My husband and I went for lunch and we shared a roasted squash and apple salad and each had a pizza. I really enjoyed the salad of red endive, carrots, apple, celery and radish atop the roasted butternut squash.
My husband went for the DIY pie and got pepperoni. He said it was better than 2 Amy’s and in the DC pizza world, that’s the highest compliment you can receive.
I had the gluten free pizza with pepperoni. There’s no photo because gluten free pizza is sad. Dairy is out for me too so it’s just dough and pepperoni. Who wants to see that? As for the pizza itself, it was OK. I don’t know if I’d go back for it. However, gluten free pizza is hard and the whole place shouldn’t be judged on this one category. I’ve only found ONE decent gluten free pizza in all of DC.
Overall, I’d go back for the antipasti and because everyone else will enjoy a fantastic pizza.
Located at 1250 9th St, NW. WDC 20001. 202-849-6174
Hazel Restaurant opened at 808 V St, NW in June and it’s been a welcome addition to the slew of new restaurants in the ‘hood. The menu is divided into several categories: vegetables, breads and batter, fish and shellfish, meats and poultry. There’s also a section called Lazy Susan dinners which requires 2 or more people to eat the dishes. So far, my husband and I have sampled the regular menu but not the Lazy Susan items. The food is globally inspired which means the menu is a wonderful mish mash of flavors from different places. The chef, Rob Rubba, is skilled at blending these elements and creates a delightful dining experience.
One of my favorite dishes is the hamachi crudo with crisp rice, black lime, radish and hibiscus. One thing I love about Hazel is the presentation. It’s thoughtful and creative. Then there’s the food itself: not only does this look beautiful, it tastes amazing. I order the crudo every time we eat at Hazel.
This one of my husband’s favorite dishes: steamed little neck clams, brown butter miso broth and steamed potatoes with a side of rice to sop up the broth. Yum!
On our last visit, Hazel had just added this dish to the menu. DO NOT MISS this one: it’s duck sausage, roasted squash, shaved pear, mizuna and spicy cashews. It’s unbelievable and I can’t wait to go back and eat it again.
Not every dish at Hazel is a winner but that’s not going to deter me from returning. Welcome to the neighborhood Hazel. We’re glad to have you!
Haikan, the latest ramen joint from the Daikaya folks, has finally opened at 805 V St, NW in Shaw/U St. It’s been open around two weeks and my husband has already been twice. It’s going to be his local spot and his reviews are favorable. Which means it’s amazing. He’s a tough critic. It’s open for lunch (right now) Friday-Sunday from 12-3 and for dinner 5-10:30.
This is the Shoyu ramen with extra noodles and corn. There’s not 2 pictures because unfortunately, there’s no gluten free ramen at Haikan. I know I can’t expect every restaurant to offer a gluten free options but I’m bummed. I love ramen. The dinner menu has a few offerings I could enjoy but it looks like Haikan is not going to be a regular haunt for me. However, that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out!
Last weekend, I went to Ghibellina and had my first Aperol Spritz of the summer. It was just as delicious and refreshing as I remembered. I have a feeling I’ll be indulging in a few more as the summer continues. For your drinking pleasure, the recipe is below.
3 parts prosecco
2 parts aperol
1 part soda water
garnish with an orange slice
DC is a town that loves to brunch. A lot folks go for the boozy brunch were you can drink bottomless mimosas and bloody mary’s. My focus is on the food and I have a handful of favorites. You’ll notice most are in my ‘hood or within walking distance. When I don’t have to work, I like to leave the car at home and enjoy the city on foot. Enjoy!
Marvin’s brunch menu is concise but it has a number of delicious options. The chicken and waffle is one of my husband’s favorites. I like the huevos rancheros (homemade tortillas…yum) or the egg sandwich on a waffle bun.
One of my favorite items on Pearl Dive’s brunch menu is their insane homemade donuts. They change daily and they’re delectable. I’m also partial to the scrambled eggs and cayenne grits. My husband’s favorite is the eggs benedict with the country ham. Of course there’s always oysters!
Brunch at Le Diplomate is an event. It’s crazy crowded but there’s no better place to swill rosé and people watch. My favorite is the Niçoise salad that features confit tuna. I could eat it everyday. Another yummy option is the daily quiche.
After finally getting back to the US, my husband and I were stuck in Miami for four days. I know..my life is full of hardship. While DC was being buried in snow, I was strolling around Miami enjoying more sand and sun.
I used the Hotel Tonight app to book us at The Standard. I loved the pool and the spa but the room was tiny and loud. Most of the time, you’re in Miami for sun and fun so tiny and loud doesn’t matter. Since we were stuck, it didn’t go over as well. Would I stay there again? Yes. Would my husband? Absolutely not.
The last day we were in Miami, it was 75 and sunny and we spent the day at The Standard pool. When we arrived, it was 50. 50 equals freezing in Miami and it definitely wasn’t beach or pool weather. On Monday, we spent the day exploring Miami’s Design District. We saw a lot of great street art and explored the Design District’s high end clothing and furniture shops.
