A Foodie Weekend in DC

Today I am joining up with Tara from Running ‘N’ Reading on her weekend update linkup. I finally had a weekend home in DC that involved no running/training, travel, or even concrete plans. Even so it was pretty jam packed (with FUN!) as I took in sights at the zoo and attended Metro Cooking DC.Weekend-EditionAfter marathon I didn’t have a lot of time to rest as I traveled for work then home to Pittsburgh for a wedding. Therefore, I was never happier to see 5 pm tick on the clock than this past Friday. A warm bath, hot tea, and an early bed time were on the evenings docket!

Saturday morning I had a personal training session with Jake, only the third post marathon workout I’ve had. After the gym I met up with Lisa (Lisa Runs for Cupcakes) who was in the DC area for the weekend visiting friends with her daughter. We had lunch and then took a beautiful fall trek to the zoo.

Because... pandas :)

Because… pandas πŸ™‚

Saturday evening was girls night in as friends got together for a little wine and dine. I love celebrations for no reason! Then it was on to Sunday where I headed to Metro Cooking DC. I hadn’t heard of this event until a week ago but was excited about the idea of attending. When I got there the exhibit floor was already buzzing with crowds! They had cooking demonstrations, classes, and hundreds of vendors of all kinds. Sadly I got tickets so late I missed the Grand Tasting pavilion which is really where it was at in terms of sampling DC restaurants.010

I had tickets to see Bobby Flay in the afternoon but first, a date at the bookstore with one Chef Todd English: Todd English signingToo bad the woman I asked to take the photo could not work my phone so my pics are blurry (boo!) But he was nice enough to take more than one to try and get it right. It was only after I left I realized I had my real camera on me. D’oh! Anyway, he was pleasant (and a little shy) but I picked up his latest book and had it signed so mission accomplished. He even exchanged it for a clean copy of his book after he discovered the one I had was pre-signed.

Then it was time to cruise the exhibits, visit with vendors and grab some samples. There were a lot of local exhibitors it was nice to be introduced to. I kept my wallet in check (for the most part).

But who can pass up bacon salsa??? YUM!

But who can pass up bacon salsa??? YUM!

Uncle Fred's Fireworks Sauce! it's saucy...!

Uncle Fred’s Fireworks Sauce! it’s saucy…!

sea salt and caramel dark chocolate bark - yes, please!

sea salt and caramel dark chocolate bark – yes, please!

I also had a ticket to the Beer, Wine and Spirits garden because… wine. I actually just started drinking wine a couple of years ago so am not wholly versed on the subject but I do know what I like. They gave out commemorative glasses and I was educated on and introduced to a lot of fermented grape deliciousness πŸ™‚ 

wine beer

Finally it was time for Bobby. I had actually purchased a reserved seat in the cheap seats, which was oversold to unreserved seated Groupon subscribers – so guess who got bumped to first class? If you guessed me, well, you’re a smart cookie. Bobby was on stage for a brief 30 minutes but made chicken, vegetable paella, a green sauce and Sangria. He was charming and funny and it was well worth the short span of time. Flay


Making Sangria!

Making Sangria!


Paella and chickenBobby Flay

All in all a great show and overall experience at the convention center to top off a pretty great weekend. November is chugging along so quickly!!

Who out there is a foodie? Any favorite chefs or Food Network stars? Ever been to a cooking and entertainment show where you are? 

27 thoughts on “A Foodie Weekend in DC

  1. This is amazing, Mar!! That was a HUGE set-up for this food show, right? So cool! I can’t believe you met Todd English and watched Bobby Flay cook right in front of you – fantastic! I’m so glad you had a great time and that you took the time to share it with us; thank you so much for linking up this week! I’m thrilled to have you and I love your foodie adventure!
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    1. It was totally amazing and fun. Just too bad I didn’t find out about it until later. It would have been great to go with a group and just sample and have fun. I’m sad I missed the dedicated food tasting as well but the beer and wine garden was a nice consolation prize.

    1. lol, just that quickly I changed it back πŸ˜‰ I’m going to work on it some more later! I had a chance to meet Carla at the Fitness Magazine event that I ended up missing – argh!!

  2. So fun!!! And I’m so jealous you got to see Lisa!
    I’m totally a foodie and of course, I love wine…and beer…and liquor. I promise I’m not an alcoholic! πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to a food or cooking show before-this sounds amazing!
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