So I just got my email from Tock so I can debate if I want to pick up food from the Dabney or pick things out of boxes and try to cook something. Anyway, I spotted an option from the soon- someday to open Oyster Oyster across the “street” from Giant. No oysters though. It’s a vegetarian menu.
There is a new Whole Foods and it is in better* walking distance than the one at 14th and P NW. It’s over near Florida and Sherman (between 9th and 10th NW).
The produce section was fine. I could find the things I wanted to find so it looks like a place that could serve my needs. There were some things there that I had zero interest in, what looked like fresh juice, I can’t say what they have special that the Logan Circle Whole Foods has or hasn’t. One thing that the Florida Ave location has that I haven’t seen at the Logan Circle one is self check out.
So my Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and Truxton Circle neighbors rejoice, we have another choice in grocery shopping.
*Better meaning I don’t have to deal with Logan Circle. Better if coming from Truxton Circle or Bloomingdale.
I don’t know why Bresca did not appear in my initial run down of Michelin starred restaurants offering take out. But looking at the various Tock options I noticed it wasn’t on my radar before. That and it is in Shaw!
Well that has been rectified. Bresca is great and provides a major meal. When all this is over, and we have a sitter for Destructo, the Help and I need to sit down at this lovely restaurant.
The above is an image of our meal before I ruined it along the bike ride home. The tarts on the right are at their best, so there is no at home photo because when I secured the bag on the CaBi, the meringue was ruined. I tried to come home on a JUMP scooter, but none were working with my app.
I ordered the BeeHome four course meal, which after the 20% service charge and 10% taxes (was the service charge taxed?) came out to $118.80. Money well spent I say. The four courses consisted of a snack of Brioche Tartine, with foie gras topped with a strawberry-campari puree and black pepper and a green leaf I cannot identify. It’s not mint. Maybe an oregano or kind of basil? Then followed by a starter and main course of our choosing. I chose a green tomato salad and the pineapple and carrot salad as the starter. Then the main of the Brioche Stuffed Chicken and the Duck Leg and Thigh. Dessert was a chocolate tart, which got destroyed on the ride back home. Also thrown in, I gather was an amuse bouche of a two little madeleines.
The meal was wonderful, so much so it kicks the Dabney meal down to 3rd place (Rose’s #1, Bresca #2, Dabney #3, and Kinship #4). And the Dabney was almost even with Rose’s at Home. Even better it was so filling, we’ll have some later for lunch this week.
Several parts of the meal was a big hit with Destructo- the 2.5 year old. He really liked the duck and the carrot and pineapple salad. He inhaled the madeleine. I doubt he appreciated the little flecks of salt on the chocolate drizzle. He really, really liked the duck even though he loves the 5 Little Ducks video and excited to see live ducks and even after we told him the duck he was eating once went “quack”. He didn’t care, he just wanted more duck in his belly.
I can’t tell you anything about the chicken as my beloved spouse ate the whole thing without sharing. So I am left with his impression of “it was good.” He said the meat was tender, and it had a cheesy interior. I don’t know if cheese was in it. I think he’s mistaken. I will never know. But I do know about the fennel sausage that accompanied the chicken in another container. That will survive till lunch and what little I sampled, was oh so good. I think there is a whole stick of butter in it. It’s rich herby and buttery, and a little salty.
He was supposed to have the carrot and pineapple salad, but was so stuffed with stuffed chicken, he did not really touch it, which allowed me and the 2 year old to eat it. Destructo liked the salad until he didn’t. There were some vinegary undertones that I think built up until he noticed it enough not to like it. The carrots (and maybe parsnips) were sweet and slightly tender. In the grains (the granola) were quinoa and pickled sultanas. And of course, there was pineapple.
My duck was accompanied with some root veggies, rice and pickled fennel. When I had the fennel, the duck and the rice on the fork they worked together. However, if I had the fennel on its own it was too acidic. Paired that with the green tomato salad, then I was getting way too much vinegar. The other problem was some of the carrots were too woody. Flavor and mouthwise those were my only complaints.
As mentioned, we were pretty stuffed at the end of the meal and had enough for left overs. We saved the chocolate tart for after the days dishes were washed (or placed in the dishwasher) and the toddler was put to bed. It’s a tart with a chocolate shell and a chocolate filling with a layer of passionfruit on top. I ate about 2/3rds of mine and saved the rest for later.
Next, restaurants that do their own delivery.
