A Rake’s Progress



A Rake’s Progress has been on my radar even before Michelle Obama had her birthday dinner there before the restaurant was open to the public. But that encouraged me to try the restaurant even more. We have been to the Brothers and Sisters which is located on the lower level inside the Line hotel before. Service was friendly but maybe a little too casual towards the end for this type of restaurant and price point. As we were eating our dessert, our friendly waiter left the check on the table! French do it right by asking for the check when they are ready.

Delicious bread toasted on the wood-burning hearth with butter.

Tidewater Hams sweet potato biscuits, gougeres, peach jam
Our waiter highly recommended this dish. Three different ham, one young, one aged a bit and one aged longer. They were all pretty good. The gougeres were cheesy goodness but the sweet potato biscuit were dry and needed more fat.

Baltimore Canyon lobster Toast green goddess, garlic chili crunch, chervil
Our favorite dish of the night. Very fresh lobster atop delicious bread smeared with goddess dressing. I could eat one of this beauties every day.

Kilt Greens crisped ham, rye crumb, hot bacon mustard dressing
The salads are for two. Our waiter raved about how fresh the greens were and they had to use a hot dressing in order to wilt it. They were suppose to mix it table side but since our table was full, we missed the show and was presented with the mix salad. All the good stuff was on the bottom and middle of the bowl. It was a very good salad with plenty of crisp ham, crunchy rye bread pieces and flavorful dressing.

Pa Trout on a Log potato dumplings, smoked trout, savoy, ember onion, brown butter
By this time I was kind of full. They first presented two fillet of trout atop a log and they then took it to smoke it on their open heart fire. I thought it was lightly smoked and the potato dumplings did not add much to the dish. The colors were all the same too. It needed  some color contrast to make it more visually appealing.

The Spike Collins Sorbet, Bubbly Peach Sorbet, Verjus Lavander Ginger Sherbet
Most of their dessert offerings were on the sweet side and since we already had such a carb heavy dinner, we opted for the sorbet and the sherbet. The spike collins was very refreshing thanks to the yuzu, cucumber and gin. The peach bubbly was good also. The verjus lavender ginger was aromatic and delicious.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams


Dark Chocolate Truffle, Rainbow BFY, Coconut & Cacao, Intelligentsia Black Cat espresso
Dark chocolate truffle is a non dairy chocolate goodness. Coconut & cacao is another favorite. It is like a grown up, gourmet almond joy!! Rainbow BFY is a combination of passion fruit, raspberry and key lime frozen yogurt and was so refreshing. My husband picked the espresso and enjoyed it. It was like a cold yummy espresso.

Tico DC



We have walked by Tico a few times before. When I saw some pictures in one of the blogs online, I decided to give the place a chance. The decor was interesting and it was packed. Lots of family with kids were seated in one side. Prices were reasonable and service was friendly. The big bonus point was my favorite ice cream place, Jeni’s was across the street.

Smoked Salmon Tosado citrus cream cheese, pickled cucumber, bagel spice
The picture of this dish was the reason I made the reservation! I am glad it did not disappoint. It was very flavorful Specially the avocado mousse. The pink grapefruit was the unexpected touch and we enjoyed the cucumber ribbons.

Grilled Strip Steak and Sunnyside Up Eggs short rib hash, ancho adobo, local turnip and Swiss chard
We have had many steak and eggs and a few short rib hashes before but not the two in one dish. It was pretty good. The adobo sauce was flavorful but a little too spicy for me.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Peter Halley, Pepsi Please, 1980

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987

General Idea, Sans titre (Marlboro), from the series Pasta paintings, 1986-1987

Andy Warhol, Self Portrait, 1986

Meyer Vaisman, The Stretch Painting, 1986

Peter Halley, Glowing and Burnt-Out Cells with Conduit, 1981

Mark Bradford, Pickett’s Charge

Mark Bradford, Pickett’s Charge

Mark Bradford, Pickett’s Charge

Mark Bradford, Pickett’s Charge

Duke’s Grocery



I picked Duke’s Grocery for our brunch knowing that they don’t take reservation. It was a cold day and if you wanted to seat outside, you could have been seated right away. We chose the inside option and had to wait more than half an hour. The place was packed with the younger crowd. I think the appeal was the fair prices for the quality and portion.

Proper English Breakkie runny eggs, bacon rashers, banger sausage, black and white pudding, tinned beans, braised mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, toast, rocket
It was plenty of food for $16. I liked the white pudding the best. Banger sausage was good also. The bacon rashers were OK and similar to Canadian bacon. Tomatoes could have been roasted a bit longer in order to improve the taste.

Brunchie Burger Creekstone angus beef, gouda, dill pickles, charred red onions, garlic aioli, rocket, sweet chili sauce
Almost every table had the burger and for a good reason. You could have added all kind of stuff like egg, avocado, bacon, but since we already had the English breakfast, we did not add any extras. I am glad we didn’t. The beef patty was very flavorful and juicy cooked to medium rare. One of the best burgers we have had.




We dined at Chloe the first weekend they started their brunch service. The portions were on the smaller side. Service was really pushy as asking you ten times, did you have enough to eat?! Well, if I am still hungry, I will order more.

Smoked Salmon Tartine labne, cucumber, avocado, hard-boiled egg, dill
It was a tasty salmon tartine and a bit creative. It had good fat from the avocados, tanginess from labne and good quality protein from the smoked salmon and sliced eggs. It would have been even more delicious, have they used Seylou bakery for their bread source. One can only dream, right?

Wagyu Cheesesteak jalapeno mayo, onions, peppers, provolone
In the honor of the Eagles wining the Superbowl, we had to order this upscale version of the Philly cheesesteak. It was pretty good. Was the beef that different from non Wagyu beef? I don’t think so. Fries was nice and crisp.

Seylou Bakery


Millet Baguette
This flavorful baguette is a combination of Whole wheat, spelt and millet. A very hearty bread.

Blueberries and Butter

Black Truffle Butter and Lion’s Mane Mushroom

At $18, it is their most expensive bread but it is large enough to justify the price. It was nutty and delicious.

Einkorn Toast with Buffalo Mozzarella, Avocado, Persian Cucumber and Za’atar
Monkey Bread
It was good but nothing too exciting.

Whole Wheat Almond Chocolate Croissant
Pretty good croissant with plenty of almond paste and a little chocolate.