Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Recipe: Salt Crusted Branzino


The freshness of the fish is the most important element. If Branzino isn't available and at its height of freshness, substitute black bass or red snapper. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Opening: Sakerum

Mokimedia threw another fabulous party to celebrate the opening of Sakerum!  I had fun visiting with The Washington Lobbyist, Dolci Gelati's Anastasia Dellaccio and top mixologist, Gina Cersevani.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Perfect Pair: Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Risotto

Tuesdays are all about pairing food and wine. Here's some summer suggestions to get you going. My summer risotto pairs perfectly with two white wines. Check out my recommendations below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Recipe: Cantaloupe Salad with Calimyrna Figs

At our Lamb and Fig Feast, I made a variety of dishes including a Cantaloupe Salad with Calimyrna Figs.  Calimyrna figs have a pale yellow skin with a buttery and nutty flavor similar to a Chardonnay.  Special thank you to the California Fig Association for contributing the delicious fruit.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Zodiac Summer

This summer I have been exploring new, refreshing drinks to beat the brutal DC heat.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Thinking of Drinking: Blonde Mahogany

Beverage Director Andra “AJ” Johnson of Macon Bistro and Larder, located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20015, is featuring the popular Brazilian spirit, Cachaça, to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Guests can enjoy this cocktail throughout the Olympic games through August 21 st , during dinner service. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday, from 5 PM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday, from 5 PM to 11 PM, and Sunday, from 5 PM to 10 PM. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Labor Day Eats in DC

Keep the weekend going and do brunch on Labor Day.  If you're offering brunch and aren't on the list, please send me the details to be included.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Perfect Pair: Lobster Risotto

Last spring, my mom came to town and we were in for a treat.  As she arrived, I received a shipment of live lobsters from GetMaineLobster.com.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that they are the best I've ever had.  We spent the night boiling lobster to make this delicious Lobster Risotto.  The delicate meat melts in your mouth.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

All Aboard: Swedish Crayfish Safari!

In the gorgeous little seaside villa of Fjallbacka, nestled like a hand into the glove of the deep, mysterious Bohuslan Coast in West Sweden, you may be surprised to learn that you can go on a wild safari.  But you won’t need a rifle, and you won’t be tracking anything resembling the Big Five.  Instead you will be jumping on a four-ton fishing boat and diving headlong into crashing waves to hunt crayfish submerged nearly 300 feet below the sea’s surface, a place so cold and so dark that only the tastiest of creatures hide out there.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Guide to California Wine Country

We loved our trip to California last summer.  It is the perfect place to enjoy sunshine and wine.  Napa and Sonoma are truly breathtaking.  The quality of wine is hard to beat.  Check out what we did and let me know if you have any questions when planning your trip.  Cheers!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Uncorked: Truvée Rosé

Summer is the perfect time to sip Rosé.  Truvée Rosé is from California’s sun-kissed Central Coast .  This fruit forward, floral, and dry pink wine has a truly unique story that evokes the American Dream.  

Monday, August 8, 2016

Recipe: Spicy Moroccan Hummus

Spice up your life this summer with my Moroccan hummus.  Spicy Moroccan Hummus is perfect dip.  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Recipe: Caprese Salad


Photo by Kristen Finn
It is tomato season my friends!  This Caprese Salad was featured on Cooking of Campania.  I got my first taste in a small restaurant on the island of Capri about 15 years ago.  You'll love the freshness of the tomatoes and the creaminess of the mozzarella.  It is the perfect summertime treat!  It is also featured in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.

Eating Around Town: Hazel

I'll be the first to admit that I don't get out much now that I have an almost two year old.  When my friend asked me to come out for a girls dinner, I was excited to try Hazel.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Recipe: Peach Bruschetta

Peaches are in season right now and oh so sweet.  What else can you do with them besides eating them raw?  Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats makes a yummy Peach Bruschetta. Check out this vegan recipe.