Photo courtesy of Osteria Morini
Cross posted on The Hill is Home
The first Lumber Shed restaurant is officially open and already the space is seeing crowds. Osteria Morini brings upscale, Italian dining to the neighborhood, not far from a few other neighborhood favorites.
As the website explains, Osteria Morini is named after Chef Michael White’s mentor Gianluigi Morini, the owner and founder of acclaimed restaurant San Domenico in Imola. The restaurant draws strongly from White’s personal experience in Emilia-Romagna, where he worked under Chef Valentino Marcattilii for seven years. And in Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests.
Osteria Morini approaches its menu in a way that encourage guests to order a little bit of everything by offering an array of small plates. I personally love that approach over a massive bowl of pasta that leaves me feeling stuffed at the end of my meal. Continue reading
A Thanksgiving spread in my house was not complete without a sweet potato soufflé. The version I grew up with was so deliciously sweet my mother would have seconds (or thirds) for her dessert. Given my dislike for the sweet potatoes as a kid, I tended to avoid seconds…but now I’m the one fighting to clean the dish! Continue reading
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A pancake is a pancake, right? Mix flour, baking powder, milk and eggs, cook and serve with syrup. Voila! And blueberries or chocolate chips and it gets even more exciting. But if you start looking at recipes there seems to be a variety of opinions on the ratio of those ingredients. I was recently introduced to one recipe that, after trying several times now, I am convinced will knock it out of the park every time. Continue reading
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In the absence of amazing brunch menus that seriously stand out among the rest, there is a growing brunch trend that I want to give a nod to: the ones that offer bottomless food AND drinks. And I’m not talking about buffets of ordinary pastries and rubbery eggs. I’m talking about unlimited ordering from the menu, especially when said menu offers some unique and tasty dishes that step outside of the typical brunch menu formula.
Masa 14 was one of the first to start the trend, but many soon followed. It’s the most gluttonous approach to brunch possible, and effectively kills all hopes of a productive afternoon. But, damn, every once in a while I love a brunch where I end up saying “I cannot eat one more bite but wow that dessert looks too good to pass up.” Continue reading
Cross posted at The Hill is Home
Until a trip to Austin, Texas in 2012 I didn’t know what I was missing by never having tried a breakfast taco. It just makes so much sense! And now I can get them right up the street from my house, thanks to District Taco, which opened up this last spring at 656 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.
I first heard of District Taco when I was working in Rosslyn; they were one the first, if not the first, food truck to serve the VA crowd. They eventually opened a brick-and-mortar location in Arlington and their popularity started to spread. And this last spring, they opened their third DC location in the space formerly occupied by Yes! Organic Market. Continue reading
As nice as it is to get away for a long weekend, Labor Day weekend is actually a great time to stay in DC. Friday night was the last Jazz in the Garden for the season and another great weekly concert at YardsPark, just to name a few things. However, I ended up in Annapolis, checking out boats, eating seafood and enjoying the amazing weather.
On Saturday I ran from Georgetown to the Zoo and back with my DC Road Runners training group. It might not be how many of my friends want to spend a Saturday morning but, as my friend Katie said so well, it’s actually a great way to fall in love with the city all over again. Continue reading
Local food writers were abuzz last spring when news broke that Café St. Ex’s Billy Klein was heading over to Pulpo in Cleveland Park. Since his move, he has been working with General Manager Dave Hansen to overhaul the menu. I was recently invited to check out the new menu and must say, it’s worth a visit.
The tapas menu has a mouthwatering mix that left us at a bit of loss on how to not over-order. When I am overwhelmed with choices and do not know what to order, I do two things: take out the items I could likely make at home; and then ask the server for recommendations. However, in this case, we were treated to just about everything the General Manager was hoping we would try. It was way more food than I could handle but it was all spectacular. Continue reading
Summer calls for ice cream, and birthdays call for cake…so, naturally you combine them and celebrate summer birthdays with ice cream cake!
One of my favorite new additions to the Capitol Hill restaurant scene is Beuchert’s Saloon, located at 623 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. The building used to be owned by John Ignatius Beuchert, a German immigrant and prominent Capitol Hill businessman. He opened Beuchert’s Saloon in 1880 and his son reportedly ran the Saloon through Prohibition as a speakeasy “behind such fronts as a Singer sewing machine store and a gramophone shop,” according to the website. The owners of the new Beuchert’s Saloon pieced together the history by working with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society and researching at the Library of Congress. Continue reading
I have a confession: I am becoming disenchanted with brunch.
There are many things I still love about brunch, and it remains a frequent part to my weekends. It is still one of my favorite ways to see friends on the weekends, especially when our schedules have gotten so insane with families, traveling, etc. It’s great to be able to catch up over a two-hour brunch and still have your whole day ahead of you. And let’s not forget one of the more popular reasons to love brunch: it’s one of the few times it’s acceptable to drink before noon.
But it’s been awhile since I have had a brunch that has been worth writing home about. Last week, as I read yet another post by someone who thinks brunch is overrated, I found myself agreeing with the author. Continue reading