• 04Apr

    For the third straight year, DCFüd is giving away tickets to Sound Bites at the 9:30 Club. One winner will win a pair of tickets. This is a great event that I have attended in the past.

    So, who wants to win a pair of tickets to this May 19th event?  One lucky DCFüd reader will randomly win a pair of tickets.  All you have to do is email contest@dcfud.com with the subject “Sound Bites Entry” and include your first and last name and cell number in the body of the email before 11:59 pm on Sunday 5/12.  Only one entry per person (regardless of how many email addresses you have).  You will need to show ID to the venue to pick the ticket up.  The above email address is only for contest entry and is not for questions or comments.  When the winner is chosen (give me a few days from when the contest closes), I’ll contact the winner and comment on this post.  If you have questions, email me at jay@dcfud.com. Good luck!

    -JAY

     

    soundbites 2013 email flyer

  • 15Jun

    We’ve been sampling some great food lately lately, so let’s talk about some of the highlights.

    At the Saturday morning Courthouse Farmer’s Market, I purchased Cavanna Pasta’s Artichoke-Pesto Cannelloni ($15, think manicotti). The package has 3  frozen cannelloni per pack, and comes with heating instructions. My oven needed more time to heat up the frozen pasta than recommended in the instructions, but the end product was delicious. Some of the ingredients included basil, shallots, garlic, and pine nuts. Cavanna is based in Richmond. Arrowine carries Cavanna‘s products (and charges an extra $1 for the cannelloni).

    At the Clarendon Farmer’s Market I purchased a small Chocolate Salted Caramel Chess Pie for $10 from Livin’ The Pie Life, and although it was a bit pricey, that pie was well worth the money. It was truly delicious. They sell other varieties and give samples so that you can taste the pies.

    We tried a couple of nice desserts at the Tysons Corner Sheraton. Their Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake is a pudding cake containing rich caramel and creamy custard, topped with caramel popcorn bites. They also served Ice Cream from Moorenko’s (about whom we’ve written about previously a couple of times). The ice creams are all made with local produce. Flavors change weekly. We tasted the White Chocolate Mint & the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.

    9:30 Club‘s Sound Bites featured some great dishes including the Boriquen Lunch Box‘s (Puerto Rican food truck) Pastelon, a sweet plantain and meat casserole with green beans, red and green peppers, onions, garlic, and tomato sauce. It is topped with cheese and I like to describe it  as “plantain lasagna.”

    Also at Sound Bites, Jose AndresPepe food truck made great Spanish food, including the Botifarra Burger and a ham & cheese sandwich (yes, there is a version in Spain). I did not try their mac and cheese.

    The Lamb Jam featured some great lamb dishes including Poste Moderne Brasserie‘s Lamb Carpaccio, and Bibiana‘s Stuffed Lamb Shoulder. I still vividly remember Bibiana’s Lamb Raviolis from the Lamb Jam’s media preview the previous year. I also very much enjoyed Heavy Seas Imperial stout, which tasted a bit like chocolate.

    Editor’s note (9/2/13): La Forchetta is now knows as Al Dente.

    La Forchetta is a new upscale Italian restaurant of Roberto Donna‘s in DC (nowhere near a metro). They have a cheese list and a cured meat list, and I enjoyed the Castelmagno cheese (cow, sheep, and goat milk). The Grilled Whole Branzino served with Broccoli Rabe and Salsa Verde was excellent. I would go back there for it, although it was a daily special. In general, the restaurant is supposed to excel at fish dishes. The children at the table next to us (the restaurant has a neighborhood crowd) were attacking their pizzas, so we decided to try a pizza with salami, and the pizza was good. The staff seems to lean towards the Tiramisu (it’s huge!) and Cartoccio Siciliano (fried sweet dough filled with sweet ricotta cheese) but we decided on the Bambolino (fried dough balls rolled in lemon sugar with a hot chocolate sauce) and the Zuppa Inglese (chocolate cream, rum sponge cake, hot vanilla sauce). Both desserts were excellent.

    Savor 2012 was last weekend, and it is an amazing beer show. I attended the CraftBeer.com Taste-Off Challenge, and got to see and taste 4 beer experts’ (3 are brewers) beer pairing skills. They had to choose a beer to pair with a rhubarb crisp, but they were not told lavender honey would be added. The 4 contestants were Jeff Hancock of DC Brau, Mike McManus of Brewery Ommegang, Chuck Silva of Green Flash Brewing Company, and Matt Bean of Men’s Health Magazine and Spike TV. While I was torn between Chuck’s choice (Belgian Trippel) and Matt’s choice (Allagash Coolship CERTES), and ultimately voted for Allagash Coolship CERTES, the winner turned out to be Mike’s choice (with Ommegang Aphrodite), my third choice. The DC Brau beer was El Hefe, and I beleive that the stealth addition of lavender destroyed the pairing, which was not Jeff’s fault.

