Convivial D.C. 

Going out for ethnic food in Northern Virginia is always awesome: super delicious and quite affordable. However, we all have one of those days we wanna treat ourselves in a fancier setting. That was last night. 

We went out to Convivial in DC to celebrate my birthday and my father-in-law’s retirement. You may not wanna walk in there in your shorts and flipflops but it is pretty laid back there. All the servers were wearing jeans! 

First, and our favorite dish: Arctic Char Lox. Rye crisp, horseradish & caraway coleslaw, “everything” aioli. What a brilliant twist to a great food concept! It actually tastes better than it looks (and yes, that’s possible!). 

Zucchini Roulade. Tomato, goat cheese, sumac, pine nuts. Good thing I took a quick snap of this beautiful dish because there is no pretty way to cut this roulade😂 The pleasant, subtle goat cheese flavor in this cold dish was just perfect. 

Bouillabaisse. Blue catfish, clam, mussel, prawn, crab, squid, daurade, octopus. I know it can be quite intimidating if you are not used to certain seafood items in that broth. However, I think everyone should try this. The broth had this super creamy texture and the fresh seafood was perfectly cooked. Say no to overcooked, chewy squid! 

Grilled Daurade. Sautéed squid, celeriac mousseline. Daurade (European sea bream) may not sound quite familiar to you. I think a lot of Asian countries use this fish too. I know that it’s considered a very expensive kind in Korea😉 Absolutely delicious! 

And, of course, desserts! No meal is complete without desserts!

They serve French-American food in smaller portions like tapas. It’s perfect for me because I love to try many different dishes! And more importantly, EVERY SINGLE THING WAS JUST FANTABULOUS! It almost reminded me of Rose’s Luxury in a way- small delicious dishes to share with everyone. 

Their service is top-notch too. A new set of silverware is provided in a timely manner for every course. Serving spoons/forks are set aside as well in case you need them to share food. 

Even though it’s in a busy part of DC, you are not on top of each other like other well-known, hot restaurants in the city. I wouldn’t say that it’s serene but you can have a normal conversation with people in your party without other people running into you every 5 minutes. 
This weekend, we definitely well treated ourselves. Now, I’m ready for some baseball! 

No flour, no meat, no root veggies… What?

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I’m about to enjoy the last bit of my gluten free brownie! Why am I eating gluten free stuff all of a sudden?

I hurt my back in October and went to see an oriental medicine doctor. After some sessions of acupuncture, he figured out my body type – “Metal Yang”! According to him, there are 8 types of body, each of which has certain foods that are recommended. I was given this RIDICULOUS list of what to eat and what not to eat.

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No meat, no root vegetables, no wheat flour, no red pepper flakes, no apples, no pears, no coffee… Basically, there are a lot more things that I am not supposed to eat than what I can eat. As a food/meat lover, this list seemed almost impossible to follow but I thought I would give it a try and, hey, I made it for 4 weeks! Cold turkey!

It’s been very hard for me, though. I still cooked for the fam: for example, delicious bibimbap and bulgogi.

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We did go out to eat a lot too.

20131117-173107.jpg I was tempted quite a few times, but I managed to follow the rules for the last 4 weeks. The duck at Peking Gormet Inn in Falls Church was the toughest one to resist but I did it!

I’m not allergic to anything as far as I know so I never had to be one of those people who are like “I’ll have the salad but no nuts or bacon please. Can I have this light dressing instead of that dressing? Also, none of this please but can I have some of that on the side?” I’d never even been on the gluten free aisle until recently either. And I gotta say that I’ve learned some new things from this experience. There are other good sources of protein such as beans, tofu and certain seafood. Some gluten free snacks are surprisingly delicious. 😉 Some special food needs can be met these days in a quite satisfying way.

However, I’m ending this special diet as of today! The stress and the sense of hunger I can’t stand anymore! 🙂 In general, I eat pretty healthy. There might be certain things that are “bad” for my body type but if I stress so much over not being able to eat what I really want to eat, it’s probably bad for me anyway. I’m so excited to go back to being a meat lover 🙂 I’m ready for some juicy burgers and fries! YOLO!

[Restaurant Review] Sushi Naru – Alexandria, VA

▣ Location: 540 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, VA 22314

▣ Tel: 703-535-5540

▣ Sushi / Roll / Asian Cuisine

▣ Yelp Rating: ★★★★☆ (as of July 25, 2012) – Click stars for more info!

 

I work in Alexandria, VA. Even though I work right off King Street, which is full of great restaurant options, I try not to go too far because I have so much S*** to do every day!!!

Me and my girls today decided to go back to this sushi restaurant nearby AGAIN because we all loved it so much last week. Sushi Naru!

I’ve never been there for dinner but according to one of the attorneys in my office, this place has some amazing tofu salad. Anyway, we get their lunch buffet.

Not only do they have fantabulous sushi/roll options, but they also have a “hot food” section – bulgogi, lomein, fried tofu, mussels, dumplings, and heavenly miso soup! Miss F (not gonna mention her full name) had never had miso soup in her life until this afternoon. She fell in love with it, had two full bowls of it and she still couldn’t stop talking about it. That’s how darn good it was! Another good thing about this place is that you can accommodate lots of different needs – meat lovers, seafood lovers, and even vegetarians!

They are very hospitable and quick to serve you. It gets quite hectic during their lunch buffet hours, but that’s a good sign. And one thing about this place is that it doesn’t feel cheap. I am sad to say this but some Asian all-you-can-eat places could be kinda (or sometimes REALLY) crappy. However, it actually feels nice to sit there and enjoy your meal at Sushi Naru. My girls were all about their lamps, whether they could be from IKEA or Crate and Barrel.

I might go there for dinner to see what it’s like some time soon!

Next time you are near King Street, come check this place out. You might catch me with my coworkers talking about very important stuff like “where did you get those cute earrings?” 😉