Ray’s the Steaks

It’s been a while since I have come to you with a Tasty Place, but here I am! I have been eyeing Ray’s the Steaks for quite a while now and we finally got to eat there! I had seen them on the Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurant list in past years but we have also heard how delicious it was from people we know. We even had a waiter at another top steakhouse in Washington DC, tell us that we had to try Ray’s the Steaks next. Well, we finally did and we were very happy with our service and the amazing food.

Ray’s the Steaks is located in Arlington, Virginia and they are known for their mouth watering fire grilled steaks. They butcher and dry age all of their steaks in house and only serve premium quality. They also have some of the best prices, that we have seen, compared to other Washington DC steakhouses. Alex and I have been to four of the ten steakhouses on the Top 10 Best Steakhouses in DC List and we were excited to make Ray’s the Steaks number five!  

We invited my sister Christine and her husband Caleb to come along with us. It was great having a date night out with them! Now, I didn’t photograph their food because I didn’t want to make them wait to eat, but I will tell you what they thought of their dishes!

As is the same with many of my meals, I started by ordering a glass of wine. I chose the Riesling, it’s one of my favorites.

Soon after getting our drinks, our waitress Heather (who was really knowledgeable and helpful) delivered freshly baked Focaccia bread to the table. I think we ate three plates of this bread. Yum!

Our first starter was the Devilishly Good Eggs: steak tartare served deviled egg style. You know a foodie like me was completely intrigued by this and I knew before we even got there, I was going to order them. Yes, I read the menu thoroughly before arriving, it’s what I do. I loved this dish. Something very familiar like a deviled egg but with a major twist. The flavors were great and I really enjoyed the red onions and capers served with them. The red onions added some texture to the plate while the capers added that pop of tangy, lemony flavor they are known for.   

We also ordered the Jumbo Sea Scallops wrapped in bacon and served with an apricot mango horseradish chutney for a starter. Let me start by saying these tasted great. The scallops were cooked perfectly and wrapping them in bacon never hurts. The chutney had a very strong horseradish flavor which overpowered the apricot and mango, but I love horseradish, so I didn’t mind. The only bad thing I would say about this dish (and the entire meal) is that the scallops weren’t what I would consider “jumbo” and they only gave us three of them. For the price of the appetizer, I would have loved just one more scallop. I know they are pricey but just one more would have been nice. Like I said, my only bad thought on our entire meal.  

Christine ordered the Sherried Crab Bisque, which I didn’t get a photo of. I was able to sneak a taste and I really enjoyed it. I liked the hint of sherry, and there were  big chunks of crab in it, which is always great in a crab bisque.

Here come the steaks! I decided on the Filet Mignon Au Poivre. This tender filet came with a seared peppercorn crust and was sitting on top of a port wine peppercorn sauce. Usually, I like my steaks simply prepared but this steak changed my mind! I feel like I have so many good things to say about it. First, it was cooked at a perfect medium, just like I asked for. Second, that peppercorn crust added so much texture and flavor. Every bite I took came with a peppery kick…so good! Third, it was so tender that I cut a piece with my fork. Lastly, that sauce, that sauce, that sauce. There was not one drop of it left when I finished my plate. Every bite I took was dragged through that creamy sauce. I’m wanting more now just thinking about it.  

Another thing I loved about Ray’s the Steaks, was that they served family style creamed spinach and mashed potatoes to the table to go along with our steaks. Most steakhouses would of course charge extra for this but at Ray’s it comes with your meal. Awesome!

We ordered the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese as an extra side to share. Now I have had a lot of lobster mac and cheese in my life but this one was the best. Sometimes when you order this dish it comes out way to greasy and way to cheesy (yes, that’s a thing) and you just can’t eat much of it, which is a shame because it’s usually not cheap. This Lobster Macaroni and Cheese was perfect. Big chunks of lobster meat and there was just enough cheese to make the point without everything drowning in cheese sauce. Take a look at that broiled golden brown topping….heaven!    

