• 22Jul

    homegrown teaI recently scored a review copy of Cassie Liversidge’s Homegrown Tea. She illustrates how to plan, harvest, and blend teas and tisanes. I’m happy to hear her calling herbal teas tisanes since they is no tea in herbal tea. I like that Cassie explains how to grow, treat, and prepare tea, and even includes step-by-step pictures of how to prepare various ingredients common to tisanes. I previously did not even know what some of these ingredients looked like. She even mentions medicinal benefits.

    I definitely recommend this book for people who want to grow tea or tisane ingredients (and/or are tea geeks since the book is quite interesting).

    -JAY

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    Disclosure: From time to time, we are given free items, meals, or entry to events.

  • 17Jul

    USApples has a weekly selfie (with an apple) contest. Two weeks ago, a photo of a guy in a cubicle with an apple on his head won a Dizzy Pig‘s gift pack. My picture of a pirana attacking me while I was eating an apple won last week, so today I was happy to find a box of Brooks Tropical‘s fruit at my door. In the box was a lime, SlimCado, dragon fruit, and red papaya.

    Next week’s prize is a Tajin seasoning gift pack. Having tried Tajin’s seasonings, I recommend entering the contest.

    Tajin Seasoning Gift Packs
    Tajin Seasoning Gift Packs

    Weekly deadlines are the next five Sundays. The contest rules are here.

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    - See more at: http://www.usappleblog.org/apple-summer-selfie-photo-contest-rules/#sthash.JnQ7IKN0.dpuf

    -JAY

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    - See more at: http://www.usappleblog.org/apple-summer-selfie-photo-contest-rules/#sthash.JnQ7IKN0.dpuf

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    - See more at: http://www.usappleblog.org/apple-summer-selfie-photo-contest-rules/#sthash.JnQ7IKN0.dpuf

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    - See more at: http://www.usappleblog.org/apple-summer-selfie-photo-contest-rules/#sthash.JnQ7IKN0.dpuf

  • 16Jul
    Frozen Fattoush, last year’s Top Tomato contest winner. (Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

    Frozen Fattoush, last year’s Top Tomato contest winner. (Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

    Thanks Contest Cook for info on this one.

    “Enter your best original recipes tomatoes in the Washington Post’s Top Tomato 2014 contest. You’re only allowed 13 ingredients, and salt and pepper do count in this contest! If you plan to enter a recipe for soups or sauces, or for a tomato sandwich, make sure it’s very special. Open to amateur cooks only. You do not have to live in the Washington area.

    Prizes: The best recipes will appear in the Washington Post’s special tomato issue on August 20, 2014. More prize details haven’t been released, but last year the top 3 winners received prizes in the $50-$100 range.”

    -JAY

     

     

  • 14Jul

     

    Wildfire hosted another gluten-free four course dinner and wine pairing recently at their restaurant in Tyson’s Corner. As usual their superb skills in preparing gluten-free meals provided an evening in dining decadence that cannot be compared. An interesting twist to this particular evening was that for the first time, the menu was so enticing it even brought in non-gluten-free diners to participate. I was fortunate enough to be seated next to one of these non-gluten sufferers, who enjoyed the meal so much he swore he’d be back next time!

    I also have to agree that this was one of my favorite Wildfire events. From the beginning appetizers of spinach ricotta bites and olive bruschetta, I was hooked. The first course of herb crusted salmon was so fresh and prepared so perfectly, it literally melted in my mouth. The other culinary highlight of the evening was the white chocolate banana s’mores bar. Made with coconut, cinnamon and marshmallow, it was such a unique and tasty blend of flavors, I only wished there was more after finishing.

    Overall, the food portion of the evening can only be described as absolute perfection. Being pregnant at the moment though, I unfortunately have less to say on the wine pairing portion. However, I brought my sister along with me for the fun and she was more than happy to act as my wine taste tester. She declared them all to be great choices, but her favorite stand out of the night was the Lock and Key Meritage ’11. She described it as a full-bodied red that had a rich blend of flavors. I took a sip or two myself from her glass and I have to agree I also found it to be delicious. I will definitely be getting a bottle myself to enjoy for post-pregnancy time.

