CAVA Greek Mediterranean Grill


Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are doing well. Today I am writing to talk to you about of my favorite palaces that opened up near my house, known as CAVA Greek Mediterranean Grill.

It is a fast-casual spot that spun off of a more upscale Greek restaurant in Washington, D.C. It delivers the kind of chef-driven culture and clean, high-quality sourcing that you would expect at a sit-down place. My first introduction to this happened in Columbia Heights, DC. It was love at first bite. I have gone to that place many times.

When I completely moved to Gaithersburg MD, I always missed it’s build-a-meal concept of ($7.75 to $8.85) starting with a pita or a choice of healthy bases including brown rice, black lentils, organic arugula or is called “SuperGreens, which is a tasty salad mix of raw kale, arugula, and lettuce.

Their produce is sourced locally, primarily from farms using organic practices. You have a choice of up to three spreads (made fresh daily) like citrusy organic hummus, creamy tzatziki, eggplant and red pepper dip and their addictive “crazy feta,” which is feta whipped with jalapeños. On top of that you can have roasted veggies or braised lamb or beef, spicy lamb meatball, crisp vegan falafel, succulent grass-fed lamb or beef braised with turmeric and coriander and grilled lemon-oregano chicken. All meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free.

Finally end with endless amount of toppings and dressings such as pickled banana peppers, crumbled feta, cauliflower quinoa tabbouleh, tomato crisps, and if you want some sumac radish. As for dressings nothing says yum then lemon herb tahini with sriracha greek yogurt.

At the end of this trip I know you will be coming for more. I thing that that did not empress me is their Strawberry Mint Lime drink. The mint flavor was overpowering and I just had to throw away my drink. My sister who just had a lemonade was not dissatisfied. Between Roti Mediterranean Grill and this one, CAVA by far success in satisfying your taste buds in a healthy way.

What other places do you recommend to people that elevates your tastes buds and yet is healthy. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Wok N’ Roll Karaoke Restaurant at Adams Morgan, Washington DC – Is it All About The Sushi?


Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are doing well. Today I was awakened by the roaring sounds of the high winds banging on my windows and doors. I could not sleep. Hence, I thought I right down about my last week trip to my hometown, Washington DC, and my review of food from my old neighborhood.

As I have mentioned in my early blogs, I grew up in the Adams Morgan section of Washington D.C. The advantage of growing in such neighborhood is the exposure to diverse course and food palate. I was fortunate enough to get such exposure. However, now I leave in the suburb and don’t get such exposure. Nonetheless, being in the D.C. metro area I try my best to keep my exposure to food exposure open within my dietary restriction.

While walking down my old neighborhood after few years, we came across Wok and Roll Restaurant at 2400 18th Street NW (at the corner of Belmont and 18th St). It’s a fusion Asian restaurant. To be honest, when I was in D.C, there use be Belmont Kitchen in that location. Though I didn’t know much about the restaurant, I went in with family because I was craving for some sushi. At the same time, we wanted some Asia food.

When we walked in there were only one other person beside us. We were seated promptly. Once we decided on our order it took us a while to get the attention of the waiter to write down our order. My lovelies, I don’t if I mentioned this before, I used work in restaurant, hence, have some minimum expectation from waiters. Once, our order was taken, it took a while to food come. In this scenario, I was more understanding because we had some dietary restriction and the staff were quite accommodating. Below is my review of food orders:

Spicy Lover Sushi:

This specialty sushi includes spicy salmon, avocado, inside topped with spicy tuna and tobiko. It comes in 8 pieces. When I do out to eat, I not only look for texture but also taste and this specialty sushi delivered both. This is the best sushi I ever had. I suggest when you try your food close your eyes and feel the texture, temperature, and the taste slowly with each bite. It will allow you to appreciate your food in a whole new way. If you don’t know what tobiko is it is the Japanese word for flying fish roe. It is most widely known for its use in creating certain types of sushi. Sometimes, the color of these small eggs are changed in appearance, other natural ingredients are used to accomplish the change, such as squid ink to make it black, yuzu to make it pale orange (almost yellow), or even wasabi to make it green and spicy. A serving of tobiko can contain several pieces, each having a different color. If you visit Wok and Roll don’t forget to visit the Spicy Lover Sushi.

Hot and Sour Soup:

I was underwhelmed by the hot and sour soup. Not did it have a strong soy sauce flavor it was sour as well. If you like the strong soy sauce flavor this soup is for your. I needed to something to keep a kick to my taste bud, not overwhelm it with soy sauce taste.

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce:

Even though this dish comes as hot we decided to order it as medium hot and we were not disappointed, actually my family was not disappointment. The reason I am saying my family is because, I am allergic to Eggplant but I wrote every comment they had about the dish. Per my conversation with them, it was the best flavored dish we have ordered from Wok and Roll. It was full of flavor, which stays in your mouth.
Beef Hunan Style:

Beef Hunan Style:

The Beef Hunan Style tasted nice with the right amount of spice and flavor. This is good flavorful dish to try for someone with lots of allergies.

Beef with Green Pepper:

This dish comes with beef with green and yellow bell pepper in a spiced sauce. However, I was really underwhelmed by this dish. There were more peppers than there were beef and the spice level was off making the dish bland and underwhelming.

