Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dining Out: NEW Silver American Brasserie


Co-founders Chef Ype Von Hengst and Bob Glaimo have opened another Silver location in the DC area! Originally known for creating the Silver Diner, Glaimo and Von Hengst have created a New American Brasserie that brings the old-fashioned feel of a diner with giant burgers, sandwiches, homemade sodas and shakes. However, this new spin on a diner has an updated style and flavor profile, with craft cocktails, flexitarian options, all day brunch, a beautiful outdoor patio, and fresh, locally sourced foods. This new farm-to-table diner is located in the Cathedral Commons neighborhood, near American University and the National Cathedral. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dining Out: Pepsi-Cola's 1893 Craft Soda Cocktails at Himitsu



On August 16th, Carlie Steiner, an 1893 Top Shelf Bartender in DC, invited guests to her new DC restaurant Himitsu to try cola-based cocktails and Japanese dishes. The creators of Pepsi-Cola made 1893, a premium craft cola inspired by the original recipes made by the founder of Pepsi-Cola, Caleb Bradham, in 1893. This cola blend has premium ingredients, including kola nut extract, real sugar and sparkling water. On Wednesday, Steiner created multiple modern cocktails that included the 1893 Original Cola, Citrus Cola, Black Currant Cola, and Ginger Cola. The Cocktail list and recipes can be found below. 

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.