Monday, August 21, 2017

Uncorked: WeinCraft

So refreshing!
Wines of Germany is introducing a brand new summer promotion at select Washington D.C. restaurants and retail shops as part of a nationwide, summer-long celebration of the distinct quality, unique versatility, and artistry of German wine. Check out WeinCraft!   

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Pineapple Drops

Make some of my Pineapple Drops to brighten up your summer.  These were perfect at my Hawaiian Lambecue.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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 16, 2017

This is what I've been up to...

Photo by Kathleen Mortland
This little one brightens each day.  We're so in love.  2 is much more work than 1, but so worth it.  More blogging soon when I get settled.  Hope all is well!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Uncorked: Ferrari Trento

Italy’s most awarded bubbles proudly announces its return as the Official Sparkling Wine of Emmy® Awards season for the third consecutive year. On Sunday, September 17, guests departing the ceremony and entering the Governors Ball will kick off the celebration as they enjoy flutes of prestige label Ferrari Brut NV. Inside the party they will toast with a choice of sparklers including Ferrari Rosé NV, Ferrari Perlé, and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore.Ferrari Trento will also be served at both Creative Arts Governors Ball events on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Cochon555 2017 D.C. Prince of Porc is...


On Sunday, August 6th, Kosta Kontogiannis was announced the Prince of Porc at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. Pork lovers came together once again to raise awareness on heritage brand pigs at the thirteenth Cochon555 culinary competition and experience of the year. Kosta Kontogiannis, of the Watergate's Kingbird was crowned winner with his delicious pork menu options, including his savory pig ice cream and delicious steamed buns filled with juicy pig head. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dreaming of Dénia: A Spanish Dining Series at Slate Wine Bar + Bistro


Three nights in the month of July (the 15th, 22nd, and 29th) guests at Slate Wine Bar + Bistro enjoyed an interactive dining experience with Chef and Sommelier Danny Lledo, which focused around Spanish culture, wine, and food. Each night this intimate dining demonstration brought together a group of 12 guests and Lledo as he prepared his award winning Paella. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The RAMMYS Award Winners


On Sunday, July 29th the 35th Annual RAMMY Awards was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Guests in beautiful ballgowns and black ties gathered to celebrate the local food community of Washington D.C. The Awards Gala recognized chefs, restaurants, and food service professionals in 21 different categories. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Giveaway: 2 VIP tickets to Cochon555 in DC!


The Cochon555 competition is almost here and we want you there! On August 6th, 2017 the foodie experience of the year will be at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. and YOU could win two VIP tickets! We just wrote an article on why you NEED to attend this culinary tour, which you can find here. Cochon555 is a premier culinary tour advocating for the flavor and health benefits of eating and using heritage breed pigs. The event features 5 pigs, 5 competing chefs, 5 competing winemakers, multiple pop-up food stations, and 40+ types of boutique wines, cocktails, and artisanal brews. Check out this video from last year! 

Uncorked: Côtes du Rhône

Wine lovers around the country tend to keep their favorite everyday wines on hand, describing their cache as their “house wine.” This summer, as we look towards back yard BBQs, shoreside seafood feasts and fresh salads from the garden, consider a new “summer house wine” – E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Rosé or Rouge.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Uncorked: Bonterra’s 2016 Rosé

Nestled in the Mendocino mountain range just north of Sonoma and Napa Valley, Bonterra Organic Vineyards will celebrate 30 years of organic this year. Founded by organic winemaking pioneer Bob Blue, who in 1987 recognized Mendocino County’s ideal conditions for farming organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards’ collection of wines stems from an approach to farming that creates grapes that are pure, vibrant, and intensely flavorful.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Uncorked: Summer Reds

With summer here, it is time to light up the grill. While rosé may be the varietal on everyone’s lips, there are a few delicious, medium- and even fuller-bodied reds that are quite enjoyable in the summertime, despite the hot weather.  Reds aren't only for summer.  They can stand up to hearty barbecue sauce and red meats.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dining Out: Sofitel DC Summer Menu


Although summer in D.C. can be sweltering, the summer menus are worth going out in the heat. The seasonal drinks and dishes at the signature Ici Urban Bistro restaurant and the modern Le Bar at the Sofitel hotel quenched my thirst and filled my appetite!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why You Need to go to Cochon555 this Summer

After twelve exciting competitions across the country, the 2017 Cochon555 tour is ready to take on the District for it's penultimate culinary battle before the final competition in Austin and the Grand Cochon showdown in October. Taking place on August 6th at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C., this culinary experience with five competing chefs, five competing winemakers, and five whole heritage brand pigs (1,500 pounds of pork!) is one you don’t want to miss.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Uncorked: Tom Gore

It’s officially summer, but it’s not too late to get the garden ready to grow fresh ingredients and make the most of your farmer’s market finds. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ampeer: Sip, Savor, and Study

This July the historic Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle will re-open its doors as a brand new luxury urban living concept. The mansion, built in 1903, has been renovated into ninety-two unique residential units. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Bomb Pop

 Shoot off more than just fireworks this 4th of July.  This Bomb Pop is one of my favorites that should be layered from the bottom- red, white and blue.  God bless America!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Brandy Smash

I didn't realize I was such a fan of brandy until I took America Eats Tavern's monthly cocktail class.  Lead bartender, Owen Thomson, gave us a taste of the Germain-Robin brandy and I loved the smooth elegance.  This Brandy Smash is light and refreshing and absolutely perfect for summer sipping.  Cheers!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Toast to America!


