Take that, Emeril!

January 4, 2010

We always knew the Obamas were eatin’ good in the neighborhood, but we didn’t realize how good until last night’s special Iron Chef America, which pitted Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali against Bobby Flay and White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.  The secret ingredient: anything from the White House Garden.  The four chefs scavenged the garden for their pick of seasonal produce, then returned to the DC set of Kitchen Stadium to make good on Michelle’s challenge: create a meal that inspires Americans, and focuses on eating healthy and locally.

Fashion faux pas survey: To match your Crocs to the First Lady's dress? (AP Photo)

Team Flay and Comerford won handily with: a fennel and apple salad with oysters; Fresh garden salad with fried lobster and squid in carrot juice, sweet and sour eggplant with pine nuts and currants; Broccoli clam “chowder” with a hint of ginger; all American BBQ with pork, slaw, collard green tamale, cauliflower gratin and watermelon radish pickles;  sweet potato tart with honey, topped with pecan brittle and ginger ice cream.

Isn't it considered cheating to smear caviar all over your dish? (Food Network)

This wasn’t Flay’s first interaction with the Obamas, though.  Our POTUS got a little training in the art of grilling from the master…

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White House Goes Orange

October 31, 2009
The White House turned orange today for 2,6oo trick-or-treaters. And looked almost as scary as it did when the Bush’s and Cheney’s ran the place! POTUS, FLOTUS and FGOTUS (First Grandmother) Marian Robinson handed out treats on the front steps to area school children and later joined families of military and White House staffers inside for a presidential Boo house of sorts. The treats included M&Ms (with POTUS’ signature on them), a sweet dough butter cookie from the White House pastry chef, and  a bag of dried fruit (including cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas).
 
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The White House hasn't been this scary since Dick Cheney was here! (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Did these skeleton's come from Clinton's closet? (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)

As for costumes, FLOTUS was dressed as a cat woman and POTUS was well, a middle-aged parent. Commenting on the kids in costume, POTUS said, “They’re adorable, as is, by the way, my wife — a very nice-looking Cat Woman.” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dressed as Darth Vader, with son Ethan; and Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, dressed as Goofy. The Obama girls (Sasha and Malia) were at the party and apparently flew under cover because no one reported a sighting of the girls in costume! Well done!

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She's no cougar! Definitely a purrrrrrrty kitty! (Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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"It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark...Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart" (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ethan, Robert Gibbs IS YOUR FATHER. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)


FGOTUS–First Gardener of the United States

October 30, 2009

Our FLOTUS (dubbed FGOTUS for the day) has outdone the average home gardener with the White House First Garden.   The First Lady invited local DC school children to help her with the fall harvest yesterday, and surprised everyone with the math behind the cost of said garden.  Michelle asked the students how much they thought it cost to start the famous garden, and their guesses ranged from $300-$6000.  In truth, FGOTUS told the crowd that for merely $150 for soil and $55 for seeds, the White House Garden has produced anywhere from 740 lbs to 963 lbs of vegetables, most of which either goes to the White House kitchen or Miriam’s Kitchen.  Students carted away over 240 lbs of veggies yesterday, including carrots, sweet potatoes, lettuce, and fennel.  Now’s that’s a green thumb!

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Behold--the world's LARGEST tuber! (Photo from Huffington Post)


Power (School) Lunch!

October 20, 2009

An otherwise ordinary meal of grilled cheese and tater tots turned into one of the most coveted power lunches for students at Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring when they got a surprise visit from POTUS himself! According to the WaPo, “students shook with excitement and some started crying at the sight of their famous guest.” Apparently he was on his way home from parent-teacher conferences at Sidwell Friends School where his two daughers are enrolled.

The President spent most of his 30 minute visit shaking hands and talking about what they’ve been reading.  He also put in a plug for the Harry Potter books (which he read with daughter Malia) and for the book and the movie “Where the Wild Things Are” (which happens to be POTUS’ favorite book while growing up).  

