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  1. There's a cozy little corner store three blocks away from Indigo, reminds me a bit of Little Red Fox. Not as many baked goods, but a robust selection of sandwichs, salads, paninis, and pizzas. The market also includes pantry items, beer and wine, and dairy. Coffees as well. They use a wood-fired oven, and I prefer the pizzas here to Stellina Pizzeria. The ingredients are top notch, the pepperoni spicy, and the tomato sauce assertive. Also featured: ready-to-eat meals vacuum packed and ready for a quick zap. Both their vegetarian lasagna ($11) and their cassoulet ($7) are really good. I also like their apple and brandied apricot cobbler ($6) that's big enough for two. In the basement, they have seating, as well as a record area featuring a collection of vinyl for sale spanning all genres. Jazz is piped thru the entire market. They will resume dinners and wine tastings down there when appropriate. A cool neighborhood spot. Seems like a passion project for the owner, and everything is priced below what I think other places would charge. https://www.oldcitymarketandoventogo.com/#/
  2. New Laotian restaurant in NoMa. After several visits, I'd rate this place as "ok." First the good parts: Big outdoor space; beautiful dining room; Laotian food is interesting and -- other than Thip Khao and related restaurants -- uncommon around DC; and the crispy rice salad is delicious (even if not as good as the one at Thip Khao). Unfortunately there are many downsides. Service is spotty at best. I've had several meals where we desperately tried to flag down servers, dishes were forgotten, water was never refilled, etc. The cocktails are so-so and often taste quite watered down -- maybe too much use of quickly melting ice? And other than the crispy rice salad, the food has been mixed. I've generally liked items on the vegan menu. A whole branzino was solid. Grilled beef and pork were both overcooked. Steamed catfish was so so. I love having another Laotian option in DC, and I hope this place improves. But it needs a lot of work.
  3. Stopped by Sweet Science for a coffee this morning in NoMa, and saw this on the neighboring storefront.
  4. I had lunch at the Eleanor, in the NoMa area under Elevation apartments. I'm nor recommending it, by any means, but it isn't terrible. It's just unremarkable, unless you want to go bowling for some reason. Let me say up front that I hate any waitstaff that doesn't write down an order. I have NEVER received my exact order from someone who just listens to your order and thinks they can remember it well enough to convey to the back of the house. Thus my burger, ordered medium rare with an egg on top and a side of salad, came out medium well with bacon on top and a side of fries. (Note -- the fries were very good.) Two of my companions ordered the rib eye, which at $26 should have been thicker than the 1/2" slices that came out. One companion ordered what looked like a reasonable lobster roll, but he wasn't raving about it. The menu has no rhyme or reason, and certainly no central theme. It's a hodge-podge of dishes that don't fit well on the same menu, like Greek salad, General Tso's wings, the aforementioned lobster roll, and "mussels and fries" (better known as moules et frites). Let's see -- Greece, China, Boston, and Belgium...?
  5. The Noma Guide to Fermentation, an authors event at the Free Library of Philadephia. The price of the event is $40/ includes book and lecture. Tickets available starting on 9/7. If you are a couple the price is $55/ one book to share.
  6. This Sunday, I will be attending a chocolate tasting event at Bar Clavel in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore. This seems like something that the members of DR may find interesting. I also learned that same event will be presented at Epista in District on Monday, Aug 13th. I tried finding a link for the DC pop up ,but it is not listed in Eventbrite. Ill need to do a little bit more digging to find the details , or you can go to Espita website and find out more. I imagine they would have some information about the event. The quick glance at the event, attendees will taste pre-Hispanic cold water base cacao drink, chocolate truffle, and cacao seed. I have learned that the chocolate source from La Rifa has been featured at the most recent pop up of Noma that was held in Talum, Mexico. Little fun fact I like to throw in about the event. I made an attempt to research more about La Rifa, but nearly all of the resources are not in English, and exceed my HS AP Level of Spanish. But seriously the event involves learning & tasting chocolate in a backdrop provided by Clavel. No further convincing needed, IMO. If you happen to attend the event in Baltimore, Clavel will be holding a market of sorts in their newly expanded dining room from 11-4 featuring Baltimore artisans, and art and pottery being sold by the members of Clavel's family. From what I understand, several members of Clavel have traveled to Mexico and have collected all sorts of pottery, and art so I imagine the selection to be eclectic. The items sold at their market will be cash only. So if you are looking for something to do on Sunday, you are welcome.☺️ Intrepid guide, kat
  7. Indigo is not cheap but it's worth it. Limited seating inside but a great patio for beautiful days like today (not sure what they'll do in cold weather "“ I guess more people will carry out). Very friendly and warm service. Family-owned and "“operated, and you can tell (in a good way). I had lunch here for the third time today and ordered the mango chicken for the second time. The first time I ordered it I didn't realize it was a special. I was disappointed that it wasn't available the second time I visited, but I ordered the butter chicken, which was also delicious. But the mango chicken is not something I often see on menus in the area (or anywhere for that matter), and I love it. Thinking back, I can't remember if the chalkboard menu described it as spicy (it may have?). What I got was definitely not spicy, and I wouldn't have minded some spice to counteract the sweetness of the mango. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed this dish. The chickpeas (chana masala?) served on the side, often an afterthought in other restaurants, were delicious as well with a deep flavor. My dining companion ordered dal, which I can usually take or leave, but this dal was amazing, smoky and complex. I could have eaten a big bowl of this dal with some rice and been satisfied. My dining companion is a native of Bombay/Mumbai and says this is as good as the best home cooking he had growing up. I'm not as much of a connoisseur (I ate Indian food for the first time in college), but I also love the food here!
