Randomly, I found myself getting off the Metro Bus in northwest DC a few blocks from my old office on U Street. I couldn’t have been more than two blocks from my stop before the clouds exploded, pouring down rain, with gusting winds, and bringing a flash flood. It was horrible. I was going to a press event and dressed in pumps. Running was definitely out of the question. Quickly, I scanned the landscape for a spot to hideaway and when I looked up I realized I was standing right in front of a fairly new restaurant I had never seen before. It was called Halfsmoke. I dash in and was immediately consumed by the mouth watering aroma of grilled meat. I had found paradise and the carnivore in me wanted to scream and do a dance of joy. I wanted that meat so badly that I was ready to say oh well it’s raining let’s eat! LOL 😂 Continue reading “Recycling Fun on a Bun”
This weekend, I visited MetroCooking DC food expo, held annually in Washington, DC. I love events like this because it’s a great way to discover the newest in culinary creativity. This year, just as in year’s past, was great. I laughed, I tasted, and, best of all, shopped to my heart’s content. Here is a list of my five favorite takeaways.
It should be no surprise that two of my favorite vendors at the expo are honey producers. I ❤ honey! Lots and lots of honey! 😀 I use it in my drinks. I use it in my baking and when making sauces. I dip cheese, bread, and fruit in it. I like to drizzle it over my honey, pancakes, sausage. You name it, it calls for honey. I simply can’t get enough of this stuff.
These ladies of Taste Artisanal Market are giving honey a makeover with their unique blends! I took home the Lavender honey. YUM!!!
Like nuts? Like chips? Why not chips made from nuts! 😁👍 These super tasty snackables made by Nutterly were the absolutely amazing. I took home all three varieties (hazelnut, almond, and pistachio). If I had to choose the best of the three, I’d go with pistachio but that could just be because I’m also a pistachio junkie. 😋
On a cold winter morning, there seems like there can be no better salvation than a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. Well, there just might be, a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with hickory syrup. If you thought hickory was just good for giving bacon great smoky flavor boy have you been underestimating this tree! You absolutely must try Falling Bark Farms’ Hickory syrup! My takeaway was the Brandy Infused Vanilla Hickory Syrup…OMG!!! 🥞🍴
Wouldn’t cha know, the crafty food artisans at Falling Bark Farms are also the producers of the second honey on this list.
Did I mention that I ❤ honey! 😋 Let me state it one more time for the record just in case you missed it the first time. What’s better in hot tea than lemon and honey, well how about one better. Falling Bark has Lemon Infused Honey! Got a great steak on the grill and need to give it a little extra something special. You must baste it with Falling Bark’s Cayenne and Lime Honey. These two precious elixirs are a foodie’s dream come true!
I don’t at all care for Ethiopian food but these crunchy treats are sooooo good! 😋 Injera is the national bread of Ethiopia, made from teff flour that is mixed with water and allowed to ferment. It’s kind of like sourdough. It’s a bit tangy and most people I know love that about it. I for one am not one of those people. What I find great about these injera chips, made by Tsiona Foods, is that the sourness is practically gone and all you get is a light airy crisp. It’s sweet but not too sweet and almost melts on your tongue. 😀
I hope you check out these products and if you happen to get a chance, visit this expo next year.
Pink, yellow, blue, green candy-coated chocolate drops!!! Yes, yes, yes. That’s what you get at the M&M’s Store in Times Square. Since I was a child I have always loved M&M’s candies. I remember sitting with my bag trying to figure out which color was my favorite. I usually chose green, since it was my favorite color as a child. Ironically, green is now my son’s favorite color while mine is now pink. Funny how tastes change. But, one thing that has remained is my love of chocolate and my love for tiny poppable treats. There aren’t much simpler pleasures than M&M’s. They are simple, old-fashioned, goodness that has an appeal the world over.
This was an all star VIP event! Absolutely awesome!!! I really had a great time at Jet Set Fête. It was so much fun to sample all the goodies and to watch all the wonderful performances.
I’ve spent a great deal of time living and working in Asia and having the opportunity to watch the Chinese dancers was a special treat. It brought back so many memories from my time in Hunan province.
I was also happy to see my friend Reza’s restaurant, Silo, in the house. Chef Michael Walters put it down with his spectacular Seafood Gumbo. Another of my DC favorites, Ice Cream Jubilee, was there serving up their muy delicioso Gin & Tonic sorbet. Best of all I even had lady luck on my side. I spun the wheel and won a VIP Party at BlackFinn Americapub.
The crowd got hype dancing to “Wobble Baby” and we sampled the best local brews the DMV has to offer. It was a night of pure fun, good music, good drinks, and good company. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to go. I can’t wait until next time.
“I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream”
Like ice cream? Of course, you do! I mean who doesn’t? So when I woke up this morning and discovered that there was a free ice cream event going on in DC called DC Scoop, I immediately jumped up, got dressed, and got out. Boy was it a blast! Not only did I get to sample amazing treats like Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt, Honey Lavender Lemonade Ice Cream, and even Gin & Tonic Sorbet (YUM!!!), I got to spend the day with an eclectic mix of DC urbanites. On top of that, the event was held in DC’s beautiful Union Market, “an authentic market of culture and commerce.”
Yes, the lines were super long and each took about 20 minutes to get to the front; but, in my opinion, this element of anticipation added to the joy of getting that FREE sample of delightful yumminess. Some of the vendors, like Dolci Gelato, even gave out half scoop samples…well worth the wait! My favorite from them was the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. There are no words to describe how good it was. It is a must try for any ice cream affectionado. When I had sweet tooth overload, I was able to mellow out with one of Ice Cream Jubilee’s fabulous concoctions, Gin and Tonic. Sorbet. I don’t even like to drink Gin and Tonic but this smooth and creamy cocktail was right on point.
Another perk of this event was that the crowd was super diverse, and there was an ice cream variety for every pallet. To me the best thing about DC living is that it has so many people from so many places adding to it’s magical flare. There is never a dull moment…that is if you are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Check out Union Market’s website for other fun (and often FREE) events like this. I guarantee you won’t regret it. (*‿*)
If you missed the event, don’t fret. See the vendor list below, for information on all the selections as where you can go to pick up your own batch of DC’s finest selections of scoopable treats.
Participating Vendors included:
Carmen’s Italian Ice
Giffords Ice Cream
Ice Cream Jubilee
Suga Mama Sweets
King of Pops
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Lulu’s Ice Cream
Timber Pizza Co.