Archive for January 30, 2014

Farm Bill Proposes Doubling Food Stamp Benefits at Farmers Market

Source: Washington Post Food Section

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The Post reports on government proposal to allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets. The measure is buried deep within the now over 900 page farm bill before Congress. Already, $8 billion has been slashed from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, so advocates see the proposal as means allowing the poor to recoup some of those benefits while promoting healthier eating. In its current form, the program would provide matching funds to farmers markets, up to $20 million annually for five years. It is similar ...

Eater’s Evening List: January 30

Source: Eater DC


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Secret Menu at House of Fortune in McLean

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog


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Washingtonian visits House of Fortune in McLean for its “secret menu.” Peter Chin originally designed it for Chinese diners when he was executive chef at the former Mr. K’s downtown. Though originally only printed in Chinese, there’s now an English version of House of Fortune’s “Chinese side menu,” which is available on request. It features dishes not found on the Americanized menu, like xiaolongbao, or soup dumplings, “sweet and tangy” jellyfish, Szechuan large intestine, and fish head casserole.

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PassionFish Opening Second Location in Bethesda

Source: Eater DC


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Eater reports that Jeff Tunks’ Reston restaurant PassionFish will open a second location in Bethesda. Tunks has signed a lease for a 150 seat space in Lot 31, a mixed use development opening in 2015. This is the eighth restaurant from the Passion Food Hospitality group, which also operates Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, D.C. Coast, Acadiana, and others. The Reston location of PassionFish opened in 2008.

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No. 82 Steak Out Opens in Rockville Feb. 4

Source: Eater DC


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Eater has an update and menu for No. 82 Steak Out, the steak frites restaurant coming to Rockville Town Square. It plans to open for both its lunch and dinner on February 4. The restaurant has the same model as Mark Bucher’s Medium Rare, offering a prix fixe menu of salad and steak frites for $18.82. As with Medium Rare, additional sides and desserts are extra.

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Reflections on Ambar’s First Year In Business

Source: Eater DC


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Eater has an interview Richard Sandoval Restaurants’ director of operations Ivan Iricanin about the first year of operations at the company’s Capitol Hill restaurant, Ambar. The restaurant serve a unique-to-dc menu of Balkan-inspired small plates alongside Eastern European wines and thirty varieties of the rakia, a fermented fruit beverage. Iricanin shares his impressions of Ambar’s first year.

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Bars Where You Can Bring Your Own Food

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


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City Paper has an infographic on bars that allow you to bring in your own food. Their list includes: Jackpot, All Souls, Raven Grill, Board Room, Showtime Lounge, and Iron Horse Taproom. You can even order delivery if you’re already there and get hungry.

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Former Liberty Tavern Chef Liam LaCivita Plans His Own Restaurant

Source: Eater DC


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Eater reports that, for now, former Liberty Tavern chef Liam LaCivita with be assisting his brother with his new Richmond restaurant, Pomegranate, which is opens next week. Afterward, however, LaCivita plans to open a restaurant of his own and is working on getting a location. There’s no word on what LaCivita plans to call it, but the chef says it “will focus on the food I love, I grew up on, and that I am personally passionate about.”

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La Colombe Plans to Open in Shaw Monday

Source: Washington Post Food Section

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The Post reports that La Colombe, the Philadelphia-based coffee roaster, hopes to open its first DC shop on Monday in Shaw’s Blagden Alley, next to R.J. Cooper’s Rogue 24. The shop had hoped to open Friday, but those plans have been delayed slightly while it waits for the necessary permits. The opening could be further delayed, depending on the timing and outcome of its final health inspection.

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Bardo to Open Bike Shop at Brewpub

Source: Eater DC


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Eater relays a Washington Business Journal report that Bardo Brewpub on Bladensburg Road has applied for a permit to install two 40-foot-long shipping containers on the property. The bar intends to use the containers for a bike shop that will both sell and repair bicycles.

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Tim Carman Reviews KoChix Korean Fried Chicken

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide


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In this week’s $20 Diner column, Tim Carman visits KoChix on Florida Avenue NW, near the LeDroit Park neighborhood. The Korean fried chicken restaurant draws obvious comparisons to BonChon, the Korean chain that has come to define the “other KFC” here in DC. Carman finds that KoChix, which is run by Karen Park, is distinctly different from BonChon, but “that’s not a bad thing.” He describes the difference noting that the “thin eggshell coating of her wings and drumettes … crackles under tooth as well as anything from that better-known Korean fried ...

Dacha Beer Garden to Open Second Location in Mount Vernon Triangle

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry


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City Paper relays a report from PoPville that Dacha Beer Garden is opening a second location in Mount Vernon Triangle. The Shaw beer garden is also currently fighting with the historic preservation office over its plans for a permanent structure at the original location. Co-owner Dmitri Chekaldin notes that the lease for the second Dacha, dubbed “Dacha 2,” is not yet finalized, but the planned location is 923-925 5th St. NW. If all goes according to plan, Dacha 2 could be open this summer. The new location will be ...

BurgerFi in Silver Spring and Ted’s Bulletin in Reston Now Open

Source: Eater DC


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Eater reports on two new restaurants open now. BurgerFi has opened in Silver Spring at 8504 Fenton Street. The chain specializes in free-range Angus burgers, with an eco-friendly vibe and an In-and-Out-Buger-style “secret menu.” Ted’s Bulletin also opens its third location in Reston Town Center today at 11948 Market St. The restaurant specializes in comfort food, like its signature homemade pop tarts, chicken fried steak, and biscuits in gravy.

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Menu MBK’s BistroBar Opens Today

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide


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The Post has a reminder that Menu MBK’s BistroBar opens today. It occupies the third level of the former Azur space, which chef Frederik de Pue opened and quickly closed last year, replacing it with a market, bistro, and chef’s table concept. The market on the first floor is now open, while the final installment, a second floor chef’s table, begins service on February 20. The latter concept will feature a five-course, $65 tasting menu built around a five rotating ingredients. The first menu will include rabbit, Dover ...

San Francisco’s Tadich Grill Coming to DC

Source: Washingtonian Best Bites Blog


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Washingtonian reports that work on Tadich Grill’s DC location is progressing. The local branch is only the second for the 165-year-old San Francisco institution and is part of a partnership between owners Steve and Michael Buich, whose family started the restaurant, and Icon, a Seattle-based company that partners with “iconic” restaurants to bring them to other cities. Icon will open a local branch of Miami’s Joe’s Stone Crab on Friday. DC’s Tadich Grill is striving to be as true to the original as possible, with mahogany paneling, mesquite broilers to sear steaks and ...