Monday, February 20, 2006

When 8 1/2 is really a 10 !

Valentine's Day is always the worst night to dine out- hordes of people looking for a romantic night out with soft light, fine wine, and mostly mediocre food. The numbers work against you. There are just too many people out for restaurants to truly shine, hence the prix fixe dinners in the can.

So we opted for take-out. And where better than from one of the most "we take our food more seriously than anything else" places in town. In the same family as Mama Zu and Edo Squid,
8 1/2 offers a nice albeit small range of some of its sibling's menu favorites. We had a simple meal, with all 4 of us around the table:

Arugula salad with shaved parmesan
A white pizza ( the perfect mix of cheese, garlic, spice amd texture in town)
Spaghetti alla carbonara
canoli for dessert

Saturday Morning Huevos

Saturday mornings are my time with my boys Raine and Rye. Lately we have been meeting my friend Eric and his daughter Stella at Kuba Kuba for some daddy time, strong coffee(juice boxes for the kids), and Huevos California- the perfect combination of fried eggs, black beans, bell peppers, salsa, spices and cheesy goodness served over corn bread and topped with thick slices of avocado. A great way to start the day. And Lombardy Park is right across the street so we can usually stroll over and play with the kids for a while.

Friday, February 17, 2006

where are the whopperettes?

On a recent quick trip up to Charlottesville with ed riley to watch UVA beat VA Tech in basketball, our plans to eat in a favorite local diner were dashed by snowfall and a "closed "sign on the door. On a snowy night, there were not many culinary options that worked in our limited timeframe. So we punted and pulled through the Burger King drivethrough, perhaps enticed by images of the "Mad King" or more likely visions of ladies in lettuce and tomatoe costumes falling from the sky. Let's call in snowflake induced hallucinations. On the 10 minute walk I wolfed down fries and 2 cheeseburgers as I looked around to make sure no one was watching me.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Reception food

Last week Susannah and I went to two different events, The Maymont Flower and Garden Show Preview Party at the Convention Center, and the Historic Richmond Foundation Auction at Plant Zero in Manchester.


Ok, so the focus was on the flowers and not the food, but give me a break. Presentation should have been much nicer and I am not sure who chose mini cheesburgers with limp onions and vats of condiments. There was a random soup station that had decent red pepper soup- we turned around and gulped down our soup only to turn around and see that the whole "station" was gone. Was it an illusion ? Did they fall down the rabbit hole? The one saving grace was the cake- "Cakes by Graham"- a nice marzipan flavored moist layer cake.

Historic Richmond Foundation

A much humbler affair, but superior hands down. Local beer and wine, and a nice assortment of hot hors d'ouevres including meatballs, a piquant BBQ, an artichoke dip, roasted veggies with dipping sauce...

After the auction the Rileys and Pettys joined us at Bin 22 in Carytown for a nightcap. A nice bottle of Shiraz and some little bowls of olives to nibble on.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

breakfast of champions

Oatmeal has become part of my morning ritual, instant usually, on the fly at work, and studded with a box of raisins. Had no idea that McCanns came in the instant variety until I stumbled upon a box at Trader Joes in Bethesda.