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!)   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 🙂

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 🙂 

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 Comments on A Foodie Weekend in DC

  1. That looks like a blast!!
    I would love to meet Giada, Ina, or Ree!!
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  2. Sounds like an event I would have loved to attend. Alton was pretty funny and surprised there was a large audience for the Sunday 8:00pm showing (ha that is right before my bedtime). Kept me entertained though 🙂 I may go to yoga at mint again on Friday will let you know!
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  3. Sounds like so much fun! I was tempted when I heard about it but realized that it was a weekend when I was out of town. Alton Brown is probably my favorite on the food network.
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  4. 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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    • 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.

  5. That chocolate bark sounds SO good! I could definitely not say no to that!
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  6. hi there, new blog snippet format! 🙂 i went to this a few year’s ago and met carla hall. so fun! i am a loyal top chef watcher and loyal food eater 🙂
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    • lol, just that quickly I changed it back 😉 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!!

  7. I wish I could have gone! I found out to late about this event, otherwise I would have hopped on the Metro!
    I will forever love Food Network! Rachel Ray was always my girl, haha!

    • I only found out about it while riding the metro! Which I’m never on 🙂 but it was barely a week ago. Too bad, it was a lot of fun and you would have enjoyed it!

  8. Your weekend sounds so much fun. I am such a foodie. I have never been to a cooking expo. So cool you got to see Bobby Flay
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  9. Looks Great!

  10. 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! 🙂 I’ve never been to a food or cooking show before-this sounds amazing!
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  11. The only Foodie event I’ve ever attended was the Fit Foodie run earlier this year and it had me hooked…this looks like so much fun! (Although I am pretty adept at wine tasting. I would have been totally in my element there!)
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  12. Looks like you had an amazing them. This is where you take time to relish every moment of it.
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  13. OMG, I am such a foodie and can’t believe I missed out on this! I love Bobby Flay!! Looks like you had a great time!
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  14. Bobby Flay kind of rubs me the wrong way sometimes, but it would still be cool to see him! I cannot stand Aldon Brown… ugh he makes me so mad.

    I like Giada a lot!
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