Saturday, July 31, 2010
On Sunday, we were lucky because I finished my demonstration right before the tornado hit.
I got some help with the Deviled Eggs.
The crowd loved the Insalata Caprese Bites.
The fruit pizza is always a big hit.
Photos by Emily Clack.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Penn Quarter is looking to add another restaurant with Cuba Libra scheduled to open on September 17th.
Those familiar with Top Chef contestant Richard Blaise will surely be anticipating the arrival of his Atlanta based Flip Burger. No location has been selected yet.
Ted's Bulletin for lunch to check out the makers of Matchbox's new Capitol Hill restaurant.
After lunch, Perry gave us an inside look at his new restaurant DC-3 opening in August. Just a few store fronts down the street, DC-3 will be opening as a new hot dog spot. So if you're in the area, stop by Matchbox for yummy pizza, Ted's for a pop tart and soon you can swing by DC-3 for a hot dog.
Photos by Emily Clack
505 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Need to take a break from the summer heat? Stop in at Tuscana West and sample their new bar menu (menu items taken from press release).
"Sip on a Sicilian Holiday – Malibu Mango rum, Ameretto di Saronno with fresh squeezed orange juice while eating your Avocado Margherita – fresh avocado stuffed with fresh, ripe plum tomatoes, basil, onion garlic and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Nothing on the menu is priced over $14 (1/2 dozen Blue Point oysters served on the half shell and topped with black caviar). Happy Hours start at 4:30 pm until 7:00pm when the majority of menu items are half price.
Keep the summer heat coming knowing you can enjoy a little taste of Italy right in the heart of downtown DC. Of course, Tuscana West gives homage to its local surroundings by offering up its Croccheta di Granchio Piccolini (mini-housemade genuine Chesapeake crab cakes served with our truffle fries)."
Tuscana West is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and dinner 3:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Open only for dinner on Saturday from 5:00 p.m.-10 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Tuscana West is located at: 1350 I Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Photos by Emily Clack
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
To begin, Lauren sets the mood by showing viewers how to make two of her signature cocktails, Romance and a Flirtini. Next on the menu, Filet Mignon topped with Balsamic Reduction and Melted Goat Cheese. Lauren demonstrates how this juicy and tantalizing dish is not just reserved for upscale restaurants by making each step simple and easy to follow. With its perfect balance of starch and salt, Potato Gratin serves as the perfect compliment to the rich filet mignon. Although potato gratin can be tricky, Lauren provides useful tips to ensure a harmonious relationship between the viewer and the dish. No romantic dinner is complete without dessert. Learn how to create Chocolate Pots de Crème, a creamy, decadent dessert that is sure to end the evening on a positive note.
Fall in love with Capital Cooking and don’t miss the opportunity to bring a little romance into your life. Recipes featured in this episode are available in the Capital Cooking Cookbook. Get yours today at https://www.createspace.com/3374156 for $29.99.
Watch Capital Cooking on the Dish Network channels 9396 and 9407. Cocktail Party will air on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 4 p.m. EST.
Photo by Duane Heaton
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuscan Lemon Drop.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We entered the restaurant and didn't know what to expect. The Blind Tiger is a prohibition era name for a speak-easy, and in this fashion Mie N Yu has taken the same premise and is offering this “underground” menu to those who have discovered the secret online. For $25 you get a three course menu and 50% off on certain bottles of wine.
We were promptly seated and our server, Spencer, gave us quite an impressive background about the history of Mei N Yu and the Silk Road. The table was within the Moroccan Bazaar part of the restaurant. The table was cozy, but the chairs were low and kind of uncomfortable to sit in for the full meal.
"A golden Buddha welcomes guests to Mie N Yu as you make your way to tented tables and lavish banquettes in our Moroccan Bazaar. Journey through a mysterious, faraway land of wonderful scents and dark candle-lit corners of our main dining area. The Moroccan Bazaar may be reserved, along with the Turkish Tent and Hong Kong Bar & Lounge, for reception style events of up to 200 guests. A full restaurant buyout including the second floor Baroque Room, Venetian Bar & Lounge, Birdcage, and Tibetan Lounge accommodate up to 400 guests for reception style events." http://www.dcsocialite.com.
Once we were situated, we unrolled our Blind Tiger Menus and decided on Cono Sur “Vision” Pinot Noir, Chile, $21 for wine. The Chilean Pinot was medium bodied with fruit notes of plum, cherry and raspberry. It went down smooth and had a nice ruby color. We started sipping our wine and realized we needed to make some choices.
THREE – COURSE “social underground” CHEF’S TASTING MENU
Chef Tim Miller has taken many of Mie N Yu’s most popular dishes and incorporated them into this special menu, which you have received by finding us through our social media network and presenting your Blind Tiger ticket. Enjoy a taste of the Silk Road…
$25 per person
No substitutions please. Tax, gratuity, and beverages are not included.
Make one selection from each of the following three courses.
