The Week In Food

DC, do you want the good news or the bad news first? It’s Friday, so I’ll give you the good news first.

  • Three of our very own local breweries earned a spot to compete at the annual craft beer and food festival, SAVOR. We can officially feel bad ass when we’re drinking DC Brau.
  • Now for the bad. Gina Chersevani of cocktail/mixtress fame can no longer be found behind the bar at PS 7′s. Citing a difference in priorities, Gina and Chef Peter Smith have parted ways, leaving the rest of us a little twitchy about where and when we’ll get our next Gina drink.
  • My mother always told me the best way to catch people off guard during a potential conflict was to kill ‘em with kindess. Maybe the DC Food Truck Association has been talking to my mom? This week they publicly endorsed the DCRA proposed rules for mobile and sidewalk vendors. From the news release:

“Overall, the proposed regulations are a significant improvement to the current rules,” said Che Ruddell-Tabisola, Executive Director of the Washington, DC Food Trucks Association. “We are asking our followers and fans to express their support for the proposed rules to the District before February 18, when the public comment period concludes.”

Read the rest of the week in food news over at City Eats’ The Plate! 

Edan MacQuaid and the Pizzeria DC Almost Lost

via Luis Gomez Photos

Edan MacQuaid is fairly quiet guy. He doesn’t have the bravado or in-your-face ego that most chefs exude upon meeting them. But once you get him talking about pizza, he starts to talk with his hands, he smiles and he gets almost… humble?

MacQuaid’s passion for pizza can be found in the details — details that have been well documented by the likes of Tim Carman and Don Rockwell. The delicate crust, the charred edges, high quality toppings and olive oil are all hallmarks of Macquaid’s work at the brick oven, and that work, as we now know, is coming to 14th Street: to 1832 to be exact, just south of Room & Board.

But DC almost lost him.

To read the rest of the story about Edan, head over to Borderstan.com! 

Where I Ate This Week – Alejandra Owens

As you guys know, I write for CityEats DC’s blog, The Plate. My fellow blogger and friend, Russel Warnick, is doing a fabulous new series for them called Where I Ate This Week and I’m the first to be featured!

I posted a link to the article on Facebook the other day with a caveat (or two): yes, I ate at all those places, yes I work out and yes I am still a healthy person. Portion control and moderation are so important, for all of us, but especially people who are immersed in the food world. There are times when it all goes out the window, right along with the treadmill, but what can you do? Sometimes it all just tastes so. Damn. Good. :) Now on to Russel’s piece:

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There are pros and cons to being a food writer. The pros are obvious, we eat out a lot and get to surround ourselves with talented people in the industry. The cons? We eat out a lot, perhaps not cooking as much as we’d like — and we spend more money on food than we’d care to admit. Oh, and then there’s the gym – I can’t speak for my colleagues, but I don’t hit the treadmill nearly enough.

The most common questions I’m asked is where I eat out, what are my favorite restaurants and what do I like to cook at home. Such loaded topics, all. And I’m just as curious about the answers to those questions when it comes to my fellow food writers in The District.

I introduce to you What I Ate This Week, a series providing a snapshot highlighting what a member of the CityEats team eats in a week.

We begin with Alejandra Owens, writer for CityEatsBorderstan and One Bite at a Time.

When I asked Alejandra to tell me what she ate in this particular week, I was overwhelmed by the time she spent at Eataly. Of course, she’s telling us what she ate the week she’s jaunting across the east coast (damn you, New York — we’ll soon have our comeuppance).

Check out what I ate over at The Plate! 

DC’s Coffee Scene Has A Secret: Thursday Night Throwdown

Your barista has a dirty little secret. (Starbucks baristas excluded.) Or at least mine did. Until he told me all about it. DC, see, has a seedy, espresso ground littered underbelly.

It’s a little like fight club. Only brighter. And not in a basement or abandoned warehouse. And there’s no… fighting. Okay, it’s not like fight club at all, but up until DC’s hipster barista contingent issued a public challenge to their counterparts in Philadelphia, the latte art fight club that is Thursday Night Throwdown had gone largely unheard of. (This month it was at Flying Fish Coffee & Tea in Mount Pleasant.)

