Hello Again and some good eats!

June 13th, 2011

Shrimp at Jaleo

I started this blog over three years ago to kill time before law school… well, law school has come and gone…

Handmade Pasta at Cooking Fools Cooking Class

I moved back to the DC area in May and have been studying like crazy for the MD bar…

Auntie Ann’s: My Airport Food

Studying is zero fun and I like to daydream about life after the bar…

Chicken Feet at Phoenix Chinatown, Chicago

I’m craving a creative outlet and since I should actually have some time…

Shrimp Chive Dumplings at China Bistro

I’d like to start some more complicated food projects…

Shrimp Po’Boy at Heaven on Seven

Any ideas?  Perhaps to use this lovely new baby?

My Graduation Present from Juan

My Trip to Brussels!!!

October 31st, 2010


My opportunity to go to Brussels came out of the blue… I had a few hours to make the decision…

took a quick look at my schedule… had nothing that couldn’t be rescheduled… I booked a flight… packed in fifteen minutes and went off to the airport…
It was worth it! I spent a week eating delicious food, exploring the Belgian countryside and viewing some of my favorite Northern European artists.
How can you not love a country that considers a small breakfast- croissant, chocolate cake and coffee!  Besides the traditional, chocolate, beer, mussels and waffles, Juan and I found some places that had excellent food, although untraditional. My favorites included: t’oost in Bruges (I loved the Juan’s smoked salmon sandwich), Switch and L’Entre des Artistes.

I also visited the famous paterssiere Wittamer… The Raspberry Tart was my favorite!

One day I took a day trip out to Geraardsbergen in the flemish part of Belgian.  Although I don’t speak Flemish and no one speaks English, I managed to order their famous Mattetaarten pastry (yes, I went there just to try the pastry!).  It was good but not my favorite.  It was filled with a ricotta like filling.  They also serve coffee with a very strong liquor Advokaat.  It was custardy and pretty good.


of course, one can’t go to Brussels without having some cheese. This was a Chimay cheese. Strong but good! ok, I’m sensing a pattern…

Finally, you have to see the Mannequin Pis when you go to Brussels.  Juan and I did not get the hype but we did find the use of it on the Coke machine entertaining.

Everyone should go to Brussels… trust me!  You will like it!

Going Local… down to the Carolinas…

August 27th, 2010


Oh the South, land of lots and lots of humidity… when flipping through our pictures from our vacation, I realized that we didn’t take many… only about 10… why, you ask? well, every time we brought out the camera, the humidity would fog up the lens giving up some blurry artsy photographs…

However, we did eat some delicious food… we started in Chapel Hill to show Juan around my hometown… then traveled to Charleston (Good call Gale!)… ended up in Greenville to see my parents before heading back to DC… In typical Ginny and Juan fashion, we roamed around exploring and eating.  It was a really nice vacation, although too short!  While devouring some delicious crepes and fresh made guac at Queen Street Grocery in Charleston, we were struck with the amount of local small businesses we were patronizing… A list of our favorites…

Weaver Street Market- My favorite market in Chapel Hill!

The Chapel Hill Creamery- We followed a gravel road, saw the cows and had our pick of fresh cheeses.  I personally loved the Carolina Moon- a brie-like cheese- that we destroyed with Lemon-Rosemary Weaver Street bread.

Queen Street Grocery- Crepes! Guacamole!  Need I say more. It was delicious!  The food was made with care and it was excellent.  I would highly recommend it!

Firefly Vodka- A local distillary that makes Sweet Tea Vodka (mixed with lemonade- oh my!). The tea comes from the only tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation- The makers of the vodka also make wines out of Muscadine Grapes (photo above). We visited both places and, of course, tried the various beverages. I do not like sweet wine so the wine was not for me but everything else was very good. I loved learning how tea is actually grown and processed.