Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Mine has been packed full of food and fun, starting with a fancy-smancy dinner out with our friends Struan and Jessica after work on Friday night.
I’d never heard of Panche but our friends recommended it and the menu looked awesome, so we decided to give it a shot.
Wine was obviously necessary as soon as we sat down.
It took us a while to figure out what we wanted but, as soon as we decided, we were rewarded with bread and these delicious mini onion quiches.
At that point in the evening, the wine was good and so were the free apps so I was a pretty happy lady. I was even happier when the salad I ordered came out.
The waiter warned me that it might be a bit bitter because of the endives, but the goat cheese and pears evened it out and it was seriously one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever had. Jeff ordered calamari and our friends ordered Arancini (“Arancini” style fried asparagus & Robiola cheese fritters with house made tomato sauce) as appetizers, and both dishes looked fantastic.
For my entrée, I ordered a “small” hot plate: Neapolitan style baked eggplant parmesan
I’m sorry- small? I guess this dish was small compared to the pasta dishes my friends ordered—which were huge—but this was definitely not a small serving of eggplant. I think restaurants really need to redefine their idea of portion sizes. But, I digress. This dish was so-so. It wasn’t nearly as good as it looks, but I guess that’s my fault for ordering the eggplant instead of one of the hand-made pasta dishes on the menu. The ones my friends got looked so good! I also ordered a side of asparagus, which was delicious.
Dessert more than made up for the eggplant.
Thick, rich chocolate mousse and coffee. Don’t mind if I do!
I’ll definitely go back to Panache, if only for the salad and to try one of their amazing-looking pasta dishes. (For any of my DMV readers looking to try it out: we went to the one in NoVa but there is also a location in DC.)
We had a late and lazy start on Saturday morning and it wasn’t until close to noon that I decided we probably needed to eat breakfast. We went back and forth between whether to eat at home or go out, but, by that time, I had seen about half a million diner breakfasts on Instagram so that debate was pretty pointless. Enter Chutzpah New York Deli:
Jeff and I discovered this place last year when I had a strong craving for kasha varnishkes (my childhood comfort food) and Chutzpah seemed to be the only place in the area that had it. We’ve been back a bunch of times since and we love it. I know what you’re probably thinking: A New York deli…in Virginia!?!? Trust me, at first I didn’t think it could compare either, but, speaking as an original New Yorker, I can honestly tell you that this place comes pretty darn close to the real thing.
Up until yesterday we had only been there for dinner, but now I know we’ll definitely be back for breakfast.
I ordered the veggie supreme omelet filled with red peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese with a side of home fries and pumpernickel toast. It was exactly what I was craving.
breakfast brunch, we set out on a quest to find a coffee table for our new place. Setting cups of coffee and glasses of wine on the floor is getting pretty annoying, not to mention a disaster waiting to happen. First stop: Ikea.
Sadly, we spent what felt like three years there with no luck. We should have known better than to go on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. The place was packed and not fun to walk around at all.
My sorrows were quickly forgotten when we got to Panera for a late lunch/dinner and I saw they had Autumn Squash Soup on the menu. Sign me up!
That and a Fuji Apple Salad (minus the chicken) restored my motivation to find the perfect coffee table so we headed to Pier 1, where I bought this:
I bet you think I mean the table…
That is not a coffee table, Rebecca. Oh well, at least we have a yoga dog now. We obviously needed one.
What did you do this weekend!?