my friend D visited this weekend and we hit a bunch of places. here's my report:
Courthouse farmers market (bought elderberry, wild violet, and dandelion jelly, maple candies, asian pears, apple cider, pears, broccoli, canned peaches (grown and canned by the farm), kalamata olive bread, onions, pattypan squash)
Apple picking at Homestead in MD.
empanadas as el patio in rockville. Good beef empanadas.
and then the 3 of us had dinner at Maneki Neko in Falls Church. People on chowhound love the place...but i expected more, especially knowing that they give sushi making lessons. The people were great, including the sushi chefs and waitress. The fish was fresh and good. But...they rice was too soft and sticky. The eel sushi and rolls fell apart when u tried eating them. D's complaint was that they put cucumber in things that weren't supposed to have it (like spicy rolls) which meant they used less fish, and he didnt want cucumber in them. I know you guys are gonna say u love the jointa nd that we should go back...but we'll stick to Matuba for now. I actually got the g/f sushi from Matsutaki (?) near the Ballston mall last night, and she liked it, so that can be the alternate for Matuba.
Yesterday "D" and I had breakfast at the Original Pancake House. It was good (not great), but I don't have many Pancake House experiences to compare it. I've been to IHOP a few times in my life...and the fuzzy memories of IHOP...don't seem as good as Original. heh :)
3 of us for dinner. We ate at Lalibela on Columbia Pike (Arlington). The food was good..but not as good as Meskerem. The waitress was nice. The ice tea was really good. Negatives: They had some kind of a loud hiphop event going which was kind of annoying. The waitress didn't know the word "dessert." They didn't have honey wine. They didnt give a dipping sauce for the sambusas. The chicken sambusa was bland, but the spinach sambusa was good.
We had tacos for lunch at El Taqueria Charrito Caminante (2710-A N. Washington Blvd in Arlington). It only has 8 or so stools, and no tables...but the food is made fresh (you watch the woman make the pupusas to order.) The goat tacos were awesome, and D said the goat burrito was even better. Tacos are $2, burritos $3. I had a tamarindo soda. A real dive but great. The guy who helped us was nice. :)
Java Shack was Ok, but I prefer Common Ground.
Dinner: D and i had food from Arax, an armenian cafe on Washington blvd (Arlington.) The chicken pita sandwich and middle eastern desserts were good. the beef pie i didnt like. D liked his first sandwich, which was a kind of strained yogurt. he said the hummos sandwich was alright, but not as good.