Weekly Roundup: Already The Holidays Edition

Gingerbread Empire State Building

A gingerbread Empire State Building, from last year's gingerbread house competition at the House of Sweden. Yes, it's true - the holidays are upon us!

I know it’s the holiday season because every single weekend between now and Christmas is booked. Parties, gatherings, food expeditions, holiday-themed 10ks – there’s something going on almost every weekend.

This weekend I’ll be going to a bar crawl where everyone is required to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, as well as a going away party for a dear friend. And on Sunday, I’m having my book club over for a late lunch, featuring dishes from “Mastering The Art of French Cooking” (our December pick is Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France). It promises to be a weekend of lots of food, celebration, and cooking. A perfect start to the holiday season.

Recipes I want to try, as found during this week’s Internet explorations:

  • Lavender brûlée cake (a hybrid of cake and creme brûlée) from the menu of PS 7, via Best Bites.
  • The Arugula Files tries to recreate the California Pizza Kitchen’s roasted garlic and chicken pizza – a worthy endeavor.
  • Orangette is back to blogging, with a pantry-friendly pasta recipe: pasta, butter, prosciutto, and Parmesan. Man, it doesn’t get any better than that.

And in other food and blog news:

  • Don’t know what to get your booty call for Christmas? What about your mistress? Never fear. Lemmonex has the gift guide for you.
  • For the food lover in your life, Metrocurean has a local foodie gift guide with some excellent picks. I would like some local chocolates please!
  • Looking for charities to donate to this holiday season? DC Foodies has a roundup of local organization that feed the hungry.
  • Gradually Greener has been chanterelle hunting in Washington State – and they look beautiful (and delicious). I am also charmed that her mother has taught their dog to sniff out mushrooms.
  • Young and Hungry takes a look the profit margins of cupcake shops – and they’re . . . small. Very small. I can still dream about having my own cupcake place, right?
  • Capital Spice has interviews with the two DC Top Chef finalists – Michael Voltaggio and Bryan Voltaggio (yes, they’re brothers). I’m kind of glad I no longer have cable – I think I would have been too obsessed with this season of Top Chef, given all the DC connections. Also, I really don’t miss recapping that show (recaps are a pain).
  • I’m loving Mango and Tomato’s write up of the Puerto Rican food she had on vacation. Mmm, fried plantains.


  1. Olga said

    wow, you are a busy girl!!!
    Hope all the gatherings are festive and stress free.
    Can’t wait to see the photo of the Christmas sweater 🙂

  2. Alice said

    Oooohhhh, the two blonde dudes are brothers? That makes do much more sense now. I’ve never been able to tell them apart.

  3. Bonnie said

    Those Voltaggio brothers are annoying. I can definitely see how they’re setting them up as the last finalist so they can go up against each other. The other finalist, Kevin, has won more times throughout the series but the comment clips are mostly the brothers talking about how inferior the other one is. It’s all over this week!

  4. Amelia said

    I like the Voltaggios. Even Michael – it’s gotta be clever editing that has turned him into the villain of the season. (Also, Bryan’s totally hot). It’s been fun to watch their sibling rivalry.

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