Category Archives: Washington DC

Review: Birch & Barley

Last Saturday we went to dinner at Birch & Barley with our friend B*.  All of us were excited to try this new place.  It opened up in the fall of 2009, and it’s been on our list to check out.  I wish we had tried it sooner!  I think it might be one of my top restaurants in DC.

So the next time you’re around Logan Circle, definitely check this place out!

To start out our dinner we began with a Butcher’s Board:

It consisted of fresh and cured charcuterie, fresh bread, mustard and butter.  The start was not only delicious, but it was so beautifully presented.

Next, came the entrees.  The waiter asked if we would like tasting plates so we could share the food amongst ourselves- it was a great idea!

Sam had the roasted loin of lamb with braised lamb belly, fava beans, bulgur wheat and garlic scapes.

I noticed there was a prosciutto wrapped veal strip loin, and I had to have it!  With it there was barley, peas, artichokes and cippolini onions.

Lastly, B* had the honey glazed duck breast leg confit with the gorgeous wild rice, brandied cherries and radishes.

After such a delicious dinner, we just had to try the desserts- they had to be just as good, right?  (and they were!)

Sam got the house-spun sorbets, which included the following flavors: buttermilk, banana, creamsicle, rhubarb and a mix of exotic flavors.

I have a weak spot when it comes to hazelnut, so the ganache had to be mine.  It was topped with the homemade sorbet and shaved chocolate.

Lastly, B* ordered the strawberry shortcake.  It was an olive oil cake, with strawberries, balsamic and whipped mascarpone.

Wasn’t this delicious?!?  I hope you all make a reservation as soon as possible.  And if you’re visiting DC, definitely add this restaurant as part of your visit.

Sit back, Relax and Enjoy

So there is no recipe for today, I just wanted to remind everyone to sit back, relax and enjoy!

 I catch myself rushing through my To-Do List, making dinner, Sunday evenings and everything else in between.  Although it might be taxing and sometimes overwhelming to have so much to do, it’s necessary to enjoy everything- even tedious chores! 

Here at Fifth Floor Kitchen the first couple of months of 2011 have started of a bit hectic, uncertain, then extremely happy (x3).  When another exciting thing has happened (I got a new job that I cannot wait to start!) it made me realize how fortunate we are. 

To celebrate, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner at Proof Restaurant.  It was yummy, delicious…and it felt so nice not be rushed.  Drinking some bubbly, taking our time choosing our dishes, it’ll be a meal worth remembering.

Today, I brought a book to work and read outside.  It was 80 degrees and sunny here in DC, although a little warmer than everyone would probably want (reminds us all of the heat and humidity in mid-July), I enjoyed the sun on my face.  Then I spent time running with a friend on the Mall- how many people are lucky enough to run in the Nation’s Capital every day?  Not all, so I appreciated every minute of it!