Voilà Pastry & Café

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10/1/2019

While driving back on Kings HWY, my husband spotted this bakery and we made a stop. Initially, I was happy to find a bakery close to where we live. My excitement was short lived as we tried the items we purchased. My husband was going to get more items, but since we did not know about the quality, I told him to go easy!!


Pistachio Dream
This was supposed to be one of their least sweet pastries. I found it too sweet and did not detect any pistachio flavor.

Cookie
Fine cookie. Nothing special.

Diplomat Pudding
My husband’s bread pudding was less sweet but we all know that bread equals sugar!!

Fava Pot

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9/29/2019

I was first told about Fava Pot by a car dealer manager who happened to be an Egyptian. Then I saw some pictures in one of the blogs that I read. So the day after our move, hungry and tired we drove to Fava Pot and hoped for the best. Service was friendly. The cafe was decorated with pictures of famous Egyptians. We enjoyed the appetizers more than the main as usually is the case.


Tzatziki
It was nice and garlicy with a good consistency.

Baba Ghanoush
It was smoky and sweet from pomegranate molasses. It could almost pass as dessert!

Fava Beans
It was really good. It reminded you of refried beans but much better with a good cumin and lime flavor.

Egyptian Lamb Shank
The shank was a little dry and the roasted potatoes were beyond salty.

Sweetgreen

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9/28/2019

Moving day. We needed something quick and it did the job! I still think that for what you pay, You should get a bit more toppings. You always feel cheated.


Curry Chickpea Bowl roasted chicken, hot chickpeas, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, raisins, cilantro, toasted almonds, warm quinoa, organic baby spinach, curry yogurt dressing
My husband got this and found it OK.

Hummus Tahina chopped romaine, shredded kale, herb falafel, local feta, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, za’atar breadcrumbs, housemade hummus, cucumber tahini yogurt dressing
Hummus was OK but falafels were beyond salty. The rest of the salad was fine.

Burrata and Peach
I love burrata and love peach so it was a no brainer to order this. It was a good choice for an unusually warm day at the end of September.

Vermilion

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9/22/2019

We recently moved to Alexandria, VA and as we were driving to move some items, I picked Vermilion for our first lunch. The food was good but the portions were very small. Service was a mix. The hostess was odd but our waitress was friendly.


Complimentary corn muffin and good butter. When was the last time you had anything gratis?

Red Snapper charred corn, tomatoes
It was cooked right but for $19, at least give me more veggies!

Vermilion Burger bacon & mushroom jam, charred onion buttermilk, raclette cheese
It was good but the beef patty was so small! Reminded you of the commercial, “Where is the beef”?

Via Sophia

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9/15/2019


Funghi Pizza Foraged Wild Mushrooms, Bufala Mozzarella, Pecorino Toscano
It was an earthy pizza with hen of the wood mushrooms. Crust tasted healthier than your typical pizza. According to WP food critic, it is a whole wheat crust.

Stonefruit Salad Yellow Peaches, Pluots, Heirloom Tomatoes, Almonds, Basil
I can’t come to Via Sophia and not order this salad. This was the third time that we ordered this and was as lovely as the first time. Feast for the eyes also.

Summer Harvest Salad
It was a good salad with all kinds of veggies and fruit such as watermelon radish, fig, broccolini and goat cheese.

Brothers and Sisters

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9/8/2019

The main reason we dine at the Brothers and Sisters is for the cakes. The food never measures up to the cakes!


Salmon Toast
It was very bland.

Calamari Puttanesca
It was flavorful, spicy and acidic. I especially liked the olives.

Tuna Toast
This was more flavorful than the salmon.

The Next Vacation (Kyoto)
The main reason we were there. I am glad it did not disappoint! Matcha chiffon, berries and sorrel cake. Pretty good.

Mori Yoshida

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Mori Yoshida was my last bakery stop in Paris. We walked there so we could burn some of the carbs we consumed at le Clarence. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, the selection was very limited.😔


Sicilia
It was pretty too look at. Pistachios, cherry and rose. It tasted pretty good.


Mille-Feuille Noisette
This was hazelnuts millefeuille. It was too sweet and dense for me to enjoy! I liked the one from Pierre Herme way better.

Canelé
Now this is what Mori Yoshida won an award for and I can see why. I ate this one on the plane ride back home the day after the purchase. It still had a crunchy exterior and soft delicious interior.

