Tzatziki

I have always loved Tzatziki. I loved it so much, I had to double the recipe the second time. Very refreshing and perfect for the hot summer days. I got the recipe from Saveur.

Ingredients
1⁄2 large English cucumber, peeled
1 tbsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
3 tbsp. finely chopped dill
2 tbsp. finely chopped mint
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, mashed into a paste
1 small shallot, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions
Grate cucumber using the large holes of a box grater; transfer to a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Toss cucumber with 1 tbsp. salt; let sit 10 minutes. Squeeze excess water from cucumber and transfer to a bowl. Stir in yogurt, dill, mint, lemon juice, garlic paste, shallot, salt, and pepper; drizzle with oil.

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Zucchini Bread

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or Cocoa nibs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix shredded zucchini, almond butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla with whisk until well combined and creamy. Stir in coconut flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix until just combined. Next, fold in chocolate chip reserving about a tablespoon for sprinkling on top.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan, smooth top and sprinkle the tablespoon of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The bread will develop a nice brown crust, so don’t be nervous if you observe this while baking.
  4. Once done baking, remove from oven and transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Once cool enough, remove bread from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Convivial

6/10/2018

It has been a while since we had brunch here. I remember, last year, I had a very delicious veggie dish. Their menu has changed and now they offer dishes to appeal to every taste from English breakfast to southern catfish sandwich. Our waitress acted like she has had too many coffees and was pushy.


Burrata chilled spring pea soup, cucumber, espelette breadcrumbs
I really enjoyed this flavorful summery dish. Smooth pea soup with crunchy cucumber. Burrata was nice and fresh. bread crumb added a very nice crunch.

Shrimp & Grits smoked cheddar, Tasso ham, poached egg, grilled country bread
My husband’s pick. It was a tasty dish and he enjoyed it. It was a little spicy. As usual, I had to ask where the shrimp was from? It was from Portugal.

Strawberry Mousse & Rhubarb Cake air-whipped mousse, sponge cake, poached rhubarb
I had seen a picture of this dessert on Instagram and was eager to try it. I liked the airy strawberry mousse and the flavorful rhubarb but found the sponge cake too sweet.

The Cup We All Race 4

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6/3/2018

The Cup We All Race 4 is located in the lobby area of the Line hotel. They had a mouth-watering selection of goodies. The quality was pretty good.


Pain au Chocolat
It had a great buttery texture with a dark chocolate center.

Ham and Cheese Croissant
It had a good amount of ham and cheese and a good texture.

Strawberry Crostata
The staff member dropped this but we still got it. It was very tasty. Buttery crust was hugging the delicious strawberry goodness.

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Since our Crostata was cracked, the guy behind the counter treated us to this cookie. It was too sweet for me.

Brothers and Sisters

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6/3/2018

After our plan of dining at the Lucky Buns fell through due to a kitchen issue, I happily made a reservation for a nearby Brothers and Sisters at the Line hotel. As usual dessert stole the show.


Beef Short Rib Burger mornay
This was a tasty burger. Not only it had a beef patty but it had a slice of short rib also. The mornay sauce was delicious and fries was perfectly crisp and addicting.



The Copenhagen pistachio nougat / honey
This dessert was our waitress’s favorite. It had a layer of pistachio cake, chocolate candy and nougat praline. The candy layer was too sweet for me but I enjoyed the rest very much.

Smoked & Stacked

5/28/2018


The Messy Pastrami, Rye, Sauerkraut, comte, thousand island
It was a good pastrami sandwich but tasted a little saltier than the first time I had it.

Potato Salad
It was your typical creamy potato salad.

Tabouli
They should just call this a parsley salad! Where is the bulgur? A little more tomatoes would have done wonders too.

Brisket
As we took our first bites, we were unhappy with the dry mess of the brisket. It tasted like it was a left over from the day before. We tried to eat it but considering they charged $19, I finally walked to the counter and told a staff about the problem. She said she will replace it with a new one. The new one tasted better but still was a chore to eat because it was still too lean and overcooked to enjoy.

The Sovereign

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5/27/2018

I found this places while reading Michelin guide D.C. online. The two dishes we had were almost identical and not worth the price. When we asked our waitress what she thought about our choices, she responded, they were her two favorites! I think we must have been overly tired that day to order two dishes so much a like.


Liege Waffle caraway-juniper sauerkraut, braadworst, bacon lardon, poached egg, mustard beer cream
All I got was a sweet waffle covered with a lot of sauerkraut, a little bacon, one poached egg and no braadworst that I could see or taste. The mustard sauce brought everything together.

Choucroute Benedict pan roasted pork belly, english muffin, brown beer onions, poached egg, hollandaise, roasted fingerlings, caraway sauerkraut
Almost the same dish as the Liege Waffle. The only difference, instead of waffle you got English muffin and a side of potatoes. At least with this dish you got two poached eggs!

The Dairy Godmother

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Chocolate Sandwich with Chocolate Hazelnut Custard
We enjoyed the crisp chocolate cookies but found the hazelnut chocolate custard a little too sweet.

Lemon Lavender sorbet, Thin Mint Custard
The lemon lavender tasted like a lavender lemonade. The thin mint custard was minty custard with pieces of thin mint cookie.

Chocolate Sandwich with Coconut Custard
My brother had this while visiting us. I took a bite and really liked the coconut custard.

A Rake’s Progress

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5/20/2018

Ever since I saw the brunch menu for rake’s progress online, I knew I wanted to try it. We had dinner here a few months ago and had a easier time making a reservation back then than for a brunch. I am glad the wait was worth it. Their brunch menu was very creative and not your usual boring offering. Service was friendly.


Route 40 smoked brisket, grilled trencher, kohl-slaw, bbq beans, horseradish cream
It was a great dish but we loved the bbq beans and slaw even more than the brisket. They were both very flavorful. The brisket was not as smoky as I have hoped. You can blame the zzq in Richmond to spoil me for all the other brisket out there. We really loved the horseradish cream.

leg of lamb flatbread, spit-roasted lamb, garlic herb rub, mint gremolata
The lamb was cooked well and was not gamey but it did not wow us.

Twice-Baked Pecan Raspberry Croissant
After sending my husband to check out the croissant on the lower level on display, I went down myself to make sure it looked good and it did! We could have skipped the powder sugar but the croissant itself was very crisp and buttery.

Strawberry glazed Cake Doughnut
Since I was talking to our waiter the whole time he was serving us, he treated us to this doughnut. It pays to be nice to the service staff. It was a good doughnut but not worth the $4.

Mikko

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5/12/2018

After a long day of standing in long lines at the EU Open House, we stopped here for a light bite before going home.
Mikko is chef Mikko Kosonen’s Nordic cafe. Their menu was very short and it was a combination of baked goods and cold items at the time of our visit. Service was friendly.


Gravlax, Rye, Mustard, Egg, and Dill
It was a good open sandwich, but we have had better gravlax before.

Ham and Cheese
It was a good ham and cheese pastry. The cheese was specially flavorful and when I asked them what kind it was, they could not tell me!

Karelian pasty
This was our favorite. Rye crust with rice pudding and butter egg. Very good and comforting.