Alex ordered one of the specials they had for the evening. (I should have taken a picture of the specials board so I could remember exactly what it was). I hope I am not getting this wrong, but I think this was the Côte de boeuf. Look at the char on that steak. It was absolutely delicious! It came out a perfect medium rare and was finished with butter. I don’t think steak gets any better than this.

Caleb ordered the Hanger Steak, which he said was the best steak he’s ever eaten! He is still talking about it! Christine had the Filet Mignon with a brandy mushroom cream and she really enjoyed hers as well.

Overall, we had a wonderful evening at Ray’s the Steaks. I love that it is one of the best steakhouses in the DC area but it isn’t very formal or fancy. A lot of the other steakhouses we have been to can feel stuffy. At Ray’s the Steaks the atmosphere is more relaxed and welcoming in my opinion. We liked that!

I highly recommend going to Ray’s the Steaks for your next special occasion. You are sure to have a delicious meal with excellent service!

Ray’s the Steaks

2300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22201

http://www.raysthesteaks.com/home.html

My 21 Day Fix Adventure – Results!

21 Day Fix, Results! | February 14, 2017 | By

It’s that time! A little sooner than my full 21 days but that’s okay.

Now if you recall, I never posted my before picture. I was embarrassed. The thought of posting that picture really made me cringe (and still does). But now that I have put in almost 3 weeks of hard work, I am willing to show my before picture so you can see my results!

I started at 172lbs and now am 164lbs. That’s 8 pounds lost! I now weigh less than I did when I got pregnant with my twins, who will be 2 next week! The things I notice the most are my face thinning out and also the change in my stomach/hip area. Hallelujah! I can even see my abs peeking through! Well hello there, old friends!

Here is my side picture. I put my arms up so you could see my stomach better.

I don’t just look better but I feel better. I feel stronger. I am able to do way more than when I first started. Cardio is still a struggle for me but it has been such a motivation to see improvement in myself everyday. Everyday I am able to do a little more. Lift heavier weights. Do one more rep. That’s exciting!

I don’t have a complete plan moving forward, but I know I want to continue working out. I am going to sign up for the Beach Body All Access Pass, so I can stream all the programs they offer. That way I can mix it up a bit! I am very excited to continue working out and seeing even bigger changes.

Don’t worry, I have some recipes coming that I can’t wait to share with you! I am still a total foodie guys!

Thank you for following me on this journey and thanks for your support!

Results = -8 pounds total!

 

My 21 Day Fix Adventure – Day 19

21 Day Fix, Day 19 | February 14, 2017 | By

This is going to be a short post. I did not follow my eating plan today and I can see that I am starting to fall off the 21 Day Fix wagon. I did get my workout in before the kids woke up which felt great. I decided to do Dirty 30. I am not used to working out in the morning and it was hard. My body wasn’t even awake yet, but I am glad I got it done and over with.

My mom invited us over for brunch and I made this Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake. Oh man, this was amazing!

We also cooked up some scrapple we got from a local farm. Is there anything better than scrapple? So needless to say, I ate brunch.

For dinner, we ended up ordering Cava Grill because we had a gift card we wanted to use. I didn’t get a picture of it but I had a grain bowl with rice, beef, red pepper and eggplant humus, cabbage and feta cheese.

I told you this post was going to be short. I am going to go ahead and share my before and after pictures on Day 20. A day early….which really isn’t a day early because somehow I skipped posting about an entire day. Still not sure how that happened but that’s okay!

Weight Check = 164lbs

-8lbs Total

My 21 Day Fix Adventure – Day 18

21 Day Fix, Day 18 | February 14, 2017 | By

Here’s the thing…..I have gotten a little off track with my 21 Day Fix and it started with Day 18. As you can tell by my chalkboard, I didn’t workout today. I was so tired by the time the kids went to bed that I went to bed myself instead of working out.