    I sampled a lot of beer at Savor! Some of my favorite beers from Savor include Flying Dog‘s Chocolate IPA, Ithica Beer Company‘s Apricot Wheat, American Beer Company‘s Caboose Oatmeal Stout (I loved this) and Breakaway IPA, Fat Head Brewery‘s Sorcerer (paired with Pork Belly Mole), Bell’s Brewery’s Wild One Sour Brown and Smoked Vienna Lager, Hardywood‘s Singel and Mocha Belgique, Founders Brewery Company‘s Curmudgeon Old Ale, Maui Brewing Company‘s Coconut Porter, Willimantic Brewing Company‘s Flowers Infusion and Pony Espresso Stout, and Ninkasi Brewing Company‘s Believer (which was served with an awesome dish, Red Chile Braised Goat).

    -JAY

    Al Dente Ristorante on Urbanspoon

  • 02May

     

     

     

     

    I am hosting Food Blogger Happy Hour tonight (May 2nd) at Market Tavern! RSVP Here!

    And, our 9:30 Club (Sound Bites) Contest Closes Sunday Morning!

    -JAY

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    Check out my friend Ami’s Costa Rica Tours and don’t forget to use the code “TOUCAN” to save money. He has some group tours that you can join.

    -JAY

     

     

  • 07Apr

    We gave away free tickets to Sound Bites last year, and also attended it. It is a great event at a great venue for a great cause!

    So, who wants to win a pair of tickets to the event?  One lucky DCFüd reader will randomly win a pair of tickets.  All you have to do is email contest@dcfud.com with the subject “Sound Bites Entry” and include your first and last name and cell number in the body of the email before 9:00 am on 5/13th.  Only one entry per person (regardless of how many email addresses you have).  You will need to show ID to the venue to pick the ticket up.  The above email address is only for contest entry and is not for questions or comments.  When the winner is chosen (give me a few days from when the contest closes), I’ll comment on this post that the winner has been chosen.  If you have questions, email me at jay@dcfud.com. Good luck!

    The press release is below.

    -JAY

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    Music + Food = Change

    Sound Bites Tickets Now On Sale for May 20th Hunger-Fighting Benefit

    WASHINGTON, DC – Tickets go on sale today for Sound Bites, DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) and the 9:30 Club’s annual charity concert and food fest.  Proceeds benefit DCCK, a national leader for combating hunger and creating opportunities for individuals in need.  The May 20 event will be in and around the 9:30 Club, 815 V Street, NW.

    Music at this year’s event is curated by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, and features Bones Fur Feather, The Archives and Nappy Riddem. There will also be a cocktail competition involving DC’s hottest mixologists from Oyamel, The Passenger, Fujimar and The Gibson. And of course, all you can eat food from dozens of the area’s favorite food trucks and restaurants including:

    BONMI – Borinquen -Cork – Della’s – Dolce Gelati – Harry’s Smokehouse

    Indique – Jackie’s – Mie N Yu – Pepe – Policy – Rappahannock Oysters

    Room 11 – Shake Shack – Taylor Gourmet

    Tickets are $40 and are on sale today at http://www.ticketfly.com/ or the 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion box offices. For more information, visit http://www.soundbitesdc.com.  For the latest news on #Soundbitesdc, follow the Kitchen (@dcck) on Twitter.  Be sure to join DCCK and the 9:30 Club May 20th for music and food that will change lives.

    About DC Central Kitchen

    This year marks DC Central Kitchen’s 23rd year of combating hunger and creating opportunity.  The Kitchen works 365 days a year providing low-income individuals and families with nutritious food, assisting local farmers, empowering chronically unemployed men and women to achieve self-sufficiency and reaching out to people living on the streets.  Tens of thousands of pounds of free or low-cost, surplus fresh produce recovered from area farms enhance the nutrition of more than 5,000 meals prepared at the Kitchen every day.

    About the 9:30 Club

    Multiple winner of both Billboard’s and Pollstar’s Nightclub of the Year, the 9:30 Club is the inimitable place bands aspire to play and music fans love to attend – a destination for locals and people across the country. Gracing the stage have been legends Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, and James Brown; recently discovered acts like The Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, Katy Perry and Lily Allen, and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters.  The 9:30 Club is located at 9th and V streets, NW, Washington, D.C.

     

  • 24May
    It was a busy weekend.  Saturday, I attended the Craft Maffia, Biagio’s Chocolate Sample Day, and the Asia Festival.

    Sunday was Taste of Arlington, which was a good event, but crowded, which is to be expected.  Willow had an amazingly flavorful brisket and chorizo chili, and they handed out the printed recipe. Toby’s Ice Cream (in the Old Scoop Beauregard’s spot in Westover) is new to me and quite good.

    After Taste of Arlington, we attended Sound Bites, where we listened to the Pie Tasters, and ate food from Casa Nonna, Cork, District 2, Eatonville, Evening Star Café, Harry’s Smokehouse, Indique, Jaleo, Mandu, Mie N Yu, Policy, Radius Pizza, Rappahonack Oysters, Taylor Gourmet, and Toki Underground as well as five of the area’s hottest food trucks including Sabor’a Street and DC Empanadas.”  Some standouts were  dangerously Delicious Pies (they had apple and pecan), DC Empanadas’ “traditional empanada,” Taylor Gourmet’s hoagies, Casa Nonna’s gnocchi, and Dolcezza’s pairing of salt ice cream with peanut ice cream.

    -JAY

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