Founding Farmers | Dining in Washington, D.C.

This place is just buzzing with energy, good food and drinks and fun! If you're looking for a tasty spot for lunch, people watching and great service, Founding Farmers is the perfect place to be.

The enormous lunch menu is filled with starters, entrées and specials (don't forget about the sides!) Of course southern cuisine is a must whenever the menu offers it and the list just goes on and on from deviled eggs to sandwiches to pot roast to pastas (and so on so forth). The question is, how does one choose what to eat?! Well don't hit up this place solo. You need at least two people in order to be able to try everything. They offer chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, skillet corn bread and our favourite that day, a starter of blue cheese bacon dates (which you'll see some of these items listed below). Out of the appetizers we had (the dates, ,deviled eggs, and green fried tomatoes), the bacon wrapped dates were the best and the Chili for an entrée was great. The shrimp and grits didn't have enough grits (sadly) and there was a lot of sauce instead. The cornbread was interesting, we were just missing that typical texture of a cornbread that one would expect... it was more like a cake... (maybe you'll like that sort of thing?) 

They have a section on their menu called "Farmacy" (non alcoholic drinks) and there is a range of milkshakes to mocktails as well as their "Phosphate" which is basically soda water with a tincture of a flavour for that day. They also offer grapefruit soda - perfect for a spring/summer day! 

Overall, Founding Farmers is a great place to gather with friends or for a fun date.

Eat your heart out!  

Food: Green Fried Tomatoes, Blue Cheese Bacon Dates, Skillet Cornbread, Deviled Eggs Classic, Shrimp & Grits
Made by: Founding Farmers
Location:  1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Food Photography | Vancouver Food Photographer

What consists of taking a real foodie picture? Well, to keep it short, LOTS. Lighting, glossing, you name it. It took almost four hours to photograph 4 objects. Insanity!! Here's a look at just what I got to learn about food photography in one afternoon and the results. Featuring Thomas Haas specialties and Hakkaisan Sake.

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Buvette | NYC

Who would have thought to stop into a cafe, on a summer's day in NYC... just about everyone. Checking out new places to eat and drink or boutiques is one of my favourite things to do while I'm in the big apple. Buvette is a little cafe on Waverly Place, that serves fantastic french cuisine. Their cocktails were what actually caught my eye on their website, as they offered classics, moderns, and completely new ones I had never heard of. My boyfriend had a refreshing cocktail made with lemons (can't entirely remember what it was but it was quite delicious). I felt like quenching my thirst after having been cooped up in the apartment and coming out into the hot and muggy city: a Pimm's Cup. It did the trick.

No reservations, but they serve all day: snacks and entrees for everyone. Feeling a little peckish, I decided to order their steak tartare. Very good! Slightly spiced and very tasty.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - take your pick! At around 4pm there aren't many people, but enough who are enjoying cocktails and or a light snack before dinner. You might even be able to do some celebrity spotting if you keep your eyes open!

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Enoteca Sociale

An absolute favourite. Italian, family styled dining is one of my favourites. I of course have to blog about Enoteca Sociale because a) it's definitely a number one of mine in Toronto and b) it's just so good! IMG_8637

Opened not long ago, this Enoteca has so many things working for them. They are welcoming, the service is superb and they know what they're talking about! Moreover, if you want to taste the best of italian food (or as close as you're going to get to it) with local produce, Sociale has it all. The menu has changed every time that I've been and has not failed me once. From antipastis like their house-cured meats, to their home-made pastas (which is a huge seller for me), everything is delicious.

The last time I went I got to enjoy bone marrow - decadent and so worth it - as well as various pasta dishes from spaghetti to ravioli... Pork chop was another entrée that I got to taste (simple dish but juicy nonetheless).IMG_8638

That evening, a sticky toffee pudding (the best in Toronto might I add), a lemon pudding, and a butter tart with a chocolate filling was offered on the menu.

I highly recommend Enetoca Sociale, but make sure you make reservations WELL in advanced (I usually book at least two weeks in advanced!) Enjoy!

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Cork & Fin

 It's all about being fresh. I love being home because you can get the freshest seafood, and have it turned into something delicious. Cork and Fin not only has a great cocktail list, but the food menu shows promise. The oysters (which were a dollar each during their monday event "a buck a shuck",) were super yummy and from the east coast. My mum had their seafood chowder, that came with fish too. For my appetizer, I had the salmon tartare with quail egg and caviar on top (seafood friendly). To finish, I had the lobster ravioli (a bit too thick of a pasta might I add but the lobster meat and cream were fantastic).   Of course we had to have dessert and we ordered the olive oil ice cream with fleur de sel. The ice cream was very different but loved it - except for that there was too much fleur de sel (there were moments where I was trying to have a conversation or enjoy the ice cream, but the immediate saltiness was quite overwhelming at times...)  Overall, I had a great experience at Cork and Fin, I highly suggest you go if you're in Gastown, Vancouver.

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