Taco Bamba

4/23/2018


Crunchy Shrimp, Hidden Drewno Crunchy Tempura Shrimp, Garlic Miso sauce, Ponzu marinated Avocado, tomatoes, Auggie Cado sauce, and candied chiles
My husband got this and found it OK.

Pulpo al Pastor Marinated & Grilled Octopus, Guacamole, Pineapple & Sesame Slaw
I always get this taco. My brother really liked it too.

Bulgogi Bullfight Korean Pork, Brussels-Kimchee, Gochujan-Peanut Romesco, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts, Fried Shallots
It was an interesting taco. The pork tasted sweet and went well with the kimchee and the peanuts.

Crispy Crab Tostada Kewpie Mayo, Bambarashi, Citrus, Frisee, Serranos, Lime
I always get this and as usual it satisfied. Cool spicy creamy crab atop crunchy tortilla. Frisee helps to cool you down.

Torta Tradicional Tongue, mayo, black beans, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, avocado
My brother had half of this hefty sandwich and enjoyed it.

National Gallery of Art East Building


Gladys Nilsson, Loving Couple, 1967

Janet Sobel, Pro and Contra, 1941

Janet Sobel, Through the Glass, 1944


Janet Sobel, Milky Way, 1945


Morris Hirshfield, Girl with Pigeons, 1942

Marsden Hartley, Christ Held by Half-Naked Men

Marsden Hartley, Adelard the Drowned, Master of the “Phantom”, 1938-39

Saul Steinberg, Untitled (Family Portrait), 1968

Richard Diebenkorn, Girl in a Room, 1958

Graham Nickson, Bather with Outstretched Arms, 1980-81

Sam Gilliam, Relative, 1968

Frank Stella, La scienza della fiacca, 1984

Double Chocolate Chip Tahini Brownies

Very tasty brownie recipe from a food blogger. Even though I cut down the sugar, I still found it a little too sweet. Next time I will reduce the sugar even more.

Ingredients
1/2 cup tahini
1/3 cup maple syrup (I used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup coconut sugar (I used 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus more

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°F, and grease an 8- by 8-inch pan with coconut oil.

2. Combine tahini, maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and eggs in a bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Add melted and cooled coconut oil. Add in cocoa powder incrementally, a couple spoons at a time, folding batter throughout to ensure that it is well combined between additions. Add coconut flour and baking soda and mix. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Transfer batter to prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Press additional chocolate chips on top.

4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

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When we lived in Philadelphia many years ago, we used to go to La Colombe’s first location in Center City, not only for the coffee but most importantly for the delicious pastries. For health reasons, we don’t drink coffee that often but for the old times sake, we went to one of the La Colombe locations in D.C. to see if we still like the coffee. Their cappuccino and latte were fine but the hot chocolate and mocha were not that chocolaty at all.


Cappuccino
My husband liked the cappuccino.

Mocha
It was light on chocolate and heavy on coffee.

Kouign Amann
It tasted a little stale.

Latte
My brother liked the latte better than my hot chocolate. That does not say much!

Hot Chocolate
Very bad and not chocolaty at all. It was too watered down!!

Federalist Pig

4/22/2018


Carolina On My Mind Chopped Pork Shoulder, Crispy Skin, Spicy Vinegar Sauce, Cole Slaw, Sesame Bun
My brother got this and loved it. I took a small bite of the pork shoulder and loved the flavor and the smokiness.

Pitmaster Special For Two Brisket, Pork Rib Tips, Pork Spare Ribs, Burnt ends
I think it was good but some of the meat was not as good as the first time we had it. Like the one spare rib I had was mostly fat. Brisket was as good as the last time we had it. The rib tips were a little dry.

Red Bliss Potato Salad
It was very creamy and had a good mustard flavor going on.

Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese
My brother picked this side and I made him to eat most of it! It was OK.

Ellē

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4/21/2018

Ellē has been on the top of many lists for a while now. Our experience was good but not amazing due to two problems. Almost every dish we tried with the exception of the broccoli and maybe the scallops were too salty for our taste. The second problem was the fact that most of the menu items at the time we dined there were carb (bread) heavy. Service was friendly.


Charred Broccoli Salad Mustard Green Pesto, Parmesan, Sourdough Crouton
This was one of our favorite dishes. The charred broccoli was very smoky and went well with the pesto and the crunchy croutons.

Cape May Scallops Miso Butter, Seaweed, Upland cress
Very sweet scallops cooked perfectly. The miso butter and the seaweed added a lot flavor to the dish.

Grilled Kofte Elysian Fields Lamb, Tzatziki, Pickled Red Onion
It was two small lamb kofte. It was tasty but nothing to sing about. The Tzatziki was too heavy in the cucumber department.

Clam Spaetzle Black Pepper Spaetzle, Little Neck Clams, Zesty Breadcrumbs
A little heavy in spatzle and light in the clams. It was a little too salty also. The bread crumbs added great tasty crunch.

Tonnato Toast Whipped Tuna Confit, Capacolla, Arugula
This dish was my second favorite after the broccoli. Lots of flavor. Tuna was creamy and capacolla added some saltines.

Grilled Kimchi Toast Country Loaf, Labneh, XO Sauce
My brother really wanted to try this dish. I took a very tiny bite and found it beyond salty and not worth the $15.

Mood-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

Great recipe from Mind Body Green.

Serves 2

Ingredients
1 cup amaranth, soaked for at least 8 hours
2 cups coconut milk
1 Tablespoon raw honey
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
pinch of salt
To garnish: Raw cacao nibs, raw walnuts, extra honey and dried coconut chips

Soak amaranth in filtered water in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least eight hours.
In a small sauce pan, mix together the soaked amaranth, coconut milk, honey, cacao powder, vanilla, cardamom and salt. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling, making sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
Once boiling, turn heat to low, cover the pan and allow to simmer for about 15-18 minutes. Turn heat off, leave the lid on the pan and let the porridge thicken for about 10 minutes.
Divide the porridge between two bowls. Top with raw cacao nibs, raw walnuts, extra honey and dried coconut chips. Enjoy!

Seylou Bakery and Mill

4/21/2018


Vegetarian Whole Wheat Focaccia
My brother got this and he seemed to like.

Apple Danish
My husband, the Danish lover, could not resist ordering this. He was not that happy with it. The pastry dough was a little too thin to support the weigh of the apple slices.

Buckwheat Cake with Whipped Honey Yogurt and Edible Flowers
My pick was the winner of the group. Very moist buckwheat cake with delicious honey yogurt topping, fruit and edible flowers.

National Portrait Gallery


Do Ho Suh: Almost Home

 Titus Kaphar, Columbus Day Painting, 2014

Titus Kaphar, Behind the Myth of Benevolence, 2014

Titus Kaphar, Drawing the Blinds, 2014

Titus Kaphar, Billy Lee, Portrait in Tar, 2016

Titus Kaphar, Ona Judge, Portrait in Tar, 2016

Titus Kaphar, Veiled Before Waking, 2011

Titus Kaphar, Civil Union, 2015

Titus Kaphar, Her Mother’s Mother”s Mother, 2014

Titus Kaphar, Twisted tropes, 2016