Wednesday, September 28, 2005

tag, you're it

siel from green la girl tagged me with one of the tails of basic juice's meme. if any of you think i'm talking in klingon, join the club. i think what i'm supposed to do is post about the best, wine-friendliest dish i've tasted over the past month and then tag someone else to continue the meme. i hope that's right. leave it to me to break the internet.

well, see the thing is, i'm TOTALLY not a foodie at all. while i appreciate being included (now i feel like a real blogger!) i'm such the wrong person to speak about food. pretty much every night for dinner i heat up an amy's frozen non-dairy pot pie and dump on it a bowl of nuked frozen veggies, add mucho salt, and that's my dinner. i really don't know what wine would go well paired with that.

scouring my memory for something a bit more gourmet than frozen dinners, probably the best food i've had in the last month was from zaytinya, a fabulous turkish/lebanese/greek restaurant in dc. my co-workers and i went for lunch last week. since i wanted to stay awake for my afternoon at work, i didn't have any wine, but i'm sure the meal would have been even more delectable paired with a wine from zaytinya's wine list.

zaytinya is a fun place to go with a group, because the menu is comprised of mezzes, or small plates that are shared by the whole table. the highlights of this meal for me were the "havuç köftesi" (carrot, apricot and pinenut fritters with pistachio sauce) and the "baba ghannouge" with still-warm-out-of-the-oven flatbread. of course, baba ghannoush (as i like to spell it) is hardly a gourmet dish, but zaytinya does an exceptional version of the mediterranean classic, and pairing it with the fresh flatbread certainly helps elevate it above typical "falafel shop" fare. i loved the bread so much i requested some olive oil to dip it in once all the mezzes were gone, and that turned out to be a brilliant decision. the chef made up a plate of olive oil laced with a swirl of pomegranate reduction; the combination of the olive oil and pomegranate was incredible. if i'm a foodie about anything, it's probably bread, so for me that was really the highlight of the meal.

vegan knitter of sweet little domestic life seems to be much more of a foodie than me, so i tag her to continue this tail.


Blogger Jon Morris (Matis) said...

i also love zaytinya... but the "havuç köftesi" may or may not be vegan? i've received conflicting info from different servers over my past few visits. does anyone out there know the truth? if they are vegan, i will be sooo very happy.

Wed Sep 28, 11:51:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

i never really thought about it. i'm glad you said something so that i don't mislead others into thinking it's vegan if it is not, but personally, i think this would fall into my "it's not worth worrying about" category.

if you really want to know, probably the best way to find out is call the restaurant during off hours and ask them to check with the kitchen.

Wed Sep 28, 12:41:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Beau said...

Hi Jen,
Thanks for feeding the meme. I've added your contribution to the meme list here.

Wed Sep 28, 03:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Siel said...

Wow -- I really thought you were more of a foodie! Lil vegan stereotype I have. Anyway -- have you seen Vegan Lunch Box? I check it like every day just so I can get jealous --

Sat Oct 01, 10:07:00 PM GMT-5  

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