• 15Apr

    launchpadBudding DC area food entrepreneurs should check out the Launchpad (2) competition. It can help launch your culinary business/concept.

    “The contest runs approximately 3 months, beginning April 16th. Applicants will be narrowed down to 5 finalists who will compete in a cook-off event in July.”



  • 10Apr
    Orange Anchor Oysters

    Grilled and Fried Oysters!

    Orange Anchor is a new restaurant at the Washington Harbour Georgetown (in the old Cabanas  space).

    Orange Anchor’s $1 (each) oyster happy hour is Monday to Friday 5-6pm. You can select your oysters from the following preparations: fried, chilled, grilled, or Champagne. I tried the fried and grilled, both of which were very good.

    They also have happy hour drink specials including $7 wine, one $10 mixed drinks (Orange Crush) and $4 canned beer Monday to Friday 5-7pm. The canned beer selection includes Landshark Lager, Avery “White Rascal” Witbier, Wild Wolf “Blonde Hunny Ale, Butternuts Snapperhead IPA, and Champion “Missile” IPA, two of which are from Virginia. Also included in the canned beer happy hour pricing are Miller Lite, Bud Light, Natty Boh, Coors, and Corona.


    Orange Anchor on Urbanspoon

  • 09Apr

    STK May 2015 DCFBHH V6The next DC Food Blogger Happy Hour (DCFBHH) will be Wednesday May 6th, 6-8pm at the steakhouse,  STK. This month’s host is Eugene of DC Life Magazine.

    You can RSVP on the DCFB’s Facebook event page.


  • 03Apr
    Sundried Pork with green  apple som tum sriracha was a favorite of ours. Pic by Eugene Smith of DC Life Magazine.

    Sundried Pork Pic Courtesy of Eugene Smith of DC Life Magazine.

    I hosted April’s DC Food Blogger Happy Hour at new DC Thai restaurant, Mango Tree a couple of days ago, and definitely need to recommend a few items. The Sundried Pork (served with with green apple som tum sriracha) was a group favorite. I heard that the Vegetable Spring Rolls were quite tasty, but they contain an ingredient I can’t eat (mushrooms), so I could not try them. The Strawberry Basil Caipirinha and Lychee Mojita were tasty and refreshing drinks.

    I will say that a few of the dishes were a bit spicy for some of the diners, and that the sangria wasn’t my thing, but this new restaurant is definitely one to watch. And, the space/décor and service were excellent.

    Congratulations to Mango Tree for appearing in Eater’s list of hottest restaurants in DC!

    BTW, it isn’t posted yet, but save the date (May 6th) for the next DC Food Blogger Happy Hour. It was be hosted by Eugene of DC Life Magazine at STK, although the event has not been posted yet on the DCFBHH Facebook page.


    Mango Tree on Urbanspoon

  • 03Apr

    belvedere_wild_berry_displayBelvedere Vodka’s newest flavor, Belvedere Wild Berry, just made its DC debut. Barcode hosted a happy hour reception last week to celebrate. Guests were treated to complimentary wild berry cocktails and food bites.

    Barcode sectioned off part of its lounge area for the event, which quickly became packed with guests. Guests with reserved tables enjoyed bottles of the new vodka. The wild berry cocktails delivered a fresh, smooth and clean finish. The combination of strawberries and blueberries made the cocktail soft and inviting to the palate. This new vodka flavor mixes perfectly with lemonade or tonic water, topped with fresh fruits. Buy Belvedere Wild Berry vodka on the Belvedere Vodka website, and look out for it in DC liquor stores and bars.


    Barcode Restaurant, Bar and Lounge on Urbanspoon

  • 26Mar

    There are a ton of amazing DC chefs that can potentially beat Bobby Flay like Victor Albisu of Del Campo did. Oops, was that a spoiler? That was a great episode.  I used to eat a lot of fugazza in a Queens, NY Argentine pizzeria years ago.  I really do need to get to Del Campo sometime since I’ve heard good things, and I judged one of his dishes at the Lamb Jam last year.


    Beat Bobby Flay

  • 25Mar

    Many heartfelt moments in our lives start with the opening of a bottle of wine. We may not realize it in the moment, but family and friends form bonds over wine. Whether at a family gathering or at a dinner party with friends, wine is a staple at events. Sisters Robin and Andréa McBride show how wine can help bring people together. The age-old beverage helped inspire the wine-making sister duo.

