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On the Road Again: DC and the Inn at Willow Grove
This month is already flying by.

Perfect Pair: Salt Crusted Branzino with Terrapura Sauvignon Blanc Reserva
The freshness of the fish is the most important element. If Branzino isn't available and at its height of freshness, substitute black bass or red snapper. 

Recipe: Bread Pudding topped with Bourbon Sauce
In celebration on National Bourbon Heritage Month, try my Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. Bread Pudding was way for housewives to use old bread. French bread is typical because of the French influence in New Orleans. You can also find this recipe and more in the Capital Cooking Cookbook.

Perfect Pair: Steak Au Poivre with Particular Cabernet Sauvignon
The Dish:  Steak Au Poivre

Thinking of Drinking: Cranberry Margarita
Photo by Emily ClackA cranberry margarita is just what I needed!

DC Wine Fest is TOMORROW!
This Saturday, September 15th, the eighth edition of DC Wine Fest​ welcomes vino lovers to Big Chief in Ivy City! This elevated wine tasting experience features unlimited samples wines, plus. fun giveaways, live music, interactive art, and food is available to purchase from Talk of Di Town and Crepeaway while enjoying your liquid grapes. Full bottles will be available for sale on site, so we can all take home our favorites from the festival.

Things to do: FREE Cooking Up History Demo with Chef Zarela Martínez Oct. 6th
Cooking Up History is Back! 

Uncorked: Ferrari Trento at the Emmy Awards
Italy’s most awarded sparkling wine will return as the Official Sparkling Wine of Emmy® Awards season for the fourth consecutive year. Crowned Producer of the Year at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships, Ferrari Trento bubbles will sparkle with this year’s Governors Ball theme.

Dining Out: Happy 1 Year Anniversary Wilson Hardware!
One year ago this month, the three-tiered contemporary American kitchen and bar honoring the 60s Virginia Hardware shop opened up in Clarendon. Although I knew this place was fun and delicious, I couldn’t believe how popular and trendy the spot had become in just one year! The restaurant was packed to celebrate one incredible year in the Arlington neighborhood.

Top 6 Italian Reds to Lead Us Into Fall
Lake Como, ItalyI love Italian wine. Every visit to Italy, I try something new. I fall in love again with every sip. These are some of my favorite Italian reds to lead us into autumn.

Uncorked: Wine for Women Equality
Women are more engaged, energized and resolute than ever. All eyes are on the future, and women (and like-minded men) are rallying for women’s empowerment and advancement. In their honor, emBRAZEN, a new set of California wines launched on Women’s Equality Day (the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote), and hope you will join us in nominating female trailblazers as part of emBRAZEN’s Take Up The Torch initiative which will grant one woman $25,000 in support of her cause.

Sugar Bowl Bakery Has Launched A New Must-Try Pastry!
The incredible Vietnamese-immigrant Family-Owned Bakery has launched a delicious new product – Button Cakes – and you don't want to miss it! You may recognize this brand for getting a shout out in 2013 by Obama when he was giving an example to a crowd about a successful immigration story. The company was founded in 1984 by five immigrant brothers as a small neighborhood coffee shop, and today is one of the leaders in developing delicious, high-quality baked goods.

What to Pack for Lunch this Year: Cheese Folios
Fall is on its way again, which means bus rides and packed-lunches are just around the corner. I know my sweet mom would prepare all six of her children individualized lunches every day before school and she always tried to mix things up. I really wish Cheese Folios were around back then because I know she would have packed me a cheese folio wrap on the daily! 

Top 5 Red Wines to Sip this Summer and into the Fall
Red wine and grilling go hand-in-hand. During the summer, I love to sit outside with meat on the grill and pour something tasty.  You can even sip these into the fall.  Here are some of my favorite reds to try:

All Purpose Pizzeria Grand Opening: Riverfront Views, Italian-Ice Cocktails, and Garlic Knots
A new spot has opened up on the Capital Riverfront for you to get your pizza and beer fix: All Purpose Pizzeria. The delicious Italian-American Restaurant first opened up in Shaw, and in 2016 won No. 1 Favorite D.C. Restaurant in the Washington Post Fall Dining Guide.

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