Baltimore Eats: Pitango Gelato

✣ Top pick ✣

Based in Baltimore but now has several locations in nearby States.  I’ve been to both the DC store and the Baltimore store.  Both have the same friendly service and excellent quality of food.  They use organic and top quality ingredients to produce their award winning artisan gelato and sorbet.  This is how gelato should be made — not that junk with all sorts of artificial colouring (not to mention being mass produced and have been sitting in the freezer for god knows how many days already).  Gelato is solid and creamy.  Sorbet are uniformly mixed and doesn’t have the large ice crystals in it.  Each taste is exactly like biting into the actual ingredient.  Their coffee is also very good here, just the same quality as a top coffee house.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Amarena
Amarena is a traditional Italian sauce made with bitter cherries.  The cherries are naturally sun-baked with sugar into a syrup, creating an intense and complex flavor.  We produce our own all-organic Amarena using fresh Pennsylvania fruit mixed into our creamery Fior di Latte Gelato.

Nicciola (Hazelnut)
In Italy, Nocciola is the number-three gelato flavor after chocolate and Crema.  You’ll see why when you taste this silky treat bursting with the flavor of hazelnuts imported from Italy’s Piedmont regoin.
Affogato with Sicilian Almond Gelato
Double espresso over a scoop of gelato

Sicilian Almond Gelato
In Italy, almonds symbolize good fortune, love and fidelity.  We import ours from Sicily, where they have been cultivated for centuries; the local variety is praised for its strong, sweet flavor.  Guaranteed to bring good karma.
Cantaloupe Sorbet
We searched far and wide for the best melons we could find.  Then we discovered the organic cantaloupes from California’s Double D Farm.  After tasting out cantaloupe sorbet, we think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait.

Pistachio di Bronte Gelato
When it comes to pistachios, there is really only one undisputed king: Bronte, Sicily. Bronte’s pistachios are so unique that they have their own protective mark (D.O.P), very much like fine wines. This tough little nut grows in Sicily on the foothills of the active Mount Etna volcano and yields fruit only once in two years. After tasting these nuts, we decided to fly it in because there is simply nothing that comes close to its incredible flavor.

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Pitango Gelato

Various locations.

www.pitangogelato.com/

Washington Eats: El Rinconcito Cafe

It’s a little intimidating at first when I walked in and everyone was speaking in Spanish.  It’s a wonderful little Salvadoran eatery and waitress was friendly and nice.  The food was delicious and portion size was reasonable (you’ll be stuffed).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Carne Deshilada con o sin Huevo
Shredded beef with egg, Salvadorean cheese, avocado, white rice and black beans.
The tortilla was hot and fresh (made from corn!!).  Everything was fresh and well cooked.  Nothing is too salty or oily.  The fresh cheese was very nice.  It was very firm and briny.  The rice was properly cooked and it was deliciously seasoned nicely (I’m not sure what they used, but reminded me of the Chinese tamale just with a different type of rice, so possibly lard or chicken stock).

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El Rinconcito Cafe

1129 11th Street Northwest,
Washington D.C., DC
20001-4354, USA

+1 202-789-4110

Washington Eats: Good Stuff Eatery

So I finally got to check out Good Stuff Eatery, run by Chef Spike and had received so much press attention.  It’s a chic burger joint.  I came in on a non-busy afternoon so quality seemed to be better than during rush hour.  The burger was tasty, but I’m not sure if it lives up to the hype.  They also have 4 flavoured mayo for you to choose and pump from the dispenser (along with the normal condiments).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $

Prez Obama Burger
Applewood Burger, Onion Marmalade, Roquefort Cheese & Delicious Horseradish Mayo Sauce
Our farmhouse burgers are topped with farm fresh ruby red tomatoes, thinly sliced onion, crisp lettuce & pickles.  Served on a sweet, buttery soft, freshly baked Pennsylvania Dutch bun with a loving spoonful of good stuff sauce.
It tasted good, but it was very squished and slimy from the grease and sauces.  It’s not monstrously huge and is a reasonable size.

Spike’s Village Snack Fry
Topped with fresh thyme, rosemary & seasalt
Excellent on its own.  

