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Best Bloody Mary?

Hook in Georgetown has a bacon Bloody Mary- I haven't gone for it, as I prefer a more simple yet spicy BM, and they have those too. Also good for BM's is Founding Farmers.

May 08, 2009
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Dessert Bar for wedding- need bakery that can do it!

I am getting married in June and am saying "no thanks" to a big, expensive wedding cake that no one will eat, and "hell yes" to a dessert bar with mini cakes, mini pies, cookies, tarts, and chocolates instead. Our reception is at a private club, and they are upcharging ($7 per person!) to do this for us... I'd rather use a bakery, but cannot for the life of me find a bakery that makes "mini" anything. Whole Foods DOES make what I want- but I cannot even tell you what a nightmare they have (sadly) been to work with, and trust me- I am nice, accommodating, and easy. The catering manager told me that the bakery "is inconsistant and hard to work with," but asked me to come back after Easter/Passover. No thanks! Does ANYONE have any ideas about a bakery or a caterer who can do a dessert bar for a wedding!? Thanks! :)

Apr 07, 2009
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cooking Clubs?

I would love to be a part of one! Let me know if you start one! :)

Mar 11, 2009
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Crawfish Boil/Clambake!?

No- b/c that's where i'd usually look- traveling pig roast companies usually do crawfish boils as well.,

May 22, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Views on Vintage Virginia wine fest?

I've attended the spring Vintage VA winefest, and the late summer VA Wine Fest every year, for the last 6 years. The price is EXCEPTIONAL considering you can do unlimited tastings at the near 60+ wineries in attendance; not to mention that there is usually decent music, and good local artists/vendors. It's certainly worth it- and the day out of the hustle and bustle is just as nice. The wine is usually sold cheaper @ the festivals, than at the wineries themselves. Tip: depending on the weather, dress for it to be blazing hot! Another tip: the best festivals are those that I've attended when it's been raining. The attendance is dramatically lower, you get personal attention at the tasting tables- and they give you better deals! Have fun!

May 14, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Unique Appetizers?

Eat Bar, at Tallula, in Arlington. VERY cool atmosphere, and a varied arrangement of apps. Plus, great wines. The best part: they have a new bartender there who is an "experimentalist" - she infuses her own alcohol (think lavender vodka, and cucumber gin). SO worth the trip!

May 13, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

traditional Italian

Absolutely Tutto Bene in Arlington/Ballston. It's authentic, very cozy on the interior (don't let the location - next to the Mercedes dealership- fool you), and the Seafood Special pasta, which is not on the menu, is excellent! Another option; just down the road from Tutto Bene, is Ristorante Alpine, which- oddly, looks like a chalet, but is very traditional Italian. Good luck!

May 13, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tabard Inn or Old Ebbitt for dinner? Or M&S?

Absolutely, positively not M&S. Tabard is my choice. Old Ebbitt is insanity right now b/c it's the height of tourist season- and all the hotels tell the tourists to go there as it's "very DC" (odd, since that's not at all what I would call it, as a DC-native). I walked past it twice in the last two weeks- and the wait was over two hours, according to folks standing outside; no reservations. Clyde's in Gallery Place might be the better choice, honestly- if it's seafood, crab cakes, and oysters you want...

May 13, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Crawfish Boil/Clambake!?

Does anyone know of, or have you ever used, a catering company in the DC/MD/VA area that brings a crawfish boil/clambake to your house- similar to the traveling pig roasts? Would love a name and a number! Thanks! :)

May 13, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore

Friday Graduation Meal-Haven't Made Reservations yet!

While I'm not a fan of the fact it's in a hotel; 15Ria is a great spot for dinner- solid menu, creative pairings, and a decent wine list. Not to mention, close to Dupont (15th and Rhode Island - hence, the name).

May 13, 2008
foodandwinesnob in Washington DC & Baltimore