I can’t believe that I forgot about restaurant week.  I look forward to this week every year.  However, I have been super busy.  Anyways you still have time to check out restaurant week.  There are great restaurants that have reservations available.  Besides that it is gonna be a great weekend.  Sunny and hot.  A great weekend to head over to the beach and relax.  Enjoy! – Rex

  • DC Restaurant Week — You still have time.  Restaurant Week starts Monday!!!  DC Winter Restaurant Week is upon us.  Here is the gist of it.  Restaurant Week consists of the best DC area restaurants offering a 3 course prix fixe meal for $20.10 for lunch and $30.10 for dinner.  Restaurant week is from August 16-22, 2010.  So making a reservation at your favorite restaurants is a must as they fill up quickly.  It may be a little late to reserve a table at the hottest restaurants, but you can still find a table at one of the other awesome restaurants.

Here are my tips for a great restaurant week

  • Pick a restaurant that has the full menu for restaurant week
  • Stay away from the Steak Houses – They are usually lame
  • If the restaurant has a Restaurant Week menu look at it on their website before reserving a spot.
  • Try a new restaurant – Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to try new and interesting cuisines.
  • Have fun! – Order a glass of wine with dinner.
  • Montgomery County Fair — Aug 13, 2010 9:00am – Aug 21, 2010 10:00pm
    Yet another fair.  I love carnival food so I always post about fairs.  Cotton Candy, Candied Apples, Elephant Ears and the most delicious of them all “The Corn Dog”.  Friday includes honey bee demonstrations and pig races.  Saturday includes honey bee demonstrations and a 4H bake sale.  Sunday includes the honey bee demonstration and a 4H cake auction. If you don’t get a chance to go this weekend the fair is running through the 22nd.

    Location – 16 Chestnut St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

  • Prince William County Fair — Aug 13, 2010 9:05am – Aug 21, 2010 10:05am
    It is a weekend of fairs.  Friday is Half-Price day.  Sunday includes the Hershey Cocoa Classic.  1.) One entry per person 2.) Entry must be a baked dessert made from “scratch” in a non-returnable baking dish/tray. 3.) A minimum of 1/4 cup of cocoa must be used. 4.) Dessert entry must be submitted on cardboard for judging (no doily required). 5.) Two copies of recipe(s) listing the ingredients, preparation instructions, and recipe author must be submitted with the entry, printed on one side of the page.  It is open to everyone.  Entries need to be submitted between 1:30 and 2:30 pm on Sunday.

    Location – 10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112

    Hours of Operation – Gates open at 3pm on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday

    Tickets are $5 and rides and food are extra.

  • “BAKE BETHESDA A PIE” CONTEST — Sep 5, 2010 11:00am – Sep 5, 2010 11:30am
    To enter, contestants must be amateur bakers. All applications include a $5 fee  that will benefit Manna Food Bank. For an application, go to www.bethesdafarmmarket.com and enter before August 31, 2010. A separate entry form is required for each pie entered; bakers may submit up to two pies. Entries may be e-mailed to [email protected] or turned in at the information tent at the Sunday market. For complete details and contest rules, click on www.bethesdacentralfarmmarket.com

    The contest will be judged on Sunday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at the market by some of Washington’s top food professionals: Bonnie Benwick, Assistant Food Editor, Washington Post; Carole Sugarman, Food Editor, Bethesda Magazine; Nancy Hickman, Manager, Buzz Bakery Arlington, and Deann O’Brien, Gazette Newspapers. Prizes will be awarded for both fruit and savory pies. First place is $100 gift certificate, second place wins $50 gift certificate and third place is a $25 gift certificate. All prizes can be redeemed at participating local restaurants, shops and at the Bethesda Central Farm Market.

    Bethesda Central Farm Market, located at the Elm Street parking lot between Wisconsin and Woodmont Avenues on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and at Bethesda Row on Thursday afternoons from 3-7 p.m.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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