Brothers and Sisters

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6/2/2019

The main reason one dines at the Brothers and Sisters is for the very delicious cakes. I always check out the pastry chef, Pichet Ong, instagram every week. He is one lucky guy traveling the world and eating great food. I noticed they had a new cake and I called to make sure they were offering it that day and lucky for us they were. Not only that but the stars were aligned and we even saw and met chef Ong!


Dry Aged Beef Burger Bleu Cheese Aioli / Bacon Jam
This was the new burger and it was pretty good competing for one of my favorite burgers one level up at the Rake’s Progress.

Takoyaki Hushpuppies Tare / Octopus
A good deal at $11 and very filling. There were a little octopus in the hushpuppies and was sitting on a very salty soy based sauce.

The Next Vacation (Taipei) Matcha Chiffon Cake, Berry Mousse, Sencha Tea Jellies, Japanese Adzuki Bean Paste
OK, finally the reason we were there. It looked very pretty and was a perfect late spring cake. Berries and matcha, match made in heaven. I was tempted to order a second cake but my body rejected that idea! Bad body.

Little Sesame

5/27/2019

We have been to Little Sesame’s other location before but it was our first time at the Chinatown location. We preferred the mezze dishes to the pita sandwich. Service was fine.


Roasted cauliflower, salt roasted onion, charred ramps, sorrel
It was an earthy dish. Sorrel was fresh and tasty.

Eggplant, pickled red cabbage, tahini, schug
We really liked the roasted eggplant so much, next time we want to get two each. Soft roasted eggplant went well with the crunchy cabbage. Tahini provided a creamy bitter goodness. Schug added spiciness.

Pastured lamb shawarma Sumac onions, pea shoots and amba
I asked if they would cut the pita sandwich in half for us. First she said no, then she said she would ask the kitchen. Not only they did not cut it for us but they had no knifes so you could cut it yourself. Great customer service! The shawarma was not what we expected. It was more like a pulled lamb. It was fine but at $12, you could get three eggplant mezze dishes!

Estuary

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5/19/2019

We have been Michael Voltaggio fan ever since his Ink days in Los Angeles when we lived in California. I even went to his and his brother Brian, book signing a long time ago. So When I read that they will be a part of the Estuary restaurant, inside the new Conrad hotel in the city center area of D.C., I was intrigued. Of course the night we dined there, neither one of the brothers were there. Service was good but needs a little polishing. The food we tried was pretty good but almost every dish needed a little improvement to make it perfect. The space was bright and modern with a wall of windows in one side. This review is two part. Dinner and brunch.



Bread Basket
Pretty good mini croissant with spiced tomato jam plus breadsticks and pimento dip that I really enjoyed.

Rice Cracker atop an avocado yogurt dip. I loved the cracker more than the dip. I did not taste the yogurt.

Maryland Crab Roll Crab Chips, Old Bay, Ice-plant
The brioche bun was crunchy and buttery but it was too tall and awkward to eat. Crab  tasted fresh. Crab shape plantains added crunch and visual appeal.

Octopus Kelp Pasta, Zucchini, Black Olive, Smoked Paprika
Octopus had a nice char taste. My husband was not crazy about the kelp pasta sheet. I found it fine.


Atlantic Cod Cuttlefish-Enoki Ramen, Cod Bone Tonkotsu, Benne Seed Togarashi
A little spicy. Cod was cooked perfectly, enjoyed the broth and enoki but the cuttlefish was a little chewy.

Key Lime Pie Coconut, Lime Curd, Peanuts, Brown Butter Meringue
This was our favorite dish and a great way of finishing up our dinner. A bargain at $10 and delight to eat. We almost ordered a second one. Coconut sorbet, chocolate shell, lime curd, peanut saucer, brown butter meringue and hyssop sauce. How can you go wrong with that line up?

Petit Four
usually you get one item per person. Here we had to share. The chocolate one was better.

5/25/2019

We stopped here for brunch yesterday. Our experience was positive. Service was friendly. Some of the pricing raises your eyebrows like $7 for a croissant and $9 for a chocolate croissant. Really? What is in there? Gold!!


Pastry Basket
At $10, we knew it was probably going to be small pasties. We received one plain croissant , one chocolate, one Danish and a mini blueberry muffin. Plain croissant had a good texture. Chocolate was my favorite and had a dark chocolate. Danish was nothing special and the muffin tasted very bland. The butter was whipped and the strawberry jam was delicious. It was worth a try but could have ordered the delicious key lime pie for the same price.

Steak and Eggs Grassfed Hanger Steak, Broccoli Omelette , Seven Sisters Cheese
The steak was nicely charred and cooked perfectly to a medium rare. It was chewy but tasty. The omelette was a little dry and needed more cheese to make it more palatable.

Estuary Brunch Burger Beef Belly Bacon, Burger Sauce, 7 Sisters Cheese, Fried Egg, Malt Vinegar Fries
It was a tasty burger but the beef patty needed to be a touch bigger. I enjoyed the beef belly bacon. Fries was on the soft side but looked and tasted good!

Federalist Pig

5/11/2019

We usually eat at the Federalist Pig around opening time. After day of touring EU embassies, we were hungry and within a short walking distance of the Federalist Pig. The food we had was not as tasty as usual. I think it is time for a break from the Federalist Pig.


Pork Spare Ribs
My husband went for his usual ribs. This time was not as juicy as the previous time.

Fresh Prince top round, melted Swiss, smoked tomatoes, crispy onions, garlic sauce
I looked at the special sandwich board and I should have known better than ordering top round. I ate half complaining the whole time that how chewy and overcooked it was. My husband took a small bite from the other half. I decided to go to the counter and tell them about the problem. At first, the guy behind the counter asked me if I wanted a new one, but he changed his tone and told me that it looked like only 1/3 of the sandwich was left. I told him fine, just throw it out. I sat down and waited for my husband to finish up. To my surprise the food runner brought me a smaller version of the sandwich.

It was cooked much better and tasted much better.

Chilled Zucchini Avocado Soup With Basil

A great soup. Very delicious with two little adjustments. The recipe is from Washington Post.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds zucchini (4 medium), trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch half- moon slices
3/4 teaspoon salt, or more as needed
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (see headnote; may substitute vegetable broth)
Flesh of 1 ripe avocado
1/3 cup packed fresh basil leaves (I used half a cup).
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest and 1 tablespoon juice (from 1 lemon), or more as needed (I used two lemons)
Pinch ground white pepper

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it is softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then stir in the zucchini and the salt.

Add the broth and increase the heat to medium-high; once the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the zucchini has softened. Let cool completely.

Puree half of the zucchini mixture in a blender, then transfer the puree to a large bowl or storage container. Add the remaining half of the zucchini mixture to the blender with the avocado and the basil; puree until smooth, then add it to the first batch of pureed mixture.

Stir in the lemon juice, zest and the pepper. Taste, and add more salt and/or lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and up to 1 day, before serving.