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The luminous everything donut. Donut sundays are my favorite days.

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The luminous everything donut. Donut sundays are my favorite days. arethebestnuts

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Today was one of those great days. Fish tacos, doughnuts, oysters and lobsters. Belly bliss!

Today was one of those great days. Fish tacos, doughnuts, oysters and lobsters. Belly bliss! arethebestnuts

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City BakeryCity Bakery
American other / Desserts / Bakeries / Juice Bars & Smoothies

When it is cold (which is everyday), the only thing you can do is drink hot chocolate (which I do ev

When it is cold (which is everyday), the only thing you can do is drink hot chocolate (which I do everyday). This is the 'love potion no.9' from which is basically their traditional hot chocolate, but with a heaping pour of hot fudge over the top. Yes. Please! food

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Dominique Ansel BakeryDominique Ansel Bakery
American (New) / Desserts / Bakeries / Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

The line stretches for days at  lately, but patience is rewarded with unique little treats like this

The line stretches for days at lately, but patience is rewarded with unique little treats like this chocolate pinecone that has hazelnut cream and gingerbread.

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Bibble & SipBibble & Sip
Bakeries / Cafes / Coffee & Tea

The only good thing about winter.

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Jacksons Bar & BistroJacksons Bar & Bistro
American (Traditional) / Bistro

Praise the Lord that we still love each other.

Praise the Lord that we still love each other.

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Iron City BhamIron City Bham
American (Traditional)

I have a crush on Taylor Goldsmith. #Dawes

I have a crush on Taylor Goldsmith. #Dawes

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I wanted to just write something quick for one of my new favorite fried chicken places in the city - Sweet Chick! I never made it to the Williamsburg location when I lived in that neighborhood, but finally, I could not resist the lure of their chicken and waffles any longer after finding their LES spot.

 

Sweet Chick

 

THREE delicious flavored butters come with your waffle order (our flavors were lemon - my favorite, berry and herb), and it is well worth your while to try each and every one of them with your waffle.

 

Sweet Chick

 

 

But Han! Please tell me about the chicken!

Sweet Chick

 

Okay, bossy (just kidding, I love you very much)! The chicken is good!! Nice and crispy, a little thin on the batter but plenty crunchy, and well-seasoned.

 

Sweet Chick

 

But the real perk is the waffle. Crispy and light and perfect to soak up all that BUTTERRRRR. I put a little pat in each cube and then drench all that in syrup, but you feel free to eat it however you like (just make sure you use all that BUTTERRRR).

 

Sweet Chick

 

And definitely! Save room for dessert !! !!! ! !!

 

The toffee pudding is the best - a jarful of HOT HEAVEN drenched in toffee caramel and oozy goozy yumminess.

 

Sweet Chick

 

The peanut butter pie is a healthy portion of love in a bowl also, but gets quickly outshined by the toffee pudding. Please. eat. that. now.

 

Sweet Chick

 

I've since been to both locations of Sweet Chick (LES one takes reservations!) and love them both, because the chicken is consistent, the butters remain amazing, and the toffee pudding keeps me going on in life, because just knowing it is always there is all I need in life.

 

Han's Nonsensical Rating: Solid fried chicken, perfect waffles, and incredible toffee pudding.

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This post is dedicated to Anne, our biggest fan (and only reader).

 

In July, I visited Diana in D.C. for a weekend. Any weekend with Diana is my favorite weekend of the year. While she is supportive in everything I do in life (emotionally, professionally, spiritually), she exhibits her support the most when it comes to eating. My bloated face will utter, "Should I eat this? I'm just so full." and she will be the first to say, "I'll share it with you," and sometimes she will just eat most of it for me, and that's when I know we are really best friends.

 

We supported each other a lot as we waited patiently in line at Rose's Luxury, easily D.C.'s hottest restaurant, Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant of 2014, and probably the only restaurant in town that you have to wait around two hours before it even opens to secure your meal that night. That's right. No reservations. Just lots and lots of ladies who want to eat and willing to stand in line at 3 p.m.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

It gives you a lot of time to think about your life's priorities, check out the fashions of the people in front of you, eavesdrop on conversations, mutter curses under your breath for people whose parties suddenly triple in size, and yada yada.

 

And then when the doors open at 5p, you pray you make the first cut (they stagger seating to not overwhelm the kitchen), or you'll wait just a slim half hour for the second seating. You could also give them a preferred time you'd rather eat, if you don't feel particularly geriatric in wanting to dine at 5p.

 

Rose's Luxury


We made the second seating, marveled at the charming interior upon entry, and all the gorgeous plants they have on the window ledges (I'll take one of everything please!)

Rose's Luxury 

 

look at this furry little fun guy.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

And then after all the gushing was over, we ordered practically everything on the menu, minus the family style, because, we had to call the limits somewhere.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

The complimentary bread is the most brilliant ever - potato bread served with buttermilk butter, the itty bittiest bacon bits and even tinier chives .

 

Rose's Luxury

 

With each swift spread of butter on the slice, you feel like you're eating a baked potato, and what can be better than that?!

 

Rose's Luxury

 

 

The Vietnamese pate was a dream, served with lusty crusty bread, the lightest, fluffiest pate you can imagine piled high with fresh herbs and peanuts.

Rose's Luxury

 

Rose's Luxury

 

Slather everything onto the bread (don't forget the pickled cucumbers or the chilis!), and it's everything you love about banh mi! My belly bursts with happiness!