I need to mention that the night before I was scheduled to pick up our Kinship order our kitchen sink faucet died. On Saturday, Easter eve. So my mind was more focused on being able to clean our food and make food. You do not appreciate all the things you need a kitchen sink for (beyond washing dishes) until it is out of commission. This is my excuse for less than lovely photos.
I ordered this meal a few days earlier for pick up via the Tock website. I had held off on ordering from Kinship because it wasn’t clear beforehand what the price points would be. But once ordering the prices and options are revealed. I ordered a $50 lamb meal for two and their cocktail Split Tail ($45), which is their twist on the old fashioned.
Like Rose’s at Home you have to heat it up, so it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get home and it allowed for sticking it in the fridge for later while one deals with an emergency.
The leg of lamb roast came with some Israeli couscous (not pictured). It came with heating instructions and the couscous required heating in the pot with 1oz of olive oil (if my memory serves me correctly). I misplaced the instructions, they probably got swept up with the sink parts.
Although we enjoyed the meal, the 2.5 year old was less than impressed. He didn’t like the couscous, probably a tad too salty for him. And he didn’t care for the lamb, even though I only gave him the well done parts and cut them up small. It seemed too chewy for him. He tolerated the garbanzo bean stew (no olives) accompanying the lamb roast. At first sight, I wasn’t too impressed either, but a few bites in the flavors started working really well. The saltiness of the couscous worked with the lamb and the stew when all of them came together. A two year old is a horrible dining companion so my spouse was really trying to sell the meal to him, and Destructo-kid was not buying. I’ll assume the spouse liked it.
I did not get to the cocktail until after the kid was long put to bed. The Split Tail is a twist on an Old Fashioned. It has rye, Japanese Whisky and Barrel Aged Gin with Walnut Bitters and Demerara Syrup. It serves 6 if using 2.5 oz per serving. I had to provide my own ice and orange peel. Thing is, I don’t have ice but I did have some tangelos around. I had to improvise on making an ice cube, one of those huge ice cubes. The freezer space is at a premium in our house so ice cubes are low on the list.
It makes for a nice Old Fashioned….. when you add a cherry to it. And after the ice melts, the next morning you have a lovely shot of flavored water. Good stuff.
This adventure cost $123.50, for food, booze, tax and tip. Yeah, it was worth it.
I’m not sure if there is another starred restaurant in the que. The fixing of the sink, which includes an expensive wrong part that has yet to be attempted to be returned, set us back a little, so this week we’re making our own food. Maybe next week I’ll look into someone who does their own delivery.
This is a continuation of the previous post about the three meal package offered by Rose’s at Home. This part is about the two other meals included in the package.
Lychee Salad with pork sausage, habanero and peanuts
Baked Rigatoni alla Vodka and garlic bread
Medium Rare Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the meal with the famous Lychee salad, which has been one of the things I looked forward to on any visit to Rose’s Luxury. It’s not too hot (spicy) but has enough of a kick to be interesting. It’s got cilantro, if you’re one of those people with the genetic problem with cilantro. This was so good it was not shared with our 2.5 year old.
Destructo-kid did get the rigatoni and garlic bread. Which were low key and fine. Parts were al dente, which the toddler hated, and other parts were soft-ish pasta. When plating it, it was very saucy. Sometimes pasta with red sauce is not a wow dish, but it was filling.
Lastly, for this meal dessert was a cookie. Of course the cookie got heated. Everyone has their own idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie. My spouse is an odd ball who likes his desserts frozen. And in this situation, he was able to have the cookie just the way he liked it.
Campfire Carrots, yogurt & harissa
Smoked Brisket with white bread, horseradish & slaw
Chocolate Tart & truffle whipped cream
The spouse and the toddler did not care for the carrots.
We all really enjoyed the brisket and not having had horseradish before it was amazing. It was so good I wished there was more. This was a dish that required an oven. I put it in a little longer than recommended because the heating instructions from Meal #2 made me wonder if our oven wasn’t hot enough. As a result, the brisket was perfection and the bread was a little crispy. That was fine since we’re not fans of really soft white bread.
The toddler didn’t get any brisket. He had his own meal, but he did get the white bread. He didn’t eat all the bread. He was not interested in the slaw and I already mentioned the carrots.
The tart was nice. Once again my spouse had his dessert frozen the way he liked it, which made the truffle whipped cream a projectile when he tried to split it with his fork. I enjoyed a room temperature tart with a glass of Costco’s best red wine.
