Dreaming of Spain in the City

ARROZ

901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (https://arrozbymic.com/)

*** and 1/2 (Excellent/Outstanding)

“Life moves pretty fast…” at least according to Ferris Bueller. I initially intended for this blog to detail dining adventures on a regular basis. But life has a tendency of throwing curveballs, and we’ve been busy as of late…just not eating our way through the DMV. However, with a recent chance to celebrate my birthday, I jumped at the opportunity to head to the well reviewed Arroz. Mike Isabella continues to spread his wings: this time delving into the flavors of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Spoiler alert: I hope to find these flavor profiles in more places within reach. If Isabella is able to execute this well as his empire continues to grow, the DMV will be that much luckier.

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Elegance in an Unexpected Place

ROYAL TAJ

8335 Benson Drive, Columbia, MD 21211 (http://royaltajmd.com/)

** (Good)

When I first mentioned to a good friend of mine that I was starting up a food blog, we happened to be sitting and chatting about restaurants in the area to try. One of the recommendations for my new endeavor: Royal Taj, a Columbia restaurant tucked away in a small commercial center in a former Applebee’s. A little over a month later, my wife and I headed over on a whim for a Tuesday evening dinner. Though I went in expecting a solid Indian meal, after the showing by Royal Taj, I plan on returning with expectations of so much more.

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