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Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 15 comments

Much Ado About Nothing

After the Hot Chocolate 15K on Saturday, I would have been perfectly content to lay prostrate in bed for 24-hours straight. Of course, that doesn’t exactly make for a productive day, nor for an exciting blog post.

Silver Bells

Luckily, I already had plans with Claire to have a fancy grown-up ladydate last night! So we headed into the city for a delicious dinner at Zaytinya, then to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


I hadn’t been to Zaytinya since my birthday dinner two years ago, so it was fun to go back! It’s a Mediterranean mezze restaurant, which is small-plate style (like tapas). It’s a little on the expensive side, but is definitely tasty!

Pita Bubbles

Claire and I got a bunch of li’l plates to share… as well as some sparkling wine to sip. We are ladies, after all!


For starters, we got a little bowl of tzatziki to dip our warm, fluffy pita bread in. You could tell it was made with real, full-fat Greek yogurt and it was AMAZING. So creamy and rich. Nom.


We also got the beet salad that I distinctly remembered from my birthday dinner. So delicious. Can someone PLEASE tell me where I can find golden beets? I need more of them in my life but can never, ever find them in the grocery store or at the Farmer’s Market!

Zucchini Pancakes
Zucchini & cheese patties

Shredded lamb wrapped in phyllo

Lamb and beef meatballs

Everything else we got had crazy Greek names that I can’t really remember… Keftedes… Kolko-something-edes… it was all delicious, so to channel the playwright of the evening: What’s in a name?

We also got to sample some Mediterranean desserts! One was a sort of deconstructed Turkish Delight, and the second was a saffron rice pudding, with candied pistachios and candied rose petals! We got the latter out of curiosity more than anything else, but it was pretty good, if somewhat different. Rice pudding is never my favorite dessert, but I feel proud as a foodie for being adventurous, haha. All in all, a fabulous pre-theatre dinner!

Shakespeare Theatre Company

As for the play, it was fantastic! We got the tickets as part of a LivingSocial deal about a month ago, but didn’t know much about either the production or the venue. Turns out they were both very modern as well as very cool! Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, and was full of snark and wit. This production was set in 1940s Cuba, complete with tangoing, mojitos, and flamenco guitars. I’m always amazed by how easily Shakespearean language translates into more modern staging. It runs until January 1st, and I heartily recommend the show!

The only real downside was that the show didn’t end until 10:30 last night, and that’s not including the metro ride back and the time spent editing the photos above, haha. So not only am I super sore, but I am also mucho exhausted. One thing at a time though… What is the consensus on post-race massage? Am I supposed to wait until I’m no longer sore, or is 48-hours enough time to have waited?

Happy Monday!


  1. I have been wanting to go to Zaytinya forever… just haven’t actually made it there! The dishes look amazing (not that I’m surprised). They have golden beets at the co-op (The Common Market) that I belong to in Frederick, and they’re awesome! I’m pretty sure they have them all the time, too. So decide if it’s worth driving 45 min north for- you could go eat at Volt afterwards! 🙂

    • Mmmm, for Volt, I could definitely be convinced!

      • Do Volt! Do Volt!!!! It is fabulous. Get reservations early. Plan for the first Saturday of the month and you have downtown Frederick to enjoy afterwards.

  2. Hmmm, I just opted for dinner at Graffiato next weekend over Zaytinya, & now I may be reconsidering…!

    • I haven’t been to Graffiato yet, but what I hear about it suggests it’s more casual than Zaytinya, so I guess it just depends on what kind of mood you’re in! It’s like you’re choosing between Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella’s past and present, since he worked at Zaytinya and now owns Graffiato, haha!

      • Ha, exactly! I actually have been to Graffiato already, & while the atmosphere is casual, the food is still pretty fancy – and delicious! The only place I’ve ever liked eggplant… But, hey, I’ll be in town for multiple days. Maybe I’ll go to both!

  3. Post-race recovery? Lots of fluids (you’ve done that) to work out the lactic acid buildup. Stretching. Warm baths. Walk around lots. Brag. You deserve. The conventional wisdom is take off one day from running for every mile you ran, but that doesn’t absolve you from biking, swimming, elliptical, or such.

    I am SOOOOOOO proud of you!

  4. Kolokithokeftedes! That’d be your zucchini and cheese patties. Yum!

    • That’s the one! They were DELICIOUS.

  5. My half marathon was on a Sunday, and I got a massage on Monday! I was so stiff/sore I could hardly get out of bed that morning, and when I walked out of the massage I felt MUCH more normal. Definitely no need to wait.

  6. I get my golden beets at Whole Foods. Hopefully, yours will have them, too. Everything looks sooooooo delicious!

  7. My husband and I went to Zaytina last year when we were in DC and it was amazing! I would love to go back

  8. i really like Zaytinya! I’m impressed with how “cultured” you are with your museum evenings and plays! mmmm…now i want tzatziki…


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