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Hungry for Linkage: Eating for Earth Day + I Heart Artichokes + Oh, Kale No

Posted by / Monday, April 22nd, 2013


Artichoke season: unlocking hidden potential. [NYT]

Something that doesn’t need to happen again: trying all the Skinnygirl flavors. [HuffPo]

Oh, kale no. [Tasting Table]

A question of fresh pumpkin in Falls Church. [WaPo]

M&M nation. [The New Yorker]

On Earth Day, think about the foods impacted by climate change. [HuffPo]

It’s coffee week on NPR. [NPR]


Culinary Clips: How to Turn a Coke into…Water?

Posted by / Friday, April 19th, 2013

It might be a viral video for OKO Water Bottle Filters, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Although the man in the video speaks Japanese, his actions are clear. My only question is…what does it taste like? Surely, nobody has the answer to THAT question…oh, wait, OKO does:

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Hungry for Linkage: Brazilian Chef on Time 100 + Tom Colicchio on The Hill + New Budweiser Can

Posted by / Friday, April 19th, 2013 Sports Photography

 Brazilian chef Alex Atala earns a spot on the Time 100. Noma‘s René Redzepi pens the piece. [Time]

A look inside the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn. [Patch]

A full-service restaurant in Arlington with nothing over $9? [DCDining]

The truth behind the cupcake collapse. [Grub Street]

Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio helps push GMO labeling on Capitol Hill. [EWG via Food Republic]

Easily squeeze more into your mouth with Budweiser’s new can…It took them three years to make this. [Newsday]


Wine of the Week: 2009 Rojo XOCO by Horton Vineyards

Posted by / Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Horton Vineyards

Wine of the Week: It’s not necessary to be a wine aficionado to enjoy these musings.

Name: Rojo XOCO

Year: 2009

Varietals: 88% Touriga Nacional, 8% Syrah, 4% Norton

Winery/Vineyard: Horton Vineyards

Price: $16 (500 ml bottle)

Word of the Week: Touriga Nacional is a grape variety native to the Dao region of Portugal. Despite low yields, it is considered among one of the most prized grapes from this wine region and is often used in port blends.

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Hungry for Linkage: Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks + Post-Practice Personalized Smoothies + Chick-fil-A Unveils New Salads

Posted by / Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Funky Monkey Snacks

#MustTry From the land of snacks on NoVA’s Food Desk: freeze-dried fruit. At first we were put off by the chalky, powdery and unusual texture, especially that of a deflated pineapple (do not buy!). But Funk Monkey‘s banana freeze-dried slices taste just like regularly dried bananas, minus any additional sweeteners. Freeze-dried, as defined by its producer, is “more nutritious than regular dried fruit, as it retains nearly all of the nutrients versus 45% nutrient retention in dried fruit. It also contains less water, which equals better flavor and better value.” I liked the banana slices straight from the bag or cracked on top of yogurt.

After fifty years of food coverage, the Washington Post releases a cookbook. [WaPo] 

A year after angering human equality advocates with President Dan Cathy‘s controversial views on gay marriage, Chick-fil-A tries to win back Millennials with new salad options. [USA Today]

Malones—although already open since February, and included in Northern Virginia Magazine’s April issue on new hot spots—is holding a grand opening ceremony, ribbon cutting and all. [Patch] 

“Small-plate eating fits the current zeitgeist, in which sharing is cool, eating out is casual, and diners are more eager to try everything.” [WCP]

New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly provides players with post-practice personalized smoothies. What has Mike Shanahan done for RGIII lately? [NFL]     


Le Mediterranean Bistro Opens This Friday in Fairfax

Posted by / Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Photo by Driss Zahidi

Driss Zahidi will open Le Mediterranean Bistro this Friday. Since Northern Virginia Magazine reported the news of the restaurant a month ago, Zahidi has managed to pass all inspections and score a temporary ABC permit. Zahidi was most recently cooking in McLean at Bistro Vivant, where he was the restaurant’s original chef. He was also the former owner and chef of Evo Bistro.

