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Spring has sprung and we’ve got some great food news for you!

Shake Shack Comes to Nationals Park – Danny Meyer and his New York based restaurant group (Union Square Hospitality) is bringing some great New York fast food eats to DC. And they’re taking it out to the ballgame. According to the Washington Post’s very own restaurant critic Tom Sietsema, Nationals Park will offer 4 of his concession concepts:  “Blue Smoke (celebrating barbecue), Box Frites (offering Belgian-style fries with dips), El Verano Taqueria (serving Mexican snacks) and (think burgers and shakes).” Currently these tasty treats are available at the New York Mets’ Citi Field, and I can say from personal experience that the Mexican joint and Shake Shack are pretty darn good. This is especially great news for baseball/burger fans since as one of its concession options after 3 years serving burgers in the park. Expect the new concessions to open in Late June on the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk behind the main scoreboard.

Thai Restaurant Week Begins! – The Thai Embassy is hosting Thai Restaurant Week all this week from Monday April 11th through Sunday, April 17.  A large number of DC, Maryland, and Virginia Thai restaurants will offer either 10 percent off the entire meal or special menus.  For a list of participating locations and a FREE APPETIZER !

Pete’s Apizza Opens in Clarendon – In tasty pizza news, a favorite of the District has opened up shop in Arlington. A few weeks ago, (pronounced “Pete’s Ah-Beetz”) opened at 3017 Clarendon Blvd. This is the 3rd outfit for the wood-fired brick oven pizza chain. Pete’s features large one-size pies (18″), as well as pizza by the slice. They also have pasta, salad, and some typical Italian desserts. Food is ordered at the counter and then brought to the table by their friendly servers. And oh yeah, Peroni & some great craft beers are on draught and can be ordered in pitchers!

Yummy WafflesThe winner of the Belga Cafe giftcard has been decided! Thank you to all who entered and for providing some great waffle toppings.Some of the ones submitted were: Ice cream, bananas & whipped cream (non-sexual), syrup & butter, syrup & ice cream, and chocolate chips & syrup.  Syrup happened to be the most popular of the toppings.

Our winner however, is someone who likes to keep things simple. His favorite topping was simply stated:

“Waffles. I prefer waffles on top of my waffles.”

So Brendan H from Beltsville, MD, you are the winner of the AdamLovesFood 3 Month Anniversary 2,000 Hits International Waffle Day Giveaway and a $10 Belga Cafe giftcard! So go have some waffles on top of waffles at . They’re mighty tasty.

But no pressure, it isn’t necessary to get waffles galore — .


The National Bake Sale for Japan – DC This Weekend

If you hadn’t already heard, there is a taking place this Saturday, April 2nd at locations all across the U.S, including one in DC.

Turns out one of my coworkers did a Bake Sale in our office last week that raised just over $400 for Japan relief and now there’s a national event! While we’d like to think our fellow employee & her colleagues were the masterminds behind the idea — they are not. However, like our office’s bake sale,  this foodie fundraiser will allow you to make/ purchase baked goods, with 100% of the contributions to go to the Earthquake/Tsunami victims. Plus there will be an origami making project, and much, much more.

Here’s details from their website if interested:

What: A simultaneous national bake sale at different restaurants & bakeries around the country featuring baked goods made by some of the most talented professional and amateur bakers around.

Who: YOU, along with professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians coming together around food to help others in need.

Where: in Downtown DC – (5th & K Street NW) or any of the other around the U.S.

When: This Saturday April 2nd from 10am-2pm

Why: To help the victims affected by the devastating Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan.  All contributions go to with 100% of the money going to Earthquake/Tsunami relief.

Any questions or entry info for the DC event can be emailed to: dcbakesale4japan@gmail.com

I just got back from my weekend trip to Philly for my sister in-law’s 30th Birthday, and I have to say the most memorable thing from the weekend after the good-times had at the birthday , was the crazy-ass burger I got at dinner Saturday night while hanging with friends & fellow food blogger the . Initially, when I knew I was heading to Philly, I was excited to compare a few different cheesesteak places and have a face-off.

Yes, there's a a 1/2 pound burger under there

But after my burger experience at — I realized, who needs a Philly Cheesesteak when there’s the Betty Burger?

What is the Betty Burger you ask? Well it’s not the — another awesome creation by Smokin Betty’s to be featured on April 15th — but it’s a massive burger comprised of 1/2 pound of ground sirloin, confit thick strips of pork belly, avocado, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted garlic aioli & a fried egg — all served on a brioche bun… Honestly, I don’t think it get’s any better than that.

But it does! Not only does it have 3 proteins on it,  the burger is served with a steak knife stuck through the center to keep the massive sandwich together. And then it’s accompanied by a whopping mound of hand-cut french fries.

Dude, after I ate this thing, I could feel my arteries clogging and my heart slowing. Such a special feeling… But seriously — if I learned anything from this experience, it was that pork belly and fried eggs are a match made in heaven. I didn’t even need the burger, that combo was so good.

In the end, the massive burger-beast defeated me, as I left half the bun and some pieces of burger on the plate.  But overall it was a great burger — just a bit overwhelmingly fatty and delicious.

