Archive for December 31, 2016

Beer of the week: Tastes like pecan pie, but delivers a wallop

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

Evolution Craft Brewing’s seasonal imperial brown ale packs 10 percent alcohol by volume.

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5 diets, a single resolution to eat better in the new year. Which will work?

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

Nutritionist and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger assesses the game plans of each Washington Post participant.

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5 wines to cozy up to in the new year

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

PICKS | This week’s recommendations include a couple of northern California pinots, cab franc from France and a Great Value red blend from Corsica.

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Why American wine labels aren’t as specific as they could be

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

WINE | An upcoming challenge to the viticultural designation for Northern California highlights shortcomings in the U.S. system.

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WaPo Food’s top 20 recipes of 2016 (Warning: Scrolling through will make you hungry.)

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

The list of readers’ most-viewed dishes in our Recipe Finder includes new favorites and trusted classics.

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Why Did a Ridiculously Expensive Tasting Menu Fail? It Wasn’t Just the Price

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Source: Washingtonian Food

The Shaw Bijou announced yesterday that it’s slashing the price of its much-scrutinized tasting menu in half. Instead of 13 courses for $185 (before tax, tip, and alcohol), the nearly two-month-old restaurant will offer seven courses and a cocktail for $95 beginning Jan. 3. ” Humility creeps up on you when least expected, and the opening of this restaurant has taught us just that,” chef Kwame Onwuachi wrote in an email statement. For those of us who’ve been following the fine dining restaurant since its announcement a year-and-a-half ago, the switch-up isn’t exactly unexpected. Over recent months, I’ve even heard other restaurant …

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Washington’s Professional Diners Sum Up 2016 in One Word

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Source: Eater DC

“Shaw,” for one | As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they only get one word to sum up the year in food.

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The Best, Worst, and Weirdest of DC Dining in 2016

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Source: Washingtonian Food

Weirdest server interaction | Jessica: At Sushi Ogawa earlier this year, our server quit in the middle of our dinner. There was a bit of a lag between courses in the omakase meal (we were seated in the dining room, not the sushi bar), but I didn’t think much of it. I honestly might not have noticed at all if the owner hadn’t come over and told us our server had just walked out on the job. I’m still not sure what it was all about! | Anna: We had a very exuberant server at the Red Hen who gave a very …

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Warm Up In Front Of These Classic D.C. Restaurant Fireplaces

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Source: Eater DC

Get cozy | Drinking a hot toddy by the fire might be the most relaxing way to spend an evening at home. But eventually, the need to experience new surroundings kicks in and that’s when diners and drinkers can head to one of the DC area’s classic bars and restaurants that offer fireside lounges and tables. At many, guests can soak up some history in some of DC’s oldest buildings, such as the city’s oldest, continuously operating hotel, the Tabard Inn. Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar in Georgetown is housed in Georgetown’s Canal Square Building offers two stone fireplaces to …

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Friends of Eater Share Dining News Headline Predictions for 2017

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Source: Eater DC

Many with tongues firmly in cheek | As per tradition, Eater asked a group of journalists, bloggers and friends of the site to weigh in on the year in food. Here, they look into the crystal ball for 2017.

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More Than 130 Restaurants Closed Around D.C. in 2016

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Source: Eater DC

That’s up from 2015, which saw 104 closures | D.C. lost at least 132 restaurants in 2016. That’s up from 2015, when the city lost 104 restaurants, by Eater’s tally. The city stayed on pace in the second half of the year when it came to closures, since about 65 had closed during the first half. Many longtime institutions were among the casualties, including Georgetown’s Bistro Francais, Southern fine dining restaurant Vidalia, Zebebech, Adams Morgan’s Pasta Mia and Cashion’s Eat Place. There were also some more surprising losses, such as relative newcomers Bistrot Royal, GBD, Mango …

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More Bethesda Restaurant Shutters, Plus More Intel

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Source: Eater DC

Mini news bites for the morning

The Shutter | Robert Dyer picks up on two recent shutters in the Westfield Montgomery Mall. Both Shanghai Bao Kitchen and Yum Crepes are no more, and the Stone Cold Creamery is for sale. The bao restaurant was from the chef behind popular soup dumpling destination Bob’s Shanghai 66. The revamped mall and its dining terrace has seen plenty of additions over the past year or two, and some closures, too (Lobster Me, anyone?). [RD]

Adventures in Drinking | Bearnaise will kick off 2017 with a revamped bar program. The Sheppard’s Davis Strauss, who’s buddies …

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BYT Year in Numbers 2016

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Source: Brightest Young Things DC

It has been a busy, messy year – THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF IT.

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2016: The year we ate our feelings

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

In tough times, we seek simple pleasures. And if a piece of cake is going to grant you temporary reprieve from the fact that Brexit happened, or that terrorists attacked a Christmas market in Germany, or that Princess Leia is dead, well, who wouldn’t want that piece of cake?

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Nasime, previewed: One-of-a-kind bargain in the ’burbs

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Source: Washington Post Food Section

FIRST BITE | Chef-owner Yuh Shimomura returns to the area with his own intimate Japanese restaurant in Alexandria.

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