Harry’s Strawberry at Wegmans

In the Los Angels area farmers markets, Harry’s strawberries was one of the top sellers. If you did not get to the market early enough, your chances of scoring one was not too good. They charged $8 for a small basket and you never saw it at any supermarket. When I stopped at Wegmans in Fairfax, VA one day, I noticed all the strawberries by the entrance. I could not believe my eyes when I saw Harry’s strawberries sitting there. I felt like I was dreaming. I grabbed one, thanked my lucky stars and asked one of the produce guys about it. He said that was their second week offering the strawberries. Unfortunately, I never saw my beloved harry’s strawberries again. You never know if it appear again. I cross my fingers.

Amsterdam Falafelshop



I read that this place’s fries was suppose to be great. After a long day at the museum, we needed a quick fuel before driving back home. Their system was interesting. They have two size options and hand you a bowl with five small falafels. You then go through their veggies and salad bar to get what appeals to you. Their fries was pretty crisp.

The falafel was too salty but it had a good texture. The salads and veggies I tried were pretty good.

Navy Yard and Whaley’s



I picked this place for our first brunch in D.C. The menu looked good and the location by the water in the Navy Yard area was a bonus. The food was good to great and service was helpful.

Crispy Hash Browns Romesco, Caramelized Cipollinis, Chives
Priced at $7, I felt it was a poor value considering the portion. Taste wise, it needed a bit of salt to perk it up.

Scallops & Grits Carbonara Smoked Speck, Wilted Greens, Onion Jam, Roasted Peanuts
I really enjoyed this dish. The scallops were cooked just right and went very well with the creamy flavorful grits and the bitter greens. onion jam provided sweetness and peanuts added crunch.

Chicken Fried Oysters Buttermilk Biscuit, Chorizo Gravy, Sunny Side Up Eggs
My husband’s dish was less successful than my dish. The oyster’s batter was too salty and one of the eggs needed an extra minute to set in order to be safe to eat. The gravy was good though.

Goat Milk Panna Cotta Strawberries, Cardamom, Pistachio
One of the reasons I picked this place was the picture of this desert on their instagram. It was very good. The strawberries were more likely, Harry’s from Oxnard, CA. The cardamom and pistachios almost made it taste like a baklava. We could have easily eaten a few of these.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

I loved Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams the first time I tried their offerings in Atlanta. When they opened a shop in the Los Feliz area of L.A. I was very happy and went there numerous times. I even went to their new location in Venice, California right before we moved to the East. Since there is no shops in the VA and D.C. area, I had to put an online order. They charge $12 a pint but you pay a flat rate shipping of $13. Needless to say I had big smile when I received the shipment.

Bellagio Patisserie



Bellagio Patisserie is located inside the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino. When I saw the pictures of the pretty confections, I had to go there right away. The casino itself is not much to look at but the Bellagio Patisserie itself, is worth a drive by itself. I just wish I lived closer so I could indulge more.

Raspberry Chambord Cake
This pretty cake had my name all over it. Great flavor from raspberry and chambord.

chocolate Kalamansi Cream Puff
Not only it was pretty to look at, it had a great chocolate citrus flavor.

Chase the Submarine


I read about Chase the Submarine while reading about Kyirisan restaurant. Since we were in the area, I decided to give this place a try. To my surprise it was located across the street from Cava, the place we had lunch at the previous day!! The food was good but not good enough to go back. Everytime we have a sandwich, we compare it to the ones from Gjusta in Venice, CA and they usually fail to measure up.

House Smoked Angus Pastrami house-smoked Angus brisket, whole grain mustard creme fraiche, carrot sauerkraut, pickled shallots, rye
They are famous for this sandwich. It was good but on the salty side.

Steak & Cheese thinly sliced rib eye, peppers, onions, provolone cheese
I did not want white bread, so I went with the lettuce. It was comical how small the portion was and it lacked any flavor.



On the way to Tysons Corner Mall, we stopped here for some salad. Cava is a chain offering Greek and Mediterranean influenced salads/pita. You can choose greens, grains or combo of the two as your base or go carb crazy and get the pita. Then you add, up to three dips and spreads, one protein and all the toppings you like.

Super Greens Mix with Tzatziki, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Eggplant Pepper Dip, Grilled Meatballs, Romaine, Pickled Onions, Sumac Radishes, Feta, Olives, Tomato Onion Salad, Cabbage Salad
The meatball was dense but I enjoyed the flavorful veggies.

Super greens Mix with Tzatziki, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Eggplant Pepper Dip, Spicy Lamb Meatballs
My husband chose the spicy lamb meatball for an upcharge. It was more tender than the beef meatballs. He did not get much topping as you can see from the picture.

National Gallery of Art East Building

Capricorn, Max Ernst

New York, George Bellows, 1911

Ground Swell, Edward Hopper, 1939

Angel of History, Anselm Kiefer, 1989

Wall-Eyed carp/Roci Japan, Robert Rauschenberg, 1987

Boy with Cat, Auguste Renior, 1868

Abstract Painting 780-1, Gerhard Richter, 1992

Etude, Simon Hantai, 1969

Saida, Kees van dongen

Le Gourmet, Pablo Picasso, 1901

Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1906

Woman with a Hat, Maurice de Vlaminck, 1905

People by the Blue Sea, August Macke, 1913

Portrait of the Woman, Alexej Von Jawlensky, 1911

Summer Day, Max Pechstein, 1911

The Mill, Erich Heckel, 1907

Untitled, Frantisek Kupka, 1912

Autumn Gold, Hans Hofmann, 1957

Untitled IV, Willem De Kooning, 1979

Number 7, 1951, Jackson Pollock, 1951

Number 1,1950 (Lavender Mist), 1950

Untitled (Red and Gray), Ad Reinhardt, 1950

C & O, Franz Kline, 1958

Four Square, Franz Kline, 1956

Coronation, Leon Berkowitz, 1979

Black Popcorn, Gene Davis, 1965

Breach, Lee Lozano, 1966

Painting with Statue of Liberty, Roy Lichtenstein, 1983

La Ronde des Images, Jean Dubuffet, 1977

Birds Falling, Ross Bleckner, 1994-95

National Gallery of Art West Building

Oarsmen at Chatou, Auguste Renior, 1879

Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Paul Cezanne, 1888-1890

Roses, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

Self-Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

Girl in White, Vincent van Gogh, 1890

La mousme, Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Still Life, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1866

Banks of the Seine, Vetheuil, Claude Monet, 1880

Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, Claude Monet, 1880

Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1834

Keelmen Heaving in Coals By Moonlight, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1835

Rotterdam Ferry-Boat, Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1833

Mrs. Davies davenport, George Romney, 1782-1784

Shaw Memorial, Augustus saint-Gaudens, 1900

Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay, 1863

Setting Out to fish, John Singer Sargent, 1878

The Sacrament of the Last Supper, Salvador Dali, 1955

Bearded Man with a beret, Jan Lievens, 1630

Peter Paul Rubens, Studio of Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1620

The Veil of Veronica, Domenico fetti, 1618/1622

Ginevra de’ Benci (Obverse), Leonardo Da Vinci, 1474/1478