I am really sorry I haven’t posted in a while, it was never my intention to spend a week without new posts. Last week I was out of town visiting our nation’s capital and this week I have been non-stop with other commitments, but I want you to know that while I was away, I was taking pictures and notes of everything, so expect some really great posts coming soon!
Some examples of things to come:
Washington, DC restaurants, nightlife and tours
Mr. Chow restaurant review in honor Chinese New Year (it was on Sunday, February 10th, Year of the Snake)
Restaurant review of Pubbelly’s newest venture, PB Steak
Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant review
And much more!!!
In the meantime, I hope you are all having a wonderful week and a lovely Valentine’s Day! I unfortunately don’t have any cooking or dining tips for you today, but if you are looking to send a card, I recommend using Paperless Post. They have cards and invitations for all occasions, many are even free. I made the frame above using cards from Paperless Post. I use that site for all of my online card/invitation needs, it’s fantastic and tasteful
Closing out the menu for my dinner with friends, dessert! Wanting something very easy (sorbet) but also with a homemade touch, I decided to try one of recipes from the InStyle magazine party guide page I keep talking about, Ginger Pecans.
The third easy dish I made for my dinner with friends was Nigella Lawson’s Thai Crumbled Beef in Lettuce Wraps. I first came across this dish when I bought Nigella’s Forever Summer cookbook in 2003. I have made many wonderful dishes from that cookbook, and this one remains one of my favorites.
Continuing on to the next dish that I served for my friends at my easy dinner party, the Beef-Scallion Skewers. As I mentioned in the original Tuna Tartare Chips post, while browsing InStyle magazine back in 2006, I came across a party guide section that included wonderful and easy recipes that I have made multiple times and are always a hit. The Beef-Scallion Skewers are part of those recipes and like the tuna tatare chips, they are also very easy to make and super flavorful.
When I had my friends over for dinner, one of the dishes I made was the Tuna Tartare Chips. I know I have written about them before, but since last time I didn’t have pictures of the steps, I decided to re-post with updated pictures.
I had heard of Dylan’s Candy Bar but had never been to one. I thought it was just like any other candy store, only slightly more famous because Dylan happens to be Ralph Lauren’s daughter. One sunny Saturday I was walking around Lincoln Road after breakfast when I came across its newest location, which took over the old Ghirardelli corner. We decided to check it out and were instantly greeted at the door with these little cups that looked like mini ice cream sundaes, only the red stick in the middle wasn’t a spoon, it was a mini straw. Not being able to resist anything that has caramel on it, I took one and wow, I was so caught off guard, this was like nothing I had ever tasted before!
Food trucks and hot dog carts are a great idea for parties. They are convenient, delicious and usually require minimal cleanup. I recently attended a party that had the Mr. Homewrecker hot dog cart and it was a success!
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is a wonderful restaurant with farm-fresh ingredients, delicious Southern cooking and magnificent cocktails. I had been there before for lunch and dinner, but never for breakfast/brunch. Having heard great things about their brunch, I decided to give it a try.
If you haven’t eaten at Pubbelly, you don’t know what you’re missing! It’s an amazing “gastropub” located in Miami Beach, in the Purdy area. Pubbelly is the original restaurant, and following its successful opening, more restaurants from the same group have sprung up: Pubbelly Sushi, Barceloneta, Macchialina and most recently, PBSteak. I have eaten at all except PBSteak, which just opened this month.
Pubbelly, like most of the restaurants in the group, serves its dishes on small plates, so it’s a great place to try many dishes. In September I went with five friends and we experienced a culinary feast!