  8. Washingtonian is reporting that Andrew Evans, of Inn at Easton fame and owner of The BBQ Joint in Easton and Pasadena has signed a lease with Union Market. Sounds like the bbq will be counter service and the meat is being smoked at the Pasadena location and brought over to Union Market. Fair warning. December-ish opening. It's starting to get smokey around here.
  9. I didn't see anyone comment about Tim Carman's piece yesterday on Chef Daniel Giusti at Noma. Daniel grew up in DC, went to Langley, and cut his teeth at a young age with the Clyde's Group. Interesting story, even more so since I learned he was the opening chef at Clyde's Gallery Place. Glad Rene Redzepi did not hold that against him!
  10. Wondering if anyone knows whether these food carts will venture over to the NoMa neighborhood? NoMa (which stands for North of Mass. Ave.) is in the vicinity of the New York Metro stop, the Greyhound bus station, and the new ATF headquarters building. My federal agency, with 450+ employees, is moving to NoMa (1st and L Street., N.E.) in November and at the present time lunch options are dismal.
  11. Reported by Tom Sietsema today. Perhaps the name will prove prophetic for more restaurants opening up over here.
  12. My parents, sister, and 4-month-old nephew are coming to town for Columbus Day weekend. We may be able to get a babysitter one night so we can go out for a grown-up meal. For the other meals, can anyone recommend restaurants that would be as delicious as possible but also friendly to a potentially fussy infant? All genres of food and all price ranges will be considered - but we must stick to DC, and the closer to NoMa, the better. Thanks!
  13. After seeing the Post article, I headed over for lunch at the Singer's Significant Meats pop-up today (Sun and Monday lunch only for limited time, unclear how long). I met Doug Singer who was doing FOH and his partner Pete cooking in back. Very friendly gents. Also really good meat - hefty sandwich of thinly sliced melt in your mouth meat with a bit of fat, but not too much on thin sliced toasted rye with a shmear of mustard. Decent pickle with it too. The only odd thing is I ordered pastrami, Doug and I went back and forth a bit to confirm that I did get the pastrami. He swears it was their pastrami but I'll say it was a really good corned beef. I say this becasue there was no pepper/spice crust and it wasn't peppery or smoky in flavor - it tasted like good cured corned beef. I probably should have asked for a corned beef slice to compare but didn't have time. Either way, go enjoy a sandwich but don't necessarily expect your usual pastrami. http://www.singersmeats.com/
  14. Join us for a Chili Cook-Off and Tailgate to Benefit Team In Training! Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014 Time: 1 PM to 8 PM Location: Flats 130 Club Room, 130 M Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($10 if you are making chili) Help us tailgate to fight cancer! We will have the NFL playoffs on the TVs, and there will be beer (keg generously donated by Capitol City Brewing Company), snacks, fun, and of course, CHILI! Admission includes all you can eat/drink and 1 raffle ticket. In addition to prizes, there will be a 50/50 raffle - 50% of the cash goes to Team In Training, and the other 50% goes to the winner! The more tickets you buy, the bigger the pot AND the greater your chances of winning! Tickets will be $2 for one, $5 for 5, or $20 for your whole armspan! If you are interested in competing in the chili cook-off or making an in-kind donation (restaurant owners - gift cards would be great for the raffle, or you could certainly donate snacks - we can credit you as a sponsor), or if you have other questions, please PM me and I will be happy to help! If you would like to purchase advance tickets, go to the website below and pay via a donation to my website (tax deductible, of course). Make sure in the notes you include your name(s) and that you are paying for your chili cook-off ticket. http://pages.teamintraining.org/nca/rnrusa14/bettyrh THANK YOU!!! I really hope to see some DR folks there. Betty
  15. I just couldn't let the Virginians have all the fun. Seriously, Jason and I have been craving some social time, and it would be great to meet up with some of our DR neighbors in NoMa, H Street, Atlas District, Trinidad, etc. Anyone up for a get-together sometime soon?
