Girl Meets Food | Washington, DC Food, Restaurants + Bars http://www.girlmeetsfood.com Washington, DC's irreverent guide to food + drink, fresh off the grill! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:46:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Brunch and a Mispelling http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/brunch-and-a-mispelling/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/brunch-and-a-mispelling/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=41027 love to proofread, and I really love it when I catch a mistake. As I walked down Pennsylvania Ave SE last night, I caught a beautiful sight. Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Bernaise was announcing its new Sunday Brunch! Unfortunately, the chalkboard sign read “Brunch Sunday’s 10am-3pm” with an uneccessary apostrophe. Ooops. The good news is that […]]]>
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love to proofread, and I really love it when I catch a mistake.

As I walked down Pennsylvania Ave SE last night, I caught a beautiful sight. Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s Bernaise was announcing its new Sunday Brunch!

Unfortunately, the chalkboard sign read “Brunch Sunday’s 10am-3pm” with an uneccessary apostrophe.

Ooops.

The good news is that once I tweeted @ChefSpike the mistake, it was changed immediately, though it looks like no one had a wet cloth!

Here’s to pig’s feet hash for brunch this Saturday.

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What’s It Like Not Working? http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/whats-it-like-not-working/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/whats-it-like-not-working/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:17 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=40968 ose the “What’s it like not working?” question to Sona Creamery and Wine Bar’s Genevieve O’Sullivan and you’ll likely get a raised eyebrow and a scoff, to say the least. Known among friends and family as “project people,” O’Sullivan and her husband, Conan, landed in Washington, DC two years ago by way of Washington State. […]]]>
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ose the “What’s it like not working?” question to Sona Creamery and Wine Bar’s Genevieve O’Sullivan and you’ll likely get a raised eyebrow and a scoff, to say the least.

Known among friends and family as “project people,” O’Sullivan and her husband, Conan, landed in Washington, DC two years ago by way of Washington State. O’Sullivan worked as communications director at the National Association of State Foresters, which means that when their Capitol Hill restaurant opened two months ago (75 days to be exact), she was working double duty.

Note the “was,” because O’Sullivan was finally able to leave her day job, so no more 7am to 4pm behind a computer and 4pm until close at Sona pouring wines, talking to guests and even bussing tables. Now, it’s just the latter.

O’Sullivan puts it simply.

“This is our dream. We’re literally living our dream.”

Psssst. Wondering when Sona will actually start making its own cheeses? Soon. We’re told they’ve encountered some regulatory hurdles due to the city scratching its head some on how to regulate a creamery.

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Giveaway: Zoofari Tickets http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/giveaway-zoofari-tickets/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/giveaway-zoofari-tickets/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:44:48 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=41008 ttention all animal lovers! We have two ZooFari tickets in our hands, and we want to give them to you. The National Zoo’s ZooFari is back with more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants, so you can enjoy a delicious evening of gourmet food, fine wines, celebrity chefs, and conservation. Wine and dine with […]]]>
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ttention all animal lovers! We have two ZooFari tickets in our hands, and we want to give them to you.

The National Zoo’s ZooFari is back with more than 100 of the area’s finest restaurants, so you can enjoy a delicious evening of gourmet food, fine wines, celebrity chefs, and conservation.

Wine and dine with celebrity chefs RJ Cooper, Anne Alfano, Fredrick De Pue, and Todd Gray.

All proceeds raised that evening will benefit animal conservation and educational programs at the Zoo.

Tell us in the comments section, on Twitter or Facebook why you should get the tickets and be sure to use #Zoofari.

When: Thursday, May 15 6:30-9:30pm
Where: National Zoo

Good luck! We’ll announce the winner on April 30.

Featured image courtesy of Duncan McKinnon.

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The Green Spoon: A New Way to Eat Gluten-Free at Home http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/the-green-spoon-a-new-way-to-eat-gluten-free-at-home/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/the-green-spoon-a-new-way-to-eat-gluten-free-at-home/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:03:42 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=40929 Meal delivery services are popping up all over the city. Almost anything can be delivered right to your door. When The Green Spoon reached out to us to try their new gluten-free meal delivery service we were really excited to give it a try. Recently, we started reducing gluten in our diets because we noticed how […]]]>

Meal delivery services are popping up all over the city. Almost anything can be delivered right to your door. When The Green Spoon reached out to us to try their new gluten-free meal delivery service we were really excited to give it a try. Recently, we started reducing gluten in our diets because we noticed how much better we felt without it.

Hanson Cheng, the owner of The Green Spoon, created the company to make healthy, nutritious meals without gluten that you can enjoy at home. They use natural ingredients from local farms to create complete meals that are nutritious and easy to heat up during the week.