Pain au Chocolat
It was OK. I asked if it had dark chocolate and was told, it did. It was on the sweet side.

Le Clarence

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9/4/2019

I first noticed Le Clarence online while searching for a memorable place to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The setting was not my usual sleek modern look, so I hesitated. A fellow on Chowhound recommended it again, so I took a second look. I realized the chef, Christophe Pele, used to work at La Bigarrade. A place that we dined at eight years ago. I remember that I cancelled restaurant Guy Savoy to dine there instead.
We arrived a little early and after a few minutes we were taken to the second floor. The service was formal and attentive as expected for a Michelin two star restaurant. I especially liked the lady that took care of us. I have never eaten so much delicious bread in my life and I am the kind of a person that for health reasons, make my own coconut and almond breads. The restaurant source their bread from La Maison Pichard. It offers three different menus. We went for the lunch menu and had three glasses of a very good champagne. Food was good to pretty good and we sampled a good variety of food.



Sea Snail
It was pretty good.

Comté Gougère
Love gougère and love comté so I was in cheese heaven!

Barbajuan
Barbajuan is a stuffed fritter. It had a great texture and tasted pretty good.


Brioche
Loved this brioche. Had amazing layers of goodness and joy to eat.

Sourdough, Baguette, Breadstick 
Loved every bite of the crusty delicious breads and creamy butter.

Rouget With Fig
Very fresh fish and went well with the fig and lardon.

Rouget with Eggplant
Another version of rouget with eggplant.

mussels
Fresh mussels with herbs.

Lamb with fresh Anchovy
Very high quality lamb cooked perfectly. I took a bite of the anchovy and gave the rest to my husband!

Cèpes Mushroom, Lamb Kidney and Sabayon 
I have not had lamb kidney since I was a child. It was prepared well. Who does not like sabayan?

Tomato, Haddock
Roasted sweet tomato and perfectly cooked haddock.

Lamb Chop
Cooked perfect and was not gamey.

Fig
Sweet and delicious.

Lemon cream with Raspberry
Good flavor.

Strawberry Ice Cream
Very good flavor.

Baba au Rhum
A treat for our anniversary. Thankfully, it was not too sweet.

Macarons
Even more carb to put you on the food coma!

Restaurant ERH

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9/3/2019

Restaurant ERH was the first reservation I made. I initially made it for our arrival day, but I moved it to a later date, so we can enjoy it more. When I made the reservation, I mentioned no poultry and as we were seated a staff member asked if we had any allergies or restrictions. I said poultry and he acknowledged that he was aware of that. Read on and see what happens next!



Watermelon, Ricotta, Onion
Great start with a sweet creamy amuse.

Trout Tartare with Potato Chips
Fresh trout and crunchy potato chips, a nice little snack.

Bread
I am not a fan of soft bread, so I just took a small bite. It was OK.

Bonito, Tomato, Tempura
It was crisped bonito, crunchy asparagus and tomatoes.

Corn, Zucchini, Mushroom, Foie Gras
Very good dish. Foie Gras is the only poultry I eat and I was like, strange that they serve me this considering I told them no poultry!

Wild Duck, Turnip, Carrot
Now to the main dish. As the server put the plate in front of us, I was wondering what kind of meat it was? He said it was canard or something similar. I was like, that sounds like duck. I took a bite and tried to convince myself that it was steak but the crisped skin and the fat under the skin was telling a different story. It tasted good but I had to finally ask when a lady came to clear our plates. I said, what kind of meat was this? She said, duck. She went on and talked to the other staff and they all looked at us. Then another guy came by and I told him, was that duck that we had? He said, it was a wild female duck that is more elegant than duck! Well, it tasted fine but a restaurant of this caliber should be more careful!

Final goodies. They all tasted amazing, especially the parsley espuma. Best part of the meal!

Maison Aleph

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9/2/2019

Great place using high quality ingredients. I wish we had a place like that in the D.C. area.


Sesame, Halva and Abricots Very good and enjoyable.
Fleur de Lait Fleur D’Oranger was aromatic.

Lemon and cardamom, Chocolate Sumac, Dark chocolate from Peru, Pistachio Iran
Angel hair and butter base and not too sweet. Crispy delights to eat. I liked the cream ones better. So delicious.