Let's start with the other blogs this week.
I recently came across Kitchenette, a blog about cooking, DC dining and all things food, and she wrote about her trip to Viridian, which sounds like it was pretty pleasant, but beware the parking situation in Logan and take a cab.
Chief Wino gives his opinion on Rasika, calling the food "ABSOLUTELY amazing." Maybe I should have picked another restaurant to write about this week. I think Tom S. is going to feature them in his Weekly Dish today. Rasika already has too much press...
Now for the offline press...
An unknown author (bylines, anyone?) at The Times writes about Merkado, a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant in Logan. I personally have a hard time understanding what Latin-Asian food is, but the author gives me a pretty good idea.
Heat and spice are the centerpieces of the food here. Not everything works perfectly, but lots of dishes do, and it's fun to try them all.
Mary K. Hager gives us her insight into Turcuisine, which just happens to be near the VA office of my real job. I might just have to try it.
The Turcuisine mix is equally impressive with a more than ample serving of doner kebab, the house specialty of thinly sliced spit roasted marinated lamb and beef, as well as a chicken and a lamb shish kebab, a grilled lamb chop and kofte, patties of lamb and beef, served with yogurt sauce, tomato sauce and rice or, if you prefer, french fries.
This week, the Washington City Paper gives us an article about China Canteen in Rockville by Tom McClive. Tom seems to like China Canteen, which sounds like a place for the adventurous diner...
There are other meat choices that can easily stand up to aggressive seasoning, at least in theory. Offal is often paired with chilies, with numerous selections of tripe, intestines, and kidneys available. Braised intestines with scallion sauce arrive bubbling over a brazier, yet are still undercooked. A friend compared them on one visit to rubber bands. Their sauce, however, made with hot bean paste and cubes of gelled blood, is dark, sharp, and spicy—an excellent production, if only the meat were fit.
Eve Zibart of The Post gives us an intimate look into Chez Mama-San, a Japanese-American restaurant in Georgetown.
Last but not least, Tom Sietsema, also of The Post, goes a little more mainstream with Zengo, giving it two stars.