Category: "Reviews"

BBQ Brawl – The Who’s Who of NOVA BBQ

Over the summer, Northern Virginia Magazine and Specialicious.com set out to find the who’s who of northern Virginia (NOVA) BBQ. They started out with 32 BBQ Brawl competitors and are currently down to the top 8. We’re big fans of good BBQ, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to join in and judge who’d be competing in the top [...]

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BGR The Burger Joint Reviewed

Unique sit down burger joints are popping up left and right in the DC metro area as well as across the nation. We’ve become obsessed with burgers and with good reason – they’re delicious! Perhaps we’ve grown tired of the fast food varieties and now yearn for more ‘gourmet’ burger restaurants. In the DC metro [...]

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Paul Bakery and Café

My quest to find the best cafes through my travels has led me to Georgetown, DC. Not only do they serve amazingly smooth coffee, but this place is a pastry haven. We actually met the folks from Paul at a foodie event called Breast Cancer Bites. We got little samplings from the show and we really [...]

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Let’s POP for Pop Chips!

CookingShorts have fallen head-over-heels in love with these cute little popped chips; they are by far one of our favorite snacks. Initially, they were hard to find; we would only get them at our local Wegmans. Now these crunchy bits of deliciousness seem to be popping up all over the place. We find them to be [...]

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Bobby’s Burger Palace Reviewed

Bobby’s Burger Palace is a relatively new hamburger restaurant chain created by Chef Bobby Flay.  While a location recently opened in Washington, DC, I (Jason) visited the BBP in Paramus, New Jersey while on a day trip.  I’m always a big fan of a good, juicy cheeseburger; nothing beats it.  When I heard that Bobby [...]

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CookingShorts Experiences Puerto Rico

One of our favorite regions to vacation is the Caribbean. Out of the many tropical islands in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico stands out as one of our favorites. Puerto Rico has a lot to offer the Caribbean vacationer, from sandy beaches to tropical rain forests. We particularly love the Old San Juan area of Puerto Rico. [...]

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Summer is here! Let’s go to Duck, NC (OBX)

At first, I wasn’t attracted to the Outer Banks (OBX) beach scene. Maybe it was because I really didn’t grow up traveling down to the Outer Banks for family vacations. Maybe it’s because I prefer the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.  Jason, however, spent much of his childhood summers vacationing in OBX. For the first time [...]

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Leesburg’s The Wine Kitchen Reviewed

In the heart of downtown Leesburg, there is the most unique little restaurant, The Wine Kitchen. The Wine Kitchen serves up a dose of rustic charm that fits in perfectly with Leesburg’s historic district. This farm table bistro is not only super cute but the food is top notch. It’s not uncommon to find my [...]

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Road Trip: Asheville, North Carolina

CookingShorts hit the road this past October for its first ever road trip.  Destination: Asheville, NC.  We finally got away for a long weekend of fantastic eats, breathtaking mountain views and awesome music.  This cute and quaint city will remain a favorite on our list and we’ll be sure to revisit it as often as possible.  If [...]

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What’s the Buzz About?

  Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge fan of coffee.  Nothing starts my day better than the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.  There are many times throughout my LONG work days that I crave a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a simple iced latte.  Unfortunately for me, the area in which [...]

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Farm Town Restaurant Not Using Local Ingredients?

I grew up in the small farm town of Nokesville, VA.  Whenever we visit family that still lives in the area, we notice a lot of changes.  It’s no longer the small town of my childhood.  Growing up, we’d travel to the next town if there was anything that we needed.  Now, my family has a five minute drive stores and restaurants.  A new restaurant, Chuck [...]

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