One of my favorite things about DC is that, with fairly minimal effort, you can be exposed to one of the widest range of cultures you can imagine in just one place. That’s because, in being the political center of the U.S., we have more than 175 embassies, ambassadors’ residences and foreign cultural centers. And thanks to Cultural Tourism DC, it’s pretty easy to find ways to get a taste and feel for the many countries represented.
That’s where the Embassy Chef Challenge comes in. The event, which is in its fifth year, brings together chefs from different embassies to participate in an Iron Chef style competition. While the main event is at a gala on March 14 (get your tickets here), it starts a month earlier in a closed-door competition which I was invited to attend. The chefs were given the same ingredients and two hours to prepare a main dish. And, of course, each chef added a twist that represented their home country’s flavor. Continue reading
As much as I roll my eyes at the sugary-coated Hallmark holiday that is Valentine’s Day, I can’t deny that I love the fun things you can do with some of your favorite breakfast recipes. With some red food coloring, a cookie cutter and a little creative inspiration, you can put together a very fun breakfast that would make just about anyone smile. Homemade poptarts with a strawberry heart in the center, heart-shaped cinnamon rolls, heart-shaped hard boiled eggs, or even red velvet pancakes… Single or not, how could a plate of bacon and heart-shaped pancakes not make your morning happier? Continue reading
King Cake was always a tradition in my house when I was growing up. It was just one of many New Orleans traditions that my mom kept alive after leaving her hometown. A few years ago she started experimenting with different King Cake recipes in hopes of recreating the New Orleans treat for friends and family in DC, and this year my sister and I decided to give it a try as well. Continue reading
Having lived here for so long, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of inaugurations. The last one was amazing and I am so grateful to have been able to be there (despite the many issues) but this time around I’m more inclined to and enjoy a quiet weekend away from the crowds. But if you’re in town and need to satisfy your brunch cravings, plenty of our best restaurants have you covered. Yes, even on Monday.
Visiting from out of town and looking for a traditional DC locale for your brunch? I’d recommend any of the following: Continue reading
Cross-posted on Paper Scissors Stone, my sister’s blog about her culinary adventures across the pond.
I love cinnamon rolls but my fear of bread making has always prevented me from attempting to make them on my own. The thought of spending all that time to make them, only to have them come out dense or dry just made me sad. And the Pillsbury ones at the grocery store are just so darn easy and tasty. But my sister challenged me to give it a try while visiting her in London for Christmas. She’s gotten quite good at making her own bread and dough in culinary school and was confident she could teach me enough to get me past my fear of baking from scratch. She also thought it would be fun for us to do a few posts that we could cross-post in each other’s blogs. How could I say no? Continue reading
Sometimes you want a quiet and sophisticated brunch. And sometimes you want a boozy feast. I thought Masa 14 was the best deal in town for such an event with their $35 all-you-can-order food and drinks. Well it seems they have some competition: Zengo. Just like at Masa 14, for For just $35 you can order as much as you want off of the menu and have bottomless brunch cocktails. You’re not going to find many traditional brunch dishes here but there is plenty to love.
These brunches are best enjoyed with a group of friends who are not afraid to stuff themselves like it’s Thanksgiving. Don’t like a dish? Then just order something else. Really like a dish? Order more! Want simple eggs and bacon and trying to watch how much you eat? This is not the place for you. Continue reading
It seems to be taking less and less time for new trendy restaurants to get enough into their groove to start opening for brunch. The latest one to jump into the brunch scene is Mike Isabella’s Bandolero in Georgetown. Along with their usual Mexican-influenced small plates, they added a few brunch-inspired dishes. That is to say, add a poached or fried egg on top. So simple yet so good. Continue reading
I never liked Thanksgiving growing up. I got bored watching football, I didn’t enjoy cooking, and I was a terribly picky eater who didn’t like much of anything on the table at dinner time. I really just wanted macaroni and cheese. My love for the mac & cheese hasn’t gone away but, thankfully, I have come to my senses on everything else around this holiday. Especially as I’ve gotten more comfortable in the kitchen.
For my family, holidays have always centered around food. Actually, almost everything centers around food for us. I was one of those kids who was actually expected to sit at a table and eat with my family. Every night. And with rules that the TV could not be on and the phone would not be answered. I hated it at the time but I love my parents now for torturing me with such love.
So at the holidays, the focus on food is always magnified 10 fold. You stress over the menu weeks in advance and you plan evenings to test out new recipes so they are perfected in time for the holiday meal. And when you sit down to the big dinner, there’s enough food to feed the neighborhood…or to at least stock the freezer full of leftover to last you through the winter. Continue reading
Photo by María Helena Carey
It’s no secret that I love living on Capitol Hill. I have almost anything I need walking distance from my house, including a large number of brunch options. One of the newer additions is Box Car Tavern, which opened last year next to Tunnicliff’s Tavern, providing a second bar/casual dining option offsetting the more upscale Montmartre and Acqua al 2.
I’ve been to Box Car more times that I can count for dinner and drinks but only recently stopped in for brunch. I was meeting a neighborhood friend, we wanted a place we hadn’t been to for brunch before, and we wanted to we wanted to get in some window shopping around the flea market. Can you call it window shopping when the stands don’t have windows? So Box Car was the winner. Continue reading
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Food and Friends is bringing back their annual Slice of Life pie sale, and TODAY, November 8, 2012, you can get free samples of those delicious pies at Farragut Square from 11:30am – 1:30pm. There will be raffles, games, and of course a chance to order those pies for Thanksgiving dinner.
Each pie purchased provides one full day of meals to our neighbors facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. So add a few minutes to your lunch break and stop through Farragut Square today to get involved. It’s as easy as pie!