Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
First course for my dad and I was a mixed green salad with artichoke hearts, anchovies and "jamon" (just say ham in the menu- jeez!) The dressing was refreshing and the meaty ingredients really complimented eachother well. Clementine boasts their own Charchuterie where the cure their own meat; hence the delicate and quite flavorful ham.
My sis went for the traditional mac n cheese. She was not enthused with the tomato chunks and scallion accents. I thought it looked pretty but didn't add much in terms of flavor. Wish the cheese would make its way all the way through the layers of noodles... seems to be a perpetual problem as I encountered this last time. Still good but more cheese is always a plus.
I was very happy with my stuffed peppers entree. I honestly could have just had one pepper but I am not one to take home left overs so I ate both anyway. Peppers were stuffed with hearty rice and beans and smothered with cheese. Yum! The sauces added some moisture and tangy flavors. Really well balanced veggie dish.
My dad got a fish dish that sounded really good in the detailed menu description. It must have been good because he barely stopped to speak during consumption :) I didn't snag a bite but trust his word.
We had to rush but made time for a quick dessert, sorry no picture. All desserts are made in house; we decided on the coconut cake with some sort of 7 minute icing or something? The waitstaff kept emphasizing this one baking point but I don't remember the significance. Either way, the cake was fluffy and icing with coconut shavings was pure decadence. Will go for the brownie with bourbon creme next time. J'adore FOOOOOD!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Between Relays I settled on an organic and vegan-friendly tomatu ragu, rice, tofu and veggie wrap from Magic Carpet Foods- a cart I found right outside the park by UPenn on Walnut? Pretty good stuff, definitely need to remember that place. Wrap was followed by a ginormous fruit salad from a fruit stand just next door.
From Left to Right: Chicken Cheesesteak, Cheesesteak with lettuce and tomatoes, Cheesesteak BBQ style...yeah
Friday @ Penn Relays- I didn't make the trip out with the team because I gotta make that money, but I did want to mention our Shuttle Hurdle Relay team won their heat in a blistering 59.32, placing 7th overall. Great Job Towson!!!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Ross and I are attempting the 30 day challenge...after 30 consecutive days of froyo goodness, they will name a flavor/toppings combination after you!
If I can make it through, I will do something like...tangy froyo, mango, mochi, and granola. What should I call it? Ross is definitely all over the tangy froyo, cookie crisps, fruity pebbles and banana toppings. I have to admit, 3 days in I am already getting a little over-yogurtfied.
The layout is adorable; there is a back lounge area with lots of funky seating, vibrant colors and lots of character. The front of house boasts table top games like Connect 4, Guess Who and Operation!!! There's a nintendo and TV set up in the corner for anyone inclined to regress back to grade school gaming days :) It's super cute and VERY inviting...I just hope the novelty of it doesn't wear off.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Yay for Puppy Parties! The MD SPCA threw a stellar event this past Sunday at Druid Hill Park to raise funds for their facility and their pups. Cici, Ross and I, along with our pack Tailwaggers & Co. galavanted around the reservoir and stopped at a couple vendor booths for doggie treats along the way. Our pack raised nearly $1,000 for the Maryland SPCA! Back in 2005, I adopted Cecilia from the SPCA; we've been best buds ever since.
Here are a couple highlights from the March...
We spent the majority of our time at the BROOD booth sun bathing with some other fellow bassets. Here is Cici with 9 month old Sam who is up for adoption and Milton's butt all the way to the left.
Umm...here's the turtle pet. He walked/crawled faster than Cici and didn't even need a leash.
Corgi Puppy=LOVE! So cute...Her name was Elfi! Only 9 and a half weeks old. I must have one!!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
3131 Eastern Ave
Friday, April 10, 2009
BUT! I had a stupendous birthday! It's so fun being overwhelmed with birthday wishes via phone, text, ecards, and through actual human interaction. There's so many ways to wish someone happy birthday these days! A superb friend, Sarah visited at work over lunch and brought me a schmorgasboard of goodies from Chocolatea. I have blogged about this Charles Village dessert cafe before, but have yet to go. The hot chocolate was phenomenal with a touch of chipotle pepper adding some heat on the way down, several truffles that were immediately devoured AND the proverbial "icing on the cake" was a pastry and baking cook book from San Fransisco Bakery, Tartine. SOOOO excited to start baking! Brioches, galletes, and tarts galore! And I love the Sarah's personal touch on the inside cover- " Life is Short, Eat Dessert First!" This was certainly the anecdote of the day...
I had a lovely visit with some long lost childhood friends...once they found their way and got un-lost... here's Elana molesting my basset. tee hee.
For dinner, Ross and I waffled between a sundry of fancy restaurant options but sprung for Tapas at Tapas Teatro in Mt Vernon. Haven't been there in quite some time and the charm was certainly still there. Portions seemed to have evolved from the "small plate" tapas mentality to legit courses. Where normally Ross and I can split a total of 6 different tapas, I could barely get past two! Everything was lovely and very salty! I like salt so a little extra sea salt is right up my alley. Specials we sampled included asparagus soup, cod fritters, and a lamb shoulder with a tangy sauce adding some extra spunk served on rice. Dessert came later...
A quick trip across town and we made it just before closing to Vaccaro's in Little Italy. We figured we would just get our sugar fest to go which was a good idea because I would have been way embarassed to eat as much as I did in public. Cappucino, a collection of italian biscotti and baked goods, and a hefty portion of tiramisu. Oh and of course we had to try the gelato, Ross settled on a pint of mint chocolate chip. Wow, I'm getting nauseous just typing about it.
Needless to say, this morning was rough...Birthday success.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Friday, April 03, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
BF and I made it to Elevation Burger in Harbor East on Monday for there Grand Opening. Dinner rush was not off putting at all, the line was short and the menu even shorter, making quick selections that much easier. The whole appeal is "healthy alternatives"... cooking fries in olive oil, grass-fed happy cows and fresh ingredients and toppings.
I tried the "Half the Guilt" burger, comprised of one beef patty and one veggie patty with cheeeeeese. There were two veggie options available to choose from. One that is vegan and one is more veggie-esque? I didn't quite get the difference but opted for the veggie-tasting one anyway. The selection of toppings were stellar; ranging from the norm lettuce, tomato, to the more obscure balsamic mustard and hot pepper relish. The caramalized onions were on point. It was nice to have ripe tomatoes too. Those pale, almost white variety at the other burger joints don't really add much...Overall I dug the burger. Nice to be able to have the best of both worlds- meat and veggie patties unite! Next time I might shoot for the "Vertigo Burger", a build your own burger with stacks ranging from 3-10 patties. Reminiscent of the stackable patties at In N Out Burger.
Fries were ok, not really worth the extra calories. Couldn't taste much of a difference with the use of olive oil. They were those skinny cut kinds, I feel like thicker cut potato wedges would be more in line with their health conscious schtick.
Side note: there are side salad options available on the menu. I was all about ordering one and then I looked to my left and saw them in plastic to-go bowls in the fridge. Yeah...fries instead please.
Will go back to try the shakes. Would have gotten back in line for dessert but only had plastic and there machines were down so I would have had to gone through another manual credit charge.
There are definitely some kinks to work out; slow service (attributed to grill breaking down earlier in the day and general learning curve), but most importantly NO VIBE. Other new sprouting burger joints have character and pizazz! Like The Counter. Don't get me started on the Counter, I so badly wanted Elevation Burger to be like this place. But I'm sure EB will develop its own unique charm over time...
PS-Big turn off- No Music! Get XM or something. It made the place seem very sterile.