My birthday is this week. Now you have an excuse to eat cake and drink plenty of cocktails.
January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day
It’s fitting that my birthday lands on a day where everyone celebrates chocolate. Here are my favorite hot chocolates in town. As you might have guessed, these are boozy.
Blue Duck Tavern’s Coco with a Kick, made with Mexican hot chocolate, Fresno-infused Fidencio mezcal, banana liquor and whipped cream with lime and tajin, is a heady treat.
I love Stable’s Schoggi Twist, comprised of Caotina swiss chocolate, Godiva chocolate liquor, mint schnapps and whipped cream.
Tonic’s hot buttered chocolate, with spiced rum, chocolate butter and marshmallow, is as good as it sounds.
We are in the dead of winter. Here are my recommendations for the best comfort food dishes in D.C.
Hank’s Pasta Bar does endless pasta every Sunday for $25 per person, which includes their bucatini cacio e pepe. There is nothing more comforting than cacio e pepe, with its cheese and pepper sauce. No veggies. No meat. Just noodles and cheese.
The Meatball Shop is serving grilled cheese balls. Yes, you read that right. The are made with three types of cheese, bread and lots of butter. Baked and then set atop creamy tomato soup, the grilled cheese balls are pre-dipped in tomatoey-goodness for the perfect bite every time.
Blue Duck Tavern has a black truffle vegetable pot pie on the menu right now. It is rich and decadent and everything you need in your life to get through winter.
You thought holiday season was over, but its time for Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl
Groundhog Day Party at Radiator
Are flowers in D.C.’s future or is the snow here to stay? Washingtonians can find answers to these questions and more at Radiator’s 2nd annual “Groundhog Day Party” on Saturday, February 2. A tarot card reader will be on site, offering complimentary 2019 readings for all guests. The Radiator bar team will have both hot and cold cocktails on hand to reflect Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions. No tickets are required to attend.
Pre-game the Super Bowl at Estadio’s Pinxho Tailgate party
From 12-5 p.m., Estadio’s dining room will transform into a San Sebastian-style pintxo bar, with more than a dozen pintxo options. Offering both reservations and walk-in seating, Estadio’s free-to-attend and open-to-the-public tailgate party will include bites such as broiled oysters with habanero, migas de pan and mushroom tortilla with toasted bread. Drinks will also be an abundance.
Super Bowl viewing party at City Tap House
Both City Tap House locations will show the game on their TVs with sound and will offer food and drink specials, like $4 bud light drafts and $12 stuffed potato skins.
Free Super Bowl pizza at Pizza Paradiso
Chinese New Year is February 5
Celebrate the Lunar new year at these locations.
The Royal in LeDroit Park is ringing in the Chinese New Year with a festive “Royal Knights” cocktail pop-up, on Monday, February 4 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ian Fletcher of Tiger Fork will take over the bar, and will serve a variety of drinks including the bird market with aviation gin, bitters, bergamot, bai zhu, fang feng and honeysuckle, and Nathan road, made with bourbon, plum wine, lemon, hibiscus, calendula, purple basil, and english violet.
Ice Cream Jubilee
This ice cream shop is celebrating with Asian-flavor inspired ice cream tasting flights. Tasting flight tickets are $16 and include on serving of six limited edition flavors and an ice cream pint to take home. The tastings will occur at all Ice Cream Jubilee stores in the two weekends prior to the Chinese New Year plus tastings on Chinese New Year and Chinese New Year Eve. Flavors include citrus Sichuan peppercorn, red bean almond cookie, roasted barley tea, matcha green tea, coconut lychee lime sorbet, and thai iced tea.
Q by Peter Chang
On Sunday, February 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Q by Peter Chang will celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig, with a “Temple Fair’ experience which will be open to the public. Priced at $20 per child (12 and under), and $50 per adult, ‘Temple Fair’ festivities will be taking place in Q by Peter Chang’s main dining room with red paper lanterns, a giant 40+ foot custom made dragon and over a dozen stations showcasing a variety of signature food, beverages and activities. Stations are set to include: a Chinese calligraphy table, a dumpling station with live demos and tastings, a sugar painting station, a candied fruit station, a wok station and more. This event will be all-inclusive and plenty of food options will be available for vegetarians and vegans.
New Menus, New Venues
Jack Rose Extends Happy Hour
Jack Rose is extending its happy hour specials past the work week, introducing a 7-days-a-week “Winter Social Hour” featuring pre-fixe cocktails, wines, whiskeys and snacks. For $35, guest can choose a combination of any four beverage and/or food options from a 10-item menu, which features two creative cocktails, a red and sparkling wine, two hand-picked whiskeys and four seasonal bites. Jack Rose’s “Winter Social Hour” specials will be available every day from 5-7:30 p.m. through February and March, at the Saloon and Rooftop Terrace bars.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro introduces Friday brunch
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro’s Friday brunch menu includes churros, croquettas, and most importantly, bottomless mimosas.
Urbano 116 opens
We bathed ourselves in mole.
Brunch buffet debuts at Dino’s Grotto
A bottomless ‘hangover’ brunch buffet will now be served in Dino’s Grotto Bar starting Sunday, February 3. The $25 bottomless all-you-can-eat brunch buffet is available only in the Grotto Bar, while the regular bottomless brunch menu will be offered in the main dining room. The buffet will include items like polenta with mushrooms, bagels, housemade granola and yogurt, breakfast bread pudding (yum!), French toast and a veggie frittata. All you can drink mimosas, bellinis, and a make your own Bloody bar will also be available.
La Cosecha to open this summer
La Cosecha will house a dozen restaurants, retail and pop-ups, including Mexican restaurant Amparo, plant-based fine dining Bolivian restaurant Ali Pacha, Venezuelan concept White Envelope Arepa + Ceviche Bar, Latin American wine shop Grand Cata, and the sibling duo behind D.C.’s popular Peruvian Brothers.