Delicious Chicken and a Relaxing Beer

I was practically dragged to Yard House in Chinatown that just opened about a month ago. My girlfriend has not stopped talking about how she wanted to go as soon as it opened! Little did we know that it opened on the 9th! This place has a wonderful selection of beer on tap. As I walked inside, there was a beautifully decorated interior and since it was a wonderful day, we asked to be sat outside. They walked us through the inside, past the vastly long bar that has, what appears to be a thousand taps! We were then greeted by our very friendly and competent waitress who was extrememly patient with us while we hemmed and hawed over the alcohol list, the menu and then completely disregarded her when we saw some friends walk past us on the sidewalk! She was really the best waitress I’ve had in awhile!

The beer was phenomenal! My first drink was a half yard of the Ace Space Blood Orange Cider! Roughly 32 ounces of beautifully tart cider that tastes very strongly and deliciously of blood orannges. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it. I did however remember to take a picture of my Goblet of New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout! It was so smooth and tasted of  vanilla, milk and chocolate.

 Do you know what pairis well with cider and beer? Nashville hot chicken! A nicely portioned slab of hot chicken, with sweet potato pancakes and a side of honey hot sauce that tasted of sweet spicy heaven, mmmmm. I’m getting a little ahead of myself. We started out with guacamole, some very non-traditional deviled eggs! My girlfriend, V, decided to check out the red quinoa salad, which was very filling. It had kale, parsley, brussels sprouts, roasted beets, cauliflower, pomegranates, blueberries, baby tomatoes and pumpkin seeds with feta and a blood orange olive oil vinagrette.

Overall, I’m a fan! This seems like a great place to take a load off after work, before a game, happy hour or just to grab a great beer!

Yard House – DC

812 7th st NW

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 962-0174

Yardhouse.com

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Asian Fusion on H

Have you heard of Maketto? I have! And heard about it and heard about it. But no one would go with me! So finally one of my best friends finally visited me and we went! It’s definitely a fusion of Asian cuisines.

It’s a bit of an interesting layout, the first thing you see are clothes for sale. Behind that is the cafe. They have a pastry cafe upstairs too. We were greeted by employees as soon as we walked in and they explained everything to us. There’s even a little courtyard outside where you can sit!

We decided to get 3 dishes and share to check things out. First up, there’s the spicy beef & rice bowl! Spicy, beefy and did I mention my mouth was on fire????

Then there was the beautiful pork noodle soup! It was delicious! I think the picture speaks for itself.

Lastly, we tried the braised pork steamed bar. They were definitely kind of sweet. Not what I was expecting at all. It was good, but in a definitely not traditional Chinese pork steamed bar kind of way. So if you’re expecting traditional, don’t come here! But if you want good food that’s on a different level, come right on over!

It was definitely a place where my friend and I could catch up and hang out. We grab some drinks with the food and just chatted the afternoon away. Definitely a place to check out!

Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

(202) 838-9972

Good Chicken Without the Bore Factor

Ever get tired of chicken? I sure do. My girlfriend, whom I love and adore, has a very particular appetite. I am a voracious lover of all types of meat, while she only likes chicken breast, turkey breast, center cut pork chops, 90/10 Ground beef and very very well done steak. There are exceptions to every rule, but you get my point. We eat chicken breast a lot.

So imagine my surprise, when one I’m walking along H St NE, and I see this place called Farmbird. It’s a chicken place! WOOHOO!!!! Okay, I had no idea if either of us would like it but we decided to give it a go. We walked in and came up to a menu that gave us several choices. This is what I got:

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Yeah, I know. Mouthwatering, right? That would be the Chicken Thigh, Spicy Roasted Fresno, over brown rice with Roasted Baby Bok Choy and a Kale salad. My mouth is watering just remembering. By the way, my mouth is also remembering that I practically lost all taste buds from the heat level. So, beware!

Also, if you get a drink, or maybe it was just because we got beer, we got these:

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Coszies!!!!! I love them. They’re my new favorite! Also currently, my only cozy, but I still think it’s cute and great advertisement for my new favorite chicken place (P.S. my favorite chicken ramen place is Bantam King, review to come). So check this place out, it’s pretty darn delicious and awesome.

Farmbird

625A H St NEWashington, DC 20002

(202) 506-6778

http://www.farmbird.com/

Food Alert: Thai Rolled Ice Cream

There’s a new food trend to Washington DC, Thai Rolled Ice Cream! So far there’s only one in DC, called Icy Code in DuPont circle. I was lucky enough to stumble upon it as I was looking for a cool place to wait for the DC Pride Parade to start a couple weekends ago.


