Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend Recap #1

Happy Monday everyone! I'm off to upstate NY for the week tomorrow! Be ready for an overload of nature and wine photos/posts!

Before that happens, here is a quick recap of my weekend! 

1. This week has been a little hectic because my boss (on our two person team) is headed to Africa for a few weeks for vacation so we have been busy getting our ducks in a row. Thursday I decided to unwind and made an amazing zoodle dish - steak with zoodles and chimmichuri- super simple, will definitely be blogging about it soon. With that I also enjoyed a few glasses of rosé from my favorite wine store, Swirl and Sip
2. Friday - Spent time with the family watching my mom be recognized for being awesome. So proud of her!!!
3. Made some delicious pasta salad for a mini family reunion and had the little ones help me out. I normally make this with zoodles and I am totally in love with this recipe. A lot of people at the party enjoyed it with regular noodles, so I will definitely need to write about both ways! 
4. Dog watched my aunt & uncles dog - she is adorable but very clingy. Don't worry - this was taken at a red light!
5. Sunday I spent the afternoon at the Safeway’s National Capital Barbecue Battle courtesy of Liquefied Creative Media. Walking around I got a lot of free swag which was nice and tried some yummy barbecue - including Jar B Cue (BBQ in a jar). I was a little confused about the whole event - it seemed like for the general public you just paid to get/try free samples of products and buy upscale carnival barbecue. Although there were people there actually competing for different BBQ things - I don't think the public got to try it. On that note, my favorite things that I tried were the new Chobani dips and the Olive Garden bread-stick sandwiches that were surprisingly good! 

Have a great week! <3 


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: A Bar + Kitchen Happy Hour

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday’s here at Let’s Do Lunch. Each Thursday I will talk about a local happy hour (DC, Arlington, Alexandria) and review their drink and food specials, as well as the overall environment. Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? #thirstythursdayswithapril 

I am starting off this series with the newish A Bar + Kitchen, located in the Avenue Suites on the outskirts of Georgetown. Recently remodeled and featuring a menu about 3 months old, A Bar manages to draw in a very mixed crowd ranging from hotel guests to young professionals.
We tried a couple of their drinks including a crowd favorite – the Potomac Bourbon $12. This was recommended to me by the GM, the Hotel Emerging Leader and I heard a guy telling his group at the table behind me how much he was in love with this cocktail. The flavor of bourbon was present, but not overwhelming for those like myself who have trouble drinking things straight. We also had the Moscow Mule, Chardonnay (Teddy is a classy guy) and the Strawberry Basil Sangria. The sangria was light, refreshing and had the potential to go down a little too easy on a hot day – so basically the perfect summer drink.
As far as A Bar’s Happy Hour Drinks go, above are the specials. Unfortunately the Potomac Bourbon is not included, but is worth trying out if you enjoy bourbon. They offer pitchers for $22 during happy hour which hold approximately 4 ½ glasses. I sampled the Strawberry Basil Sangria and it was delicious!
We started off with the Braised Beef Flatbread $12 pulled braised beef, mushrooms, bell peppers, cheddar cheese and spinach. This was a great “bite” to be shared while having a few drinks. The flatbread was a pita, and it was crispy without being overdone. The braised beef was flavorful and there were not any fatty chunks. This came cut into 6 pieces so I would recommend sharing this between 2-3 people.
The Mac and Cheese $10 came highly recommended so we knew we had to try it. This was seriously delicious - I loved that the bread crumbs came on the side, it gave the dish a fun element. The grainy mustard added a nice flavor profile to the cheese sauce, and although I am not a huge mustard fan, I still liked it. This would be a little awkward to share for happy hour unless you are cool with everyone just grabbing a fork and digging in like we did.
Next up were the Braised Beef Slides $13. Good flavor and the crunch of the coleslaw gave it good texture. 
We wrapped up our happy hour with Garlic Hummus and Pita Bread $10. The hummus was smooth and creamy with just enough garlic to give it flavor. The pita was seasoned with paprika and creole which added a lovely twist.   
All of the food was really quite good, I can't pick a favorite but when I put the pressure on, Teddy decided the flat bread was his favorite. This is really the place to go to get some snacks and drinks and just hang out with your friends. 

The inside is very sleek and modern, and the patio out back is lovely - they even have two fire-pits for those cool nights. Photos will be coming soon. 

My only complaint - and a not very serious one was that the service was a little slower than one might be used to in DC. 

Would I come back? Yes - this is a great place for happy hour - catching up with friends, coworkers or date night. 

2500 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC
Metro: Foggy Bottom
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