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

The Royal in LeDroit Park Launches 7-Day-A-Week Happy Hour with $5 Vermouth on Draft, $7 Classic Cocktails & Late Night Specials

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New LeDroit Park bar & eatery introduces a daily happy hour from 3-6 p.m. and late-night weekday happy hour from 10 p.m. – close starting on Monday, 8/10

 WASHINGTON, DC (August 7, 2015) – Washington, DC’s newest all-day bar and eatery, The Royal in LeDroit Park has announced it will launch a seven-day-a-week happy hour and weekday late-night happy hour starting on Monday, August 10. Running from 3-6 p.m. daily and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays, The Royal will offer specials on classic cocktails, housemade vermouth on draft, wine by the glass and tallboy cans.

Just like with its sister restaurant, Vinoteca, who also hosts happy hour seven-days-a-week, The Royal will invite people to come by every day from 3 to 6 p.m. to enjoy the following specials:

  • $5 house vermouth
    • Beverage Director Horus Alvarez makes his own vermouth for the bar from start to finish, aging the 20+ ingredient aperitif in 53-gallon barrels for months at a time. The vermouth is served on draft from a vintage copper fire extinguisher.
  • $5 Narragansett tallboys
  • $7 classic cocktails
    • Guests can enjoy a selection of eight classics ranging from a Daiquiri with El Dorado White Rum, lime juice and sugar, a Paloma with Cimarron tequila, lime, grapefruit and soda, a Caipirinha with cachaca, fresh limes and sugar, and a Rye Old Fashioned with Pikesville Rye, bitters, sugar and water.
  • $7 wine by the glass
    • one red, one white (daily rotating selection)

And for night owls, the same specials will be offered Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for their new late-night happy hour.

The Royal’s new happy hours launch on Monday, 8/10. The regular menu can be found here:http://www.theroyaldc.com/Royal_Menu.pdf.

ABOUT THE ROYAL

The Royal is a classic corner neighborhood spot located in Washington, DC’s historic LeDroit Park neighborhood at 501 Florida Avenue, NW. A coffee shop and lunch spot by day, and an intimate bar and casual eatery by night, The Royal is a unique all-day destination for morning coffee and breakfast, leisurely lunch, after-work cocktails and simple yet creative, grill-centric fare. Opened in June 2015, The Royal bridges the hip Bloomingdale and Shaw neighborhoods and is LeDroit Park’s newest neighborhood joint.

The second project from restaurateur Paul Carlson, along with his family, the quaint split-level, 45-seat gathering place offers a welcoming open bar area, second-floor loft-style dining area and outdoor patio seating. The Royal is open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 7am-1am, Friday7am-2am, Saturday 8am-2am, and Sunday 8am-1am. For more information, please call 202-332-7777, visit them online at www.theroyaldc.com or connect with them on Twitter (@TheRoyalDC), Instagram (@TheRoyal_DC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheRoyalinLeDroit).

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Brittany Garrison, ThreeLockharts Communications

DC Eats: Barcelona

It’s quite rare that I’m asked to dinner and to pick somewhere I’ve never been. I was a little stumped. I had to put my thinking cap on, as they would tell us to do as kids lol, and I came up with two places. One was soon to close but Barcelona was open the latest.

I looked over the menu somewhat before I got there but you have to actually be at the restaurant to get the run down of everything. I’ve been to Spain but not Barcelona. I guess the dishes are very different in Malagá. I tried so many things and most of it was really good and really fresh. Continue reading

Monday Means “Picnics at the Goat” as The Fainting Goat Launches Summer-Inspired Family-Style Feasts through September

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Executive Chef Nathan Beauchamp Hosts Maryland Blue Crab Feasts, Lobster Boils and Fried Chicken Picnics from July – September

WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2015) – Summertime on the east coast often evokes memories of Maryland blue crab feasts, lobster boils on the beach and gatherings with friends and family. Celebrating the most delicious of summer’s bounty, The Fainting Goat on U Street is launching “Picnics at the Goat” on Monday evenings, a series of monthly-rotating, casual family-style suppers focused around different iconic summer foods. The series kicks off tonight, July 20, with a juicy fried chicken feast complete with hot biscuits, smoked Gouda mac ‘n cheese and other summer sides.

