Saturday, February 8, 2014

District of Pi

Last weekend I visited Dan, who recently moved to DC to start a new gig. You know what that means! There will definitely be DC eats to explore and report. His apartment is - as fate would have it - a few blocks from District of Pi. Why fate? Because that means we get to eat pizza from our favorite St. Louis joint Pi all the time now! 

It is just as delicious as we remembered. The space is super trendy (hello, exposed brick) and HUGE. Check plus.

We started with the house salad. Light, good ratio of fixin's… there could have been a tad more dressing throughout, but maybe they wanted to make sure we saved our caloric intake for the pizza to come.

And then. The "western addition." Our go-to Pi masterpiece: mozzarella, spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushrooms, onions, and garlic.

We love the deep-dish cornmeal crust. We love the heaping amount of ingredients - the fresh tomatoes… and the GARLIC. If you have a relationship with garlic, this is the pizza to get. No question.

Then it was time for dessert -- the apple pi.

Basically, it's apple pie made with their famous cornmeal crust, and served with salted caramel ice cream. The crumble on top was just the right kind of buttery and cinnamon-y. It was a great way to end our meal. My two minor complaints about it are a) it could have been served warmer (I prefer Hot to Kinda-warm), and b) the very bottom of the crust was impossible to cut through. If they manage to make those two changes, I'd be having the apple pi every day of the week!

So excited to visit DC more now and check out some mouth-watering spots.
Stay tuned!

910 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Banana Mille Feuille at Lady M

I love when people describe themselves going bananas over something.  It can be anything.  You can go bananas over bananas, and I'd love it.  I experienced a case of the bananas myself at Lady M just a couple weeks ago.

The Taiwan fortune teller from last year told me I would have lots of luck, and she was right, as I nabbed the last slice of the beautiful banana mille feuille.  It's a gorgeous structure featuring long slabs of banana wedged in between pastry cream, fluffy golden sponge cake, atop a crackly thin pastry shell.  I spent the afternoon gabbing with Carrie and balancing perfect bites of buttery pastry, smooth cream, and ripe banana.  Life's hard, right?

Carrie opted for the bakery's signature treat, the classic vanilla mille feuille, that's hand-cut to order with such precision.

Mille feuille means a thousand layers, and some may argue whether or not there's a thousand layers of crepes and cream, and who knows if you'd like it less if you only found 254 layers in total, because the dessert is still so airy and light and lovely.

Carrie wanted to make sure everyone noticed the delicate, feathery crepe edges at the end of the cake.  So please ogle and admire away !

Each time I've visited Lady M, it is full of ladies that love tea and dessert, and that's the right spot for me !  The pastries are so pretty, taste great, and make a great spot to warm up this winter with friends - especially after a visit to The Frick Collection!

41 E 78th St
New York, NY
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