• 28Oct

    In celebration of Howard Homecoming weekend, Moët & Chandon hosted a brunch at STK Steakhouse & Lounge location in Dupont Circle.  It was an event for the beautiful and not your average brunch crowd.  Set up as more of a nightlight lounge, the complimentary champagne was flowing generously for the first half of the event.  Passed  hors d’oeuvres from STK’s brunch menu poured from of the kitchen.  Although they have your typical brunch items such as steak and eggs on their menu, you’ll find it to be anything but average.  My favorite on item by far was their Grilled Cheese and  Smoked Bacon. Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich but add some bacon to it and it’s a little piece of heaven.  However they didn’t place the back inside of the sandwich, the strip of bacon was placed on top which maintained its juicy crispiness.

    MoetMy second favorite was their smoked bbq which had a nice sweetness to it with a slight tanginess to the sauce topped with a little bit of blue cheese this little morsel gave you a nice taste of the south.  I am a big fan of Tuna Tartare.  It’s a dish that I normally have to order if it’s on the menu but most restaurants leave me disappointed.  STK’s unfortunately left me in the disappointed state.  Although the tuna was fresh, their soy honey emulsion left little to be desired.  It sounds amazing but it lacks flavor.  Their Glazed Sea Scallops tasted a lot like a ceviche, however, there was nothing to help balance out the overwhelming vinaigrette dressing.  The Chicken Skewers lacked flavor and were on the dry side.

    I ordered the Blue Crab Potato Fritters off of the menu and although the flavor and texture was out of this world.  The blue crab was lacking.  It was a nice crisp fritter that tasted more like a potato fritter than blue crab with potato, and the pepperonata sauce that accompanied them was a pleasant addition

    Overall the experience was pleasant; it’s definitely not your average steakhouse but a great hangout spot for young professionals.  Mix.  Mingle.  Drink.  That’s what STK ‘s brunch environment is best for in my opinion.

    -ADT (Angie)

  • 24Oct
    Bollywood Beer Can Chicken.

    Bollywood Beer Can Chicken.

    Read Grilling Like A Champion, and become one with your grill. Perfect for the novice or experienced griller looking to expand their repertoire. The book, edited by Rudolf Jaeger, is a great reference book. It  contains an equipment guide, information on fuel types, cooking times and temperatures by cut of meat, a spice and herb guide to help with recipe development, and cooking techniques for grilling and smoking. The photographs of the food in the book are honest representations of the recipes.

    Grilling LIke A ChampionThe book also contains over 100 delicious, international recipes, many that you might have made before with alternative cooking methods (in the oven or on the stove top), but have been adapted for cooking outdoors (including oven, rotisserie, dutch oven, wood-fired oven, charcoal/gas grills, smoker, and wok). Part of the charm of this book is that it pushes the limits of what you ever imagined cooking on your grill (or via other outdoor cooking methods). The book contains recipes for appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts. Dishes that you’ve only ever made on the stove-top or in your oven are now presented to you in grill-able form. If you do not own a wood stove, or a smoker, you can easily use the recipes in an indoor oven or a grill with a smoker box. I tested the Bollywood Beer Can Chicken recipe. This was a solid recipe, utilizing  flavorful curry, coconut milk, spices, and beer (I used an IPA for mine). The end result was a delicious, moist, tender, flavorful chicken (pictured below). I was very pleased by how delicious the chicken turned out. I am looking forward to trying  more of the recipes in the book.

    -JHC (Jennifer)

  • 22Oct

    beerologyBeerology is like a great  friend who holds you by the hand and leads you into the grown up world of beer. The author, Mirella Amato is a Master Cicerone, a beer version of a sommelier (there are less than 10 people holding the same title in the world). She knows her beers inside and out, and shares her knowledge in a very personable way. Amato guides you through different styles of beer, breaking down flavor profiles and even what to pair your beer with.

    The book is easy to read, informative while being fun. Without getting mired in the details, this book explains how each variety is made and includes a short explanation of how the beer in question ends up with it’s particular flavor profile. This can really help you identify what you enjoy or dislike about particular styles so that you can seek out beers that you are more likely to enjoy. Your experience with beer might have been limited to one or two varieties or even a single brand, but after reading this book you may dare to try something new and might discover that you love something very different from your go-to beer.

