Yunnan By Potomac Noodle House

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1/10/2020

Two people on Chowhound recommended this noodle house. Since my cousin was in town visiting and I wanted to take her to Old Town, we gave this place a try. The overall experience was good with the exception of one dish.. It was packed by the time we left.


Spring onion and tofu salad fresh soft tofu, spring onion, cilantro, sweet citrus soy vinaigrette, chili oil
It was a good dish. The vinaigrette was too salty.

Braised beef lu braised beef chuck, beef jus, carrots, Chinese chives, mushrooms, pickled radishes, crushed roasted peanuts, braised tea egg
Surprisingly, this dish was our favorite. It was a dry noodle dish and was very flavorful. The beef reminded me of a good brisket.

Baked potato rice baked potato and rice, Virginia ham, sweet chinese sausage, pea, scallions, cilantro, sweet soy, chili oil
It was a nice dish but the portion a bit small for $7.

Lijiang cold sliced pork local wine soaked pork tenderloin, cucumber, scallion, garlic soy, chili vinegar
My cousin picked this dish and it was our least favorite. It was dry and tasteless.

Green Almond Pantry

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1/4/2020

I have read so much about Green Almond Pantry and since it is closed on Sundays, our usual day in D.C., it took a while to get there. Was it worth the hype? It depends. If you are a vegetarian and live in the area, it is a good option. For us, not so much. The menu is very short and prices are what the market charges in the area.


Little Little in the Middle Flat green beans, spicy cabbage, lentils and smoky eggplant, hummus, red lentil balls
Hummus was creamy and we liked the briny olives. Flat green beans were a meh. Spicy cabbage was good. lentils and eggplant were earthy. Overall good but not great.

Elysian Fields Lamb w/ Hummus
It was a fine dish but nothing exciting. It could have used more spices and citrus to brighten it up.

Easy Psyllium Nut & Seed Bread

Ingredients:

⅓ cup whole psyllium husk
⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
2½ cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup white sesame seeds
1½ teaspoons salt

Line an 8.5-by-4.5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl mix together the psyllium husk, 2¼ cups of water, and the applesauce, and set aside to thicken for about 5 minutes. This mix will develop a thick, gel-like consistency.
In a separate large bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients (oats through salt).
Once the psyllium mix is thickened, add it to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix together using a silicone spatula or roll up your sleeves and mix together with clean hands. The resulting mixture will be very thick and dense.
Transfer the mix to the parchment-lined bread pan, and smooth out the top using a spatula.
Cover the pan with a clean dish towel and set aside on the counter for an hour (or overnight, if covered in the fridge).
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (~175ºC) and position the oven rack to the middle of the oven. Uncover the pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
When bread is brown and firm to the touch, remove from the oven and let cool completely.
When the bread is completely cool, remove it from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the bread into 10 to 12 slices. Do not use a serrated knife as this will rip the bread.

Emilie’s

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1/1/2020

Emilie’s is chef Kevin Tien new restaurant in the Capital Hill area of Washington D.C. We dined at his previous restaurant, Himitsu twice. I have read reviews about Emilie’s for a while now. When I read that the restaurant was going to have a new year brunch, I got interested. There was no menu posted online. I even called twice asking about the menu, but unfortunately it was not available even until the day before. All you knew was for $40 per person, you get three courses. On new year’s day, as soon as we sat down and saw the menu, we were disappointed. For the first course you had a choice of yogurt parfait, a muffin or iceberg lettuce salad. I was like, really? We picked the yogurt. The second course options were a bit better depending on which dish you chose. For dessert You had a choice of donuts or affogato. Very creative!! Let’s just say for $80 we were better off having dinner than leaving brunch hungry.



Yogurt Parfait roasted carrots, apricot lemon jam, coconut, pistachios and toasted sesame
It was a good parfait full of flavor. We thought the roasted carrots were papaya!! It had a good balance of sweet, crunchy and tangy. We wanted more.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Castle Valley grits, mascarpone, cherry peppers, garlic chives
Another dish that was a child portion. You wanted more to feel satisfied. The shrimps were cut in half lengthwise so you think you had more than you really did.

Affogato chicory coffee, sweet and condensed milk
It was good but very basic and very small portion.

Dirt

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12/29/2019


Matcha Lavender Lemonade
It was a good lemonade with a good lavender flavor but low on matcha taste.

Autumn Poke Bowl Line-caught citrus-marinated raw tuna, herb-roasted
Brussels sprouts + butternut squash, honey cashew Dijon glaze, sliced apples, raw beets, arugula, sweet sake-tossed jasmine rice, strawberry sriracha dressing
I picked this dish for my husband and he enjoyed it. I took a bite and the tuna was very fresh.

Dirty steak + Cheese Sandwich Grass-fed + grain-finished shredded steak, provolone, sautéed peppers + onions, horseradish Greek yogurt “aioli“, pepperoncini
It was a good sandwich but I don’t know if it was worth the $15. It needed a side of greens to be more satisfying.

Dandelion Chocolate

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The first time we tried Dandelion Chocolate was in San Francisco. My brother discovered that they recently opened a shop at the Venetian resort. We were excited and stopped at the place two times.


European Drinking Chocolate
A bit sweet but rich and tasty. It came with a marshmallow and a cookie.

Mission Hot Chocolate
Spicy with Ambanja, Madagascar chocolate and almonds.

Chocolate Passion fruit Eclair
We had this twice and enjoyed it.  A good amount of passion fruit.

Nibby Horchata
Rice drink with almonds, hazelnuts, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon. I enjoyed it.

We also had the Chocolate Canelé but since we ate it the next day it was not as crunchy. My husband had the cappucino and enjoyed it.

Dream Kabob

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12/22/2019

I had heard about Dream Kabob’s good koobideh for a while now. While visiting my family in Las Vegas, we decided to have lunch there. Lets just say there was nothing dreamy about the kabobs!! Our server seemed to be under influence of something. Prices a bit high considering the quality and portions.


Kashk o Bademjan
We got two order of this dish and it was just OK. Eggplant should have been roasted a bit longer in order to produce a more creamy dish.

Shirazi Salad
A typical cucumber, tomato and onion salad.

Beef Koobideh, Chicken Koobideh, Beef Barg, Lamb Chops
Chicken koobideh was not as flavorful as beef but it was tender. Barg was like beef jerky and at the end while talking to our waitress, she admitted that they use average quality beef rather than filet. I wish she would have told us that before wasting our money. Lamb chops were priced higher than the listed price on the menu and unfortunately they were overlooked.

Adas Polo
Rice with lentils, fried onion and raisins. It was a good vegetarian rice dish.

We also had the vegetarian Eggplant Gheymeh stew at $15.50, which was just Ok and Hummus that was spicy.

Cafe Breizh

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Croissant
It had an eggy sweet taste.

Chocolate Cake
The glaze was too sweet but the cake itself was good and had a crunchy layer.

Ham & Cheese Croissant
The cheese to ham ratio was off. Thin slice of ham was folded and had plenty of cheese.

Berry Danish
The texture was good but otherwise nothing special.

French Breakfast
My brother, the Keto guy, have been on this breakfast kick lately. You get a half of baguette and a croissant. He has been upgrading the plain one for a ham and cheese.