Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Best of 2012" Celebration & Thank You Giveaway

The readers voted in the Washington Post's Express "Best of 2012" for their favorites of everything DC has to offer.  From Beauty and Arts to Dining and Fitness, many categories were covered and the winners were announced on October 18.   Yours truly won "Best Food Blog" in the DC Life category, and I cannot be more thrilled!  I am so honored that my little blog stood out and people want to read about what I eat.  To celebrate, I am hosting a "thank you" giveaway with prizes from four of my favorite DC restaurants (who also won in their respective categories). THE CONTEST HAS ENDED.

First, I have a $25 gift certificate to the "Best New Restaurant", Toki Underground in the Atlas District of H St NE. Toki Underground is the hip ramen noodle shop featuring a fun and casual menu of Taiwanese-Korean fusion noodle dishes and dumplings.  Toki Underground boasts some great music and art work, as well as nods to Japanese anime and games.  I really enjoyed my meal there and you can read more about my visit to Toki Underground here.  Some particular items that stand out to me include: chicken dumplings pan-fried and filled with ginger, garlic, scallions, napa cabbage, house spice mixture, topped with Toki tare sauce; masumi vegetarian ramen soybean paste infused Tonkotsu noodle soup with seasonal vegetables red pickled ginger, sesame, scallions, nori; and the dessert bento box. (Full menu)
Open Monday - Wednesday: 5pm to 10pm; Thursday: 5pm to 11pm; Friday - Saturday: 5pm to 12am (Closed on Sunday).

Toki Underground sponsors some fun music and dance events, so check them out on Twitter: @TokiUnderground and Facebook: Toki Underground.

Next, I have a $25 gift certificate to the "Best Sandwich" shop, Taylor Gourmet.  With 3 locations in the DMV area, you are sure to find delicious fresh bread made daily and imported meats and cheeses from Italy. The deli also features breakfast hoagies as well as pastas, sauces, cookies, gelato, and wine.  Read more about my visit to Taylor Gourmet here.  Some particular items that stand out to me include:  Race Street, which combines my love of turkey and prosciutto with fresh mozzarella and pesto; and Love Park - a salad of arugula, pastina, cherry tomatoes, pesto, and fresh mozzarella. (Full menu)
Atlas District: Open Sunday - Thursday 11am to 9pm; and Friday - Saturday 11am to 3:30am.
City Vista: Open Daily 11am to 9pm.
14th St NW: Open Sunday - Thursday 11am to 9pm; and Friday - Saturday 11am to 3:30am.
Dupont Circle: Open Monday - Friday 8am to 7pm; and Saturday - Sunday 8am to 5pm.
Merrifield: Coming Soon.
Bethesda: Open Daily 8am to 8pm.

Taylor Gourmet caters and delivers! Check them out on Twitter: @Taylor_Gourmet and Facebook: Taylor Gourmet.

Keep an eye out for their newest endeavor, Steak and Ice, coming to H St NE "sometime before Christmas 2012".  They will specialize in Philly Cheesesteaks and flavored water ice.  Check them out on Twitter: @SteakandIce  and Facebook: Steak and Ice.

Next, I have a $50 gift certificate to the "Best Seafood" restaurant, Hank's Oyster Bar.  With 3 locations in the DMV area, patrons can enjoy coastal favorites and New England beach fare classics like lobster rolls, daily fish specials and meat ‘n’ two. Lightly fried items such as the popcorn shrimp and calamari and Ipswich clams balance Hank’s ice bar options which consist of a selection of raw oysters, tartar and ceviche.  Read more about my visit to Hank's Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill here.  In addition to the fried seafood favorites, I really enjoyed the Griddled Baby Octopus with preserved lemon and olive relish. (Full menu)
Capitol Hill: Open Monday - Tuesday 5pm to 10pm; Wednesday - Friday 5pm to 11pm; Saturday 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm; Sunday 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm.
Dupont Circle: Open Monday - Tuesday 5:30pm to 10pm; Wednesday - Thursday 5:30pm to 11pm; Friday  11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm; Saturday - Sunday 11am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 11pm.
Old Town Alexandria: Closed Monday; Open Tuesday - Thursday 5:30pm to 9:30pm; Friday 11:30am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm; Saturday 11am to 10:30pm; Sunday 11am to 9:30pm.

Hank's Oyster Bar offers several private dining options for your next special event! Check them out on Twitter: @HanksOysterBar and Facebook: Hank's Oyster Bar.

Finally - a new addition to the original post - I have a $10 gift certificate to the "Best Pie" restaurant, Dangerously Delicious Pies on H St NE.  With the original pie shop up in Baltimore, Rodney Henry opened his second Dangerously Delicious Pies here in DC in 2010. His vision is to offer "bad ass pies", sweet or savory, while enjoying some good tunes and a cup of coffee. Read more about my visit to Dangerously Delicious Pies here.  Some particular items that stand out to me include: Lemon Chess with lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, eggs, buttermilk and a little bit of cornmeal and the Hot Rod Potato with layers of roasted potatoes, cream, cheeses, onions, and whatever else you want inside.  (Full menu)
Open Monday - Thursday 11am to Midnight; Friday 11am to 3:30am; Saturday 9am to 3:30am; Sunday 9am to 10pm.

Dangerously Delicious Pies has many daily specials and hosts great events such as their weekly acoustic music series.  Check them out on Twitter: @DangerousPiesDC and Facebook: Dangerously Delicious.

You have 4 chances to enter the "Best of 2012" Celebration & Thank You Giveaway worth $110 (leave a comment for each task):

1. Leave a comment stating what you are thankful for. (No "Anonymous" please - you want to be able to claim the prize, right?)

2. Like me on Facebook and Share this post.

3. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet this:
Win yummy eats from @WhatMickyEats - #Bestof2012 Celebration Thank You Giveaway #mickyprize
4. Follow me on Pinterest.

Do 1, 2, 3, or all 4! Remember to come back and leave a comment below indicating each task you completed. Due to technical difficulties previously experienced with the comments feature (though now fixed), all entries will be counted regardless of leaving a comment or not. The deadline for entries has been extended to 11:59pm EDT Monday, October 29th. 

NOTE: The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond or another name will be drawn. No compensation was received to host this giveaway.

The winner is Jen!
Congratulations and enjoy!


  1. #2 done -- Glad to discover a new (to me!) DC food blog!

  2. I posted to Twitter! Great giveaway!! I am IN LOVE with Toki Underground. Congrats on the mention!

  3. I am thankful that my brother is coming to visit for the first time in 4 years, and thanks to your blog, I know exactly where to take him! Congrats on the win!

  4. I am thankful that all three of these places are in my neighborhood!

  5. I am thankful for my health and my family's health and that I finally found a way to get home for Thanksgiving to be reflect on thankfulness :)

  6. I am thankful that good food has evolved in such an accessible way over the decades, and that the internet helped push this evolution through! Thanks Micky, love reading your blog!

  7. I am thankful for my family, friends and the constant companionship of my cat, Sassy!

  8. I am thankful for my family and friends most of all, but I second the above comment that I'm also thankful that I live near three of these restaurants!

  9. I'm also thankful that I got my above comment to publish finally! (it wasn't working for me in Safari or Google Chrome Canary)

    But I also tweeted the giveaway! Thanks so much - awesome prizes!

  10. I followed you on Pinterest also

  11. I am thankful everyday for my family, friends and the wonderful man I found, and the endless support and love they all give to me. Can't ask for much more than that.

  12. I also followed you on Pinterest :)


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