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DC Weekend Eats: Crab Tator Tots & Kimchi Tacos

After a most lovely weekend spent in DC, I thought I’d share some of the delicious eats that were had since they were just that good!!

Even if it may have seemed to be the polar vortex compared to the shorts weather I left just down the road Friday ;)

Dinner at Lincoln Restaurant DC. Loved the atmosphere, I mean how cute are these mason jar lights???


And they had a floor made from pennies! Oh yea, plus the food was pretty darn good too :)

Take these Maryland crab tator tots with Old Bay aoili. Which were served piping hot and delicious…


And although still a runner up to my favorite short rib anything of all time…


These slow braised short ribs w/ grits were pretty darn tasty too!

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But nothing. Nothing. Compared to the local spring risotto. Which, with the addition of smoked gouda and a honey tomato jam, tasted like the most creamy decadant delicious bacon breakfast ever. Like ever.

If you go here you must. I repeat must. Try this dish!!

Too bad we didn’t demolish it before a pic was had… *sigh*

Then there was the stop into Union Market DC. A whole indoor mecca of delicious food vendors and shops. Oh the delight!!!

We chose to give TaKorean a try (along with the rest of the building…haha) And soon found out why the line was so long, these were super tasty!!

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Line up: Bulgogi steak, tangy chicken, caramelized tofu.

Topped with either a spicy kimchi or napa romaine slaw.

Plus cilantro, lime crema and sriracha.

I MEAN. How can you go wrong?!

And speaking of kimchi

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So.Much.Kimchi!!!  Alltheflavors.

It reminded me of that time that Brittany, Chef Jesse and myself tried our hand at making our own version at home! Which was actually the topic of convo as these tacos were being consumed :)


I also gave this new-to-me spice blend a try and fell in LOVE.

Dukkah. From All Things Olive. This version a mix of white sesame seeds, pistachios, hazelnuts, coriander, cumin, peppermint. I know, right?!

Just a nice piece of bread and a quick dip into some olive oil as the vehicle is all ya need. This spice mix just blew my mind. Loved it and can’t wait to experiment with it in the kitchen :)

So yes. Lots of eats were had. And some delicious memories made.

Do share, what’s your favorite DC spot? I love to have new places to try when I visit there!

3 Ingredient Spicy Sesame Beef

This is almost too silly easy to post. But since I’ve eaten it twice in the past three days and could have it again for dinner tonight, I thought it may be worthwhile to at least someone out there :P

3 Simple Ingredients.

1:  Beef. Grass-fed and hormone-free.


And TWO DOLLARS. Whoever says that eating healthfully & ethically is “too expensive”… anyways ;)

You just gotta get creative!!


Chuck shoulder steak. Which, unless cooking low and slow, needs to be marinated for at least 12 hours before a quick sear.

No one wants shoe leather served up on their dinner plate now do they? ;) 

2:  San-J Tamari Sesame dressing. I seriously can’t rave about this stuff enough. I’ve gone through mayyyyybe 2 bottles in the past week or so? Don’t judge.

3. Sambal Oelek. Sriracha’s purer cousin and probably one of my favorite things everrrrrrr. And the only time I say byebyebye to garlic.


I marinated this steak for a day the first time around. And 12 hours the next time around. Both led to steak perfection!

The steak took a mere 30 seconds on each side to cook, with just a bit of olive oil in a medium-high pan. You want that pink in the middle!! 


Seriously still don’t know why I can’t get enough of this. Maybe the simplicity of just some truly amazing flavors. Who knows – who cares – I’m gonna grab a knife and fork and enjoy (maybe for the third time this week??!!)

Hey, we don’t judge here :)


Smoky Summer Chili

Later sunsets + the warmth of sunshine to soak up after work… :)

A perfect recipe for better food photography and lightened up warm weather versions of cooler weather recipe favorites! 

Like this chili for instance. Which is kinda like a vegetarian chili. But also kinda not, because, well ya know. BACON.



Turkey bacon. An item I seem to be using often in the kitchen these days. 

I mean, what better way to add a healthy dose of hearty flavor to an otherwise veggie & bean overload… ?AmIRight?

And hey, don’t get me wrong. I love me some veggies! But sometimes I just need a little sumthin’ more :)


The usual suspects make their appearance. Black beans, corn, tomatoes, onion, green pepper and garlic.

But then boom. Turkey BACON. Add that to the mix! Which with some smoky paprika, spicy chili powder and flavorful cumin is more of a match made in heaven with this chili then me basking in the glory of the 80 degree sunshine :D


So yes. I liked this one ALOT. It was gone in 2 servings “ALOT?? 


Such great flavor. Why haven’t I added smokey paprika to my chili bowl before?  

Plus the perfect hearty-chili-texture without being weigh-ya-down heavy like your more traditional ground beef version. And with a bit more oomph than just keepin’ it Veg. 

Perfect recipe for summer time temps if you ask me :)  Enjoy!