Moon Pies for Everyone!!!

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

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DC Funky Fresh Food Fest - Aug 25, 2012

When: Saturday, August 25, 2012 1 PM - 9 PM

Where: DC Fairgrounds, Washington, DC

Who: calling all foodies, beer enthusiasts, and music lovers!

How Much: $10 - $75, depending on the type of ticket you purchase. 

What: A unique food truck and craft beer pairing music event!! 

Leave your cash at home and join fellow foodies for a one-of-a-kind, ALL INCLUSIVE gourmet food truck and craft beer pairing event. What more could you ask for?! food, check! beer, check! music, check! 

Participating food trucks: Pepe, Takorean, BBQ Plus, Curbside Cupcakes, DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Fojol Bros, Pleasant Pops, The Rolling Ricelle, and Tapas Truck

Participating bands: Judo CHop, Sean Chyun and the Deceivers, Flo Anito, and Hari Karaoke Band

Craft beer, margaritas, and other refreshing drinks!  

There are lots of different options when buying tickets so that everyone can participate - premium, veggie, or designated driver/<21 tickets. 

Additionally, portion of he sale will go to DC Central Kitchen to help fight hunger. 

buy tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/133719?utm_source=fb1&utm_medium=amp

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Events: Yelp Drinks Week Feb 27th-Mar 4th

During Yelp Drinks Week, a list of bars and restaurants will be offering 50% off specialty drinks every day from Feb 27th through March 4th.  Just remember to mention Yelp during Yelp Drinks Week at a participating business to get 50% off featured drinks! 

See the link below for the participating bars/restaurants and designated drinks. 

http://www.yelp.com/events/washington-yelp-drinks-week-2012-50-off-drinks-starting-feb-27th?wy_s=M&wy_r=3_hNhbsmOvcJ_6a-PNrAfQ

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Events: Local Microbrew Tasting

When: Saturday January 14, 2012 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

Where: Park Hyatt Washington, 1201 24th St NW Washington DC  20037

How much: $45 

What: Park Hyatt Washington will host Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine, a seasonal culinary experience saluting ingredients, flavors, and talents of local chefs, regional artisans and producers, and American brew masters and winemakers. this special event will feature winter tea and local microbrew tastings as well as intimate cooking classes with Blue Duck Tavern Chef de Cuisine John Melfi. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 202-419-6768 or masters/phwashington@hyatt.com or mastersfoodandwine.com 

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40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try….

A friend, knowing my love of food, recently sent me this article: 40 Dishes Every Washingtonian Must Try 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/40-dishes-every-washingtonian-must-try/2011/12/23/gIQA9KRbOP_gallery.html?hpid=z4#photo=1

as i read through the list, some of the places were on my “to try” list already, and some i had never heard of. only few had i already frequented … so through 2012, i will make it my goal to try every single location, and to let you know what i think about each of the places! stay tuned!! 

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Events: Legal Sea Foods Chowda Day

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 

Where: Participating DC Legal Sea Foods locations include

- 704 7th St NW, Washington DC

- 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington VA

- Tysons Galleria, McLean VA

- Westfield Shopping Mall in Bethesda MD 

How much: $1 for a cup of New England Clam Chowder with purchase on any entree 

What: In honor of National Soup Month, Legal Sea Foods has declared a “Legal” holiday, Chowda Day on Wednesday January 11, 2012. For one day only, customers can enjoy a Legal Sea Foods hearty New England Clam Chowder for just $1 a cup (regularly $4.95) with the purchase of any entree. (limit one cup per entree, no substitutions). their online fish market will also offer a quart of clam chowder for just $11 (regularly $17.95) for those who want to send warm wishes to someone special. 

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Pittsburgh/Cleveland trip

i recently drove to Cleveland to pick up the newest addition to my family… 

(shameless plug for my new puppy Pika….)

but on the way we selected several places to try…. 

Pittsburgh Deli Company: 728 Copeland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 

Reuben with Corned Beef. I heard later from a friend who lives in pittsburgh that we should’ve ordered the reuben with pastrami and extra russian sauce. 

muffalotta. the olive spread made this fairly salty, so if you like strong flavors this is the way to go. they toasted the bread a little bit TOO much for my liking though. plus - muffalotta’s really need to be served in some kind of italian bread or something… 

Lolita: 900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

this is one out of three Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurants. contemporary american food… but with a bit of a twist… 

mussels - pretty standard compared to other mussels i’ve had. 

meatballs - the twist: meat is duck! great meatballs, but i wish the sauce was more than just marinara.. maybe with a little bit of heat.. that would’ve been delightful.

 

steak - the twist: crusted with porcini mushrooms. yum. cooked PERFECTLY. 

brussel sprouts - the twist: FRIED! who would think to fry them.. but OMG this was THE BEST side dish i’ve ever had! and the yummiest brussel sprouts i’ve ever eaten. ingenious! (apologize for the blurriness. i couldn’t stay still long enough to take the picture - i was shaking from excitement because i wanted to eat it so badly)

Lucky’s Cafe: 777 Starkweather Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

Lucky’s Cafe is first and foremost a bakery that also includes a small dining area with a relatively small menu. they support and promote local ohio farmers and producers and also grows some of their own produce and herbs in the back. 

Lucky’s was featured in Food Network show “Diners Drive-Ins an Dives” and also on “Best Thing I Ever Ate” in which michael symon commented on their sausage gravy. 

so after fully research what this place is famous for - we came for brunch on sat morning. we arrived by 9 am and still had to wait about 20 mins to get a table. we order the biscuits and gravy and the gingerbread waffles. 

biscuits and gravy was AMAZING. the gravy had chunks of sausage and was so creamy but flavorful. the biscuits were homemade - fluffy and soft. and in between the biscuits and the gravy was scrabbled eggs, which i’ve never had before with my biscuits and gravy. the potatoes were also a bit crispy on the outside but soft on the inside it was a perfect brunch that tinkled my taste buds with each bite. one of those savory brunch orders that you could eat forever and ever. 

gingerbread waffles. now this is the epitome of sweet breakfast. the apples on there were cooked in brown sugar, and super sweet. the maple syrup they gave were also sweet. and the texture of the waffles surprise me… it was really like they took gingerbread cookies and crushed it down into some kind of magical batter. amazing. the gingerbread flavors really caught me by surprise. great for those of you who love sweet breakfasts!! 

overall this was quite a successful trip. we picked up the newest addition to our family, and got to try out some stellar dishes! next road trip please! :) 

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Events: Oyster and Beer Festival

When: February 24th 6 pm to 10 pm and February 25th 12 pm to 9 pm. 

Where: National Harbor, Gaylord National Resort 

How much: tickets are $89 per session, with the option of 3 different sessions - 2/24 6 pm-10pm, 2/25 12pm-4pm, or 2/25 5pm-9pm. 

What: The festival is an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganze with thousands of oysters - raw, steamed, roasted, or rockerfellered - along with other delicious seafood, music, exhibits, and BEER! There are over 20 beers and wines and even some spirits that is paired with the seafood offerings.

For more info: http://www.beerandoyster.com/national-harbor/show-info 


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Events: FREE Pinkberry!

Tomorrow, Thursday December 22, 2011 from 12 PM - 4 PM go to Pinkberry’s location in Georgetown (3288 M St NW, Washington DC 20007) for a free Pinkberry. there are 6 flavors to choose from: original, pomegranate, lychee, chocolate, mango, and peppermint.