2016 Hot Minute Awards

2 years ago we published our first Hot Minute Awards –  a year long compilation of our favorite food, drink, people and places. I think 2015 slipped right by us, and in reflecting on how monumental our last year has been, we felt compelled to remember and highlight the best of it.

So, without further ado we present our 2016 HOT MINUTE AWARDS:

Favorite Date Nights: Society Fair Demo Kitchen, Scott’s 33rd Birthday, our last date night in DC and our first WNY date night.
crispy brussels and cocktail at Zaytinya
Favorite Restaurant Experience (cocktails + food):  Red Hen DC, and  Aro Bar de Tapas in Buffalo.
Aro Bar de Tapas
Aro Bar de Tapas
Favorite Restaurant Decor:  Homestead, DC
Cocktails at brand new Homestead in Petworth, DC
Cocktails at brand new Homestead in Petworth, DC
Favorite Event: Pink Tie Party, Rammys, Kentucky Derby Party


Best Mexican Restaurant Experience: Hacienda Sisal in Mexico, and Mariachi de Oro in Medina.
Mariachi De Oro


Best Winery:  Paradise Springs, in Virginia and Freedom Run in Lockport, NY. 


Best Winery Experience: Chateau Niagara in Newfane.


Favorite Restaurant Opening:  Bonfire DC, Ru’s Pierogi in Buffalo
Bonfire DC


Best Patio Brabo in Old Town, Alexandria
Braborecap-11 BraboFinalHH-4Best French Cuisine: Bastille, Le Diplomat
Frogs legs at Bastille
Best Appetizer: Bacon Onion Tart from Central, and the Tuna Package at Zambistro
Bacon Onion Tart


Most Photogenic Cocktail: the Gaia (no longer available) at Magnolias on King, several from Stanton and Greene, DC
Stanton & Greene


Best Brunch:  Earl’s Kitchen + Bar in Tyson’s Corner


Best Bakery/Cafe : Lait Cru Brasserie  in Buffalo and Junction Bakery in Del Ray, Virginia.
Junction Bakery
Lait Cru
Vacation Spot:  Mexico, Adirondacks
Favorite Cocktail Bar: Buffalo Proper, PX in Old Town


Best Burger: Marble + Rye, Good Luck
Marble + Rye
Best Opportunity to Overcome FearsZiplining in Mexico


Best Dressed: DC Fashion Fool, Simply Sylvia
Best Travel Bloggers: The Gay Traveler, Dining Traveler
Favorite Photographers: Joffoto and Lauren Werkheiser Photography
Local Rochester Blog: Pastiche
Local Buffalo Blog: Yeah! Buffalo
Favorite Instagram Account (and blog): The Farmhouse Project
Favorite Athlete: Tyrod Taylor – in Tyrod I trust!


Our Favorite Posts of 2016: I’m Not Political, I’m HumanThe 5 Mistakes we Made Moving Home, Dear Minnesota, The Grand Bedroom Reveal, and of course – our post announcing our move home, The Secret is Out.

And there you have it – the big winners of 2016. Sadly, there are a million other places and people that gave us so much to be thankful for this year, and it was hard not to mention each one. We’ve grown a lot and had our hands full juggling the excitement of finally being home and the grief of leaving DC, but we are better and stronger for it. Scott and I have some major projects lined up for 2017, and we are eager to continue to share all of our dating adventures with you. Thank you all for continuing to read and support us – love and best wishes to you all for an exceptional new year!

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    1. […] We crossed the street and sat down to another lovely date night at Zambistro. Though our first review was positive, it thrills us that every subsequent trip has yielded the same sentiment. We opted to cheers with a house-made Blackberry Bellini and the Beer of the Month, a Hamburg Brewing Company IPA.  We ordered several appetizers to satisfy our comfort-food cravings, which of course included the Spinach and Sausage Mac & Cheese; it’s a crime to visit Zambistro without ordering at least a side of it. We also tried the special, Pulled Chicken and Kale Springrolls, along with the Napa Flatbread and one of our favorites: the Tuna Package (winner of our best appetizer for the 2016 Hot Minute Awards). […]

    1. I am honored to be featured in your Hot Minute Awards! Your photos are all so beautiful. I’ve loved following along this year and can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!! xoxo

      1. You’re too kind! Hopefully we can get a chance to meet for a coffee date in Rochester – cheers to a lovely 2017!

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