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THIS WEEKEND!

There’s just so much going on in food this weekend, I thought I’d sum it all up at once just for you 🙂

International Wine & Food Festival – Taste from over 100 domestic wines and 600 international wines.  Tickets to the Grand Tastings and all events are available online at www.dcwineandfood.com

Stir Crazy – Head to Sou’wester for a mixology class to ensure you are well prepared for the next snowstorm!  Class participants will learn how to make three easy cocktails with ingredients they might have on hand.  Priced at $25 per person (not including tax) the class will be offered from Saturday, February 13, Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day.

A Taste of the Winter Olympics – Beginning Friday, February 12, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (NRG) and its eight restaurants will offer guests bites from around the world.  Collect stamps from all of the restaurants to win a $50 gift certificate! From housemade pretzels and Bavarian beer at Rustico to an all-American burger lineup and American brews, there’s something for everyone.

“Business at BOURBON STEAK over Burgers”
– includes a choice of six different, delicious kinds of burgers, an accompaniment, a non-alcoholic drink and a house made BOURBON STEAK brownie, all for $21 per person.  I think I’ve told you how amazing these burgers are before, but in case I haven’t – they’re AMAZING! For reservations or more information, please call 202.944.2026 or visit the website at www.fourseasons.com/washington

Baked and Wired – Stop by this Georgetown institution (they were here long before G-town Cupcake and are so much better) to pick up your Valentine’s Sweets including heart-shaped brownies, Pink Pink Rice Krispie Treats, raspberry-filled Lizner Heart Cookies, Kahlua Chocolate Heart Cookies filled with pink Kahlua buttercream and Grandma’s Homemade Cinnamon Rolls iced with pink buttercream – Love has never been so sweet!

J. Chocolatier – The Georgetown chocolate boutique uses Manjari chocolate from Valrhona when whipping up delectable truffles in flavors like peppermint mocha and honey hazelnut. Valentine’s Day specialties include pearl drop earrings and 8-piece truffle box ($45). Visit jchocolatier.com for more information.

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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

5. – The Chicago Tribune New Sous Vide Machine Put to a Test “You already roast a fine, juicy chicken, whip up creamy scrambled eggs and know how to braise succulent short ribs till they fall off the bone. Why, then, would you crowd your counters and empty your pockets to buy a $450 home sous vide machine?”

4. – The Boston Globe Super Bowl Party Food “Food editor Sheryl Julian recommends treats to keep your team pumped up during the big game.”

3. – The LA Times Who is to blame for obesity, and what should be done about it? “While experts argue over whether to blame individuals, society, fast food or families for the rapid rise in obesity rates, the perhaps more pressing question is what to do about it. The answers are pouring in — from radio talk shows, blogs, editorial pages — amping up the feelings of the already fed up.”

2. – The NY Times If Meals Won Medals “I was on the dock in late January, an advance man for the more than two million people organizers say will descend on Vancouver and its environs for the 2010 Winter Games, which run from Feb. 12 to 28. While in the city and its suburbs, I fed as if in danger of imminent execution. And I was able to confirm earlier reconnaissance: Vancouver is among the best eating towns in the history of the Winter Games.”

1. – The Washington Post Super Bowl Smackdown: Nachos “As far as we’re concerned, the most egregious fouls committed during Sunday’s Super Bowl will involve tortilla chips and melted cheese.”

photo from The NY Times

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5. – The Boston Globe Eight Ways to Go for Gastronomic Gold “Regrettably, you can’t get a medal for watching television. Virtuous though it may feel to dive into the drama of 647 American athletes competing for global glory, you’re still perched on the couch, not the podium. Let them bring home the gold. You bring home the Chinese takeout.”

4. – The Chicago Tribune When in Italy, here’s how to eat real Italian food “There is beauty in the absurd, fine art on the ceilings, trained truffle dogs and a network that has formed of women like Ornella Marcante of Milan, who are determined to preserve an often overlooked, underappreciated and, many believe, disappearing form of Italian culture: the culture of real Italian food. ‘I am deeply convinced that one of the best things we have in Italy is our cooking,’ says Marcante, 48, married, with four children. ‘Italy is one of the few places in the world that you move 10, 20 miles and you eat something completely different.’ She goes on: ‘We have such an enormous tradition about the food and we have to absolutely preserve it.’ “

3. – The Denver Post Everything’s Different in Beijing, but the Divine Duck “So why don’t they call it Beijing duck? Why not? Nearly everything else has changed in China. My first recollection of Peking duck was in 1972 when Henry Kissinger did the diplomatic dance here with Chou En-lai They had Peking duck, and Kissinger loved it so much he was on the phone to President Nixon that night…”

2. – The NY Times A Craving for Riblet’s and Change at Applebee’s “At $18.99 for a couple of side dishes and a cut that might otherwise have ended up in the scrap heap, riblets are a sweet profit center. But Applebee’s can no longer stand on the riblet alone, nor on the dusty stained glass and vintage sports equipment motif that seemed so awesome in the 1980s, when the chain began plopping itself down in small towns and suburban parking lots. Ms. Stewart acknowledges that Applebee’s has not aged well, and that it has become indistinguishable from the other “apostrophe-s” restaurants like Chili’s or T.G.I. Friday’s. Above all, she and industry analysts agree, the menu has grown stagnant. Ms. Stewart is trying to steer Applebee’s into more adventurous waters.”

1. – The Washington Post Food Studies: The New Main Course “This Sunday, 80 Yale University freshmen will take their first step toward higher education. But there’ll be no reading list or, for that matter, showers. On the syllabus: digging up carrots, picking tomatoes and building chicken coops. The students, who make up 6 percent of the Class of 2012, are part of a pre-orientation program that lets students experience life on a family-owned organic farm. Once on campus, they will be able to register for any of this year’s 19 food and agriculture courses, such as the popular “Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food.” The number of food-related courses is up almost 50 percent from five years ago.”

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If you could eat 8,000 calories a day…

In celebration of the amazing feat of Michael Phelps in the pool this past week, let’s talk about his food for fuel diet!

For starters, I have a hard time even imagining what 8,000-10,000 calories would look like on a plate (several plates actually). Well, wonder no more… NBC has laid it out for us. Here’s a typical day of food for the swimming great!

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.

Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.

With that being said, forget being able to swim as fast in as many races as Michael Phelps, what would YOU eat if you could metabolize that many calories in a day?

photo courtesy of BBC

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An Olympic Feast!

What better excuse to host a dinner party in front of the TV than the Olympics? Feast your senses on international cuisine by assembling the perfect smorgasbord of dishes from around the world. Your guests will be impressed by your culinary genius! And if you aren’t up to doing all the work yourself, turn it into a potluck by assigning each of your guests a country and letting them bring a dish to pass from there!

And if you’re looking to go really over the top, print out and make little flags for each dish out of wooden skewers. Number the backs of the flags, then give your guests blank sheets of paper to try and guess where they are all from. Have fun culinary gifts as prizes for the winners!

Here’s the menu from our party during the Opening Ceremony…

Click below for pictures of many of the featured dishes!

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