Food Face Off: Milk Bar versus Buttercream Bakeshop

Cookies at Butter Cream Bakeshop

As I’ve mentioned time after time, DC is a foodie paradise. There are so many good eats here that one could go an entire year without eating the same deliciousness twice if they wanted to. The options presented to us by the culinary creatives here can seem overwhelming at times, but that’s why I’m here, to make your life easier by eating everything and telling you all about it.

Recently, I decided to try and find the best cookie in the city. My first stop was Milk Bar. I had been anticipating the coming of Milk Bar to DC for quite some time.   It’s popular in New York and I had heard that their cookies were to die for. Needless to say, when I saw one was coming to town I was estatic.

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Recycling Fun with Food on a Bun

Halfsmoke

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 with Food on a Bun”

Food Adventure: National Bagel Day at Bullfrog Bagels

When I was in grad school, I had a very close friend who happened to be Jewish. He was a bagel fanatic and he taught me tons about the history of bagel making by Jewish people. He would go on and on about how real bagels should taste. I would laugh at him for being so picky. However, I must say that after spending so much time with him hunting for that authentic bagel flare, I have become a bit of a bagel snob. If my bagel isn’t chewy and if it has the consistency of Wonder Bread, I’m gonna be upset!

Imagine my joy when I discovered that I had a magical bagel shop right in my neighborhood that serves up fresh baked bagels with their own in house cream cheese. Joy, complete joy, that’s all I can say about the feeling I got from eating my first Bullfrog bagel.

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Food and Creativity at Emporiyum DC

Food creativity at Emporiyum DC

If there is one thing I love about food, it’s that there are sooooo many possibilities. Human beings can eat almost everything on the planet and I’m all for enjoying the smorgasbord! I remember once I was training farmers in a village in Ghana on value addition. I was trying to get them to think of new ways to use the things they already had to generate revenue for their community. As we were discussing the crops they grew, they asked me had I ever eaten okra. I told them, yes. I had eaten fried okra when I was a child but that I really hated the slimy texture and it was never my thing. They looked at me aghast…”FRIED!”, they said. I said, yes. They were like, “it can be fried?” I was taken back. I thought to myself, you mean no one here ever tried to fry it? You have cooking oil, you have okra, no one ever experimented? I was beyond shocked.

Emporiyum Dc

Amongst the benefits of growing up in America is our love of new, our quest for exploring, and a social infrastructure that encourages creativity. Our edible artistry is definitely one of the starkest examples of that. In DC, we have an annual event called The Emporiyum where culinary artists come to show their newest creations and try to introduce them to consumers and retailers. It has come to be one of the things I look forward to every fall. This year, I had an especially phenomenal time. It was extra special because I had my Mommy with me and, let’s face it, everything is better with my Mommy there.

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Food Life: Yelp’s Jet Set Fête

Yelp's Jet Set Fête

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.

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