Executive Chef Nathan Beauchamp is inviting groups of two or more to come enjoy summer-favorite fare, such as Maryland blue crabs, peel n’ eat shrimp, and a classic lobster boil complete with Andouille sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. Ranging from $25-$40 per person, the feasts are available every Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The full schedule and menus are below.

JULY – Fried Chicken Picnics

(7/20, 7/27)

Chef Beauchamp is frying up juicy chicken and serving alongside family-style sides of creamy-style coleslaw, freshly baked biscuits, smoked Gouda mac ‘n cheese, and to end the meal, homemade strawberry shortcake.

AUGUST – Maryland Blue Crab Feasts

(8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31)

An Eastern Shore native, Chef Beauchamp’s childhood was spent cracking crabs on the Chesapeake Bay. He’s bringing in peak-season Maryland Blue Crabs, and serving with the sides he loves most – corn on the cob, coleslaw, peel n’ eat shrimp, and for dessert, homemade summer berry cobbler.

SEPTEMBER – Lobster Boils

(9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28)

Chef Beauchamp will host a classic lobster boil evocative of a summer gathering on the beach, with fresh lobster, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage and red potatoes, and serve a freshly baked seasonal fruit pie to end the meal on a sweet note.

The picnics will range from $25-$40 per person, with a minimum of two people depending on the week’s menu. Menus are subject to change based on availability. Reservations are required and should be made in advance by calling the restaurant at (202) 735-0344. For more information, please visit http://www.faintinggoatdc.com.

About The Fainting Goat

Opened in December 2014, The Fainting Goat is a neighborhood restaurant and bar located in Washington, DC’s hip 14th Street neighborhood at 1330 U Street, NW. The chic, welcoming restaurant serves a seasonal modern American menu from Executive Chef Nathan Beauchamp along with an extensive selection of bottled and draft microbrews, wines, craft cocktails and punches. For more information, please call (202) 735-0344, visit them online at http://www.faintinggoatdc.com or connect with them on Twitter (@FaintingGoatDC), Facebook (www.facebook.com/faintinggoatdc) or Instagram (@FaintingGoatDC).

Press Release from:

Brittany Garrison, ThreeLockharts Communications

Rooftop Tiki Bar Reopens at Jack Rose Dining Saloon on July 23rd with “Tiki Thursdays” Happy Hour, Tropical Cocktails + Island-Inspired Fare

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 6, 2015) – Just as temperatures start to creep up, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is excited to announce the reopening of its rooftop Tiki Bar for the season, starting on Thursday, July 23. The hidden bar, located just off the rooftop terrace, will be open Thursdays through Saturdays with refreshing tropical cocktails, island-inspired fare and a special Tiki Thursdays” Happy Hour. Transporting guests to the tropics, boozy flavors of coconut, pineapple and passion fruit will fill ceramic Tiki mugs, while fresh shrimp and whiskey wings will come hot off the grill.

TROPICAL COCKTAILS

Jack Rose’s craft bartenders are combining fresh fruit juices, quality rums and even jalapeno-infused whiskey, in a special tropical menu of Tiki cocktails. These refreshing, boozy concoctions are all $13, and available for half-off at $6.50 during “Tiki Thursdays” happy hour:

Palm Pine

Jameson Black Barrel infused with Jalapeno, Pineapple, Banana, Ginger Beer

 

Bahia

Captain White, Coconut Cream, Pineapple

Ti’ Punch

Rhum Agricole, Lime, Cane Syrup, Tiki Bitters, Cinnamon

Worlds Collide

Aviation Gin, Aquavit, Lime, Lemon, Passion Fruit,

Sam Adams Twisted Tea

The Tiki Bar will also offer a selection of refreshing canned and bottled summer brews for $6 ($5 during Tiki Thursdays happy hour), such as Boulevard Ginger Lemon RadlerVictory Summer LoveDevil’s Backbone Trail Angel, and Troegs Sunshine Pils. 

TIKI-INSPIRED FARE

Executive Chef Russell Jones is grilling up fresh island-inspired fare on the terrace’s wood-fired grill. Half-price on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., menu items will include:

Pacific Shrimp Tacos with pickled cabbage & mango salsa ($13)

Flank Steak Tacos with charred pineapple, onion & cilantro ($13)

Pit Grilled Whiskey Wings with hot & sour dipping sauce ($11)

Jalapeno Hushpuppies with Old Bay mayo ($6)

TIKI THURSDAYS” HAPPY HOUR

Launching on July 23 is Tiki Thursdays, a special Tiki Bar happy hour every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. where tropical cocktails and island-inspired fare are half-price. Cocktails which are usually $13 will be $6.50, and food that ranges from $6-$13 will be $3-$6.50. All canned beers will be $5.

