Posted August 18, 2009 by Jeannie
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D.C.’s Good Stuff Eatery Burger Joint Needs a New Name
In theory, the burgers sound terrific. Perhaps it was the execution on the busy day that resulted in the disappointing meal, but our burgers were tiny and the ingredients were few and far between to justify the price.


Leesburg Wine Bar, a Guest Post From

Posted March 28, 2009 by Jeannie
Categories: It's For Grown Ups, Special Occasion - Adults Only

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A fun new restaurant opened up at the end of last year in Leesburg. The Wine Kitchen is a small but nicely decorate restaurant that serves wine and tapas-style food. By tapas-style, I mean that instead of ordering one large plate of food person, you order lots of little plates of mini-appetizer foods.

The prices are pretty reasonable ($6 to $12 each) considering that the quality of the food is very good, but the cost of the small dishes can quickly add up. Trying a number of different dishes means that the total of your meal can easily add up to $100 for two. And that is without wine!

Not counting the bar, there are probably no more then 30 seats in the restaurant. And 10 of those are at a shared table. This means that unless you get to the WK early – the wait can be long.

The menu – which you can view on their web site – reads like fancy food but actually I think it is quite casual and that there is plenty of foods on their for picky eaters.

Read the rest of the post here.

Passionfish Has Captured My Heart

Posted March 21, 2009 by Jeannie
Categories: Kid Friendly, Our Favorites, Special Occasion with the Kids

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Went to Passionfish in the Reston Town Center last night and couldn’t have been more pleased. We didn’t have a place in mind, but figured we’d find something that sounded good – there’s so much there after all. We walked by Passionfish and almost kept walking because from the outside, it does not look like the kind of place you bring a three-year-old. Never-the-less, we read the menu outside (for future reference), but to our surprise they had a nice sounding kids menu, so we decided to take our chances and give it a try. From the moment we walked in, everyone was very pleasent. We got a booth next to the front window and they even brought over a paper kids menu and colors.  I would have never expected a paper menu and colors in there…

I had fish and my husband had scallops. Both of us were happy with our meals, but what was most surprising was that I could have eaten the kids meal of shrimp and french fries that my three-year-old got and been just as happy. It was not your usual dry, afterthought of a kids meal that most places serve. They even had a good selection of yummy kids deserts.

Note: For those not keen on fish, there are several other options that sounded godd too., i.e., steak, chicken, etc.

While the price was not cheap ($90 total for three entrees, a glass of wine and two appetizers), it was well worth it to have a nice night out in a grown up restaurant and not have to pay a babysitter. I definitely recommned Passionfish for a special occasion with the family, or if you just need a night out.

P.F. Chang’s Never Disappoints

Posted February 23, 2009 by Jeannie
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Went to P.F. Chang’s in Fairfax last night with the in-laws and kid.  It never ceases to amaze me that the restaurants in that area are packed with a wait no matter what day of the week it is. I can understand why P.F. Chang’s is overflowing with people though, with its soothing ambiance, excellent food and service and reasonable prices.

This is always a good stand-by restaurant as long as you don’t mind waiting a bit. We ate our standard fare. Apps: pan fried vegetable dumplings, spring rolls and ahi tuna. All were delicious as usual. My father-in-law had a scallop dish that he said was excellent. He couldn’t stop talking about how many scallops he was served. I had the vegetable chow fun, a lite noodle dish with a little kick of heat. It is my favorite there because it is full of flavor, but not all of the fat and calories you’d find in the many other delicious dishes. They seemed to skimp on the mushrooms last night, which is my favorite ingredient, but I won’t hold it against them this time;-)

My mother-in-law and hubby had the veggie lettuce wraps, thier favorites. And as usual, the kid ate what we threw at him from our plates. That’s another thing I really like about P.F. Chang’s, the kid will eat just about anything we give him from our plates and loves it!

In my opinion, the most ingenious thing they do here is the shot glass portions of desserts, which of course we had to allow ourselves. For $2, it would be a travesty no to. I had tiramisu, which was excellent. Last time I was there I has the red velvet cake, which was also very good. The kid had chocolate cake which was good; a little dry, but a HUGE step up from the disgusting rocky road shot he had last time we ate here. My father-in-law had strawberry cheesecake, which he said was delicious.

All in all, another great experience at the Changers!

Foundation is Cracked!

Posted February 22, 2009 by Jeannie
Categories: Don't Waste Your Money, Special Occasion - Adults Only

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Last night, we had a much needed date night and decided to go to a relatively new and supposedly fine dining restaurant near our house, Foundation. Now, I guess we should have been suspicious about a fine dining experience in Manassas, but I was optimistic and REALLY wanted to like it. After all, Foundation was named one of the top 25 restaurants by NOVA Magazine and received a great review from Wash Post. But folks, I am here to tell you that Foundation is cracked!

Let’s begin with the positive. The restaurant is located in the heart of Historic Manassas, a quaint and pleasant spot for a stroll and shopping. Our greeting was very nice. We entered a small waiting area separate from the restaurant, where the host was quite pleasant and offered us a complimentary class of champagne. Inside, the restaurant is nicely decorated with sophisticated colors and exposed brick walls. There were about a dozen tables, all except for one was empty. The chefs prepare the food in view from behind a bar level cooking station, which is neat to see.

For the rest of our experience, the best way for me to sum it up is amateurish. Our waitress was pleasant, but seemed as if it was her first day and did not match the upscale attitude the restaurant tries to portray. I ordered a Cosmo – a rare treat – and was extremely disappointed when I was given store bought Cosmo mix with a splash of vodka. I was already not impressed and we hadn’t even started to eat. The Hubby ordered gin and tonic, which was fine.  

For appetizers we got the blue crab sushi roll ($12) and Scallops Cevicie ($12). The scallops we okay, but the rice in my roll wasn’t cooked all of the way and the execution was extremely disappointing – especially for the cost. For entrees I had Roasted Shrimp Pomodoro, a shrimp dish with risotto ($28), and the hubby had Filet Oscar with a crabcake, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce ($38). On a scale of 1 to 10, we each gave our meals a 5. The entrees were the best part of the experience, but certainly not worth the price. I think they used the same rice in my risotto as they did in my sushi, as it tasted a little crunchy. The shrimp were cooked well and had nice flavor. My hubby thought his filet was not seasoned enough and he ordered it med rare, but it was medium, verging on med well. Needles to say, we decided not to test their desserts, so maybe we missed the best part, but given how over priced everything was, we weren’t willing to chance it.

All in all, our bill after a $22 tip was $134, for 2 apps, 2 cocktails, and 2 entrees. I say, if you’ve got a special night and $150 burning a whole in your pocket, DON’T spend it here.

BTW, we went to see Slum Dog Millionaire after dinner, and just in case you doubted all of the hype, it REALLY is a great movie. I highly recommend it!