By now we’ve all realized, DC’s coffee scene is growing up! And growing up quickly according to Jon Riethmaier, editor of DistrictBean.com. “The DC coffee scene is really solid, and there’s a lot of evidence the foundation has been set for major growth in the immediate-to-near future,” says Riethmaier. “There are shops in DC that are neighborhood institutions. These shops have elevated DC’s coffee consciousness and deserve a lot of credit. There’s also newer ventures and soon-to-be-open shops that will continue to raise the bar. The future looks bright, for sure.”

Read the more about Thursday Night Throwdown at Borderstan.com! 

The Week In Food

How’s your 2012 shaping up so far, eaters and drinkers?

Food trucks are already off to a rough start, no thanks to a continually frustrating relationship with the DC City government. Parking tickets, ice cream truck regulations…whatever…I just want my kimchi tacos in Farragut North.

R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24 recently had his highly anticipated surgery and seems to be resting and doing well. While he’s healing and getting back into fighting form, Rogue 24 has been left in a long list of very capable hands. You can buy tickets to check out the guest chef series, Rogue Sessions, over at Gilt City DC, and then book your table at CityEats.

Just when I thought maybe DC had hit a lull in restaurant openings, a slew of new places have popped up or have announced they’ll open soon. There’s news coming from flaky-crust-wielding Pie Sisters, the Asian-inspired ShopHouse (opening a new location not far from their current one), Irish Whiskey, where you can try $177 whiskey, or maybe everyone’s favorite sandwich shop, Taylor Gourmet, where they’ll be serving breakfast at their new 14th Street location just a week after opening their doors.

Check out the rest of the week in food over at City Eats DC’s, The Plate! 

The Week In Food

Happy New Year, friends! Now that we’re back in town after the holiday madness and have made it through our first week of work, I assume everyone’s ready to nosh, imbibe and start 2012 off on the right foot.

  • Fortunately for us, there’s a new restaurant to try. District Kitchen opened this week in Woodley Park and Eater DC gives readers a preview of the space and menu. While it looks like they’re still working on the website, you can check them out on Facebook and Twitter.
  • If you’re like me, you like to have something to look forward to. Enter (or is that re-enter?) Shaw’s Tavern. The restaurant has a new management team and they’re working on getting the much-talked-about spot back up and running sooner rather than later.
  • Then there’s Yo! More Sushi! The motorized sushi joint that hails from London will set up a conveyor belt in Chinatown some time this year. Because don’t you just love grabbing your food as it rolls on by?

Read the rest of The Week In Food over at City Eats DC’s blog, The Plate! 

New Year’s: Alejandra’s Complete Guide to Gettin’ All Liquored Up

New Year’s Eve. Synonymous with champagne, kisses and that scene from When Harry Met Sally.

For the cynics among us, New Year’s Eve is just another night — a night with unreasonably high expectations for merriment and finding someone at the bar to smooch with. Yet, for the hopeful, it’s about new beginnings, good times with friends and making memories. No matter which side of the coin you fall on, we can all agree on one thing: New Year’s Eve is all about the booze.

I mean, really people, those memories aren’t just going to make themselves, now are they!?

For starters, make sure you’re all set up and ready. The Bon Appetit Cocktail Party Manual has all the golden rules for throwing a boozey party — and more. Don’t forget food, Stephanie has you covered with tons of easy recipes to make, and, in some cases, make-ahead treats that you can serve. But now, on to the reason we’re all here.

Read the full run down of punch, cocktail, wine and champagne recommendations over at Borderstan. 

This Week In Food

Happy Holidays folks!

In the flurry of Christmas cookie/cocktail/where to eat articles we’ve all been reading, I want to take a moment to give some love to those Jewish friends who celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Put this in the “embarrassing” file: Whole Foods went and flubbed their Hanukkah display, which The Washington Post caught, by stacking boxes upon boxes of matzoh for all to see. And then they took it down.

And that Tim Carman. Man, he loves a good DC vs. NYC challenge, doesn’t he? Tim and The Washington Post’s Food & Travel Editor, Joe Yonan, cooked up a plan with Ed LevineSerious Eats founder and serious New Yorker, to compare the two cities’ cheap eats. Everything from burgers, pizza, breakfast spots and bakeries were measured, rated and tallied. Who won? You’ll have to check out the score card to see.

To read the rest of This Week In Food, visit The Plate, City Eats DC’s blog!