Thursday, April 27, 2017

Uncorked: Meiomi Rosé

With weather like this, it is time to break out the rosé.   Just in time for rosé season, Meiomi released its first-ever rosé and it is refreshing! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Menu Planning

This year we worked with Lovettsville's Spring House Farm to put together a fantastic spring meal.  Their meat is all pasture-raised and grass-fed as much as possible. They are most famous for their pork which gets it's amazing flavor while the pigs are roaming the farm's mountain lands feasting on mushrooms, grubs and even snakes, just like they would do in the wild.  We could taste the freshness of the product and we were delighted to pair the meal with some amazing wines.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Top Spots for Outdoor Drinks

I love sitting outside in nice weather to enjoy drinks with friends. Now's the time to find an outdoor spot with this fantastic weather. Here are some of my favorites:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tasting Tysons: Dinner at Wilfire

Classic Manhattan at Wildfire Tysons
By Claire Goldman

Most of us in the DMV have watched in awe as condos, offices, hotels and even a metro station have risen up from the ground in Tysons Corner, VA.  Tysons has always been a shopping destination but now the area is reinventing itself as a destination for DC area diners.

Monday, April 17, 2017

On the Road Again: Disney World

#babycapcook loved the ferry ride over to Magic Kingdom.
Hi!  I've been working a lot lately and finished a big project so I was looking for a quick trip somewhere warm that my daughter would enjoy.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Uncorked: Sterling

The iconic Napa Valley winery has been producing highly-regarded wines since 1964, and the perennial favorites Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the latest wines to receive a new polished look with newly foiled, all-silver labels emblazoned with Sterling Vineyards’ signature seal. I had the best time visiting the property a couple years ago.  Cheers!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Carrot Cake Shooter

Photo by Jessica Patterson
This Easter, add a little alcohol to your dessert.  I'm always a fan of festive cocktails and Easter is no exception.  I'll be making my Aunt Linda's Award Winning Carrot Cake, but I thought I'd have a little fun and make these shooters as well.  It will be the perfect welcome treat as my guests arrive.  Bottoms up! 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Chocolate Easter Bunny

Happy Easter!  Rather than loading up on lots of Easter candy, get your chocolate fix by making one of these Chocolate Easter Bunny cocktails.  

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Eating Around Town: The Dabney

Fried Sugar Toads
I've been dying to go The Dabney for quite a while now.  We were lucky enough to get a gift card as a 10th anniversary present so we really had no excuses.  It is a hard table to get and took some planning.  That said, it was well worth it. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Uncorked: Beaulieu Vineyard

Beaulieu Vineyard is the heritage California winery founded in 1900 and known to this day as a “Napa Valley Grand Cru.” Although winter is on the wane, Beaulieu’s classic Cabernet wines are always worth revisiting.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dreaming of this...

A pic of Jupiter Beach Resort.  I can't wait to plan my trip.  It is such a quick flight from DC to paradise.  Hoping to find a fruity drink with my name on it. 

Uncorked: Meiomi Pinot Noir

Especially during spring time, Cabernets get a little too big and bold to pair with the food.  The Central Coast California Meiomi was founded with in mind: harmoniously balanced, complex, and rich style wine for easy-drinking. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

We'll always remember Michel Richard

On Tuesday, March 7th, the restaurant Central commemorated the late chef Michel Richard with a birthday celebration and a week-long tribute dinner featuring some of the chef's famous dishes.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Around the Globe: Italy

We're back.  After 3 weeks in Italy, we made it home to DC.  #babycapcook thinks that Italy is her home and demanded to go back.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Greene Turtle Has a New Happy Hour!

The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grill has just released a NEW Happy Hour. On Monday through Thursday from 3pm-6pm and 10pm-Close the Greene Turtle has half priced appetizers! All of their amazing appetizers are ALL half price. The Bar and Grill has a variety of apps to choose from, including hand-breaded crunchy chicken tenders, gooey buffalo chicken nachos or chili nachos, thick pretzel sticks with their signature crab dib, a garden-fresh mozzarella caprese, bone-in wings with a laundry list of sauces to add, and so many other delicious, and fresh, bar food!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dessert Recipe: La Torta Caprese

Photo by Shauna Alexander
You can find this recipe in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  I'm in Italy where this dense chocolate goodness originated.  Buon Apetito!

