Saturday, July 4th: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I was in Ocean City with my parents, so obviously a stroll down the boardwalk isn't complete without Thrasher's Boardwalk Fries. I'm really not a huge french fries fiend, I know I know, I'm probably among the minority on this one, but I just feel like I've been consistently disappointed by french fries - it's so hard to find that perfect one! But, these are just great to munch on!
Sunday, July 5: Before we left Ocean City we stopped by this Indian and Chinese restaurant, a little further away from the main strip on Philadelphia Avenue, called Asian Garden. You would think when a restaurant offers two such distinct cuisines that you may not get anything that really tastes that good, but we were pleasantly surprised. I ordered the Shrimp Masala Curry, my mom ordered the Schezuan Shrimp and Scallops, and my dad ordered the Lamb Korma. They werre all fantastic. The flavors in each dish were unique, which is so great, because I've definitely been to Indian restaurants where everything just tastes the same after a while. This little hole in the wall restaurant houses some seriously good food. Worth the trip!
Monday, July 6: I'm obsessed with mediterranean bowls, what can I say. Quickly downed a Falafel Salad from Cava Mezze Grill today.
Tuesday, July 7: Today I came across a pretty great (and 'chuckle funny') video, on one of our least favorite cooking tasks...how to chop an onion 7 different ways.
Wednesday, July 8: For lunch today I brought in a Quinoa Salad. I baked one chicken breast, my usual "easy, lets get this done" way - 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes -- works every time. I just put a bit of lemon pepper, paprika, salt and pepper to both sides, add a drizzle of olive oil, rub the whole thing down and pop it in the oven. I had some leftover mangoes, so I chopped up a bit and added it to the dish. Along with some Quinoa flavored with chopped mint and a handful of raw kale.
Thursday, July 9: N is in town for a couple of weeks! N says that Ethiopian food is the one of the cuisine's she misses the most after moving to San Francisco. The D.C. area has such a large number of Ethiopian restaurants, the options are limitless. After a while you definitely start understanding what most of the dishes are, even if they're in Amharic. N's favorite is Enat, an Ethiopian restaurant in Alexandria, VA. They don't have a formal website, but check out their Yelp! reviews and you'll understand why this place is so popular. We ordered a plate to share. It came with Kitfo (ground beef with Ethiopian butter and herbs), a lamb stew, collard greens, spicy lentils, and a spinach dish. I'm not sure how much injera (Ethiopian bread) we went through, but I was so stuffed afterwards. I absolutely love Ethiopian food - the flavors are so distinct!