Friday, November 8, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: Pecan Pie Cocktail

Looking for Thanksgiving cocktails?  I'm a big fan of drinking my dessert.  (less calories and more fun!)  Try my version of Pecan Pie.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Perfect Pair for Thanksgiving: Mustard Roasted Carrots

We're hosting Friendsgiving this year.  Looking for a Thanksgiving side?  These Mustard Roasted Carrots will do the trick.  This healthy dish is packed with flavor and pairs well with the local options selected below.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Opening: We, the Pizza in Ballston


On October 30th, We, the Pizza franchise is opening their fourth location in the Jamestown Ballston Exchange in Arlington, VA.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: Cooper & Thief Red Blend Swizzle

Aged for three months in bourbon whiskey barrels, Cooper & Thief’s spirituous character enticingly lends itself to Elliott’s cocktail connoisseurship, offering an out-of-the-box twist to a classic fall drink. For the spice lovers, the Cooper & Thief Red Blend Swizzle is the move (step aside, pumpkin spice). The delicious cocktail features cinnamon syrup and a freshly grated cinnamon garnish for undeniable fall flavor with a kick. Cheers!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Perfect Pair: Chicken Tetrazzini


Chicken Tetrazzini is perfect this time of year and is featured in the Capital Cooking Cookbook! This recipe makes me nostalgic. I used to eat this all of the time growing up and it was one of my favorites.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip

Are you looking for an easy dip to bring to your next fall gathering?  Look no further.  Yes, it is that time of year! It is pumpkin season. Try my Pumpkin Pie Dip from the Capital Cooking Cookbook. It is quick and easy and is sure to be a big hit. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Recipe: Pumpkin Crème Brulee

Happy Fall!  This recipe is adapted from my Cooking 101 class at L'Academie de Cuisine when we made Pistachio Creme Brulee. This pumpkin version is a seasonal delight. Feel free to adjust the amount of pumpkin you use to taste. Also, don't be afraid if you don't have a torch. You can always make it under the broiler. It is sure to be a hit at your Autumn feast. This recipe is featured on Capital Cooking's Lunch with a Lobbyist episode. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: The Coconut Highball

Perfect neat, or in a Highball, the flavor profile and versatility of DEWAR’S Caribbean Smooth 8-year-old rum cask finish offers a great alternative to beer and wine for food pairings. Signature serves include The Coconut Highball, which reimagines the classic highball with a refreshing blend of coconut and citrus flavors, as well as The Cask to Colada that includes Caribbean Smooth, fresh pineapple juice, vanilla sugar and coconut water.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: White Wine Paloma

After months full of rosé and endless Aperol spritzes, we deserve to sip something that not only keeps the season alive, but does so with a twist. To upgrade your end of summer cocktail routine, Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters teamed up with experimental mixologist Elliott Clark (@apartment_bartender) to reinterpret a warm-weather favorite featuring 2016 Cooper & Thief Sauvignon Blanc (SRP: $29.99) – the Cooper & Thief White Wine Paloma.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Perfect Pair: Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Risotto

Today, I'm craving risotto.  My end of summer risotto pairs perfectly with two white wines. Check out my recommendations below.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Few of My Favorite Things: Plant-Based Cakes Delivered by Seasonal Roots



Seasonal Roots is an online farmers market that supports family farmers, local artisans, and small businesses who use sustainable practices that are less about short-term profit and more about preserving the land and the environment for future generations. The farmers they partner with grow nutritious produce and humanely raise happy animals for meat, eggs, and dairy while the small businesses create some of the most delicious products! Recently, Seasonal Roots partnered with Empowered Plant Cakes - a plant-based company created by Paige Welch. The cakes are gluten free, raw, plant-based, and absolutely amazing!! 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Recipe: Tzatziki

Photo by Shauna Alexander
When it is warm, it is so nice to sit outside with friends to enjoy food.  This recipe for Tzatziki is simple and refreshing.  I love to dip pita chips and carrots into the yogurt sauce, but you could also serve it over lamb.  Serve it with other appetizers or make an entire Greek feast.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Out to Brunch: Rooftop DJ Brunch at City Winery




Looking for a fun brunch spot? Welcome to urban wine country! City Winery's rooftop is open every Saturday and Sunday for summer with an awesome DJ and a delicious brunch!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Out to Brunch: Pisco y Nazca Prix Fixe