Chef Tim Miller is presenting traditional Silk Road inspired dishesas part of the Blind Tiger Menu in Celebration of:
Asia After Dark / at the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Asian Art Museum
Zataar Hummus with Ful
roasted garlic & zataar hummus, with braised Egyptian fava beans,garlic, tomatoes, lemon, naan bread
Sunomono Blue Crab Salad
salad of edamame, jumbo lump blue crab,cucumber, asian greens, pickled quail egg & soba noodles with a rice vinegar dressing
Char Masala Lamb Kabobs
Virginia all natural lamb, charred vegetables,roasted coriander yogurt
Beijing Style Lacquered Duck
local Pekín duck, mandarin pancakes, scallions,hoisin, cucumber, chili’s
Pakistani Cinnamon & Ginger Striped Bass
sustainably raised striped bass, greens, and spiced yogurt casserole, tamarind scented basmati rice
Indonesian Scallop “Kare”
seared East Coast sea scallops, yellow coconut curry,“Gado – Gado” salad: green beans, quail eggs, potatoes, shrimp chips, peanut dressing
Lamb, Wild Mushroom & Tofu Fried Rice
stir-fried sushi rice, asparagus, corn, bok choy, ginger, mushroom soy, natural local cumin lamb
Indonesian Chicken “Rica Rica”
Shenandoah Valley free range organic chicken,red chili marinade, pickled vegetables
WINE’S BY THE BOTTLE (50% off of our regularly listed prices)
Kluge New World Red, Virginia, $28
Cono Sur “Vision” Pinot Noir, Chile, $21
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz, Australia, $20
Crios de Susana Balbo Cabernet, Argentina, $22
Biltmore Sauvignon Blanc, North Carolina, $20
Cono Sur “Vision” Organic Chardonnay, Chile, $28
Brancott Sauvingon Blanc, New Zealand, $20
Sawtooth Reisling, Idaho, $21
We put in our order and Spencer brought us some edamame. We started eating it and realized we didn't have any silverware or napkins. It took a good 10 minutes for him to return and we finally got the napkins.
3125 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Saturday, July 24, 2010
While the owners of Murphy's Law noticeably changed the interior of the former Persian restaurant, the outside still resembles a store front more than a bar. Hopefully this will not discourage patrons from enjoying a great new addition to the area. Inside, guests will enjoy sitting at the large wooden bar and watching the numerous TVs.
Being an Irish bar, Murphy's Law serves traditional Irish fare (shepherd's pie and fish and chips) and keeps Guinness and Harp readily available. If you are not a fan of the heavy Irish cuisine, they do have lighter menu options (this applies to the beer as well). The fish and chips were just as fish and chips should be: beer battered and served with plenty of tartar sauce. I will definitely be coming back just for this dish.
Murphy's Law is located at
4624 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Friday, July 23, 2010
After several delays, We, the Pizza, the latest restaurant venture from Spike Mendelsohn, will open today. Originally scheduled to open Monday, July 12th and then Monday, July 19th, we, the public will finally be able to taste the long awaited pies.
Apparently Mussel Bar of Bethesda also experienced some false openings. Supposedly opening on July 21st, the restaurant opened a day late due to staff training.
The food trucks just keep rolling into town. This week, three more food trucks announced their arrival.
- Eat Wonky: Will serve Poutine, a Canadian dish made out of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. Look for Eat Wonky in mid-August.
- CapMac: Will serve pasta, which will include mac n' cheese (obviously).
- Fry Captain: Will serve french fries and milkshakes. Hopefully the servers will be wearing poodle skirts and leather jackets because I'm feeling a 1950s flash back coming on. Look for Fry Captain during the first week of August.
I'm sure most of you have made your reservations for Restaurant Week already but in case you have not, then jump on opentable.com and start scheduling. D.C. Restaurant Week begins August 16th and ends August 22nd. Participating restaurants include:
Blue Duck Tavern
And many more. Click here for the full list. During Restaurant Week, you have the option of a three-course fixed price meal. The cost for lunch is $20.10 and dinner is $35.10.
I'm not one for dieting, so I tend to avoid diet books/cookbooks but I was overall impressed with Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! The first 285 pages are filled with useful tips that range from deciphering nutrition labels to boosting your metabolism--essential things to know when looking for a lifestyle change (my preferred phrase instead of "diet").
The remainder of the book is devoted to recipes, most of which look appealing. I'd love to make the Sweet Potato Oat Bars or the Honey Almond cookies and it is even better knowing they are good for you!
The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! can be purchased wherever books are sold or on the Eat-Clean website. The book retails for $19.95.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here's the list of restaurant participants:
Art and Soul
BGR the Burger Joint
Black Market Bistro
BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant
Black's Bar and Kitchen
Brabo by Robert Wiedmaier
Cafe du Park
Central Michel Richard
Charlie Palmer Steak
Hard Times Cafe
J & G Steakhouse
Lebanese Taverna Restaurant
The Melting Pot
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
Ping Pong Dim Sum
Red Velvet Cupcakery
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company
1789 (awesome scallop rolls)
Trummer's on Main