Monday, March 8, 2010

Five Bites A Night

I absolutely adore Washington food writer Amanda McClements, of the blog Metrocurean.
Her popular "Five Bites" quizzes DC chefs about their favorites meals aside from their own cooking. "Five Bites" has grown into a reader favorite, and now Amanda posts her loyal fans' "Five Bites."
I was inspired by the concept, but like a mad scientist, wanted to take it further.
I wanted to see if it was possible to do "Five Bites" one night.
The concept--while ambitious and well planned--was a bit of a mixed bag.
First, allow me to provide for you my list of five:

1. Grilled Pork with noodles from Vietnam Georgetown
2. Fried Catfish and French Fries from Blue Ridge in Glover Park
3. Sauteed Wild Mushrooms from Cork
4. Hunkar Begendi (Turkish braised lamb shank and eggplant puree) from Zaytinya
5. Frozen Custard from The Dairy Godmother in Del Ray

First, you must have a car to achieve your goals of reaching each restaurant. Second, while timing is key, certain items simply cannot retain their greatness after sitting in a car for thirty minutes. Despite these issues (oh, and Cork doesn't do carryout--quite a disappointment) the evening was still fun. Next time though, I think it best not to overwhelm the mind.

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