My Favorite Bites of 2015

Next Great Bite Best Bites of 2015As 2015 comes to a close, it is a time to take a look back on the year. Here is a list of my favorite bites. They include bites from the Washington, D.C. area. But I have also included some of my favorite bites from my travels this year.

Dining in the Washington, D.C. Area 

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China Chilcano, Washington, D.C.

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This fried rice dish and egg noodles has seasonal vegetables, soy sprouts and chicken. It is topped with crispy, thinly-sliced, sweet potatoes. Adds a nice crunch to this savory dish. Delish!

Maryland Blue Crab Roll
Barrel & Bushel, Tysons, VA

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This is the most amazing crab roll I have ever had. Big pieces of crab poached in butter served with a touch of mayo on a brioche roll. I got mine with this fresh, side B&B salad that has tender lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, farmers cheese and dressed with lemon and olive oil. A great compliment to this amazing sandwich. Worth getting!

Knish “Turnpike” Style
Buffalo & Bergen, Washington, D.C.

Cheddar and Bacon Knish Buffalo Bergen

Delicately wrapped potato-cheddar and bacon knish in pastry. Getting the knish “turnpike” brings it to a whole new level. Drizzled with melted butter and topped with minced garlic and parsley. It comes with a side of sour cream and chives.

Thai Curry Puff
Bangkok 54, Arlington, VA

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This savory appetizer is filled with potatoes and it is seasoned with curry and asian herbs and covered with flaky, puff pastry dough.  It is complimented with a cucumber and red onion relish sauce.

Fontina Focaccia Bruschetta
Ozzie’s Corner, Fairfax VA

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The focaccia is split in half and is fillled with sharp fontina cheese. They grill it until it is crispy and golden brown. Topped with fresh plum tomatoes and mozzarella. Then, it is drizzled with sweet, syrupy balsamic vinegar. It comes to the table with the cheese oozing out of the sides. I call it a “grown up’s” grilled cheese.

Gocua
Ser, Arlington, VA

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Served cold, this layered dessert has strawberries, cream, sponge cake, custard. Delicious! The presentation is just beautiful!

Poppyseed Ricotta Fritters
Vermillion, Alexandria, VA

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These fluffy fritters are served with blueberry jam, vanilla bean mascarpone and whipped cream ice cream.

Outside of the D.C. Area

Fried Green Tomato BLT
Yardbird, Las Vegas, NV

Fried Green Tomato BLT

These fried green tomatoes are topped with smoked pork belly, tomato jam, pimento cheese and crispy, frisee. It is like having the best of the south all in one bite.

Tricolor Salad
Giada’s, Las Vegas, NV

Tricolore Salad

This salad is served with crispy prosciutto, gorgonzola, dates, walnuts and a trio of greens which included kale, endive and radicchio. This salad sets up the rest of a delicious meal.

Grilled Artichokes
Lupo Italian Kitchen, Rehoboth Beach, DE

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This is my favorite restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. This appetizer is worth ordering. The grilled artichokes are seasoned with sea salt, lemons, capers, herbs and olive oil. After you finish the artichokes, the leftover oil is delicious to dip your warm, italian bread that is served with your meal.

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The Next Great Bite’s Favorite Bites of 2014

Next-Great-Bite-Best-Bites-of-2014As 2014 come to a close, it is a time to reflect and take a look back on the year. Here are my favorite bites of 2014. They include bites from the DC, Maryland and Virginia area but also some of my travel bites from Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA and Tampa, FL.

Dining in DC, Maryland and Virginia

Mussels a la Vodka
Graffiato, Washington, DC

Mussels a la Vodka Graffiato, Washington, DC The pot of mussels, shrimp and sausage with the zesty tomato vodka sauce is served with a side of polenta fries, sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan. You may not want to share!

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Foodie Travel: Favorite Bites in New Orleans, Louisiana

I recently took a trip to New Orleans. It wasn’t hard to see why this is a foodie destination in the U.S. As someone told me, you have to be there a whole month to eat all the great food this city has to offer. Since I was there only for a week, I only got to sample some. Here were my favorites.

Cafe Du Monde Cafe au lait and hot fluffy beignets with LOTS of powder sugar. Sitting in the cafe watching the world go by. The experience alone is just worth it!

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Peche Modern and bright, this restaurant had some tasty dishes. Located in the Warehouse District, we stopped in after touring the World War II Museum near by. We went for lunch and we order a couple of small plates. My favorite was the smoked tuna spread served with saltines. Yummy!

Smoked Tuna Dip and Hushpuppies

American Sector One of the best restaurants I have been to that is connected to a museum! Next to the World War II museum, there is nothing institutionalized about it. For dessert, we had an assortment of mini whoopee pies of lemon raspberry, chocolate,  peanut butter banana and red velvet.

Assortment of Whoopie Pies

Domenica By far my favorite place I ate at in New Orleans. Located In the Roosevelt Hotel. All the pasta were fantastic. But save room to order the roasted cauliflower served with whipped feta and goat cheese. Delicious to spread on the wonderful bread they brought to the table.

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Pelican Club The baked oysters were fantastic. Served on the half shell with apple-smoked bacon, roasted red peppers, parmesan and garlic herb butter. The parmesan is golden brown and compliments the oysters so well. You just can’t get one order!

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Borgne The duck poppers were worth having as an appetizer or as a small dish. They are wrapped in bacon with a hint of jalapeno. It gives this dish a bit of heat that makes them addicting.

Duck poppers

August Definitely treat yourself and go to August. The whole experience is worth it. The food is amazing and the service was top-notch. The presentation of the food is an art piece. Everything I had was amazing. I like seeing restaurants using seasonal vegetables.  And August has a Farmers Market Vegetables tasting menu. Items can be ordered from this menu as a first course. For dessert, if you have any room after eating this fabulous meal,  go for their banana pudding. I was in heaven! It had all my favorite flavors in one dessert. Toasted marshmallows with banana cake, caramelized bananas, peanut butter powder, and vanilla wafer ice cream.

August Banana

I know everyone has their favorites places and dishes when they go to New Orleans. Tell me yours! I would love to hear about it. Maybe I can fit it in the next time I am in this wonderful city!