Francesco Amodeo, founder of Don Ciccio & Figi, is an Amalfi Coast alchemist bringing century old family liqueur recipes from Italy to DC - and everywhere in between. I caught up with him and his booming business to feature as our April Hangry Hero!
Here’s everything you need to know about the outrageously popular Cherry Blossom Pub in Shaw, which is open through mid-April.
The Pop Up is back! If you missed out on Miracle on 7th Street’s Christmas Bar, check out the Cherry Blossom Pub by Derek Brown. This time the bartender sorcerer is honoring DC’s Cherry Blossom obsession by filling Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency with cherry blossom/Japanese-themed décor and drinks (aka MARIO!).
City Center DC's newest eatery, Umaya, is a Japanese-style Izakaya serving classic cuisine that left a smile on my face from start to finish. Ramen may be a growing trend in the city, but where can you get authentic robatayaki? Umaya is the place. Chef Nick Hoang dazzles the palate with exquisitely prepared dishes such as traditional yakitori and ramen, and displays his creativity and skill with daily specials. It is rare that I love every single dish at a restaurant, but I could not get enough at Umaya - I highly recommend you check this place out before it's impossible to get a spot at the robatayaki!
Hen Quarter opened its second location in the DMV last week in Silver Spring, MD, owing to the success of their flagship restaurant in Alexandria, VA. The Southern-style restaurant features all things comfort food, boasting a family focused atmosphere and supporting sustainable agriculture in the region. I had the opportunity to check out the new brick and mortar for the grand opening and will share my thoughts below on how to approach the down home eatery.
One of my favorite breakfast/brunch staples is the frittata – a fluffy egg pie that can be stuffed with any ingredient combination you can dream up. Forget making omelettes to order or poaching eggs for a crowd, just pop this baby in the oven and get your mimosa on with your friends! Frittatas are delicious, impressive, and surprisingly easy AF to whip up. Here’s my recipe for a loaded veggie frittata so decadent you’ll never miss the meat. Don’t be intimidated – it will be egg-cellent (groan).
Have you ever had a linzer cookie? They are delicate and flaky with lots of butter, a hint of lemon, and the crunch of ground almonds. What's even more EXTRA is that they are a sandwich cookie! Traditionally stuffed with jam, I turn things up a notch with a homemade chocolate ganache option. These cookies are probably my favorite sweet of all time, so I decided to make them myself - jam variety for me and mom, chocolate ganache for hangry bf and dad. Treat yourself to these decadent cookies for Fat Tuesday before the fasting begins!
I'll keep this short because Hangry waits for no one. When you're exhausted, it's still dark out before 6pm and the groundhog has been a little bitch and run back to his den, you want a quick and easy dinner to eat as fast as possible. So - chop everything up; toss it all in a skillet; throw some cheese on top; and dinner = served. You're welcome.
Soup. One of my most frequent cravings. I'm not picky either - I like all the soups: noodle, tomato, bisque, chowda', vegetable, lentil, etc. Soup has that magical way of making you feel cozy and happy - a memory associated with the comfort of my childhood. One thing I love about soup is that you can basically take whatever you have in your fridge and pantry and turn it into soup - so that's what I've done below! Check out three of my favorites - Butternut Squash, Broccoli Cheddar, and Zuppa Toscana - with topping variations to keep leftovers interesting!
The big game is just days away! I am all about eating the typical Super Bowl snacks like fried chicken, buffalo wings, potato skins, nachos, etc. - BUT - I am really trying to be kind to my almost 30 waistline. SO - I will be making my favorite Sunday Roast - it's totally amazing, with a slowly simmered onion gravy and tangy/peppery arugula salad. I promise if you make this for your game-day groupies, they will be singing your praises all night. Keep reading for the how-to.
The scariest part of this recipe is making the béchamel, one of the classic French mother sauces! But really, it's just melting some butter, and adding flour and milk to it. That's it. You can do it! After that, it's just like slapping together a grilled cheese sandwich amped up with ham, a creamy sauce, and all the cheddar cheese you can find in your, let's face it, over-crowded cheese drawer. Follow the easy step-by-step guide below and make one for yourself tonight!