Washington DC

Recap of Claudia’s Steakhouse Pre-Launch Party

Recap of Claudia’s Steakhouse Pre-Launch Party

Last night was the pre-launch party for one of the most anticipated summer restaurant openings here in Washington, D.C. The restaurant of course is Claudia’s Steakhouse, the Latin-infused steakhouse who caught the eyes of the public early on with its tantalizing and stimulating billboard posters. As it turns out, from what I saw, the restaurant is living up to its sexy and sleek reputation. Everything from the décor to the food itself was on par. The main dining room is swimming with white leather booths while the private dining area fills with a contemporary mix of white and charcoal gray seats. The hors d’oeuvres I sampled were all very good, but my favorite by far was the pork belly topped with chimichurri. The bite-size serving was bursting with flavors and had a particularly sublime texture. It literally melted inside my mouth.

Passport DC Preview at Suburbia

Passport DC Preview at Suburbia

The Passport DC program had a preview last night at Suburbia, the stationary bar positioned just across from Union Market. Freshly made fruity drinks and craft beers were flowing in abundance while program coordinator Becky Ohlin was on hand selling passports and providing additional information about the Passport Program, which will be making its debut in Washington, D.C., this summer. …

Kick-off Summer Season with BBQ Block Party in Bethesda

Kick-off Summer Season with BBQ Block Party in Bethesda

Head over to Pike and Rose in North Bethesda this Sunday, May 3, from 1-5 p.m. to join the “Meat and Greet BBQ Block Party” with restaurants like Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra joining the festivities. Sample bites such as Ahi tuna tostadas topped with watermelon, Thai chili, avocado, crema, cilantro, and lime in a yellow corn tortilla or a Burrata Crostini with Fig Vincotto. Autumn Olive Farms will host a pig roast and War Shore Oyster Company will provide oyster shucking and tasting. There will also be live music, activities for kids, and giveaways courtesy of City Sports and Sport & Health. …

Heirloom’s Successful Launch Party

Heirloom’s Successful Launch Party

The décor was stylish, the music upbeat, and the bite-size nibbles and drinks flowed continuously for most of the night. Last night’s successful Heirloom Catering and Event Design launch party was held at the trendy The Loft at 600 F and featured a whimsical, yet artistic theme. The party had a good turnout, with writers, bloggers, fellow event planners, and PR reps making up the majority of the guest list. …

Rant or Rave: Firefly D.C., Happy Hour Edition

Rant or Rave: Firefly D.C., Happy Hour Edition

Just to reiterate, this review is only for the happy hour menu. Where to begin? I sought out Firefly because it was one of the few bars that supposedly offered something special to celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival and because it has a nice outdoor patio seating. I met up with a friend for happy hour drinks. She lucked out and snagged a table for us despite a packed house. Little did I know, that single event would be the highlight of our evening. …

Budget Gourmet: Washington, DC

Budget Gourmet: Washington, DC

Washington, DC is a great place for foodies. The cultural diversity in this town is equal to cities like New York and Chicago. Your culinary options range from local food trucks that line the sidewalks around L’Enfant Plaza to the top celebrity chefs’ restaurants in Georgetown that are invading the city in hoards. It all sounds pretty great but eating out can be expensive especially in DC, where an average lunch + beverage will cost you $15-$20. Fortunately, there are still some eateries in the Washington metro where you can stretch your $20 bucks and leave feeling satisfied. …