Eating out in 2012

EXCEPTIONS TO EATING IN – 2012

This log is slightly complicated by conferences, trips and vacations.  In some ways, all meals on vacations are “out”.  If I’m on vacation and we are in a vacation rental or visiting family and friends, I probably don’t and won’t log meals at our vacation rental or in the homes of friends and family, but I will try to log meals at restaurants.  This is further complicated of course, if we dine at a restaurant in another country where English is not the primary language and a translation of the restaurant name is not possible.  Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I generally don’t log breakfast at a hotel if it is something basic like cereal and fruit. Food catered by a hotel is generally not logged because it is often boring and not by choice.

MEALS OUT IN 2012: 108

  1. December 27, 2012 – Dinner at Terra – Columbia, SC
  2. December 26, 2012 – Dinner at Fish House – Pensacola, FL
  3. December 22, 2012 – Dinner at Metro Cafe – Atlanta, GA
  4. December 21, 2012 – Lunch at Breadline – Washington, DC
  5. December 18, 2012 – Lunch at Roti – Washington, DC
  6. December 17, 2012 – Lunch at Teaism – Washington, DC
  7. December 12, 2012 – Lunch at Loeb’s NY Deli – Washington, DC
  8. December 10, 2012 – Lunch at Rice Bar – Washington, DC
  9. December 7, 2012 – Lunch at Paul – Washington, DC
  10. November 24, 2012 – Brunch at Peters Since 1969 – Brooklyn, NY
  11. November 23, 2012 – Dinner at Traif – Brooklyn, NY
  12. November 21, 2012- Lunch at Jonny Rockets – Washington, DC- A social gathering with co-workers.  Otherwise, a complete waste of calories on a mediocre meal.
  13. November 17, 2012 – Dinner at Thai X-ing – Washington, DC – This could be my best DC meal this year!
  14. November 10, 2012 – Dinner at Mala Tang – Arlington, VA
  15. November 3, 2012 – Drinks & Dinner at Arlington Drafthouse – Arlington, VA
  16. October 28, 2012 – Breakfast at Cafe Beignet – New Orleans, LA
  17. October 27, 2012 – Dinner at Luke – New Orleans, LA
  18. October 27, 2012 – Afternoon snack at Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans, LA
  19. October 26, 2012 – Drinks at LeBooze and Dinner at Acme Oyster House – New Orleans, LA
  20. October 19, 2012 – Dinner at Rays Hell Burger – Washington, DC.
  21. October 16, 2012 – Lunch at Devon & Blakely – Washington, DC.
  22. October 12, 2012 – Lunch at Chop’t – Washington, DC.
  23. October 4, 2012 – Dinner at Kotobuki – Washington, DC.  Reliable, good sushi at a reasonable price.
  24. September 29, 2012 – Dinner at Biergarten Haus – Washington, DC.  Finished the night at Little Miss Whiskeys were too much Awesomeness was had.
  25. September 23, 2012 – Brunch at Birch & Barley – Washington, DC.  The boozy brunch.  The donut holes are the best I’ve had.
  26. September 15, 2012 – Dinner at Meridian Pint – Washington, DC.  Thank you friends for my surprise UN-Birthday party!
  27. September 14, 2012 – Dinner from Kabob Palace – Arlington, VA.
  28. September 7, 2012 -Dinner at Little Serow – Washington, DC.  Yes!  I went!  I was giddy with delight.  It was worth every penny!
  29. September 1, 2012 – Another home-cooked a the North Fork Mountain Inn – Smoke Hole, WV.  A fantastic Labor Day getaway just a few hours from the DC area.
