Chinatown DC Brunch

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:

Kielbasa Hash
cippolini onion, braised cabbage, red peppers, tomato yogurt

Baked Eggs 
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

Farm Frittata 
spinach, leeks, dill, potato, goat cheese

Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast 
cinnamon apples, streusel, whipped ricotta

Zeppole
blackberry jam

 

 

 

Wonderful Whiskey

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!)


Cocktail Creations

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"

Dupont Delights

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!!) 

Taste of DC

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 

Pumpkin Porter 

 

Ramen in D.C. (Finally)

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)

Zipz: Wine on the go!

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

Maryland Brewers' Harvest

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)

It's Pumpkin Spice Season...

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.