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Hungry for Linkage: Who is Ruth Bourdain + The Deal with Quinoa + Twinkies Are Back

Posted by / Monday, July 15th, 2013


Hot openings this summer include the Salamander Resort project in Middleburg with businesswoman Sheila C. Johnson and Chef Todd Gray. [Eater]

Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Company throws an outdoor party at American Tap Room. [DC Beer]  

OMG! This is the dude behind Twitter sensation Ruth Bourdain

So this is the deal with our most trendy grain: quinoa

“Almost nothing artificial was in the original recipe back in 1930; fresh dairy ingredients were shed long ago in the quest for a longer shelf life.” Twinkies are back after eight months of the shelves. The shelf life is 45 days. [The Atlantic] 


Cravings: Coush Coush at Mokomandy

Posted by / Friday, July 12th, 2013

Coush Coush Dish from Mokomandy

Photo by Rachel Saenz

By: Rachel Saenz

Dish: Coush Coush, a unique combination of warmed cream, Steen’s cane syrup, cubed bits of cornbread and thick-cut, crumbled bacon, $5 at brunch

Where: Mokomandy, 20789 Great Falls Plaza Suite 176, Sterling 

Taste: A perfect blend of sweet and savory. The cornbread soaks up all the cream and syrup without becoming soggy and the bacon makes this dish—they don’t skimp on the chewy bits of goodness.  


Hungry for Linkage: Win Gym Membership from Silver Diner + Bonchon’s Decor + Upside Down Nectarine Cake

Posted by / Friday, July 12th, 2013

Nectarine slice


By: Molly Jacob

Share your summer workout plans with Silver Diner and you may win a $250 gift card and a one year membership to Sport & Health Club. 

Is D.C. a great “food city”?  The Washington Post doesn’t think so. Washington City Paper makes a rebuttal. [WaPo, WCP]

Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants in America. On the list: Middleburg’s own Goodstone Inn & Restaurant. 

Take a peek at the minimalist decor at Bonchon’s new Arlington location. See the mango wood accents and sleek design lines IRL after the location’s soft opening on July 15th. [Eater]

In Mexico? Don’t eat with a fork. In Italy? Don’t ask for cheese. Check out other table manners from around the world before gettin’ your grub on internationally. [HuffPo]

Upside Down Nectarine Cake. This counts as a daily serving of fruit, right? [Coconut and Lime] 

Pan American Bakery is set to be Arlington Mill Community Center’s in-house restaurant. Enjoy gelato, specialty coffee and salteñas when the new center opens later this summer. [ARLnow]


From Chicago to Las Vegas to Arlington: Three Best Friends Work to Open Chris Bukowski’s Bracket Room, Set for August

Posted by / Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Chris Bukowski

“We’re not throwing up gang symbols,” is what Chris Bukowski writes when sending the above picture of his childhood friends. Bukowski, famous from his time on “Bachelor Pad,” and now keeping his 15 minutes alive by opening a “female friendly” sports bar in Clarendon next month, squeezes into the middle of the photo.

Roland Kator is on the left. He moved to Columbia Pike on Monday to be the executive chef at his longtime friend’s restaurant, Bracket Room. On the right is Luigi Iovane, Bukowski’s next door neighbor growing up in Chicago. Iovane lives with Kator and will barback at Bracket Room. With a family background in construction, Iovane is currently helping out during the building phase of the restaurant. 

The three, in the photo, are are showing “630:” that’s the Chicago area code where the three met, before they left for Las Vegas. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Celebrate Alexandria’s Birthday + Free 7-11 Slurpees TODAY + Blueberry Pie Milkshake

Posted by / Thursday, July 11th, 2013

 Badass omelette-making. [HuffPoTaste]

Celebrate Alexandria’s 264th birthday at Brabo‘s rooftop deck with fireworks, punch, cheese and charcuterie. / $45, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Blueberry Pie Milkshake. [Saveur]

Bacon or butter? [Esquire]

#FREE 7-Eleven celebrates its 86th birthday by giving away free small Slurpees all day today.

Need more links? [Eater]


MacDowell Brew Kitchen’s Beach is Saved With a 5 to 1 Council Member Vote

Posted by / Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

A patron speaking on behalf of the MacDowell Brew Kitchen/Rachel Saenz

Patron speaking on behalf of MacDowell Brew Kitchen/Photo by Rachel Saenz

By: Rachel Saenz

Leesburg Town Hall was swarming last night. A mix of people wearing suits, flips flops, gym clothes, Hawaiian dress—including a floral bathing suit—and “Save Our Beach” t-shirts attended the meeting to support MacDowell Brew Kitchen‘s co-owners, Gordon MacDowell and Nils Schnibbe in saving the restaurant’s beach bar. About six feet (or roughly one-third) of the beach is set on town property, which is a problem when the brewery was serving alcohol on its land.

MacDowell and Schnibbe were first notified about their zoning violation about two weeks ago and were told that they’d have to rope off a section of the sand until a hearing was held—as the sale of alcohol on town land is prohibited.

About 12 patrons of the restaurant and bar (including MacDowell’s mom) spoke on behalf of their love of the “beach” to the council and they did not hold back. Melissa Barnes, of Leesburg explained that the business had become an everyday oasis to her family. “It’s not just a restaurant. My son plays in the sand for hours and it’s a business that my family feels comfortable being at. A very family friendly place.”

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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]


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

Posted by / Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

MacDowell Brew Kitchen

'Save our Beach' campaign materials /Courtesy of MacDowell Brew Kitchen

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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