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Restaurant 3’s “Week of Bacon” is back: Enjoy an entire week of festivities.

3 Bacon Sampler

3 Bacon Sampler

Some would say that there are two types of people in the world: Bacon lovers and those who should be. Executive Chef Brian Robinson, at Restaurant 3 is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon.” Back by popular demand, Restaurant Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the house-cured meat by celebrating the Second Annual “Week of Bacon” from October 14-21, with an entire week of tastings, demonstrations, and bacon themed happy hours. I think bacon lovers will complain that it’s only a week.

Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, Restaurant 3 will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites, such as bacon on a stick and bacon-wrapped shrimp. What’s better than meat on a stick? Oh … right. Of course, an ice cold brewsky. Wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the master during the bacon-curing demonstration and tasting that will be offered in the bar during happy hour from 4:00pm – 7pm.

Just when you think you’ve found your mentor for life, Chef Brian Robison will offer a Bacon Curing Class to demonstrate his own special curing methods, share curing rub recipes, and provide participants with tastes from his cellar. Cost will be approximately $25 per person and guests get to take home rubs and bacon!

“I’ve long said that if I were about to be executed and were given a choice of my last meal, it would be bacon and eggs. There are few sights that appeal to me more than the streaks of lean and fat in a good side of bacon, or the lovely round of pinkish meat framed in delicate white fat that is Canadian bacon. Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing.”
-James Beard

Chef Robinson will also offer his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu, priced at $33 per person and features the smoky salty goodness such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream. Don’t miss the chance to get in on the goods. Call Restaurant 3 at (703) 524-4440 to reserve your spot at the curing class, tasting dinner, or brunch.

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Course 1
Bacon & Egg Salad
Frisee/arugula tossed with chopped house-cured bacon and topped with a poached egg

Course 2
Bacon Crusted Mahi Mahi
Oven roasted mahi mahi dusted with a finely ground bacon powder and served over a bacon potato hash

Course 3
Bacon studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream

A longtime bacon lover, Chef Brian Robison began curing his own bacon over 10 years ago. At 3, Chef Robinson has been able to experiment with several different cures and produces several dishes featuring his various styles of house-cured bacon.

For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails. For reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com

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DC Food Blogger Happy Hour this month at Restaurant 3.

Sorry for the late notice, but better late than never, I always say! It’s that time again. Spring always makes people think about bacon. Ok. Not really, but bacon is one of those things that never needs a good time. It’s always a good anytime. Restuarant 3 always makes me think about bacon. I digress.

This month’s DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour, Wednesday, May 5 (6-8 p.m.)  is being held at family-owned, Restaurant 3 in Clarendon, VA (2950 Clarendon Blvd). It’s one of my favorite places and it’s in a very convenient location. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Clarendon Metro (Orange line) and has excellent down-home Southern cookin’ via Chef, Brian Robinson.

On Wednesdays, Restaurant 3 offers $5 martinis in the bar and lounge. They will also have $3 drafts. For the Food Blogger happy hour, we will be in the reserved lounge area.

Come meet, mingle, and chat with fellow food bloggers. Whether you’re a regular DCFBHH attendee in need of a reminder or you’re interested in putting a face to a name for some of your favorite local food bloggers, come have a snack with us. It’s the first Wednesday of every month so put it on your calendar now.

Also, now the DC food bloggers have a new Facebook fan page, a virtual space to hang out, converse, and get to know each other.  If you are a food blogger (or a food lover) feel free to “become a fan.”  We’ll be posting future events via Facebook, so it’s a great way to keep up on what’s going on. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.

A lot of people make these happy hours happen.  A special thanks to Dusty Lockhart who worked with me to organize the venue and provide details about the special happy hour menu that will be provided for our group. As always, thanks to the planning committee:

Arugula Files
Beer Spotter
Biscuits and Such
Capital Cooking
Capital Spice
Common Man Eats
Dining in DC
Gradually Greener
Modern Domestic
Thrifty DC Cook
We Love DC

Hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, if you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.Thanks!

All food lovers and food bloggers are welcome to attend!

For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.

Northside Social Opens in Clarendon Today.

Northside Social, Photo by Stacey Viera

Clarendon residents have seen various coffee houses, like Murky Coffee and before that, Common Grounds come and go at 3211 Wilson Blvd., but some are hoping  that the newest coffee house will be here to stay. Liberty Tavern co-owner Stephen Fedorchak and Rammy 2010 nominee,  Executive Chef, Liam LaCivita are ready to finally unveil their latest project, Northside Social, a bakery/coffee-house/wine bar/cafe/lounge with a “soft opening” today, Monday April 5. 

Northside Social

Northside Social is situated in a 3,774 square foot historic double-decker house, previously home to everything from a fire station to the Clarendon Citizens Hall.  Painted bright red to draw attention, perhaps this detail wasn’t needed, as the buzz about the new Clarendon neighborhood spot has been all over the social media sites for weeks. People have already been tweeting and posting photos on Facebook. Stacey Viera of Best Light Communications, LLC, was among the first to photograph the new coffee house and urging others to visit, “If you go to Northside Social this week, get the chocolate/oatmeal cookie. It is Amazing! There’s a gooey burst of chocolate in each bite. YUM!”

Last month I had an opportunity to meet with Alison Christ, formerly  Sommelier of Willow in Arlington, who will serve as Northside Social’s Sommelier and General Manager and Kim Ash, who is leading their Public Relations efforts to discuss the up and coming Northside social and Lyon Hall, former home of Dan Kain trophies, being completely redone to open a “casual neighborhood brasserie.” 

