Highlights from Easter Weekend in DC

I had such a great visit with my parents this weekend, which ended up being a culinary experience all over the city, wrapping up in my apartment with the first holiday I’ve ever hosted (though my mom helped a ton, obv).

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Major victory getting my mom to smile in a photo. Score!

Highlights of the weekend included:

1.) Union Market

On Saturday late morning, we ventured to the newly (ish) opened Union Market in DC. I thought it would be a fun activity to do since my parents are as into food as I am, and we also wanted to pick up ingredients for Easter brunch the next day.

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It was really cool to walk around and there were tons of different local vendors selling everything from tea to meat to wine to vegetables. We ended up getting the lamb there and I also got some chicken to make for this week, but the veggies were really expensive and nothing else really caught our eye from the vendors. There were several places selling food to eat, but I had my eye on something specific…

2.) Lambs and Clams from Rappanannock Oyster Bar

This dish made the list of 40 dishes every Washingtonian must try in 2013 according to the Washington Post, and it did not disappoint. The place itself was really cute, with communal seating in the middle of the market as well as up along the bar, and the kitchen right there for everyone to see.

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I couldn’t picture what it would be like from the description, and was pleasantly surprised when it came out.

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Totally genuine pre-food coma bliss.

The dish was basically a stew that had ground lamb and whole clams in the shell, and it came with two huge pieces of crusty bread that were doused in butter, which makes everything better. It was super flavorful, delicious, and complex. Highly recommend.

I also had a pineapple soda from Buffalo Bergen, which also made the top 40 list, but I was less impressed with that. It was good, but not worth the $5.50 it cost in my opinion.

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I clearly didn’t hate it though.

3.) Medium Rare

Saturday night, we headed to Medium Rare for dinner, which is a place I’d heard a lot about but didn’t have a chance to try until now. The concept is simple – it’s a price fixed menu with bread, salad, and steak frites with “secret sauce” (sketch) that is $19.50 a person. All you have to do is tell them how you want your steak cooked, and they bring it out in two portions so that it’s perfectly cooked the entire time you’re eating it. I like that the menu is pre decided because I always gush over big menus and have so much trouble figuring out what to get, and almost always end up with meal envy. Obviously you want to be in the mood for steak to go here, but if you are, I’d highly recommend it. The secret sauce was also really good, though no one, not even the waiters, know exactly what is in it, which makes me cringe a little.

4.) Easter Brunch

This was definitely one of the top parts of the weekend! My mom and I cooked everything and it all came together pretty quickly and without too much stress, which is a big win for my family. We even had a little time for a goofy photo shoot.

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I think we all got different messages about what face to make for that one.

First up, we set the table and made it a bit festive.

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It was fun getting it set up, which is something I have literally not done since living in my apartment for a year a half.

First course was a delicious salad.

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Mixed butter lettuce with toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and goat cheese, tossed with a homemade honey balsamic vinaigrette (by yours truly).

The main event was rack of lamb, roasted purple potatoes, steamed asparagus, and creamed baby spinach.

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I tackled the potatoes, the asparagus, and the plating, while my mom handled the lamb and the creamed spinach. Everything turned out perfect and was delicious, but also not super heavy, which was nice since we had to save room.

Dessert was definitely in competition for my favorite part of the weekend.

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French macarons from Macaron Bee! These were incredible, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet-but-not-too-sweet macarons. The meringue was so light and slightly crunchy and the ratio of creamy filling made for a perfect balance. We ended up getting four flavors – salted caramel (OMG), green tea (eh), Pistachio (good), and Toasted Almond (amazing). In case you couldn’t gather from my commentary, the salted caramel was my favorite with the toasted almond a close second. I could have eaten the whole box but stopped at 4, so I’m going to consider that a win as well. What a fun weekend!

Do you ever host holidays, or mostly go to other family members/friends for them?

PS: My first DietBet game ended yesterday, but I’m hosting a second DietBet game that starts this Wednesday, April 3, and runs through the whole month! Last game ended up having 405 participants for a total of a $10,125 pot and 2065 POUNDS LOST (as of this morning)!!! Holy crap!! You can read about the way it works in this post.

8 Comments on Highlights from Easter Weekend in DC

  1. Anne
    April 1, 2013 at 8:37 am (8 years ago)

    Sounds like an awesome Easter holiday ! 🙂 I love Macaron Bee !! True macarons, with the french seal of approval 😉

    Cherry Blossom 10 miler next weekend !! Have a blast ! 🙂
    I’ll be ready for next year’s lottery 😉

  2. Ashleysh22
    April 1, 2013 at 10:21 am (8 years ago)

    ooh that dietbet thing looks fun! Only, I’m not trying to lose any more weight – not sure I could if I tried. I am already on the LOW end of a healthy BMI (BMI=19) – and I’m really trying to GAIN 4% of muscle ;0 or something. In any case – I think its cool you host this! And it sounds like you had a great weekend with your family!

  3. Robyn
    April 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm (8 years ago)

    I hosted Easter for the first time this year, and I put a lot of stress and pressure on myself to make things perfect, way more than I needed to, it was simple, enjoyable and it all turned out great! Your Easter looks like it turned out awesome too!!

  4. Lynette
    April 2, 2013 at 9:10 am (8 years ago)

    I host Thanksgiving every year at my house. Typically have about 10 people. Best thing to do is to prep things the day before, as much as possible. I also find it less stressful for me if I keep everyone out of my kitchen! I tend to get things done quicker and easier with less bodies in the cramped space! Looks like you had an awesome weekend with your parents. That makes it all worth it! 🙂

  5. Elsa Barbi
    April 2, 2013 at 10:04 am (8 years ago)

    OMG you look just like your mom…so pretty! We had Easter dinner on Saturday, it was great as my mom and my mother-in-law cooked! Happy Easter! BTW, I was on teh WW weekly last week Elsa from San Diego! Muah!

  6. Roz@weightingfor50
    April 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful post. Glad you had a great Easter with your family Beth. Thanks for sharing the adventures with us.

  7. Abby Johnson
    April 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Great time with your parents and the best part of it was the food trip with them 🙂 I love your post, keep it up!

  8. Jill
    April 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Beautiful meal……bravo!!


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