On Thursday, June 22nd we all raised a glass of Madeira wine! The President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, and the Portuguese Ambassador, Domingos Fezas Vital, hosted a "Toast to America" reception to celebrate the independence of the U.S. and to commemorate the historical ties between Portugal and the United States.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Honoring our Veterans with Robert Irvine


Military personnel, lobbyists, a handful of senators, staffers, and reporters all met on Capitol Hill in the Hart Senate Building on Tuesday afternoon to honor our veterans with celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Hire Heroes USA, and Walmart. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Uncorked: Wines for BBQ


Looking for wines to go with your BBQ?  Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Mendocino County 2014 and Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley 2014 have notes of black cherry and spice, complementing barbecues. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Singapore Sling

Summer is here and it is the perfect time to enjoy a Singapore Sling.  This was my first cocktail on my trip to Thailand.  I tried this drink at the Supatra River House in Bangkok and it was refreshing after a long day in the sun.  Try one at home!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Corey!

I hope it is one of the best.  Your family loves you more than anything.  Cheers to another year!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Geographic's Celebration of Exploration

On June 17th explorers from all over the world came together in downtown D.C. on the yellow carpet! National Geographic’s first annual four-day Explorers Festival celebrated innovative scientists, conservationists, chefs, storytellers, and many other explorers!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Piña Colada

Give me 2 Piña Coladas!  Break out your Tiki glasses and make yourself a Piña Colada.  This recipe is shared by Bar Director Adam Bernbach of Doi Moi.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Museum Hack: National Gallery of Art


Recently I decided I needed to check out more of the museums in my city, but I didn't want to feel like another dead-eyed tourist. I really wanted to go on a museum tour, but I was worried it was going to be boring and generic. When I heard about Museum Hack, my ears perked up. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

4th of July Recipes

One of the cool things about the Capital Cooking Cookbook is the Menu Planning section in the back.  I provide you with 10 menu ideas to create the perfect meals.  For the 4th of July, try the BBQ options.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dining Out: Silver

On Friday, June 9th we were invited to Silver in Bethesda to meet Co-founder and Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst and to try out their new menu. Silver is an upscale diner that was founded by Ype and his partner Bob Glaimo over 25 years ago, known originally as the Silver Diner. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sip, Sense and SAVOR

Do you have your tickets yet?  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  Taste the most amazing beers, meet the makers and try some fabulous pairings.  There are still tickets available.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Recipe: Cucumber and Greek Yogurt Salad

Chef Harper McClure taught me to make this fresh Cucumber and Greek Yogurt Salad.  Enjoy the recipe below!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Recipe: Scandanavian Strawberry Cream Cake



Did you guys have a fun Memorial Day weekend?  We did.  This is one of my favorite summer recipes!  Celebrate the season with this Strawberry Cream cake.  It is light, airy and extremely satisfying.  For me, it is the perfect summer dessert.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Orange Crush

Feel like you're relaxing on the water near the Eastern Shore, VA by mixing up one of Mallards at the Wharf's refreshing Orange Crush cocktails.  These are great for Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy National Chardonnay Day!


Join the #Chardonnation by tasting two new wines for National Chardonnay Day.

Uncorked: Côtes du Rhône Rosé



Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to pop open a bottle of Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé from France’s Rhone Valley.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: 7 Perfect Picnic Cocktails


Grab your picnic basket and a to-go pitcher and whip up some of these cocktails for a picnic-perfect evening.  Just multiply the recipes to fit your needs.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eating Around Town: Colada Shop

Looking for a casual place to enjoy a frosty Piña Colada on a hot evening and tasty Cuban fare?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Uncorked: 7 Moons

7 Moons is a new wine that celebrates the seven phases of the moon by combining seven grape varietals sourced from prime California vineyards.  The 2015 7 Moons Red Blend is smooth, fruity, and easy to drink, with a moon phase label that evokes its “made for the moonlight” mantra, the perfect companion to the nightly ritual winding down and relaxing.  This is perfect for a weekend with friends.  Cheers!

Monday, May 15, 2017

FreshDirect is now in DC!

 
FreshDirect is here in DC and it is an awesome grocery delivery service with high quality products.  I checked it out and am a huge fan!  Check out some of the highlights below along with a discount for our readers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Recipe: Salsa

You've got to make salsa for Cinco de Mayo!  During our time in Cabo, Mexico, we stopped by the One and Only Palmilla to cook with Chef Larbi Dahrouch.  He showed us his recipe for Salsa Mexicana.  I've got my own urban garden growing on my patio with fresh tomatoes and peppers.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Observatory Rooftop is Open!

Rose all day! The Observatory rooftop at the Graham Georgetown Hotel is the perfect way to start off your spring and summer nights.