In addition to a wine program developed by Christ, ex-Murky Coffee General Manager, Marianne Tolosa, will serve as the Director of Coffee and will be have the pleasure to operate their $15,000 imported Italian espresso machine, a “La Marzocco,”  which will brew only the best Organic coffee with Organic milk from Trickling Springs Creamery, a small town creamery located in historic Chambersburg, PA.

Breakfast Sandwich

In addition to coffee, Northside Social will have something for everyone: communal tables, a large counter, sofas for lounging, board games for fun, and live music.  The menu, developed by Executive Chef, Liam LaCivita  will include breakfast goods, lunch and other lite-fare, and will include: Polyface Farm egg sandwiches (see photo above), home-made granola and yogurt, oatmeal,  bacon, sausage, and chicken liver rillettes.  Baker, G. David King, will provide over a half dozen fresh house-made breads daily —  and that perfect scone or biscotti, to go along with your fresh coffee.   

Northside Social’s new pastry Chef, Rob Valencia, from NYC will be busy making delicious pastries, pies, cookies, and seasonal treats such as Passion fruit Pound cake, and home-made fresh Apple Pie, just like Grandma used to make. 

Liberty Tavern executive chef Liam LaCivita will oversee both the Northside and Lyon Hill kitchens. Lyon Hall, slated to open with a month or so, will serve more as a local bistro with a full beer program, with nearly two dozen craft beers, 20 draft lines and offer Eastern European cuisine, including: Alsatian tarts, hanger steak and frites, skate schnitzel, roast chicken and a Bohemian sausage platter (stocked with homemade jagdwurst, bratwurst and kielbasa). The three-story establishment will also feature an open kitchen, an 18-seat marble bar, spacious outdoor patio, semi-private dining in the “Trophy Room” and reclaimed New York City subway light fixtures throughout. 

Northside Social opens today! Check it out!

 Northside Social – 3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late-night dining, Thursday through Saturday. 

Lyon Hall – 3100 Washington Blvd., Arlington. Open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.

Homemade Peeps at Restaurant 3.

This Easter, luscious melt-in-your-mouth marshmallow delights topped with a sweet sugar crust await customers at 3. Executive Chef, Brian Robinson is making his own version of the perennial crowd favorite- Peeps. The marshmallow confections are molded into creative shapes and rolled in colored sugar. The treats will be served complimentary to diners as part of 3’s Easter Sunday Low-Country Brunch from noon to 3 pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 or try your hand at making your own at home (see the recipe below).

The Low-Country Brunch featuring an extensive selection of breakfast favorites including Babes in the Woods country sausage, asiago grits, breakfast muffins, cinnamon brown sugar French toast as well as a made-to-order omelet station. Low-Country favorites such as fried chicken & waffles, gumbo and shrimp & grits add southern flair. Traditional Easter dishes such as  Honey-glazed ham, Dijon-crusted leg of lamb and Slow-roasted prime rib are also offered. The Easter brunch is served buffet-style and is priced at $27 per person for adults and $12 per child, for children under 12.

3’s Homemade Peeps – By Executive Chef Brian Robinson
Ingredients:
Powdered sugar, as needed
2/3 cups cold water, divided

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colored sugar, fine granulated, as needed
Decorating icing, as needed
Preparation: 
Oil the sides of a 13x9x2 inch pan and dust with powdered sugar.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add 1/3 cup cold water then sprinkle gelatin in water.
In a pot, add 1/3 cup water, the granulated sugar, the corn syrup, and salt, stir and cover until the syrup bubbles lightly. Use a candy thermometer to reduce the temperature to 240 degrees.
Slowly whisk the syrup into the gelatin and water mix. Mix on high for about 10 minutes. (It should look like white marshmallow). Add in the vanilla at the last minute.
Pour the marshmallow mix into the prepared pan, smooth out the top, and sprinkle with colored sugar.
Let sit to dry for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Cut peeps into the shapes you want and decorate.

 ENJOY!
3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.  For more information or reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com.

Restaurant 3 offers DC Diners a ‘Week of Bacon’

3 Bacon Sampler

3 Bacon Sampler

Restaurant 3 , a family owned Clarendon neighborhood restaurant that gets its name from its place in the line up in the business, (after Whitlows and Mama Quans) will delight Washingtonian bacon lovers by paying homage to bacon with a week of tastings, festivities and bacon themed happy hours. Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the cured meat by dedicating an entire week to its smoky salty goodness by celebrating the “Week of Bacon” from October 21-27, 2009.

Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, the restaurant will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites such as bacon on a stick & bacon-wrapped shrimp and wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials.

Executive Chef Brian Robinson cures all his own bacon in-house and is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon,” a philosophy that he looks forward to sharing with his guests through his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu being offered throughout the duration of the Week of Bacon. Priced at $30 per person, the menu will feature some of Robinson’s favorite food and bacon pairings such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream.

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Course 1
Bacon & Egg Salad
Frisee/arugula tossed with chopped house-cured bacon and topped with a poached egg
 
Course 2
Bacon Crusted Mahi Mahi
Oven roasted mahi mahi dusted with a finely ground bacon powder and served over a bacon potato hash
 
Course 3
Bacon studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream
 

A longtime bacon lover, Chef Brian Robison began curing his own bacon over 10 years ago. At 3, Chef Robinson has been able to experiment with several different cures and produces several dishes featuring his various styles of house-cured bacon. 
 
For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.  For reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com