Friday, April 23, 2010

Good Stuff Eatery

Mmmm. Talk about tasty. It seems like I have not had a 'real' burger in some time but-thankfully-tonight I finally did! Now, some of you are probably wondering what a 'fake' burger is. A fake burger is a variation of one of those disgusting mass produced thoroughly processed to within of its like frozen patties that merely taste like artery clogging cardboard. A real burger, however, is full of flavor, is juicy and has more texture and taste.

There really isn't much seating (or ambiance) at Good Stuff Eatery but luckily some friends had saved us some seats when we arrived. We ordered our food at the counter-I got the Good Stuff Melt (melted cheddar and muenster, caramelized onions and mushrooms with good stuff sauce) and spikes village fries (topped with fresh thyme, rosemary and cracked pepper) where they have us a buzzer to signal us to come up to the counter and retrieve our food.

Weirdly enough I had ordered the same thing as my friend just a minute or two after her but they buzzed me at least 10 minutes before her. Later, when I ordered a milk shake and she ordered 5-10 minutes after me she got buzzed way ahead of me!

As for my food the burger patty itself was cooked just right (well cooked but still pink enough in the middle that the essential flavors were retained) and was one of those thick juicy burgers which are in a whole different league from the flimsy fast food ones most of you are used to. I didn't really taste the sauce or the cheese and though I did taste the onions and mushrooms I felt like the mushrooms could have had more flavor ( perhaps they weren't fresh?).

Anyone knows I love spices and heck knows I love them on french fries (a commodity that is not, in my opinion, spiced nearly often enough and are usually left sadly plain and tasteless) so I did not pass up the chance to pass up Spikes village fries. You must know that whenever I make potatoes I cover them in rosemary, salt, garlic, thyme, oregano and black pepper-sounds pretty similar to Spikes fries, no? This all means that I was quite inclined to like these mouth-wateringly described fries but I just couldn't bring myself to appreciate them. Not only were they small and a bit soggy but the rosemary and thyme were three times too strong-these fries were covered in green spices and were overpowering all of the condiments I was eagerly dipping them into.

Ah the condiments. I did appreciate the condiments. In Belgium and the Netherlands people love to dip their fries in mayonnaise-mayonnaise is their ketchup. Spike must know about this European love match of mayo and fry and so he provides his customers with various forms of mayo-chipotle mayo, saracha mayo, mango mayo, and old bay mayo. These all seemed quite tasty but again, the fried were over powering their flavors.

I did not finish my french fries-but my boyfriend did. He really seemed to like them and so did my friend Karen so maybe it is just me, maybe I just think they are too spiced-your just going to have to go and try them yourself. I would most certainly be happy to go back myself and try another one their burgers-they have a lot of different flavors and I am definitely one to appreciate a good burger.

Before I left I got a toasted marshmellow milkshake. A few other people at the table had gotten the same flavor and urged me to get it too. I thought it was really tasty, not too sweet but very thick and very heavy-a kid size shake is recommended even if you are sharing. Karen got the milkyway milkshake which was just as tasty as the toasted marhsmellow and more chocolatey,

Good times all around at God Stuff Eatery.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cheese and Charcuterie

Want a good deal and a good date in DC? Though I can't guarantee great company I can recommend a night out at Proof. Now, I am not a wine fan/drinker but if I were I would definitely come here for some prime wine sipping time. When I was there-on a Friday night around 5:30 the young and wine-friendly of DC were getting their alcohol buzz at the cool bar by the front and sharing Proofs tasty and filling appetizers.

What is so great about these appetizers you ask? Two words: Cheese and charcuterie.

Some people might not know what is charcuterie-Wikipedia pretty much sums it up as cooked meats. Justin and I got the artisinal salumi (after asking the waiter to explain what all the different charcuterie options actually WERE-which he most happily did)which was an assortment of these tiny salami slices hand made by the chef. We got sooooo many pieces for $8 is was crazy. The slices came with these little pieces of bread, a spicy mustard and mini pickles. One kind of the salami was spicy, another one way garlicky and the other was pretty normal.