Miami’s food scene continues to evolve and we had a lot of good meals. We had kick ass Cuban food at Las Olas. It’s a dive but there’s always a line of locals. The pulled pork and plantains were amazing and it was my favorite meal of our visit. We also ate at the Market at Edition,Milos, Sardinia Enoteca, Salumeria 104, and Yardbird. Not one of these meals was bad and I highly recommend any of these places.
Overall, Miami wasn’t a bad place to get stuck for a couple of days. However, I was happy to get back to DC. Snow aside, it’s always nice to come home.
Last week, my husband and I spent a few days in Harbour Island, Bahamas. It’s absolutely stunning. What we didn’t anticipate was the impact of #snowzilla on the weather. While we were far, far away, the #snowzilla weather system wreaked havoc on the entire east coast. Instead of 75 and sunny, we got 68, windy and rainy. It was a bummer. We enjoyed a few mornings at the beach (in every layer we had in our suitcase) but it wasn’t exactly as I envisioned. I know..pity party for me, right? Boo hoooooo.
While the weather was disappointing, overall we had a ball. Harbour Island is picturesque. It’s tiny island off the coast of Eleuthera. The only way to reach it is by water taxi. Everyone drives golf carts and it takes about 15 minutes to get from one side of the island to the other. It’s full of colorful homes and pink sand beaches. The food is amazing. Every meal we had was delicious and we enjoyed many cocktails.
By the end of our trip, I was stir crazy. Unless the weather is good, there’s not a ton to do. We were there 3 full days and I was ready to get off the island. My take away: Harbour Island is the perfect weekend get away but I don’t know if I could spend a week there.
The weather was also freaking me out. Our flight back to DC was cancelled and suddenly, it looked like we were going to be stuck in Harbour Island for longer than anticipated. No bueno. After a fight with our airline, I arranged for us to get back to Miami. More on that tomorrow!
Where to Stay: The Dunmore, Rock House We stayed at the Rock House. We stayed in the Rock House, Negril many years ago and loved it. Rock House, Harbor Island was also fantastic. It’s not beach front which I didn’t realize. (dur) If you want beach front, stay at The Dunmore. It’s gorgeous too!
Happy 2016! Lots of good stuff happening in the ‘hood lately. Can you believe the plans for the new Whole Foods?! Holy cow..it’s going to be massive. I’m also excited about the proposed park. Our corner of DC definitely needs some green space.
I don’t know about you, but the last two months have gone by at warp speed. I’ve been swamped at work (yea!) but I’ve also been having a lot of fun.
Have you been to The Dabney yet? I’ve been twice and I’m completely obsessed with the place. The food is delicious and the service is A+. No wonder it’s getting rave reviews!
I went on a DC Wise retreat to Middleburg. We had lunch at The Salamander (so pretty) then ventured to two vineyards: Boxwood and RdV. It was a fun day and we did a lot of planning for our events next year. Get ready!
I had a lunch meeting at Chez Billy Sud and enjoyed a wonderful Nicoise salad. I’m obsessed with Nicoise salads and this version was beautiful and tasty. I’ll be back!
The new retail at the corner of 9th and U St. is ridiculous! I can’t believe this is down the street from my house!! As you can tell from the number of exclamation marks, I’m excited the shops, movie theatre and Glen’s Market have opened. My neighborhood just keeps on getting better. Now bring on the Whole Foods!
Have you eaten at Rural Society yet? This weekend, I went for my third visit and the restaurant is legit. It’s a contemporary Argentine steakhouse. Located in the Madison Hotel at 15th and M St, NW, it’s a warm, welcoming space. There’s a lot of dark wood and cozy nooks.
This visit, I went for brunch and enjoyed an amazing omelet with Serrano ham and matchstick french fries. I can.not. resist match stick french fries. My friend enjoyed the pastry basket, an ensalata mixta and steak and eggs. While is sounds like she was really hungry, she was actually enjoying their brunch prix fixe menu. It’s $25 and includes a choice of a first and second course + a bread basket, coffee or oj.
If you’re looking for a new place to brunch and you’re interested in quality food vs. a bottomless mimosa, give Rural Society a whirl.
Jen Angotti is the creator of Concrete Jungle DC, a blog about real estate in DC, ideas on how to decorate and design your abode plus a variety of topics she loves: new restaurants and bars, DC happenings, food, and travel. Jen is a licensed realtor in DC and VA.
Rise Bakery, located at 2409 18th St, NW in Adams Morgan, is a gluten-free bakery. This is monumental news in my gluten free world. A couple of months ago, my husband popped by there and grabbed a few things: a bag of bagels, a loaf of bread, a banana nut muffin and a cinnamon roll. They were delicious and I was so exited. Good gluten free bread and pastries are hard to find. I had an appointment today in Adams […]