Archive for September 30, 2016

Poste’s Gotham-Inspired Replacement, Dirty Habit, Debuts Tomorrow

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Source: Eater DC

The “apocalyptic” bar is here | Hotel Monaco’s new restaurant opens this weekend. | In early August, hotel company Kimpton announced Dirty Habit would be replacing Poste, and the turnaround has been relatively quick for the new project. Kimpton has described the space in Penn Quarter as having a “stylishly dark attitude” and and “edgy apocalyptic vibe.”  Chef Kyoo Eom, who oversaw Poste as well, has put together a shared plates menu with items like spicy tuna tartare, fried meatballs, roasted duck breast, hazelnut dacquoise, and coconut lime tarts. There will be a large atrium and patio, so fans of Poste’s …

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The Best Weekend Happy Hours in DC for Food and Drinks

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Drinks and Eats

Thip Khao | 3462 14th St., NW | If you’re looking for something different, try a great Laotian happy hour in Columbia Heights. Adventuresome dishes like mouth-searing rice noodle salad, fried pig’s ears, and grilled chicken hearts run $5 to $7. Wash it down with $3 Beer Lao, $6 wines, and $5 old fashioned. | When: Daily, 5 to 7.

Ghibellina | 1610 14th St., NW | One of the better dining deals in town can be found at Ghibellina’s bar, where the kitchen’s fantastic thin-crust pies go for just $10 (normally around $17). Additional specials include $6 Italian cocktails, $5 wines, …

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Bakers, it’s damp outside. Here’s how to rise above it.

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

WEEKEND KITCHEN | There are ways to offset the humidity factor; plus, top recipes of the week.

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A Pumpkin a Day: Terra Beauregard Sweets & Fairytale Pumpkin Chips

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

Who knew Fairytale Pumpkins are a thing? | I love chips made out of things other than potatoes, especially kale chips, so I’m very happy to move from sweet to savory and try out Terra’s Beauregard Sweets & Fairytale Pumpkins with cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m nervous about the spices, but it wouldn’t be pumpkin spice without them.

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Michelle Obama Dines on Lobster Caprese at RPM Italian

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Source: Eater DC

The hot spot got a special visitor last night | First Lady Michelle Obama dined at one of the newest hotspots in D.C. last night, RPM Italian. The sleek Italian restaurant, which is owned by reality television stars Bill and Giuliana Rancic, received a visit from the First Lady Thursday evening. She dined at the restaurant with two friends. According to a rep, such dishes as shredded brussels sprouts salad, whole roasted branzino, chocolate torta, and lobster caprese (a favorite of owner Giuliana Rancic) were eaten by the group. The rep said the group had kind words for the staff about …

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The Hotlist: 13 things to see, eat, drink and do in October

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

September has been a momentous month in Washington, with the African American Museum debut and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building reopening. But October also brings several great happenings, even for those who didn’t score tickets to such sold-out gigs as Adele, Green Day or the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor …

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6 new brunches to try this weekend

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

It’s been a good couple of months for brunch fans. An eclectic array of recent arrivals and established restaurants have added the weekend meal. Here are a few new options. Alta Strada: Michael Schlow’s Italian restaurant near Mount Vernon Square features a fig and mascarpone pizza, Nutella crepes and a breakfast panino with bacon, burrata and eggs. Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. …

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Taste Test: Duke’s Counter

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

You’ll be able to get a seat during happy hour at this Duke’s | RIP, Zoo Bar. You served a purpose. But you smelled like stale cigarettes and your drinks were overpriced and you were falling apart. Hello, Duke’s Counter.

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Finding Ramen in Unexpected Places Around D.C.

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Source: Eater DC

Ramen is popping up in places beyond noodle shops and Japanese restaurants | Ramen has had a strong presence in D.C. for several years now. Existing successful ramen shops around town, like Daikaya and Toki Underground, prove that the Japanese noodle soup is here to stay (even the Obamas are fans). And plenty of newcomers have recently debuted in the area, like Haikan. Bantam King, and Jinya. Though there are many dedicated shops serving ramen, as well as Japanese restaurants like Kaz Sushi Bistro and Maneki Neko, the popularity of the noodle dish means it’s showing up on …

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New Pastry Chef at Equinox, Plus More Intel

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Source: Eater DC

Mini news bites for the morning

Chef Shuffles | Equinox has a new pastry chef in Cynthia Ruane. The chef recently worked for PRG Hospitality, and also has had gigs with Ridgewells Catering, Cork Market, Chef Geoff’s restaurant group, and the Clyde’s restaurant group.

Expansions | WaPo has a really interesting read on the owners behind the new dim sum restaurant, Da Hong Pao. Jerry Chen is also behind mainstay Yum’s Carryout next door, which has seen 14th Street go through major changes. [WaPo]

Coming Attractions | The permanent replacement for Crane & Turtle (and temporary summer restaurant Cappy’s Crabs) is now known. …

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Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Rasika is No. 9

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

4 stars | It would be very difficult, if not impossible, to find a better Indian restaurant in the country.

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Tom Sietsema’s top 10: Komi is No. 10

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

4 stars | Led by chef Johnny Monis, one of the best of his generation, Komi continues to dazzle.

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Your Best October

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

Funny, spooky, fun stuff | Fall is the best season. There’s pumpkin stuff, it’s acceptable to wear sweaters and our annual comedy festival, Bentzen Ball, closes the month. But there’s more to life than lattes, wool and comedy. Here are 31+ events, books, films, shows and more to ensure your October is your best month yet.

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This simple, old-school apple dessert has a delicious twist

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

EVERYDAY DORIE | French cooks love their pommes au four, and my rendition is baked and stuffed just right.

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Praise from Three Critics for Afghan Bistro

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Source: Eater DC

Plus, the dish on an arepas destination and more reviews | The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema hits up one of the area’s newest Afghan restaurants, Afghan Bistro, and surprisingly discovers its burger is a hit: “The patty revels in ground beef whose juices transmit garlic, sumac, lemon pepper and paprika to the tongue without overwhelming the meat. A glossy brioche bun endears me more to the $10 dinner.” The food apparently draws fans all the way from New Jersey, despite its modest location in a strip mall. Once inside the packed 50-seat restaurant, diners are transported into “somewhere special,” where he …

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