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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.

Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market Summer Salad

Yes, it was a Farmer’s Market day today!  As I’ve written before, the Penn Quarter Farmers Market, here in Washington DC, is amazing!  It’s held every Thursday and we’ve been purchasing various fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs from there every week, it’s something I look forward to!

For over a week I’ve been craving a vegetable salad.  Just fresh veggies- easy and simple!  The weather has also cooperated today, it wasn’t too hot, which made it even better.  After making dinner, we went up on the roof and had our delicious salad, with some wine.  There was a nice breeze, and it wasn’t hot and humid.  Couldn’t have asked for a better Thursday night dinner.  I think there will be many more of these as the summer continues.

Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market Summer Salad

2 large heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped
9 small cucumbers, sliced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt & pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together, and serve.  Bread and wine taste delicious with this!

National’s Baseball in DC

I don’t follow baseball, but I do know that you can buy tickets for the Nationals fairly easily.  And cheap.  So when a friend asked if we’d like to join a small group, we were glad to join in for the Friday fun.

This was last Friday, it looked warm and sunny all day.  And then we went to the game, and it was freezing.  But we still had a great time!  So here’s a small recap.

Great seats!

The boys got hot dogs from a new stand at the stadium “Xtreme Loaded Dawgs”.  Apparently, they have various options, including: Vietnamese (cucumber, carrots, daikon, cilantro, chili sauce), Tailgate on a Plate (baked beans, shredded cheddar, BBQ sauce, potato salad, 1/2 lb hot dog), The Heater (Buffalo wing sauce, blue cheese cole slaw, celery salt).  The one pictured above is the Big Kid Dog (mac ‘n cheese & Fritos).  Sam added some jalapeños on his (obviously).  It was tasty, although I think that sometimes the simpler the better.

It started getting cold when the sun was going down!  Brrrrr!  Can’t wait to go to another game soon, and hopefully it’ll be warmer!