Northside Social Coffee & Wine

If you are in the DMV area you clearly know that this picture was not taken recently. Especially since we are in the midst of a blizzard. But alas I dream of a warmer time.

Northside Social is a great place to be, especially after a long day of work. It acts like a trinity of sorts being a mix of a Cafe, Coffeehouse, and Wine bar; Offering pastries and sandwiches. The restaurant is 2 stories, with the 2nd floor housing the wine bar and the lower story the cafe and coffee house aspect with the pastries and baristas present.

The day I went I wanted to sit outside and enjoy the Cafe especially since it was a warm day and the inside of the restaurant was feeling a bit too intimate. I went with a friend, so we grabbed a table and went inside to order. Only downside to being outside was the fact that we also had to go in to pick up the orders as well.

We both got the House Smoked Salmon which consisted of tomato, cucumber, spinach, pickled red onion, wasabi cream cheese on sesame bun, and came with a mixed green salad. It was especially delish. I topped mine off with a ‘small” hot chocolate, and released the stresses of the day.

Be sure to check it out if you are ever in Clarendon, Virginia.

What Better to Eat Apart from Chili When Outside is Just That!

I’ve been trying to find comfort foods that will make the cold a bit more tolerable. Normally, I go for soups because it warms the body from the inside out but I was craving something hearty. Then it hit me! Why not Chili? The meat, beans, spice, and color would definitely hit the spot. But seeing that I am going for a healthier lifestyle I decided to make turkey chili, instead of the normal beef.

What is needed:

2 Cups of Dried Beans
1 medium size bowl
1 medium saucepan
Food processor/blender
2 Bell Pepper
2 medium tomato
1 yellow onion
1 jalapeno
1 wedge of ginger
1 pound of ground turkey
2 cups water
1 tbspoon Olive oil
2 tspoons of garlic powder
Salt
Parsley
Rosemary
Oregano

Night Prior:

In a medium size TC 1bowl place two cups of dried beans. Pour water into the bowl until the beans are completely covered. Allow the beans to soak overnight. The next day you’ll notice that the beans absorbed the majority of the liquid.

 

Day Of:

Take the yellow onion and cut into quarters.TC 4
Dice a quarter of the onion.
Take the sauce pan and pour the oil in it. Move the pan to coat the bottom in oil. Add the diced onions.
Place the sauce pan on the stove and turn the range to a medium setting. Allow the onions to cook to translucency.

TC 5While this is occurring take your tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, and ginger cut into smaller pieces and place in food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Now blend until everything has a smooth consistency. Leave in the processor for now.

 

TC 7Taking the ground turkey add it to the sautéed onions in the saucepan. Use a spatula to split the turkey into small pieces. TC 8
Do this unless you want to have “meatballs” in your chili. After you’ve done this add ground garlic to the meat and mix it with the onions. Allow the meat to brown.
TC 14Returning to the food processor take your tomato mixture and pour it into your browned turkey. Add the oregano, parsley, and rosemary. Mix everything together. Cover the sauce pan with the lid and allow for it to come to a boil. This should take about 10-15 minutes.TC 15

Once it boils remove the lid lower the heat and allow for the turkey to cook some more. It should look like the picture on the  right. The sauce around the turkey should a deeper red. And the oils from the meat floating at the top. Taste and season accordingly.

TC 17Add the beans to the pan and add the two cups of water. Add more water if your mixture isn’t covered by it. Cover the pan and allow for it to cook at medium heat for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.  To check to see if the beans are cooked thoroughly take one an break it in half. If it happens easily it’s cooked. If it’s a bit hard give it more time. Once all the beans are fully cooked your meal ready.

You’ll have to excuse me this time as I don’t have a picture of the completed meal. I threw this together after work for dinner and the next days lunch and simply forgot to take pictures since I was ravenous ;). I promise to do better next time!

 

 

Pupuseria Las Delicias

The weather has warmed up and memorial day has arrived. What better way to welcome the summer days than with BBQ. And I did just that this weekend.

Pupu20150510_132153seria Las Delicias is a roadside barbecue stand on route 1. Seeing smoke, trucks, and people milling around w20150509_184820 (1)hile driving by I just had to go and see what was being offered.

The set-up is incredibly simple. You simple go up to the grill and order a steak or tacos from the menu and wait. I ordered steak and chicken tacos and was pretty pleased with my choice.

So my challenge to you this summer is to be adventurous and find interesting eats. It may just be worth your while.