The new issue of Garden and Gun has a article about southern breakfast joints. The pic below is on the cover. I found it inspiring, and fixed me up some ham steak.
My buddy CW’s wife gave birth to their daughter on Tuesday morning. The night before, I brought him some McDonalds and hung out for a few hours. The #15 and apples pies were appreciated.
On Tuesday, HB and I went to Maneki Neko for lunch. I had a redskins roll, and the wife got a bento box.
On Wednesday, Le Petite, RP, HB, and I went to the Tune Inn, and then DC United v. Toronto FC.
Since Ryry is a regular and everybody knows his name, I went with his order: bourbon soda, and a tune inn burger.
There was a pretty big crowd there a few minutes before kickoff. HB was knocking people out of her way to get down to the field to see Michael Bradley, and we tried to keep up.
We noticed on instagram that a few of our fraternity brothers were also there. Then came over during the half to chill.
DC United got the W, Ryry saw his first soccer game, and a good time was had by all. Congrats again to Lil Steve on passing his big test and getting a new job. We look forward to the crab pickin’.by rsiv with
The Beeze and I got hungry again Sunday and headed over the The Italian (I-Talian) Store for some picnic provisions. After taking a number and waiting for mine to come up, I ordered myself a large milano on hard with extra hot peppers. Since the wife is off the lunch meat while pregnant, she got a couple of slices. We rounded out the meal with a couple of drinks, some bbq chips, a nutella to go, and rolled out.
A short drive later we were at the trailhead to Windy Run. Scrambling over wet rocks while pregnant is not advisable, but we remembered how the trail was a little too late. HB made out fine though, and we found a beautiful spot for our picnic.
The Milano on hard in all its glory.by rsiv with
I had the chorizo and cheese pupusas with fried eggs, and HB had the sweet potato pancakes with fruit ceviche. Both were pretty outstanding. I’ve also been for dinner, and can’t recommend Paladar enough.by rsiv with
On Friday, HB and I went to the Eden Center with Ryry and Jodi. We had squid two ways and plenty of 33. Good food and good company. On Saturday, the Beeze and I went to Annapolis in the drop top.
We went to a liquor store on main street and scored lots of good stuff. Some dusty brown, a Talisker I’ve never tried, and some Pilar (Hemingway) rum.
At City Dock Coffee, I had a Jamaican iced tea, which was amazing. I hope to recreate it. It tasted like black tea, pineapple juice, all spice, and nutmeg.
A fellow Virginian representing on enemy soil. Then it was time for Pusser’s. I had a couple painkiller (#4s) while we waited for an outdoor table. After being seated, we enjoyed the sunset, and another painkiller.
Below is the ship from Wedding Crashers pulling out of Ego Alley.by rsiv with
On Friday, I headed to Georgetown for a row, and also for the grand opening of Nauti Foods (the new DC food boat). I got my scull at Thompson Boat Center, and headed towards the three sisters. It was after three, but I didn’t see Nauti Foods, and feared the worst.
After some more rowing, I spotted something in the distance. At first it looked like any other pontoon on the Potomac. But…
…it was Nauti Foods! I quickly realized that my choice in craft was not well-suited for curbside service. Fortunately, the kayakers pictured on the left extended an oar, took my money, and ferried my cash over to the SS Nauti, and brought my gelato back. Can’t thank you guys enough! I definitely couldn’t have enjoyed my gelato without the help of the Nauti community. Sorry the pictures aren’t better. Single sculls don’t exactly stay upright without the oars extended and in your hands, so fumbling with the oars, money, camera, and gelato was quite a feat (definitely worth it though).
What’s better than a nice row on the Potomac on a beautiful day? A nice row on the Potomac on a beautiful day with salted caramel gelato from Dolcezza Gelato! I enjoyed the gelato while trying to stay out of the way of boat traffic. I may have dripped some gelato on my legs, but the vast majority made it into my mouth. I usually enjoy my Dolcezza gelato at Merrifield, but this was quite the unique experience that made an already amazing gelato taste that much better.
I’ll definitely go back to Nauti Foods, but next time, I think I’ll rent a kayak, canoe, or SUP instead.by rsiv with
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Nauti Foods is a new mobile food retailer, like a food truck, only its a boat on the Potomac. It sounds like it should be around where I usually row, so next time I go out, I’ll bring some cash and see if I can’t report back.
