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!! 


So many of my friends are going vegetarian or vegan - and I know all of them will absolutely love this company! I definitely recommend trying them out - it tastes incredible, is better for the environment, and isn't as bad for you!!! 

In my Seasonal Roots box this month, I recieved two different delicious Empowered Plant Cake Slices: 


CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Shredded Coconut (Dried Unsweetened Coconut), Cacao Powder, Coconut Milk (Water, Coconut), Coconut Oil, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Raw Blue Agave, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Pink Himalayan Salt

LAVENDER LEMON

Ingredients: Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Cashews, Shredded Coconut (Dried Unsweetened Coconut), Almonds, Freeze Dried Blueberries, Coconut Milk (Water, Coconut), Coconut Oil, Lemon Juice, Raw Blue Agave, Dates, Vanilla, Lavender Essential Oil, Pink Himalayan Salt

Other Empowered Plant Cakes Options: 

BLUEBERRY SWIRL CAKE

SALTED CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, VANILLA

FIG & LEMON WITH RASPBERRY CHIA JAM

RED VELVET

CARROT CAKE

NEOPOLITIAN

KEY LIME

TAHINI ALMOND

SALTED CARAMEL & BANANA

MANGO, MATCHA, & COCONUT

SPICED APPLE

CHOCOLATE & VANILLA SWIRL CAKE (KETO FRIENDLY & PALEO)

ESPRESSO ORANGE

RAINBOW CAKE

Sizes and Prices: 

Cupcakes OR 2" Square Cakes - $3.50 each (batches of 12 available)

Slices $6

6" Cake $25 Serves 6-8 people

9" Cake $55 Served 14-16 people


Where can you find these delicious plant-based cakes, besides ordering from Seasonal Roots? 

THE LEAPING LIZARD 4408 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Keeps 6 Flavors in stock daily - order in cafe everyday or bakery on weekends. Call ahead for full size cakes. 

THE GREEN CAT 3801 Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Keeps on average 3 flavors in stock daily in Grab N Go Section

CIVIL LIBATIONS 2135 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Keeps 1 rotating cake flavor in stock

GRAZE KITCHEN 2217 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach, Va 23454

Keeps 3 rotating flavors in stock

BARREL 17 1706 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

Keeps 2 flavors in stock

JAVA SURF 1807 Mediterranean Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Keeps 1 flavor in stock

SEASONAL ROOTS DELIVERY

A home delivery meal service available to order in Northern VA, Richmond, Hampton Roads, etc. See website to see if they deliver to your address.

FRUITIVE All 5 locations including DC 

*Carried Seasonally* Call to see if in stock

OLD BEACH FARMERS MARKET 19th and Cypress Ave in Virginia Beach

Every Saturday in May-October from 9am-12pm 

HAMPTON BLVD FARMERS MARKET 7400 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk Va, 23505

Every Wednesday 3-6 PM through October 

KINGS GRANT FARMERS MARKET

Every other Thursday starting in May from 4-7PM

HARVEST MARKET AT O'CONNOR BREWING 211 W 24th Street, Norfolk, VA

First and third Sunday of every Month May - Oct

For more information on Empowered Plant Cakes, go to: Empowered Plant Cakes

For more information on how to start getting your own amazing Seasonal Roots Box, go to: Seasonal Roots

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.” 

Monday, April 15, 2019

A Few of My Favorite Things: My Go-To Spot Before Capital One Arena Events


Dirty Habit, a luxe restaurant and bar in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, is where you’ll find me after work. The spot offers a vivid social scene, a high-end cocktail program, delicious eats, and a beautiful private urban patio. The space is located literally 180 steps from the Capital One Arena - but is tucked away in the perfect spot. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Events: The Winners of the 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge Are....



So many incredible Embassy Chefs gathered together in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center this week to compete in the 11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA! Foodies from around the District got to sip and savor dishes from around the world! It was an incredible night filled with live music, delicious liquor, and unique spices! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Events: DC's Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry on April 8th


Want to help end childhood hunger in America? You do not want to miss this event in April! This year’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the National Building Museum. Last year, D.C.’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to connect hungry kids in need with up to 2.5 million healthy meals. The annual tasting event will feature gourmet cuisine and libations crafted by the city’s hottest chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists, uniting to raise funds to ensure all children in America have access to the healthy food they need, every day!! One-hundred-percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Events: 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge this April!


TCMA, Events DC, and Cultural Tourism DC are dishing up the 11th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge on April 2nd! Returning to the atrium at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, the Embassy Chef Challenge is bringing together chefs from 30 different embassies to showcase delicious dishes from around the globe.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Imperfect Produce: #EatUgly and Fight Food Waste

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Imperfect is a produce delivery company focused on fighting food waste by finding a home for 'ugly' produce. Upon sign-up, you can select the box size, type, and frequency that suits your lifestyle. For each order, your box will be filled with imperfect fruits and/or vegetables according to the box type you selected. For the spring, I decided I really wanted more delicious seasonal fruits and veggies around. I am so glad I now #EatUgly! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dining Out: The Best Thai in DC You Didn’t Know About



I grew up eating Thai food. Every Sunday night I knew I would be hopping in the car with my 8-person family and driving to the hole-in-the-wall Thai place in my hometown. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The 2019 Rammys Nominations....



The 2019 RAMMY Awards is coming up!! Save the date: On June 30th, 2019, the party of the year (with the absolute best food and drinks) is here! Last night top industry professionals gathered at The Hamilton Live at The Hamilton as RAMW announced finalists for the 2019 RAMMY Awards