Wild Cupcakes

by Sophie Gayot


Hollis Wilder is my favorite kind of warrior: the chef is the three-time winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”. If you indulge in her creations like I have, “cupcake” will take on a whole different meaning. She ingeniously transformed a smoked salmon egg salad into a delicious savory cupcake which helped her win Season 1 in 2009. This year, she won Season 8 with her jalapeño popper. She even makes ratatouille cupcakes!


Watch my video interview with her to get an exclusive preview of her new book Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan. The cookbook contains ninety nine recipes that will help you achieve savory happiness.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day From Coast to Coast

Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

by Meryl Pearlstein


With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are lots of interesting dining and travel-related experiences that make wonderful gifts for your sweetie. Here’s a round-up from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu.


Las Vegas

How about a twist on the usual Afternoon Tea found at many upscale hotels? The Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge in Las Vegas adds a romantic touch with their Valentine Afternoon Tea. Heart-shaped, house-made gourmet chocolates finish off the sweets selection. $45 per person.


Atlanta

Sit at the bar at the St. Regis for a special Valentine’s Day “Pink of Perfection” cocktail that is available all month. It’s made with one part tequila, ½ part simple syrup, 3 dashes orange blossom water, with fresh lime juice and soda. What gives it its name? The pink rose petals that sit on top. You can increase the aphrodisiac quotient with the Oysters and Caviar Pearls special, a sensual combination of tempura oyster frites and osetra caviar sabayon created by executive chef Joseph Trevino, paired with Heidsieck Champagne.

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Win Free Lunch for a Year from Rōti Mediterranean Grill in DC

Chicken Rōti Sandwich from Rōti Mediterranean Grill
Chicken Rōti Sandwich from Rōti Mediterranean Grill

 by Becky Sauer

 

Rōti Mediterranean Grill is opening its first location in Washington, DC, just down the street from the White House. To celebrate its arrival in the nation’s capital, the restaurant will award one lucky person a free lunch every day for a year. Rōti’s menu will include a variety of fire-roasted meats, pitas, couscous, falafel, kebabs, salads and composed Mediterranean plates, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free items. The reasonably-priced menu offers plenty of options to keep the winner—and the rest of us—coming back again and again.

 

Visit our Washington DC Restaurant News page for details on how to enter the contest, and also check out our Restaurant Reviews, Culinary Events and Washington DC Wine Dinners.