On a very cold day in the Capital hills neighborhood of D.C., we had our second brunch at Garrison. We were shown to a dark table next to the wall. Since almost all of the front of the restaurant was empty, I asked to be moved to the front so we would have a better lighting. Dark restaurants on a cold cloudy day is not my idea of a good time.
Service was helpful.

Dry Aged Beef Burger aged New York cheddar, smoked paprika potato chips
This must have been one of the best burgers we have ever had. It had a very beefy,  smoky flavor. I told our waiter how much we enjoyed it and he mentioned that the meat was a combination of bison and beef from a local place in Virginia. The chips were fine. The burger’s garnish of the pickled tomatillo, pickle and Pepperoncini intrigued my interest when I saw a picture online.

Croque Madame country ham, Gruyere cheese, sunny side up duck egg, house made bread
On their online menu it says rye bread but we got brioche bread instead. It was tasty but the ham and cheese was not as plentiful as the one from Primrose restaurant.

Kith and Kin


Our second brunch at Kith and Kin. The experience was mix as was the first time. Let’s just say, I will not bother going back.

Egusi Monkfish fufu, egusi seeds, spinach
The fish was cooked well and went well with the spicy acidic sauce but a small portion.

It was a plantain dough that you were supposed to eat with the monkfish. It was OK.

Goat Roti braised goat shoulder, crispy potatoes, celery variations
My husband picked this dish. He should have gone with the crab curry instead. The goat was chewy and not too pleasant to eat. I told our waitress towards the end of our meal and she responded, that she will let the chef know. Well, at $24, you expect a better dish.




Scotts is a new British/American restaurant not far from the Portrait gallery. The decor was welcoming and there was a live jazz to entertain you. Since they had just opened up, the service was attentive.

Scotts Eggs Benedict Scotch Egg, Canadian Bacon, Roasted Potatoes
My husband was going to order the classic Benedict. I convinced him to go for the scotts egg, which is a classic british dish. basically sausage wrapped around soft egg. He loved it. It also came with a flavorful Canadian bacon. The potatoes were OK. They could have used a more interesting potato variety than a plain old white. The star of the dish was the very lemony hollandaise sauce. I could eat a bowl of it everyday, but my doctor would not approve.

The Full Monty! Scottish Breakfast Eggs, bacon, pork sausage, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, black pudding, roasted potatoes, baked beans
At $17, you got your money worth. Plenty of food to fill you up. Bacon was flavorful. Pork sausage was on the salty side and the black pudding was thankfully mild and earthy.

American Son



American son is chef Tim Ma’s modern american restaurant located at the Eaton hotel. The food we had was good and service was attentive.

Fried Chicken Sandwich Carrot, Papaya Slaw | Jalapeno | Thai Basil | Kewpie Mayonnaise
My husband picked this and enjoyed the flavorful, juicy sandwich.

Beef Cheek Coffee | Anson Mills Perla Bianco | Wood Fired Rapini | Charred Peach
It was a good portion. The beef cheeks were larger than usual. The meat was a little bland but when you combined it with other ingredients, it was good. The pickled peach was a nice touch and provided a sweet/salty element to the dish. There was plenty of polenta to fill you up if you choose to eat it all which I did not.




ZZQ was calling my name and decided to make the 100 mile drive to indulge in beef and pork goodness. I just wish that they were a little closer to us.

Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork Shoulder, Prime Rib, Cowboy Beans, Zucchini
Brisket was the star here. Very smoky and delicious and good balance of fat to the meat. The pulled pork was good but I prefer the one from the federalist Pig. The prime rib was the special of the day and it came with grilled green onions and charred spring onion salsa verde. It was pretty good. My husband was going to order the dirty rice, I convinced him to go with the beans. It tasted heavy in cumin as last time we had it. Zucchini helped to balance the meat.

Tamarindo Aqua Fresca
Very tasty tart drink.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Conrad Felixmuller, Nursing Infant II, 1918

Conrad Felixmuller, Child and Train, 1921

Salvador Dali, The God of the Bay of Roses, 1944

Kehinde Wiley, Willem van Heythuysen, 2006

Howardena Pindell, #108 Memory Series: Sorry, It Was an Accident, 1979

Howardena Pindell, Untitled (Peace), 1980

Howardena Pindell, “Till Birnam Wood Remove to Dunsinane”, 1991

Howardena Pindell, Untitled #5B (Krakatoa), 2007

Howardena Pindell, Globular Cluster, 2014

Howardena Pindell, Nautilus #1, 2014-15

Sub Rosa Bakery



I came across this bakery while searching online for croissant in Richmond. When I read that it was a wood fire, stone milling bakery, I got interested. The bakery was located in the residential area of Richmond. We just followed the aroma to the bakery. There was a long line inside. As we got closer to the counter, I became concerned that it might not live up to the big line!! I was right.

Kale and Cheese Croissant
This one came right out of the oven while we were waiting in line. It had plenty of kale and good amount of cheese.

Pain au Chocolat
I asked the lady behind the counter whether the chocolate was dark or not? She responded, yes, it was. As I took my first bite, I was disappointed by the sugary chocolate. The croissant did not taste like butter but it had a good texture.

Apple Hand Pie
My husband enjoyed it.

Chocolate Chess Pie
It tasted too sugary to enjoy.

Pistachio sour Cherry
It was good but not great. The cherry tasted more sweet than sour.

Ham and Cheese Croissant
It was good but once again we did not detect a butter flavor.