This is the Matcha Honey Ice Cream. Half the fun is watchhing them make the ice cream in the first place. The ice cream roller takes the milk mixture and pours it onto a cold metal surface, mixes items into the cream, and then rolls it into beautiful and delicious ice cream rolls! Icy Code has pre-selected ice cream flavors with pre selected toppings as well. 

While there’s only one in DC proper, there’s another Thai rolled ice cream shops in the DC metro area. Class 520 is in Rockville, Maryland. 


Mad Mango has is mango and strawberry ice cream with a choice of 3 toppings. I had to go with pocky sticks, what self respecting pocky lover wouldn’t? Same process as Icy Code, you order first and then they make it in front of you. It’s a show and food rolled into one! 

If I had to choose who was better, I wouldn’t be able to. Both Icy Code and Class 520 are great in showmanship and flavor. I hope Thai rolled ice cream is here to stay because it is delicious!

Icy Code

2029 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

http://www.icycode.com/

(202) 659-0808

Class 520 

(Various Locations)

5 Dawson Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.class520icecream.com/

(301) 637-9791

Hello! It’s been a while, I know

It’s been a long time since I posted on this blog. A lot has happened in 4 years, gasp, I know. Between changing careers and growing up, life just moves so fast for me. If you’d like to see what I was up to, you can check out my food instagram where I kept posting and getting better in terms of food pictures. My instagram is ewongfood.

So what have I been up to? Well there’s that pesky thing that keeps me afloat called a job. I also moved the Great Nation’s Capitol, Washington D.C. It makes it possible for me to take pictures of awesome food like this:


This is a Smoked Salmon biscuit from ButterCream, a little bakery on 9th st NW in Mount Vernon Square next to the Washington Convention center. It’s a quaint little place to grab breakfast or a snack and some coffee. You’ll find me enjoying the wonderful food and coffee in peace and quiet on Sunday Mornings. They serve Compass Coffee, my favorite.

I got this lovely little thing as my breakfast along with the medium roast from Compass to get me started and awake enough for a wonderful day at Awesomecon! I geeked out all day!

ButterCream Bakeshop

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

http://www.buttercreamdc.com/

(202) 735-0102

Fagers Island @ Ocean City

The family goes to Ocean City in October almost every year so that we can take our dogs to the boardwalk and the beach. It’s a beautiful time for the family to bond and laugh at our dogs. This year, my oldest sister decided we just HAD to go to Fagers Island to see the sunset. Too bad it was raining so we didn’t see the sunset at all.

Fagers has two sections. There’s the fine dining section and the lite fare. The lite fare has sandwiches, a raw bar and other regular bar food that you would expect to see in Ocean City. The fine dining section is truly fine dining in prices, nicely dressed servers and food.

Anyway, now for the important part of any restaurant, the food!

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My family and I made reservations for the fine dining section. We started out with two appetizers, Fresh Crisp Calamari and Fresh Eastern Shore Fried Oysters. The oysters were my favorite. The calamari on the other hand, I’ve had better. But the three sauces that came with the calamari would delicious!

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The meals were all delicious. I had the prime rib and it was just divine. It was the tenderest, juiciest, best prime rib I have ever eaten and the fresh shaved horseradish was a treat. Although I think I prefer grated horseradish. I got to eat a bit of the duck and that was my favorite dish of the night. It was so succulent! Mm, still dreaming of that duck!

If you are ever in Ocean City for a special occasion, go here!

Fager’s Island
201 60th St
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 524-5500

Family Reunion Lunch

Family Reunion Lunch

What do you do when you have a huge family get-together and don’t want to go to a restaurant? Grocery-store roast chicken and random assortment of food!

This is always a good idea for when you want to save some money. We had so much left over food too.

Food: Rotisserie Chicken, corn on the cob, watermelon, tuna and salmon sushi, roast beef (under the watermelon)

Birthday dinner at Amalfi Italian Restaurant

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Eggplant Parmesan with Sausage and Linguine (pictured above and below) Price: $21

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Linguine with Marinara Sauce

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano has delicious food and a great atmosphere. We came here for my birthday and they were really friendly! Our waiter explained the family restaurant aspect, it was cute. If you are big on organic foods, then this is the place to go. The prices are organically priced too, unfortunately. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.