    There is great value in this book for the beer connoisseur as well, as it provides suggestions for brands and pairings that you may not have tried (or even heard of), and also vocabulary to describe what you are drinking. As a beer connoisseur and home-brewer, I found the food pairing ideas to be revelatory. I had never thought about beer in the same way as I had wine, as something to be enjoyed with food, and it was a great way to re-frame how I think about beer.

    Some other takeaways:

    The book helped me to understand why I love Belgians, Stouts and Porters, Sour Beers, Saisons, and why I dislike IPAs. Prior to reading this book, I believed that I disliked IPAs only because of how hoppy and bitter they tend to be. Belgians, Stouts, and Porters have more malt characteristics in them and fewer hops compared to IPAs.The book provided enlightenment for why the hops in my favorite beers did not bother me . I discovered through Amato’s  explanation the difference between old world and new world hops. Old world hops are softer, less bitter and more about aromatics, my favorites being ones that taste like citrus and floral notes . New world hops are more aggressive and can be very bitter and are used for flavoring the beer.  IPAS that are made with old world hops are ones that I  may actually enjoy, rather  than the new world style hop infused IPAs. Before reading this book, I did not know much about how beers age . There are some good suggestions for what beers to age and how to age them.  Beers, like wine change with age, and some are designed to be able to be aged. The IPA I find overly hoppy today might taste really good to me in a year or two, because according to Amato, the hop notes fade with time and the malt flavors get intensified. After reading this book, I’m going to have to have to try some old world style IPAs and give them a shot.

    Beerology is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to expand their beer horizons. It is also great for someone who is trying to help a less experienced beer drinker explore the world of beer.

    -JHC (Jennifer)

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  • 20Oct

    Taste of DC is an annual event in DC that brings together community, restaurants, food trucks, musical acts, other vendors and food demos together to benefit a local charity, this year, the Capital Area Food Bank. The two day festival was held October 11th- October 12th, 2014. I attended on October 12th. Taste of DC featured over 40 restaurants, over 50 types of beer and over 50 types of wine were available for sampling. There was also live music, cooking demonstrations, and raffles. A separate ticketed event within Taste of DC, Heritage BBQ Cochon 555 was also going on. Five local superstar chefs created their version of a globally influenced menu featuring whole heritage breed pigs. Each made six dishes. Competing chefs: Scott Drewno (the Source by Wolfgang Puck), Erik Brunner-Yang (Maketto), Kyle Bailey (Birch & Barley), Joe Palma (Bourbon Steak), George Pagonis (Kapnos). Ten other chefs also prepared BBQ items. I’m sure that this was an amazing experience.

    Crowd at Taste Of DC.

    Crowd at Taste Of DC.

    The event was heavily attended, packed with people who appeared to be enjoying themselves. I think in order to have a good time at this event, you need to come hungry, be prepared for a large crowd, wear comfy shoes as the festival stretches over five blocks,  and come with cash to score some small plates, and beer and wine samples. Beverage tickets are $1 each (there is a special deal if you preorder online to save some money on beverage tickets). The samples for food mostly range anywhere from $3-9. Yes, for some items this seems steep. However, it is cheaper than an entrée, and allows you try a variety of items. I brought my husband with me to help me taste test some of the offerings. Part of how we decided which dishes to try depended on how quickly lines were moving. I had a great time at the festival and enjoyed trying so many delicious and different foods in one place.

    We started out on Restaurant Row:

    Macon Bistro & Larder:

    Biscuit with pepper jelly and ham: The flavors were on point, and the biscuit was perfectly buttery and flaky, but I would have liked it better if it was warm.

    Burnt Ends with watermelon salad: Smoked brisket ends with honey- chipotle bbq sauce, watermelon, and greens was a really great symphony of sweet and salty and texturally balanced, with soft meat and crunchy watermelon. I had to beg for a bite of this because my husband loved it so much.

    Deviled Egg. The deviled egg topped with bacon, scallion, and roasted red pepper. It was good, but it suffered a bit from having been sitting for a few moments (the bacon got a little mushy).

    Luke’s Lobster
    This miniature lobster roll broke my heart when it was all gone. The roll was really great bread, with a generous buttering. The lobster was fresh, sweet and perfectly cooked.

    Pete’s New Haven Style Pizza
    Neither my husband nor I had ever had New Haven Style Pizza before, and did not know what to expect.
    We got a mini slice of sausage, meatball, and prosciutto pizza. The crust was thin and crispy. I’m normally in the deep dish camp, but I loved this. The toppings and sauce were very good as well.

