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Baseball weekend in DC

Dupont is a good, central location, especially if you're comfortable taking the train/hailing cabs. There are some great locations to check out around the district, so please don't limit yourself to the immediate Dupont Circle area. While it is known for its nightlife, it definitely skews younger (college age), if that's not your scene.

DC has some terrific beer bars. If you're staying in Dupont, do check out Big Hunt. Along 14th Street, Churchkey is a destination for a lot of folks, but is by no means lowkey. I hear they have a great brunch, so it might be worth checking out early on Sunday before you leave.

Iron Horse in Chinatown offers no food, but a pretty strong beer list. And it's near the green line so you can stop by after the game. Many are also a fan of Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights for both their food and beer selections. Their sister restaurant Smoke & Barrel in Adams Morgan is also a great option and closer to Dupont Circle. H Street NE also offers a great deal of restaurants and bars...I'm a big fan of the Queen Vic (British Pub).

DC has a lot to offer. You'll do a disservice to yourself and your buddies if you limit your time to Dupont Circle. Go out, explore, and get yourself an Uber account -- if you're traveling with a group, it might be easier and cheaper to cab it. Weekend waits on the Metro can be a bit frustrating sometimes, especially if you've been drinking!

Celebrate Ham Independence, Win La Quercia Pork!

Hamming it up for the camera.

Cook the Book: 'The Essential New York Times Cookbook'

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion and Cooking Manual. Delish!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

eggs baked in tomato sauce with some crusty bread. Yum!

Cook the Book: 'Baked Explorations'

Court Street Pastry and Mazzolas in Brooklyn.

Gift Guide: For New Yorkers (Expat and Otherwise)

I'm a former NYer living in DC. I consider mysef an ex-pat of NY. I don't think they were going for the literal translation of ex-pat.

Dinner Tonight: Chickpea Flour Soup from Provence

Yes, please! I'm such a soup person, but often don't have time mid-week to make any. This sounds like a perfect solution!

Cook the Book: 'The Gourmet Cookie Book'

7 layer cookies from the Italian bakery in my old neighborhood.

Bake the Book: Ultrathin Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Can't wait to make this! Looks really tasty.

Dinner Tonight: Grilled Cheddar and Fennel Sandwiches with Curry Mayo

Can't wait to try this. Wish I saw this recipe before I sent hubby to the grocery store

Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for Bacon, Bourbon, Barbecue

One of the places I miss dearly since I left Brooklyn. Their brunch is fantastic.
However, just because it's in Brooklyn doesn't mean it's hidden. It's steps away from the Bergen Street F stop on Smith Street.

If you haven't gone, go now. A little short on the vegetarian options, but what they have is incredible. Go!

Daily Slice: Upside-Down Pizza from Stogie Joe's, Philadelphia

I want to go to there...

As a NYer now living in DC, I haven't had pizza in months (afraid to try it here ). Please, someone, ship me that pie.

Cook the Book: Steak and Eggs Korean Style

I had the vegetarian version of this at the Good Fork (Tofu instead of Steak). The kimchi rice was so delicious and I'm anxious to try this recipe!

Cook the Book: 'The New Brooklyn Cookbook'

I hope it's Washington DC. Just moved here from Brooklyn, and it looks like there are good eats abound. Anxious to get my hands on that cookbook so I can cook up my favorites from Al Di La, etc. I'm homesick!

Taste Test: Veggie Burgers

Eating a TJ's masala burger now for breakfast-- yum!

Book Giveaway: Mike Colameco's Food Lover's Guide to NYC

There's a great noodle place in the village, I think on Carmine. Of course, I can't remember the name of the place, but they have an awesome (and vegetarian) singapore mei fun

Cakespy: Brooklyn Basbousa

I live down the street from Atlantic. Any hints on the restaurant? This looks delicious. I guess I will have to make a trip to Sahadi's for some semolina!

Cook the Book: 'Gourmet Today'

My first cookbook was one of those PTA-compliled fundraising cookbooks. As an eight-year old, I would pore over the recipes. Don't think I did too much cooking, though

The Crisper Whisperer: Escarole and Bean Soup with Pistachio Pesto

A vegetarian version of this is one of my favorites. It always reminds me of my Italian grandma. Actually, our last conversation was about my love for escarole soup.

The pistachio pesto is intriguing. Will have to give it a try this weekend!

Street Food Profiles: Hong's Chinese Dumplings in Burlington, Vermont

What a cute little town and what a delicious looking plate of dumplings! Yum!

New York City Wine and Food Festival: Ticket Giveaway, 'Breakfast of Champions'

Espresso with amaretto and biscotti!

French in a Flash: Drunken Angel Hair with Leeks and Cream

I made this over the weekend, but with a few tweaks.

I didn't cook the pasta in wine (didn't have enough), but I did splash some in with the leeks. Also, instead of cream, I used some left over gorgonzola. I thought it was a nice complement to the slight oniony flavor of the leeks.

Very nice recipe-- thank you for the ideas!

Cook the Book: 'Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book'

As a vegetarian, I haven't had much good BBQ. But I love the sides! Mac and Cheese, biscuits, baked beans -- yum!!! The best part of the meal, as far as I'm concerned, and Dinosaur BBQ does it well!

Seriously Sick: Food For When You're Under the Weather

I second the Campbell's tomato soup! I'm intrigued by the coconut soup. Is there a vegetarian alternative? Would veggie broth be sufficient?

New York City Wine and Food Festival: Ticket Giveaway, 'Pairing Like A Pro'

Well, because I don't eat steak, I will go with a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Who needs steak when you have a great bottle of wine?

Buying clams tonight to cook tomorrow

I'm thinking of buying some littlenecks tonight to make linguine with clams tomorrow for dinner. My plan is to rinse and scrub them tonight and then store them in the fridge overnight and during the day tomorrow on top of a bowl of ice and with a wet towel over them. Any thoughts about whether this method will kill the clams or sufficiently rid them of grit?

The Food Lab: How to Make Parisian Gnocchi

We've all met gnocchi before. Those potato-based pasta pillows that at their best are light and bouncy, though more often then not come off as leaden and heavy. Well, those gnocchi are another story for another time. Today we're hear to talk about their even pillowier, and—most importantly—far easier-to-make cousins, gnocchi à la Parisienne. If you ask me, they're tastier, as well. More