Taco Bamba

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10/14/2019

We have been to Taco Bamba Vienna and D.C. locations before but it was our first time at the Springfield location. We did not like the vibe and did not care for the tacos we ordered except for one.


Faiiz Ali Bamba braised goat birria, za’atar, chili yogurt, cucumber tabouli
I ordered this taco because of the cucumber tabouli and that was the only good part of this taco. Goat was very chewy and not pleasant to eat. It was a workout of the mouth!!

Ricky Bobby brisket suadero, pickled chile, serrano chile salsa, poblano ranch, blistered shishitos, spicy pickled onions, cilantro
We always liked the brisket tacos we had at the D.C. location so we had to order it. It was flavorful but too spicy for us.

Foo Fighter crispy fish, tamarind chile sauce, green papaya slaw, ancho chili peanuts
My husband had this and did not care for it. They are not that great with fish because he had a fried fish taco at a different location and that was not good either. Basically small piece of over fried fish.

Hail to the Hog slow roasted bacon BBQ, roasted chile BBQ sauce, charred serrano salsa, red cabbage slaw, pickled fresnos, charred scallions, cilantro
Not good. The bacon needed a few more minutes to get a bit crispy. It also needed something to brighten it.

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Rooster & Owl

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10/4/2019

I have been wanting to try Rooster and Owl for a while now. I even tried to make a reservation for my birthday, but I was out of luck. Finally, we made it there on a Friday night. The menu was four courses at $65. The food we tried was pretty good but spicy. The highlights were the two desserts we had. Service was very informative and friendly. I even got a survey the next day asking detail questions.



Roasted Beets foie gras, brioche, granola
It was a good dish. Plenty of flavorful beets. I just wish there was more foie gras to make you happy.

Carrots Carolina-style BBQ, cornbread
This was an additional dish we ordered when we smelled a heavenly BBQ scent. The sauce was the best but spicy enough for me to cough a few times. The cornbread ice cream was amazing.

Shiitake Larb butter lettuce, puffed rice, apple
Another flavorful spicy dish. Thankfully, the cool lettuce tamed it down a bit. The apple slices helped with the heat also.

Ricotta Gnudi butternut squash, pumpkin seed, sage
It was a nice fall dish.

Eggplant Milanese roasted tomato, frisée, raisin mustard
My husband picked this dish. It was vegetarian version of veal Milanese. Breaded eggplant with tomato and cheese.

Icelandic Cod potato-leek, fingerlings, fennel
Well cooked cod with potatoes. It does not get any more classic than that. I wish it was a bit more creative.

Chocolate Crémeux fig, rosemary, pistachio
Loved this chocolate goodnesses. The star of the show was the rosemary ice cream. We liked it so much that as our waiter presented the bill and asked us if we needed anything else? I said yes, more rosemary ice cream! To our surprise he brought us a scoop. Very nice gesture!

Posset lemon, grape, fennel, almond
Another lovely dessert. Very comforting and flavorful.

Voilà Pastry & Café

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10/1/2019

While driving back on Kings HWY, my husband spotted this bakery and we made a stop. Initially, I was happy to find a bakery close to where we live. My excitement was short lived as we tried the items we purchased. My husband was going to get more items, but since we did not know about the quality, I told him to go easy!!


Pistachio Dream
This was supposed to be one of their least sweet pastries. I found it too sweet and did not detect any pistachio flavor.

Cookie
Fine cookie. Nothing special.

Diplomat Pudding
My husband’s bread pudding was less sweet but we all know that bread equals sugar!!

Fava Pot

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9/29/2019

I was first told about Fava Pot by a car dealer manager who happened to be an Egyptian. Then I saw some pictures in one of the blogs that I read. So the day after our move, hungry and tired we drove to Fava Pot and hoped for the best. Service was friendly. The cafe was decorated with pictures of famous Egyptians. We enjoyed the appetizers more than the main as usually is the case.


Tzatziki
It was nice and garlicy with a good consistency.

Baba Ghanoush
It was smoky and sweet from pomegranate molasses. It could almost pass as dessert!

Fava Beans
It was really good. It reminded you of refried beans but much better with a good cumin and lime flavor.

Egyptian Lamb Shank
The shank was a little dry and the roasted potatoes were beyond salty.

Sweetgreen

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9/28/2019

Moving day. We needed something quick and it did the job! I still think that for what you pay, You should get a bit more toppings. You always feel cheated.


Curry Chickpea Bowl roasted chicken, hot chickpeas, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, raisins, cilantro, toasted almonds, warm quinoa, organic baby spinach, curry yogurt dressing
My husband got this and found it OK.

Hummus Tahina chopped romaine, shredded kale, herb falafel, local feta, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, za’atar breadcrumbs, housemade hummus, cucumber tahini yogurt dressing
Hummus was OK but falafels were beyond salty. The rest of the salad was fine.

Burrata and Peach
I love burrata and love peach so it was a no brainer to order this. It was a good choice for an unusually warm day at the end of September.

Vermilion

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9/22/2019

We recently moved to Alexandria, VA and as we were driving to move some items, I picked Vermilion for our first lunch. The food was good but the portions were very small. Service was a mix. The hostess was odd but our waitress was friendly.


Complimentary corn muffin and good butter. When was the last time you had anything gratis?

Red Snapper charred corn, tomatoes
It was cooked right but for $19, at least give me more veggies!

Vermilion Burger bacon & mushroom jam, charred onion buttermilk, raclette cheese
It was good but the beef patty was so small! Reminded you of the commercial, “Where is the beef”?

Via Sophia

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9/15/2019


Funghi Pizza Foraged Wild Mushrooms, Bufala Mozzarella, Pecorino Toscano
It was an earthy pizza with hen of the wood mushrooms. Crust tasted healthier than your typical pizza. According to WP food critic, it is a whole wheat crust.

Stonefruit Salad Yellow Peaches, Pluots, Heirloom Tomatoes, Almonds, Basil
I can’t come to Via Sophia and not order this salad. This was the third time that we ordered this and was as lovely as the first time. Feast for the eyes also.

Summer Harvest Salad
It was a good salad with all kinds of veggies and fruit such as watermelon radish, fig, broccolini and goat cheese.