    The entertainment portion of the evening was also enjoyable. Editor-in-chief from Delight magazine, Vanessa Weisbrod and her husband, Eric, spoke about the challenges of living with a non-gluten-free spouse. They provided humorous anecdotes from their dating days as well as informative tips about their day to day navigation through the compromises of living with someone who has a gluten allergy. I found myself chuckling at times while listening to their stories, because I could relate to some of their issues from living with my own non-gluten-free spouse. My husband and I always joke that his favorite thing about me ever going out of town without him, is that he gets to gorge out on gluten. I return home to find empty pizza and breadstick boxes every time. After listening to Eric and Vanessa though, I know we’re not alone. Apparently, it’s normal to stare longingly at the bread basket while my husband partakes and my husband is not alone in groaning to coming home to a meal made with whatever gluten-free substitute I’ve used that day. These are the sacrifices/compromises we all make for coexisting in peace and luckily with the advancements the gluten-free product providers have made in recent years, it’s not even as difficult for us all to be satisfied as it once was. Overall, the topic was well chosen and I do think enjoyed by all who attended that evening.

    All I can say is my sister and I returned home that evening with full stomachs feeling satisfied. And I know, I for one, am counting down until Wildfire hosts their next gluten-free event.

    -JPM (Joyana)

    Wildfire - Tysons Galleria on Urbanspoon

  • 11Jul

    August DCFBHHAugust’s DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour will be at Roofers Union, which was just selected by Nation’s Restaurant News as one of the 50 restaurants trending nationally!

    Co-hosted by Jason Foodgeek (DCFBHH) and Wendy Brannen (USApple).

    Please RSVP here and keep your RSVPs updated so we have a good count for the restaurant.

    -JAY

  • 10Jul

    The TasteMake sure to apply by July 18th. Being on this show is one way to get Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, or Marcus Samuelsson to yell at you. :)

    -JAY

     

     

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  • 03Jul

    We had a wonderful DC Food Blogger Happy Hour  Wednesday evening at Mexican restaurant, Mission Dupont. My favorite items were the Spicy Chorizo Burger, Enchilada chicken with 3 sauces (Pasilla, mole and red sauce), chicken tacos (the chicken was phenomenal), and Jalapeno Margarita. I will definitely be back soon for those items and to try more of (Mexico City native) Executive Chef Rodrigo Albarran’s dishes.

    Next DC Food Blogger Happy Hour will be Wednesday, August 6th. Mark your calendars. More info coming soon.

    -JAY

    Mission on Urbanspoon

  • 03Jul

    We recently attended Chefs Behind Bars, an event benefiting Taste of the Nation/Share Our Strength at the rooftop pool deck of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Art & Soul provided some great food. Above are some photo highlights. The competing chefs were:

    Wes Morton/Art and Soul
    Amy Brandwein/Alba Osteria
    Matt Hill/Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall
    Jonah Kim
    Spike Mendelsohn/Good Stuff Eatery
    Jesse Miller/Bar Pilar
    Dimitri Moshovitis/Cava Mezze
    Nick Stefanelli/Bibiana

    -JAY

     

  • 27Jun

    DCFBHH July coverThe Next DC Food Blogger Happy Hour is July 2nd 6pm-8pm at the Mexican restaurant,  Mission, in Dupont! RSVP here. Jason of DCFüd (yours truly) is hosting.

    -JAY

  • 24Jun

    zburger contest“Z-Burger, a DC area hamburger chain, is actively recruiting a range of competitors—from local amateurs to international professionals—to compete in the sixth annual Independence Burger Eating Contest on Thursday, July 3rd at 12:00PM.

    For four of the last five years, one man has dominated the competition: Canadian Pete “Furious Pete” Czerwinski. Two years ago, Czerwinski stomached 15 burgers within the allotted ten minutes to take home the title and the grand prize. Last year, Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti from Chicago participated and demolished 28 burgers in ten minutes – nearly doubling Czerwinski’s impressive 15 burgers from the previous year. Now, Z-Burger is in search of someone else to down the competition.

    Serious rewards await serious eaters. In addition to custom-made trophies and bragging rights, Z-Burger will give away $3,750 worth of prizes! The prize breakdown is as follows:  first- $1,500 cash, second- $850 cash, third- $500 cash, fourth- $400 cash, fifth – $300 in Z-Burger food and sixth- $200 in Z-Burger food.

    Interested persons should visit http://www.zburgereatingcontest.com or email info@zburgereatingcontest.com with your name, age, address and why you want to be in the contest. The competition will be held on Thursday, July 3rd at 12 pm at the Z-Burger Tenleytown, located at 4321 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC.
    Those not interested in personally consuming upwards of 30 hamburgers in 10 minutes are encouraged to attend nonetheless. Just for attending, audience members will be treated to free burgers immediately after the contest is over.”

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