Category Archives: Food and Drink

Happy Thanksgiving!

long hiatus!  But not too much of a post other than what I have eaten today.  Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and west coast girls – let me see your turkey pics!!

don’t worry, I had pie too.  But I was too full to get off the couch to get my phone to take a picture of it.  You know…

Pizza Party!

I’m going to try my hardest to make dctype and gingervitis jealous!  But I forsee things going the other way….SF is amazing!  And can’t wait to see what you two get in to!

So this is my first try – pizza anyone?  This weekend was especially gorgeous in DC and the dude and I ventured out to catch some fall foliage (of course I left all my belongings in the car so I am without photos)  But on the way home, we stopped by Pupatella – which has been a long-standing favorite of ours.  They started out as a wee little food truck, expanded into a tiny restaurant and has now grown into a full-blown restaurant!  They have a solid menu with a great littering of seasonal specials.

the Dude always gets their deep fried calzone – takes 30mins once ordered and is HUGE and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey cheese.  Pupatella also has the montanara (fried Neapolitan pizza) which we’ve never tried.  We love Pupatella for their  pizza, their story and their people (they always wear those hip little fedora’s!)  So far, I think Pupatella is my favorite!

The Pizza Hunt continues…

Best pizza in DC – deux.  Man friend and I tried out Menomale last night in Brookland.  They serve up some mean neapolitan style pizza (which is a favorite of ours) and have been getting a bit of press lately so we decided to make the trek out there.  

Margherita and Lobster pie.  We really liked Menomale!  The beer selection is awesome, the sauce was the right sweet and the crust was the perfect salty and chewiness for me.  MF complained that his pie wasn’t charred enough, but that’s not how I like my pizza.  So we were a little split on the place, thus the “really liked” status.

Definitely worth checking out but a bit too far for us to become regulars, I think.  But for the record, on pizza alone, I liked Menomale more than 2Amy’s!  [what?!] It just wasn’t that much better making it my go-to for pizza pies!

The secret is out

Had the pleasure of being a guest at Rose’s Luxury pop-up dinner in DC.  Thrown at a beautiful house in Eastern Market and curated by Chef Aaron Silverman and his team, it was my most favorite meal I’ve had in DC.  I left stuffed, satisfied and with a handful of new friends.

You know, I probably should have written down what we were eating each course and what we were being served, but I didn’t.  It was all incredible, so flavorful, seasonal and ridiculous creative.  And there was fried chicken butter.  Each course was paired with a spirit that matched its accompanying dish perfectly and all that is really left to say is that you should probably (as in definitely) get on that waiting list.

[photos courtesy of dctypewriters iphone]

How does this happen?

Oreo Cameo from the From Scratch series by artist Judith G. Klausner 

I just eat my oreos.

Best Pizza in DC?

2Amys was my go-to pizza joint for lots of years.  But I forgot about them once I started hitting up some other great neapolitan style pizza joints in the DC area.  Went back there for a goodbye dinner with a great friend and rediscovered my love for the place.  Is it my favorite pizza place?  I’m not sure yet, but it is definitely in the running.  It is a DC institution though, so if you haven’t been, you probably should.  You won’t regret it!

ay.  pardon my pizza smeared plate.  taking photos of my food is always an afterthought.

Celebrate!

J has some really exciting news! She’s very private so I’ll let her share it in her own time down the line but I wanted to knowledge it today in some way! To do a preliminary celebration we snuck salted caramel and chocolate mini-cheese cakes into the movie theater to surprise her!  (The movie by the way was Magic Mike; certainly not Soderbergh’s finest cinematic work.) Our favorite part was when halfway through this movie a really cute, super old couple seated behind us decided it wasn’t quite what they bargained for and decided to leave. Since they were so old and gentle it took them forever to make their grand exit. They shuffled out past the big screen at the speed of molasses; it was the cutest thing in the world.  (For the foodies out there the cheesecakes were created by the Whole Foods bakery.)

Guest Post: Haley of Tremendously Interested

Playing Bartender: Clementine-Ginger Caipirinhas

by Haley

To celebrate Onyx Feather’s latest collection launch and her nod in the Washingtonian’s annual Best Of issue, I had the pleasure of playing part in throwing a surprise dinner party inspired by the cities of each past collection. Representing Rio de Janeiro, I mixed up clementine-ginger caipirinhas for the ladies to sip. The clementine sneaks in to replace the usual citrus of lime in this cocktail for a refreshingly light drink perfect for any summer get together.

Here’s how to bring a little bit of Brazil into your home for summer, inspired by the flirtatious Rio de Janeiro collection from Onyx Feather:

Clementine-Ginger Caipirinhas

makes 6

3 small chopped seeded clementines (no need to peel)

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger

3/4 cup orange juice

1 1/2 cup cachaça (Brazilian sugarcane liquor) or rum

Divide clementines among 6 tumblers. Add 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger to each glass. Crush the ingredients in the bottom of the glass with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. Top eachdrink with 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1/4 cup cachaça or rum . Fill glasses with ice cubes, stir, and serve.

[Images via Getty Images and Emily BarenBregge | Recipe modified from Bon Appetit]

Ode to Onyx Feather

Remember how we mentioned our very own dctypewriter’s, Onyx Feather got a mention in the Washingtonian?

Well….we threw together a surprise Onyx Feather themed dinner party in celebration!

Here are a just few images from the dinner party and we are so thrilled that Haley, from Tremendously Interested, will be here to share the refreshing tangerine-ginger caipirinha recipe she concocted for the party.  And later, I will share a little about the Iceland inspired centerpiece in honor of Onyx Feather’s newest line.


The Mission District

Continuing a recap of my pit stop in San Francisco last week. I spent a lot of time in the Mission District—a gritty yet explosively artistic area of the city. I love the Mission District because it’s the sunniest part of the city and since it’s got Latin flair the scent of spicy and flavorful El Salvadoran, Cuban and Mexican food settles all over you like a fog the second you step off the BART.  The blocks are lined with life-changing (yea, I went there with life-changing) taquerías. (For $3.50 I got a super taco filled with juicy, grilled beef chunks, fresh avocado slices, onions, cheese and salsa that makes you want to samba.)  The Mission District also houses well-curated boutiques and quirky vintage shops—I’ve got a worn out credit card to prove it. I love the San Francisco emphasis on supporting local artists—it makes all your purchases so distinctive and unique.

1. A vintage lamp found in a thrift store on Valencia St. 2. A snapshot of Aldea boutique 3. On the way to Dolores Park 3. $800 (whattt!?) room spray from a boutique in Castro 4. Jonathan Alder matchstick holders 5. $3 Super taco! 6. Bearded papa cream puff 8. Lovely Ikat Dolce Vita shorts from the Bell Jar that I did not purchase because paying $170 for shorts is against my religion unless they come with Victoria Secret model legs.