I love making breakfast, so sometimes you just have to take some pictures and blog about it. Here are a few photos!
Brunch, one of the best parts of living near big cities. DC's Italian Chinatown spot, Graffiato, does brunch really, really well, and without a fixed price menu. Here are some snaps from a lovely Sunday brunch in DC! (click to see more photos)
From the menu pictured above:
cippolini onion, braised cabbage, red peppers, tomato yogurt
lamb shoulder, merguez ragu, focaccia croutons
(Brunch Pizza) Breakfast Pizza
bacon lardon, potato, fontina, soft egg
(Brunch Pizza) Popeye
ricotta, spinach pesto, soft egg
Biscuits and Gravy
fried chicken, salted honey butter, chicken gravy
spinach, leeks, dill, potato, goat cheese
Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast
cinnamon apples, streusel, whipped ricotta
Do you like Whiskey? I do. I was introduced to Tin Cup Whiskey, a craft Colorado rye whiskey that has just recently began distributing around the country. It's smooth, delicious and spice-ful. (And made with Rocky Mountain water, pretty cool huh?) It was perfect on the rocks - I recommend a try!
(click to see the included tin cup!)
Mercadito on Avenue B, well-known (delicious!) Mexican spot in the East Village with a great atmosphere
Pancita Tacos: chipotle-piloncillo glazed pork belly, orange, pickled onion, crispy shallots
Tampiqueña: rosemary-marinated skirt steak, brussels sprouts, pork belly, potato-poblano rajas
I had the wonderful pleasure of being introduced to Solbeso, a new liquor made from the Cacao fruits of Peru and Ecuador, but has nothing to do with chocolate. The flavor was unlike any spirit I've ever tasted, it has a citrusy and floral aroma at the first smell, and is super light and tasty (perfect for mixing).
After some research I was able to make this fresh, light and delicious cocktail - warning, it's a bit spicy!
Solbeso, Fresh lemon juice, Simple Syrup & freshly muddled Jalapeños (click to see more photos)
Credit:: I found the cocktail on a DrinkUpNY Blog Post, they call it the "Picante No. 2"
Mission in DC's Dupont Circle - highly suggest if you're in the mood for a Mexican happy hour! Or just delicious guac and drinks. (Click on photo to see more)
Flautas de Pollo (Four fried corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and topped with avocados, sour cream and Cotija cheese)
Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita (they also come by the pitcher!!)
Happy Monday! Check out some bites from last weekend's Taste of DC! (Click on photo to see more)
Paella + Bacon-Wrapped Blue Cheese-Stuffed Dates from La Tasca
Lobster Roll from Willie T's Lobster Shack
Buffalo Mac n Cheese from Stoney's
Corn on the Cob from Surfside
Nutella + Banana Crepe from Crepe Love
I've been wanting to dive into the ramen trend for a while now, so I drove through beltway traffic and rain into Washington, D.C. last night to Toki Underground. The two-hour wait was expected and definitely worth it!! Here's how it went...
Pan-seared chicken dumplings & the Toki Classic Ramen Bowl with Endorphin Sauce (Click on the photo to see more)
(Needless to say, I'll be back)
I love wine - bottled wine, bagged wine, boxed wine, you name it. Something I haven't tried until recently was individually packaged wine. Zipz Wines are plastic glasses of premium wines (resealable and reusable, by the way) from California. They're super easy to bring anywhere, especially with all the fall festivals and events this season. And, they're really tasty! My favorite was the Merlot! So I thought I'd share. If you're interested (or just an avid Wino) you can buy them here.
Last weekend I attended the Maryland Brewers' Harvest in beautiful Baltimore. The waterfront fest in Fell's Point was full of local food & beer, live music and wonderful people! Here's some photos of what we ate from food trucks Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon and The Green Bowl. (Click photo to see more)
Well, just about. I tried holding off as long as I could, but when a local Frederick, Md. spot, Cafe Nola, posted a photo of its "Drunken Pumpkin" Latte, I caved and went that night to get one.
The latte is made with pumpkin puree, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, fennel and cooked-out bourbon. YUM.
Brunch at Feast (Click to see more pictures)
California: Newport Sushi, In-N-Out & Valley Brunch (Click on photo to see more)
Las Vegas: Yard House Restaurant
Barista Parlor (Click to see more)
Mas Tacos Por Favor
Delicious plates from The Fontainebleau's Hakkasan (Click on photo to see more)