Friday, March 23, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Carrot Cocktail

Celebrate spring with this fresh carrot drink.  Keep it out of reach if you see Peter Rabbit.

Thinking of Drinking: Chocolate Easter Bunny

Rather than loading up on lots of Easter candy, get your chocolate fix by making one of these Chocolate Easter Bunny cocktails.  If you don't have Diep 9, you could use an alternative chocolate and vanilla cordial liqueur.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chance For Life Charity Event and Taste Experience Raises $1.6 Million for Cancer Research

On Saturday, March 10th at the MGM National Harbor the D.C. charity event of the year helped in raising $1.6 million dollars to help fund pediatric cancer research at the Children's National Health System. Chance for Life, presented by Boeing, featured an all day 700-person poker tournament, an incredible line up of D.C. Chef's at their nighttime Taste Experience, multiple top-shelf open bars, one of the largest silent-auctions in the region, and an amazing cocktail party afterwards. All of the proceeds went to fighting against childhood cancer. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Perfect Pair: Roasted Asparagus

The key to good asparagus is not to over cook it.  Think:  crisp crunch and not soggy.  This is a wonderful spring side dish.  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Recipe: Spicy Moroccan Hummus

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recipe: Creamy Polenta

Photo by Emily Clack

Looking for ideas for sides?  Try my creamy polenta.  I picked up a variety of different types in Italy, but you can also find it at your local grocery store.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Opening: New CIRCA Chinatown

By Claire Goldman

Follow the dragon mural from the Metro exit at 7th & H Street NW into DC area chain CIRCA's newest location.  CIRCA at Chinatown is an excellent option for pre or post concert or sports event at Capital One Arena, after work happy hour or downtown brunch, lunch or dinner.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

8 Must-Try DC Emerging Brands

Avocado Gelato, Frozen Donuts, Vegan Snacks, Edible Cookie Dough, and so much more. Want to shop #MadeinDC? Check these entrepreneurs from Union Kitchen out. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Around the Globe: Cancun with Kids

Crazy?!  Not us.  We love traveling and we're not willing to let kids get in the way.  Yes, the locations and activities change, but it is still so worth it.  We opted for an all-inclusive resort in Cancun.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Opening: Bowlero

A new 40-lane black light bowling alley in College Park has opened up, with 5-lb. burgers, over-sized appetizers, and Pizza Cakes, old-school arcade games, music video walls, and a revamped bar that serves fishbowl cocktails by the fireplace. #BeBowled this weekend and celebrate making bowling cool again.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Perfect Pair: Baked Brie

Photo by Shauna Alexander
Everyone loves the melty goodness of my Baked Brie. Perfect for any party! I've been craving this for a while.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Things to do: Unique Valentine's Day Date at Comet Ping Pong

What did you do for Valentine's Day? How much money did you spend? How long did you have to wait around to get seated and served? Did you make those reservations weeks in advance? Was it worth the surged Uber rides? Did you have any fun? Instead of spending $200 in a crowded restaurant on Valentine's Day, I surprised my S.O. with pizza, beer, and a night of intense rounds of ping-pong, and I wouldn't have done anything differently. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day! Get FREE stuff at Roti This Week!

Roti Modern Mediterranean is showing the love! Visit any Roti anytime from now until Thursday for some extra Valentines! Roti is giving away free meals, exclusive merchandise, $5 discounts, and more!! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Perfect Pair: Shrimp and Fish Ceviche with Pixbae

Photo by Bryn Wallace
As a land bridge between two continents, Panama possesses an unusual variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in native cooking.  This refreshing ceviche is a perfect way to start a meal.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

First Taste: Karma Modern Indian

Karma, a new spot in Chinatown, is showing off in D.C. with their non-traditional Indian flavors, beautiful open-kitchen atmosphere, and extremely detail-oriented presentations. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Uncorked: Fetzer Vineyards

This year, Fetzer Vineyards, the historic Mendocino County-based winery lauded for its beloved California wines and pioneering leadership in sustainability, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dining Out: BLT Prime By David Burke

By Claire Goldman

Carrara marble abound, BLT Prime by David Burke inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC is an upscale steakhouse with fun touches that keep it from being just your average lobbyist locale.  The first word that comes to mind to describe the hotel in the former Old Post Office Pavilion... "huge".  The glass ceiling above massive structural buttresses opens up to the sky and brightly lit view of the tall clock tower that stands tall in the DC skyline.  No matter if your spirit animal is an elephant or a donkey, this lobby is impressive.

After being greeted by the warm hosts, we had a seat in the bar.  The gold backdrop is actually made of the original P.O. boxes saved during the building renovation.

The dining room, upstairs from the bar, has an atrium feel and overlooks the grandiose lobby from chandelier height.
Oyster amuse bouche with salmon roe, dill, lemon and sugar was briny and delicious.  

Popovers the size of your head, worthy of a gift tag.

