Thursday, September 30, 2010

Weekend Shenanigans

Friday 10/1:
  •  The Willard InterContinental and Café du Parc Invite will be celebrating their annual French wine harvest festival: Les Vendanges. Dance, stomp on some grapes and fill you bellies with authentic dishes and different styles of regional French wine and beers. Tickets for the event start at $20 for four items to be redeemed at food and wine stations set up throughout the courtyard. 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Café du Parc: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Saturday 10/2:
  • Come out for the 21st annual Taste of Bethesda food and music festival featuring over 55 restaurants and four stages of music. Admission is free, tasting tickets are sold for $5.00 for a bundle of four. 11:00- 4:00pm: Woodmount Triangle

Sunday 10/3:
  • See the world’s largest Shish Kebab at this year’s annual Turkish Festival! This family-friendly event is full of traditional Turkish folk dancing, authentic cuisine, arts and crafts and much more! Admission is free, 110:00- 7:00 pm.13th Street and 14th Street, NW

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mid Atlantic Red Fruit Festival: Eats

This year's fruit was the TOMATO! Here are some of my favorite dishes from the evening. 
Next year - WATERMELON!!! 

presented by Mixologist Brendan Dorr

by Chef Michelle Poteaux

prepared by Chef Todd Gray

prepared by Chef Mike Lund

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Seventh Hill Pizza

Utterly famished from a long evening out with some random shopping, I began to fell nauseous on my metro ride home. How could I have forgotten to eat? I needed something fast but I refused to succumb to the pack of ramen noodles I had waiting for me in my cupboard at home.

Stumbling off the metro, I walked toward Eastern Market hoping that something was open. Alas, the pizza spot, Seventh Hill, I had discovered just a few weeks ago was buzzing with happy customers. ‘Perfect!’ I thought.

I walked into the slightly humid restaurant and waited to be greeted. “Ciao Bella” the man behind the counter calls out to me. I order my 8 inch ‘Union Station’ pizza and wait patiently. Without hesitation, he grabs a piece of dough, throws flower and begins the magical dance of throwing the pizza. Dough flies through the air as he fills the kitchen with Italian. In a snap, it’s in the large fire oven towards the back of the restaurant.

The two men behind the counter make small, charming chit chat with me as I absorb the ambience. I look around and instantly feel comfortable in the welcoming atmosphere. The couple to my left is enjoying their last sips of wine for the evening as the staff shares a friendly smile.

Before I could blink my pizza was ready. The ‘Union Station’ consists of goat cheese, mozzarella, pecorino, gorgonzola, and garlic. (Side note: For those of you who don’t know me from the next woman, I absolutely love cheese and prefer it to any beautiful shiny object or the finest chocolate you could find.) The gentleman behind the counter was nice enough to share some of his freshly picked heirloom cherry tomatoes with me and sprinkled them right on top of the pizza.  “They taste just like candy” he said “Trust me.”

I run home and flung open the tiny box. This pizza is just too beautiful to eat but I couldn’t help myself. Each bite gave way to a different cheese that tickled and danced on my pallet. With the occasional bite of raw garlic as a surprise, I was thankful I was eating alone that evening but I couldn’t have done without it.  The dough was unlike any I’ve tasted and was cooked to perfection in the fire oven. It had just a light burn on the bottom to add a rustic flavor which complimented the cheese beautifully. He was right, the heirloom tomatoes were a real treat and they melted in my mouth like butter.

I originally bought the pizza for a late dinner and for my lunch the next day but it didn’t make it. If my stomach were bigger, I’d run back for seconds. This authentic pizza is not to be missed on your next visit to Eastern Market. And…they’re open late!


 327 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003-4418
(202) 544-1911

Hours of Operation
(subject to seasonal change)

Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch: 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm
12pm - 8pm

Closed Monday

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekend Shenanigans

Thursday 9/23:
·    Grab your sweetheart and have a glass of wine with your favorite primate (Err- the hairy kind) at Grapes with the Apes at the National Zoo. Listen to live music, sample wines from various wineries and dance a little with the apes. This event runs from 6-9:00PM, tickets are $50 for non members.
Friday 9/24:
·    Continue to kick off your weekend with the 1st Annual Mid-Atlantic Red Fruit Festival at Woodrow Wilson Plaza. This festival is focused on celebrating the Mid-Atlantic’s top farmers, leading chefs, and home gardeners. There will be wine tasting and, more importantly, a tomato recipe contest. Tickets are $35.  
Saturday 9/25:

·    If you as passionate about food writing as I am, come and join us at the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program’s ‘An Introduction to Food Writing’ with Monica Bhide. Tickets are $120 Gen. Admin.

