Local Eats



INTRO: Jaleo is a lively Spanish tapa restaurant in downtown DC, owned by famous restaurateur/chef José Andrés. They opened their first location in Penn Quarter in 1993 and have since opened a few more locations in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Disney Springs. Manuel and I visited the Crystal City location several years ago (which has […]

Pulpo a la Gallega at Jaleo in DC


INTRO: Loopy’s Eatery is a wonderful family-owned restaurant that started out in 2015 as a food truck selling Korean Fusion in Alexandria and Arlington. If you’ve worked or lived in Crystal City, Ballston, or Rosslyn, you may have seen their truck on your streets at one point! 🙂 I have many fond memories of lining […]

Kalbi dish at Loopy's eatery in Annandale, VA


I’m back with our second post in the Local Eats series! 🙂 Today I am featuring Founding Farmers! We have loved Founding Farmers ever since our friend Min introduced it to us a few years ago. It has been one of our go-to’s for special occasions over the years, but we also love it for […]

Southern Carbonara Bucatini at Founding Farmer Tysons


I’m super excited to announce that I’m starting a “Local Eats” series on the blog! I’ll be featuring a different Northern VA/DMV restaurant in each post, including a mix of old favorites and new (or new-to-us) places. Note: Manuel and I are definitely not food critics and we probably don’t even qualify as foodies. We’re […]

Squid ink mafaldine at North Italia Tysons in McLean, VA