Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
17 hours on a plane never felt so good. South African Airways features daily roundtrip nonstop service from the U.S. to South Africa with afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles (with a stop in Dakar, Senegal).
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just like most of America, I am totally hooked into the slow cooker craze. Set it and forget it? I love that! Pour a bunch of ingredients into a pot in the morning and they turn into a delicious chili or stew eight hours later? Amazing. But, I just cannot get on board with the Slow Cooker Desserts cookbook by Jonnie Downing. It doesn’t make sense to me. Why would anyone wait four hours for brownies when you can put the same ingredients in a baking dish, pop that dish into the oven, and – voila! – brownies are ready in under 30 minutes.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
As the daughter of a flight attendant, my love for travel started early. I got a taste of U.S. and Europe travel at a young age and it whet my appetite for more. During this journey to Africa, I'm so excited to learn about the culture and cuisine. I can't wait to share my adventure with you. Bon Voyage!
Capital Cooking Contributor
In case you are not familiar with the program, MicroGreens works with schools and non-profit organizations to educate children and low-income families on how to make healthy choices based on a government-supplemented food budget (SNAP). Offering a class a week over an eight week period, MicroGreens fellows showcase how anyone can shop for, prepare, and enjoy a healthy meal based on a total budget of $3.50 per meal per family of four.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
February 26, Miner Family Wines: Winemaker Gary Bookman hosts the evening's dinner. This is a great opportunity to experience the vineyard's sensational portfolio of wines including its single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Oakville Cabernet as well as their signature blend, Oracle. $125 Tickets for The Capital Wine Festival can be purchased at www.capitalwinefestival.com.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Chiang Mai: My favorite city was Chiang Mai. You'll find the best food in Thailand and amazing adventure activities. We when white water rafting, rode elephants and hung out with tigers. I loved the cooking class at the Four Seasons with a visit to the market. Don't miss this city when visiting Thailand!
The DC International Food and Wine Festival finished with a bang. The Last Sipper event was the last big hoorah, and allowed guests to take a walk around the room tasting food and wine that featured dishes created by some of DC's well known chefs. It was a night to mingle, feast, and taste new wines, but there was also a silent auction for guests who were interested in that as well.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Just received a press release: Chef Haidar Karoum and restaurateur Mark Kuller, the team behind Proof and Estadio, announce today that construction has begun on their forthcoming restaurant, Doi Moi, at 1800 14th Street NW. Doi Moi will offer regional cuisine of Vietnam and Thailand, inspired by the dishes found at street stands, stalls, and storefronts in the great cities of these food-obsessed nations.
The 14th Annual International Food and Wine Festival took over the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and oh what a beautiful take-over. As an attendee of the Regional Wine and Food Celebration, I was overwhelmed at the number of wineries represented as well as the wonderful menu prepared by local chefs, Xavier Deshayes from the International Trade Center and Todd Gray from Equinox. The food was arranged banquet style with each table representing an area of the world so that guests could easily pair the wine offerings with the food presented.
Monday, February 18, 2013
The DC Food and Wine Festival was a huge success. This year they offered a number of events and seminars for food and wine lovers to enjoy. The 2nd Annual Sommelier Showdown tested the wine knowledge and tasting ability of local DC sommeliers. A panel of sommeliers sat and tasted a number of wines trying to identify grape varietal, and place of origin, and even producer while guests mingled about the room tasting high value wines and munching on delicious bites chosen by DC's best chefs.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The first Monday of every month, Mike Isabella turns over his kitchen at Graffiato to some of DC's greatest chefs and mixologists to help co-host Industry night. From 10pm-1am, food lovers of DC pile into the restaurant to take part in an extraordinary night of complimentary late night snacks, and signature libations from guest mixologists.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Join Lauren DeSantis as she ventures outside of DC to get a taste of the culture and cuisine of Taiwan. In Part 2, Lauren visits a Buddhist Monastery, eats the strange food at the night market, sips some bubble tea, soaks in the hot springs and learns how to make a cocktail. Soon to be airing on PBS.
February is Pisco Sour Month and shortly after National Pisco Sour Day, which occurs the first Saturday of February, The Embassy of Peru, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) held their annual "Pisco Sour Day" on the terrace of the Inter-American Development Bank.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This Tuesday, February 19th, McLean neighborhood favorite, Bistro Vivant, hosts an exclusive evening with winemaker Eric Bonnet of Domaine La Bastide Saint Dominique. Bonnett will present his award-winning wines made in the heart of France’s Rhône Valley alongside a 5-course tasting menu prepared by Bistro Vivant’s Owner/Executive Chef Domenico Cornacchia.Canapés and reception begin at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7 PM. Reservations can be purchased for $75 a person and made by calling Bistro Vivant at (703) 356-1700 or online at www.bistrovivant.com. You won’t want to miss this authentic French cuisine menu featuring sweatbreads, lobster, pike and rabbit paired with Rhône’s most highly-rated reserve bottlings from the acclaimed regions of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Vacqueryas and Lirac.