The Botanist and the Sommelier - Hendricks gin, hibiscus syrup, lime juice and lavender bitters.
The house cocktail list has something for everyone, I just happen to be a sucker for hibiscus.  Other options include Manhattan Tea Party with Woodland Reserve bourbon, tea spiced vermouth and bitters.  Visit friendly and talented bartender, Matt downstairs for a pour and a laugh.
Salt Baked Oysters Rockefeller

"Clothesline" Candied Bacon
 From the appetizers, the Salt Baked Oysters Rockefeller are a must.  The chef's spin on this classic app includes spinach, gruyere, bacon and pernod and sits on a bed of egg white foam (which is aesthetically pleasing but not meant to be eaten as our waiter lightly warned). The "Clothesline" Candied Bacon is not only fun but so delicious.  It's juicy and with a little slice of pickle, it's a porky party in your mouth.

Kansas City Steak

Chilean Sea Bass with Mushrooms

Couch Potatoes

Crazy Corn
Now for the mains... The Kansas City prime cut is salt aged 45 days according to celebrity Chef David Burke's patented steak aging process.  The Chilean Sea Bass was perfectly cooked and so satisfying with roasted porcini mushrooms and truffle broth.  Executive Chef Shawn Matijevich shaved black truffles over ours tableside and it took the dish to a new level. For sides, the Couch Potato is a whole baked potato with rosemary topped with a fried onion ring and served with an aioli sauce.  The Crazy Corn is spicy and citrusy with poblano peppers, lime and cotija cheese.
Trump Sparkling Wine from Monticello, VA

David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipop Tree
Finish your meal with a tasty tree-t.  David Burke's Cheesecake Lollipop Tree is a fun dessert that easy to share and covers all the dessert flavors bases... even bubblegum (whipped cream on the side).  As you would expect, many varietals from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, VA appear on the list.  Capital Cooking had the pleasure of a tour and taste, read more about that here.

If you're looking for a Valentine's Day dinner to remember, BLT Prime is offering an a la carte menu with entrees built for two including a Surf & Turf complete with chateaubriand, grilled lobster, love nest potatoes, bone marrow gratin and porcini mushroom demi glace.  For the sweetest course of their cupid celebration, share the tableside Raspberry and Chocolate Baked Alaska For Two with chambord syrup.  With rooms and suites right outside the restaurant doors, beat the cold with a Valentine Staycation. 

Lastly, I cannot say enough about the service.  Everyone was warm, accommodating and up for some fun.  We loved receiving a claim ticket for our leftovers waiting for us by our coats.

Whatever your political persuasion may be, BLT Prime by David Burke with Executive Chef Matijevich and the great service staff is sure to impress and delight. 

For reservations, menus and more go to

BLT Prime by David Burke 
located in Trump International Hotel
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Uncorked: Romantic Wines

Chateau de Saint-Amour
Taste this selection of romantic wines to help bring out everyone’s inner cupid!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Uncorked: The Walking Dead Wines

I must admit that I'm a fan of the show, so when I got the opportunity to try these wines, I was pretty excited.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Buy A Lady A Drink

Recently, the Belgian Ambassador Dirk Wouters invited guests into his residence on Foxhall Road to celebrate Stella Artois' Buy a Lady A Drink campaign. The event was hosted by and Capital Eagle Distributing.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

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!

First Taste: Sam '76

Source: Sam Adams website
By: Ian McGinnity

I recently returned from a year living in Russia, where the craft beer scene has exploded. Every town from Moscow to Smolensk, from Kazan to Irkutsk is dotted with bustling watering holes stocked with draught craft beer brewed in and sourced from the former Soviet Union. While this is a titillating development for Russians (and those of us popping in and out occasionally), the retail beer scene lags far behind. Humble corner bodegas and lavish high-end grocery stores alike tend to sell the same humdrum selection of light lagers and dark ales, with the occasional German pilsner thrown in for good measure. If you're looking for variety there, well, then, bad luck, chum.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Top 7 Dips for Super Bowl

Photo by Shauna Alexander
Here's a list of my Top 7 Dips for your Super Bowl party!

Uncorked: French Wine

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the race to find the perfect wine to get into a romantic mind-set is near the finish line. Try these wines from acclaimed Rhone Valley winery E. Guigal to bring to a romantic dinner or quiet night in at home to set the mood. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Recipe: Butternut Squash, Sausage and Lentil Soup

There's something about the cold that make me crave soup.  I whipped out my cookbook with 300 Sensational Soups and flipped through the pages to find something yummy.  Recently, I've been trying to cook a little bit healthier at home so I was in-between the Beer and Cheese Soup, which sounded amazing, and the Lentil Soup with Roasted Vegetables and Sausage.  I opted for the healthy option with lentils.  Not only is this soup healthy, but it is delicious.  I changed the recipe a bit.  Here's my version below.  

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: TouchDown Punch

Nobody makes a punch better than Gina Chersevani.  This "Ale"ments Punch is perfect for the Super Bowl.