l'auberge chez francois07/28/14
L’Auberge Chez Francois is an enchanting French restaurant tucked away on a winding road in Northern Virginia. Chef Jacques Haeringer (whose family has owned L’Auberge since the 1950s) and his lady Carol are dear friends of my family, and the restaurant has always been very special to us (I have fond memories of a New Years Eve celebration in 2005, watching the adults get rowdy and wishing I could participate in the wine-drinking). We ended up in town on Bastille Day early this month and attended Jacques’ garden-to-table celebration. It was such a fun night filled with food and wine into the wee hours, paired with amazing lady-chatter and stories from my mom’s childhood friends (who my sister and I have consequently known our whole lives and adore). I loved experiencing a place I’ve frequented my entire life with a new behind-the-lens perspective and I can’t wait to get back up there when the weather’s nicer for some french onion soup on the patio.
It’s safe to say that Blake and I are obsessed with new Charleston restaurant, Chez Nous. Located in a tiny house in an alley, their small daily menu (two appetizers, two entrees, two desserts) never fails to amaze. Exquisite food, intimate setting, wonderful people, French — I’m sold.
6 Payne Court
la to portland in coffee03/17/14
XBB was recently named one of America’s 50 best new restaurants by Bon Appetit. I’m so glad that Josh, Dulaan, and Joey are getting the recognition they deserve because oh my god, this food is the best.