Then there was the cheese.

Despite being a lactose intolerant person I harbor a great and vast love for cheese. If you do chose to go to the bathroom at Proof you will walk by their tasty selection of cheeses and let your mouth water in anticipation. For $13.00 you can chose any three of Proof's cheeses and for $25 any six. We went with three of the numerous choices and were pleasantly surprised when our cheese arrived with these miniature slices of raisin bread, delicious honey, and a vanilla apple butter.

The cheese, charcuterie and the complimentary pita like chips/bread pieces that were served with a scrumptious tzitziki (greek cucumber yogurt sauce) filled us up to the brim and we could have walked out after paying the bill then and there but I really wanted to try one of Proofs main dishes because the table across from us had all gotten their own main dish and seemed to be really enjoying them. I talked Justin into ordering the honey glazed peking duck which was with a roasted jewel yam purée, pomegranate vinaigrette and grilled scallions. The dish was very tasty but pretty steep for $27.00.

On a side note we did get the mushroom tempura appetizer as well, I just did not mention it before because it was hardly worth mentioning. Justin liked it but there was a serious need for some extra salt and some extra flavor.

If you want a nice night out with the guy but don't want to spend a lot of moolaa I say go to Proof and stick with the cheese and charcuterie.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mediterranean P.S.

p.s. why don't we have more amazing Mediterranean food in the D.C. Area? I really liked Pasha Lounge in Gaithersburg with its great Chicken Bastilla (so sweet yet savory with its layers of phyllo dough nuts and meat it melts in your mouth) and its scrumptious chicken with saffron sauce but it is missing variety and the 'something more' that Bazaar has (particularly atmosphere and being more true to its roots and to itself).

Zaytina-well you have heard my thoughts on that 'meh' rip-off of a place.

Cava-wonderfully creative and inventive but in need of more space and whats with the now jacked up prices and portions that have been cut in half so that there is no mezze just amuse bouche.

Vasilis Grill-tasty but boring.

Give me something more DC!

Cant stop thinking about BBQ Chicken!

I know I know. Weird right? I can't stop thinking about BBQ chicken. But really, this isn't just your every day BBQ chicken-its the BBQ chicken skewers served with pide with a very spicy barbecue sauce harissa that is served at Bazaar a Mediterranean restuarant located in an old (retired) church/synagogue. The only problem? Its in Amsterdam!

Sigh. However shall I fulfill my BBQ chicken kebab cravings without flying to Amsterdam and gorging on this wonderful creating. I am really considering sending this restaurant an e-mail and begging for the recipe!

Oooh man. I believe it was our last night in Amsterdam when we went looking for Bazaar-a restaurant listed in the "Lets Go Amsterdam Guide"-the only travel guide I have ever found reliable when it comes to finding good, well priced, local food for wherever you travel (written and updated by college students who know their stuff-and most particularly their food and transportation costs since I don't really use the book for any other purpose).

It was really late by the time we got to the restaurant, everything on every other street seemed either closed or empty (unlike the rest of Europe, Amsterdamers actually eat at a decent time). When we stepped into Bazaar we knew it was the right place and the place to BE. Both floors in this high ceiling former place of worship were packed with the young and the hungry. Music was blasting, the lighting was fantastically right for a hip late night hang out and the place smelled divine.

That BBQ kebab sandwich had some of the best chicken I have ever had. Admittedly though, I did have to request some tzitziki (you know me and my sauce) which brought the sandwich to perfection.

What? You think I should have been eating dutch food because I was in Dutch-land? Pfft. Not even the Dutch eat dutch food. Finding a dutch restaurant in Amsterdam is almost like finding a needle in a haystack. Amsterdam was THE most diverse city I have ever been to when it comes to people/food/restaurants. Everyone pretty much speaks English because it seems like most of the people living in Dutch-land aren't Dutch!

Pictures coming soon-once my lazy ass boyfriend decides to load them. :P Perhaps more on Amsterdam later neh?