Friday, September 21, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Autumn on 14th Cocktail

You wouldn't know fall is getting near with this weather, right?!  I've still got some fresh basil growing in my garden.  Looking forward to shaking up some of these tasty cocktails for my friends this weekend.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Recipe: Bread Pudding topped with Bourbon Sauce

In celebration on National Bourbon Heritage Month, try my Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Bread Pudding was way for housewives to use old bread. French bread is typical because of the French influence in New Orleans. You can also find this recipe and more in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Cranberry Margarita

Photo by Emily Clack
A cranberry margarita is just what I needed!

DC Wine Fest is TOMORROW!

This Saturday, September 15th, the eighth edition of DC Wine Fest​ welcomes vino lovers to Big Chief in Ivy City! This elevated wine tasting experience features unlimited samples wines, plus. fun giveaways, live music, interactive art, and food is available to purchase from Talk of Di Town and Crepeaway while enjoying your liquid grapes. Full bottles will be available for sale on site, so we can all take home our favorites from the festival.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Uncorked: Ferrari Trento at the Emmy Awards

Italy’s most awarded sparkling wine will return as the Official Sparkling Wine of Emmy® Awards season for the fourth consecutive year. Crowned Producer of the Year at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships, Ferrari Trento bubbles will sparkle with this year’s Governors Ball theme.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Dining Out: Happy 1 Year Anniversary Wilson Hardware!

One year ago this month, the three-tiered contemporary American kitchen and bar honoring the 60s Virginia Hardware shop opened up in Clarendon. Although I knew this place was fun and delicious, I couldn’t believe how popular and trendy the spot had become in just one year! The restaurant was packed to celebrate one incredible year in the Arlington neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Top 6 Italian Reds to Lead Us Into Fall

Lake Como, Italy
I love Italian wine. Every visit to Italy, I try something new. I fall in love again with every sip. These are some of my favorite Italian reds to lead us into autumn.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Uncorked: Wine for Women Equality

Women are more engaged, energized and resolute than ever. All eyes are on the future, and women (and like-minded men) are rallying for women’s empowerment and advancement. In their honor, emBRAZEN, a new set of California wines launched on Women’s Equality Day (the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote), and hope you will join us in nominating female trailblazers as part of emBRAZEN’s Take Up The Torch initiative which will grant one woman $25,000 in support of her cause.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Sugar Bowl Bakery Has Launched A New Must-Try Pastry!

The incredible Vietnamese-immigrant Family-Owned Bakery has launched a delicious new product – Button Cakes – and you don't want to miss it! You may recognize this brand for getting a shout out in 2013 by Obama when he was giving an example to a crowd about a successful immigration story. The company was founded in 1984 by five immigrant brothers as a small neighborhood coffee shop, and today is one of the leaders in developing delicious, high-quality baked goods.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What to Pack for Lunch this Year: Cheese Folios

Fall is on its way again, which means bus rides and packed-lunches are just around the corner. I know my sweet mom would prepare all six of her children individualized lunches every day before school and she always tried to mix things up. I really wish Cheese Folios were around back then because I know she would have packed me a cheese folio wrap on the daily! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Top 5 Red Wines to Sip this Summer and into the Fall

Red wine and grilling go hand-in-hand. During the summer, I love to sit outside with meat on the grill and pour something tasty.  You can even sip these into the fall.  Here are some of my favorite reds to try:

Monday, August 20, 2018

All Purpose Pizzeria Grand Opening: Riverfront Views, Italian-Ice Cocktails, and Garlic Knots

A new spot has opened up on the Capital Riverfront for you to get your pizza and beer fix: All Purpose Pizzeria. The delicious Italian-American Restaurant first opened up in Shaw, and in 2016 won No. 1 Favorite D.C. Restaurant in the Washington Post Fall Dining Guide.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Turbo Mojito

This is the most popular drink at Barcode and once you try it, you'll see why.  Barcode is one of Taipei's hottest night clubs and Bryan Wang showed us one of their secret cocktail recipes that keeps people coming back for more.  The Turbo Mojito has a kick, so be careful!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Recipe: Squash Salad with Feta and Fresh Mint

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Summer squash is delicious raw when it's shaved and marinated with a bit of salt. Add salty prosciutto and you have the perfect side dish.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Titanic: The Untold Story Events by Nat Geo

Checking out the new exhibit Titanic: The Untold Story at National Geographic's After-Hours event, “Taste of Titanic” was incredible! Each National Geographic After-Hours event is a chance to explore Nat Geo's popular exhibits, and hear from Nat Geo explorers, while enjoying live music, delicious D.C. eats, and indulging at the bar.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Uncorked: Top 5 Sparkling Wines to Sip This Summer

There's nothing better than a glass of bubbly wine after a long day. During the summer, I love to sit outside with a picnic and pour something tasty.  Have you been to music at the zoo on Friday nights?  We have so much fun listening to the band, dancing and sipping bubbles.  Here are some of my favorite to try:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Perfect Pair: Ribs and Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir

Ribs are perfect for a dinner party or BBQ.  I love to start mine in the oven and finish with a quick sear on the grill.  Find this BBQ recipe and more in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  Try the ribs with a large glass of Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Uncorked: Dark Red Blend from Ravage Wines

The 2014 Dark Red Blend by Ravage Wines is the perfect fruit-forward red to indulge in while hosting a cookout! I love this wine with some delicious ribs, corn on the cob, and a slice of berry layer cake on the back patio. The wine is a deep red blend with delicious fruit notes mixed with layers of dark cocoa, rich mocha, and vanilla bean. 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

UPCOMING: Searching Movie this August

The #SearchingMovie is the perfect computer screen emotional thriller for 2018. We were incredibly connected to the characters as we followed the story of the Kim family through video clips, emails, facetime chats, text messages, social media profiles, and online sites. The filmmaker did an incredible job at merging technology with storytelling.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Get Your Tickets to the Citi Taste of Tennis!