    Dolce Sweets
    I have to recommend Dolce Sweets for giving bites (a literal bite) away for free, as they were the only restaurant doing that. I very much enjoyed their tres leches cake and rice pudding. Both were perfectly balanced and not too sweet. (Not pictured)

    District Donut
    My husband loves donuts, and therefore waited in a line that took half an hour for him to score us some donuts. We tried the vanilla bean and the brown butter donuts. They were incredibly good, the dough light and airy, and the glaze was sweet but not cloying. They were excellent, and I would stand in line to eat them again.

    Food Trucks

    AZN

    This was one of my favorite things all day. For $3.00, I got a Ssam, a spicy pork lettuce wrap. The meat was tender, spicy, and delicious, and a fantastic deal.

    South Meets East
    This food truck makes really fabulous and fresh soft tacos and burritos. You can get Southwestern style, Bahn Mi, or Bacon Tomato and Avocado taco. All of them are fresh and very good, but my heart belongs to the Bahn Mi taco. Tender pork is slathered in pickled vegetables and it is a beautiful thing.

    Borinquen
    I polled a few people about what they were eating and what they liked the best. A young lady and her friend said they loved the empanadas from Borinquen. I tried a chicken empanada. The dough was soft and flaky, with chicken tender on the inside. Another good value at only $3.00

    Snowcream shavery
    I loved this food truck, which is actually a bus. Customers come aboard the parked bus), overhead lighting and upbeat music give it a kid friendly club feel. At the back of the bus, you order your snow cream and toppings. I got a mango snowcream with mango on top, and a Thai tea snowcream topped with mochi. The end result was a flavorful shaved ice/flavor/ and condensed milk treat with toppings on it. The snowcream is really delicate in your mouth, light and delicious.

    -JHC

  • 19Oct

    The good news is that some of us are over-employed. (That’s good, right?)

    But the bad news is a dry spell for the FUD at the moment. So, to counteract this terrible state of affairs, we are looking for…..

    A FEW NEW WRITERS! Found a great new restaurant? Do you have recipes to share? Have you discovered the best wine, restaurant, food truck, or (restaurant) restroom in DC? Do you want to compare 5 different restaurants’ BLTs? Need some hipster cred? Maybe cover an occasional food event? Writing experience for your resume? Articles for your Portfolio? Passionate about food? Then we want you for DCFüd. Send writing samples to jay@dcfud.com, along with few ideas you’d like to write about. It’ll be crazy!

    Also, please welcome our newest additions, Angie (ADT) and Jennifer (JHC) who owe us bios. :)

    -JAY

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  • 17Oct

    ShirleyCorriher“The NPC Events Committee is offering an exciting opportunity to see the One, the Only, the Irrepressible Shirley O. Corriher in action at The National Press Club next Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00 PM!! Shirley is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, renowned cook/baker and television personality.

    Even better, Shirley is teaming up with NPC’s Executive Chef Susan Delbert, who is preparing five delicious appetizers and sangria for you to sample. After tasting the sangria and appetizers, Susan will explain how they were prepared and Shirley will simply and humorously discuss the science involved.

    Open to the public with registration required. Admission is$10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members includes appetizers and a glass of sangria. There will be a cash bar for additional drinks.  Registration:http://www.press.org/events/secret-life-food.”

  • 16Oct

    TVFN star castingReady for your shot on TV?

    Submit a Home Video for TVFN Star by November 25th, 2014. Visit www.FoodNetwork.com/Casting for additional open call details, instructions on how to submit a home video, and for more information. E-mail: FNS11Casting@jenscasting.com.

    For Beat Bobby Flay, go to www.JSCasting.com or  email BeatBobbyFlayCasting@gmail.com.

    They cast other food shows (and Ink Master) as well.

    -JAY

    Beat Bobby

  • 15Oct

    wonka“Chocolate prices will likely go up — possibly by as much as 20% — due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which produces 70 percent of the world’s cocoa beans.” Here is the related CNN  article. Thanks “Need To Know NYC” for the heads up.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

    -JAY

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  • 14Oct

    November DCFBHH Profile-1The next DCFBHH is hosted by me (Jason) at Fishnet DC (a new seafood restaurant) in Shaw on 11/5, 6pm-8pm. It is located at Shaw metro, next to Uprising Muffins.

