I had the opportunity to dine at FFB’s in DC this past week. The setting is gorgeous-right on the Washington Harbour and Georgetown Waterfront. The food was delicious as well. Sort of the perfect combo for a great night out!
Some facts about the restaurant from their website.
It’s owned by American family farmers that belong to the North Dakota Farmers Union.
Their menu is “crafted on a foundation of seasonal ingredients from abundant and healthy sources, and the sushi bar is constantly adjusting its offerings to meet and exceed the standards of sustainable seafood”.
Their “interior is designed and enhanced by North American artisans – from individually handcrafted chairs to our interlocking wood ceiling hand-installed by Canadian woodworkers, to our one-of-a-kind American flag mural and welcome desk mural, installed onsite by regional artists.”
“ Above all, Farmers Fishers Bakers seeks to honor and respect the strong values of the farmers who grow our food and the folks that harvest it, while celebrating the independent spirit of craftspeople and artisans from across the country.”
I was very impressed by how many local items were featured, and how much of their menu is prepared in house. Here’s what we enjoyed:
Brick Oven Pretzels with Pimento Cheese, BBQ Mustard, Sour Cream & Onion Dips
Pretzels & dips were excellent! Pretzels came out still hot, crispy on the outside, tender & light on the inside. The pimento cheese has a little kick from jalapeno, and the bbq mustard has a great horseradish bite to it. And they made the onion dip right-starting with caramelizing the onions!
Authentic Field Tacos: Fried White Fish on a Sweet Corn Cake
Other options for the taco fillings include Chicken, Pork Belly, Marinated Steak, Pulled Pork, Beer Braised Beef & Plancha Tuna. Tortilla choices included Fresh Masa Puffy Corn Taco or Griddled Flour Tortilla. The taco was topped by dates, mango, radishes & peanut cider slaw. Amazing flavor combo!
Shrimp Scampi, Gnocchi, Leafy Greens
‘Caroline White Shrimp’ with Potato Gnocchi in a rich, velvety Garlic Lemon Sauce…with enough Sautéed Spinach to make it seem like maybe what you were consuming is actually healthy. Then there was the Grilled Bread to sop up the extra sauce. It’s all about balance, right??
I highly recommend FFB! Again, setting & food can’t be beat. You feel good about having helped the environment & American family farmers after eating all the local/sustainable deliciousness. And prices were the best I’ve seen anywhere in DC! I was amazed at the quality & quantity of food for a very reasonable price!!! Check it out!
When my son Oliver started public school this year, I told myself I was going to keep an open mind about the lunchroom offerings. Sadly, my preconceived notions about the food were right on target. Admittedly there is some healthy food to be had; it is just not prepared in an appealing manner. Furthermore, my son is only eager to buy on the most unhealthful days of the week, hot dogs, prepackaged peanut butter and jelly (really) & of course chicken fingers.
Granted, I don’t want to appear to be the food police, but I consider these foods to be “fun” and not ones I am happy to see on the regular lunch rotation. Though I believe in food choice, my almost 7 year old would happily eat M & M’s for dinner, washed down with a cup of Gatorade. So how can my son make proper food choices at school if there are so many more appealing, yet very unhealthy options? Is it possible for schools to offer more healthy appealing choices and stay within their budget? I recently read a very insightful column by Mark Bittman discussing these issues. Click the link to read.
Recently I had the privilege of hearing a very well respected physician speak on the topic of health and nutrition. However, when this physician started quoting Dr. Oz, my inner skeptic went on overdrive. All credibility was lost on me when this speaker began quoting NYT reporter (and major propagandist) Gary Taubes.
Sensationalism. That is the word I think of when I hear Gary Taubes (not a physician by the way), Dr Oz and other “experts” speak about nutrition and weight loss. The quick fixes, the pills, the supplements, no sugar, no gluten, no grains, no wheat, hey how about no food!
Not to say that these physicians and reporters don’t give us something to think about; science is ever changing and these “experts” certainly give us food for thought. However, no matter the credentials a practitioner has we need to be skeptics of the quick fixes and promises that simply do not work.
I had a fabulous dinner at Foo Dogs ramen bar in Richmond a couple weeks ago. The company was the best part (Chris Blain, the hot new chef at the governor’s mansion!). But the food was a close second!
We started with
BAO WOW (love the name!)
Two pork belly bao sliders with cilantro, red onion,
plum sauce drizzle and sprinkled with cashews
Basically pork buns served taco style. The shell was the typical chinese pork bun dough. It was folded around perfectly tender, fatty & sweet pork belly. The accompaniments finished it off nicely!
Eight Wings tossed in a fiery Foo Dog signature
sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce or Malay Curry Sauce
We had the fiery Foo Dog signature sauce. It was delicious, but pretty much your typical hot wing sauce. Loved that the wings were small, really crispy & not breaded!
For out entrees, we shared two ramen dishes:
Red miso & curry broth with Chicken breast, soft cooked egg, bean sprout and scallion
Stir fried with Chasu pork (Chinese flavored bbq pork), shitake mushroom
and green onion (no broth)
The broth on the Malasian ramen was incredible! Light, just enough sweetness & heat to know you were eating curry. The noodles were floating in the sauce, so they were soft & silky. The richness of the egg yolk just takes it over the top!
The Chinese ramen was by far my favorite dish of the evening! The Chasu (aka Char siu or Chashu) pork was salty, sticky & delicious! There was no broth, just the pork, vegetables & noodles stir fried. It was delicious on its own, but even better with a ladle of the curry broth from the Malasian ramen.
I highly recommend trying Foo Dog! It’s a great little place, right on Main Street in Richmond. Fairly new, but doing a booming business! You won’t be disappointed!!!