On my neverending search for bites to remember!

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  • Location: Washington DC
  • Favorite foods: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Neapolitan Pizza, and Sushi at the moment. Korean since birth.
  • Last bite on earth: My grandma's dotori (acorn) mook (jelly) topped with shredded gim(seaweed) soy sauce, chives, red peppers, a touch of vinegar and topped with some of her kimchi!

Where to eat in D.C.?

Cafe Atlantico's conch fritters are pretty AMAZING! Seriously one of the best bites I had in DC.
I don't know how they stack up to the ones you had in the bahamas, but my friend who also talked about his amazing conch fritter experience in the bahamas absolutely loved them! The little jicama avocado bags don't hurt either.
Beyond the conch fritters though, everything I had there was good - from skirt steak, to striped bass... and I wouldn't miss their chocolate cake! I was literally scraping the plate clean!
Happy eating in DC!

Where to eat in D.C.?

Where to start and what kind of food are you looking for?
Central for French bistro fare with delicious new american twists. (Famous is their perfectly constructed lobster burger bound by scallop mousse!)
Zaytinya for some delicious new interpretations on traditional Mediterranean mezze. (Try the Kibbeh with currants)
Rasika for some of the tastiest modern Indian food you've ever had! (a must have: palaak chaat - crispy spinach with sweet yogurt and date chutney)
Ray's Hell Burger if you're looking for a burger epiphany...
Looking for anything in particular?
You can find more inspiration here and here

How should burgers be cooked?

I can totally see the danger in the medium rare burger! Ray's in DC is one of the few places that do this, and I think they stand behind the cleanliness of their burger and the quality of the meat that they use -fresh aged prime beef ground throughout the day. So far my experiences have been good and I haven't heard any horror stories.

Just to appease my own curiosity - next time I'm going to buy two burgers - one cooked medium rare and one medium, and see how I feel about both. I'll report back on

Sweet Green's Sweetflow Mobile, a Frozen Yogurt Truck in D.C.

So Stonyfield's what they make the stuff out of! I always noticed Sweetflow had a bit creamier texture than the other yogurts in DC. Mystery solved!

Cook the Book: 'Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes'

I love a good burger. But Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, VA was my burger epiphany! 10 ounces of fresh ground beef a la Michael Landrum (DC's premium steak purveyor). Served up on a brioche bun with sesame seeds, ray's heck sauce, lettuce tomatoes, sherry sauteed mushrooms. Best burger. EVER.

How should burgers be cooked?

I got into a little debate last Friday with my friend about burgers that got me thinking. He wasn’t a big fan of Ray’s Hell Burger cooked medium-rare with the au poivre preparation. He went on to explain that he was a “burger purist,” so he’d try Ray’s again without the mish mash - Just a “real burger,” he said “cooked medium well.” “Burgers aren’t supposed to be bloody.”

So I thought about my experience at Ray’s. I hadn’t eaten a medium rare or au poivre burger before then. Usually at bars or other burger institutions if prompted I ask for the burger to be cooked medium. It wasn’t until what I consider my “burger epiphany” at Ray’s Hell Burger that I discovered and appreciated the juicy and bloody goodness of the medum rare prep. After many blissful experiences, I crowned Ray’s as supreme in my books.

I made the trip to Ray’s last Saturday to introduce my dad to the ultimate burger. The convo with my friend made me order our burgers plain instead of au poivre to try the burger in its purest form. Unfortunately like my friend, my dad also didn’t get my love of the juicy medium rare patty as he picked it up, bit into it and the juices just made the patty and bun fall apart.

It made me think about how I loved the burger BUT didn’t like how the bread didn’t hold up so well to the juices of the patty. I had always pointed at the bread as the culprit.

As I watched my dad struggle with the burger it got me thinking – maybe it was the medium rare meat that was the culprit of the almost perfect burger experience! The unpleasant soggy effect does indeed hinder the whole experience.

Don't get me wrong Ray's Hell Burger is still the best burger I've ever had in spite of the bun. But maybe “Ray’s Hell” was wrong. Maybe their medium rare recommendation is just hindering their burger from perfection.

What are your thoughts? How do you like your burgers?

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