• 10Oct

    This “Ghost Bottles” (Galahad and Raspberry Whisper) are not available for sale. Galahad was my favorite beer of the evening.

    Brookyn Brewery’s Secret Supper was held last night at Maurice Electrical Supply (a block from Union Market) in partnership with Dinnerlab. The rain prevented this form being an outdoor dining experience, but there was plenty of room inside for us all. Above are images of the evenings highlights, including all the dishes we were served.

    Tomorrow at 3pm will be Brooklyn Brewery’s 3 Headed Beast event near Waterfront Metro. There is still time to get tickets ($35) for it, but it is not a vegetarian friendly event.

    I also had the pleasure last night of trying Honeycomb Grocer‘s Pickled Watermelon Rind (made from heirloom Bradford Watermelon) and a great cocktail (Hemingway Daiquiry) from Prequel‘s Brick & Mortar (a speakeasy-like bar in the basement). Yes, it was a busy evening.


  • 09Oct

    Above are some good dishes/items I’ve tried in the last couple of weeks.

    What I’m reading right now: A Life Of Spice by Monica Bhide.

    And, I just received my newly released copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields.


  • 02Oct

    RodenbachTuesday Oct. 6th, class at 5:30pm. Meet & Greet with Rodenbach Brewmaster Rudi Ghequire at 6:15pm.

    “The evening will start with a ticketed tasting/sour beer class in a private dining room before moving to the bar for a Meet & Greet Happy Hour. $10 gets you into the tasting and unlocks happy hour pricing for Rodenbach rarities available on draft for the first time such as: Rodenbach Vintage, Caractere Rouge and straight out of the legendary brewing vessels at Rodenbach, Foederbier. Whether you’re a sour beer afficianado or novice, this is a night not to be missed!”

    From Wikipedia: “Rodenbach is a brewery and a brewing family from Roeselare, Belgium. The brewery is now owned by Palm Breweries. It is noted for its production of barrel-aged sour beers in the Flemish red style.”


  • 02Oct

    Brooklyn BreweryOctober 4th – 11th, the largest craft beer tour of its kind will be coming to D.C. for a week long series of beer dinners, panels, film, secret suppers and tap takeovers – the Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour.

    Events include:

    • Brooklyn Beer HereHosted at our favorite local bars, Brooklyn Brewery celebrates community ties with beer specials+ tap takeovers featuring familiar styles and rare brews.
    • State of Craft BeerA discussion of D.C.-based brewers presented at a local brewery and moderated by Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy.
    • Found Footage Festival Found Footage hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher screen their latest compilation of outrageous, hilarious and ridiculous clips selected from found VHS tapes around the country.
    • DIY Dinner Party with Chef Andrew Gerson and ATHENOS – Combining the best elements of a cooking class, beer tasting and dinner party, learn to prepare four delicious dishes and expertly pair them with Brooklyn Brewery beers, followed by a family-style meal.
    • Secret Supper with Dinner Lab – A multi-course beer dinner prepared by Brooklyn Brewery chef Andrew Gerson in collaboration with Dinner Lab. Featuring ghost bottles, local artists and live music at an undisclosed location.
    • Three-Headed Beast – Featuring three local chefs, three whole ‘beasts’ and a pie contest, this fall feast brings together live music, outdoor games, loads of Brooklyn beer and more. Proceeds go to a food charity serving the DC community.
    • Mash Closing Party– A full night of live music, partying, and plenty of Brooklyn Brewery beer to close out the week with a surprise headliner to be announced.


  • 26Sep

    Drink the District’s Das Bier Bash was last week in the parking lot across the street from the Busboys & Poets at 5th and K, NW. There were a good number of beers to sample, and it was a fun event, but the sun was quite strong, and there was no available shade. Next year, they may want to consider setting up canopies with chairs for shade. Above are some images of the day’s highlights.


  • 21Sep

    Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill at the Springfield Town Center serves California style BBQ! We attended their media event last week and ate very well. If you’ve never had Tri Tip (a cut of steak from Central California), now is your chance! It is great to have a good BBQ option in Springfield.

    The two preparations of burnt they served us are unfortunately not on the menu, but I included an image of one of them anyway. Ok, that was mean, and I apologize (but am doing it anyway).  :)

    They even have a kid’s menu that includes burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders, fruit smoothies, ice cream sundaes, etc.


    Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • 07Sep

    It has been another great week! Above are some foodie highlights.


  • 02Sep

    Earls Kitchen + Bar is a large independent restaurant group in North America, with 63 restaurants – 58 of those in Canada and 5 in the United States  (Denver, Colorado; Bellevue, Washington; Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts). Earls main office is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Earls Restaurants Ltd. and the Fuller Group is a family owned operation. Featuring fresh, made from scratch, often local ingredients, food lovers are in for a unique culinary experience.  This fall, Tysons Corner will welcome Earls Kitchen + Bar which is sure to be central attraction in Virginia.

    Cameron Bogue, Image Courtesy of Earls Kitchen Bar.

    Cameron Bogue, Image Courtesy of Earls Kitchen Bar.

    For this review, I had the pleasure of acquainting myself with Earls’ cocktail program run by Beverage Director Cameron Bogue. Cameron, a Portland, Oregon native, has a commitment to using only 100% fresh squeezed in-house juices and handmade syrups when conjuring up craft cocktails throughout Earls Kitchen + Bar locations in the U.S. and Canada.

    Cameron’s main goal to blend Earls’ philosophy of using only fresh ingredients made with passion with popular trends in modern mixology has garnered much recognition among his peers within the hospitality and spirit industry. To that degree, after attending the cocktail tasting, I now understand why.