  30. August 31, 2012 – Home-cooked dinner at the North Fork Mountain Inn – Smoke Hole, WV.
  31. August 30, 2012 – Dinner at Kushi – Washington, DC.
  32. August 29, 2012 – Lunch at Potbelly – Washington, DC.
  33. August 19, 2012 – Lunch at Thai Square – Arlington, VA.
  34. August 18, 2012 – Dinner at Bistro Lepic & Wine Bar – Washington, DC.
  35. August 18, 2012 – Lunch at Bistrot Du Coin – Washington, DC.
  36. August 17, 2012 – Dinner at Cafe Du Parc – Washington, DC.
  37. August 12, 2012 – Dinner at Blue Water Grill – New York, NY.
  38. August 12, 2012 – Bruch at Peels – New York, NY. 
  39. August 11, 2012 – Dinner at Bianca – New York, NY.  This was a FANTASTIC meal and incredibly priced.
  40. August 10, 2012 – Dinner at Carmine’s – New York, NY.
  41. August 8, 2012 – Dinner at Swann Lounge – Philadelphia, PA.
  42. August 3, 2012 – Dinner at Chicago Q – Chicago, IL.
  43. August 3, 2012 – Lunch at Niu – Chicago, IL. 
  44. August 2, 2012 – Dinner at Volare Restaurant – Chicago, IL.  Back in Chicago, this time for work.
  45. July 24, 2012 – Dinner at Blue Apron Red Rooster – Salem, VA.  10 Minutes from Roanoke, cute place, great food.
  46. July 23, 2012 – Dinner at WonJu Korean Restaurant – Roanoke, VA.  In Roanoke for 2 nights for work.
  47. July 22, 2012 – Brunch at Reel Club – Oak Brook, IL.  Uncle Charlie’s 77th Birthday Celebration!
  48. July 21, 2012 – Dinner a Ginger & Garlic – Naperville, IL.  We were in town for a mini-family reunion.  This was a traditional Chinese Banquet dinner, 3 hours, more than 10 courses.  Insane.
  49. July 21, 2012 – Lunch at International Mall – Westmont, IL.  Throwback to childhood staples, traditional Chinese/Taiwanese street foods.
  50. July 14, 2012 – Dinner at Present – Falls Church, VA.
  51. July 13, 2012 – Dinner at Taqueria el Poblano – Arlington, VA. 
  52. July 12, 2012 – Lunch at Thai Place – Washington, DC.
  53. July 7, 2012 – Dinner at The Grizzly Paw – Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
  54. July 5, 2012 – Dinner at Giorgio’s Trattoria – Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  55. June 28, 2012 – Lunch at Chop’t – Washington, DC.
  56. June 24, 2012 – Brunch at Syrup – Denver, CO.
  57. June 23, 2012 – Dinner at Fuition Restaurant– Denver, CO.  This was an incredible meal.  Eat here.  Different cuisine than Uchi (See April 20, 2012), but is a top contender for my best meal out in 2012 to date.
  58. June 23, 2012 – Brunch at Bistro Vendome – Denver, CO.
  59. June 22, 2012 – Dinner at Elways Downtown – Denver, CO.
  60. June 20, 2012 – Lunch at Roti – Washington, DC.
  61. June 13, 2012 – Lunch at Breadline – Washington, DC.
  62. June 10, 2012 – Dinner at Chef Geoff’s – Washington, DC.
  63. June 8, 2012 – Dinner at Bistro du Coin – Washington, DC.
  64. June 1, 2012 – Dinner at Fish House – Pensacola, FL.
  65. May 31, 2012 – Dinner at Gordon Biersch – Alexandria, VA.  Dinner at National Airport :(
  66. May 17, 2012 – Lunch at Teaism – Washington, DC.
  67. May 14, 2012 – Dinner at Zaytinya – Washington, DC.
  68. May 11, 2012 – Drinks and Dinner at Kushi and Bus Boys and Poets – Washington, DC.
  69. May 9, 2012 – Dinner at Bistrot Lepic – Washington, DC.  One of our DC favorites and old stand-bys.
  70. May 5, 2012 – Lunch at Fiorella Pizzeria – Oxon Hill, MD.  Lunch break while hitting the Food and Wine Festival at the National Harbor.
  71. May 2, 2012 – Lunch at The Big Cheese Truck – Washington, DC.  Brought my lunch, but got enticed instead.
  72. April 29, 2012 – Brunch at Mockingbird – Tallahassee, FL.  Final meal before saying goodbye to the fam.
  73. April 28, 2012 – Lunch at Wakulla Springs Lodge – Wakulla Springs, FL.  Lunch before a wildlife boat trip for spotting gators!
  74. April 26, 2012 – Dinner at Saukra – Tallahassee, FL.  Sushi dinner for the first night of my trip to Tallahasee to visit my sister and family.
  75. April 21, 2012 – Breakfast at Le Cafe Crepe – Austin, TX.  Closed my trip to Austin with a crepe.  The Norwegian had a delightful balance of smoked salmon, herbs, tomatoes, capers and cream.  It held me over for most of the day until I got back to DC.
  76. April 20, 2012 – Dinner at Uchi – Austin, TX.  I don’t watch the Top Chef, but this was probably the best meal I’ve had in 2012 to date.  Expensive, but worth every penny.  I’d skip the BBQ and just eat at Uchi if I could afford it!
  77. April 19, 2012 – Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at the Four Seasons – Austin, TX.  This was my dinner -thank you law firm sponsor! 