Curry Chicken:

Curry Chicken was full of spice but not the kind that you may want to eat again. I overpowering smell and taste of curry flavor made the dish too strong for my taste.

Overall, Wok and Roll is a decent place with great sushi and some mouth-watering Chinese dishes. However, the dished can be too overpowering and underwhelming. If you are anytime near this area please try the food in this restaurant and let know your opinion. I would give it a 3 and a half start just for their lack of service in the beginning, and some flavorless food. However, they the restaurant was nice an class and cozy.

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Healthy Chickpeas Salad


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Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday. Today, I want to share with you a wonderful, healthy, and fulfilling salad recipe that is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Most of all, it will keep you full for a long time. I often I have it for dinner and I am full all night. Best of all, you can add your favorite ingredients to it. I just like to keep it simple. This recipe serves up to 6 people.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 32-oz canned Garbanzo chick peas.
  2. 1 32-oz canned red kidney beans
  3. 1 regular cucumber chopped
  4. ¾ onion finely chopped
  5. 1 bunch scallion
  6. ½ bunch cilantro
  7. ½ lemon juice
  8. Salt and pepper for seasoning

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together, and add salt and pepper to season
  2. You can add different color chopped bell pepper to add color to the plate

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Healthy Greek Chicken Recipe


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Hi There my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. If you are anything like me, I bet you enjoy delicious homemade recipe, especially if it is delicious. Today, I want to share with one such recipe that my sister came up with and it’s absolutely heavenly. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite easy to make as well and is full of flavor.

Ingredients: 

  1. 6 Chicken Breast
  2. 4 Tbs Greek Yogurt
  3. 2 Tbs Garlic powder
  4. 1 Tbs Ginger Powder
  5. 1 large red onion (chopped)
  6. ½ tsp dried basil leaves
  7. ½ tsp parsley
  8. 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  9. ½ tsp black pepper
  10. Salt to season
  11. 2 Tbs oil (I use extra virgin olive oil, but can try using extra virgin coconut oil as well)
  12. ½ Stick I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
  13. 1 medium jalapeno chopped
  14. Chopped cilantro chopped
  15. 1 bunch scallion chopped (optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Tenderize the chicken breast with meat blade-tenderizer.
  2. Marinate the chicken overnight in the refrigerator with mixture of yogurt, garlic, ginger, basil, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Brush olive oil or Pam on baking pan and place the marinated chicken. Add thinly butter and red onion on top of each chicken, and add bake in the oven for 1 ½ to 2 hours at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the juice from the marinate into the chicken as well.
  4. Five minutes before taking your chicken out of the oven, top cilantro, jalapeno, and/or scallion.

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Let me know how yours come out. I loved how amazing this Greek yogurt chicken was. We served it with steamed and lightly seasoned beans, mashed potato (made from scratch), and corn on the cob. I want to thank my sister for this lovely recipe. The meat was so juicy and flavorful and most of all delicious!

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Taylor Gourmet in Washington D.C.


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Hi There! Hope you are having a start of a wonderful weekend.Today,  I will talk about my experience eating from a menu from Taylor Gourmeta Philadelphian gourmet fast food type eatery located in Washington D.C. I have not have the pleasure of personally eating eating at one of their locations but I have ordered online from them few times.

History: Before I describe my experience about their food, let me give some about their background. This unique place was started by two Philadelphian buddies in 2008 grew up on what they called “the flavors of Philadephia’s 9th street Italian market and hoagies served by countless mom and pops shops throughout the city”. They brought their unique Philly hoagies and salamies to the H Street NE corridors and few more locations for us to enjoy. Their famous clients include none other than our current First Family.

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FoodI have had the pleasure of ordering online from them few times with my co-workers. My very first experience was their famous Ben Franklin Hoagies. It has a choice of breaded or grilled chicken with marinara sauce and sharp provolone cheese. What can I say about a their hoagies. It’s humongous, or at least for me. It’s a 16″ hoagie. I had to cut the hoagie into half and leave the other half for later. It’s great. My friend, who is a native Philadelphian said that Taylor had the closest authentic Philly Cheese steak that she has ever tasted outside of Philadelphia and that in itself is a huge accomplishment in my sense.  Now for their Rissotto Balls. These are fried mozzarella balls served in marinara sauce. The first time I tasted this appetizers, I fell in love them and every time I order from this place I have to have my rissotto balls in my order. These mouth watering fried cheese has the perfect amount of cheese with a crunchy outside. Now, if you in a food for salad there are plenty of options for you here. I for one love their Love Park Salad with arugula, pastina, cherry tomatoes, sweet basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, and Taylor vinaigrette. I love adding grilled chicken to my salad for extra protein. This mouth watering salad has the perfect combination of favors to play a perfect harmony with my taste buds.

Locations: Taylor Gourmet has locations in H Street, NE, between 4th and 5th Street K St NW, in Dupont Circle, and in Penn Quarter in Washington DC. It’s Virginia location include Fairfax and Ballston, Arlington locations. It’s also located in Bethesda neighborhood of Maryland.

Taylor, started by two Philly buddies brings in unique Philly tastes to the Washington Metro area. If you live near any of their locations don’t forget to check them out or order online. Hope you enjoy reading this blog as much I have enjoyed writing it. Don’t forget to follow me at instagram @allaboutme3181. or visit my Facebook page.

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