Cutest quote award goes to a little girl named Maya — who said that “this is the best day of my life …. in school.”

Okay folks, who wants to trade a bologna & cheese and a fruit roll up for a grilled cheese and some tots? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

Okay folks, who wants to trade a bologna & cheese and a fruit roll up for a grilled cheese and some tots? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

You guys got thoughts on the run-off election in Afghanistan? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

You guys got thoughts on the run-off election in Afghanistan? (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

 Here’s a BoL extra — POTUS reading “Where the Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll:


Eatin’ Good in the Neighborhood

September 18, 2009

Apparently a private vegetable garden isn’t enough for the Obama family.  Their need for vitamins A to zinc drew the First Lady to the newly established FRESHFARM Market on Vermont Avenue “by the White House.”  Only a week ago, our FLOTUS reportedly submitted a request to the city for the appropriate road closures, etc.  Usually, such a request takes months/years to be okayed.  Not the case here!

FLOTUS addressed the 300-person crowd, saying “I’ve never seen so many people excited about fruits and vegetables. Yay for vegetables!!!”

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

"I'm so excited about vegetables THAT I CAN'T CONTAIN MYSELF!!!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

What did the First Lady purchase, you ask?  For a total of $28, she bought: a wheel of organic Camembert, chocolate milk, eggs, Tuscan kale, cherry tomatoes, Asian pears, “patriotic” potatoes (red, blue and German butterball), and hot peppers.

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

The Cheese Whisperer (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

At one point, a fellow produce-junkie chided, “Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!,” to which Mrs. Obama replied “I don’t know if the president likes brussel sprouts.”

"Dont forget the brussel sprouts!" (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)
“Don’t forget the brussel sprouts!” (flanked by Sam Kass, White House Chef, and Adrian Fenty, DC Mayor) (Photo by Win McNamee, Getty Images)

When will FLOTUS start hawking the White House Garden wares?


Obamas hit the Little Mountain!

July 24, 2009

Residents of Charlottesville, VA were treated to a surprise visit from Michelle Obama,  her mother, Marion Robinson,  and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, yesterday. The family was in town doing some sightseeing. First stop — the home of President Thomas Jefferson, Monticello (which means little mountain). On their way home, they ate dinner at The Virginian and then stopped at a hometown favorite, Arch’s, to indulge in some frozen yogurt. Yummy! (If you ever go to Arch’s, I personally recommend the Mississippi Mud — heath bars, gooey brownies, and graham crackers on vanilla!). Earlier in the day, the Obamas toured Luray Caverns. All this fun, while POTUS is in Chicago and Ohio for the day. Next time, take me!!

Okay, Charlottesville loves all of the Obamas! (courtesy of Charlottesville DEMs)

Okay, Charlottesville loves all of the Obamas! (courtesy of Charlottesville DEMs)



FLOTUS is the bees knees!

July 20, 2009

The White House/First Lady announced a few months back that they would single handedly solve the decidedly sad story regarding honeybees. Well, not exactly, but in addition to the wildly popular First Garden, FLOTUS has authorized a First Beehive (FBhOTUS??), thus delighting the very vocal US beekeeper community. 

This tiny box can make that much honey?  Sign us up!  (Photo by Charlie Brandts)

This tiny box can make honey? Sign us up! (Photo by Charlie Brandts)

The upkeep has gone to Charlie Brandts, who worked as a White House carpenter and raised bees in his free time.  When White House Chef Sam Kass heard about Brandts’ hobby, he asked him to make honey for the White House kitchen.  Now, Brandts been promoted to First Beekeeper, and earned his keep by producing a whopping 43 pounds of honey for the first pull in July.    Sadly, the public won’t get a chance to sample the citrusy honey, as most will be used in the kitchen or as gifts.  The bees will also help with pollination of the nearby First Garden.

FLOTUS would look fetching in that outfit (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Charlie looks good, but FLOTUS would look GREAT in this getup (Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)