  16. "I'm back!" So says the Timothy Dean poster outside this 3rd and K St NE restaurant. My inner voice responds, "How long you gonna stay?" I'm somewhat resigned that Barrack's Row will attract "more desirable" restaurants than H St NE, which I attribute to the spacious sidewalks that accommodate patio table service. TD Burger has a unique advantage in H Street for having almost as much outdoor seating as it does indoor seating (about 70 seats total). This past Friday night, our large group decided to dine al fresco there. The dining was a little closer to al Fresca, in that the menu "ostensibly cater to discriminating adult tastes" (to borrow from Wikipedia's entry) but delivers a somewhat hollow product. Chef stated that his beef is grass fed and the burgers do present well. Decent brioche bun. But I heard that a real burger can't cost less than $10 in this town, and this basic $7.50 cheeseburger didn't taste like grass-fed beef to me. Also, instead of Bibb lettuce per the menu, ye olde iceberg found its way to my plate. And during happy hours, 4-7, you can get a burger and an Oktoberfest for $5. Hmmmm. POPville has the menu, my friend pronounced the The Jean-Louis ($13) delicious, with foie gras, rhubarb, mache, and black truffle aioli. The beer selection here is actually fairly good, I enjoyed a milk stout. Before too long, I was enjoying the evening air with my friends and finished my burger almost as an afterthought. Probably just as well. I do think you actually get your money's worth here for DC, but not much more than that, if any.
  17. Has anyone tried Tynan Coffee and Tea? I met the owners at an ANC alcohol licensing meeting, seem really nice. Haven't hit their NoMa or Columbia Heights locations yet.
  18. I read about this place on Prince of Petworth last month, and was curious about it after reading: It sounds like it actually opened about two weeks ago. We do our grocery shopping at the NoMa Harris Teeter, so are often looking for a place to grab lunch in the area, and decided to try this out today. It's on the lower level of the Loree Grand (where Kitchen on K was supposed to be?). There were only a couple of other tables seated when we were there, so the staff was fairly solicitous (opening the door for us, multiple people checking in on our table, etc). The decor is a bit sparse, but not necessarily uninviting. The menu has about 6 soups, 4 salads, and 10 sandwiches, along with a couple sides and also a brunch menu. My +1 and I each got a soup, then we split a panini and side. I had the Roasted Corn, Pepper, and Tomato Soup ($6 - an herb filled spin on classic tomato soup). These were pretty large bowls of soup, served with two garlic crostini on top. It was very chunky with tomato, strips of pepper, and corn. Good flavor. My +1 had the Roasted Garlic, Shallot, and Potato Soup ($6 - comfort in a bowl). Although not listed on the menu, this had crumbled blue cheese on top and came with a little ramekin of bacon to stir in as well. Very creamy and comforting for sure on such a cold day. The seafood soups are a little more expensive at $9-10. We shared a Mozzarella Chicken Panini ($7 - chicken, mozzarella, parmesan, rosemary ciabatta), which was a good sized sandwich. The chicken was well cooked and the ciabatta was a great flavor, but it was a little bit boring. It needed some sort of sauce (perhaps an aioli of some sort, or a marinara dipping sauce). It helped to dip it in the tomato soup, but would've been better served with something. We also shared Sweet Potato Fries ($4 - served with honey butter) that oddly came out to us about 5 minutes before our soup and sandwich. The fries were well-cooked, and the honey butter was an interesting companion, but we ended up asking for some ketchup as well. One small peeve was the lack of salt and pepper on the table. The fries needed some more salt, and my +1 wanted to add some to his soup. When we asked, we were brought a small plastic cup with salt and pepper in it. No shakers? Odd. We were pretty full after everything we ordered and agreed the soup itself would be a good meal, or that plus splitting a side or salad. Two soups, one sandwich, and a side were more than enough for the two of us. I'm not sure we're going to rush back, but it's definitely a good option if you're in the neighborhood.
  19. I read about this coming a while back on Price of Petworth, and the +1 and I were looking forward to a new lunch place in NoMa since we will frequently package lunch with a grocery trip to Harris Teeter. We enjoy Roti and Potbelly on occasion, but are always up for something different. I believe this just opened on or around January 31, and we visited on February 4, so it's pretty new. You can see the menu here. It's not huge inside, with maybe 5-6 tables and some counter seating if I'm remembering correctly. I assume most of their clientele will be taking food back to their nearby offices. They offer catering as well as breakfast options, in addition to lunch sandwiches, sides, and desserts. We decided to split the Spicy Italian (8" for $7.95 - dry capicola, sicilian salami, genoa, capicola, and provolone) with "everything" (lettuce, tomato, onion, hot peppers, oil & vinegar). We also split the Classic Philly Cheesesteak (8" for $6.95 - white American cheese with mushrooms, grilled onions, and sweet peppers). Both sandwiches were pretty good. We liked the soft Italian rolls they were served on, and although I would have preferred a bit more meat on the cheeseteak, I thought it had good flavor. The spicy Italian was stuffed pretty full and had a nice kick from the salami. We also shared a side order of onion rings ($2.99), which were decent, but pretty generic. There were plenty for two of us, but not that many for the price. I think next time we decided we would likely just split a bag of chips. They do have what looks to be housemade potato and macaroni salad and cole slaw in a case up front too. We didn't save room for dessert, but they have some cookie and brownie options along with cannoli and carrot cake. There was also a small selection of European candies. I think A Deli (despite the dumb name) was good enough we will probably put it into our grocery store lunch rotation.
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