My favorite event of the year is HERE! On July 30, premier culinary and tennis event, Citi Taste of Tennis, is serving up tennis stars and award-winning D.C. chefs for a night of food and fun at Hamilton Live! Coinciding with the Citi Open Tournament, Citi Taste of Tennis will be the official Citi Open Player Party benefitting the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. Highlights of the event include an exciting cooking demonstration with Celebrity Chef Edward Lee and world No. 5 and Wimbledon finalist, Kevin Anderson.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dining Out: The Best Place in DC for Brussel Sprouts

I am always on the look-out for delicious Brussels Sprouts. Brussels Sprouts are rich with nutrients that support the body's detox system, its antioxidant system, and its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system, and they’re delectable to eat! I can’t get enough of them, but for some reason Brussels sprouts have such a bad reputation. Any time I try to order them with my family, my dad immediately pipes out, “I hate Brussels Sprouts! Anything but that!” Sadly, when he was younger, he ate over-boiled, unseasoned, smelly Sprouts. Fortunately for me, I have tasted incredible Brussels sprouts, and have become obsessed with the healthy vegetable. When they are prepared correctly, they are all at once crunchy and soft, savory and nutty, sweet and scorched!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Just a Few of My Favorite Things: Yellowbird Condiments, Rated

We all have that ONE condiment that we use on everything. For about as long as I can remember, that condiment for me was Sriracha. Until now. Yellowbird, the all-natural condiment brand from Austin Texas, has me wondering why I liked sriracha so much in the first place. Yellowbird is packed with fresh, juicy fruits and peppers, contains no gluten or high fructose corn syrup, and is Non-GMO.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Coffee Meets Stroopwafel: The Love Story I Didn’t Know I Needed

I love every type of coffee: espresso shots, hazelnut cappuccinos, iced caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, or just a simple black cup of Joe. I started drinking coffee about 6 months ago. Before then, I hated it. I never thought I would enjoy the taste of coffee, but in reality, I had never appreciated such a unique taste. I can’t go a day without it now, and I feel so silly that I didn’t give coffee a chance sooner. One morning, while sipping a fresh cup of coffee from my nespresso machine, I had the urge to dip something into it. But what? I had seen people dip donuts into coffee, but I wanted something chewier and lighter. Biscottis are always so crunchy and bland; I wanted something that was crumbly but soft.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Events: Get Tickets to the One-of-a-Kind Taste of Titanic Event on July 25th at National Geographic

Foodies and Titanic lovers alike—you don’t want to miss this event! In tandem with the museum’s new exhibit, “Titanic: The Untold Story,” Nat Geo is putting on an incredible culinary journey that will take you back to the golden age of transatlantic steamship travel. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

TOP 5 Spicy Products from Fancy Food Show

Wherever I go, I am always on the lookout for spicy products. I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend, and after running down the hundreds of aisles of specialty products for two days straight, I found some incredible products with just the right amount of heat that will definitely be in my kitchen from now on. Although I tried a lot of different spicy products, these were my top 5 that I couldn't stop thinking about: 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Things To Do: Wildfire’s 9th Annual All-Crab Dinner with PBS Host, Chef, and Restaurateur John Shields

Chesapeake Bay Crab & Evolution Craft Brewing Co. Beer Dinner at Wildfire:  Join me at Wildfire, in Tysons Galleria on Friday, July 27, 2018, for a special evening with John Shields, author of Chesapeake Bay Cooking, host of the PBS series Coastal Cooking, and owner of the renowned Gertrude’s in Baltimore, for an incredible CrabFest Dinner! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Ginger Collins

Are you ready for summer in a glass?  These cocktails are incredibly refreshing, but be careful because they pack a punch.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

8 Things to Do in Aspen, Colorado with Kids for Summer

My previous trips to Colorado without kids included endless hikes, skiing, and late night partying.  While my experience was totally different with the girls, we still had a lovely time.  There's plenty to do for the little ones.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Things to Do: FREE “Cooking Up History” Demo at the American History Museum

Once a month, The American History Museum puts on an incredible food demonstration with a guest chef and their resident food historian, Dr. Ashley Rose Young. The duo prepares recipes while discussing the history and traditions behind the ingredients.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top 6 Summer Rosé Wines

Are you like me and just can't get enough of Rosé in the summer? There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and sipping a glass of Rosé. With extra time, you can even make Frosé, but just use the cheap stuff for that. Here are some of my favorite Rosés to sip outside. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Things to Do: Rooftop Cookie Dough Pop-Up

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections of NYC is coming to Washington D.C. ALL SUMMER LONG at the Watergate Hotel Rooftop. Top of the Gate will feature DŌ’s two most popular flavors: Chocolate Chip & Sugar Cookie. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

My TOP 5 Favorite Products from Summer Fancy Food Show

We had an incredible time at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC this past weekend. We met with remarkable food industry professionals, entrepreneurs, chefs, bakers, and foodies all with their own unique products and distinctive brands. Although I sampled dozens of specialty products from all across the globe, I didn’t even get close to meeting with the hundreds of interesting people or trying the thousands of products that lined the Javits Convention Center. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Tuscan Lemon Drop

cocktail lemon drop vodka
We recently filmed a new episode of Capital Cooking called, "Under the Tuscan Stars."  I came up with a delicious recipe to go with the food.  This Tuscan Lemon Drop has the perfect herbal-lemon flavor. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018