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May 2010

My son's 20th Birthday at Cava in Rockville, MD

My son Rahul turned 20 on May 3rd. It just feels like he was born only a few years ago. Rahul is finishing his third year at the Smith Business School at University of MD and has got a year more to complete his under-graduation. May 3rd being a working day and as he was busy with his exams etc we decided to take him out on a Sunday night (a day earlier than his actual birthday). He got home from college around 5pm and we wanted to have an early dinner.

Every-time an occasion like this comes up, we keep having difficulty finalizing where to go and eat apart from our own restaurants. After a lot of discussions back and forth, my wife and kids leave the decision to me. So far I have not failed them and have managed to take them to  places where they have had memorable experiences.

We walk into Cava around 5.30 PM - Rahul on his crutches after he had a freak accident. The restaurant was packed to capacity and there was a wait going on. We sat in the bar counter and waited for a table to open up - about 15 minutes. In the meantime we looked at the menu, I had a glass of Gouguenheim Malbec from Argentina ($7). While waiting for the table I took these pictures sitting in the bar counter.



We were seated on a four top almost at the entrance of the restaurant. The Menu here is all greek Mezze (small plates). Hot pitas are cut into triangles and served hot along with the condiment tray consisting of  olives, olive oil and a relish made with tomato. I forget the name.....

While we were contemplating our order, a flambe dish was served at the next table - that certainly got our attention. So we decided to add that to our list.. I let the ordering to my wife and kids, ready to savor anything. We started with "Saganaki" - a spectacular start indeed! - this flambed dish with the flame touching all the way to the ceiling was presented on a mini cast iron pan.

I was not kidding when I said all the way to the ceiling...


The lemon wedge seen in the picture is used to exinguish the flame. Kefalograviera is a salty, hard goat cheese and on frying the cheese has melted and is soft.

Lamb sliders - We got two pieces of juicy and succulent lamb sliders on a toasted brioche spiked with harissa (hot sauce) and greek yogurt ($10.95).

IMG_08541e_lzn Grilled Octopus -  They were nice and tender ($12.95).

Chicken Souvlaki - These were chicken breast marinated on a skewer grilled with fresh oregano, lemon and olive oil ($9.95).


Mini chicken pita sandwiches - 3 baby pitas came with tzatziki, tomatoes and onions ($10.95).

Baked Feta and Tomato - with red onions, tomato and feta cheese ($10.95).

In addition to all these we also had a spanakopita - which was fresh spinach, onion and feta wrapped and baked in a phyllo dough, which was very light and airy. This dish vanished before I could take out my camera.

Only Rahul knows what this birthday dessert was? Rathi did not want to try it as she is afraid of nut allergies, Nisha and I decided to stay away from desserts .Overall a great evening, good food, good company, good ambiance and a fiery display thrown in for good measure. Cheers!

Sound Bites: Eat Well. Dance Hard. Do Good.

Indique and Indique Heights Restaurants are proud to support DC Central Kitchen at a hot new event at 9.30 Club, on sunday May 23, 2010. This morning Surfy and I were at the radio station 101.FM (DC101) with DJ Elliot Segal of “Elliot in the Morning " to promote this event.

Indique 1

Indique 2

Sound Bites:  Eat Well. Dance Hard.  Do Good.  will combine an outdoor food festival with performances by local indie rock bands. 18 great restaurants and caterers, including Indique / Indique Heights will offer signature dishes from 5:00 to 8:00, five Indie Rock acts will perform on the world-class 9:30 Club stage from 6:30 – 9:30.

Restaurants include BGR the Burger Joint, Busboys and Poets, Church Key, Commonwealth Gastropub, Cork, Tallula/EatBar, Fresh Start Catering, Harry's Tap Room, Indique, Jaleo, Marvin, Maddy's Bar and Grill, Masa 14, Mie N Yu, Radius Pizza, Sauca, Taylor Gourmet, and Zola, Kitchen/Wine Bar.

DJ Will Eastman will spin tunes outside while five indie acts rock the 9:30 club stage: US Royalty, Bluebrain, Fatback DJs, Beautiful Swimmers and Midnight Kids. 

Tickets are $30 at the 9:30 Club box office.

 All chefs and bands are donating their services in support of D.C. Central Kitchen’s innovative approach to the complex problem of hunger.  The Kitchen works 365 days a year to provide the area’s neediest people with nutritious food, assist local farmers, empower chronically unemployed men and women with the skills they need to get their lives back together and reach out to people living on the streets.

You can learn more about the event at

Check out the new video representing the great work our First Helping

team does to change the lives of men and women living on the street.

Source : DCCK 

Farmers Market by the White House

Chef Jose Andres at the Farmers Market by the White House

I have always been a big fan of the farmers markets and today when I heard that the farmer’s market by the White house was going to be open from 3 – 7 pm, thought would go and check it out. This is the second season for the market to open here near the white house on Vermont Avenue. It was a gorgeous day today in the Washington metropolitan area with temperatures in the mid 70’s.

By the time I finished lunch and got to the location, found parking etc it was about 5 PM. Celebrity Chef / Restaurateur Jose Andres was in attendance to kick off the opening of the market with free Paella for everyone. It was such a joy to see Jose Andres and catch up with him. He is a chef we all admire, full of energy, vigor, liveliness and a great sense of humor. One always gets energized after you spend some time with him. For those of you who missed watching Jose Andres on CBS’s 60 minutes – watch the one and only Jose Andres here…

Jose Andres on CBS's 60 minutes

Here are some pictures from today’s market:

 Chef Jose Andres's Crew dishing out the Paella in the market.
 Chef Jose Andres purchased some fresh vegetables and fruits on his way home.
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