Saturday, June 02, 2018

Visit Nimes, France on your way to India

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A 6th Grader's Restaurant Review : Rasa Restaurant at DC's Navy Yard - National's Park Neighborhood




I live in Potomac,Maryland. A small unincorporated community, northwest of DC, I am a man who likes Indian food, I mean I grew up with it and all.Then, there was the day, where my dad’s lifelong friend, invited us to a  food gathering for their new restaurant his 2 sons, they were about 32, were organizing. The food there was amazing, it’s like one of those buffet places that you pick out something, and they put it on the bowl, you got great stuff from it. All the food there was rich and tasty, and it was in August so there was nice summer weather. When we went to the restaurant in March, on 1st, near Nats park, it was raining, but it was also great sipping juice and overlooking 1st street, and seeing all the military staff come and go, people rushing by, coming and going, it was a blister of activities. When I came home,I couldn’t stop talking about this place.





RASA is located on 1247 1st St. SE, in Washington DC, and the first thing that intrigues you is the colors, from the oddly-shaped bookshelves to the paintings on the wall. The owners made it a real welcome feeling, and they did a great job as well. The only problem was they gave my sisters too much food, and my dad, too little food. But, they did get classy looks with, spinning chairs looking out over the window, and speakers blasting out music, that could only make my dad cry. It’s right near Nats park, so that people after the game could come and have a quick bite. The entrance is a big blue door, an average door with cool designs. It’s made to be casual, with speedy service, but as Tom Sistema from The Washington Post says,”A lot of effort is put into this food. Slow-cooked tongue-numbing meat at RASA is dynamite, with a beneficiary of a marinade, sparked with curry leaves, tellicherry peppercorns, and green chilies, then garam masala in follow-up seasoning”. He is right, a lot of effort, especially with the meats, is put into everything especially the strange marketing. Oh, by the way, the marketing was put into very good detail, foods such as “Tikka chance on me”,  “Aloo need is love”, “Om my goodness”, and “Veggie Thali”, are all catchy names, and delicious foods. Other catchy names such as “Spice, spice, baby”, are what I think make the restaurant unique. On one side there are colourful paintings, and on the other the curved bookshelves, overhead are lamps, and strings of different colors. All these designs are unique, I mean the only problem is that someone might get less food than you did. As well as, more food than your body can take. All in all this is a restaurant I love with having, a great experience. But is there some things, I missed out, that we will cover soon.


RASA is vibrant, I can’t stop mentioning that, since the word “rasa”, means essence of beauty, and the staff was very helpful and kind. The way RASA works is you can order a pre-cooked meal, from the “ We Got You” section or you can build a meal from the “ You Got This” section, with the catchy food titles. Between the counter, and the bathroom entrance, there’s a board, giving acknowledgements and quotes, and a table with a Bonsai tree and a vase. The restaurant also has rotating chairs, to sip a nice drink overlooking the Navy Yard. The menu is not the only thing that has made this place into what it is today. It’s the designs that the owners put so much time and hard work into just to make you feel amazed. The Washington City Paper says,”when you eat here, you’re hit with intense flavors of Indian spices and herbs”. If I’ve got good feelings about this, and the media has got good feelings about this, then this tempts all of us to go there. Eater DC says, “Customers are transported to India even before they enter the 2,300-square-foot space.”, I couldn’t agree with the press more. When you read most articles, it’ll tell you about 2 things. The desserts and the drinks. The desserts, like kulfi pops and Masala chai cookies, are amazingly rich, tasty, and a great thing to have after your meal. All dishes are priced, around $9-10. The drinks, less, at about a $1-8 range. The people will talk about the mango gin and tonic, and the mango lassi, which are amazingly rich and tasty. So for recap, the place is vibrant, which reflects on its name. The staff is helpful,and the catchy and creative foods, taste amazing. The drinks and the food, are praised by the press, and the owners worked hard for people to be like this. They still are doing that today, before the 11 AM opening and after the 9 PM closing.
 

Saturday, April 07, 2018

We know where you Ate Lunch!!

