Archive for September 30, 2013

Cookbook author Marcella Hazan dies at 89

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Marcella Hazan, the cooking instructor and best-selling author who propelled mid-20th-century America beyond canned beefaroni to a world of homemade pastas and what she called the “simple, true” cuisine of her native Italy, died Sept. 29 at her home in Longboat Key, Fla. She was 89.

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UPDATED: More Government Shutdown Dining and Drinking Deals

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

There’s at least one small upside to the impending government shutdown: Restaurants and bars are stepping up the hospitality game, offering specials and discounts to furloughed workers and the dispirited public alike. Deals will be offered over the course of the closure and last until the House and Senate

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See, Drink, Eat: A Government Shutdown Roundup

Source: DCist Food

From free burgers to free museum admission, here are some of the deals available to furloughed federal employees. [ more › ]

The Essential Guide to Food and Drink Government Shutdown Specials (Updated)

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


Look at it this way: a government shutdown equals more time—and reason—to drink. And whether you are furloughed or not, there are plenty of food and drink specials around town. We’ll continue to update this list as long as the shutdown lasts. If you know of other promotions, email us at

This post was updated Oct. 1 to reflect the most current deals.


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The cocktail bar will offer Furlough Foolery—a fall-inspired punch with bourbon, apple, and celery—for $4 a glass during happy hour from 5 ...

The Week in Food Events: More Oktoberfest Parties, Taste of Bethesda, and the Final Truckeroo

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

José Andrés-style road trip: Though we’d love to see Andrés at a drive-through McDonald’s, Zaytinya’s dinner is more of a metaphorical journey. ThinkFoodGroup’s wine director, Lucas Payá, and Zaytinya’s beverage manager, Daniella Senior, recently traveled through Greece, and share their favorite wines during a five-course dinner on Monday starting

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Georgetown Whole Foods Capitalizing on Government Shutdown Stress

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


Tensions are running high with the looming government shutdown, and Whole Foods is on it.

The Georgetown location of the grocery chain tweeted a photo this afternoon of its Whole Body Assistant Team Leader Kyle Brown showing off a number of de-stressing products, including St. John’s Wort and something called Nerve Tonic, just in case “the #shutdown is getting you down.”

Georgetown Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Katie Wolfe says there are not currently any plans for special placement of “shutdown salvation” products. But keep an eye on the store’s Twitter feed, ...

6 New Lunch Spots to Try Now

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Good news for those who love to dine out at lunch: A number of recently opened restaurants are rolling out service, while a few old standby are making changes. A word to government employees who suddenly find themselves with more free time and a tighter budget: There are some

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Food Truck Stops: September 30

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Happy Monday, food truck followers! Start the week off right with specials such as Peruvian chicken and rice from El Fuego, warm borscht with smoked pork aboard Urban Bumpkin, and vegetarian thali at Chatpat Truck. 

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The Best Thing I Ate This Week: Lamb Brain Karahi, Farmer’s Market Crabcakes

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Todd KlimanLamb brain karahi (mughaz karahi) at Khan Kabob (4229 Lafayette Center Dr, Chantilly; 703-817-1200)This is the best karahi I’ve had in ages—by far. The flavor is more concentrated, the texture is lusher, and there’s a subtle smoke somewhere in there, too.Check that: This is one of the best

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Last Night’s Leftovers: Breakfast Edition

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


Top 10 breakfast bites around D.C. [The Plate]

Brunches for every sense [Express]

Spike Mendelsohn is bringing Good Stuff Eatery to Chicago. [Twitter]

Chocolate mousse dessert at Georgetown El Centro D.F. looks like a box of cigars. [Post]

Teddy & The Bully Bar launches brunch. [PoPville]

The real cost of a pizza [Zagat]

Fresh olive oil has the most health benefits. [NPR]

Pancakes photo via Shutterstock

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Cause Reopens Monday With Street Art and an “Experimental Cocktail Kitchen”

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

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Cause, the Shaw “philanthropub” that plans, still, to donate all its profits to charity, will officially reopen Monday after repairs to its air-conditioning and electrical systems. But not all the changes are utilitarian. The Cause team also used the six-week shutdown to give the restaurant an entirely new look and revamped the food and drink menu. Hopefully, the changes will help Cause bring in the profits it has yet to see.

The green and beige walls have been replaced with charcoal gray paint, which has been painted over by a group of ...

Check Out La Piazza, Bethesda’s Newest Beer Garden

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog

Take advantage of the mild weekend weather with an outdoor beer or two. Photograph courtesy of La Piazza. The weekend forecast is sunny and mild, making it prime outdoor-beer-drinking weather. On the agenda: a trip to La Piazza, the new Bethesda birreria at Cesco Osteria. Owner Francesco Ricchi redesigned the

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It’s close, but no cigar: Check out El Centro Georgetown’s clever dessert

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

We’re a month from Halloween, but the Georgetown El Centro’s chocolate mousse dessert has decided to dress up this year: This is a clever menu offering from the 14th Street restaurant’s new sister location. It’s dark chocolate mousse and hazelnut chocolate cake in the shape of a cigar, made more realistic by the fake El […]

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The Weekly Feed: Sloe Down Edition

Source: DCist Food

Two new neighborhood spots offer a classy place to sip on a sloe gin fizz. Plus, farewell to Azur, Union Market movies, and a sausage party. [ more › ]

Work Those Buns: Shake Shack Starts a Running Club

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


Want to immediately cancel out your work out? Shake Shack has a new running club for you.

The New York-based chain will soon launch Shack Track & Field, a running club that ends its hour-long workout with a social at Shake Shack Dupont Circle. The club will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, beginning Oct. 8, at Pacers Logan Circle (1427 P St. NW). Pacers will allow runners to check bags, which will then be delivered to them at Shake Shack. Those who buy a $10 Shack Track ...