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.




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


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



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


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.

Brothers and Sisters



Farro Congee short rib / black garlic xo / crispy enoki
It was a comforting dish. Farro added a healthy whole grain element. Enoki added crunch.

Pork Belly
The pork belly was smoky and tasty.

Pork Belly Lettuce Wrap rice gravy
If you offer lettuce wrap, you better make sure it is fresh. The ones we received looked so sad and unappetizing. Like they have been sitting around for a long time. As I was ready to tell our waitress the problem, a gentleman who worked at the hotel came by and talked to me. I told him about the problem and he took away the old lettuce. It took a while and when I asked our waitress about the status of the lettuce, she checked and told us that they were re doing the order. Well, the new order was much better and fresher.

Green Tea mousse with Citrus and Crème fraîche
The main reason we were there. It was a light delicious cake that we received on the house because of the lettuce problem. That was nice of them.

Nina May



I have been reading about the newly opened Nina May for a while now. Once I found out that it has started a brunch service, I made a reservation. The space was very small and dark. We were seated by the only window on the first level. Service was fine. The menu looked better on the paper than it tasted. Prices were high considering the portions.

Potato Roti w/ House-Smoked Salmon
At $18, give me more potato and salmon. It was an appetizer portion.

Braised Beef Short Rib and Eggs tater tots, red wine jus, eggs your way
At $22, it looked like a diner food. The menu says eggs your way, but our waitress did not ask us how we wanted our eggs cooked. We got sad looking poached eggs. The short ribs were a bit chewy. The potato tots were good.




I have been wanting to try Sababa for over a year now and I even made a reservation but got cold feet and canceled. Finally I took the plunge. Service was cold. You can get two courses for $22 at brunch time. The food we had was tasty but did not agree with my stomach due to spices.

Charred Eggplant – Herbed Labne, Pomegranate & Pistachio
Very simple baked eggplant rolled and topped with pomegranate molasses and chopped pistachios. It was good but a little too light.

Smoked Trout – Muhammara, Walnuts & Grilled Cucumber
Very spicy muhammara was the base for smoked trout. Crisped chickpeas added crunch.

Sumac & Onion Marinated Steak Kebab
It was good but a bit chewy.

Lamb & Beef Kofta Kebab
It was flavorful but too spicy for us to enjoy.

Halva-Chocolate Pot De Creme Almond Brittle, Date Molasses & Chantilly
After all the spice we needed a sweet to cool us down. It was enjoyable.

Avocado Matcha Muffins

I got this recipe from Whole Foods. I checked the muffins multiple times to make sure they were cooked through. I baked the muffins for around 40 minutes. I liked the taste but found the muffins a bit on the soft side.

Extra-virgin olive oil, for the muffin pan
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 large egg (or 1 tablespoon chia seeds for a vegan version)
3 tablespoons unsweetened paleo-friendly almondmilk
1/3 cup chopped raw shelled pistachios, divided

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Oil a standard 12-cup muffin pan with extra-virgin olive oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, matcha, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine avocado, maple syrup and lemon juice in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until fairly smooth. Add egg and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture and almondmilk. Fold in half of the pistachios.

Spoon batter into the muffin pan, dividing the mixture evenly among the cups. Sprinkle the tops of muffins with the remaining pistachios. Bake until the tops are lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let muffins cool in the pan 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the pan and unmold muffins on a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to four days.