“Before I started working with my good girlfriend, Jules, we had a weekly dinner tradition. And trust me, I took that our dates seriously.  I thought that this restaurant that has almost 5 stars on Yelp, has over 300 reviews and is the only registered Neapolitan pizza in northern VA would be impressive. I was, I was actually appalled that their pizza was slightly terrible.  Their tomato sauce was missing salt, their dough was servely undercooked and the portion size was puny.”

Pupatella | Location: Wilson Bld, Arlington VA | Food: Margherita Doc, Rating: 2/5, Price: $12.00 | For The Record: neapolitan buffalo mozzarella, basil, olive oil

“We thought that we were being smart by visiting this iconic breakfast place on a week day, during lunch time.  Maybe we were fortunate since our wait was only a little over an hour while I hear the average is 2+ hours on weekends. Now, that’s a bit long for..well, diner food. I’ll make sure to do to-go next time if I am in the mood for a childhood favorite!" 

Mama’s | Location: 1701 Stockton St, San Francisco CA | Food: Monte Cristo, Rating: 3.5/4, Price: $9.50 | For The Record: breast of turkey, baked ham, cheddar and Havarti cheese, bread-dipped in egg & grilled, homemade jam


“I think I may have mentioned that I can be a bit stubborn – i.e. not listening to negative Yelp reviews…what do they know…the pictures of the food look great? During an Alumnae sorority outing, our group thought that Libra may satisfy our taste buds!  Shit, I should’ve listened to you Yelpers out there about this one – overpriced for what you’re getting!”

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar | Location: 801 9th Street NW, Washington DC | Top: Guacamole Cubano, Rating: 3/5, Price: $6.00 | Bottom Right: Paella, Rating: 2/5, Price: $29.00 | Bottom Left: Ropa Vieja*, Rating: 3/5, Price: $22.50 | For The Record: *shredded beef brisket, tomatoes, peppers, onions, steamed rice


Don’t get me wrong – I love seafood, but not the way my good gf, HQ, does.  She’s down for it all while I prefer my seafood fried or sauteed – not steamed.  Not to mention that steamed or boiled crawfish is freaking hard work that yields little results. The crawfish was ehhh but I thought that their steamed shrimp was zesty and their sweet potato french fries (not pictured) was the best I have had in the DMV area!”

Hot N Juicy | Location: 2651 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC | Top: Crawfish Etouffee, Rating: 3/5, Price: $6.99 | Bottom: Crawfish, Rating: 3.5/5, Price: $9.99/pound | For The Record: choice of seasoning (cajun), choice of heat (medium), 1 Corn/1 Potato for every 2 lb


“Sleeping in on Saturday mornings are like rent controlled apartments or lasting in uncomfortable heels through the night – very rare to experience as you get older in life! Unfortunately, I was not able to sleep in today but the cool trade off was that I got to cook my very own brunch, which everyone knows is my favorite meal on earth.  Joining me as well as making fun of me through the morning was my precious gf, Flor Militar, and the ever so stoic, Andrew Howard. Aside from the obvious of paying to cook your own food, the experience was excellent! 

Each cooking station required two people, which was a great idea because it allowed you to partner up with your friends or a complete stranger, like myself, who turned out to be pretty cool. The staff passed out a Bellini and a Bloody Mary for us to sip on while our chef taught us how to make it in our very own home. Who knew that instead of ordering a $12 cocktail, I can buy the ingredients to make a few drinks for myself for less than 10 bucks? Moving on and more importantly, we got to cook 3 dishes!

Yes, three and livingsocial was kind enough to let us keep the recipes – Eggs Chilaquiles, Maple Sausage and Sweet Potatoes Hash, and Eggs Benedict.  The event was well planned out by the staff as they were clearly organized, prepared with most of the ingredients already pre-cut and our instructor – Chef Egg was informative and entertaining.  Lastly, my friends and I created a hardcore healthy cooking competition that of course, I lost. Viva la brunch! 

LivingSocial’s Brunch Cooking Class Location: 918 F St NW, DC | Top: Hollandaise Sauce | Middle Left: Poached Eggs | Middle Right: Eggs Benedict | Bottom: Bloody Mary | For The Record: $60.00/2.5 hours cooking class

Click above to view this LOOKBOOK outfit, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, that I wore to livingsocial’s Sippin’ + Paintin’ Event! For more information on the event, click here.

For The Record: Featherweight Cashmere Cardigan, J.Crew | Perforated Faux Leather Peplum Top, Willow & Clay | Corduroy Pant, Urban Outfitters | Gold Plated Necklace, Banana Republic | Burke Heel, Jeffrey Campbell | Rocco Duffle Bag, Alexander Wang | Lipstick, Mac in Viva Glam Gaga


“In a land far, far away (thank goodness) – I used to be an EA to the Co-Founder of an accounting company, who happen to love two things: making me feel like shit and the Washington Capitals. He went to most of their home games at the Verizon Center and frequently asked me to make reservations at Rosa Mexicano for him and his comrades beforehand. I was intrigued by this since there are so many other restaurants at his disposal…Good guac? Margaritas? Tacos? Service? Ambiance? What was it? The answer? Not a damn thing, I thought the food was average and underwhelming for the price while the service lacked attention.”