Happy Valentine's Day! Grab your griddles and whip out your whisks because National Pancake Week is fast approaching! The week-long celebration will run from February 10th-16th. Cuba Libre, located at located at 801 9th Street, NW, 20001, serves two cornmeal pancakes and bacon with Cuba Libre's five year rum-molasses syrup and mango butter during brunch service Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:30 AM to 2 PM.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Lebanese Taverna recently underwent a major makeover and is back better than ever. Guests can now enter through a fully enclosed side door, accessible from the restaurant’s complimentary parking garage below.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We recently had the pleasure of dining at TruOrleans, a staple in the burgeoning H Street restaurant scene. TruOrleans boasts a great open-air upstairs reminiscent of French Quarter establishments, but the focus is on the Cajun and southern-tradition food, which did not disappoint.
By: Jennifer Duff
Capital Cooking Contributor
I like to enjoy a nice glass of red wine, especially with a delicious dinner. My favorite kind of wine is either a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or a Meritage (a blend of Bordeaux varieties). But to be completely honest, I don't know much about wine... I just know what I like. And what better way to learn more than by heading over to the International Wine and Food Festival for an educational session on wine.
Let these wines make a big impression on your crush and not your wallet. Top sommeliers around DC poured out their best recommendations for Valentine's Day wine for under $25.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Grab your griddles and whip out your whisks because National Pancake Week is fast approaching! The week-long celebration will run from February 10th-16th. Blue Duck Tavern, located on the corner of 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, will serve Clemson-Style Blueberry Stacked Pancakes with Pure Bliss Maple Syrup during brunch service Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 AM to 2:30 PM.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
With the internet connection at my house often being spotty, and sometimes non-existent, I've been spending more and more time at cafes and coffee shops. Though I've been trying to visit a new coffee shop every time I find myself in need of free Wi-Fi, I often find myself coming back to FirstBake again and again. A farmhouse style morning cafe found within Farmers Fishers Bakers in the Washington Harbor at The Georgetown Waterfront, FirstBake serves coffee, teas, fresh squeezed orange juice, toast, and other small breakfast items from 7:30am-10am, Monday through Friday.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
|Hosts Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray|
Capital Cooking Contributor
Last week, the DC area's most celebrated chefs, vintners, and whiskey makers participated in the 12th Annual Sugar and Champagne Affair to benefit the Washington Human Society.
Friday, February 8, 2013
|Yes We Cantaloup: Bacardi, Cantaloupe, cayenne, and lemon, this new cocktail is a take on the Hemingway daiquiri.|
BLT Steak is taking cocktails to a whole new level. The trendy steakhouse serves up classic steakhouse fare with a twist. Everything from the food and drinks to the vibe of the dining room is progressive.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Beat the Winter Blues at the Food and Wine Festival: By this time in the winter season, we are all itching to get out of hibernation and enjoy good food and wine… and the Washington, DC International Food and Wine Festival has you covered! The festival will be hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center through Saturday, February 9. There are lots of seminars, tasting events and programs at this year’s event including:
Still time to enter! Sign up to win a Valentine's Day Dinner for 2 with Scratch DC! Why get all dressed up to go to a stuffy restaurant when you can create an even more fantastic meal in the privacy and comfort of your own kitchen!?
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Gulf Coast Seafood Association recently held it's annual "Let the World Be Your Oyster" reception at Acadiana Restaurant. In celebration of all things oysters, guests at the packed restaurant were treated to the finest in Louisiana oysters, served by some of Louisiana's finest seafood chefs.
Monday, February 4, 2013
|Taylor ~ Re-purposed Paint Buckets|
Fresh and delicious is the name of the game at Taylor Gourmet. Owners, Casey Patton and David Mazza are excited to announce the opening of their newest restaurant located in the Mosaic District in Merrifield, Va. In celebration of this momentous Virginia opening, they'll be giving away FREE hoagies on Monday, February 4, 2013 from 11:00am - 2:00pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm (only at the Mosaic location).
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Saturday, February 2, 2013
|VIDA Fitness with Fabbioli Cellars|
As a way to thank their Penthouse Pool Club members, VIDA Fitness on U Street has recently added special events to their membership privileges. Their recent wine tasting for Penthouse Club clients featured Fabbioli Cellars who provided seven of their wines for the evening. A brief presentation of each wine and four finger-sized food pairings were proffered by Fabbioli's wine educator, James F. Koennicke and other Fabbioli staff members.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Love is in the air! It isn't too late to snag a reservation at one of DC's hot restaurants. Don't wait until the last minute or you might miss out. DC restaurants are ensuring everyone enjoys the holiday with special Valentine's Day festivities and menus. If I missed your restaurant, please email me your Valentine's Day offerings.