I’ve tried many a Bagel & Lox sandwich but nothing tops my Dad’s version. Seriously! I’ve even had Russ & Daughters famous version of the sandwich in NY but it doesn’t even come close (though their lox selection is second to none!). My Dad adds the perfect amount of everything…Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, Capers, Onion, Chives, and a little Lemon…you taste everything, not just globs of cream cheese.
(…and check out that presentation!)
During a thorough cupcake search in VA, we finally came across Fluffy Thoughts in McLean. The highlights were the S’Mores topped with toasted marshmallow and Cannoli filled with yummy cannoli cream and topped with pastry shell pieces and chocolate chips.
My sister, Alicia, saw this place on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives (and it definitely was…we passed by it 3 times before realizing it was adjacent to a questionable motel). I was very skeptical but turns out La Caraquena creates one of the most unique sandwiches I have ever come across.
Native to Venezuela, the sandwiches called Arepas, are made by grilling or frying cornmeal to create the bun and then stuffing it with your choice of meat. My favorite was the Carne Mechada with slow cooked beef, onions and cheese. I was surprised at how light it was considering mine was fried...it just gave it a nice, crunchy texture and not greasy at all.
I also had the ultra refreshing Tropical Salad (sans Chicken) with papaya, mango, tomatoes, onions and cilantro, served with lettuce and a light lime dressing. I would expect to see something like this in Hawaii or someplace near water…but at least the locals can experience a little Island-ish cuisine in VA!
Honolulu Cookie Company = The best cookies in the WORLD!!!
My fabulous Auntie Nancy sent us a box of my favorite cookies from Hawaii…I was beyond thrilled and completely devoured the entire container of Shortbread Chocolate Chip Mini Bites (though I’m convinced my brother helped me out a little…).
They’re salty, sweet, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth amazing! If anyone wants to send me a food gift…Honolulu Cookie Company goes straight to my heart ;)
300 W Broad St Falls Church, VA 20046
1320 Old Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA 22101