Victor Albisu's South American grill, Del Campo, is now open! I got a first look and taste last night. Both were delicious!
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Capital Cooking Contributor
Great spots to dine and enjoy an after work cocktail are aplenty in the DC area but few feature a rooftop deck with a quaint, low-key neighborhood hang-out feel like 1905 Restaurant. Located in the U Street Cooridor neighborhood, the restaurant focuses on bistro fare with a Southern twist. Inside the restaurant, the decor is cozy and plush with dim lighting. In contrast, the rooftop deck is spacious and airy with view overlooking the U Street neighborhood -- a great place to enjoy some summer cocktails and unwind.
Join Lauren during her exploration of Cabo. In this episode, Lauren will get a lesson in tequila and Baja wine, experience a Spagarita, cook a Vegetarian Paella and sale out to the Cabo Arch at Land's End.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
By: Lauren Rittermann
Capital Cooking Contributor
Jose Andres and the culinary team at Zaytinya kicked off their Greek Easter Celebration with a fantastic outdoor market featuring local artists and vendors as well as live music. The Greek Easter celebration begins on the Greek Orthodox Palm Sunday and ends on the day of Saint Thomas, the Sunday after Easter. The holiday is considered one of the most sacred celebrations and is a time for families to spend time together and honor Spring with festive gatherings, traditional Greek dishes, and religious ceremonies.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This past February, Think Local First held it's second StartUp Kitchen Chopping Block Competition, where Meg Murray, creator of Thunder Pig Confectionary, beat out two other area bakers to win an 8-week incubation and mentorship program with Penny Karas of Hello Cupcake in her Barracks Row location. As a part of the StartUp Kitchen incubation, Meg Murray will be operating her restaurant out of the Hello Cupcake on Barracks Row every Monday evening in April. Limited tickets are sold to give customers the opportunity to meet Meg and provide immediate feedback, helping her enhance her final concept. On April 8th I attended the first "Flying Circus" of the series, where I was treated to three rings of delicious treats.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Mint Julep is a Southern U.S. tradition. This cocktail is a must-have for watching the Kentucky Derby horse races. Did you realize the races are next weekend?
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Eat for a good cause at a participating restaurant for the 17th annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Join thousands of diners from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at local restaurants that have pledged 25% to 110% of the day’s proceeds to directly benefit Food & Friends’ programs and clients. Food and Friends provides specialized meals, nutrition counseling and friendship to people living with serious illnesses in our nation's capital and surrounding areas. Since 1988, Food and Friends has provided more than 15.8 million meals to more 22,600 individuals, and has helped family members, friends, and loved ones provide care and support. Last year, more than 25,000 diners, restaurants and volunteers participated in Dining Out for Life and raised more than $300,000. This year, among the over 100 participating restaurants, several restaurants are donating their entire evening’s proceeds – Freddie's Beach Bar and Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House(100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%). Please visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol for more information and complete listing.
Me! Me! If you do too, you better hurry into BLT Steak because they'll only be available for a short time. You may have heard of the infamous Pickle Back Shot, but how about the Ramp Stamp? First goes the Rye Whiskey and next goes the Pickled Ramp Juice. Amazing!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Metropolitan Martini and|
Tomato Bruschetta Crostini
Morton's The Steakhouse has brought new life to it's Bethesda, MD restaurant with a complete interior facelift. Since their acquisition of Morton's in 2012, Landry's Inc. has been updating Morton's restaurants nationwide. The addition of new booths, fresh carpeting, modernized light fixtures and artwork give the Bethesda restaurant the upscale appeal it deserves.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
By the time the Brixton celebrates its one year anniversary this July, Chef Jorge Pimentel hopes the Brixton will be known not simply as a British pub, but more as a place to tour international cuisine, offering tastes of "street" food from around the world. Though the Brixton plans to always stay true to its British roots, the Brixton also wants to better reflect the unique and diverse culture here in Washington D.C. by offering menu items with global inspiration. Brixton's new menu draws from African, Indian and Tunisian influences, among other cultures. We were recently invited to sample some of this "street" food alongside a selection of specialty cocktails.
We had a blast on our Swedish adventure to explore the cuisine and culture. We got our first taste of Toast Skagen in Stockholm, Sweden at Lisa Emqvist inside Östermalms Saluhall. It wasn't until our trip to Grinda (one of the islands in the archipelago) that Chef Victor Rundquist showed us how to make it. Imagine visiting a beautiful and relaxing island and cooking with the chef outside on the BBQ pit. It couldn't be better. The Toast Skagen is a traditional Swedish starter and we saw it listed on the menu at most restaurants. This is a great recipe for Spring!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It was a packed house at the Elizabeth's on L on Tuesday night. The first all raw and vegan restaurant in DC couldn't have been a better venue to launch the REAL Certification program and formally announce the first restaurants to earn the REAL designation. 16 local restaurants were newly minted with the Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Certification, the nation's first nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program created by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC). The USHFC, a non-profit and non-governmental agency, was founded in 2011 to combat obesity, diabetes and other food related diseases. Its mission is to promote access to organic and sustainable food and beverages and is dedicated to help Americans eat healthfully.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The book’s title, Modern Maple, is kind of ironic because the book itself looks rather old-fashioned. The book is formatted like a paperback novel with low-quality, off-color paper, a lot of type and almost no pictures. I know that the page quality of a cookbook might not seem that important, but when you want your recipes to pop, I think it matters. Without colorful pictures, design, or even font changes, the book was a little monotonous to read – even for me, and I love reading cookbooks.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Parisian Sidewalk Sale in Georgetown: Perhaps it’s too expensive to fly to Paris this weekend to shop? Well, Georgetown just brought a bit of Paris to DC! Georgetown's 10th Annual French Market returns to the charming Book Hill neighborhood on upper Wisconsin Ave, between P Street and Reservoir Road, on Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with fashion finds, French fare, quaint shops, galleries and live music. A charming weekend for shoppers, foodies and families, more than 40 shops and cafes will come together for spring's most exciting shopping and entertainment event. Highlights include up to 80% off at sidewalk sales at a variety of Book Hill shops and boutiques, the neighborhood's best restaurants grilling up French merguez sausages, filling sweet and savory crepes and serving fresh French pastries, and live music, strolling mimes and other street entertainers. Come discover all that a French market has to offer!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I've been cooking up a lot of amazing lamb dishes over the past year and I've been working on some healthy accompaniments for the meal. This salad has beautiful color and fresh flavors. It is perfect with a rack of lamb.
