good. The bread was fresh and warm. 

 The main dish was huge. We went for the Chef Special Gambas which comes with shrimp, macaroni, bechamel, parmesan cheese, spinach, mushroom, ham, and garlic sauce. The chef knew my best friend and I were newbies to the spot so they brought it out on two different plates. It was so much food and they didn’t skimp on the shrimp. Lol! Very good and very fresh food. 

 I also tried their frozen margarita which was soooo good. I thought I was tired once I made it to my bus to head back to DC but it had me pass out at soon as I sat on the bus. Lol!

NY Eats: La Bodega 47

While in NY for vacation, my best friend and I decided to do something spontaneous. We decided to walk around Harlem and eat somewhere we’ve never eaten before. We actually walked into La Bodega 47 and walked back out. We were looking for a weekend Happy Hour and that was super tough to find. We walked to one more spot and decided La Bodega 47 was going to be the winning spot.   When you walk in, it’s a huge velvet curtain keeping you anticipating on what’s inside. I thought that made this spot really cute and intimate. We looked over the menu and saw various dishes that sounded great. 

I ended up going for the Sunday Supper which includes 1 small plate, 1 larger plate, and a 1/2 carafe sangria or rum punch for $27. I went for the Sangria. My small plate was bodega mac and cheese which was made with Canadian aged cheddar, blue and pecorino.  I want to go back to NY just for this. I love mac and cheese!The larger plate for me was the basil curry chicken which is made with cocunut, mild green curry, basil, and jasmine rice. This was good but if I paid for this as a solo dish for $15, I would tell you it wasn’t worth it. It was still flavorful but I’ve had better. 

 My best friend got the turkey burger which he got with cheese, bacon, and onion. It looked so good and the bacon strips on it looked amazing. They did not hold back on the bacon. Lol.

Also this bar apparently has over 130 varieties in rum.  I love the atmosphere and we had a really cool bartender. I would definitely go back.