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Quantum of Solace and Locolat

November 18, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m amazed at who saw the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, as soon as it came out. It’s hard to believe I myself went to see this movie last week because the last movie I saw was Ironman (June 2008) for my cousin-in-law’s birthday. For the last couple of months since, I’ve been an avid Redbox renter, watching flicks as soon as they come out on DVD. However, maybe I was compelled to watch this movie based on the good reviews and the fact that my husband wanted to watch an action flick to take his mind off his work for a couple of hours.

Upon returning to work on Monday, I was pleasantly surprised that two of my female co-workers had also viewed the movie as soon as it was released and had very strong feedback on the plot, the action and the characters. We all liked the movie but thought it could have been improved in various ways, by incorporating more cutting-edge technology used by Bond, deeper portrayal of Bond’s inner turmoil, more sophisticated (as opposed to brutal) fighting scenes, more car chases with more expensive cars, and a villain that we love to hate (this one was alittle too likable for our taste). All of this conversation going on while we’re eating delicious desserts and sipping European coffee at Locolat, a gourmet dessert cafe in the Adam’s Morgan/Dupont area. Locolat also serves light sandwiches and quiches in case folks are looking for a more substantive meal.

Opened for months now, Locolat is owned by a young couple with the most adorable baby girl. The husband makes all the decadent desserts, ranging from mousses, truffles, cakes, among various other desserts. His wife and the baby usually interfaces with the customers up front by the cash register. They all make a charming team, very warm and inviting. At least I always feel welcomed everytime I drop by the shop.

In the past few months, I’ve tried the decaf caffe latte and the tropical iced tea. The latte is always full of flavor and pairs perfectly with a sweet pastry or dessert, which for me is always something chocolate-y, such as a cholocate chip muffin or a chocolate mousse cake. The last time I stopped by, I sampled the chocolate chip waffle which was not at all like any waffle I’ve ever tried. This one was alittle dry with a thicker consistency. Very different, indeed. I can’t say that I liked it better than the usual buttermilk waffles that I’m used to as this was the first time I’ve tried the liege-style waffle. I think I’ll stick to the other Locolat desserts in the future though.

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Odeon Cafe * Dupont Circle * Washington, DC

October 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, I met with several co-workers, a former co-worker and her 6-month old baby for lunch at Odeon Cafe, an Italian bistro (www.odeoncafedc.com) located in Dupont Circle. We ordered some classic entrees (spaghetti and meatballs, penne puttanesca, manicotti alla panna) and other items that weren’t so Italian such as chicken caesar salad. Overall, everyone enjoyed their meals. There was nothing really amazing about the food so I’d rate the food a 2.25 out of 5.

As for the ambiance, I would say a 2.75 out of 5 because it was maybe a notch beyond average. The service receives a 3.5 out of 5 (or pretty good) from me. The main reason was that we ate lunch at 2p and missed the lunch crowd almost entirely. Basically, we had the restaurant to ourselves and loved that the staff really catered to us and the baby. As we were leaving, the waiter personally extended an invitation for us to come back and even remembers that we had been there in the past for a co-worker’s birthday happy hour.

I think I would probably eat here again although I’m not in any hurry to go back soon. I may go back to try the brunch and dinner menus so there will probably be another entry/review about Odeon Cafe in the future. Stay tuned….