It’s Time to Wine Down

So SkinnyPop says! We all love a good snack, well, at least, I do. I had the chance to really dive into Skinnypop and pair it with a wine. Sounds strange?! I thought so too, but I was up for the challenge!

I hunted down which stores carried SkinnyPop and they fun began. I was able to find three out of the six with some flavor. I thought that a flavor would be the best option to pair with a wine. Once the popcorn was selected, I was easily able to find the various wine to pair along with the Skinnypop flavors.

Here is a chart of what wines should be paired with which Skinnypop, just so you have an idea where all of this came from. 😉 Continue reading

A Day Without a Woman

But did you die?! I’m just kidding, but I, unfortunately, had to work. I did, however, make my day count. I wore red, ate somewhere that supported the movement, and donated some clothing for a great cause.

I knew I had to work, so I wanted to make in impact in my own way. I found one of my favorite red dresses, no pictures, unfortunately. I then did some research on who in Gallery Place area was supporting the cause. I found Centrolina which has a woman as a chef and she is phenomenal.  Continue reading

China Chilano Review

So, the last stop on the restaurant week leg was China Chilano. Sunday was the last day for restaurant week, but, don’t worry, it will be back in the summer. This spot is one of the infamous José Andres restaurants. I got to check out lunch at this spot. The idea behind this restaurant is that in the 19th century, Chinese and Japanese settlers travelled to Peru and made it their home. They brought with them some of their amazing cooking traditions and that’s where the multi-cultural Peruvian cuisine arose. 

This spot that has apparently been in Chinatown area for a while but I never thought to go inside. Well I’m glad I did finally make it in. The ambiance is very Asian inspired and the set has all these different seating arrangements which keeps you intrigued.  My friend and I decided to get different dishes for all three courses so that we could taste as many things as possible. For the appetizer we started off with the Dancing Yucca and the Ceviche Clásico La Mar. My favorite of two of these was the ceviche which contained red snapper, leche de tiger, sweet potato, red onion, and cilantro. Yummers! Lol!Next up was the main course which was a little bigger than the appetizer. If you haven’t noticed, already, this place does tapas style dishes. We choose the Ají de Gallina, chicken stew, and the Aeropuerto, basically a fried rice. I actually throrouhly enjoyed both of these dishes. The Ají de Gallina contained Ají amarillo chicken stew, fresh cheese, pecan, and rice. This dish is apparently Peru’s most precious dish. The Aeropuerto contains fried rice, egg noodle, crisp sweet potato, 20 seasonsal vegetables, sly bean sprout, “airplanes”. Yes, “airplanes” is one of the ingredients.And, we of course ended with dessert. The last two dishes were Suspiro Limeña, the iconic dessert of Peru, and Dulce de Plantano Manduro. The iconic dish of Peru was my dessert of choice and it was so good! This dish had sweetened condensed milk custard topped with soft and crunchy meringue, and passion fruit. The other dish had a lot of bananas, so not my favorite. I like bananas but in their original form and by themselves. Strange, I know, but that’s how I like to eat them. 

The service was top notch here. My cup of water never got less than half full which was impressive in my opinion. The food all very well curated and you got various flavors throughout the dish and it worked well. 

Day in the Life from 4.20

I occasionally can’t figure out how I do so much in a 24 hour day. I wanted to take you guys into my world on some of my days off.

This particular day started at about 5am to be exact. It was a Daybreakers kind of morning. I attended the event with Morgan of AsItHappens It took place at cafe Asia this go round. We had a good amount of space in here which was nice. We started out with Yoga and then it turned into a dance party with cool visuals on the wall, neon lights, a dope DJ, and a hula hooper.

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BONFIRE OPENS IN DUPONT CIRCLE FEATURING, AGED, SMOKED COCKTAILS, EXTENSIVE S’MORES MENU & FIRE FOCUSED FARE

Downtown Washington heats up with Bonfire’s eclectic New American menu, campfire inspired desserts, seasonal ingredients and classic cocktails from the hearth

WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2016) – The Social Restaurant Group is thrilled to announce the opening of their newest concept, Bonfire, an innovative, campfire focused restaurant and bar located in the heart of Dupont Circle. Under Executive Chef R.L. Boyd and Pastry Chef Ellen Diekemper, Bonfire will take Washington, DC by fiery storm with a playful menu incorporating elements of smoke, fire, and rustic cast iron cooking techniques in the form of creative s’mores, campfire skillets and an innovative menu highlighting seasonal ingredients such as day boat scallops, rockfish and wild mushrooms.   Continue reading

DC Eats: Republic

When friends are in town, what do we do? We go out to eat and drink as much as we can while catching up about life. We had a place in mind to do happy hour but the happy hour wasn’t right and the vibes weren’t right either. So, we made our way to Republic. I’ve probably been to this place 4 or 5 times but I figured by this point, it was time to add them to my blog. Continue reading

DC Eats: Pennsylvania 6

 I started my evening out with a Hip Hop dance class at the Dance Place in Brookland. Ah-ma-zing is all I have to say. Check it out! After since two foodies/bloggers knew it was Restaurant Week in DC, we had to find somewhere to eat. We decided to check out Pennsylvania 6. This place is a twist on 20th Century ‘London Supper Club’ aesthetic. They even offered to take our coats right before being seated. I loved that. Very nice layout but on to the food. We started out with sparkling water and a signature drink.  Continue reading

DC Eats: Cafe Saint-Ex

Let me just start by stating that I know too many Scorpios. I had to meet up with one of my good Scorpio friends to finish her birthday weekend with her. We wanted to go to Lost Society but they were closed due to maintenance. Their loss. 

We made our way to Cafe Saint-Ex which is super cute! Very low key but good food and drinks. I actually think our waitress hooked it up with the mimosas. Thank you! The service was pretty good. Brunch went until 4pm which you can’t beat so you can sleep in a little. 

I went for the carb cake sandwich which was probably one of the best crab cake sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life. It was the perfect texture and it was accompanied with fries. Who doesn’t love fries? This dish was $16. The mimosas runneth over. I probably had 5 mimosas hence why I had the worst headache ever when I got home. They have a mimosa special where you pay $10 for the first mimosa and then $1 for each after. They fill up your cup too so I loved that.

  

DC Eats: Smith Commons

I am still somewhat on my pescatarian journey but I lasted through my 30 days and have now slowly added other meats back in. I am still preferring the healthier eating because I feel better all together. But anyway back to where I went for Happy Hour.

I met up with one of my friends I hadn’t seen in a while to catch up and eat and drink good. *cheers* We walked along H street to see what deals sounded the best. Smith Commons sounded pretty good with an all night Happy Hour on a Monday. That’s pretty cool. 

For the Happy Hour, they include lots of beers and some wine at $5 – $7 each. You can’t beat that. I ordered the Cider and the Malbec. 

We were also hungry and I decided to go for items with seafood. I went for the ceviche and the mussels. Both were fresh and flavorful. The ceviche was so good and is made with Chatham cod, tiger prawns, soft onions, cilantro, tomato, and lemon juice. *drools* The Prince Edward Island Mussels are made with Thai lemongrass, coconut, curry sauce and garlic crostini. They say to save your bread until the end to dip in the sauce. The sauce was so flavorful.