Monday, April 25, 2016

Washington DC: Brunch at Lavagna

I ended my birthday weekend at brunch with a few friends. While we originally wanted to go to Cava (probably one of my favorite brunches ever) it was booked so we decided to try a new place and chose Lavagna for their bottomless mimosa deal - $12 for 90 minutes.
While on the topic of mimosas, Lavagna’s were pretty tasty – a little weak, but tasty. The wait staff was great at refilling and glasses were almost never less than half full.  Also – snap chat brunch filters are awesome! I don’t know if it was specific to this past weekend or if you are in DC you can get them every weekend. Either way, so fun!
It’s becoming the norm to start our brunches off with an order of pancakes, and this visit was no different. Our table split the Mascarpone Pancakes Buttermilk Pancakes / Honey Nutella / Mascarpone / Fruit $11. They were your basic pancakes but the honey Nutella was a pleasant combo that took the dish from basic to exciting.
Torn between a few things, the best friend and I decided to split two dishes (these were the most ordered dishes at the table) – the Chicken & Waffles Organic Hormone Free Fried Chicken / Belgian Waffle / Fruit $16 and the Italian Sausage Gravy Biscuit / Scrambled Eggs $11.

The Chicken & Waffles was a solid dish. The fried chicken was delicious. I have never had this combo before and I enjoyed the sweet, salty, savory components that it presented. Biscuits and Gravy is one of my all-time favorite brunch dishes and I usually order it when I see it on the menu. Be warned, while this dish is good, it is not your typical biscuits and gravy, and if that is what you are expecting, you might be disappointed. This dish confused me a bit, but was sort of like a tomatoey Italian gravy? Good, but not what you expect.
Sarah ordered the Arugula Omelet Tomatoes / Smoked Gouda / Pine Nut Pesto / Potatoes $14. The breakfast potatoes were crisp and seasoned well, and the house made ketchup served on the side made for a great dipping. The omelet sadly was a lackluster and under seasoned.
Overall this was a successful brunch. We made reservations and Lavagna was running a little behind. They graciously let us go to the bar and get some mimosas while we waited for our table. The server had great recommendations and she never let our glasses get empty. The place gets a little loud, but that's to be expected with a bottomless option. 

Would I come back? Yes, this brunch was above average and priced well. 

539 8th St SE
Washington, DC
Metro: Eastern Market
Lavagna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Other delicious bottomless brunches
CAVA - locations in Clarendon/DC
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

John Hancock's Fit Foodie 5k in Fairfax, VA : Come Run With Me!

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I hate getting back into running shape but I absolutely love the runners high I get when I am in shape. 

I have done a few 5k races in my life but I normally just choose to run on my own. Running for charity is great but I'd rather just donate the money and not run. That is, unless, I personally get something out of it (I know, I am a terrible person)*. Enter in the John Hancock Fit Foodie 5k. Not only do you get to get your fitness on, but you also get two FREE drinks, an awesome goodie bag and lots of different vendors telling you about their awesome food/workout products/samples/etc. 
Anyways, I liked the idea of this race so much I decided to apply to be an ambassador for the race...and I was chosen! One of their hashtags is #caloriesburned #caloriesearned - story of my life. 

As part of the ambassador program all of my friends, family, readers, anyone really gets 10% off the price of the race.   

What? John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend 
Where? Strawberry Park in Mosaic District 
When? May 20-22, 2016! 
Why? This event is the ultimate celebration of food, fitness, and fun. John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend is jam-packed with three-days of events that get your mouthwatering and your heart pumping. The weekend includes a Friday night VIP Party and Saturday morning race concluding at the John Hancock Vitality Village, chock-full of delicious food and beverage samples, exciting culinary demonstrations from Cooking Light personalities, and mini fitness classes led by acclaimed professionals. The weekend concludes on Sunday with a calorie-torching workout followed by a delicious dining experience.
Price? Tickets for the Fit Foodie 5K Race are priced at $35 until April 25, 2016, and $45 until May 21, 2016, so be sure to register before prices increase! If you use the discount code LETSDOLUNCH you can get a 10% off online ticket sales! To purchase tickets, go to:

A group of friends and I are going to have matching t-shirts while we run the race - see below (from here). If you would like to join our unofficial little team shoot me an email - t-shirt not required! If you can't talk anyone into running with you, come join our team! Shoot me an email. I am here to help! 
Hope to see you all there!! 

*There is also a charity chosen for each race location, and depending on the ticket you get, a portion of it goes to that charity! 

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