Gut Check

About  |  Writers  |  @NoVADining

Hungry for Linkage: No More Taco Bell For the Ninos + Vitaminwater is Sued for Being “Uncarbonated Soda” + Food Songs Not About Food

Posted by / Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Courtesy of bonchon/Shutterstock.com

bonchon/Shutterstock.com

By: Rachel Saenz

No more mini meals for the niños: Taco Bell to do away with kids meals sometime in January 2014. [USA Today]

Vienna’s Greek cuisine restaurant, Nostos will be closed starting July 28th to add a new dining room. [Facebook]

Vitaminwater is “one of the boldest and brashest attempts ever to affix a healthy halo to what is essentially a junk food,” claims The Center for Science in the Public Interest. Let the lawsuit commence. [Jezebel]

Vegetarians + protein junkies rejoice = Chipotle is adding tofu. [Bloomberg]

Just for laughs: a compilation of songs named after food, with nothing to do about food. Think Kelis‘s “Milkshake’” [HuffPo]


→ POST COMMENT (0)



What the Meat Lovers’ Guide is Not: Considering July’s Meaty Issue

Posted by / Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

July’s Meat Lovers’ Guide will be taken off newsstands this Thursday. But before it leaves the shelves, I wanted to frame the issue.

When we decided to dedicate the cover story to the topic of animal eating, I wanted to highlight mature meat consumption, and not advocate for the extreme dude food of throwing a burger and bacon in between a doughnut. I called the feature: How to be a Modern Meat Eater, and sought out stories, and storytellers, piecing together the current state of carnivorism. We talked to farmers, chefs, butchers and hunters. We called food writers and restaurant critics from around the country (some of whom—Katherine Shilcutt and Bethany Jean Clement—wrote about their interview with us) about what meat-eating means in their part of the world. 

As we learn more about where our food comes from and how to be informed consumers, I hope you will think about how that rosy, juicy burger landed on your plate. And for August, after feeling full from the farm, enjoy the August issue’s food section: an unofficial ode to the garden. 

And, a few thanks:

Read the rest of this entry »


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Hungry for Linkage: Ray’s Hell Burger Now Homeless + Beltway Brewing Co. Will Contract Brew + A Very Saucy Mona Lisa

Posted by / Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Ray’s Hell Burger @ Ray’s to the Third

Ray’s Hell Burger @ Ray’s to the Third (Photography by Kate Bohler)

By: Molly Jacob

The end result of a dispute between Colonial Village Shopping Center owner and Ray’s Hell Burger gives “dining al fresco” a new meaning. [ARLnow]

Hannah Hart of My Drunk Kitchen shows off via Vine a unique way to separate eggs. [Twitter]

Famous People + Dirty Dishes = Art. [Food Diggity]

Beltway Brewing Co. brings back contract brewing to the craft beer scene. [WBJ]

A twist on the classic PB&J. (Is calling it a PB&J&MF&H&N sandwich a bit much?) [HuffPo]

A profile on Wildflour, a Chantilly cafe that provides employment for people with disabilities. [WaPo]


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Stacy Keibler, George Clooney’s Most Recent Ex, Debuts Tonight In Supermarket Superstar

Posted by / Monday, July 22nd, 2013

What the world needs now, is more food television shows.

Supermarket Superstar premieres tonight on Lifetime at 10 p.m.


→ POST COMMENT (0)



TruPops: Ashburn Moms Create Fruit and Veggie Icy Treats

Posted by / Monday, July 22nd, 2013

TruPops/Courtesy of Heather Engen

TruPops/Courtesy of Heather Engen

Picky eaters + three moms + a Vitamix = ice pops!

Cecilia Showalter, Heather Fruzzetti and Bree Murphy are the ladies behind TruMoms LLC, a new, NoVA-based healthy snack business. Currently, the three are making, promoting and selling TruPops, a puree made from frozen fruits and vegetables. What started off as simple breakfast smoothies for their children has turned into a full-fledged business for the moms.

