June Eating Club at 901

20 06 2011

Hey Friends. Chloe here…Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a pretty nice weekend, although hit one bump in the road. On Sunday morning my knee pain came back during a long ride and I had to cut my ride short call Chris to pick me up off of the side of the road  😦 On Wednesday I will be giving you more details about the knee pain as well as how I’m feeling at this point in the season, but what I will say for now, is that training for a HIM is not all sunshine and butterflies.

BUT, what is all sunshine, butterflies, fun AND games is Eating Club. This past Friday was June Eating Club. Originally, we had planned to have one of our typical pot lucks. We had even picked a theme: “Let’s Get Saucy,” but as the date came closer, we realized that the group would not only be small this month, but that most girls didn’t have time last week to prepare dishes. So…we decided to change plans and head to 901, a new swanky restaurant that just opened in D.C.

From the moment I walked in, I knew we had chosen a good spot for dinner and I was glad that I had made a reservation. It was hoppin’! We met around 7:45 and the happy hour crowd was still going strong. I got there a few minutes early so parked myself on the end of the bar and treated myself to a  nice cold glass of Riesling for $5. Pretty good happy hour if you ask me.

The rest of the girls showed up about 15 minutes later and we were quickly seated at our table (which donned a “table reserved” sign). The decor in the restaurant was really cool.

We were immediately brought a cocktail menu, which was filled with all sorts of creative drinks. I decided to stick with (aka order 3 of) the Reisling that I had gotten at the bar. It was not super sweet but very refreshing. Steph started off with the Cucumber Mohito. The “Bang” was also a drink of choice by the table. This drink was made of belvedere vodka, chambord, champagne and raspberries.

There were definitely no complaints on drink orders. Soon after receiving our drinks, we were brought complementary plateS of chipotle cornbread. They just kept them coming. Again, no complaints. The butter was also a homemade butter that had a little bit of sweetness to it. SO good on that cornbread.

Since we were all chowing down on cornbread, filling up on cocktails and planning to order rather large entrees, we decided to split 2 appetizers among the table. We went with the Roasted Duck Quesadillas, served with onion marmalade and chili pepper creme…

and the Lump Crab Pinchos, which had roasted red bell pepper cream cheese, tomato and basil on sun-dried tomato crostinis.

Both dishes were delicious and had us excited for our entrees. Jenny (an eating club and training buddy) and I shared the Sweet and Spicy Seared Tuna Salad (which was served with Mango Salsa) and the Southern Style Crabcake Sandwich (which was served with creole mustard aioli on a sweet potato bun.

Before ordering, I asked the waiter if by any chance they had sweet potato fries. He checked with the kitchen and reported that they didn’t have them, but would have made them for me if they had any whole sweet potatoes in the back. Our waiter was fantastic and the service was great. Steph (and 3 of the other girls) ordered the Bison Burger, which was served with curried onion straws, jalapeno jack cheese and onion marmalade on a sweet potato bun.

I tasted…it was good. By the time dessert rolled around, we claimed that we were too stuffed to order dessert. But clearly we would not be an eating club if we did not make room in our stomachs to finish off dinner with something sweet. So we took a 10 minute walk (aka made room in our stomachs?) to FrozenYo to finish off our meals.

Eating Club Girls are REALLY REALLY REDICULOUSLY GOOD at making froyo cups.

Having a themed pot luck eating club is loads of fun, but this past Friday’s girls night out at 901 was definitely up there on the charts. I would HIGHLY recommend checking this place out if you live or are visiting D.C. The menu and wine/cocktail list is extensive but not over the top pricy. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating and the service was great.

See ya Wednesday.

Question of the Day: Do you have a “go to” restaurant that you always hit up or are you the type of person who likes to try new places?

Woman Night

15 04 2011

Haaaapppyyy Friiidaaayyy! I woke up in a great mood this morning 🙂 At 7 am the sun was shining, the birds were chirping and since its Friday, it’s my OFF day from training. It really does finally feel like spring! Another reason I woke up in a great mood this morning was last night’s Woman Night. Yes…you heard me right, Woman Night. Ever since Chris and I started dating, we have both found that it is extremely important to make time for ourselves. We clearly love spending time together, but time alone with the guys/ time alone with the girls is A MUST! So…Thursdays have become his night to go drink beer, eat pizza and talk about man things and Thursday nights are my nights to go try out fun new restaurants, drink martinis and talk about all of the cooking, baking, gossipy GIRL TALK that I want to talk about! I used to call my Thursdays Girl Night, but if Chris is having Man Night….I decided that I am having Woman Night. Last night I met up with one of my favorite training AND eating buddies, Jenny.

We had both just come from training sessions on the bike, so please excuse the jeans and North Face attire 🙂 We decided to meet at Sette Osteria. I was actually there a few weeks ago on another Woman Night but it was so good that I suggested we go again! And it didn’t let us down. Sette is located in Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. One of my favorite things about this restaurant is the fact that it has an open patio in the spring, summer and fall.

We sat down at our table and were gabbing so much (about lots of girl things of course) that we had to actually make a point of stopping our conversation so that our waitress could finally take our order. We also knew that we wouldn’t be getting any of the amazing focaccia bread until we ordered. This bread was warm and crusty on the outside but really soft on the inside. It was also sprinkled with a little sea salt, which made it even more delicious. We asked for a few “refills” on the bread.

We were both pretty hungry from our rides, so we decided to split an appetizer. We decided on the Tavolozza Di Formaggi–Italian cheeses served with fig jam and truffle honey. YUMMO!

We licked those two little bowls clean. The service was a bit slow, but we honestly didn’t mind waiting for our entrees because we had so much catching up to do! Jenny has her first triathlon of the season on Saturday, the Rumpus in the Bumpass Olympic Triathlon(great name huh?!), so of course we spent time talking about race day and our upcoming seasons. For her entree, Jenny ordered Capellini with peppers mushrooms, basil and fresh tomato sauce. She asked for chicken on top to add a little more protein to the meal. They gave her quite a bit of chicken!

I went with the Insalata di Mare–mixed grill of shrimp, salmon and calamari served with arugula salad.

We were both happy campers once the food came out!

My meal was great!…except for the calamari. I had been expecting fried calamari and the taste and texture of grilled calamari just really didn’t really do if for me…

Both Jenny and I agreed that the food was great and we would definitely come back to Sette. Woman Night was yet another success 🙂 Before you sign offline for the weekend, though, head over to Running Foodie. Megan asked me to write a guest post for her while she was on vacation and I decided to put together a little Triathlon 101! Check it out 🙂

Question of the Day: Do you have a woman/man night/me night?