Mango Mayo, Chipotle Mayo, Old Bay Mayo
There’s also a siracha mayo but since I don’t like siracha I didn’t get it.  Made with real ingredients.  I liked mango the best but maybe it’s because it was acidic just like ketchup.  Chipotle mayo tasted like mayo + chipotle (duh).  Old Bay mayo was very salty.

Toasted mashmallow hand spun shakes
Very creamy and thick, but oversweet to the point that it was like drinking syrup.

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Good Stuff Eatery

303 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast,
Washington, DC 20003, USA

+1 202-543-8222
www.goodstuffeatery.com/

Washington Eats: Ethiopic Restaurant

It’s a very clean and modern designed restaurant.  Servers were very nice and helpful.  Food was very good, but overpriced.  All were very flavourful, nicely spiced and not too oily.  Their spiced bread and injera were good too.  Portions are large, so better come here and share the dishes with someone.  You’ll get filled up in no time when you scoop and eat with injera.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$
Bread basket, with chilli oil
This bread was fluffy and was spiced very well.

Vegetarian Sampler, with Fish
(Clockwise direction): Kik Aletcha, Dinich Wot, Gomen, Miser Wot

Kik Aletcha: Yellow split peas simmered in a mild and flavorful onion and herb sauce (Mild).

Dinish Wot: Curried potato simmered with onions, farlic, jalapeno peppers, ginger, olive oil, fresh herbs & spices (Mild)

Miser Wot: Split lentils simmered in spicy hot sauce (Spicy).
Awesome yumminess!

Gomen: Fresh collard green simmered in mild sauce seasoned with spice and herbs (Mild)

Fish
Asa Tibs: Fried Croaker fish marinated with fresh herbs & spices and served with lemon
Nice fresh fish.

No utensils are provided.  Eat by scooping food with injera.  

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Ethiopic Restaurant

401 H Street Northeast,
Washington D.C., DC
20002-4335, USA

+1 202-675-2066
www.ethiopicrestaurant.com/

Washington Eats: Teaism

Teasim is a chic cafeteria-style restaurant with a fusion menu and an extensive drink list.  There’s a lot of tea infused food items and emphasizes on organic and health food.  The menu items are decent but not mind-blowing.  The drinks are nicely brewed.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Tea cured Salmon, Naan & Raita
The salmon was nice and briney, but it was quite sinewy.  Don’t get fooled by the name, there is no tea cured taste at all (and I grew up eating a lot of tea cured/smoked dishes).  Also the naan tasted like whole-wheat store bought pita.


Jasmine Creme Brulee
It was decent.  It had a pronounced jasmine tea flavour, but I found it to be oversweet.

Iced Moroccan Mint Tea
Vietnamese green tea with organic spearmint. Slightly sweetened.
I really liked this mint tea, and I usually hate anything mint flavoured (besides toothpaste).  It wasn’t overbrewed and was adequately sweetened.  It’s also one of the free refill drinks 😛

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Teaism
Various locations.
http://www.teaism.com/

Washington Eats: Franklin Grille

Not a bad eatery if you are nearby.  Food is inexpensive.  It’s fast service and food is made to order.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $

Breakfast burrito
2 Eggs, bacon, fresh tomato salsa & American cheese
Nice and warm and freshly made.  Egg was cooked just right and the tomato salsa was very fresh (has cilantro).  The bacon was quite dry and salty.  However after eating the burrito I was thirsty the whole morning.

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Franklin Grille

1200 K Street NW,
Washington D.C., DC
20005-4025, USA

+1 202-371-9590

Washington Eats: Bread Line

Food was alright but gosh they have such awful services. The staff spoke broken English and misdirected me several times for where to order and pay.  Food was ok, quite expensive for what you get (in terms of quality) and they only gave you paper plates.  Bread was baked fresh and you get to see the whole kitchen right behind the counter, but I didn’t find the bread that spectacular.

My ratings:
Price range: $

Chicken Goat Cheese Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast, onion, tomato jam, goat cheese & mixed green
The baguette had a very hard, thick and tough crust.  The filling was alright.  It made a decent lunch (if you ignore the poor service).

Bread Line

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1751 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest,
Washington, DC
20006-4637, USA

+1 202-822-8900
www.breadline.com/

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