    Please RSVP here, and keep your RSVP updated. You can take a look at their menu or beer menu if you would like.

    -JAY

     

  • 13Oct

    Organic tequila, roasted pig, and wrestling masks: Need I say more?

    Last week at Oyamel’s menu preview of their upcoming Day of the Dead Celebration event, I entered Oyamel’s establishment and found festive bartenders donning wresting masks while pouring Oyamel’s specialty Day of the Dead cocktail drinks. I knew it was going to be a good night.

    But what exactly is The Day of the Dead? It is a Mexican holiday tradition that recognizes Mexican friends and family members who have passed away. This year, Oyamel honors El Santo, or Rodolfo Guzman Huerta, an actor and Mexican folk icon, but he is best known as Mexico’s legendary luchador wrestler.

    Oyamel’s Head Chef Colin King recently came back from a trip to Mexico and personally created the Day of the Dead menu items inspired by El Santo’s favorite dishes. They are as follows:

    Puerco en Chile Morita:
    Local pork spare ribs that are braised and lacquered in a chipotle chile morita salsa. The balance between the subtle yet steady flavors of the pork and the exceptionally fresh salsa was very well executed. This was one of my favorite dishes from the night.

    Bistec con Pasilla:

    This local hanger steak is placed over a sauté of cactus paddle, sweet potato, and seasonal squash mixed in with salsa pasilla negra, a cured egg emulsion, and pickled chile dressing. It was cooked beautifully with the right amount of rareness in the meat and the flavors are a bit louder than the Puerco en Chile Morita but rightfully so.

    Ancas de Rana en Mole Verde:

    Cured frog legs coated in a crispy batter served over a green mole of tomatillos, sesame seeds and serrano chilies with a frisee salad. I was not particularly fond of the batter but once I got through it and indulged into the frog leg, I must say, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it tastes just like chicken.

    Huatape de Hongos:

    The locally foraged wild mushroom is served with a green chileatole consisting of epazote, sorrel, and jalapeno. This was surprisingly a favorite of my boyfriend (who attended the menu preview with me). This is a delicious vegetarian choice (or any choice for that matter).

    Pescado Veracruz:

    Now this was one of the more popular items of the night. The wild-sourced snapper was tender and juicy in a Veracruz-style sauce that consisted of tomato confit, caramelized pear onion, garlic, capers, and olives. Another favorite of mine other than the Puerco en Chile Morita.

    Mole de Olla con Rebo de Res:

    This was my third favorite dish of the night. The locally sourced braised oxtail is succulently tender and complemented by a vegetable stew served with pickled vegetables. The tang from the pickled veggies was an excellent choice to balance the braised meat.

    But that’s not the end of the Day of the Dead menu specials! Oyamel’s Beverage Manager, Jasmine Chae, is responsible for specialty cocktail drinks that complement El Santo’s movies featuring El Luchador, a clean-tasting organic tequila made by David Ravandi. El Luchador itself was inspired by the famous masked wrestlers of Mexico so it only makes sense that they are also the official sponsor of this event.

     El Santo Contra los Zombies or Santo vs. the Zombies:
    Inspired by the movie Santo vs. the Zombies, the Zombie cocktail rounds up El Luchador Organic Tequila, 123 Organic Tequila Blanco, 123 Organic Tequila Añejo, D’Aristi, orange liqueur, orange, lemon, and pomegranate in a nice large cocktail glass. For those who appreciate the sweetness of fruits without compromising its cocktail kick, this Zombie is for you.

    Santo en Atacan las brujas or The Witches Attack:

    Inspired from Santo’s role in the film The Witches Attack, this simple yet refreshingly delicious cocktail was my favorite choice of poison for the night. The Witches Attack consists of El Luchador Blanco Organic Tequila, grapefruit-lavender mint syrup, and soda. It’s dangerously good; you have been warned.

    Now that you have a sneak peak at what is to be offered at Oyamel’s Day of the Dead Celebration Event, you can purchase your tickets at: nvite.co/oyameldotd. (Editor’s note: This link did not work for me, so I’ll followup for the correct one.)

    The event will be held at Oyamel (401 7th Street NW, Washington D.C.) on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 6pm to 9:30pm and tickets are $60. Specials remaining will be available from October 20th to November 2nd.

    Salud!

    -EHY (Elina)

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