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Menu: Shake Shack

By:  Jordan Burns

Shake Shack is known for their gooey burgers, crunchy fries, and custard milk shakes, but they have changed the game by adding BBQ flavors to the menu. We are all obsessed with Shake Shack, and this month, Shake Shack impressed us yet again with their delicious food. The new menu features the BBQ Shackmeister Burger, BBQ Chick’n Shack, and BBQ Bacon Cheese Fries. They also have three seasonal shakes on their menu, including: Mint Cookies and Cream, Mud Pie, and Salted Vanilla Toffee. For your convenience, I tried it all.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Valentine's Recipe: Lamb Au Poivre

February is Lamb Lovers month. To celebrate, make this lamb recipe for Valentine's Day. Lamb Au Poivre is typically made with steak and is a classic French peppery dish. I added my Lauren Lambassador twist by switching out the beef for lamb.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Uncorked: Wine for Valentine's Day

Do you believe in love at first sight? With over 50 vintages under his belt, Marcel Guigal believes that the 2015 Côtes du Rhône Rosé (SRP $15) is a “vintage of a lifetime.”

Friday, February 3, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Recipe: Arugula, Avocado, and Citrus Salad

Set the mood on Valentine's Day with this recipe.  Avocados are known to be an aphrodisiac.  We made this delicious recipe on our Setting the Mood with Food episode.  It is light and tasty!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Just Lunch: Modern Market

BBQ Chicken Pizza
Modern Market opened its third Washington, D.C. area location at 1010 Vermont Ave. NW in the nation’s capital. The newest restaurant joins the Bethesda Row and Rockville, Md. locations, and makes 23 total units for the company.  The ingredients are extremely fresh!  I especially liked the BBQ chicken pizza.  

10 Valentine's Day Cupcake Recipes

Valentine's Day is almost here!  Bake up something special with these ideas for Valentine's Day Cupcake recipes.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

New Fitness Studio: SweatBox

By Claire Goldman

From the body shaping experts at Vida Fitness comes SweatBox.  Vida experts tried every kind of studio workout in DC & New York to cultivate this all new still of high intensity interval training exercise.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Uncorked: Winter Wine Recommendations

This winter season, one traditional and one more contemporary red should be on your radar from Tommasi, the 4th generation Italian winemaking family: Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2013, a classic red from the Veneto, and Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 2013, a modern Super Tuscan.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Restaurant Opening: Eatsa

By Claire Goldman

Eatsa, the robot restaurant, has opened a second location in Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the White House.  For a fast and fully-automated feast, Eatsa serves customizable vegetarian quinoa bowls starting at $6.95.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Football Food: Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

Do you have your Super Bowl game party menu plans?  The best part is making fun food to enjoy with friends.  Our friend Chad usually brings these little smokies every year.  Whip some of these up for game day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Cajun Mary

You might need one of these to get through Inauguration Day!  Numb the pain with a really good Bloody Mary.  Lucky for us, Scott Clime of Acadiana, shared his secret recipe.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

World Of Beer: New Menu

Prosciutto & Spiced Apple Flatbread
By Claire Goldman

World of Beer is a nationwide franchise with three locations in Northern Virginia.  Our local WOBs have rolled out new food and beer to flatter the flavors of Fall and Winter.  Dishes are perfectly paired with IPAs from Stone brewery, dry ciders, porters and more.  Our local WOB locations have beer lists curated by Katie Sullivan, beer lover and Manager of the Arlington location.  WOB is a great place for casual dining, catching one of their live music or gaming nights and watching sports.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Around the Globe: The Barn in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I still dream about my trip to Thailand.  The flavorful food left a lasting impression on me.  The food in Chiang Mai doesn't disappoint.  Our Asia World tour guide took us to the Barn House Restaurant inside the Eco Lodge.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Recipe: Lamb Lasagna

I love lasagna this time a year and I recently revised my recipe by adding some lamb.  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Eating Around Town: Bad Saint

I know I'm late the party, but I'm happy I finally showed up.  Bad Saint proved to be just as good as the hype.