·    Barrack’s Row will be having their Fall Festival on Capitol Hill from 11-5:00PM on 8th Street SE – Between E and I Streets, SE
Sunday 9/26:
·    Wind down your weekend with a stroll through Eastern Market and find out what fall has to offer. Summer is coming to an end and soon the famers will be hibernating for the winter, but not before they bring us our favorite autumn produce. Go shopping at the flea market and enjoy the beautiful weather with a lunch outside at one of the local bistros. Bring the dogs and kids, all are welcome!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Adams Morgan Day Festival: Eats

What better way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon than to walk around and sample all the local foods at the Adams Morgan Day festival? Here's a sample of my eats for the day...

             Curried Goat with cabbage and rice & beans.           

CrAzY CoRn!!
This amazingly delicious concoction included: Steamed corn on the cob, mayonnaise, ketchup, and parmesan cheese.

Lassie Pops from the Fojol Bros of Merlindia food truck:
(Left) Ginger - (Right) Mango. They were both absolutely delicious!  
A taste of heaven with a sample of Ben's Chili Bowl chili

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Veg Fest

For those of you who missed the Veg Fest this weekend I give you full permission to kick yourself and perhaps shed a tear or two. This healthy-fun festival was not to be missed. There was an overflow of fascinating information and an endless array of deliciously healthy food (and dessert) to go around. Anywhere from vegan nachos to painfully gorgeous cheese cakes. My friend and I (poor girl) tried a bit of everything and ended on a sweet note with a piece of caramel cheesecake. We walked away with full bellies, amazing vibes, coupons and a wealth of information. Did I mention the cheese cake?  

Friday, September 10, 2010

Weekend Shenanigans

Friday 9/10:

*This is your last chance to come and join me at Jazz in the Garden!!
Jazz in the Garden – Smithsonian Sculpture Garden. 5:00- 8:30pm 700 Constitution Ave. NW

Saturday 9/11:

* For all your vegitarians out there, Veg Fest is here!!
DC VegFest – 12:00-6:00pm. – University Yard at 200 Block H Street NW

Sunday 9/12:

* Need I say more about the Adams Morgan Day Festival. I can't wait!!
32nd Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival – 12:00-7:00pm. – Adams Morgan Main street

Hill's Kitchen Fall Classes

Hooray!! Hill's Kitchen has just announced their upcoming fall classes. Check them out!!

How to Sign up for Cooking Classes


To reserve a space in a cooking class, please email with information about which class you are interested in, number of attendees, email address, and phone number. Please write in the subject line what class(es) you are interested in. We will get back in touch with you to confirm your seat in the class. Once confirmed, we will require prepayment for the class (cash, gift certificates, Visa/MasterCard). We will refund your payment if you cancel more than 48 hours before the scheduled class; cancellations within 48 hours will not be refunded.

Cooking Classes for September and October


Tues, Sept 14, 6:30PM Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki

Sat, Sept 18, 3PM Feast of Fish with Marta Mirecki

Sunday, Sept 26, 11AM Hand Made Pasta with Marta Mirecki

Sunday, Oct 3, 3PM Seasonal Local Cooking with Marni Karlin

Tues, Oct 5, 6:30PM Middle Eastern Vegetarian with Marta Mirecki

Sat Oct 9, 3PM Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki

Wed, Oct 13, 6:30PM Feast of Fish with Marta Mirecki

Thurs, Oct 21, 6:30PM Hand Made Pasta with Marta Mirecki

Sun, Oct 24, 11AM Middle Eastern Vegetarian with Marta Mirecki

Thurs, Oct 28, 6:30PM Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki

Basic Knife Skills -$40

Learning basic knife skills can change cooking from a chore to a real pleasure! This class will teach you the basic cuts and give you the chance to practice them in a fun and relaxed environment. Hill's Kitchen will provide excellent quality Mac knives to practice with- so just bring yourself! Covering everything from knife selection to knife use to knife storage, this class will make you feel more comfortable in the kitchen and help you keep your fingers safe.

