A friend of mine asked me where was the furthest I would drive for my favorite meal. Hands down, it would be Family Meal in Frederick, MD; a Bryan Voltaggio establishment. I love this casual dining place. Good food and great service. On this visit, we decided that we had to try the fried chicken. This dish served in ceramic chicken bowls make the dish so tempting. The fried chicken was moist and juicy. The crunchy crust was well seasoned. It is served with pickled veggies, flaky, jalapeno-cheese biscuits and if you can stand the heat, hot sauce on the side. It is well worth every bite!
Happy Craft Beer Week everyone! In honor of this week, here one of my favorite crafts.
When traveling, I like to try a beer that is local to the city I am visiting. On a recent trip to Tampa, FL, I ordered a Jai Alai beer by Cigar City Brewing. I thought it was going to be too heavy being a Indian Pale Ale for a hot day in Tampa, but I was wrong. This brew is light, beautiful carmel color, tropical flavors and has fruity notes. It accompanied my cuban meal perfectly. If you see it on the menu the next time you are in Tampa, order it. I am hooked!
Who knew that breakfast food could be this amazing? If you have not discovered the Cinnamon Bun at Ted’s Bulletin it is a must try! It is served hot from the oven. Freshly made on the weekends with tons of sugary frosting on top. It is something that you can share with your partner or friend. Or take one home with you. Get there early. They do sell out fast!
Their is something to be said about comfort food. The kind that can take you back to a memory that has been set in the back of your mind. This Matzo Ball soup at DGS Delicatessen takes me back to when I was first introduce to Jewish food by my husband’s aunt. Sitting in her apartment as she fed me some of the most delicious food I ever tasted. I think this soup is the best I have had outside of New York. The matzo ball was fluffy. And it was well seasoned. Usually I have to add salt to give it life but this bowl is perfect. Really warms you up on a cold day.
I am crazy about this sandwich! Vermillion menu always seems to take advantage of what is in season. This sandwich is just delicious. The star is the oven roasted butternut squash which is caramelized. Layered with fresh, creamy ricotta, baby arugula and apples as they note on the menu, served 2 ways. Very thinly, sliced, crisp apples and a applesauce/chutney that has a bite of cinnamon and allspice. It is served perfectly on a toasted ciabatta roll. All the flavors are combined perfectly to make this an amazing sandwich. Delicious! The side of greens with is tossed in a light vinaigrette lets the sandwich shine. If you are in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia doing some holiday shopping, make a stop at Vermillion for lunch and enjoy this sandwich. You will not be disappointed.