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Thinking of Drinking: White Wine Paloma
After months full of rosé and endless Aperol spritzes, we deserve to sip something that not only keeps the season alive, but does so with a twist. To upgrade your end of summer cocktail routine, Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters teamed up with experimental mixologist Elliott Clark (@apartment_bartender) to reinterpret a warm-weather favorite featuring 2016 Cooper & Thief Sauvignon Blanc (SRP: $29.99) – the Cooper & Thief White Wine Paloma.

Perfect Pair: Sweet Corn and Jalapeno Risotto
Today, I'm craving risotto.  My end of summer risotto pairs perfectly with two white wines. Check out my recommendations below.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Plant-Based Cakes Delivered by Seasonal Roots
Seasonal Roots is an online farmers market that supports family farmers, local artisans, and small businesses who use sustainable practices that are less about short-term profit and more about preserving the land and the environment for future generations. The farmers they partner with grow nutritious produce and humanely raise happy animals for meat, eggs, and dairy while the small businesses create some of the most delicious products! Recently, Seasonal Roots partnered with Empowered Plant Cakes - a plant-based company created by Paige Welch. The cakes are gluten free, raw, plant-based, and absolutely amazing!! 

Eat With Your Eyes: Summer Salads
It is hot this summer!!  You need something light and refreshing.  Try my Top 4 Summer Salad Recipes.  Caprese Salad

Recipe: Tzatziki
Photo by Shauna AlexanderWhen it is warm, it is so nice to sit outside with friends to enjoy food.  This recipe for Tzatziki is simple and refreshing.  I love to dip pita chips and carrots into the yogurt sauce, but you could also serve it over lamb.  Serve it with other appetizers or make an entire Greek feast.

Out to Brunch: Rooftop DJ Brunch at City Winery
Looking for a fun brunch spot? Welcome to urban wine country! City Winery's rooftop is open every Saturday and Sunday for summer with an awesome DJ and a delicious brunch!

Pre Theatre Menu at BLT Prime
Early bird diners and DC show-goers, BLT Prime in the Trump International Hotel is now offering a Pre-Theatre Menu. 

Recipe: Paprika Dusted Pork Chops with Corn, Shallot, Tomato and Mint Salsa
Pork chops are delicious in the summer.  This recipe is from our Simple Summer Supper episode.

Out to Brunch: Pisco y Nazca Prix Fixe
I have found one of my new favorite brunch spots. Pisco Y Nazca - a Peruvian Ceviche Gastrobar in downtown D.C.- is the perfect place to indulge in a prix fixe boozy brunch that won't break the bank! 

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sweet Girl!
You light up our world!

Thinking of Drinking: Orange Crush
Boy, I'm craving one of these!  Feel like you're relaxing on the water near the Eastern Shore, VA by mixing up one of Mallards at the Wharf's refreshing Orange Crush cocktails.  

Uncorked: Rose et Or
Rosé all day? Yes, please!  Do you love rosé  as much as I do?

Uncorked: A New Wine Just in Time for Summer Picnics
Have you tried the 2018 Kendall-Jackson Avant?  This wine is fully unoaked and cold-fermented in 100% stainless steel.  Avant captures the purest expression of the Chardonnay grape.  This is perfect for summer picnics.

4th of July Magic
This little one wasn't sure about her first sparkler.Did you have a good holiday weekend?  We did.

2019 RAMMY Award Winners
We had an incredible time at the RAMMY Awards Gala on Sunday! So many talented people in one room, so many fun photo-opps, and of course, so much to eat and drink! The winners of the 37th Annual RAMMY Awards are:

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