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The wife had a particularly good day at work, so we decided to celebrate at Trio Grill. I ordered a sunset in Brazil cocktail. It was pretty dang good. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cocktail that wasn’t excellent at Trio.
I ordered the rack of lamb. Its cooked Sous-vide to your liking, and then finished on the grill. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite meal, but its pretty far up there. I’ve had it at least four times now. Each time I go to Trio, I try to branch out, but then I starting thinking about how good the lamb is… The fried brussels sprouts are an excellent compliment. My wife opted for the waygu flat iron topped with foraged mushrooms. Also amazing.
Trio also has an outdoor cigar lounge, but it was a little humid out this evening. When I went for the opening, I did enjoy a nice stick and a few drinks, so I can definitely recommend Trio as one of the few places in the area to enjoy a stogie.
If you’re in the Merrifield area, give Trio a try.by rsiv with
After getting back from Cuba, I stumbled across a recipe for Hemingway’s favorite burger. Its pretty involved by current American backyard grilling standards. Even though I don’t have someone to fry one up for me, I was excited to give one a try. I invited some friends over, poured some Spanish wine, and got cookin’.
My interpretation of the original document, recipe linked above, and a few other sources provided below (I doubled the recipe to make Hemingway sized burgers):
1 lb lean ground beef
2 oz. sliced ham, minced
⅓ cup dry red wine
¼ cup grated cheddar
2 tbsp. capers, drained
2 tbsp. grated tart apple
1 tbsp. minced parsley
1½ tsp. ground sage
1½ tsp. India relish
½ tsp. Beau Monde seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced garlic, minced
2 small scallions, minced
1 egg, beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon Mei Yen Powder, use 2/3 tsp of the dry recipe (above) mixed with 1/8 tsp of soy sauce.
While I fixed up the burgers, Ryry made HW and me a julep. If you’re looking to be more authentic, maybe try a Hemingway Tom Collins.
The burgers turned out great. I highly recommend the recipe. To celebrate our success, we broke out the pipes, and had some real talk.
If you liked this post, search, “Hemingway” in my search bar to find more posts about his writing, recipes, and my trip to his house in Cuba.
After talking with Ryry and HW about how to improve when I fried up the leftovers, I tried toasting the bun in butter in the pan, and then spreading a little mayo on the bun. It was a marked improvement, and definitely worth trying, after trying the authentic version.by rsiv with
It was a nice polar vortex kind of summer day, so the wife and I enjoy some Uno’s al fresco. It was a very pleasant time, but I wouldn’t want to be driving home with the happy hour crowd.
Later, I enjoyed some pipe tobacco my uncle Lemuel gave me, and listened to some bluegrass. I pulled about my Savinelli churchwarden, and poured a glass of Weller 107.
Then we enjoyed another weekend at Pemdenwall Cottage (the hottest B&B reservation in VA). As soon as we arrived, the head chef fixed up a huge mess of cheese fritters. As you can probably guess, they were amazing. Winn Dixie was slightly offended that we didn’t finish off all 13 pounds of them, but we did what we could.
Just about the time we could start thinking about more food, Winn Dixie got lunch going. Homemade fries with sriracha aioli, and burgers on ciabatta. Later that night, we enjoyed some stogies, a nice fire, the hot tub, new friends, and dragon berry rum daiquiris (thanks Jeronimo).
Breakfast (promptly at 9, or Chandler time for Ryry) was delicious as always. Winn Dixie’s biscuits and gravy is literally my favorite breakfast, so I was quite excited.
Some of us weren’t in tip top shape, but luckily, the floor and a blankly weren’t out of reach. Things got a little weird when Bentley may or may not have been rubbing on Jaymo’s (spelling?) feeties. After the foot settled our tumtums, we hit the pool, had some more beers, and caught some dragonflies.
After another relaxing and amazing weekend (thanks again Pam-el-a and Winn Dixie), we enjoyed a pleasant ride home in the drop top.
Above is the future site of Winn Dixie’s Diner, General Store, Tobacconist, and Sriracha aioli outlet.
When we got home, I tried (unsuccessfully) to work off all the delicious food…by rsiv with