Weekend of Restaurants

While the hubby is enjoying a getaway here:

I convinced my parents to come for a short weekend trip to enjoy one of the first spring-ish weekends in the DC area.  Though I was not on vacation, I didn’t get too bad of a deal.  I got to relax and enjoy the company of my lovely parents and devour some pretty delicious food at some great restaurants.

Saturday night we went to Bastille, a contemporary French bistro near old town Alexandria.  I have been there for brunch before, but dinner was far superior.  My Mum and I both had the duck breast with Calvados and Organic cider sauce, poached pear and winter root puree.  Can we say yum and double yum?!  The duck was cooked to perfection and the pairing of the sweet sauce and the poached pair was flawless.  The root vegetable puree was the perfect finish.  In all seriousness, I contemplated licking the plate…yikes would that be embarrassing. And if you must know, I used the bread to mop up any last remaining tidbits of flavor…I thought that to be more socially acceptable than my previously mentioned idea.  Dad ordered the fish special which he seemed to enjoy and looked lovely as well.  And we all agreed that it wouldn’t be a meal at a good French place without an order of some pommes frites.  These did not disappoint either and come with a great aioli sauce for dipping.  Needless to say, there was no room for dessert!

Sunday we went into D.C. to the Blue Duck Tavern for brunch.  Mama Cheater Bite heard about this place on The Cooking Channel’s show Unique Eats.  Check out this video clip from the Brunch episode – Video: Blue Duck Tavern.  If you don’t want to make a reservation there ASAP because you almost started to drool, there is something wrong with you…

Now, I consider myself to be a bit of a brunch snob because it is probably my favorite meal.  I love breakfast foods, and the novelty of going to a great place for brunch never tires for me…and I’d go so far as to say that this is the best brunch I’ve had, ever.  Not only was the food delicious, but the service was impeccable and the whole environment in the restaurant was great.  It’s tucked into the Park Hyatt in D.C.’s West end (24th & M) and is quite understated from the outside.  The kitchen is wide open and you can watch as the chefs create the masterpieces and put on the finishing touches.  It was indeed a dining experience, at 11:30 on a Sunday morning nonetheless.  I can’t wait to go back…and next time I am trying their famous apple pie, no matter how full I am!

I had the short rib hash with an olive oil poached egg and horseradish sauce.  It was also served with the most delicious buttermilk biscuit ever made.

Mum had the crab cakes with mustard sauce and cole slaw

Dad had the steak and eggs with an ENTIRE head of roasted garlic.  He started eating before I could snap a picture!

All in all this was a pretty incredible foodie weekend, and my guests were only here for 30 hours!

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