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Event: Take Flight with Bourbon Women

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Are you a bourbon girl?

That was the question posed to me by Peggy Stevens, founding member of the Bourbon Women Association. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Stevens about Bourbon Women Take Flight, the Association’s bourbon-tasting/networking event being held at Jack Rose on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (5:30-8pm).  The event includes signature bourbon cocktails from Jack Rose’s Master Mixologist, Rachel Sergi, a formal bourbon tasting presented by Beam, bourbon-inspired appetizers from Jack Rose, and a gift bag.  All the above are included as part of the registration fee ($50), along with a 1-year membership to Bourbon Women.

 

 

 

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Repeal Day Fun at Jack Rose

The "Jack Rose"

December 5th is Repeal Day.  On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment’s ban on booze. The Prohibition era came to an end and each American’s God-given right to drink was restored.  That’s a holiday I’m always ready to celebrate.

Oddly enough, I didn’t even know that Repeal Day was a holiday, much less that it was celebrated, until this year when I noticed many local bars and restaurants advertising “Repeal Day” festivities. I also learned about the DC Craft Bartenders Guild‘s 4th Annual Repeal Day Ball.  The Guild’s founding members include well-known DC drink-masters like Gina Cherservani of PS7, Chantal Tseng of Tabard Inn, Adam Bernbach of Proof and Estadio and Derek Brown of the Passenger and Columbia Room.

Two of my good friends and I dipped our toes into Repeal Day celebrations this year by enjoying a delicious four-course pre-fixe dinner at Jack Rose last night. The dinner, at only $20, was a great deal. The restaurant also offered bottomless glasses of sparkling wine for only $10.

Before dinner, we sipped special Repeal Day cocktails like “Crock’d Punch” (a hot toddy of sorts made with rye whiskey and aromatics) and the “Jack Rose” ($9 ea) in Jack Rose’s Roosevelt Room. The Roosevelt Room has a cool vibe.  It’s a smaller glass-enclosed bar that sits to the right of the 2nd floor’s main bar.  Lined with a lot of wood, the room has a cozy/intimate feel and lets out onto a small balcony (for those that need some fresh air or a view of the ever-present construction on 18th Street).

Our dinner started with two canapés — scallops and stuffed peppadews (a/k/a baby peppers). We could choose one of two dishes for each of the remaining three courses.  We tried the grilled shrimp caesar salad, fettucine carbonara with duck confit, and the prime rib with scalloped potatoes. The menu also included lobster thermidor, clams casino, grilled shrimp, and dessert (pineapple upside down cake) for an additional charge.  Choosing to drink our dessert, we skipped the cake and ordered one of each of the remaining three items.  The caesar salad and fettucine carbonara were our favorites, with the prime rib in 3rd place.

Overall, Jack Rose did a great job with the event. The food was tasty, the price point was right, and the staff was friendly. Next year, I’ll make sure Jack Rose is on my Repeal Day dance card!

Address: 2007 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)
Ph: (202) 588-7388
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm to 2am; Fri-Sat 5pm to 3am
Roosevelt Bar open Wed-Sat!

Review: Smoked Meats & The Bacon Dream Cream at Smoke & Barrel

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What do smoked meats and bacon creme brulee have in common? Me! I ate both the other day at Smoke & Barrel (“S&B”), the newest venture from the folks that have brought us Asylum and Meridian Pint.  I’m always happy to see another BBQ joint open in DC and, even happier, when it opens in Adams Morgan where often times I feel that quantity reigns over quality.  S&B’s BBQ, beer, and bourbon selection impressed me.  It also doesn’t hurt that this place is minutes away from my home.

Tender, tasty, and flavorful describe the (pork) ribs, pulled pork, and chicken slathered with BBQ sauce.  Ribs are served wet (all sauce), dry (all rub), or muddy (sauced up, then tossed in dry rub or S&B’s own spicy chipotle honey butter).

The twice baked sweet potatoes came drizzled with the aforementioned chipotle honey butter and topped with pecans.  They were good, but could have used more seasoning.  The fried okra was also good; however, it too could have used a little more salt.


For vegans or vegetarians, S&B offers tofu options that can be paired with vegan/vegetarian (“V/V”) sides.  I’m curious to know what V/Vs think of these options in terms of flavor.  I want to hear from you!

If you’re like me, you’re asking yourself what you will use to wash down all this good food with?  Beer and bourbon, of course.  S&B has a solid selection of each and also offers boilermakers (a shot of bourbon dunked in a pint of beer). Nice touch.

And now, drumroll please . . .DESSERT.  The bacon creme brulee (a/k/a “my bacon dream cream”) was pretty damn good.  Be prepared for bits of bacon in your custard that give it significant texture.  If you can get over this, you’ll be just fine.

My friend got the roasted banana pudding.  I thought it was okay, but my friend really liked it.  The third option was the chocolate bread pudding, but we couldn’t handle any more food at that point.  I’ll try it next time.  Rest assured, there will be a next time(s).

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Restaurant Review: America Eats Tavern – Best for a cocktail, some learning, and supporting the National Archives

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I’m a fan of Jaleo and Zaytinya and of José Andrés generally.  So it hurts a little to say this, but I don’t know what to make of America Eats Tavern, the newest José Andrés restaurant to join Penn Andrés Quarter.  Wait, I take that back.  I think America Eats is a good way to support the National Archives and learn a little about our country’s culinary history while enjoying a cocktail.  I guess my dilemma is that America Eats seems to pale in comparison to Andrés’ other restaurants.  The food is just “okay,” relatively speaking.  One of Andrés’ many skills is his ability to create a menu with a variety of small plates that can be mixed and matched easily to form a complete meal.  You’ll understand, then, why I was surprised to find myself asking how am I supposed to make a meal out of these dishes?  Now, I know that America Eats is not a tapas-style restaurant.  Yet, it seems to be having some sort of identity crisis, hovering somewhere between a tapas-style restaurant and the rest, but missing key components of each.   I’ll explain more.  Keep reading!

Review: Jack Rose

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Jack Roseis a new bar in Adams Morgan that opened Memorial Day weekend.  So far, only its rooftop bar is open to the public and it is unclear when the ground floor bar and dining room will open.  As I peered through the ground floor windows, I was excited to see a long bar that runs the length of the right side of the room and more excited to see the long shelves running along the wall behind the bar that are currently being stocked with what must be hundreds of bottles of scotches, bourbons and other spirits.  Jack Rose’s website claims the bar will offer “over 1400 bottles of hand-selected scotches, bourbons & spirits, uniquely hand-crafted cocktails, wines from around the world, and over 20 beers on draft.”  Sign me up, baby!The website also mentions a “Prohibition” bar that I’m guessing is reminiscent of a “speakeasy.”  Interesting.I’ve now been to Jack Rose’s rooftop deck about three times since it opened.

Yeah, I guess that’s a lot since it’s been open less than a month.  My impression so far is that this place has a lot of potential.  It’s not fully open and I’m sure they’re still working out some kinks.  That said, I am eager to see how it evolves in the coming weeks and months.