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The Buzz on Bastille Day Eats and Activities in NoVA and the French Embassy

Posted by / Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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By: Rachel Saenz

Obsessed with French culture or just need another reason to eat, drink and be merry? Francophile or not, restaurants and organizations around NoVA are celebrating the storming of the Bastille with food, drinks and music. Come July 14, celebrate the French Revolution and toast to good health. A votre sante!

Ladies’ Night Bastille Day Party at Sur la Table
July 11, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chat and cook with friends and classmates to learn the techniques of French cooking. The menu for the class includes: mussels steamed in champagne and orange, pan-roasted chicken with tarragon and vermouth and honey lavender cream. / Sur la Table Arlington, 1101 South Joyce Street, Suite B-20 Arlington; $79pp

“Marseille and the French Riviera” at The French Embassy
July 12, 7 p.m. -12 a.m. The not-for-profit group, Comité Tricolore, is organizing a Bastille Day celebration at the French Embassy with authentic food from high-end area restaurants, jazz music and a silent auction. A raffle will also take place throughout the night offering luxurious French-themed prizes. /The French Embassy, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20007; $110pp

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Hungry for Linkage: Golden Corral Video is “Disgusting” + A Week in the Life of Dominique Ansel + Chicago Restaurant Manager Steals Identities to Go to Disney

Posted by / Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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By: Rachel Saenz

A Golden Corral employee puts up a video (gone viral) of the company’s ill food practices. “Help yourself to happiness”… or food poisoning. [Buzzfeed]

A week in the life of cronut creator, Dominique Ansel. [Huffpo]

Poor quinoa farmers may suffer due to the rising demand of the grain. [The Daily Meal]

A Disney-obsessed manager of a Chicago restaurant is accused of stealing the identities of coworkers and patrons to take 15 trips to Disney resorts and two Disney cruises. [Grub Street]

It’s summer. It’s hot. ‘Tis the season for icebox desserts, like banoffee pie. [Oh, Ladycakes]


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MacDowell Brew Kitchen Tells Town Council to ‘Save Our Beach’

Posted by / Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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By: Rachel Saenz

One of Leesburg’s prized brewery gems: good food, craft brews and an awesome beach bar—complete with white sand, palm trees and campfire decor—is under watch. The Leesburg Town Council is holding a hearing today about MacDowell Brew Kitchen‘s zoning violation. The council claims that a portion, about six feet, of the “beach” is technically owned by the town and therefore the brewery may not serve alcohol on it. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Progress at Old Bust Head Brewing Company + Strawberry Ice Cream + Furlough Fridays

Posted by / Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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Check out the progress—the arrival of a malt handling equipment and forklift delivery—at Old Bust Head Brewing Company. [FB]

Tunisian tagine with a cinnamon bread topping and 15 other vegetable-centered meals for the summer. [TreeHugger]

Strawberry ice cream. [Table for Two] 

Rheingarten in Stafford offering “Furlough Fridays” happy hour starting at 11 a.m. [Potomac Local News]

Nepalese opening in Springfield: Momo’s. [Eater]


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July Musts: Fun Food Events This Month in NoVA

Posted by / Monday, July 8th, 2013

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July is here, which means two things: picnics and fireworks (only used legally, of course). This month, NoVA restaurants are stirring up American and international feasts, from good ole’ barbecue to Louisiana crawfish and all the way across the ocean to France’s escargot. We have it all listed in our Food & Wine Calendar … but just as an appetizer, here are some highlights of this month’s food events. 

Coastal Cooking: The Book and a Dinner
July 9, 6:30 p.m. Head over to Tysons for an exciting and informative evening at Wildfire. Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to work alongside “Coastal Cooking” author, John Shields, as he guides guests through the technique of opening a steamed Maryland Blue Crab. (It can be difficult, don’t you agree?)  Shields will also offer tips on selecting and cooking the different parts of the Chesapeake’s legendary crustacean. The crab picking will be followed by three more courses created and prepared by Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq, showcasing crab in a variety of uses, each paired with a cocktail creation to complement the dish. / Wildfire Restaurant, 2001 International Drive, McLean; $80.