Funny side note: Smokin Betty’s isn’t even a burger joint — it’s a BBQ place, with what according to my fellow diners is an and solid beer list.  So next time you’re in Philly and don’t just wanna do the typical cheesesteak thing,  check it out for a crazy burger or some good BBQ.

Address:

Courtesy of Smokin Betty's

Smokin Betty’s
116 South 11th Street
NW Corner of 11th & Sansom Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4801

You guys voted and it looks like rather than donate to charity, win a spatula, or receive a box of my favorite cereal, 6 out of 7 of you would rather get a restaurant giftcard. Hey I don’t blame you, eating out is great. I love to head out on the town when I have cash to spare, so an extra $10 towards a good place to eat is awesome.

So here’s the lowdown… I’m giving away $10 to in honor of it being International Waffle Day, and for it being my 3 month anniversary, and reaching 2,000 hits last week…  Yes, it’s true, there is actually an International Waffle Day.

And I mean, how perfect does that work?! I review the restaurant I had Belgian Waffles at a few weeks back, and then I give my blogging audience a chance to get free food there in honor of . Oh fate, you fickle mistress.

Seriously, I didn’t plan this at all. It just sort of fell into place.

AdamLovesFood.com’s 3 Month Anniversary / International Waffle Day / 2,000 Hits Giveaway

PRIZE:

  • $10.00 Belga Cafe Gift Card

RULES:

  • You must enter a comment with your favorite Belgian waffle topping. If you don’t like waffles, don’t enter the damn contest. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments entered.

DEADLINE

  • Entry or subscription must be in by Thursday March 31st. Winners will be announced on April 1st after a drawing a random number generator online.

RESTRICTIONS

  • You must reside in the United States, and you probably wanna live in the DC area since there’s only 1 Belga Cafe that this gift card is good for — and it’s in DC.
  • Waffles do not have to be purchased with the giftcard. Feel free to get any of with the $10.
  • Only 1 entry per person.

Good luck and Happy Våffeldagen!

Food Giveaway VoteToday is the 3 month anniversary of my first post!

Plus AdamLovesFood recently topped 2,000 posts, so it only seems fitting to hold another giveaway in celebration.

Rules and details will be coming by Friday! So get excited and in the meantime, feel free to vote on the category of prize below:

Since I was in college, I’ve always used when making my Bolognese. I hate that Ragu crap (it’s so frickin sweet and has no texture), and Prego isn’t much better. I mean yea, if I have the time to slave over a stove for 5 hrs to make fresh tomato sauce I try to… But I don’t have that time very often, if ever.

Like most of you, I have a day job and when I get home I like to make quick tasty meals. So Classico is an excellent replacement for the homemade stuff. It has great flavor, actual chunks of tomatoes, and an excellent consistency. Plus I like the jars…. And yea, whatever Prego, screw you  for making fun of the jars in your . Classico’s sauce kicks your sauce’s ass.

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Best Food in DCLebanese Taverna – Shish Taouk

Where can you get it? Lebanese Taverna at any of their in the DC Area (Bethesda, Downtown, Falls Church, Pentagon Row, Tysons).

How much?
$16 for entree portion.

Ingredients: Grilled boneless chicken breast, marinated and skewered with roast tomatoes, pearl onions, green peppers, and garnished with fresh herbs.  Served with basmati rice, garlic puree and sumac spiced onions.

Why it’s so Good:
Amazing kabob. So flavorful. Full of grilled-goodness. Veggies are fresh, smoky, and crunchy. Roast Tomato explosion. The garlic puree/paste alone is incredible (just watch at his favorite Lebanese place in LA). Sumac spiced onions are a unique twist.

Bottom Line: If you live in/around DC, you are probably familiar with this chain of Lebanese Restaurants scattered all over the Metro Area. If not, someone you know may have bought $40 worth of food there in the . If you are not familiar. Become familiar. And do so with their kabobs.

While I chose the Shish Taouk for DC Dish of the Day — their Beef, Lamb, and Veggie Kabobs are all good. This plate of food is so large and full of so many great flavors. it is almost difficult to describe. All I can say is if you’re intimidated by Lebanese food, don’t be. It has got a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. Which means lots of fresh meats, veggies, rice and mild spices. Simple food with great flavor. Shish Taouk is the Shi*sh.


Charlie Sheen doesn’t cook food. He wills it.

This time he’s got a cooking video up on Funny or Die. And it’s quite hilarious. There’s plenty of great one-liners in there, like  “I’m living the life of a rock star Vatican assassin!”

Check it out below. But be warned, your face might melt off.

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Best Brunch in DC a Belgian One?

A few weekends ago, my good friend from high school and his wife were in town from Chicago.  They actually just moved there after living in Singapore for over 2 years, and it was great seeing them again. Plus I wanted to show them DC could stand up to both Chitown and Singpore in terms of having great food.

Belga Cafe Croquettes

Cheese Croquettes

So we went out every day (Friday-Sunday) and ate pretty damn well. We hit up on Friday night in honor of our high-school alma mater (Chef Geoff is a Choate Alum himself — class of ’91). Then we went to for some beer to close out the night. The following evening we headed to in Dupont, and then closed out our DC food-jaunt with brunch at on Sunday. And that’s the meal we’re gonna focus on in this post… BRUNCH!

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