  78. April 18, 2012 – Dinner at Iron Works – Austin, TX. Got some TX BBQ!
  79. April 17, 2012 – Dinner at Parkside – Austin, TX
  80. April 17, 2012 – Lunch at The Old School Bar & Grill – Austin, TX
  81. April 15, 2012 – Lunch at National’s Game – Washington, DC
  82. April 13, 2012 – Dinner at Thai Square – Arlington, VA
  83. April 9, 2012 – Lunch at Founding Farmers – Washington, DC.  A colleague at work left us for a wonderful opportunity out of town.  Lunch to say goodbye:(
  84. April 1, 2012 – Brunch at Cesar’s Diner – Arlington, VA.  Brunch with friends after the Cherry Blossom Run.  We finished!!!
  85. March 30, 2012 – Happy Hour + Snacks  at Redline – Washington, DC.
  86. March 28, 2012 – Dinner at District Taco – Arlington, VA.  Sister is in town for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, we picked up a quick dinner after picking her up from the airport.
  87. March 24, 2012 – Lunch at a random pho place while shopping in suburbia
  88. March 23, 2012 – Happy Hour + Snacks at Casa Nona – Washington, DC (Casa Nona has closed)
  89. March 18, 2012 – Dinner at Red Rocks Pizza – Washington, DC.
  90. March 17, 2012 – Lunch/Dinner at Fado’s – Washington, DC.  St. Patty’s day celebration!
  91. March 14, 2012 – Dinner at Lyon Hall – Arlington, VA.  Birthday dinner for a friend. 
  92. February 26, 2012 – Dinner at Landry’s – San Antonio, TX.
  93. February 25, 2012 – Dinner at Acenar – San Antonio, TX.
  94. February 24, 2012 – Dinner at Paesanos – San Antonio, TX.
  95. February 23, 2012 – Lunch at Casa Rio – San Antonio, TX.  First of many meals on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, while I was in town for a conference.
  96. February 20, 2012 – Dinner at Harar-Mesob – Arlington, VA.  Dinner with friends who are always kind enough to invite me out when I’m sans husbanders.  Lots of eating out this past week!
  97. February 17, 2012 – Dinner at Brasserie Back – Washington, DC.  Amongst long work days, laundry and packing, we squeezed in a date night dinner before Omar’s trip abroad for work.
  98. February 16, 2012 – Lunch at Sweetgreen – Washington, DC.  Lunch with a colleague on a cold, rainy, DC day.
  99. February 12, 2012 – Dim Sum at China Garden – Arlington, VA.
  100. February 10, 2012 – Lunch at Devon & Blakely – Washington, DC.
  101. February 3, 2012 – Dinner at Founding Farmers – Washington, DC.  Dinner with an old college friend and her husband.  Great cocktails.  The food was too salty.
  102. January 28, 2012 – Dinner at Honey Pig – Annandale, VA. In celebration of my best friend Julie’s birthday, we had a birthday party at Honey Pig.  Taking our Korean themed weekend to the max, the night ended next door at Dain Cafe with a private Karaoke room and a surprising amount of Britney Spears.
  103. January 27, 2012 – Dinner at Yechon – Annandale, VA.  Dinner with dear old friends for Korean BBQ.
  104. January 20, 2012 – Dinner at Oyamel – Washington, DC.  Ate out again!  Geesh, not a good record especially now that I’m openly logging every meal out, but this dinner was with some college friends and had been on the calendar since December.  I definitely overindulged, but an evening with Wellesley sisters is always worth it!
  105. January 19, 2012 – Dinner at Thai Square (again)- Arlington, VA.  Despite a nice lentil stew I made for tonight’s dinner, some friends of ours invited us for a low-key dinner out.  We hadn’t seen them since before the holidays, so we agreed.
  106. January 13, 2012 – Dinner from Thai Square – Arlington, VA.  Two of my girlfriends came over on a whim.  We were starving and too lazy to cook.  Take out was ordered.  Wine and chocolate were had. Romantic comedies were watched.
  107. January 13, 2012 – Lunch at Roti – Washington, DC.  Couldn’t resist an invitation to lunch with some co-workers.
  108. January 7, 2012 – Dinner at RICE – Washington, DC.  It was a Girls Night Out.  My hubby is travelling for work in a dangerous post-conflict country in the Middle East.  I took the edge off with my girlies by starting with a few drinks at Pearl Dive, but no oysters were had because we couldn’t get a table even after two hours of waiting!  Drinks were good and vibe was groovin’ but at 10:30pm, we were hungry so we stopped in next door and had some decent Thai food at RICE.