Here’s how it works: The Green Spoon will post the weekly menu on their site. (Menus are posted the week before on Monday.)  Select the quantity of the meals you’re interested in and place your order. They deliver the food on Mondays and Wednesdays to your home or office. It’s as easy as that.

We were lucky enough to sample four of the meals Hanson and his chef created together:

  • Grilled rib-eye with tomato relish, sweet potato mash
  • Almond crusted chicken tenders with roasted broccoli, cauliflower mash, with marinara and BBQ sauces
  • Salmon with a mango relish with quinoa and wild rice
  • Chicken and zucchini “waffles” with fruit compote and a vegetable medley

The meals were easy to reheat. We just had to pop the trays into the oven for 15 minutes. No dishes. No mess. It was perfect to come home and just have a meal ready to go.

All of the meals were absolutely delicious. It’s hard to pick a favorite.

The grilled rib-eye was seasoned really well and it was tender. We were surprised how well it reheated. The sweet potato mash worked with the rib-eye and the balsamic steak sauce that came with it was delicious. It was a good “cowboy” dish. (That’s a good thing.)

The almond crusted chicken tenders hit that “comfort food” spot. Although they are generally meant for kids, they really had a lot of flavor and could easily be put into the weekly dinner rotation. The cauliflower mash was a great substitute for regular mashed potatoes. The sauces added a lot of flavor; we really liked the BBQ sauce.

Since we are still in the lenten season, the salmon was a great break from fish sticks and cheese pizza. The bed of quinoa and wild rice the fish was sitting on added nuttiness to the dish that paired perfectly with the mango relish.  The serving size was very generous and we were surprised at how well the fish held up to reheating.

When Hanson dropped of the meals, he mentioned that his favorite meal before going gluten free was chicken and waffles. He was hoping his chef could find a way to make it work without gluten.  Luckily for us, and Hanson, his chef nailed it. It was absolutely delicious. Everything was well seasoned and it was hard to believe there wasn’t any gluten involved. The chicken was crispy and well-seasoned. The compote added a brightness to the dish that balanced the savory elements.

This was the first time we had meals delivered to us and it was a great experience. We really admire Hanson’s mission to bring sustainable, healthy food to homes around the area.

If you’re new to the gluten-free world, The Green Spoon is a great option to see how great gluten-free food can taste. And, even if you’re not gluten-free, the food from The Green Spoon is so delicious you won’t miss gluten at all.

This post is sponsored by The Green Spoon. They generously provided samples for us to try. The opinions expressed here are our own. 

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32 Below: Toilet Paper or a Plunger? http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/toilet-paper-or-a-plunger/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/toilet-paper-or-a-plunger/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:00:47 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=40997 pparently I am on a bathroom kick these days. You can check out previous posts about Momiji, The Flying Goat and B Too bathrooms if you wish. 32 Below, a self-serve frozen yogurt experience in Barracks Row, has quite the interesting space – it’s orange and blue and narrow. The bathrooms, also orange and blue […]]]>
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pparently I am on a bathroom kick these days. You can check out previous posts about Momiji, The Flying Goat and B Too bathrooms if you wish.

32 Below, a self-serve frozen yogurt experience in Barracks Row, has quite the interesting space – it’s orange and blue and narrow.

The bathrooms, also orange and blue and narrow, are a bit difficult to maneuver if you’re larger than 120lbs. But in general, I’ve been there three times recently, and there’s been no toilet paper. Pet peeve.

There is however a massive plunger should you need it.

32 Below
703 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 525-1134
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Who Doesn’t Love a Weekday Brunch? http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/monday-brunch-at-b-too/ http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/monday-brunch-at-b-too/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.girlmeetsfood.com/?p=40983   f there’s one thing you need to know about me, it is that I love eggs (and brunch). So any restaurant that does not limit brunch to Saturday and Sunday (or even more blasphemous, Sunday only), is a winner in my book. I had one of my best brunches ever this week on Monday […]]]>

 

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f there’s one thing you need to know about me, it is that I love eggs (and brunch). So any restaurant that does not limit brunch to Saturday and Sunday (or even more blasphemous, Sunday only), is a winner in my book.

I had one of my best brunches ever this week on Monday at Chef Bart Vandaele’s B Too.

Head over to the 14th Street Belgian restaurant, order this, and you’ll be quite pleased:

1) B Too Bellini with crème de peche & white cranberry.
2) Greek Yogurt with Mixed Berries and Granola from the “To Start the Day” Section. It’s honestly the best looking parfait in DC.
*Make sure to ask for a jar of honey (or two).
3) Maiswafel Met Varken: cornbread waffle, pulled pork, avocado, eggs sunnyside up, and sour cream.
*This is what I’ve gotten twice after asking “If I like eggs, what should I get?” Legit.

Pssst…brunch is served during lunch hours, so you can get it any day until 4pm.

B Too
1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 627-2800
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