Your New Year’s resolutions have gone to hell and there is no end in sight to these frigid temperatures. But there is always cake. And pancakes. And booze.
January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day
Chocolate is my jam. Chocolate cake is my jam on drugs. Dense, dark, fudgy chocolate cake. Here’s a list of my favorite ones in town. No need to limit yourself, I celebrate national chocolate cake day all year round.
Lapis may be an Afgani restaurant, but the family who owns the restaurant did live in France for some time -which means they know pastry. Their chocolate cake is divine, with endless layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.
We all know how much I love Centrolina, and not just for Amy Brandwein’s irresistible pastas. Their torta caprese, a flourless chocolate cake with whipped blond chocolate ganache, poached pears, coffee gelato, salted caramel, and cocoa streusel is a dessert made in heaven.
High Street Café has a rich, heady flourless chocolate cake that comes with a dollop of sweet dulce de leche.
Red’s Table’s chocolate cake is called the perfect chocolate cake, a fitting name for a 70% valrhona chocolate stout cake.
Eat Blueberry Pancakes on National Blueberry Pancake Day
The day is January 28 and I plan to spend it eating blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here is where you will find me.
Founding Farmers: Fluffy and sweet, these pancakes are studded with loads of blueberries and served with rich maple syrup.
Mintwood Place: These blueberries pancakes are best eaten with a glass of bubbles.
Commissary: They may offer a short stack of blueberry pancakes, but always go with the regular size. These are too good to eat less of.
Fare Well: Topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, these pancakes will practically melt in your mouth.
It may be cold outside, but its warm inside these kitchens.
Restaurant week has been extended! Read our recommendations here.
We tried some hot pots. You should too.
“The Foods of Greece” dinner at Zaytinya
On Monday, January 28, from 6 to 8 pm cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi will be serving dishes from her newest cookbook at Zaytinya. Dishes include items like eliopites, small olive pies with potatoes, leek, pine nuts and herbs. Tickets can be purchased here; its $90 for the dinner and $122 for dinner + cookbook. I own one of her other cookbooks and it’s awesome.
Super Bowl Festivities
Watch the Superbowl on Sunday, February 3 at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, where they will host their annual chili cookoff an all-you-can-eat-and-drink rooftop party featuring unlimited homemade chilis and craft brews from 6-10 p.m. There will be a vegetarian chili.
Dumpling Making Class and Dim Sum Brunch
On Saturday, February 9, The Source will host a hands-on cooking class teaching guests how to make the perfect dumpling with accompanying sauces. This interactive demonstration will guide guests through filling preparation and folding techniques. Following the class, attendees will enjoy a family style brunch including the dishes they cooked in class. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $75 and available here.
Venato wine pairing dinner
On Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m., Hank’s Pasta Bar, Jis hosting a Wine Dinner featuring a four-course meal with wine pairings from the Veneto region of Italy for $45 per person. Guests can reserve spots online. Menu highlights include risotto with radicchio and Amarone shaved Pecorino Romano, and white chocolate cake dipped in a dark chocolate ganache.
New Menus, New Venues
Supper Club at Call Your Mother
Call Your Mother, D.C.’s most popular deli, has opened their doors after hours for Supper Club. Each dinner will have a different theme, and will host 20 people. $62 includes food and unlimited drinks. Tickets can be purchased on the website. Vegetarians will be accommodated!
New weekday happy hour at The Smith
Every Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and after 10 p.m., stop by the bar at The Smith U Street for discounted bites and drinks. The available snacks are a trifecta of my favorite items: potato chips, pizza, and mac n cheese.
Lunch now available at Convivial
Head over during your lunch break to Convivial for their freshly fried potato chips, quiche, and sticky toffee pudding.
90s Brunch debuts at Bar Deco
Starting January 26, Bar Deco will be serving up brunch to the sweet sounds of all your favorite 90’s hits all weekend. Bottomless mimosas will of course be available.
New Ivy City Cider
City Winery Washington DC is debuting a winter cider called Ivy City Rosé on Saturday, January 26. It will be available canned and on tap, while the limited supply lasts.
Goodbye, The Bird
Hello, Frenchy’s Naturel. The new French concept replacing The Bird opens Thursday, January 31.