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Happy Hour: ScratchDC

A few weeks ago, I was reading one of my fave local blogs, District of Chic, when I spotted a post about a new meal delivery service called ScratchDC.  The concept is simple, instead of ordering takeout, ScratchDC delivers everything you need to make a delicious, healthy meal at home.

photo found on ScratchDC’s Facebook page

Here’s how it works: Scratch delivers Monday through Thursday.  Each night, the dinner is different.  The night I ordered, the meal was chicken shawarma wraps (pictured above).  Everything comes pre-chopped, marinated and separated out so the entire “cooking” process takes less than 30-minutes.  The food was delish, and being able to feed two people generous portions for $26 is a pretty good deal.

I love to cook, but when you usually cook for one, trying new recipes is prohibitively expensive.  You have to buy full size bottles of spices, order tons of products that you might not otherwise have or need and spend an hour slaving away in the kitchen, only to be stuck with a ton of leftovers.  With Scratch there’s no huge up front cost and no pile of leftovers to throw away.

I think Scratch would be perfect for a dinner party, a casual date at home or just a night when you want to treat yourself without going out.  If you want to try Scratch, use promo code CapitolHillStyle to save 15% off your order.



 Rugby Stripe Dress (J.CREW, $88)

Why not keep it casual for your meal at home with a jersey, t-shirt dress?  It’s simple and relaxed, but still feminine.  And you splatter a bit of sauce or grease on it, it can go right into the wash.

I’m a huge fan of t-shirt dresses for warm weather weekend wear.  There a great “I want to look nice, but I do not have the energy to dress up” item.  Toss one on with a fun sandal (love these Chloe’s, and these Madden’s) and a chunky bracelet or a long necklace, maybe a scarf.  Style your hair a bit and grab some chic sunglasses, and you’re done.

Also in the under-$100 category, I found this basic, slouchy Alexander Wang dress.  I like this geometric tie-dye dress and this watercolor stripe dress.   I also like this slightly-fancy ruffled dress from Modcloth.

Need a petite option? Try this graphic print dress or this striped dress. Plus size? Try this tweed stripe dress or this twisted dress.

P.S.: I originally failed to mention that the fine folks at ScratchDC let me try this service for free.  But, as usual, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have said good things about it.  My bad for leaving this off originally, I do so few freebie critiques, I forgot. Consider the FEC regulation complied with.



  1. Leslie says:

    I love the Lilly Pulitzer “Cassie Dress” for a casual weekend sheath, softest coziest knit and I love the 3/4 sleeves. I think it’s only in solids now, last time it was on sale I grabbed a few and they’ve been great.

    April 12, 2013/Reply
  2. Addison says:

    As someone who loves to cook but has no desire to chop ingredients or follow a lot of steps after a long day at work, I really wish i’d thought of this idea myself! Thanks for making a post about it, I’m definitely going to check it out.

    April 12, 2013/Reply
  3. Saba says:

    Sold on ScratchDC – thanks for the heads up!

    April 12, 2013/Reply
  4. Mo says:

    For this much money though; I’d rather have someone cook for me. There are so many great restaurants in DC that do take-out and delivery service. If it was a little cheaper fine; but for the expense I need a chef!

    April 12, 2013/Reply
  5. Lady Lawyer says:

    ScratchDC sounds good! I use DinnerDone in Centreville. They deliver frozen meals of fresh food that you just pop in the oven or skillet when you are ready to cook it. Very cheap, very satisfying!

    April 15, 2013/Reply