    This past Thursday, March 19th, the McBride sisters celebrated the debut of their new wine collection, Truvée Wines, in DC. Partnered with Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Truvée Wines is the latest wine release from DC&E. The event was held at The Manor, a relatively new restaurant and lounge located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Guests enjoyed Truvée’s Chardonnay and Red Blend, spritzers, sangria cocktails, and food bites at the chic event.

    The McBride sisters’ story is, to say the least, a remarkable one. Both born in Los Angeles, the two sisters were raised continents apart by their mothers, unaware of each other’s existence for nearly half of their lives. Robin grew up surrounded by vineyards in Monterey, California, while her younger sister Andréa was grape farming with her uncle in Marlborough, New Zealand. It was their father’s dying wish that his two daughters finally meet. When the sisters reunited at last, they discovered a shared interest in the wine business. As the wine title Truvée, derived from “to find” in French, tells, the two sisters found in each other something worth holding onto and formed a close sisterhood. The entrepreneurial duo became the first African American sisters to found and own a wine company. Robin and Andréa  serve as an inspiration to women and contemporary wine lovers.

    The sisters told their heartwarming story at the Truvée Wines launch party held at The Manor, as guests were served complimentary wine and cocktails. Upon entering the event, I was almost immediately offered the Princely Peach Sangria, a cocktail featuring the Truvée Chardonnay. It was light, crisp and refreshing: the perfect start to the evening. I then enjoyed the Saucy Spitzer, mixed with the Truvée Red Blend Wine. This cocktail was by far my favorite at the event: fruity, smooth and flavorful. Then I sampled a taste of the Truvée red and the white. The lightly oaked Chardonnay was light, balanced and not too sweet. The outstanding Rhône Style Red Blend delivered a decadent fruit taste and a bit of a spice. It was rich, velvety and the right amount of sweet. As a red wine fan, I especially enjoyed the Truvée Red Blend .

    With a recommended retail price of $15.99, these sophisticated, high-quality wines are attainable for today’s wine drinkers. Browse the Truvée website for more information on this affordable indulgence. Keep an eye out for Truvée wines at DC liquor stores and bars, including The Manor.


  • 23Mar

    Norwegian Ambassador’s Executive Chef, Mr. Sindre Risvoll!

    We were in attendance at a recent Norwegian seafood reception at the temporary residence of the Norwegian Ambassador. The event was created in cooperation with the Norwegian Seafood Council. In attendance were members of the Norwegian seafood industry and their clients (including a Fairfax based Asian supermarket with a great seafood department). (Asia is a huge market for Norwegian seafood.)

    The reception featured phenomenally fresh and delicious Norwegian seafood in Asian preparations. It even was talking to a fisherman whose boat probably caught the mackerel I was eating at the time.

    We were happy to finally try Nøgne ø‘s Sake, since we tried their wonderful beers at a previous Norwegian event a few years ago.


  • 21Mar

    We’ve written about Washington DC’s 25 year old outpost of La Taberna del Alabardero many times, since it’s hard not to keep returning to the wonderful and authentic Spanish restaurant. This time, we are going to focus on pictures of Alabardero’s delicious food. Also, the restaurant has two upcoming “Lobster Weekends,” March 27-29 and April 24-26. Click more below for additional photos. They kept us pretty busy eating — these photos don’t even represent all the dishes we sampled.

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  • 19Mar

    EnvironmentalFilmFestival_LogoFree Screenings of New Documentary:
    “Food Patriots”
    Friday, March 20, 6:30 p.m.
    Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
    Reservations necessary, so reserve here.

    Friday, March 20, 12:00 noon
    FREE. No reservations required.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, A5 Auditorium, 901 G St., NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Metro Center)

    The trailer is available here.


    “A Midwestern mother whose son nearly died from contaminated food embarks on a rollercoaster journey to understand the food industry and improve her family’s eating habits. Surprising, funny and poignant, this personal film unfolds like a home movie. Food Patriots features food advocates from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. Directed by Jeff Spitz. Produced by Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Jeff Spitz.

    Discussion with filmmakers Jennifer Amdur Spitz and Jeff Spitz follows screening.”

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