Seylou Bakery and Mill


Amaranth Pear Cake
Nutty and delicious fall cake.

Apple Walnut Cake
A very good cake with plenty of apple and walnut pieces.

Amaranth Raspberry Cake
This one had raspberry preserve in the middle. Very good and not too sweet.

Bird Bread and Mini Sourdough
Their oven was being repaired and they did not have their usual line up. So, I got to try two new breads. The bird bread was a combination of millet, oat flour and seeds. It was a little sweet and tasted pretty good but it did not slice well. The sourdough was tasty and was worth a try.

Bird Bread
The first two slices were easy to slice but it went downhill afterwards.

Tiger Fork



I have been wanting to try Tiger Fork since last year. When I read that they had a new brunch menu, I decided to give it a try. The food we had was good but overpriced considering the portions, specially when it came to meat portions. Service was friendly.

Shumai Brown butter scallop, pork
Very good start. You got surf and turf.

Black Pepper Steak Claypot Confit potato, duck egg, rice
At $26, you did not feel like you got a value. The few pieces of beef you got, were not that tender and the dish was sweet.

Beef Chow Fun Brisket, bok choy, rice noodles
My husband wanted this dish. The noodles were tasty but the brisket slices were a hit and miss. the fatty parts were pretty good and flavorful. The lean slices were chewy and not pleasant to eat.

Cauliflower Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Pancetta

This recipe is based on a recipe from Epicurious with a few changes I made.

6 Servings
Pumpkin seeds
1 medium head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into small florets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4 slices pancetta
1 small fennel bulb, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/3 cup dry white wine or water
6 cups beef broth
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss cauliflower and 2 Tbsp. oil on a baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until florets are browned all over and tender, 30–35 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut pancetta into 1/2″ pieces. Heat a heavy pot over medium and cook pancetta, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp. Transfer to paper towels.
Cook fennel, onion, and garlic in drippings in pot, stirring occasionally, until onion and fennel are very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add wine and cook until mostly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add roasted cauliflower, broth, cream, and bay leaves; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, 20–25 minutes. Pluck out bay leaves; discard. Let mixture cool slightly.
Working in batches, purée cauliflower in a vitamix. Season with salt and pepper.
Just before serving, ladle soup into bowls; top with pancetta and pumpkin seeds.

Stable DC


Berner Rösti Potatoes, Bacon, Onion, Gruyère Cheese, Fried Egg
This used to be our favorite dish and the reason we came here for brunch. Rosti potato supposed to be crispy on the outside with soft buttery center. This time the shredded potatoes were dry and not buttery as previous times. At $18, a very expensive sleeping pill. I have never felt so tired after eating any dish!

Cheese Toast Black Forest Ham, Tomato, White Wine, Raclette Cheese
The cheese toast was tasty but not worth the $13. It only had one or two slices of ham with good amount of cheese and little tomato on the toast.

All-Purpose Riverfront



I don’t eat pizza that often for health reasons. Since my father loves pizza and the location of All-Purpose Riverfront, we had brunch there. The food was good and service was fine.

Autumn Apple and Fennel Salad arugula, shaved celery, frisee, marcona almonds,
apple-horseradish dressing, gorgonzola fonduta
A nice fall salad but on the small side.

AP Caesar Salad little gem lettuces, parm breadcrumbs, anchovy dressing
I liked the caesar even more. It was flavorful and had crunchy little gems, my favorite type of lettuce. The portion was good.

The Beltway parmesan, mozz, heirloom tomato, roasted bacon, farm egg, arugula
A good brunch pizza with smoky bacon. It could have used a little more heirloom tomatoes though.

Parm fonduta, prosciutto cotto, gruyère, farm egg, Peperoncini, basil
They don’t have this pizza on their current menu. It was a little acidic and spicy.

A Rake’s Progress



Cheddar Bacon Burger
It was a very delicious beefy burger. The potato cake was addicting.

lamb Sausage heritage grits, slow cooked egg, pepper broth
The sausage was not as juicy as we like and the grits was bland and not creamy. A disappointment at $19.

Spit-Roasted Lamb flatbread, garlic herb rub, onion
My father’s dish. He complained that his flatbread was burned. To me, it was charred.

Route 40 smoked brisket, grilled trencher, coleslaw, bbq beans, horseradish cream
My second time having this dish. Very tender brisket and it went well with the beans and slaw. I forgot to take a picture, so I used this picture from the Eater.

Little Pearl


Our first place to eat after our short trip to Amsterdam. It did not disappoint. Very good food as usual.

Coconut Nutmeg Latte
A nice latte with a hint of coconut.

Fresh Green Falafel & Housemade Pita Tahini, harissa, sumac-pickled vegetables & yogurt
Very light falafels. The texture was nice and crunchy. The pita was pretty good also. Cabbage salad added crunch.

Avocado, Gravlax and Heirloom Tomato Toast
A different version of gravlax from the previous visit. I liked it better. Very fresh cubes of salmon mixed in with creamy avocado and flavorful heirloom tomatoes. Caper added brine and dill an herbal element to the sourdough toast.  I could eat one everyday.

Ricotta and Peach Salad
It was a nice salad with plenty of fresh greens and pretty edible flowers. The only problem was the bland peach. If you use peach, it better be sweet and delicious.