Feast of Fish in the Mid-Atlantic - $55

We are lucky to live in the mid-Atlantic and have access to amazing seafood! Join us as we prepare Oysters on the Half Shell, Clams in White Wine, Roasted Whole Fish, and Crab Cakes. We'll discuss sourcing, how to store fish, and why well selected fish should be your ace in the pocket for quick week day meals. This is a demonstration class, so just sit back, enjoy some great food, and ask good questions. No clean up required!

Hand Made Pasta - $45

Handmade pasta is something special- chewy and toothsome but just sticky enough to carry the right amount of sauce. A great accompaniment to dishes like beef bourguignon or braised lamb, or as a simple main dish tossed with pesto and early summer tomatoes; handmade pasta is a skill to master for the coming cold weather. This is a participation class, so everyone will be making their own batch of pasta, with enough to take home. Wear an old shirt and bring good questions!

Middle Eastern Vegetarian - $45

Vegetarian cuisine: It's not just for vegetarians anymore! During this demonstration class you will see some great dishes that adapt themselves well to many other cooking styles. Join us as we prepare Steamed Basmati Rice with Red Lentils, Spinach and Chickpeas, Baba Ghanouj (Roasted Eggplant Dip), and Yogurt Sauce with Garlic, Dill, and Lemon.
Seasonal Local Cooking - $45

The best way to enjoy what is currently in season is to visit a farmers' market, buy the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that catch your eye, and put together a seasonal, local, delicious meal! Join Marni, a Cordon Bleu Paris graduate and general food enthusiast, in exploring the challenge of cooking a market basket dinner. This class will show you some great dishes that can be made with the fruits, vegetables, seafood, or meat that are available in early fall in the DC region. Likely ingredients include potatoes, peppers, early brussels sprouts, and maybe the end of raspberries - but we'll just have to wait and see what's at the market that week! This is a demonstration class, so just sit back, enjoy some delicious food, and bring lots of great questions!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fruit Bat

Wondering around H Street, desperately looking for a new and exciting place to quench our thirsts, my roommate and I stumble upon Fruit Bat. This quaint, Latin American, ‘bat cave’ came as a pleasant surprise and we were not left disappointed.

Just recently replacing old H Street Martini Lounge which closed just earlier this year, Fruit Bat is an exciting new addition to H Street. The kitchen offers a decent selection of South American street food using the freshest ingredients. Their specialty cocktails are also made from fresh fruit and are to die for!

So if you’re desperately attempting to relive the amazing Labor Day you just had, this place is definitely worth the trip. I’ll be back for a formal tasting soon. (I’m just looking for an excuse to go back)

Fruit Bat
1236 H St NE
(between N 12th St & N 13th St)
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 399-2323

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Shenanigans

If you’re planning on sticking around this weekend and looking for something to occupy your time, look no further. There is a lot going on this weekend in the DC area to choose from.

Friday 9/3:

• Getting off early and looking for an ecological way to start off your weekend? Join me at the Petworth Market this afternoon. This market, located on 9th Street NW between Georgia Ave and Upshur St, gathers every Friday from 3-7pm. Vendors include local produce and baked goods, antiques and the all so popular pleasant pops.

• Shortly after I'll be going to Jazz in the Garden from 5:00-8:00 at the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden. Pre-order a basket of fruit and wine from the Pavilion Cafe or dine in and let the music take you away.

Saturday 9/4:

• RUM!!!! From 4-6pm, Café Atlantico is hosting their third annual “Celebrate Rum” with free rum tastings. With their festive Haitian theme and menu, you’re sure to have an amazing time.

Sunday 9/5:

• Family style picnic at Addie’s. Come join us for grilled trout, fried chicken and roast beef. Starts at 12 and runs till 8:00.

Monday 9/6:

• Of course you know I’ll be at Café Saint Ex’s Charity Pig Roast. (see post below)

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!