The menu, says Zahidi, is “French cuisine but with Moroccan dishes.” Here is Le Mediterranean Bistro menuDinner starts this Friday, at 5 p.m. / Le Mediterranean Bistro, 4008 University Drive, Fairfax.


Hungry For Linkage: Cocktail Across the Country + Regional Mexican Cuisine + Fine Dining and Philantropy

Posted by / Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


Shutterstock/Valery Bareta

Shutterstock/Valery Bareta

For when you cross state lines and think, “What cocktail should I have?”  New York Magazine deems Richmond’s Heritage Restaurant with the commonwealth’s best cocktail: “The Brooklyn.” [GrubStreet]

Fun facts about some of the most famous food brands: “ A large order of fries at Five Guys is a staggering 1467 calories” –Uh, worth it. [Thrillist]

#DoGoodDineOut.  Eve Armstrong, daughter of chef and restaurateurs Cathal and Meshelle Armstrong celebrates her April birthday with a gift drive for animal shelters.  Are you an April baby, too? If so, enjoy a free dinner at Restaurant Eve if you donate to animal welfare causes.  More details here [Patch]

Far from a catch-all Tex Mex joint, Tacos al Costalilla in Alexandria gives dinners a true taste of the Jalisco region of Mexico. [WaPo]

What does a liquor importer do all day? Surprisingly, she doesn’t drink all that much. [NVM]


Must Try: Olio Nuovo from Ah Love Oil & Vinegar

Posted by / Tuesday, April 16th, 2013




There are nights when things should be easy. When dinner should be a quick boil, glug and grate away. I’m talking about the weeknight pasta. Something simple and satisfying. When using only a few ingredients, make sure they are what you really like.

This time of year the olive oil is fresh: olio nuovo. The olives were on vine  trees in Greece just a few months ago—it’s the first oil off the press—so the oil is plenty fragrant and rich. Don’t cook with it.

Savor it raw, dipped in bread or, how we’ve been indulging, swirled on top of pasta. Cook the noodles you like, save some starchy pasta water, put the noodles, still dripping into a bowl and add some pasta water, oil, grated cheese, black pepper. Stir to incorporate. Sprinkle on flaky sea salt and drizzle some extra oil on top. The bottle is only good through July, so you might as well use it. 

Get it: Ah Love Oil & Vinegar / 4017B Campbell Ave., Arlington;  2910 District Ave., Ste 165, Fairfax. 


Hungry for Linkage: McDonalds turns 58 + The Veg Craze + For the Love of Grilled Cheese

Posted by / Tuesday, April 16th, 2013


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Today at 3:30: watch a live chat with Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy, this spring’s standout cookbook, . [NYT]

April Bloomfield, author of A Girl and Her Pig is taking over Bon Appetit‘s Instagram for the week— #yum [BA]

Why we can’t just eat one Hershey’s Kiss. [WSJ]

What we’ll do for Chinese food… [Yahoo]

Celebrities…They’re just like us! Chef Graham Elliot of Iron Chef America loves grilled cheese. [Esquire]

Bring it on, Burger Week! Check out the tastiest (and most photogenic) burgers around the U.S. and Bistro Vivant‘s chef gives a burger treatise.  [Eater]

Happy 58th Birthday, McDonalds. [HuffPo]


Tax Day Food Specials In NoVA

Posted by / Monday, April 15th, 2013

It is safe to say no one is fond of paying taxes. On one of the least popular days of the year, some restaurants are trying to lighten the mood with some deals and freebies:

Union Street Public House in Alexandria is offering half-off your bill from noon-midnight in the tap room. / 121 South Union St., Alexandria.

The Palm Restaurant in McLean is serving up tax day relief with a free order of Prime Bite’s for customers who present this coupon. / 1750 Tysons Blvd., McLean.

Cafesano in Reston is offering 10.4%* off your entire bill for customers with this coupon. / 11130 M South Lakes Dr., Reston 

Bonefish Grill is selling orders of Bang-Bang Shrimp for only $5 from 4p.m. – close. / Multiple NoVa locations

Arby’s is giving away free curly fries and potato cakes for customers with this coupon. / Multiple NoVa locations

*This percentage has been updated.  10.4 is the correct discount. 


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