By: Jennifer Duff
Capital Cooking Contributor
Spring is in the air and you know what that means... al fresco dining with fresh, light ingredients that highlight the best of what's in season (like peas and asparagus, just to name a few!). There is a short window of time in DC to enjoy dining outside before the heat and humidity of the summer sets in. Which is why now is the perfect time to head over to the Blue Duck Tavern to enjoy their spacious outdoor terrace while sampling refreshing cocktails and new spring menu items.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
By Claire Goldman
Sushi, sake and ceviche? Don't mind if I do! One of the many charms from the Orient brought to the District by the annual National Cherry Blossom festival is the Taste of Japan/Grand Sake Tasting event. Hosted in the historic Carnegie Library, several of the top local Japanese restaurants gathered along with 17 different sake and Japanese beer brands.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
By: Michelle Hershman
I liked the look of this cookbook as soon as I opened it. Sure, it was a little bigger and heavier than I usually prefer, but it had a fun layout with tons of recipes, notes, pictures and stories. It’s the kind of cookbook you can read. The assortment of Yankee recipes gives you a feel for the Northeast while the side notes teach you about the history of the region and its food. For instance, I learned that, contrary to today, lobsters were once a poor man’s meal because they were so abundant on the New England coast. They were actually used as fertilizer and indentured servants stipulated in their contracts that they were to be fed lobster no more than once a week by their employers. Most people nowadays would love to get lobster once a month, if not once a week.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By: Jennifer McNinchCapital Cooking Contributor
The enormous success of the inaugural Oyster Festival at Early Mountain Vineyards in beautiful Madison, VA, should alert everyone within a 100-mile radius to plan ahead to attend next year. However, that should not prevent you from planning a visit (or several) between now and next Spring because the vineyard, staff and offerings are top notch! The tasting room is more like a lounge with several comfy couches, some set in front of a massive double-sided fireplace, seating areas with tables and chairs, and window-seat benches to enjoy the view of the lovely grounds.
Last night I checked out Francesco Amodeo's newest venture, Don Ciccio e Figli. He currently has a line of six Italian-inspired artisanal liqueurs ("Rosoli") and he makes them by hand right here in DC.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Sunday, April 7, 2013
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
|The Great Hall|
Library of Congress
Even though I was not a contemporary of Danny Kaye, I have been a fan for most of my life. I was first introduced to Danny Kaye as Hans Christian Anderson (1952) at age seven and will never forget his rendition of "Thumbelina." I even had a mini-crush on him as a kid because he was so funny and sweet to the children with whom he acted.
Jaleo celebrates its 20th Anniversary: April 5th …marks the first of these anniversary events presented by José, Rob and the ThinkFoodGroup family of restaurants. Any guest dining at José Andrés restaurants in DC, LA, Miami, or Las Vegas will be treated to a complimentary glass of cava.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
By: Jennifer Duff
Capital Cooking Contributor
Hundreds of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area’s top restaurateurs, chefs and key restaurant industry players gathered for the announcement of the nominees for the annual RAMMY awards by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). The Nominations Party was hosted at The Hamilton LIVE and emceed by Kelly Collis and Tommy McFLY of 94.7 FRESH FM. Restaurants, staff and Chefs were celebrated in a number of categories ranging from Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and New Restaurant of the Year, to Employee of the Year and Power Spot of the Year. Here’s a glimpse into some of the nominees and their signature items featured at the nomination party.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
By Claire Goldman
Monday, April 1, 2013
Photo Credit: Renee Comet
The melt in your mouth brisket served at the Seder at Equinox Restaurant was described as the "the best brisket I've ever had" by multiple guests in attendance. You'll definitely want to visit Equinox Restaurant between now and April 2nd to enjoy their 5-course Passover menu for $45 per person, where you'll be able to savor Todd's Modern Day Brisket alongside courses of Salad of Roasted Heirloom Beets with Capers and Pistachio, Quinoa Salad with Figs and Mint, Wilted Spinach with Sesame Seeds and Flour-less Chocolate Cake. If you can't make it to Equinox Restaurant before April 2nd, you can still enjoy Todd's Modern Day Brisket by following the recipe below: