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Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Quick Update

Dear Readers,

Those of you who follow us regularly (all 17 of you [hi Mom!]) may have noticed a dip in the number of posts we've been putting up lately, and a whole cessation in the month of October. You also may have noticed a change of nomenclature in the titles of Official Friend then Girlfriend then Fiancee of DCWD Texas. These two facts are interrelated: we'll have to change her title again to Wife, as Texas and I got married this past month. And between wedding planning and other life plans, our ability to update this space regularly got pushed a little to the back-burner.

In many ways, this blog has been there throughout our own DC dating process: my attempt to impress her at the opening of the now closed Tackle Box in Cleveland Park, our first real date at the now closed Cajun Experience in Dupont, our anniversary dinner at the now closed Eola (wow, maybe we have some bad restaurant juju), and dinners and dates at many, many restaurants in between. What started as a passion project with a friend-suggested concept borne of boredom is now a cool-for-us tale of two people actually dating their way through DC's food and restaurant scene. And making it, somehow, to the altar, after a blessed number of wine glass clinks and meals shared.

All of which is to say, now that the wedding is over, hopefully we'll be back to some semblance of a regular update schedule (sans for a two-week honeymoon jaunt). We've got at least 10 updates on the docket, including reviews of relative newcomers Casa Luca and Etto coming up, a catch-it-while-it's-going-on update about Oyamel's Day of the Dead menu coming tomorrow, and a self-indulgent post about how we made our wedding as DC-food-scene as possible.

Thanks for sticking with us, and to many, many date nights ahead,

Kim

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quick Bites: Harold Black

Normally, I would expound upon the brilliance of the Harold Black speakeasy, but again frankly this being the third stop on my bachelor party rounds, the memories of the drinks are reduced to feelings. Like the pleasantness from our first round, including my Deal Maker (sparkling ale, rye whiskey, citrus maple), a sharp but ultimately well-rounded sip; and Official Friend of DCWD Yupster's Volcado (reposado tequila, housemade horchata, fernet), an almost ice cream-like sweet and milky drink. But perhaps the best drinks are when the bartenders freestyle. To wit: maybe the best flavor comes from the drink for our DD, which features an almost comical list of ingredients (things like rosewater and eucalyptus). Our bartender John is also fun, wry, and supremely talented.

Unlike our other speakeasy stop, 2 Birds 1 Stone, this one actually feels like a speakeasy; it's reservation only, and we have to travel up a set of stairs, through a barren twisty hallway, and behind a sliding door hidden as a wall to get there. The setting is dark with only a few booths and a slight bar composing the whole space. Still it's intimate, fun, and tastefully decorated

Bar Review: **** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Casual
Bar Rating:
Hipster Hangout
Vibe:
Energetic
Cost:
$$$
(out of 5) ($50-$75 for two)