    Bees Knees

    A twist on a classic cocktail, this sparkling, summer drink will leave you thirsting for more! The Bees Knees cocktail is made with Aviation Gin, Cointreau, with 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters, a burst of house made honey syrup, and finished with fresh squeezed lemon juice. The pure and simple flavor of the honey syrup paired with the brightness of the lemon juice compliments the depth of the Gin and undertone of the Angostura bitters is an ideal summertime cocktail.

    Once served to you over ice in a Honey Bear Jar garnished with Lemon Zest and a wooden honey dipper, the Bees Knees leaves an indelible impression. Crisp, clean, and refreshing, you’ll definitely be coming back for more of this summer solstice nectar.

    Cabin Fever

    What a drink! I may be impartial to this due to the fact that I’m from the Midwest and recall having cabin fever when blizzards forced us to stay inside for days at a time! Sure wish we had this to enjoy while inside. Either way, this spicy, smoky whiskey sour is in a league all on its own.

    Drink ingredients include Crown Royal, Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Tawny Port, paired with Bittered Sling Moondog bitters, Earls homemade Ginger syrup, sweet Pineapple juice, and  fresh lemon juice, you’ll wish you were stranded in a cabin. Once packed into a stainless steel shaking tin, it’s shaken 12 times and strained over fresh ice in a classic blue Camping Mug with a small amount of Soda water. And now the best part – the garnishes, which include an organic, food safe pine cone and mint sprayed with Bowmore 12 Year using an atomizer, transporting you to a cabin in woods. By far, one of the most unique and creative drinks I’ve ever encountered.

    Old Fashioned

    A classic, whiskey cocktail, the Old Fashioned is always a timeless treasure. Featuring Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Bittered Sling Root beer Bitters, and Demerara syrup, this drink is gently stirred to perfection. The brand recognition of Maker’s Mark wheat Bourbon combined with the plum and root beer flavored bitters and caramel-like taste of the Demerara syrup blend to create a smooth yet spicy libation. Served in a classic old fashion glass, this drink is garnished to perfection with an orange peel and cherry. Once you sip on this, you’ll be ready to take on anything that comes your way as you’re ignited from the inside out by this delicate, but strong and ageless drink.

    -Guest Blogger, Micaela (MAC)

    Editor’s Notes:

    “Fladgate” is not a typo. Also, we have the recipes for these three cocktails. Comment if you want us to share them.

  • 28Aug


    Hello crab lovers!  I felt like a kid in a candy shop at this year’s annual Crab & Beer Festival at the National Harbor.  This event was by far my most favorite event this entire summer.  I love Maryland blue crabs,  so this was definitely the perfect place for me!

    I’ve been to my share of all you can eat crab events, and most of the time the lines are so long that by the time you are ready for more, there’s nothing left and you have to wait for the next batch to be cooked.  This was NOT the case here.  The crabs were piping hot and plentiful, and the lines weren’t painful to go through.  It was an extremely well organized event.  And no small crabby pickings here.  They offered medium sized male crabs that were meaty and fresh.

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    Now I’m not much of a beer drinker, but there were various beer vendors throughout the festival grounds.  They even had hard cider for me!  it was such an incredible event that I was sad to leave after my 4 hour session.  All you can eat crabs, corn, watermelon, and even beer tastings – you better believe that I’ll be back again next year, and I’ll be the first in line!

    -ADT (Angie)

  • 27Aug


    National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership – DC Chapter (NOVAL-DC) held it’s 4th Annual VietFest in the new Tysons Corner Plaza on the hottest of weekends, August 14-16, 2015. The summer heat didn’t deter this enthusiastic group of organizers. Their program was jam-packed with performances, beauty pageants, eating contests, scholarship awards, and more.

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    Crawfish Eating Contest

    Crawfish Eating Contest

    Bánh Bột Lọc Là (Shrimp Dumpling wrapped in Banana Leaf)

    Bánh Bột Lọc Là (Shrimp Dumplings in Banana Leaves)







    To me, the local restaurateurs and home cook vendors offering an array of cultural Vietnamese foods were the highlight of the event. The only downside, in my opinion, was the cost of food from the local vendors. When prices are set at a higher than normal price, it makes it hard for you to be able to sample a bit of everything from as many vendors as you can.

    The Festival had activities I associate with this type of event, such as food vendors, retail vendors selling unique items, and little children’s crafts, but I expected much more.  I felt that the festival was mostly focused on the stage activities such as the pageants and performances and not so much on the actual vendors. In my opinion, it could’ve been called VietShow instead of VietFest.  Still, it was very impressive that they had enough entertainment to showcase for 3 days straight.

    The eating contest was fun to watch.  Who doesn’t love watching people shoveling food in their mouths in state of a panic?  It’s like watching a live YouTube video.  But my favorite feature of the event was the food. There were mom and pop food stands selling home grown Vietnamese foods that made me miss my grandma’s home cooking and for those who were too afraid to try something different, I shake my head in sadness at you. Why? Because you missed out on the delicious chewiness of the Bánh Bột Lọc Là, which is a slightly spicy shrimp dumpling in a clear chewy tapioca shell wrapped in a banana leaf and seasoned with fish sauce.  To me anything wrapped in a fruit leaf is bound to be delicious because the ingredients inside soak in the flavors of the leaf.

    Overall, the VietFest was a great event.  It makes me proud to be Vietnamese and to see how this group is trying to keep Vietnamese Culture and tradition going into the next generation.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for their 5th year.

    About Noval

    NOVAL-DC is a service-based nonprofit organization with a mission to develop sustainable leadership among Vietnamese Americans and to preserve and promote the Vietnamese cultural heritage. We are comprised of professionals and college students who are passionate and committed towards advancing the economic, social and political well-being of the Vietnamese American people.

    -ADT (Angie)

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