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Perfect Pair: Black Cod with Garbanzo Bean Puree and Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc
Many years ago, we filmed one of our first episodes of Capital Cooking at 1789 in Georgetown.  Dan Giusti and I hit it off and had a blast whipping up some of his fancy dishes.  Here's one of our masterpieces from the episode.  It pairs nicely with Two Angels Sauvignon Blanc.

Best Bubbles for Valentine's Day
Champagne PIPER-HEIDSIECK Cuvée Brut and its bold Rosé Sauvage.  I love the full body and distinct elegance.  Both have 90+ wine scores from Wine Spectator.

8 Romantic Cocktails for Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is coming up fast.  Add some Romance to your evening with sexy cocktails.  

10 Valentine's Day Cupcake Recipes
Valentine's Day is almost here!  Bake up something special with these ideas for Valentine's Day Cupcake recipes.

Get ready for Valentine's Day with Chocolate Pots de Crme!
Photo by Duane HeatonYou may have learned how to make Chocolate Pots de Crème on Capital Cooking's episode of "Romantic Dinner for 2."  Make this for your love on Valentine's Day.  It is the perfect dessert paired with my filet mignon and potato gratin.  Enjoy!

Valentine's Recipe: Lamb Au Poivre with Two Angels Petite Sirah
February is Lamb Lovers month. To celebrate, make this lamb recipe for Valentine's Day. Lamb Au Poivre is typically made with steak and is a classic French peppery dish. I added my Lauren Lambassador twist by switching out the beef for lamb.

Opening: Fast-Casual Restaurant Flower Child Opens Today!
Flower Child is serving healthy food for a happy world – and has just opened up in Washington D.C! The mission of Flower Child is to “spread positively delicious vibes and healthy food” in Washington D.C.

Thinking of Drinking: City Winery DC and Supreme Core Cider Debut Wine-Inspired Cider
City Winery DC and Supreme Core Cider have partnered together to create the perfect rose-cider for the month of love! 

Football Food: Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies
Do you have your Super Bowl game party menu plans?  The best part is making fun food to enjoy with friends.  Our friend Chad usually brings these little smokies every year.  Whip some of these up for game day!

DC Winter Tippler Cocktail Program: 15 Cocktails at 15 of DCs Hottest Spots!
DC Winter Tippler is kicking off this Friday! From February 1st to March 15th you can roam around D.C. to try out some of the best cocktail spots around town – or you can do it all in one weekend, depending on the type of adventure you are wanting to have!

Football Food: Grilled Wings with Tarragon Ranch
Make your Super Bowl party complete by making these Grilled Wings with Tarragon Ranch from Chef Matthew at Trademark in Alexandria, VA.  Make a little extra of the ranch for a veggie platter.  These wings are sure to be a big hit at your party!

Top 7 Dips for Super Bowl
Photo by Shauna AlexanderHere's a list of my Top 7 Dips for your Super Bowl party!

Opening: Doyle Bar in Dupont
A new bar in D.C. has arrived in the Dupont Circle Hotel!

Thinking of Drinking: TouchDown Punch
Nobody makes a punch better than Gina Chersevani.  This "Ale"ments Punch is perfect for the Super Bowl.

Cheers to Beer: Let It Ryed Hazy Rye IPA Exclusively at MGM National Harbor
Head out to MGM to sip some on some delicious Flying Dog, which is brewed right in Frederick, Maryland. Flying Dog is most known for its craft brews, artistic bottles, edgy beer names and delicious off-the-wall beer flavors to try. 

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