For breakfast I made myself two tacos. A filled two corn tortillas with scrambled eggs, onions, and cheddar cheese. 2 yellow / 1 1/2 red / 1 blue

I had a friend’s baby shower to go to in the afternoon, so I thought I would get my Shakeology in beforehand, that way I wouldn’t be hungry and I could stay away from the food table. Well, easier said than done. Yes, I drank my delicious peanut butter and chocolate Shakeology. Yes, I got to the baby shower and the food table called my name. Yes, I went to said food table and grabbed a plate. I filled said plate with yummy food and ate it all……woops.  I’m really not going to beat myself up over it. I have been working really hard!

After the baby shower, I headed to Lotte Plaza to pick up some ingredients for dinner. A foodie friend on Instagram shared some salmon burgers she had made and I knew I had to make them! Lotte’s produce section is amazing! I have only been to this store once before and now I remember why I loved it. I need to shop there more often. They had any produce item you could ever need and all for great prices.  

One of the items on my list was Cilantro. They had the Cilantro I was used to getting and then had a different kind also. It smelled like what I was used to, so I decided to try something new. I’m still not sure if this is just a different variety or what……if you know please leave a comment.

When I got home, I threw together the delicious and easy to make Salmon Burgers. I will be making these again and again! Thank you Cyn at Especially Southern Dishes for the recipe!

I am still down a consistent 8 pounds which I am very happy about! I am getting a little tired of counting containers, as you will see in my next post. 🙂 

Weight Check = 164lbs

-8lbs Total

My 21 Day Fix Adventure – Day 17

21 Day Fix, Day 17 | February 11, 2017 | By

Some how, some way, I missed posting about a day. I don’t know where the day went but I am one day behind. Technically, today is day 18 from when I started the 21 Day Fix but I am only on Day 17 posting on the blog. Hmmm….very strange. Maybe it’s the lack of ice cream in my diet? I’m not thinking clearly? Oh well. I am going to roll with it.

I actually had something other than oatmeal for breakfast! I sautéed some leftover potatoes in a pan with a little bit of olive oil. I added in spinach and let it wilt down. I poured over 3 eggs I had scrambled in a bowl, and stirred while they cooked. I topped the whole thing with cheddar cheese. 1 1/2 red / 1/4 green / 1 yellow / 1/2 blue

On Facebook, I saw that a local small business was featuring a produce bundle for sale and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go check it out. I grabbed a snack for on the go and loaded the kids up in the car. Yogurt with cinnamon, honey, and berries. 1 red / 1 purple

Local Homestead Products LLC was featuring this produce bundle and I think it is such a great idea! You get to try a variety of different items and the bundles are always changing. They even have a bundle loyalty card where if you buy 10 your 11th bundle is free. This bundle was $25 which is a great price. I am glad I went to pick it up. I also picked up a couple treats for Alex and I for Valentines Day! Yes, there is ice cream involved. 🙂

Since I didn’t have oatmeal for breakfast, and it was freezing cold outside, I thought it was a good idea to have it for lunch. You didn’t think I was just not going to eat my oatmeal did you? Peanut butter oatmeal with strawberries and maple syrup. 1 1/2 yellow / 1 purple

Time for dinner! I blanched the green beans I got in the produce bundle and then sautéed them in olive oil, with red onions and garlic. As for the squash, I tossed it in a little bit of Tuscan Herb olive oil and roasted it at 400 degrees until tender. The pork tenderloin was something I found on sale at Wegmans. I’m not sure it was totally 21 Day Fix approved but it tasted amazing! It was already marinated with bourbon and ready to bake. 2 green / 1 1/2 red 

Tonight was Lower Fix and 10 Minute Abs. I’m not sure why, but these past couple nights, I have been having a hard time getting motivated to workout. I posted on my accountability group that I was thinking of skipping my workout and a girl quickly commented back telling me to get on it! That was awesome! Just what I needed to get my act together and complete both workouts! A big thanks to my accountability group for being so awesome!

Weight Check = 164lbs

-8lbs Total