Read the rest of this entry »


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Hungry for Linkage: A Cocktail Has Been Made in Honor of the Royal Offspring + 5 Must-Try Items From Nando’s Peri Peri + Restaurant Names to Avoid

Posted by / Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Courtesy of Wollertz/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Wollertz/Shutterstock.com

By: Rachel Saenz

2941 is featuring White Burgundy during their ‘Fun Summer Whites’ Class TONIGHT. Join their in-house Sommelier from 6 -7:30 p.m. for an educational experience. /$45pp [Facebook]

A fruity libation has been created in honor of the impending birth of Prince William and Duchess Katherine‘s royal offspring. Since babies and cocktails are a winning combo… [Refinery 29]

Remember the opening of Nando’s Peri Peri in Woodbridge, not too long ago? Here’s five must-try items off their menu. [Girl Meets Food]

In the restaurant business? Steer clear from restaurant names such as these. [HuffPo]

Fun and *quirky* ways to spice up your food with Sriracha. [HuffPo]


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Beer-and-Pizza Combo Takes on New Meaning with Beer-Infused Pizza Dough at Pizzeria Orso

Posted by / Friday, July 19th, 2013

Courtesy of Pizzeria Orso

“Killer flavor,” is how Will Artley describes his Belgian Ale-spiked pizza dough. We are in a time of craft beer craziness, so why wouldn’t the chef at Pizzeria Orso throw a hot ticket item into his pies?

Artley uses DC Brau’s The Citizen because of its unfiltered yeast. “There’s more stuff to eat,” which makes the dough ferment faster, says Artley. And because Artley uses a sourdough starter, the taste of the beer dough becomes extra acidic, with a “unique yeast flavor, aroma,” says the chef.

This is not the first time DC Brau intermingled with the pizza process. Last fall the D.C. brewery provided spent grain, a byproduct of the brewing process, to Pizzeria Paradiso to use for its dough.

Orso’s beer pizza is available only Fridays and Saturdays, starting today, and is of limited supply—only 24 dough balls—each night. Any set or custom pizza can be made with the beer dough, for the same price. Artley suggests trying the brew dough with The Tommy Boy and The North Beach.

Also tonight: an extremely limited run (four balls) of organic whole wheat sourdough, which must be asked for; it won’t be printed on the menu. / Pizzeria Orso, 400 S. Maple Ave.,  Falls Church


→ POST COMMENT (1)



Hungry for Linkage: Homemade Tofu + Vinifera World Tour Dinner + Farmers Market Double SNAP Dollars

Posted by / Friday, July 19th, 2013

By: Molly Jacob

Homemade tofu. [The Perennial Plate]

Experience fine South American cuisine: no plane ticket needed. Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro’s World Tour dinner is this Saturday night. [FB]

The list is out: Anthony Bourdain, Top Chef receive Emmy nominations. [USAToday]

NoVA farmers markets + food stamps = fresh veggies for everyone. [Patch]

Sandwiches are no longer gender neutral, apparently. [HuffPo]

Darna Restaurant’s Eric Tollar makes a “riff on a root beer float, topped with white peppery foam.” [WCP]

It’s really, really, really hot out. This can help. [BA] 


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Crooked Run Brewing Plans Soft Opening This Friday

Posted by / Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Crooked Run owner, Jake Endres

Photo courtesy of Jake Endres

By: Molly Jacob

After raising almost $1,500 over the $10,000 Kickstarter goal, Crooked Run Brewing is set to open at its Market Station location on this Friday, amid ongoing construction. “The bar is not completely finished,” says Jake Endres, owner and brewmaster. “It will be fairly rough when we open, but the beer will be good.”

Two homemade brews are on tap for tomorrow: Hopsail, a Belgian single named after a bamboo trellis design found in Endres’ hops garden, and Logan’s Song, an English pale ale named after his dog.

Read the rest of this entry »


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Hungry for Linkage: Oyster Happy Hour + Food on Film + Meatloaf

Posted by / Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Giuseppe Lancia/shutterstock.com

How is poultry going to be safer with less supervision and faster kill time?” USDA proposes self-inspectors from within the poultry industry, higher slaughter numbers, with fewer inspectors. [Foodservice Monthly]

Open Road Grille and The Italian Market & Deli coming to Falls Church. [Falls Church News-Press, via Eater]

Where to eat meatloaf. [Eater]

Apparently broccoli seed oil is good for your hair. [Ouidad]

Half-off oysters at Trummer’s On Main every Friday this summer. 

When it’s too hot to eat: watch food on film. IFC’s SundanceNOW’s Doc Club is featuring “Culinary Cinema“. [Grub Street]

#newfavoritetumblr Orange & Sichuan Peppercorn Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks. [HandCrafted In Virginia]


→ POST COMMENT (0)



Page 41 of 225« First...102030...3940414243...506070...Last »