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Anniversary Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Us!

For our 2 year anniversary, we celebrated at the Four Seasons Hotel Bourbon Steak Restaurant one of the fancier digs in Georgetown (DC) so it is with my nose tipped in the air as I write this restaurant review. Champagne courtesy of the restaurant kicked off our anniversary dinner;  a complimentary sampling of snazzy fries and specialty dips soon followed. The must have appetizer of tuna tartare served tableside recommended by the waiter was a let-down. The presentation was excellent but the dish was not outstanding or memorable; I really liked the added touch of the quail egg cracked by the server on top of the neat stack of tuna, for purposes of tenderizing the meat, I assume. YUM! Despite the disappointing first course, our main courses made up for the fries and the tuna and then some. My husband dined on tender duck breast accompanied with foie gras and I enjoyed a perfectly prepared 10 oz medium rare filet mignon, served with truffle mac and cheese and golden mashed potatoes, truly masterful and gourmet versions of the classic soul/comfort foods. (I must admit that this restaurant has the best filet I’ve ever had, better than Ruth Chris, Charlie Palmer, among other steakhouses in the area.) We were quite pleased with our selections and are already coming up with new celebrations as excuses to go back for some more deliciousness. We topped off our palates with a shared dessert of tiramisu (again unique presentation, nothing special).

And on my last note, I have to include that we celebrated here last year before the Four Seasons renovated and installed a new restaurant on the main level.  It used to be that for dinner, the restaurant on the lower level had more of that private, intimate, somewhat romantic ambiance. Now the lower level is only open for breakfast and lunch, or so I’ve been told. The ambiance of the new restaurant is more contemporary, lounge-like and less intimate. Just a note….

Georgetown Cupcakes * Georgetown

June 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Taken from my blog entry on typepad:

Mmmm, the smell right outside Georgetown Cupcake (georgetowncupcake.com, 1209 Potomac St NW) tempts anyone passing by to stop in and have a look. Cupcakes galore are on display but are not usually for purchase. They’re just for the customer’s delight and thrown out daily; new cupcakes are made fresh daily. The ones for purchase are usually out back.

The cupcake flavors for the day are listed on a board making it easier to order the one you want. It’s definitely a tough decision having to choose from so many flavors especially with them prettily on display not too far away which was why I ended up buying a half dozen cupcakes (lemon blossom, 2 vanillas, chocolate^3, chocolate ganache, and lava fudge) some of which I happily shared. The cute pink boxes that the cupcakes come in only enhances my attraction to Georgetown Cupcake. It’s such cute packaging that you almost don’t want to put it in a paper handle bag to carry out (and in fact, several people don’t get bags).

Now for the best part, the tasting! The buttercream flavors on several of the cupcakes are to-die-for and extremely decadent. Some of the cupcakes are moist (such as the chocolate) and others (the vanilla and lemon blossom) are so-so. However, you really can’t go wrong with any cupcake you go with because of the buttercream or topping is oh-so-delicious. I highly recommend this shop for cakelovers or cupcakelovers out there. Try it out.

Filomena’s Restaurant * Georgetown

June 18, 2008 Leave a comment

Taken from my blog entry on typepad:

Filomena’s Restaurant is an italian restaurant in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC with an old world, grotto type feel to it. For lunch the other day, I ordered the penne salsicce and it was reminiscient of home-made, classic italian cooking from the countryside of Italy (which I was fortunate enough to have visited years ago). The ravioli with shrimp and scallops is a dinner favorite of two of my closest colleagues and they swear by it although I’ve yet to try it.