Trying to plan out dinner for the next week, I realize part of the value of the 3 night plan was the luxury of not thinking about what to cook for 3 nights. We’re both working from home and at times, with a high energy toddler running around (he doesn’t run 24/7, sometimes he naps & there is the electronic babysitter). It also allowed us to get to bed earlier because there were fewer dishes and no pots and pans to clean up. So I’m thinking of looking for places that offer a couple of nights food.
Knowing that delivery services Caviar, Seamless, and the like are taking huge portions of the bill I will stick with places like Rose’s at Home that do their own delivery. That or pick it up myself. That way the restaurant gets to keep the profit and hopefully remain alive for one more day.
Apparently the February 12th wine and grilled cheese event is sold out, as is the natural wine and Japanese cuisine on the 25th. There are a couple of wine tastings that still have available tickets. Check it out.
Well it’s been about 2 years since my last post about this project. It is looking closer to getting done. The owner is hoping to open in March 2020. It is on the 1500 block of New Jersey Avenue NW.
Michelin has their guide out on-line and there are a few Shaw and Shaw adjacent places on the list.
Chercher– 1334 9th St NW. There are two locations. I’m assuming they are talking about the one in Shaw.
Hanumanh– Normally at 1604 7th St NW but they are undergoing some “unexpected” repairs. So they are on 14th St for now.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace– 1612 14th St NW.
Red Hen– 1822 1st St NW. Not in Shaw but in walking distance from our house, so Shaw adjacent as far as I’m concerned.
Royal– 501 Florida Ave NW. Another Shaw adjacent place but is actually Shaw adjacent. You can sit out side and look longingly across Florida Ave and see Shaw.
Supra– . Georgian food y’all. You can argue that it’s in Mt. Vernon.
Tiger Fork– 922 Blagden Alley, NW. We keep meaning to go here.
Dammit. I really had hoped this would be better. Maybe they’ll change things up or find their audience or something, because I was mildly disappointed with the new Spark restaurant that took the place of the old Engine 12 Firehouse restaurant.
I had high, maybe too high, hopes for the new restaurant in the old space, when I saw bone marrow on the menu. The last time I had bone marrow was at Eat the Rich (RIP) paired with some jam. It was soooo good. I had those same expectations when coming to Spark.
Okay, let me start off with what I liked. It was bone marrow. There was nice crusty bread. There was a little of a pickle side to cut the fat of the marrow. There was a nice funky tool which to use to scoop out the marrow. There was salt at the table so I could season bland tasting marrow. Yeah, that’s my one complaint, it was bland tasting. Maybe it was because the marrow was ‘smoked’ and not braised or whatever the heck Eat the Rich did. It lacked a richness, and just tasted like fat. I’m fine with paying $16 for a plate of bones and bread, if it is yummy bones and bread.
My main reason for getting a sitter and making Spark 12 our date night outing were the bones. Ignoring the bone marrow, everything else was meh, ‘alright’. The people at the next table were loud and even after they left, we still had to speak with a raised voice to hear each other. The service seemed a little slow, but since they’d only been open about a week, that was forgivable. The Old Fashioned I ordered was fair tastewise but packed one hell of a boozy punch. The Help ordered a chocolate atomic fireball non-alcoholic drink. It was like a chocolate manhattan with the cinnamon spice candy along the rim and at the bottom of the drink. I thought the chocolate tasted watery and the strong cinnamon was a little overwhelming. If I hadn’t had a big lunch I might have been hungry for more, and if I were, we would have left to check out Big Bear or ANXO.
The experience left us a little sad. We really want the space to succeed. The previous restaurant had mediocre food. This, although they just opened and there is a ton of room for improvement, is also mediocre. This would be a great restaurant if they could just get the food right and in this neighborhood we expect more out of a sit down restaurant. A friend pointed out that if they wanted Caribbean, (Spark has some island dishes) they would go to Jam Doung down the block. This neighborhood also hosts Red Hen, Bacio, and DCity Smokehouse, places known for their great tasting food.
Maybe the problem is that I just got a super mediocre meal. The Help, my date, seemed content with his beef patties, but he’s easy to please. I haven’t written Spark off, I’ll try them again and hope for better. But next time we’re bringing the kid and skipping the sitter.
So for lunch I ventured out and was hankering for a Halfsmoke dog but they were closed on Tuesday for lunch, so I walked back in the direction of Truxton Circle to fix myself lunch when I was drawn into Fishscale at 637 Florida Ave NW.
See that salad. That sure is one pretty salad. I did not order that salad. I ordered a fish burger with the sunflower slaw. It was good. Was it $15 worth of good (incl tax)? Unsure, but it was good. I liked it. I may come back to check out the salad to see if it tastes as good as it looks.