Archive for August, 2013

{GIVEAWAY} Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Meet Watermelophant!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

This post is sponsored by Sony Pictures. Have your kids seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? This is a favorite book in our house, and the foodie tots laughed out loud watching the film together. The sequel opens in theaters September 27. The second film features a flock of new Foodimals, and we were asked by Sony Pictures to bring one to life at home. The boy chose Watermelophant, and we had a lot of fun creating it out of a small watermelon, asparagus, rhubarb and artichoke leaves.

Watermelophant by FoodieTots

Click on over to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ Facebook site to learn how to make your own Foodimals at home and meet the other characters from the film.

GIVEAWAY: Sony Pictures is providing a Sony e-reader and copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below naming your favorite Foodimal from the Facebook page to be entered to win. (Continental US residents only.) A winner will be selected at random after 5:59pm Eastern time, Monday, September 9, 2013. Please be sure to use a valid e-mail when commenting (will not be displayed) so I can contact you if you win.

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Disclosure: I was paid by Sony Pictures as a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimals Featured Contributor. They are also providing the giveaway prize. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Favorite Things: Frozen Treats from the Streets of DC

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Our favorite things week moves right along with 3 of our favorite locally-made frozen treats of summer. Our love of dairy extends beyond cheese every once in a while, and we spend a fair bit of our summers searching out the best and brightest ice creams and other frozen goodies. Like these…

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1. Roasted Strawberry Gelato from Dolcezza — if you missed it, you’re out of luck till next year as the strawberry season here is so fleeting. But, you really can’t go wrong with any of Dolcezza’s decadent gelato flavors. Chocolate mint stracciatella is always a favorite of mine.

Milk Cult Popcorn Macaron Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich foodietots.com

2. Salted Caramel Popcorn Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich from Milk Cult – discovered at the Farm-to-Street Party, Milk Cult is a mobile ice cream sandwich and cold brew coffee company. What a coincidence, those may be my two favorite things.

Goodies Custard Truck at Truckeroo from Colleen | GlassBottle on Vimeo.

3. Old school Root Beer Floats from Gigi, the retro Goodies Frozen Custard Truck we spotted last week at Truckeroo.

(Two favorites of previous summers still on our agenda: soft-serve at Northside Social and a visit to Pleasant Pop‘s not-that-new-anymore retail location.)

What favorite frozen treats have you discovered this summer?

Favorite Things: No-Cook Summer Suppers

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Our favorite things week continues with a non-recipe — because I don’t spend much time developing new recipes here at the close of summer. Pretty much everything found at the market or in our CSA bag can be served fresh or quickly grilled with a little cheese and few slices of bread. Why make things complicated?

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Here we also added some prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and watermelon from the CSA, and peaches from southern Maryland. The tomatoes and fruit were sprinkled with champagne vinegar, and the mozzarella drizzled with olive oil. A pinch of salt and pepper and we were set. Oh, and a loaf of Atwater’s sourdough, also from the farmers market. The boy still doesn’t like tomatoes, so I composed the ingredients as shown above and let the kids mix as they desired.

We’d been to a Good Food Awards tasting earlier in the day, where the kids went nuts over this champagne vinegar. Really. {Kimberley Wine Vinegars from California. Check ‘em out.}

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The tot stopped to say hello to one of her pickle ladies, aka Sarah from Gordy’s Pickle Jar. They had run out of her sweet chips, though, so I had promised her we’d have some at home (fortunately we still had a jar in the fridge). So, this was her dinner creation, titled “The Pickled Lady”:

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We may have eaten this meal a few more times this week…. and then we got more tomatoes and watermelon in our CSA bag yesterday, so I moved on to gazpacho.

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What’s your favorite no-cook supper?

Fresh Summer Flavors at Silver Diner

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

It’s birthday week at Casa de FoodieTots — mine was Monday, and the boy celebrates his this weekend. I know many of you are already back to school, but we still have two weeks of summer vacation here and are squeezing every last delicious bite out of it. So we thought we’d share a few of our favorite tastes and places this week. Up first, a local diner where you can feel good about what the kids are eating. No, really.

Our local Silver Diner chain, as I’ve written about in the past, sources local and natural foods from farms in the region. Earlier this summer they invited us in to sample their summer menu options, including more gluten-free and flexitarian choices. They offer an entire page full of options for kids, though the younger foodie tot is pretty set on her macaroni and cheese with strawberries on the side. I did talk her into sampling the black bean hummus appetizer with cucumbers and tomatoes, though, which was quite tasty.

Silver Diner summer menu | foodietots.com

The boy has a wider range of favorites, including the turkey and mashed potatoes, sliders, and pancakes. Kids can choose from a list of healthy sides that includes strawberries, edamame or mixed  vegetables.

The farm fresh ingredients include free range turkey from Koch’s Farms, PA; eggs from Martin Farms, PA; and goat cheese from FireFly Farms in MD — as well as fresh produce in season. I loved the bahn mi turkey burger (pictured above). Top off your meal with a classic ice cream shake or opt for a healthy pomegranate yogurt shake with wheat germ, my personal favorite.

Silver Diner kids menu | foodietots.com

And Tuesdays are kids night at the Silver Diner, with entertainment and activities to keep the kids busy while the parents finish their meals in relative peace. There are 15 locations in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. If you’ve been, tell us what your kids’ favorite menu selections are?

Disclosure: We received our meal for free to review the summer menu, but all opinions are our own. We frequently eat at Silver Diner on our own dime.

Around Town: Arlington County Fair

Friday, August 9th, 2013

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Did you know Arlington County, Virginia, has an annual county fair? Now, there are no working farms in the county, so you may be wondering what exactly an urban fair looks like. If you’ve ever lived in a rural area or visited an agricultural state’s fair …. this isn’t like that. It’s really more of a carnival, with piglet races and pony rides. But if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, there are rides and carnival games galore. And no risk of stepping in cow pies.

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And I was thrilled to spot the Big Cheese truck at the end of the row of food stands. I’ll take a grilled cheese with Vermont cheddar and a natural, honey-sweetened lemonade over greasy fair food any day. (The foodie tot was thrilled over the baby pickles that came with the kids’ grilled cheese.)

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But there are fried Oreos, Twinkies and Reese’s, if that’s your thing. And funnel cake. And cotton candy.

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Visit the Arlington County Fair website for scheduled events and parking directions.