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Hungry for Linkage: Ben’s Chili Bowl Coming to NoVA + Composting Lessons + Stafford Approves Breweries

Posted by / Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Kris Holechek

The very specific cookbook “Vegan Desserts in Jars” includes recipes for Peanut Butter Cream Cups, Pumpkin Creme Brulee and S’mores in a Jar.

Iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl to open in former Ray’s Hellburger space in Rosslyn. [WBJ]

Don’t be scared of composting. Falls Church‘s Environmental Services department is hosting a workshop this Sunday at 3 p.m. [FCT]

Stories we need to work on: Finding Celebrity Delly‘s Chuck. He is hysterical. [FB]

More beer in NoVA! Stafford approves the opening of microbreweries, including Adventure Brewing Company. [The Free Lance Star]

Middleburg, Paris, The Plains and Upperville honor farm-to-table dining with “Celebrate the Harvest,” with area restaurants offering special menus featuring local produce this Thursday and Friday. Participating restaurants include Home Farm, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Market Salamander, The French Hound, Red Horse Tavern, The Whole Ox, Julien’s, Harrimans, Red Fox Inn & Tavern, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Hunter’s Head Tavern, The Rail Stop Restaurant, Barrel Oak Winery Middleburg, Popcorn Monkey, The Upper Crust, Cuppa Giddy Up and Middleburg Common Grounds


Lick Your Screen: Chocolate Overload Edition

Posted by / Monday, September 9th, 2013

Photo by Stefanie Gans

The aptly named, no hypborle included, Big Ass Chocolate Cake. | Society Fair | Alexandria

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Hungry for Linkage: Shake Shack comes to Tysons + Tailgate Twists + Spreadable Beer

Posted by / Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Former Eater wine editor Talia Baiocchi to release PUNCH, an online magazine about drinking culture that will update weekly. [LA Times]

Table Talk Restaurant in Alexandria is open again after being closed due to a drunk driver crashing into their storefront. [Patch]

Starting today, get $1 tacos at California Tortilla. Just tell your stomach it’s for a good cause: All proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. [Eater]

It’s official: Monday Night Football is back. Enjoy tonight’s Redskins game with some of these twists on classic tailgating food, such as Chinese pulled pork sliders. [First We Feast]

Check out this super cool stop-motion video on the art of the omakase by Uni chefs  Tony Messina and Ken Oringer. [Eater]

Northern Virginia is getting its first Shake Shack in Tysons Corner. [WCP]

Breakfast beer without the guilt: From Italy comes Birra Spalmabile, a spreadable beer that is apparently great for “hors d’oeuvres and cheeses, or even try spread on toast or as a stuffing or garnish for tarts and cakes.” [foodiggity]


Culinary Clips: Do the Cronut

Posted by / Friday, September 6th, 2013


No need to get to New York for the real thing—a combination of a doughnut and a croissant—the cronut, according to Food Wishes, can be made at home. This is video one, of two. If you end up making this, please share it with us: email

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Hungry for Linkage: Silent Movie and Beer + More Brunch + More Wine

Posted by / Friday, September 6th, 2013

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#Tonight Check out the inaugural Cinema and Brew Series at ArtSpace in Herndon. First film up: “Metropolis,” silent and German.

Presented without commentary: Campbell’s will make K-cups. [Grub Street]

Ovvio Osteria starts brunch this Sunday with pork milanese benedict and lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry syrup.  Also starting:  Dog-friendly happy hour with $5 wine and draft beers and half-off pizzas beginning next Tuesday.

Did you know it’s tomato-stuffing season? [Cook's Illustrated]

Grape Greats Wine & Food Festival is this weekend in Reston. Tickets available at the door. [Uncork the Fun]


How to Resole a Coffee Shop: Shoe’s Cup and Cork Reopens in Leesburg

Posted by / Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Shoe's Cup and Cork

The day after Christmas, Shoe’s Cup and Cork taped a note on the front window announcing its closing. The coffee shop’s owners, Ed and Jane Shihadehleft to open a sandwich place in Maryland because of “the limited kitchen, the coffee focus, the lack of parking and the relative lack of pedestrian traffic in Leesburg,” says Fred Schaufeld, the owner of the building. But a love for the historic building where a man named Arthur used to restore shoes encouraged Schaufeld to stay, renovate and reopen the shop.

“We didn’t really bring back the soul of the place. The place has its own soul,” he says in homophone-rich language. 

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Hungry for Linkage: Chobani Yogurt Recall + Food Week at Scientific American + Bring Your Dog to Dinner

Posted by / Thursday, September 5th, 2013


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DC Chef and Dublin native Cathal Armstrong receives the 2013 Jameson Irish Spirit Award at the “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” celebration on September 13. [The Ireland Funds]

Geek eat: Food Week at Scientific American. Network and guest bloggers publish grub related posts all this week. [Scientific American]

Arlington restaurants open up “dog-friendly” seating so you can eat with your best friend. [Arlington]

Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteer drivers in Franconia/Kingstowne, Reston, and Springfield. [Patch]

More like “no-gurt”: Chobani recalls mold-affected yogurt cups that have been causing illness. [International Business Times]

A recipe section has been added to the website of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, which includes Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Cookies. Does this mean you can get drunk off of a cookie? [Maker's Mark]

Here’s a very, very explicit (cussing!) and impassioned rant on the proper preparation of a burrito. [Medium]


‘Bachelor Pad’ Star Chris Bukowski’s Bracket Room Opens Tomorrow: Photos from VIP Preview Party

Posted by / Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Bracket Room chef Roland Kator, owner Chris Bukowski, and longtime friend Luigi Iovane celebrate the sports bar's opening. / Photo by Eliana Reyes

Last night, Chris Bukowski of “Bachelor Pad” reality show fame opened his “female friendly” sports bar, Bracket Room, for a VIP preview party.

“We’re an upscale sports bar, so we’re not your typical dive with your typical dive food,” says Bukowski. The tan raw leather seats agree. Wood tables communicate with the wood grain patterned walls that evoke warmth from the bottom lighting. Drinks served on the bar rest not on a wooden countertop but on stone, with swirled patterns resembling marble. 

The upscale interior design plays into Bukowski’s concept of the “female friendly” sports bar. “We’ve created a softer ambiance, an upscale ambiance, somewhere a woman can feel more comfortable… our bathrooms that are specifically made for a woman to be happy with the bathrooms,” he says. “It’s like going to the bathroom at the Four Seasons.” 

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Hungry for Linkage: Curry Mantra 3 Opens Sunday with Free Food + Guns and Starbucks + Pastrami Sandwiches

Posted by / Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


#Free food at the opening of Curry Mantra 3 in Vienna this Sunday. /  262H Cedar Lane SE, Vienna

Really, really insanely terrible, not funny at all ad campaign for Big Mac. [FB]

Rising pressure on Starbucks to outlaw guns in stores. [Grub Street]

Inside accounts from five New York Times food critics. [NYT]

On food, relationships and stereotypes, circa 1962: “And should you find yourself with a girl who orders a pastrami sandwich on whole-wheat toast with lettuce and Russian dressing (a meal I actually heard someone order in a New York delicatessen), you’d best be off before the waiter returns with the check.” [Brain Pickings]


*VA Made* Koozie Redux: The Beer Lasso

Posted by / Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Photo by Stefanie Gans

The Beer Lasso: Slip the rope loops around the neck and bottom of your favorite bottled beer to avoid hand-heat warming the brew. / Whimsical Galerie in Manassas. 


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