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Eating out with Instagram: DGS Delicatessen, Birch & Barley, Pupatella and Zengo

I decided to start a new series of posts which I will call Eating out with Instagrams. It'll just be a collection of my instagram photos documenting my adventures in eating out.

This is the first such post!

Above is a photo I took at DGS Delicatessen: my friend Pankti and I had brunch there in the beginning of January. Although I thought lunch at DGS was good, but overpriced, I absolutely LOVED their brunch! I had a white fish salad on a bagel and a side of patatas bravas a la Judea (served with sour cream and harissa). The white fish salad was served with tomato jam, fried capers and butter lettuce.

Pankti had their Challah French Toast. There were barely any leftovers: both dishes were that good. We also really liked DGS's Le Marais: Champagne, St Germain, orange juice and Peychaud's bitters!

The photo below is a dessert menu from Birch & Barley. I've been to this restaurant for brunch and dinner, but have never popped in just for dessert. That's exactly what happened when Cecilia and I took a wrong turn on the way to finding a Metro station! I've always admitted to having poor sense of direction. My favorite dessert on the menu was the Figgy Toffee Pudding!!! It was warm, dense, sweet, and so FIGGY!!! Extra special Thank You to Tiffany MacIsaac, Executive Pastry Chef, for also sending out a few extra desserts for me and Cecilia to try on the house!

The next set of photos is from dinner at Pupatella. This was my first time at this Arlington Neapolitan Pizzeria and Friggitoria, and it will definitely not be the last! I loved the friendly but hectic atmosphere, the open kitchen, the pizza oven, the fun hats the guys making the pizza were wearing, and then there was the FOOD.

Since I was dining with Sylvie and Jason, we got a bunch of food to share! That's just how it goes ;)

For the appetizers, we had a burrata platter with homemade toasted bread and prosciutto. This could have been a meal in itself. But that would not do ;) We also shared an Arancini Sampler.

The photo of the pizzas did not turn out great, but these are the ones we had:
EGGPLANT & RED PEPPER:  Grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, provola (fresh smoked mozzarella)
CHORIZO:  Spicy Spanish chorizo, thinly-shaved red onion, roasted red pepper and fresh mozzarella
BURRATA PIZZA: No sauce, burrata (extra creamy buffalo mozzarella), cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, basil

I can't really choose a favorite: each had it's own winning qualities! You will just have to try them for yourself.

The only disappointment was that Pupatella ran out of Nutella doughnuts by the time I decided to order one.

The final meal I'll mention is dinner I had at Zengo with Julia. I was invited to sample a new menu in Zengo for its Test Kitchen concept. The new menu running from January 10th through March 31st combines the flavors of Argentina and Philippines. {Disclosure: I was treated to this meal, but opinions are my own!}

My favorites were the Guava Mate cocktail (gin, guava, yerba mate and lime), Oxtail Humitas with Argentinian tamal, peanut sauce, tamarind and coconut milk, and Tagolog Style Churrasco Steak with calamansi citrus-soy marinade, grilled onion, lemongrass mojo, green herb chimichurri and sweet potato tostones.

Unfortunately the Dulce de Leche Brazo Mercedes with lemongrass scented granite and green mango ceviche for dessert did not wow me. Fortunately, I had some dark chocolate waiting for me at home.

I hope you have enjoyed the first Eating out with Instagram post! There will be more to come.

Where have you been eating out lately?