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Recap: Restaurant Week Dinner at Fiola

Summer’s DC Restaurant week (DCRW), held August 13-19, 2012 (not including the many extensions), has officially come to a conclusion. Regardless of whether you’re a diner or a restaurant industry worker, it is a very busy time for many DC area restaurants –well, now it is. Thanks to the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), creator of the bi-annual promotion, (next will [...]

Sticky Fingers: Finger Lickin’ Healthy Goodness

Made famous by being the first vegan bakery to win Food Network’s Cupcake Wars All-Stars, Sticky Fingers Bakery (1370 Park Rd., NW)  in Columbia Heights is hosting its first ever Summer Supper Club held every Wednesday in the month of August. Featuring organic ingredients from local farmers’ markets, I had the privilege of partaking in Taco Night. [...]

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Dining and Dating District Style: Mintwood Place

After my first Dining and Dating District Style post, I struggled with where to land my fork for my next article. Much like a second date, I wanted our second experience to leave you impressed and curious for more. A number of friends recommended restaurants they deemed worthy (thankfully only one suggestion was for Applebee’s), [...]


The Pig for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

In May, the EatWell group opened the Pig (3115 14th St. NW), truly a pork-lovers dream. In most dishes, pork is featured in a subtle manner that enhances the dishes rather than being a main focus. Keeping with the small plate trend, plates at the Pig should be ordered with the intent to share, giving you the opportunity to try dishes in both the more and less pig varieties. Meat-free meals are also available and quite tasty. Additionally, the Pig will begin serving brunch starting June 30th on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm.

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Dining and Dating District Style: Jaleo

Dining and Dating District Style is a series focusing on dating from the viewpoint of the plate. Expect restaurant reviews with recommendations for a First, Second, or Third Date, tips on what to order and how to find happiness at the end of the fork. For this series’ inaugural restaurant review, I visited the restaurant that introduced the Spanish tapas concept to DC: Jaleo.

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Not too Chambly: Unibroue beer dinner at Light Horse Restaurant

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I submit to you the sweetest phrase I have ever known: Five course dinner with beer pairings. The phrase invokes thoughts of cuisine comas and hoppy happiness. I recently had the pleasure of indulging in both at a [...]

The National Aquarium offers a taste of the Amazon

Who could be a more knowledgeable host for a dinner showcasing an exotic marine species than the National Aquarium? No one; that’s precisely the point. The National Aquarium’s Fresh Thoughts sustainable seafood dining series, now in its second year, is designed to help increase the understanding of sustainable seafood practices. Each dinner, which is offered [...]

Embarking on a journey of taste at Zengo: Test Kitchen: Hanoi-Havana

How many times have you wished that you could be in two places at once? Well now thanks to Richard Sandoval’s ZENGO (781 7th St., NW), you can! From now until June 30th, diners can enjoy Test Kitchen: Hanoi-Havana, a special menu that was created to blend two incredibly diverse countries (and cultures) Vietnam and [...]

Cedar: More Than Just Fair Game

My latest dining discovery, Cedar (822 E Street, NW), located in the heart of Penn Quarter, is a contemporary, rustic American local favorite specializing in wild game fine dining in a modern upscale hunting lodge atmosphere, among scenery of nature’s wild beauty. Every dish is delicately prepared and well-executed by their new Executive Chef, Aaron [...]

Cruzin’ To Frederick Restaurant Week

Thanks to Chevrolet, I’ve been Cruzin’ all week in my brand new 2012 Cruze! Chevy graciously provided new vehicles to test drive to eight DC food bloggers, including myself, this week to take a bite out of all that Frederick, MD has to offer during the third annual Frederick Restaurant Week (March 5-11, 2012). While [...]

A Weekend Getaway to Historic Frederick, MD

After being married almost eight years, my husband and I finally decided to take a special trip to celebrate our wedding anniversary. With two kids (ages seven and three), we don’t often get the opportunity to disappear for a week or even a weekend. If you have kids, then you can relate. If [...]

A Celebration of Thanks at the Capital Grille for the Conclusion of Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer

On Sunday, October 30th, Pink Jams! founder, Christa Floresca and I, as Chairwoman hosted more than twenty local food bloggers at the Capital Grille in Washington, DC to celebrate the conclusion and success of the first annual Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer awareness campaign. The Capital Grille agreed to generously host the group [...]

Livin’ up to the hype: Mike Isabella’s Graffiato

Like a summer movie blockbuster, rarely does a restaurant so highly anticipated , as Graffiato (707 6th St., NW) live up to the hype. Mike Isabella‘s first baby whose name means graffiti or scratched– is the latest addition the GalleryPlace\Chinatown ‘hood, open just 10 days when I visited, and has been one of the most [...]

Spring Brings Anew at Urbana with a New Chef and Menu.

Urbana located inside the Palomar Hotel in DC’s Dupont Circle, has been one of my go-to spots for a proper gastronome happy hour for a while now. Not only does the bar and lounge ooze a swanky and sophisticated vibe, it has an eclectic happy hour menu with delicious appetizers, great ‘wood-stone pizzas‘ and [...]