Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DC Weekend Kick-off at Jaleo

So I arrived in DC on Friday evening, with just enough time to share a bottle of red wine with my friend Emily, do a little catching up and then hit the sack so as to rest up for the big weekend.

Saturday started like this...

Emily suggested this fabulous tapas restaurant, Jaleo, for brunch. At first I was skeptical...tapas? For brunch? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE tapas. I also love to eat. A lot. Particularly at breakfast (I mean, it's the most important meal of the day). Anyway, we got this cute little table right in front of the window so we could people-watch as we ate (I adore sidewalk cafes/restaurants for this very reason). We started off with a Mimosa (duh) and an order of Pan con Tomate, topped with Manchego. Pan con Tomate is a very traditional Spanish tapa. It's basically rustic bread that has been smeared (for lack of a better term) with fresh garlic and a juicy, ripe tomato. This version was topped with one of my favorite cheeses OF ALL TIME-- Manchego. Manchego is a sheep's milk cheese from the La Mancha region of Spain. It. Is. DELICIOUS. Some people compare it to feta, although it's not as salty. In any case, if you have never tried Manchego (shame on you!), I highly recommend that you run out this very minute and get some.

Next, we ordered Revuelto de queso y set--scrambled eggs with chef selected wild mushrooms and cheese. I forgot to ask what kind of cheese was in the dish, but whatever was used was wonderful. I also forgot to take a picture. But don't worry- I DID get a shot of another brunch highlight--complimentary roasted garlic in olive oil and rosemary with fresh bread. Needless to say, I was in heaven. While there were so many other dishes we wanted to try (such as pancakes made with Spanish extra virgin olive oil--the more carbs, the better), we were actually full after our two dishes. We also knew we were headed for a day of sipping and tasting at the MCES, so we needed to pace ourselves.

Exhibit editorial to come...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My "Saved by the Bell" Moment

Man, I tell you--nothing like being surrounded by celebrity chefs for the weekend to provide some major inspiration to get in the kitchen and make some magic. With this sort-of-new job that I'm still getting used to, I confess that I feel overwhelmed at times with all I want to do (and feel like I should be doing) with this blog. Kind of reminds of that episode from Saved by the Bell where Jessie gets hopped up on caffeine pills and proceeds to get hysterical while singing "I'm So Excited" before totally breaking down (you all know what I'm talking about)...except that I'm not taking caffeine pills and I'm breaking down in Husband's arms instead of Zack Morris's. ANYWAY...the weekend in DC was an absolutely incredible experience. I'll be posting the highlights soon --undoubtedly while hearing Jessie's voice in my head yelling, "There's never enough time!". Sigh.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Stalking of Tyler Florence- Part Deux

So if I thought that I didn't embarrass myself nearly enough last April when I accidentally hit on Tyler Florence at the Metro Cooking and Entertaining Show, now is my chance to redeem myself (or embarrass myself further--it could go either way).

The MCES is headed to the Washington Convention Center this weekend, and I'm headed out this evening to enjoy the food, fun and of course--stalking my fave Food Network celebs. Not only have I coerced my dear friend Emily into attending with me, but we'll also be participating in Tyler's Ultimate Food and Wine Pairing and a celebrity presentation by Giada de Laurentiis (have I mentioned that I want to be her when I grow up?). Should be an interesting weekend, to say the least. Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, The Neelys and many more amazing people will be in attendance. I'll be sure to post pics throughout the festivities.


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