Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Upcoming Events

Sun. Jan. 28-April 29
Jasper Johns Exhibit @ National Gallery of Art

Mon. Feb. 5 @ 9pm
Sufjan Stevens @ Kennedy Center (Info, Tickets)

Fri, Feb. 9
@ 730 and 930 pm
Dave Holland Quartet @ Kennedy Center (Info, Tickets)

Wed. Feb 7 and Thurs. Feb. 28 @ 7
Washington Wizards v. Spurs and Heat (Tickets)

Wed, Feb. 21 @ 130pm
Open Rehearsal: Bolshoi Ballet @ Kennedy Center (Info, Tickets)

2004 Cabernet Franc at Mendocino Restaurant

I don't know why I enjoy Cab Franc so much. Well, at the new-ish Georgetown wine bar, Mendocino, Steve and I savored a very nice CF from Crystal Valley Cellars. It was bottled under the name Cosentino. A 2004, it was smooth and creamy. Went better with Steve's venison chop than my cod and brussel sprouts.

Despite the negative reviews, the service was great, clientele older and more urbane, and food upwardly marginal. Though not innnovative, the menu was at least accessible and of good quality ingredients. Great selection of wines--many from California--offered by the glass, half bottle and full bottle, and range in price from 8 per glass to 600 per bottle. I'd go again.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Cafe Saint-Ex for New Years (This is Varsity)

Great, unpretentious, and well-crafted menu:

Tuscarora Beet Salad herbed goat cheese, horseradish vinaigrette...
Wood Grilled Calamari green beans, potato, basil walnut pesto
Amazing med-rare lamb with squash puree. ...
$28.00 for Three Courses until 7:00PM (Pre-theater)$32.00 for Three Courses after 7:00PM

(I also love their zero tolerance policy on popped collars...)
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