 

Rose's Luxury

 

The most popular dish at Rose's Luxury is the lychee salad, which in and of itself sounds pretty awesome,

 

Rose's Luxury

 

 

but its the coconut cream foam that is pure magic - it envelops absolutely everything when you mix it altogether,

Rose's Luxury

 

like over all the herbs, and slivers of red onions, and the peanuts, the pork sausage, and habanero and the other random bits and bobs you'll never be able to identify, but which you'll love all the same, because the flavor combination is nothing short of sublime.  Really! And later we thought about ordering another one of these, and I don't think we ever did, and now that is easily one of my life's regrets.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

The Japanese hangar steak, served with Japanese mustard and eel sauce,

 

Rose's Luxury

 

was sweet and ever so tender. Melty meaty goodness.

 

 

Rose's Luxury

 

 

Our waitress surprised us with the grilled avocado - "you must try this! you'll love it!" and she was 150% right. Something seemingly so simple but completely fantastic - I started looking into cotija cheese the minute I got back into NYC, because this is how I want to eat all my avocados, with tomatillo, poblano, cotija cheese and onions. Spicy, savory, fresh, amazing.

Rose's Luxury

 

The softshell crab was a meaty marvel, lightly battered for just the right amount of crunch. Served with slivers of white asparagus and tangy balsamic, the dish was remarkably light and fresh tasting.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

Rose's Luxury

 

The housemade reginetti pasta, squiggly little buggers, tasted equally as fresh, simply tossed with parmesan, chili, garlic and squash blossoms.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

The world needs more squash blossoms, amirite?

 

 

Rose's Luxury

 

 

And finally we ended with just a couple of desserts, a gorgeously plated coconut ice cream with tuile cookies that transported us to the tropics,

Rose's Luxury

 

 

and the eggplant tartin, which sounded all sorts of bizarre, but ended up being so delicious.

Rose's Luxury

 

Served warm with luscious ice cream, you probably wouldn't be able to guess that it is eggplant if you were served it blindly, but you'd sense that something was strange about it, but in a good way, no, a great way.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

Sad to see the meal to end, but our check brought a smile. One, that feast totaled less than $100 (!!! !! !!!) and two, check out the third line item: "5 Side of Winning." They knew they had made believers out of us, and it is true. I can't wait to go back, two hours wait or not, that lychee salad beckons me in my dreams.

 

Rose's Luxury

 

Han's Nonsensical Rating: Just yes. Yes. Yes. A million times yes!

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HAPPY NATIONAL HOTDOG DAY! I love hotdogs.

HAPPY NATIONAL HOTDOG DAY! I love hotdogs.

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We had dinner with Mother and Father tonight and honestly it was exhausting.

We had dinner with Mother and Father tonight and honestly it was exhausting.

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What?  Korean food outside of K-town?

 

Yes.

And you should go.  To Oiji.  Soon. (Maybe put some pants on first.)

 

Oiji

 

Take a seat among friends.  Share libations like rum & pepper cocktails with pepper syrup and blackberry shrubs.

 

Oiji

 

Remark on the simple decor (it's really so cute) while you wait for your food - order several plates to share, it's the only way.

 

Oiji

 

The fried chicken arrived first, and the waiter swiftly stated, as I grasped my camera with both hands, "You really should eat this as soon as possible."  Fine.  I know the tapioca flour batter waits for no one, but it really took no time to polish at all - the batter was almost ethereal, so light and crisp.

 

Oiji

 

 

The smoked mackerel was a must order for us - one of my favorite fish.  We dressed it with a simple squeeze of lemon and citrus soy - it really didn't need the soy, so naturally flavorful, but who can resist using that charming brush made of chives?

Oiji

 

The beef tartare, topped with a brilliant glob of slow-cooked egg yolk, was instantly the table favorite, topped with ramp aioli, sticks of daikon and immaculate cubes of sweet cantaloupe.  The beef was exceptionally light and amazing.

 

Oiji

 

 

 

The truffle seafood plate with crisp rice is finished tableside with a pour of the hot seafood broth over crisp rice.

 

 

Oiji

 

 

The rice soaks up a bit of the immensely flavorful broth, but maintains all the crunchy fun you'd want for the party in your mouth.  The soup comes with a few mussels, calamari rings and shrimp, and feels like spoonfuls of instant comfort.

Oiji

 

The slow-cooked oxtail with root vegetables is a hearty, meaty plate with two thick pieces of oxtail.  The dish is unexpectedly sweet and would be wonderful with a nice bowl of steamed, white rice, which could be ordered on the side.  We didn't bother with any rice though, instead, we just picked up the oxtail with our grubby hands and chewed that braised meat clean off the bone.  (Okay, I wish we did that.)

 

Oiji

 

 

We ended with the honey chips, freshly fried to order, unbelievably light and crispy, yet somehow glazed with honey and absolute magic.  The chips are just the slight bit spicy and sweet and all the bit as delicious as everyone says.  Apparently these chips are THE rage in Korea, and now you can get it for $5 in your very own city!

Oiji

 

 


We ended up getting dessert in the LES later, because sticky toffee pudding is all the rage in my stomach right now, and we'll have more on that later, but next time I'll have to see what Oiji has in the sweets department, because there definitely will be a next time.

Han's Nonsensical Rating:    Best chips.  Best beef tartare.  And best water refills (gotta love these little things!)  So much more on the menu to explore and hopefully adore!

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Tasty little lamb handpulled noodles in  with golden, crispy sesame pancakes

Tasty little lamb handpulled noodles in with golden, crispy sesame pancakes

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Dim sum on the mind, all the time. Duck dumplings. Shrimp rice rolls. All. The. Time.

Dim sum on the mind, all the time. Duck dumplings. Shrimp rice rolls. All. The. Time.

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Trying out that Korean craze of  - serious potato crack, crispy, sweet, delightful

Trying out that Korean craze of - serious potato crack, crispy, sweet, delightful

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Sharing small plates on Sunday night with dear friends (before Game of Thrones!)

Sharing small plates on Sunday night with dear friends (before Game of Thrones!)

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