Everybody who knows me at least a little bit, knows I am a foodie. I love to cook and I love to eat. I love exploring new places to eat, I love good food presentation, I love going to the cooking classes, and food is a significant part of my travelling experience. This love has taken its toll on me though and I had to make going to the gym a part of my routine to keep the digits on the scale somehow under control. But it’s not the point.
In this post I want to share with you my favorite food places this spring. Most of them are my latest discoveries, but some of them I have been loving for ages.
Ambar : – If you have never tried Balkan cuisine – you need to go. If you have – you don’t need this blog post to tell you this as you have probably already made a reservation. The best way to enjoy is to come very hungry and order Balkan Experience – you pay fixed price and they bring you everything on the menu. The dishes are tapas size, so you will be able to fit quite a few in your stomach. The service is great, everyone is very friendly, the food tastes as if your Grandmother just cooked it, drink selection is beyond this world and I particularly love the choice of music. Love, love, love!
Chima : If you are a meat lover, that’s your place. My best advice is not to eat for at least 10 hours before going there, otherwise you will either explode or will be upset you cannot try everything they offer. They serve their meats rodizio-style, which means the waiters are coming to your table with the skewers of various meat – beef, pork, chicken, lamb, all sorts and all cuts and give you couple slices as many times as you want until you signal you’ve had enough. Their salad bar is a feast by itself with the selection of over 30 options. We are very frequent goers and most of the occasions in our family are celebrated in Chima. It’s also a great place to bring your out-of-town guests to.
L’Auberge Chez Francois : our latest discovery. It’s located in a fancy DC suburbs and it’s exactly what you want a nice and elegant place to be. Surrounded by the trees, with a cosy dollhouse patio with little well and fountains, accordion music playing all along. Be careful though if you order a tasting menu – they won’t bring you small dishes. It will be full course dinner with a lot of extra stuff thrown in and by the end of your main course you will be terrified you still have to work on the dessert. But then you realize it’s Grand Marnier souffle, so you eat two, feel guilty for a week after and promise yourself you will never ever in million years eat this much again.
Jaleo: Brought to you by the famous chef Jose Andres this is a great place if you want to experience Spanish cuisine in Washington DC. Literally everything I ate there was very delicious: crystal bread, paella, pulpo de gallego, jamon and cheese boards, seafood, flan and my favorite sea urchin sandwiches. Buen Provecho!
Leopold’s Kafe : it’s been there for ages, but I only got to go this year for the first time. I am not a huge fan of schnitzels, but they have what I am missing the most about Europe – big selection of European desserts and apfelstrudel is among them.
I got super hungry writing this post.