Best Eats Near Chinatown-DC
From the Midwest to the Middle East try our Eats!
Farmers and Distillers
MatchBox
Reren
Circa
Shouk

Penny's Top 5 Places to Eat in Gallery Place/Chinatown

Top 5 Places to Eat in Gallery Place/Chinatown
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Thinking about where to take your friends or family who are in town for the Cherry Blossoms, and need a break from the tourist scene? We know it can be stressful trying to organize for a group especially during peak times of the year in Washington, DC. Here are our top picks in the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood:

Are you looking for place to relax after walking around and perhaps enjoy a drink at a farm to table community? Farmers Distillery is the first distillery in Washington, DC and was featured in the Washingtonian.


In need of a caffeine pick up? Try Maison Kayser, a brand-new addition to the Chinatown neighborhood and DC though others are in New York.

Have a health-conscious friend? Shouk offers a variety of Middle-Eastern inspired sandwiches, dips, salads and snacks. They also have a dynamic veggie burger as the Washington Post stated!

Craving comfort food? RPM started in Chicago but has now blossomed in DC under Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Even Sean “Diddy” Combs enjoyed a meal there.

Looking for a chill vibe with a bit of culture, art and politics? Busboys and Poets is for you!

Brandon's Top 5 Places For Quick Lunches Near Georgetown SCS

Top 5 Places For Quick Lunches Near Georgetown School of Continuing Studies
Yelp 3.5 Stars
Google Reviews 4.214

Why it’s great: Quick, Convenient, Variety of Soup and Sandwiches

What influencers say:

How Devon & Blakely works: Choose your station, make your order, grab your items and pay at the cash register area in the front left.

For first time visitors to Devon & Blakely, it’s a little daunting.  Go directly to the station you’re interested in. The soup station is on the left, salad station in the center and sandwich station on the right.
After you order, they’ll give you your item and then you take it to the cash register in the front left for checkout. Read More.


Shouk

Yelp 4.5 Stars
Google Reviews 4.6

Why it’s great: Flavorful, “Healthy”


What influencers say:
As the world gets ever-closer to veggie burgers that are designed to “bleed” and cook like traditional meat, Shouk has decided to run in the other direction.
Ran Nussb├Ącher, founder of the plant-based pita shop in Mount Vernon Square, said he wanted a veggie burger without processed or synthetic ingredients, but with “whole foods that you can actually see.” And see them you can: Chickpeas, black beans, lentils and chunks of mushrooms stand out in the patty, which also features cauliflower, beets and scallions. Read More




Yelp 4 Stars
Google 4.4 Stars

Why it’s great: Because you’re actually tired of Starbucks!

What Influencers Say:

Neither local nor new to the District, La Colombe has set up shop in DC’s small, busy Chinatown, with a cafe just one block up and one block over from both the Verizon Center and the neighborhood’s iconic Friendship Archway. The 21-year-old roastery based out of Philadelphia already introduced itself to Washington last February with a location in tucked-away Blagden Alley. Read More


Yelp 4 Stars
Google 4.3 Stars

Why it's great: price, good healthy fast-food and great beer

What Influencers say:

Nando's is a great place to have lunch. It’s a casual restaurant rather than a fast-food one – another aspirational touch. The grilled peri-peri chicken is energetically spiced. As for the chickens, they're not organic, but neither are they battery-farmed; Nando's buys from big outfits that comply with the industry's voluntary standards. One of the best plates is the traditional Boneless Chicken Breast, a succulent, butterflied whole chicken breast in crispy skin. No bones about it! Read more





Yelp 4 Stars
Google 4.7 Stars

Why it’s great: Luxury Burgers and Beer- need we say more?

What Influencers Say:

Crafted with aficionados in mind, The Capital Burger will offer an all-day menu focused on luxury burgers made with a proprietary beef blend, and selections spanning from the traditional to the unexpected, alongside fries hand-cut daily. Each dining experience begins with a complimentary Mason Jar of House-Made Pickles. In addition, The Capital Burger features a thoughtful wine list–with more than 25 offerings by the glass– spiked shakes, craft cocktails and a core of local beers as well as favorites. Read More