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

The HITW Chinese Restaurant

You know that little hole in the wall (hitw) Restaurant that you go to and you know it definitely doesn’t get enough kudos? For me that place is Chiantown Express in Chinatown, DC.

I remember the first time I ever saw this place. There was this big old green structure sticking out of a building and I saw a Chinese man in a white chef outfit with these big old white noodles in his hands just stretching and tossing them, making them bigger and bigger. I was probably in high school and it was certainly intimidating but also fascinating. I could have watched him all day. 10 years later, you can still find chefs in the window pounding and stretching out the same hand pulled noodles in the window. And it brings back tons of memories of the old Chinatown, when you could walk to any corner and find delicious authentic Chinese food.

Alright, I’m done being long winded, even today they consistently serve delicious handmade fresh noodles in soup or fried, with a variety of meats. You can also find your traditional American Chinese dishes and some dishes that are traditional Chinese dishes. Just about anything here is delicious.

But the soup will always be my first love and will always be the first thing I think of when I think of DC’s Chinatown.

Chinatown Express

746 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

(202) 638-0424

Pho in Washington D.C.

So it’s not a big secret that there isn’t really many places to go for Vietnamese food in D.C. One of the most known places is Pho88 in Chinatown. At roughly $13 a bowl, it’s kind of on the steep side.

I took my girlfriend on her actual birthday, since she had been wanting to try it and she loves Vietnamese.


These are pan-fried dumplings. They look delicious don’t they? They could have been a little crispier but I was satisfied.


This is Pho #1. It has rare beef, well-done brisket, meatballs, tendon and tripe. Don’t be afraid for those of you who have never tried pho! The rare meat continues to be cooked by the broth as it comes to the table, causing it to be fully cooked by the time it gets to you! And tendon and tripe is delicious, try it!

For the non-adventurous people, they have less crazy toppings too.

Pho 88

608 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

202-735-5282

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

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)

The sad part about my adventures in food is that in order to survive during work, I have to have food that is quick. I don’t always have time to go out to a restaurant to eat so this is how I survive the week:

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Granted, I try to mix it up, I don’t just eat Stouffers, I also buy Eating Right, Healthy Choice and Lean Cuisine. It all depends what is on sale that week. But hey! It kind of looks appetizing, right? right?