Food

Steak Salad With Scorched Tomatoes and Yogurt Balsamic Dressing

Over the weekend, I picked up a little box of delicious cherry tomatoes from the farmer’s market. We’ve been putting them in everything the past few days but I think my favorite so far has been including them in a steak salad we had for dinner on Sunday night. It was basically just a mixture of things we’ve started to gather in our kitchen, but I think it turned out delicious! Here’s what we did.

You will need:

1 skirt steak

handful of cherry tomatoes

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

bag of lettuce (we love arugula and spinach)

1 cup sliced almonds

Bolthouse Farms creamy balsamic yogurt dressing

½ cup feta cheese crumbles

What you do:

Heat a large skillet with a dash of olive oil until very hot. Season both sides of the steak with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Place the seasoned skirt steak in the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side. Once cooked to your liking, set it aside to rest while you prep the rest of your ingredients.

While the pan you cooked the steak in is still hot, pour in ¼ cup of water to deglaze the pan and get all that yummy juice off the bottom. Now toss in the sliced garlic and cherry tomatoes. Simmer on medium to high heat until the tomatoes are slightly scorched and the garlic is golden brown. Pour ½ cup of the Bolthouse dressing into the tomato and garlic mixture and simmer for 4 minutes, stirring frequently.

In a colander, rinse the greens. Grab plates and begin to plate your salad — I usually just grab a few handfuls of greens per plate. Next, place the sliced steak on top of the greens. Pour the tomato and dressing mixture over the top and sprinkle with a few sliced almonds and a bit of feta cheese.

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Enjoy!

Must Try DC Restaurants

It’s no secret that I love good food. The flavors, the textures, the experience of a well thought out and well run restaurant — I love it all! I also love how great food can bring people together. Some of my favorite conversations have been over a plate of hot food.

Since, in just two short weeks, we will be in a new city with all kinds of restaurants to try, I thought I would share my ever growing list of food stops to make in the D.C. area! Thanks to everyone who has given me suggestions. I can’t wait to start the eating — and blogging!

  1. Le Diplomat – The name itself is enough to get me in the door! This place looks just like a cafe you’d find in Paris. Their menu features a variety of classic French favorites including Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Frites and Escargots as well as daily specials like Bouillabaisse and Entrecôte de Boeuf. They also make delicious crusty bread in house. I can’t wait to get my Julia Child on and sample this cafe!

  2. 2 Amys Pizza – Every city has a pizza place and I can’t wait to give this one a go. I heard about this place from Naomi Davis of the blog Love Taza. She lived in D.C. and has shared some great places. I can’t wait to chow down on some highly praised Neapolitan Pizza.

  3. Pete’s Diner – It wouldn’t be a true food list of mine without a classic greasy spoon diner on deck. Matt actually found this place. It’s right near the Library of Congress and is apparently a frequent stop for a few high profile politicians. We fly into D.C. late on a Monday, so you might see us here first thing the Tuesday morning we get in!DCEats

  4. Good Stuff Eatery – My friend Ana told me about a toasted marshmallow milkshake that this fine establishment offers. I. Am. There! And honestly, who can say no to a quality burger and fries anyway, right?!
  5. Cafe Deluxe – Thanks to my friend Dana for giving me a heads up about this classic American diner. They have several locations so I’m excited to explore the various neighborhoods that surround this popular spot as well!

  6. Centrolina – This is both an Italian market and restaurant and it just opened this past spring! The menu showcases regional food from all over Italy including beef ravioli, spaghetti alla chitarra with chanterelle mushrooms, grilled branzino and wood-roasted meat and vegetables. The dining room looks modern and light. I can’t wait to head here for a date night!

This list keeps growing and I love it! Please feel free to leave me other places to try once I get to D.C.!

Banana Ice Cream

This was a weekend of progress. We packed up two out of three book shelves and made a massive donation to Goodwill. We also enjoyed mass and dinner in one of our favorite neighborhoods, Normal Heights (vlog coming on Wednesday)!

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On a break from sorting and packing, we blended up two frozen bananas and some cocoa powder. That’s it! It tasted like the best banana ice cream I’ve ever had and Matt was pleased that it was paleo friendly!  A win-win and I can’t emphasize enough how delish it is! You have to try it.

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How was your weekend?

Le Bleu Boheme

When Matt and I were first married, we lived in a neighborhood of San Diego called Normal Heights. Our parents thought this was hilarious because I am 5ft tall and Matt is over 6ft tall. We’ve since moved away but love venturing back to some of our favorite places when we were first married.

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Next to Normal Heights is an adorable little area called Kensington. It’s full of craftsman homes, local businesses, and great restaurants. One of our favorites is Le Bleu Boheme. As you probably guessed, this is a French restaurant. The decor and food are rustic and charming. We’ve been here for every meal from brunch to New Year’s Eve and loved every bite!

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We stopped in last weekend for a Sunday brunch. We sipped peach mimosas and ordered up basil eggs benedict and a savory waffle with bacon and eggs on top. Yum!

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While you wait for your food they bring out this homemade crusty bread that is worth the trip in itself! The homemade butter and jam are to die for.

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Yes, San Diego is a great place to hang by the beach, but there are some adorable little neighborhoods a little inland that offer amazing dining experiences. If you can, definitely make a stop in Kensington.