Saturday, December 30, 2017

Things to do: Watergate Hotel Tea Time

Want to feel like you're back in London on that vacation instead of dealing with work obligations, the awful metro, and terrible weekend traffic? Go to the luxurious Watergate Hotel for an afternoon teatime this weekend! 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12 Cocktails of Christmas: 3 French Hens

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...You'll love our Cocktail chapter in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.  Everything you need to get ready for the party planning.   

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Cookbook Review: InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round

By Claire Goldman

Hosting parties can be stressful, InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round takes a ton the weight right off your shoulders with well rounded and creative menus, invitations, kitchen staples and cocktail pairings for all your party plans. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gavin Kaysen, Vikram Sunderam, José Andrés, and Other Famous Chefs at MetroCooking DC Event

This weekend, dozens of awarding-winning Chefs came together to perform cooking demos and taste talks at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington D.C. Named one of the biggest culinary events of the year, MetroCooking DC invited over 20 well-known chefs and exhibited more than 50 local D.C. restaurants to try. This foodie-extravaganza also promoted dozens of breweries, wineries, and distilleries by featuring their signature drinks to sip on and had over 100 local food specialty vendor areas to taste and shop at! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Lauren's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner so it is time to start thinking about finding the perfect gifts for the ones you love. I'll continue adding more products as I review them. If you'd like your product considered, please email me at Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dining Out: Santa Rosa Taqueria in DC

Capitol Hill has a new fast-casual spot every taco lover must check out. "Top Chef" alum Spike Mendelsohn, who brought the District Good Stuff Eatery, famous for the "Prez Obama Burger," We, The Pizza, and The Chickery, has now given us the next best thing--strong margs & authentic Mexican fare for cheap!

Monday, December 4, 2017

New Crimson Whiskey Bar in Chinatown by Hilton Brothers

A new basement whiskey bar has opened in the heart of downtown Chinatown. The moonshine den is just one of three dining lounges created by brothers Eric and Ian Hilton, all located in the modern new Pod Hotel.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dreaming of Drinking: White Christmas

Photo by Kristen Finn
I'm dreaming of a White Christmas cocktail. I'm not ready for snow, but I'm happy to drink this white delight.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Chickery: The Best Place for Late Night Drunk Food in D.C.

Whether you order chicken in a bun or chicken in a cone, you won't be disappointed with this fast-casual Dupont Circle restaurant at any hour of the day--but especially at 2AM.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Perfect Pair: Mom's Sweet Potato Casserole

Tuesdays is all about pairing food and drinks with the help of our experts.  This week, wine expert, Neal Wavra, the sommelier of the Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia, helped us select the perfect pairings

Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Recipe: Homemade Green Bean Casserole

This Green Bean Casserole is a must try for Thanksgiving! You'll love this recipe because everything is homemade. This isn't the canned cream of mushroom soup with fake fried onions version. This is the real thing and it is worth the extra effort. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Dining Out: Del Mar, NEW Chef Fabio and Maria Trabocchi Restaurant on the Wharf

Famous D.C. Italian Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Casa Luca (named after his son Luca), Sfoglina, Fiola Mare, and Fiola has opened up Del Mar with his wife Maria to celebrate her Spanish heritage and family traditions. Located on the District Wharf, Del Mar serves traditional Spanish dishes and authentic seafood fare with a luxurious and modern twist. Walking into Del Mar, I was immediately transported back to Spain, as if sitting on a patio along the gran via of Madrid eating patatas bravas and drinking wine. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Dining Out: NEW Insta-Worthy Restaurant in Clarendon

Wilson Hardware, a three-tiered contemporary American restaurant and lounge, has opened in Arlington! In the heart of downtown Clarendon and a ten minute uber from the Georgetown waterfront, this chic bar is THE new hotspot! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Uncorked: Bubbly

The holidays are upon us. No celebration would be complete without some Italian sparkling wine. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Upcoming Events: The National Italian American Foundation Anniversary Gala Weekend

This November, The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is celebrating their 42nd Anniversary at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C! From November 3rd to November 5th, you can join in the fun, including NIAF's Friday night kickoff party, the Awards Gala on Saturday night, and FREE events including the Expo Italiana, screenings, discussions, and LOTS of tastings!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Uncorked: 19 Crimes

I'm a big 19 Crimes wine fan.  It is affordable and delicious.  The Banished is extra juicy.  Have you tried it?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Uncorked: McBride Sisters Collection

Sip into the fall with an all-new collection of wines from the Andrea & Robin McBride.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Events: Eat Spain Up! Washington D.C. Events from Sept. 21 till October 29th

On Thursday, September 21st Eat Spain Up!, a program and gallery that explores Spanish regions and brings together the food and culture of Spain to Washington D.C., opened to the public at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. Through the month of October, Washington D.C. audiences have the opportunity to dive into Spanish culture, culinary traditions, and new gastronomic innovations. The events this month explore Spain through its food, and is accompanied by two visual exhibits by renowned graphic designer and artist Manuel Estrada. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Uncorked: Beaulieu Vineyard

