Monthly Archives: September 2011

Garden Cafe – Italia – Inside the National Gallery of Art

Our few days of fun with Destination DC started with a little walk to see some of the sights.


Some of the main attractions included the Washington Monument & the Capitol.


But this trip is focused on food, right?


So inside the National Gallery of Art we headed towards our first eating experience.


We started off our eating adventure at the Garden Cafe inside the museum.


I was immediately surprised by this eating experience – the museum fine dining was a real treat.


The menu changes seasonally here based on what is being featured in the museum. A this time, there is a focus on Italian pieces in the Gallery so the menu was created to highlight an Italian culinary experience.  


Pretty fancy and a great idea if you ask me!


We opted for the featured buffet which at $19.75 per person is a great deal for the food you are treated too.    


The buffet included a selection of Italian breads, a watermelon salad with Pecorino Romano cheese and white balsamic dressing,


marinated castelvetrano olives, baked eggplant with tomato, Parmigiano & mozzarella,


long hollow pasta with pancetta and parmigiano along with chicken with rosemary, garlic & tomato sauce


along with gourmet Italian cured meats and cheese


some orange marmalade, fig jam & honey for good measure


and, finally Lattarolo – which is vanilla & honey custard to complete the meal.


I had a little bit of everything and it was absolutely fantastic. I loved every bite!


We were even treated to recipe cards for the dishes at the buffet – I can’t wait to recreate the baked eggplant at home!


After indulging ourselves in an incredible Italian lunch we headed upstairs to experience the only Da Vinci piece in North or South America.


Pretty cool to see in real life.



This painting was double sided which was also neat to see!


This is just the beginning of our culinary travels in DC! Stay tuned for more eating!



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Destination DC

Greetings from Washington DC!

I am excited to announce that I am currently taking part in a 3 day food-focused exploration of the city sponsored by both Foodbuzz and Destination DC.

Destination DC is the official tourism and marketing office of Washington, DC and they are currently hosting myself, Tina & Gina – showing us the best of what DC has to offer! We have been visiting museums, eating at top restaurants and meeting tons of awesome people!

Yesterday was only Day 1 and I took 200 pictures, so needless to say I have lots to share, but here are a few pictures from our day in DC to give you a little sneak peak of all the fun we have been having!

The view from my room:


Men repairing the Washington Monument after the recent earthquakes caused cracks in foundation – see the teeny tiny men repelling from the top? I would love to know how much they make for doing that!

Sadly, the Washington Monument is closed indefinitely, and even MORE sadly, I have never been up to the top of that bad boy. Partly because I am deathly afraid of heights and partly because I haven’t had the chance. I hope it opens up again and that I get to go up there!


The rest of the day consisted of seeing the sights, eating, drinking and eating again (and again!) – trust me when I tell you we are being VERY well fed on this trip!






Just a few sneak peak pictures from our day yesterday, I will be sharing full posts of all the fun soon! The trip has been an absolute blast so far, I am excited for everything Destination DC has planned for us today! Stay tuned!


Don’t forget to check out my Whole Grain Giveaway! Enter to win some fabulous Quaker Products and an iPod nano!



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Home Sweet Home

Tonight I am spending the night at home with my family in Virginia.

Home is where the heart is – and I haven’t seen my family since July 4th weekend, so it was lovely to be able to come down today and spend some time with my mom, dad and brother!


Jackson and I made the trek down from PA to VA this afternoon.

I drove, he slept. Pretty standard.


I will be spending the rest of the week down in DC for a fun blogger media event !

Stay tuned for lots of fun updates!


Don’t forget to check out my Whole Grain Giveaway! Enter to win some fabulous Quaker Products and an iPod nano!



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A Whole Grain Giveaway

Today I have an amazingly awesome giveaway to share with you all! It quite possibly might be the best giveaway to date I have had on my little blog ever! I recently posted urging everyone to Get your Grain On because National Whole Grain Month is coming to an end! To celebrate a fabulous Whole Grain month Quaker Oats wanted to share some fabulous prizes with my readers!

What is up for grabs in this amazing giveaway!?

An assortment of Quaker products, including Oat Squares, Old Fashion Oats and Chewy Bars


Which is a pretty awesome prize if you ask me!


But to make the giveaway even more exciting – the lovely people at Quaker are also adding a iPod Nano to this prize pack!


I am so excited to be offering up an iPod Nano in this giveaway! I have a shuffle that I use for workouts, long run and entertainment at the gym. A nano’s small size that clips on your shirt or shorts is perfect for exercising. The nano is extra awesome because of the built in FM radio and touch screen!


I am pretty jealous I can’t enter this giveaway myself! These brand new iPod nano’s are pretty amazing!


Want to win a fabulous assortment of Quaker products and an iPod nano?

Enter to Win:

1. Check out the Whole Grain Stampede Sweepstakes

2. Leave a comment below telling me why you need to win this – and why you love whole grains!

3.     ‘Like’ And Her Little Dog Too on Facebook and/or follow AHLDT on Twitter

4. Spread the Love! Post on your blog/facebook or tweet this giveaway!


Giveaway ends Friday! Good Luck!


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