roti mediterranean grill.

I just wanted to post briefly, and say that I HEART ROTI!  The best way I know to describe Roti is that it’s the Mediterranean version of Chipotle.  Instead of burrito, tacos, or bowl, you choose from a pita, salad, or sandwich… with all the key Mediterranean fixings!  We went to the one near the L’Enfant Plaza metro station, which was not much in terms of environment… it’s more of a mall-like area.  (The Roti staff was very sweet though!)  The location near the Farragut West metro stop is apparently a little snazzier.  I’ve also heard, via their twitter (@rotiusa), that Roti will be in Rosslyn next year!  Roti is growing, and it definitely is so hot right now.

The Greek in me and the health-nut in me LOVES it.  I think they could do a Subway-like challenge, and see what happens if someone ate at Roti consistently for awhile.  My prediction is that the results would turn out fabulously.  Maybe you all have heard of the Dukan Diet that Kate Middleton apparently used before the wedding… there are so many articles out there discussing her figure, but many websites do promote going Mediterranean over going Dukan.

I must say that I am inspired to do more Pilates because of Pippa though.  :)



mexican tuesday.

Whenever Chris and I have no plans on Mondays, we make Mexican food and margaritas!  As I posted, we had our friend over for dinner last Monday, but we were free the next night, so we decided to postpone Mexican food a day later this week.  Usually, I make some pretty basic quesadillas, and then lots of dips to go along.  This week, I was inspired by Chipotle to try out making barbacoa (spicy beef) tacos!  I found this recipe for slow cooker barbacoa, and let me tell you… it was wonderful coming home after a long day of work to the smell of this cooking!

Barbacoa Cooking in the Slow Cooker

To be honest, it probably didn’t turn out as spicy as I would have liked… but we couldn’t really tell in the mixture of ingredients once the tacos were assembled.  We wrapped the shredded barbacoa, grated pepper jack cheese, and chopped peppers in soft tortillas (wheat).

Barbacoa Taco

On the table, we had spicy salsa and homemade guacamole to add in.  We also always make our margaritas from scratch!  At some point, I will post the easy recipes for homemade guac and homemade margs.