Catch Me if You Can

[ 1 ] March 28, 2012 |

For the past four months I have been here, there and everywhere and you know I took pictures of the food. I had to share with you my food adventures and why I have been in and out Reagan National like I live there.

Oklahoma City

Jazmoz Bourbon St. Cafe (OKC) Lobster Bisque

Beginning with Oklahoma City, I had the opportunity to get a taste of Deep Deuce, Oklahoma City BBQ and finally try Sonics (*since they show all the commercials in D.C. but there are none in the area).


Two Urban Licks empanada

Then to Atlanta for a weekend that would begin with Two Urban Licks. Obviously one of the more popular dining destinations in Atlanta, the 1 ½ hour wait left time for me to take in the scene and a few libations at the massive bar. Set in what must have been an old warehouse, the restaurant is one level with a capacity to seat that of a restaurant with 6 levels. In love with the open kitchen concept, I was pleased to sit close enough where I could catch glimpses of them working with my salmon chips (*these chips need to come to D.C. restaurants) and fried green tomatoes.

Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Doubles

I had not been to a party until I went to Trinidad Carnival this year and this is coming from a girl who has done her fair share. Trinidad Carnival takes it to a whole new level with party, libations and food. I was introduced to “Doubles” on my trip, which is double minature roti topped with a mixture of curried chick peas or garbanzo beans. As the typical tourist to the area, Shark and Bake was on the brain as soon as I landed. After Andrew Zimmerman made me salivate for over year about this thing, I had to see what all the hype was about. Basically it is a fried shark sandwich which has the texture and bite a chicken breast. Of the two common street fare, I would have to say Doubles were my winner.

Capital Cooking Show Supper Club

(Clockwise) Braised Lamb, Apollina's Mint Ganache Cake, Johnna's Mac 'n cheese and Camp Viejo wines

Lauren’s Supper Club parties are the best.  The main dish is lamb, courtesy the Tri-Lamb Group, at the Supper Club gatherings and guests bring along a side dish or wine pairing.  Last month, I brought along my favorite side dish: macaroni and cheese.  Using white cheddar and elbow noodles, I managed to add the perfect comfort food to the Braised Lamb Shanks and vast spread.  Potato gratin, pumpkin soup and Apollina’s Mint Chocolate Ganache cake rounded out the rest of the lineup.  Camp Viejo wines came through and paired the dishes with their wine collection.

Done Like Dundee…Gone Like Gandhi…

Cocktail in a Bag courtesy @DLDGLG

@DLDGLG (*Twitter handle) brought me back a token from his travels to Paris and Austria…none other than cocktail juice!  A little Ebony Jamaican rum mixed with a pinch of lime and there we have a taste of what @DLDGLG is offering up at his new bar home, PS7.  Cheers!

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Lauren says:

    I love lamb dinners too!!

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