Archive for October 31, 2016

The Early Word on Proper 21

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Source: Eater DC

“A cool new addition to F Street where there are not many choices for a sports bar” | New York import Proper 21 arrived in D.C. a few weeks ago, serving up modern American dishes with an upscale sports bar vibe.

The 8,000-square-foot space at 1319 F St. NW comes from NIEUW Group, which also owns Manhattan Proper and Proper West in New York. All three carry the same look—think velvet wallpaper, orchids, sleek gray booths, and black-and-white sexy artwork. Dishes include truffled fries and burgers, Chimichurri shrimp, and citrus salmon. The new 200-seat venue near Metro Center is the …

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The Bird, opening Monday in Shaw, celebrates all things poultry

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The menu includes a variety of poultry dishes, ranging from raw ostrich to fried chicken.

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Free and Almost Free Things To Do In D.C.

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC.

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Barracks Row Restaurant Name Changes, Chinese for McLean, And More Updates

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Source: Eater DC

The week in restaurant construction

1) CAPITOL HILL: A couple of switcheroos over on Barracks Row. Irish bar Molly Malone’s has been renamed Finn McCool’s (which was its name back in the day). On the same street, Mexican restaurant Pacifico Cantina has been christened Tio Javier. Both are back under the ownership of restaurateur Xavier Cervera, Barred in DC reports. His seafood restaurant Chesapeake Room is also undergoing renovations. [POST-PLYWOOD]

2) SHAW: The chef behind the upcoming Unconventional Diner is Central’s David Deshaies. The target for this project is now next spring; it’s opening by the convention center. [PLYWOOD] …

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The Week in Food Events: Chocolate Tasting, Cheese and Beer Class

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Frightening festivities: On Monday, celebrate both Halloween and the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead at restaurants across the city. Here, our guide to all the bar specials, restaurant parties, and celebrations around town.  A few highlights: stop by Round Robin Bar at the Willard InterContinental between 5 pm and 9 pm for complimentary skull face painting. Then head to Oyamel Cocina Mexicana between 6 pm and 10 pm for a Day of the Dead party featuring creative cocktails, live music, and more face painting.

Chocoholics rejoice: Satisfy your sweet tooth this Tuesday at 7 pm at a …

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A Pumpkin A Day: Trader Joe’s Halloween Joe Joe’s Cookies

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

“Goblins abound in scary places, perfect time for pumpkin faces, crunch orbs of chocolate hue, try to eat just one, yes DO!” | Today I might be cheating a tiny bit. These cookies have pumpkin faces and pumpkin colored filling but have no pumpkin flavoring, but these are Halloween cookies and today is Halloween, so I don’t mind.

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If you think you can’t cook real Chinese food at home, she’ll prove you wrong

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

In praise of Fuchsia Dunlop, whose latest book shows the beautiful flavors that can come from minimalism.

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The month of October in restaurant openings and closings

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Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Things show no sign of slowing down in D.C.’s restaurant scene. Want to know which eateries have come and gone this month? Here’s your cheat sheet. Hello &pizza: The Barracks Row shop is the fast-casual chain’s 18th location. Ambar: Balkan fare is now available in Clarendon. Backroom at Kingbird: The tasting-menu concept is now open in the Watergate …

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The Bird Will Serve 13 Types of Bird—From Raw Ostrich to Fried Chicken

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Chef Michael Bonk sampled chickens from 48 different purveyors for Shaw restaurant The Bird. After trying out poultry of all sizes, prices, and origins, he settled on free-range, organic chickens from a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. If that seems like a lot of research just for chicken, that’s because Bonk and the rest of the team from EatWellDC (the group behind The Pig, Logan Tavern, and Grillfish) initially planned to open a fast-casual fried chicken joint. But when a downtown real estate deal fell through, they changed course. Their new full-service restaurant, The Bird, will instead feature dishes made from 13 …

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‘Roadfood’ founders Michael and Jane Stern, chef Rick Bayless donate culinary artifacts to the Smithsonian

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The collections include artifacts from across the U.S. and Mexico.

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A Mexican soup that’ll warm you — but won’t tax you

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

WEEKNIGHT VEGETARIAN | This simple recipe depends on dried chilies for complex flavor, yet costs little time investment.

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Caffe Aficionado Shut Down After Alleged Credit Card Scheme, Plus More Intel

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Source: Eater DC

Mini news bites for the morning

Controversies | Rosslyn coffee shop Caffe Aficionado has been shut down. Owner Adiam Berhane and her business partner Clark Donat have been arrested for her alleged part in a credit card fraud scheme, ARLNOW reports. [ARLNOW]

TrendWatch | City Paper predicts ten food trends that will permeate the scene (or continue to do so) come 2017. Expect more diners, more Asian food, more tasting menus, more takeout menus. [WCP]

Sweets Week | Can’t get enough Sweets Week coverage? Eater wraps up the best articles across the various sites in the Eater universe (including Eater DC’s own ode …

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Cisco co-founder Sandy Lerner’s next big idea: Redefining road food

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The Ayrshire Farm entrepreneur plans to bring organic, humane meats and more to hundreds of stores near highways

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Beer of the Week: Union Craft Brewing Foxy Red IPA

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

A perfect fall beer can be enjoyed with hearty foods or on its own after raking leaves.

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Wines to warm up with as the temperatures drop

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

RECOMMENDATIONS | Five bottles from Italy, France and Virginia

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