I have found one of my new favorite brunch spots. Pisco Y Nazca - a Peruvian Ceviche Gastrobar in downtown D.C.- is the perfect place to indulge in a prix fixe boozy brunch that won't break the bank! 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thinking of Drinking: Orange Crush

Boy, I'm craving one of these!  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.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Uncorked: A New Wine Just in Time for Summer Picnics

Have you tried the 2018 Kendall-Jackson Avant?  This wine is fully unoaked and cold-fermented in 100% stainless steel.  Avant captures the purest expression of the Chardonnay grape.  This is perfect for summer picnics.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2019 RAMMY Award Winners


We had an incredible time at the RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday! So many talented people in one room, so many fun photo-opps, and of course, so much to eat and drink! The winners of the 37th Annual RAMMY Awards are:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Event: The Rammy Awards Gala is this Weekend!


The DC food event of the year is this Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This is my absolute favorite day of the year – celebrating the best restaurants in the District with the biggest foodies in town. So many hard working individuals and organizations are up for awards this year in over twenty different categories. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Recipe: Enchiladas with Seasonal Roots


My favorite home delivery box – Seasonal Roots – curated another great box for me to make some delicious Enchiladas! The veggie fairies brought me fresh meat from Ovoka Farm’s and a spicy sauce from Clark & Hopkins. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Opening: Fogo de Chao Grand Opening in Bethesda! Make Reservations Today



The delicious Brazilian Steakhouse is now open in the Pike & Rose retail center! The new restaurant is their third location in the Metro DC area, and features a more contemporary dining space. 

Recipe: Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Looking for the perfect summer BBQ recipe?  Try this Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad.  I made this for my daughter's unicorn birthday party and everyone loved it.  

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Recipe: Baklava

I traveled to Greece 10 years ago for an unforgettable trip.  I feasted on their amazing cuisine.  Make this dessert to get a taste of all the country has to offer.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gloria! Gloria!

Epic evening last night at the Vampire Weekend concert in St. Louis.  The crowd erupted when the Blues won the championship and took home the Stanley Cup.  Let's Go Blues!!  Vampire Weekend came out to sing Gloria for the encore. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Recipe: Squash Salad with Feta and Fresh Mint


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It is that time of year.  I love this dish and I made it last night for my mom.  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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Events: Capital Pride Parties during DC Pride Weekend


Capital Pride is less than two weeks away! What are you doing to celebrate? In celebration of Washington, D.C.’s Pride weekend, Urbana, Radiator, and DNV Rooftop will host parties ranging from lively, pre-parade dance festivities on Saturday, June 8 to a beach-themed pool retreat on Sunday, June 9. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Event: Taste of North Capitol 2019


The Taste of North Capitol is back! On thursday June 6, 2019 North Capitol Main Streets will host its 3rd annual Taste of the North Capitol at the awesome NPR Building in Northeast Washington D.C. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Recipe: Vegetarian Sunday Dishes with Seasonal Roots


One of my favorite things to do after work is pick up my delivery box full of fresh produce and think up delicious recipes to make for the weekend. Every Sunday, my closest girlfriends come over to my condo to decompress, drink wine, and watch bad TV together. Someone brings the bottle of wine (or more realistically, bottles*), someone is always picking up flowers, and I always request a block or two of cheese and a shareable dessert, but I cook up the dishes to snack on throughout the night.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Out to Brunch: Brunch Feast at Boqueria Penn Quarter



Boqueria Penn Quarter is offering an amazing Bottomless Brunch all spring and summer long! Go check out the new space and spend two hours brunching with your crew! Boqueria is a Barcelona-inspired tapas bar serving a menu of Spanish classics and market-driven seasonal specials.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Seasonal Roots Online Farmer’s Market


Who doesn’t love farmers markets? I love getting the freshest ingredients, buying local, helping the agri-business community, and knowing that what I am eating was farmed sustainably. However, living in the city and juggling multiple jobs means a lot of the time I end up picking up some OK groceries at the Giant down the street. Ugh…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Events: Interactive Theater and 20% off Urbana Meal from April 19 through May 12



Urbana, the casual Dupont Circle Italian spot, joins Dupont Underground & TBD immersive for a second interactive theater partnership, following the popular 2018 production of “Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground.”