As we head into cooler months where the focus shifts to red wines, check out the newly-released Beaulieu Vineyard 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy 3rd Birthday, #babycapcook

This beauty turned 3 and I couldn't feel more blessed.  I am incredibly thankful that she made me a mom and am so lucky she's my daughter.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Uncorked: Spooky Wines

It isn't October yet, but we know that the die-hard Halloween fans already planning their costumes and stocking up on candy corn as we speak. Here are four wines options to consider as great alternatives to pumpkin spice punch bowl concoctions for the sophisticated, spooky celebrant.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Eatsa Hosts Barre 3 Class

By: Claire Goldman

Even though Eatsa serves healthy vegetarian bowls, fitness conscious Washingtonians still want to work for their dinner.  Recently, Barre 3 made a group of us sweat for our supper at Eatsa's K Street location.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Uncorked: End of Summer Wine

Summer is coming to an end, but ride it out sipping on these wines. The Orgo is a white or "Amber" wine is made from 100% Rkatsiteli grapes from Georgia.  The fresh peach notes in this wine make it pair nicely with grilled pork loin or fish.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Home and Hungry

I made it home to St. Louis and immediately started eating my way around town.  There's a ton of new places to try and I haven't been disappointed.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Uncorked: Canned Wine

Francis Ford Coppola Winery is now offering their Diamond Collection white wines in cans.  Perfect for a picnic! Check out their Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc.  

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.

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. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Giveaway: 2 VIP tickets to Cochon555 in DC!

The Cochon555 competition is almost here and we want you there! On August 6th, 2017 the foodie experience of the year will be at the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. and YOU could win two VIP tickets! We just wrote an article on why you NEED to attend this culinary tour, which you can find here. Cochon555 is a premier culinary tour advocating for the flavor and health benefits of eating and using heritage breed pigs. The event features 5 pigs, 5 competing chefs, 5 competing winemakers, multiple pop-up food stations, and 40+ types of boutique wines, cocktails, and artisanal brews. Check out this video from last year! 

Uncorked: Côtes du Rhône

Wine lovers around the country tend to keep their favorite everyday wines on hand, describing their cache as their “house wine.” This summer, as we look towards back yard BBQs, shoreside seafood feasts and fresh salads from the garden, consider a new “summer house wine” – E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc, Rosé or Rouge.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Uncorked: Bonterra’s 2016 Rosé

Nestled in the Mendocino mountain range just north of Sonoma and Napa Valley, Bonterra Organic Vineyards will celebrate 30 years of organic this year. Founded by organic winemaking pioneer Bob Blue, who in 1987 recognized Mendocino County’s ideal conditions for farming organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards’ collection of wines stems from an approach to farming that creates grapes that are pure, vibrant, and intensely flavorful.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Uncorked: Summer Reds

With summer here, it is time to light up the grill. While rosé may be the varietal on everyone’s lips, there are a few delicious, medium- and even fuller-bodied reds that are quite enjoyable in the summertime, despite the hot weather.  Reds aren't only for summer.  They can stand up to hearty barbecue sauce and red meats.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dining Out: Sofitel DC Summer Menu

Although summer in D.C. can be sweltering, the summer menus are worth going out in the heat. The seasonal drinks and dishes at the signature Ici Urban Bistro restaurant and the modern Le Bar at the Sofitel hotel quenched my thirst and filled my appetite!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Why You Need to go to Cochon555 this Summer

After twelve exciting competitions across the country, the 2017 Cochon555 tour is ready to take on the District for it's penultimate culinary battle before the final competition in Austin and the Grand Cochon showdown in October. Taking place on August 6th at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C., this culinary experience with five competing chefs, five competing winemakers, and five whole heritage brand pigs (1,500 pounds of pork!) is one you don’t want to miss.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Uncorked: Tom Gore

It’s officially summer, but it’s not too late to get the garden ready to grow fresh ingredients and make the most of your farmer’s market finds. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Ampeer: Sip, Savor, and Study

This July the historic Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle will re-open its doors as a brand new luxury urban living concept. The mansion, built in 1903, has been renovated into ninety-two unique residential units. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Bomb Pop

 Shoot off more than just fireworks this 4th of July.  This Bomb Pop is one of my favorites that should be layered from the bottom- red, white and blue.  God bless America!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thinking of Drinking: Brandy Smash

I didn't realize I was such a fan of brandy until I took America Eats Tavern's monthly cocktail class.  Lead bartender, Owen Thomson, gave us a taste of the Germain-Robin brandy and I loved the smooth elegance.  This Brandy Smash is light and refreshing and absolutely perfect for summer sipping.  Cheers!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Toast to America!

On Thursday, June 22nd we all raised a glass of Madeira wine! The President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, and the Portuguese Ambassador, Domingos Fezas Vital, hosted a "Toast to America" reception to celebrate the independence of the U.S. and to commemorate the historical ties between Portugal and the United States.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Honoring our Veterans with Robert Irvine

Military personnel, lobbyists, a handful of senators, staffers, and reporters all met on Capitol Hill in the Hart Senate Building on Tuesday afternoon to honor our veterans with celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, Hire Heroes USA, and Walmart.