Bogart’s Café

Aloha!! You’ll have to excuse my long absence, as I’ve been living it up on the beaches of Hawaii for the last week and a half! I reluctantly left the sunny shores behind a few days ago, and I’m back at my computer ready to report on my foodie adventures in Oahu and Kauai. I tried quite a range of things during my trip, from local fare and classic Hawaiian comfort food to sushi and high tea. There were a few unfortunate low lights, but for the most part the food was excellent, and a delicious time was had by all.

I begin with Bogart’s Café, a cute little coffee shop not far from my friend’s apartment. We stopped in here on the morning after my arrival to get a pick-me-up before hitting the road to tour around Oahu.

My friends got a breakfast quesadilla to share, pictured above. You could pick the ingredients for the quesadilla, and I think my friends chose wisely with the mushroom and spinach combo. I had a bite, and it was quite tasty! A side of toast came with it.

I just got a coffee:

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sâuçá

Out of all the Twittering food trucks of late, I’ve been most impressed by the branding and marketing of sâuçá. Take a look at their awesome website and you’ll see what I mean! I was very excited about the launch of this truck o’ food, as their menu looked so diverse and intriguing. Their dishes are inspired by cuisines from several continents, with a minor twist in that they’re served as “sâuçá” – their term for a flatbread sandwich. Their multi-colored logo is a reflection of that global concept, with each color representing a different region of the world.

They’ve been coming by the Chinatown area for a while now, and last week I finally got the opportunity to check them out. And it was great timing too! Not only was the weather sunny and fabulous, but it also happened to be the same day that NPR (I think it was NPR, anyway) was out by the truck interviewing folks on their sâuçá experience. I got to chat with the owner of sâuçá, who was very enthusiastic and pleasant. I asked him how they came up with the name, and he explained that their concept was based around sauces and having a great variety thereof. Originally, they wanted to call themselves “Sauce,” but they were told that they couldn’t trademark a real word. Thus, they changed it to sâuçá, adding a few accent marks here and there for added flair. Their abundant sauces are incorporated into their dishes, but you can also add extra if you want (they have a small fixings area next to the pick up window).

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30 Jul 2009, 10:45pm
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Fojol Bros of Merlindia

fojol chicken masala

I’ve wanted to try Fojol Brothers of Merlindia ever since I read about them in The Washington Post a few months ago. Fun! Music! Street food! It sounded like a quirky bunch of everything, and having to track their whereabouts via Twitter made it all the more fun.

Today they hunkered down on a corner of Farragut Square at 17th and K, and I was there right as they were opening up for business for the lunch crowd. They had to prep a little before service, including a quick dash to a nearby bank to make some change. (I’m sure the guy didn’t look at all suspicious walking into a bank in his fabulous getup, curly mustache and all).

I got a ginger lassi pop while we waited for change, and it was amazing! Just the icy refreshment I needed to brave the suffocating D.C. humidity. The guy told me they were experimenting with different flavors, so was eager to hear some feedback. Obviously, I love ginger and I love sweet, so uh…this is a no brainer. LOVED it! Can I buy a lifetime supply please? Much appreciated. I won’t mind at all if they come wrapped in ghetto sandwich bags like they were today. X)

On to the food! Pictured above is the pick-2 size, which comes with rice doused in delicious sauce. Today their selection included two chicken dishes (chicken masala and chicken curry) and two vegetarian options (spinach & cheese or cauliflower & potato). I got the chicken masala + cauli/potato twosome. Very good indeed, especially for street food!

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