14K – Monday, 9 January 2012

It’s the beginning of Restaurant Week in Washington, and I’ve got a full schedule.  First up is 14 K Restaurant and Lounge, which is located at the corner of 14th and K Streets, NW in the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The restaurant fronts on Franklin Park, and, as I dined, I could watch the park being dusted with a light snowfall.

Shrimp, Virginia Oyster and Crab Gumbo

Shrimp, Virginia Oyster and Crab Gumbo

This was a perfect starter for lunch on a wintery day. The broth was rich and the seafood was excellent.

Chargrilled Chimichurri Flank Steak on Spanish Rice, with Pinto Bean Pudding and Pico De Gallo

Chargrilled Chimichurri Flank Steak on Spanish Rice, with Pinto Bean Pudding and Pico De Gallo

Chimichurri is a sauce, or, in this case, a marinade, that’s made from tomato, bell pepper, parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, red pepper and various other spices. It’s originally from Argentina. Pico de gallo is a salsa made from tomatoes, onions, chilis, lime, cucumber and cilantro. I’d never had pinto bean pudding before, and mistakenly thought it would be bland. The entire dish was delightful.

Lemon Riccotta Cake with Candied Rose Petals

Lemon Riccotta Cake with Candied Rose Petals

The size of the plate makes the lemon riccotta cake look deceptively small.  Both the cake and the plate were oversized.  This was a killer dessert.

This was my first time at 14K, and it was a great start for RW.

Let’s Get Started — Restaurant Week and Beyond

A friend of mine–a semi-hardcore foodie–sneers at Restaurant Week. “I avoid it,” she says. “It’s for amateurs.” I haven’t asked her if she’s changed her mind after reading that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, along with a group of White House staff, selected the Restaurant Week menu at Charlie Palmer Steak during their visit a few days ago.

This year, Washington Winter Restaurant Week runs from Monday, 9 January, through Sunday, 15 January. Many restaurants extend the celebration through the 22nd, and some celebrate all month. As Washington Restaurant Week winds down, Bethesda/Chevy Chase Restaurant Week takes off, running from Monday, 23 January through Sunday, 29 January. For some of us, this makes January a wonderful time to explore new places and return to old friends. It also gives me an easy segue to launch this, my first attempt at a blog.

I’ll be posting a lot of food pictures at the start, along with brief write-ups of Things I Like, notes on Coming Attractions, and interesting sites on the Web. It’s all a work in progress, so lets see where it goes.

–BC