What I bought at the DC Chocolate Festival

2017 DC Chocolate Festival Recap

Every year, some of the best chocolatiers in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), as well as a few other states and countries, come together for DC’s Chocolate Festival. The event is located at the gorgeous Marriott Wardman Park, and is sponsored by The Chocolate House. The Chocolate House, which is in Dupont Circle, is home…

One of My Favorite Wine Pairings: Lentil Meatballs w/ Presto Sparkling Rosé

One of my favorite wine and food pairings are lentils and rosé. It is not a wine pairing that you probably think of in terms of classic wine and foods that go together, but in my apartment, I pair these two rather frequently (see here). The savoriness of the lentils go nicely with the citrus and berry…

Pairing Wine with Fish @ 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church

Pairing a wine with what you are cooking (or visa versa) while you are at home is one thing. You plan for specific meals with specific ingredients and can research into what wines you’d like to pair (again, or visa versa). To me, cooking at home is easier because you are in control. Pairing wine and…

Top 5 (+1 Bonus!): Reds to Drink with Netflix Bingeing

Don’t deny it; you’ve done it too. If you subscribe to Netflix, you have at one point or another binge watched a show to the point where your eyes are bloodshot. I’ve done it numerous times; Friends, Frasier, The New Girl, Making a Murderer, Scandal…the list keeps going. With every snow day, I begin a new…

Chicken and Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chianti

Chianti is (usually) big and bold. Really dry ones are beasts of a wine, which are full of tannins that are in your face. They can be a bit of a bully, overpowering whatever food you are pairing it with if not paired correctly. They can also be like Clifford, the big, red dog when pairing with…

Two Rights Can Make a Wrong

Every Saturday, before I go grocery shopping, I plan roughly 3-4 meals that I will cook that week. I try to plan meals based on what is on sale, what I can get leftovers out of, and what is in season. Sometimes, I am creative enough to think of a theme or stick to one kind…

Chicken Cacciatore w/ Sicilian Red Blend

The crockpot is my lifesaver. It is my get-out-of-jail-free card, or my attempt at gourmet when I don’t feel like cooking. Today (Wednesday) was my last day of summer freedom before going back to work tomorrow, and I wanted to spend the day doing what I will not be able to do during the school…

Picnic on the Balcony

When it is nice outside, eating dinner on the balcony becomes my happy place. The sun is beginning to set, the birds are chirping, and I am able to enjoy the last bits on sun on my face. This evening back in May 2016, was a gorgeous evening. It was before the weather got ungodly humid and there…