All Hail Washington DC Restaurant Week!

Chorizo con salsa de romero is also on the DC Restaurant Week menu at Jaleo.
Chorizo con salsa de romero is also on the DC Restaurant Week menu at Jaleo.

Wintertime in Washington, D.C. is even more fabulous than spring and cherry blossoms. You know why? Because of Winter RAMW Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week! From January 13-19, you can enjoy $20.14 lunches and $35.14 dinners at the Capital’s best restaurants. The menus will fill your belly (and then some), while also keeping the contents of your wallet relatively in tact.

For example, at Acadiana, sandwiched between your choice of a selection of appetizers (Turtle soup! Gumbo!) and desserts (Lemon bars! Pumpkin bread pudding!), diners can order any entree (with a modest $9 additional charge for the jumbo lump crabcakes and the ribeye steak entrees).

At Chef Geoff’s-Downtown, the entire menu is up for grabs. Create your own restaurant week three-course meal, which can include anything from Gouda-stuffed risotto balls to slow and low beef short ribs — plus dessert.

Jaleo DC is offering up a whopping five courses, including dessert, for their $35.14 dinners. Choices include bacon-wrapped dates, savory carrot soup, pork loin with roasted onion and ‘Valdeón’ blue cheese sauce, and pan con chocolate, among many others.

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Restaurants Ban Food Photography; PayPal to Pay Your Dining Check + More

The canine chefs created dishes that were nothing short of disgusting.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t shoot. Some restaurants are banning food photography. [Business Insider]

* But if you insist on the point and click. Here are some tips for jerk-free restaurant food photography. []

* Make no mistake. Or at least not these five mistakes that restaurant’s make with their websites. []

* Map quest. An Apple Maps error is costing Portland restaurant Metrovino $50,000 in lost business. []

* Pay your bill, pal. You may be able to use PayPal the next time your restaurant check comes. [Columbus Dispatch]

* Fancy feast. The top trends from the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. [Mercury News]

* Feliz cumpleanos, Jaleo. The D.C. mainstay by Jose Andres turns 20. [Washington Blade]

* Shhhh! Here are some of New York’s most quiet restaurants. [Bloomberg]

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Chef José Andrés Shares a Recipe and Memories of Cooking with His Mother

Photo: Courtesy of ThinkFoodGroup
Photo: Courtesy of ThinkFoodGroup

A native of Spain, lauded culinary superstar José Andrés is chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the team responsible for Washington’s popular and award-winning dining concepts Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, Café Atlántico and the critically-acclaimed minibar by josé andrés, as well as Los Angeles’ exciting award-winning destination, The Bazaar by José Andrés, part of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills.

His passion for food began when he was but a child. Andrés says, “From the time I was a little boy, I always loved being in the kitchen. Growing up, my mother always cooked; we did not go to restaurants much as money was tight, and I was often at her side. She was a simple home cook, but at her side I learned the power of food to evoke memory  — in my parents’ case, of Asturias and the family they left behind when we moved to Barcelona. I am no different. Today I prepare Spanish food not just at the restaurants but at home for my children. It is a way of reconnecting with home through food memory.”

His mother’s influence continues to be felt – and can be tasted at one of his restaurants. He shares, “I serve my mother’s flan recipe at Jaleo. It is my version of Proust’s Madeleine. One spoonful never fails to take me back to that apartment kitchen in Santa Coloma de Cervello.”

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