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Where did you eat this weekend? Plus, cozy up to Valentine’s Day comforts

It actually felt like winter this past weekend, but not even the threat of snowflakes could deter my culinary prowess as I made my way to Masa 14 for cocktails and tapas.

The seafood chowder at District Commons. (By Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

If I’d been a few neighborhoods over, I might have sought comfort in the seafood chowder at the recently-reviewed District Commons (more reviews linked after the jump).

Masa 14 did offer a flavorful update on a standard egg drop soup — the restaurant’s hot and sour version is rounded out by wood ear mushroom and chive shrimp dumplings.

I paired my soup with crunchy, chipotle aioli-covered shrimp and wok seared cauliflower punched up with garlic and ginger. I highly recommend everything I had and if I was a friend of Cupid, I’d be tempted to try their Valentine’s Day price-fixed menu.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, definitely check out Tom Sietsema’s recommendations for date-night dinner if you’re still in need of a reservation. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, look no further than this roundup of the best chocolate in the D.C. area. And don’t forget America’s Sweetheart — the cupcake. Plenty of those to go around this Valentine’s Day.

For all you love haters out there, Going Out Guide has a roundup of anti-Valentine’s Day events, though not surprisingly, it’s more about cocktails than cuisine. (And if you need a bitter playlist to accompany your outing, look no further.)

If you missed the recent reviews from The Post’s food team, they’re linked below. Tell me in the comments about your recent dining adventures and where you plan to celebrate (or reject) Valentine’s Day.

Recently reviewed:

District Commons | 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037 | 202-587-5277

The Rogue State Burger from Black and Orange in Dupont. (Black and Orange, photo by Dan Swartz).

Boxcar Tavern | 224 Seventh St. SE, Washington, DC 20003 | 202-544-0518

Lemongrass chicken tacos. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)
Bethonie Butler writes about television for The Post.


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