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Hungry for Linkage: Arlington Food Truck Inspection Results + #UBERMONDAY for Bastille + The Top States for Beer Consumption

Posted by / Monday, July 8th, 2013

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By: Rachel Saenz

Arlington health inspectors discover the dirty and delightful in area food trucks. [Patch]

Looking to dine in style for lunch today? It’s #UBERMonday in the DC Metro area and Bastille is participating in the lineup of restaurants giving away half-priced rides and free appetizers. [Twitter]

TV chef Nigella Lawson and husband set to divorce after a “public-choking incident.” [Grub Street]

Beer obsessed? Here are the top ten states that consume the most. [HuffPo]

Ice cream truck classics: an overview [Buzzfeed]


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The ‘Meat Lovers’ Guide’ is On Newsstands Now

Posted by / Friday, July 5th, 2013

And besides finding out where to eat lots of meat throughout NoVA, there’s also an interview with famed farmer Joel Salatin. Here’s a ditty from his farm outside of Staunton. 


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Hungry for Linkage: Mail-Order Ice Cream + Tuscarora Mill’s Deck Fest + Long John Silver’s Has Worst Meal in America

Posted by / Friday, July 5th, 2013

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By: Molly Jacob

Sometimes, mint chocolate chip from the local supermarket ain’t gonna cut it. The best ice cream pints that can be ordered online are overnight-delivery-rate worthy. [HuffPo]

The Washington Post profiles Mark Warmuth, a businessman who transformed Alexandria’s M.E. Swing Coffee Roasters into a specialty coffee shop. [WaPo] 

Did any of these make an appearance at your Fourth of July cookout? Will Gordon pokes fun at the 36 cheapest American beers. [Deadspin]

The holiday weekend has only begun: Tuscarora Mill continues the festivities tonight at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, barbecue and rock n’ roll. Make sure to keep up with NoVA food happenings with our July calendar in order to have the most scrumptious summer ever.

Among the nutrition facts for America’s Worst Meal: two weeks worth of trans fat, 37 grams of sodium and 1,320 calories. Long John Silver’s, are you trying to kill us? [Time]


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Hungry for Linkage: How to Celebrate July 4th in NoVA

Posted by / Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Things to do today, July 4th. [NVM]

The Coffee Chronicler: I’ve got a theory about coffee: Part of the reason why everyone’s reaction to coffee is so strong is that it really is one of the defining passages into adulthood. It’s a thing that you know about when you’re a kid and you’re not allowed to have for good health reasons; at some point you taste a little bit, either in high school or college because you need the chemical lift, but it’s probably not that good. And then, at some point, you like it, and you decide that this is your order, this is the style you like—maybe it happened during your school year abroad in France or Italy or Mexico, and usually that moment is happening at a pretty volatile, exciting time in your life. You’re drinking, having sex—a lot of other things are happening. So you decide that this is what you like, and it messes with a lot of people’s heads to be told five, ten, twenty years later by some kid under the age of 50 in The New York Times, “What you like could be improved upon.” What I’m really doing is challenging a person’s notion of their adult self. [Narratively]

local chef writes about Paula Deen, the N-word and being a black woman in the kitchen. [HuffPo]

A history of wedding cakes—and its role in the marriage contract. [The Smart Set]

Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to diss a brie…” [Mostly Cabbages]

 

 

 


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Trolley Pub Resigns From Dispute with Virginia ABC; Sets Up Drink Specials at Bars Instead

Posted by / Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

 

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By: Molly Jacob

Originally the Trolley Pub—think pub crawl, only less crawling and more pedaling—was going to allow consumers to bring alcoholic beverages on the multi-pedaled vehicle. The BYOB issue arose during Trolley Pub’s April launch when the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control contacted Trolley Pub founder Kai Kaapro and told him that consuming alcohol on privately chartered vehicles other than charter boats is prohibited. Kaapro pointed out that alcohol is served in many privately owned vehicles, from limousines to winery tour buses, but to no avail. 

After the initial talks with the ABC, Kaapro tried to find a way around the law, but this spring, Kaapro stopped fighting the ABC regulations that would not allow customers to bring on their own beer. Instead, the vehicle will act as a transport between bars in downtown Arlington.

Customers can book a seat or rent out the entire vehicle, and can pedal to three or four bars in Clarendon. Trolley Pub has worked out drink and food specials, such as $3 drafts and half-priced food, with establishments such as Velocity Five and Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill.

“It’s difference of opinion over the interpretation of one of the ABC regulations,” says Kaapro. “In the meantime, we’re just operating dry. It’s still a lot of fun.”


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