Posts Tagged ‘desserts’

Open Secrets: Bourbon Steak’s Pork Cupcake And Other Off-Menu D.C. Delights

City Eats has compiled a list of the most intriguing not-so-secret off-menu dishes at D.C.-area eateries. Bourbon Steak chef Adam Sobel's pulled pork cupcake (pictured above) makes the list. So does Mike Isabella's fluffy sugar-dusted zeppoles at Graffiato. (Both of these items are limited to around 20 per day.) One I hadn't heard of: the […]

The Ultimate Sin Tax

When budgets run short, American lawmakers love to take a bite out of those trio of scoundrels known as gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol, with the hope that governments will fill their coffers and we'll cut down our consumption.  Never mind that taxes haven't helped much in at least one category. But now comes the news […]

Buzz Bakery in Ballston Will Open in…Who Knows?

This may be the most painfully cute sugar cookie ever. I say "painfully" because the beehive-shaped treat is available at, ahem, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, where pastry chef Josh Short created it several years ago for a  fundraiser. Now it's permanently on the menu at Buzz. I have to admit, over the years, I have […]

Hook’s Heather Chittum to Appear on ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’

Damn, the things you miss when you're out videotaping large, chain-let restaurants that aren't quite as large as they think. On Friday, Bravo announced the 12 contestants for the debut season of Top Chef: Just Desserts, and among them are D.C.'s Heather Chittum, pastry chef for Pure Hospitality's two Georgetown properties, Hook and Tackle Box. […]

Something Sweet Is Making Whoopie (Pies) on Macomb

If you believe the New York Times, the latest treat to try to supplant the cupcake in our hearts and mouths is not the crepe but the whoopie pie. That's right, the whoopie pie, that hamburger-shaped cake split in half and traditionally filled with a sweetened hydrogenated spread of Crisco and  Marshmallow Fluff. Maybe that […]

Former Scientist Hits the Streets in Sweetbites Truck

From the little window in her new Sweetbites truck, Sandra Panetta told me she had just quit her job at the EPA the day before. I asked if she were a scientist, and Panetta said she was, a biochemist in fact. According to her own short bio page, the scientist didn't just up and quit […]

Capital City Cheesecake to Open on Saturday

It's about a month later than originally thought, but Capital City Cheesecake will be making its brick-and-mortar debut on Saturday in Takoma Park with an expanded concept and lots of free samples. "They have added to their original concept by hiring chef Annette Ryan who will prepare lunch items like salads, pasta salads and sandwiches […]

Is Pastry Chef Amanda Cook Leaving CityZen?

Y&H typically doesn't engage in speculation when it comes to matters of kitchen personnel, but I had to find out if the Beard-nominated pastry chef, Amanda Cook, was leaving CityZen after a source forwarded this job listing from Craigslist. The open position? "Pastry Chef — CityZen." I caught CityZen chef Eric Ziebold just as he was […]

The ‘Deviled Eggs’ at ACKC Cocoa Bar

These delicate, egg-shaped confections are Rob Kingsbury's contribution to the spring and Easter seasons at ACKC Cocoa Bar. The chocolate shells (both white and dark) contain some piped yellow frosting, which is sprinkled with red sugar crystals to resemble paprika. They're ingenious  — and, sadly, more delightful to gaze upon than eat. I found them […]

Reader Feedbag: Two Recipes from Hilary Nelson

As promised earlier, here are two recipes submitted by Hilary Nelson, aka the Cupcake Avenger, who responded to Y&H's call for good, home-bound meals to get us through the Snowmageddon last month. You might think that snow brings out Hilary's taste for the white stuff — sugar, that is — but she's always hankering for […]

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