The Tiki Bar at Jack Rose will be open Thursdays from 5 p.m. to close (with “Tiki Thursdays” happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to close. For more information, please visit their website at www.jackrosediningsaloon.com or call 202-588-7388.

About Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Jack Rose Dining Saloon is a true DC establishment crafted from the minds of DC natives & longtime friends Bill Thomas and Stephen King. Jack Rose Dining Saloon houses the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere – over 2,000 bottles of hand-selected single malt, blended, international and domestic scotches. The saloon also carries an incomparable selection of bourbons & other spirits, and serves uniquely hand-crafted cocktails, wines from around the world, and over 20 beers on draft. The three-story destination offers distinctly different experiences throughout: the downstairs dining saloon for restaurant guests, the private upstairs balcony room, the glass-enclosed terrace bar, back Tiki bar, and newest basement Whiskey Cellar which houses weekend cocktail den Dram & Grain. Jack Rose is located at 2007 18th Street, NW in Washington, DC. For more information, please call 202-588-7388, visit them online at www.jackrosediningsaloon.com or connect with them on Twitter (@JackRoseInDC), Instagram (@jackroseindc) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/JackRoseDiningSaloon).

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Brittany Garrison, ThreeLockharts Communications

DC Eats: Maketto

When bloggers that love to eat and enjoy scenery want to hang out, where do we go? But of course, Maketto. This is the new hot spot on H Street NE. We met up on a Sunday for “brunch”. They actually don’t have any major brunch dishes but by the time we got there, it was well into the lunch hours. The set up of this place is perfect. I feel like I am somewhere else, not even in the US. I love the open space and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. I felt very welcome which you don’t get everywhere.

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She Won!!

I won’t talk about many times I had to re-write this post because WordPress doesn’t save drafts!!!! Ok well back on a good note, I started a new job and I have been busy! I don’t know where time went and I’ve been missing out on blog posts. I promise to be a little more consistent.

Well I entered a contest with 930 Club to win a night out with Little Dragon. And to my surprise, I won! I always let friends reap the benefits of my win so I invited one of my friends to enjoy. I won two tickets, four drink tickets to Rural Society which is connected to Loews Madison Hotel, and some credits from Hailo (come back to the U.S., please and thanks) to and from the concert. Continue reading

Avocado Breakfast Egg Cups

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There was a day that I walked into the grocery store and was craving avocados. I found 4 for $5 and knew it was my lucky day. I decided I would make four different things with the avocados. I found a few easy recipes but this was the one that I actually got some pictures of.

I found a super easy recipe with the help of google that allowed me to use what I already had. The site that popped up was Wellness Mama. This recipe sounded straight to the point. I tweaked some of the amounts I needed since it was only me eating it.

It required 2 avocados and 4 eggs. I downsized to 1 avocado and 2 eggs. I also added toppings of my choice. I really wish I had sour cream but such is life.

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Next I cut the avocado in half and had to pit it. I actually had to google how to properly cut and pit and avocado the first time I ever ate one. The pit can be dangerous to get out so be careful.

DSC_0780Next was the trickiest part of it all and that was cutting a hole large enough in the already open part of the avocado to fit the egg. Make sure you cut a really big hole because my egg yolk was falling out and spilling out. It was difficult. LOL! You also have to find the perfect cooking wear to put it in the stove so that the yolk or avocado doesn’t fall over.

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When it came out it looked pretty good. I might have had in for a little too long. They say to tweak the time depending on how hot your oven gets.

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I added my salt and pepper. Then I added salsa on top of this. I thought that the overall taste was bland. I put in work for this and it didn’t taste as great as I wanted. Maybe I’ll try it again with other toppings. Has anyone else tried this recipe before?

This Skinny Girl Likes To Eat Too Edition

Who doesn’t love entering contests? I know I do and I barely win them. Well this go round, I get an email that I won $40 to spend at the new restaurant called Dunya Restaurant and Bar. This restaurant serves Modern American cuisine with a global Mediterranean twist. It is such a cute spot. I could see so many events happening here. There is a rooftop with an awesome view of U Street. The night my friend and I went, it was a beautiful sunset.

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