Rosa Mexicano | Location: 575 7th St NW, DC | Top: Lamb Tacos, Rating: 3/5, Price: $16.00 | Bottom: Huevos Rosa*, Rating: 3.5/5, Price: $11.50 | For The Record: *sunny-side up eggs, crisp tortilla, refried chorizo beans, roasted tomato-chipotle sauce, salsa verde, ham, peas, cheese

“Sometimes, the trailer is better than the actual movie OR the picture online of the dress looks cooler than when it arrives at my house – man, I really hate that. And sometimes, the picture of the food looks tastier than it actually is *cough cough*!  I do think that the price is doable for the variety of seafood but it just happens that the seafood is missing any hint of flavor – not to mention that their bread was stale and burnt, which is a pretty important component of this dish if you ask me!”

Luke’s Lobster | Location: 624 E St, Washington DC | Food: Taste of Maine, Price: $22.00, Rating: 3/5 | For The Record: half lobster roll, half shrimp roll, half crab roll, 2 Jonah crab claws, root soda, chips


“A scene from one of my favorite movies of all time, Coming to America – ‘Oh, my goodness, I can’t believe it! This is the greatest day of my life!” – played in my head when I tried their food for the very first time. At last, an above average Indian restaurant that I not only enjoy but would recommend. Their spices tastes authentic, their rice (a key compontent of an Indian dish) is fresh and their sauces compliments their protein (the lamb or cheese). However, their garlic naan wasn’t anything special.“

Bombay Bistro | Location: 3570 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax VA | Top: Garlic Naan, Rating: 3/5, Price: $2.95 | Bottom Left: Saag Ghost, Rating: 4/5, Price: $13.95 | Bottom Right: Paneer Shashlik*, Rating: 4/5, Price: $11.95 | For The Record: *cottage cheese brochette


“Trying to save money on cab fares in a city like San Fran is not only impossible, it’s stupid. The BF and I walked EVERYWHERE, and then kept walking some more. By the end of the fourth day, I felt like we were on a foot expedition to explore uncharted territory. We wanted to venture out for dinner but honestly, my feet hated me and wanted nothing to do with me.  We thought it was a safe bet to check out our hotel’s restaurant – it’s the W Hotel, after all! The ambiance threw me off (there was a DJ), the service was awkward (the waiter asked me if it was my Birthday randomly) and the food was JUST alright." 

TRACE, W Hotel | Location: 181 Third Street, San Francisco CA  | Top: Pan Roasted Halibut*, Rating: 3/5, Price: $29.00 | Bottom: Walnut Tart, Rating: 3/5, Price: $10.00 | For The Record: romano & bluelake beans, roasted garlic & almonds grape mostarda


“My BF partnered up with the dope boys of SnackTruck Media, a DC based production company, for a food video blog called Food Truck Hunters. The owner of this food truck was kind enough to offer the platter for free during the filming of their segment.  It was so damn tasty and fresh that I even jumped into their ridiculously long time to pay for another platter…”

Hula Girl | Location: Food Truck, Washington DC | Left: Spam Musubi, Rating: 3/5, Price: $3.00/piece | Right: Hula Girl Sampler Plate Lunch, Rating: 4/5, Price: $12.00 | For The Record: *teriyaki steak, chicken, Kalua Pork, two scoops sticky rice, mac salad

“Even before you walk through their doors, you’ll be greeted with signs and messages like "No Skinny Bitches”. Indoors, you're loudly silently laughing to yourself with qips like “Eat all you want, you’re already fat” and “Anything worth eating is worth overeating”. They only sell more rice pudding flavors and toppings that you could ever imagine! But aside from the eclectic vibe, the taste of the rice pudding is actually good! It’s creamy with a healthy dose of the named flavor – my almond was nutty and rich. But I’ll be honest with you by admitting that without the crunchy goodness of the coconut shavings, the dish would have been average.

Rice to Riches | Location: 37 Spring St, New York NY | Food: Almond Shmalmond, Rating: 4/5, Price: $7.00 + $1.00/topping | For The Record: crunchy coconut shavings (called Blessings)

“I don’t even know where to start with this one. Yet another experience that failed to live up to it's undeserving hype – the Statue of Liberty, renting, baby showers, roller coasters, steak houses (particularly Ruth’s Chris), being an adult – I thought the the meat was barely edible and the ingredients were a day old. I rarely do this but to it’s defense, the BF did order it without animal style sauce, without cheese and to-go.”

In-N-Out Burger | Location: 333 Jefferson Street, San Francisco CA | Food: Hamburger Combo, Rating: 2/5, Price: $5.10/combo | For The Record:  2 oz single patty, lettuce, tomato, onion

“We, the Coworkers (and a few significant others) hit up Spike Mendelsohn’s pizzeria for a very chill happy hour. Some of you may know Mr. Mendelsohn as the bad-ass from Top Chef’s Season 4 in Chicago. DC Bloggers have both rated his pies highly and negatively, so I definitely had to check it out myself.  For me, it definitely falls below average as it was nothing special for the price per slice.  Also, it was weird that if you wait more than 5 minutes to finish your slice, your cheese would harden. Lastly, note that his burger joint RIGHT next door, Good Stuff Eatery, serves above average meat patties and spectacular milkshakes!" 

We, The Pizza | Location: 305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC | Food: Forest Shroomin’ (right), Rating: 2/5, Price: $4.00/slice | For The Record: wild forest mushrooms, truffles, mozzarella, thyme

“It was a little after 1 a.m. on New Years, and I was focusing on my safety first, not on my belly.   While concentrating on the uneven pavements of Adams Morgan, I almost missed this incredible shop. They have some funny-ass servers (aka people behind the assembly line), they’re open late and can accomodate outdoor seating. What more can you ask for?”

Amsterdam Falafel Shop | Location: 2425 18th St NW, Washington DC | Food: Small Pita, Rating: 4/5, Price: $4.35 | For The Record: 3 balls, 3 kinds of salads, 2 kinds of sauces, assorted pickles