Weekly Roundup: Too Nice to Cook Edition

by moderndomestic on April 9, 2010

Spring Flowers

Why cook when you can sip cocktails on a patio in weather like this?

Sometimes I tend to generalize my own experience to the rest of the blogosphere. For instance, this week I’ve been extremely busy – too busy to cook, write, or dress myself in anything other than jeans and a t-shirt. And the weather’s been so nice that I’ve spent the little time I do have outside in this lovely (although too warm, for me) weather. And the feeling I’ve been getting from the rest of the blogosphere is that no one’s been in the mood for cooking this week – everyone’s been in the mood for gathering on patios, drinking fizzy cocktails, and gossiping about what’s going on with Top Chef. But who knows if this is actually the case – perhaps I’m just projecting my own busy week on all my other food bloggers.

What do you think? Have you cooked less this week because of the nice weather? Or am I just crazy?

Here’s the news from the blogosphere – DC or otherwise:

  • Well, it’s here – Metrocurean reports that Top Chef DC has officially started filming. And the rumors about contestants, challenges, and judges are already flying. You can follow all the “unofficial” gossip @topchefdcnews.
  • The NYTimes reports on the alarming trend of people taking photos of everything they eat and then posting them online. Oh. Yes. I never do that. Not at all.
  • The Arugula Files is planning a volunteer day at Eco Farms with DC Food Bloggers. Farms, food bloggers – man, this sounds like fun.
  • Who knew that cereal was so controversial? The Cereal Cowl, a mid-size chain that sells, well, cereal just opened up a new location in Cleveland Park. Tim Carman’s review of the place launched a flurry of commenting over at Young and Hungry from people who both love and hate the concept.
  • According to Top Shelf – the Top Chef contestants have been spotted at the Silver Spring Whole Foods. Was the P street Whole Foods not available or something? Why are the cheftestants up in Silver Spring?
  • A friend recently told me that he thought the most boring Wikipedia page had to be the one on the history of sandwiches. Um, excuse me? Sandwiches – one of the most glorious food inventions of all time – are boring? Are meatball subs boring? Is a perfect grilled cheese boring? The philly cheesesteak, the cubano, the bahn mi – these are wonderful foods. I was happy to see the latest Young and Hungry column focusing on the great sandwiches DC has to offer.
  • The Washington Post reviews the takeout at A.M. Wine Shoppe – a new wine store in Adams Morgan that apparently sells really awesome sandwiches. See – sandwiches are fascinating!
  • Lisa from Dining in DC recently served as a judge on the Travel Channel’s food wars. Now the episode finally has an air date – April 13! Get the deets over at Dining in DC.
  • Tom Colicchio dishes it out as a Top Chef judge – but what’s it like to dine at one of his restaurants? Endless Simmer dishes about their recent trip to Colicchio and Sons, Collicchio’s newly opened restaurant.
  • Gradually Greener wonders about the possibility of morel hunting in Rock Creek Park.
  • I’ve always heard that the Tabard inn has the best brunch and it’s always been on my list of places to try. But after seeing Mango and Tomato’s lovely photos from her birthday brunch there, I, um, reeaally want to go. I’ll go anywhere that serves good doughnuts. Mmmm . . .
  • Thank God someone said it – I’m not the only person who thinks that grilled vegetable plates suck. Via the Internet Food Association.

Happy Friday!

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Olga @ MangoTomato April 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

That photo is so very pretty!!!Too bad you could not join me and my friends for brunch: there is always next time!


moderndomestic April 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Thank you! I’m very proud of this photo. I need to do another “walk around and take pictures of spring” outing one of these days.


Cathy April 9, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I look forward to this post every week! Thanks for all the inspiration for sandwiches & drinks on the patio.


moderndomestic April 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Awww, thank you!

Glad that someone else shares my love of sandwiches. Besides Joey Tribbiani.


Alejandra April 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Not much cooking this week either…warm weather makes me want to simplify my cooking and make lighter, easier to digest things. Not so great when you like baking LOL


Rebecca April 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

Reminds me that I want to make that delicious looking Italian bread salad you wrote about last summer when it was too hot to cook.


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