Dinner at Pineapple and Pearls

Don’t let the name of this restaurant fool you. It’s no frothy lightweight experience.

In fact, this year Washingtonian magazine ranked Pineapple and Pearls the number one restaurant in DC.

And let me tell you. Getting a reservation here is no easy feat. You have to be on the website the second, er no, millisecond the reservations open and hit “reserve” before you can blink. Do not hesitate.

This is how you beat out 2,000 other eager diners (so we were told by our server)  for a dinner spot. But even then, your meal might start at an awkward time like 9 pm on a Wednesday night and go until almost midnight like it did in our case.

Even though I’m more of a person at heart who’d rather be in her pajamas in bed by 10 pm, we were so excited about going here.

The restaurant is a classy tiny space for only about 30 diners at a time. Because we were a party of two, we sat at the chef’s counter, where we got to see all the action as it happened in front of us.

The chef right in front of us was assembling a dish with what resembled mashed potatoes all night. Only later did we find out what it really was!

Like our meal at Minibar, it is truly fun to watch the chefs in their habitat, and the whole scene unfolds like a perfectly choreographed event.

The meal starts with something called “Afternoon Tea” which offers up a trio of beautiful little bites including a foie gras canele paired with a teacup of gin with Cloosterbitters, rum, and quince.

Next, we had a series of more little dishes including the most intense beef tartare & caviar, charred octopus, split pea consommé, and a french omelet.

All delicious, but I have to say I was partial to the octopus. Didn’t know it could taste that good.

The next course was black sea bass (another fish I didn’t know could be so delectable)

This was followed by probably my favorite of the entire night, a sweet bread taco served along side a mescal Paloma cocktail.

At about this point, we could’ve stopped and been perfectly happy with the meal.

But there was one more savory to come!

This trio of sides (persian rice, white beans, and dolmas) for the lamb dish.

The savory part of the meal completed, the next course was a resheshing pineapple granita with beet soda.

This was followed by our last fancy drinks of the night, amari and coffee and dessert.

I think you need a closer look at the dessert. It was Okinawan purple potato ice cream (ice cream close to our hearts) with chocolate cake and chestnuts.

 

Finally, the meal rounded out with the most exotic fruit plate with starfish, banana chocolate lollipops, and candied gooseberries.

All in all, the food was delightful and the service was top notch.

But in the end, perhaps one of the most luxurious parts of the experience is there is no bill at the end.

No check. No waiting. No figuring out the tip. You pay upfront for all of it when you get the coveted reservation (food, drinks, and gratuity).

So, you just decide when you’re ready to leave, get up, and go.

Daily Looks April

Hey there friends… Happy Easter!

I was incognito last week due to a hectic work schedule, but this week I’m back.

Here’s my latest round up of outfits for early April.

Saturday Breakfast Outing

This long navy blue dress from Nordstrom is one of the most practical purchases I’ve made in the last year or so. It’s works most seasons of the year and for so many occasions (summer work days with a lightweight sweater, fall with boots and jacket). I wore it this morning for a fun casual breakfast at a pie shop.

Tuesday Work

This shirtmaker style dress is so comfortable. The blue chevron print works great year round too.  This morning was a little chilly, so I topped it with a trench coat, which was quickly shed by noon.

Wednesday Work

This day was a little more casual than usual, so I wore jeans with this white dress shirt and long sweater. The sweater actually attaches on the ends and wraps up and around my neck. But I figured out I can wear it long this way like a duster too. You know, I’m all about finding new ways to wear my items.

Thursday Work

Recently, I found a wonderful youtube channel, Justine Leconte. Justine is a French fashion designer and she offers up so many helpful tutorials about dressing for one’s body shape. After watching her channel, I have so many ideas for things that are way more flattering for my figure, and this outfit was born out of applying her advice. (Milly A-line skirt to skim the hips and wide shouldered top to accentuate the upper body more). Check her out and you might get some inspiration!

Easter Sunday

How many peeps did you eat this year? I managed to get through without a single one… This comfy Tahari sheath dress was front and center for the day. It’s the second time in two weeks I’ve worn it after it’s been hiding in my closet.

Advice when you feel like you have nothing to wear and you are tempted to buy something new? Shop your own closet. What’s been sitting in the back, unloved for months, or even years?

Daily Looks: End of March

The weather finally warmed up in DC!

We’ve had some really lovely days lately, which meant I could break out a sundress, wear spring blazers instead of a puffer coat, and even put on sandals!

Saturday afternoon

While cherry blossoms didn’t bloom as gloriously as usual this year due to a late spring cold snap, it was still nice to visit the Tidal Basin and see a few blooms. This was also our first warm day in a while, so the yellow sundress was in order.

I’m always a little unsure of how this bright yellow dress will go over. But at a restaurant, a random guy told me he loved the color.

I’m also wearing my new comfy classic black flats. You guys, I just can’t seem to do high heels most days anymore, especially if there’s any degree of walking involved. You with me?

Sunday

As big fans of Chinese food, my husband and I had to try District Dumpling, a new restaurant serving a dozen different kinds, including creamy edamame and bulgogi beef. So good!

Monday 

It was a nice warm day, which called for bright pink. This pink dress is knit material and so comfortable, but it feels more like a going out dress because of the color, I think. To tone it down for work, I topped it with a denim blouse.

Tuesday

This Banana Republic linen blazer is one of my favorites, but it always seems to get lost in my closet. This year, I’m bringing it out front and center so it can get the wear it deserves.

Thursday

Thursday was on the cooler side and a little rainy. I wore this pearl Zara sweater over a black linen dress with a full skirt. I really like the retro vibe of this outfit… I felt a little like Audrey Hepburn the whole day.

Friday

We headed to Orlando for the weekend, and this is my travel outfit for the airplane. Hurray for blue jeweled sandals!