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Continuing the Hype Machine for Upcoming Water & Wall: Restaurant Renderings

Posted by / Friday, August 16th, 2013

Courtesy of Sucha Khamsuwan of STUDIO IDEYA

Ever since the  team behind the much loved Maple Ave Restaurant announced plans for an upcoming place in Arlington, the blogs have been after the Vienna couple for details.

Joey Hernandez, the GM and long-time partner of Chef Tim Ma, released sketches for Water & Wall and are now waiting for approval from the county. Until it opens, tentatively November 1, as a part of Maple Ave’s fourth birthday celebrations, you can taste the “culinary road traveled from Maple Ave to Water & Wall” on August 21-22, four courses for $69. 



Hungry For Linkage: New Del Ray Coffee Shop + Jeremy Hoffman To Leave Restaurant Eve + What To Eat On Mars

Posted by / Thursday, August 15th, 2013

wine glass

By: Molly Jacob

Seva Cafe, a new coffee shop coming to Alexandria, plans on serving coffee from M.E. Swing’s. [Patch] 

If only movie theaters were BYOB: Justin Vann, former sommelier at Oxheart, matches some anticipated films of the summer and fall with wine selections. The results are spectacular. [BA]

Chef de cuisine Jeremy Hoffman is leaving Restaurant Eve in Alexandria to open up his own restaurant, Preserve, in Annapolis. [WaPo]

For the wine-loving wayfarer. [Eater]

James Madison University was ranked second for best campus food in the nation by The Princeton Review. (Go Dukes!) [The Princeton Review]

This Sunday, you don’t need to go to Nationals Park to get in on the action. Early Mountain Vineyards is hosting a special (free!) viewing party of the game against the Atlanta Braves at 1 p.m. Come for the $3 ballpark bites, stay to see presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington make a special appearance.

Martian cuisine: lots of Nutella. [Discovery News]



Cravings: Duck Rolls at Imm Thai

Posted by / Thursday, August 15th, 2013

duck rolls
Photo by Molly Jacob

By: Molly Jacob

Dish: Duck rolls, $5.95.

Where: Imm Thai, 7203 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Taste: The juicy duck pieces snuggle in between layers of crunchy, flaky Asian pancake. Cucumber and scallion slices add a light, refreshing crisp, enhanced by the sweet plum sauce. The cilantro sprigs and crunchy rice noodles are more of an aesthetic touch than anything, but who says your food can’t be yummy to look at, too?

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Hungry for Linkage: Wendy’s Bacon Pretzel Cheeseburger + Dogfish Head on TV + New Beers from Lost Rhino

Posted by / Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Photo by Mike Ramm

Wendy’s bacon pretzel burger is selling like crazy. [Grub Street]

Here’s our designer, Mike’s—who eats fast food everyday—take:

Looks good, tasted okay. Bun seemed (and looks) like it was a little overdone and didn’t have a distinct “pretzel” taste like I was expecting. Bottom of the box was coated with grease, not sure if it was from the bun  or not but if it was, just one more reason to make them unhealthy, cooking the buns in oil. Definitely should have come sprinkled in salt with mustard packets obviously. Doesn’t dethrone my #6 (Spicy Chicken Sandwich) as my go-to, but does deserve another shot. 

Speaking of, Smashburger announced it will open this winter at the Promenade at VA Gateway in Gainesville.

Didn’t know Dogfish Head was funny? Ask Fox. [Eater]

Summer = peach arugula corn pizza. [Shutterbean]

Two new approvals from Tyler Cowen: Nostos and Taco Bamba. [TCEDG]

Five new beers at Lost Rhino this month. [DC Beer]

The truth. [@mjberner]


Like You Need Another Reason to Enjoy Coffee: Use M.E. Swing’s Grinds for Composting

Posted by / Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Photo by Stefanie Gans

By: Molly Jacob

If you’re not using your old coffee grounds to make alcoholic beverages, recycle them in your compost piles: Coffee can be an important component in creating a fertile and diverse compost system.

“Coffee is not done after we’re done with it,”  says Neil Balkcom, director of coffee operations at M.E. Swing Coffee Co. in Del Ray. “Instead of throwing it onto a landfill, we’d much rather see it being put to good use.”  

Using the City of Alexandria’s backyard composting guide as inspiration, Swing’s created the “Fruitful Guide to Fertile Soil” to encourage customers to enrich their gardens and reduce waste by taking home Swing’s used grounds. The amount of compost needed depends on usage, for example, lawns wouldn’t need as much nourishment as a tomato plant, for instance. Look for black bags with the seal marked as “COMPOST” at Swing’s to take with you, free of charge, or ask your local coffee shop for any grounds waste.

Click for Swing’s “Fruitful Guide to Fertile Soil.”

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Hungry For Linkage: Fried Chicken in Marshall + Debate on Open Kitchens + ‘Mad Fresh’ Yogurt

Posted by / Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Photo by Stefanie Gans

If you’re ever hungry in Marshall, there’s decent fried chicken at Glascock Grocery & Middle Eastern Market. There’s also chicken tamales, beef tongue tacos, tabbouleh and a mini farm stand

On hating open kitchens:
Call me old-fashioned, but the aim of a good dinner host should not be to show off his knife skills to a captive audience from a gaudy stage. Rather, with precision of focus and purity of heart, he should strive to honor his guests through the sheer quality of his cooking, thinking of himself and his comfort only after the work is finished. This, in the end, is the fundamental truth that open-concept kitchens try to cover with fancy backsplashes: As a home cook, you will spend more time as a drudge than as a captivating raconteur or a master of ceremonies—and good drudges, as we know from Downton Abbey, keep their work out of sight.” [Slate]

On loving open kitchens:
None of the objections to using an open kitchen for entertaining hold for everyday cooking. Who cares if your family sees some dirty dishes? Is your partner really going to argue with the five-second rule — particularly when the carrot is being dropped into boiling water? And do you really need to devote your full concentration to making pasta with tomato sauce for the 4,000th time? Of course not. Meanwhile, it’s nice to be able to talk to your family while you cook, or watch Orange is the New Black on the living room TV. [Wonkblog]

Guacamole and authenticity. [Medium]

Mad Fresh” yogurt from Alexandria’s Mediterranean Bakery & Cafe goes viral, making the front page of Reddit. [Reddit]

Looking to bulk up your Twitter feed? Here’s 118 food activists to follow. [Food Tank]

Mustard as Rorschach. [My Modern Metropolis]


Celebrate DC Beer Week at Port City, Mad Fox, Rock Bottom and Tavern 64

Posted by / Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Nitr

DC Beer Week celebrates the area’s emerging beer culture with parties, tap take overs and new releases. Check out what’s brewin’ in Virginia this week. The full list can be found at DC Beer’s site.

Ambassador IPA Release @ Mad Fox Brewing
August 13, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Mad Fox and Smoke and Barrel teamed up to create the Ambassador IPA, so come celebrate this release today, where growler fills will be under $9. / Mad Fox Brewing Co., 444 W Broad Street, Falls Church.

Rock Bottom Brewery $1.50 Pints
August 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Get the best Rock Bottom has to offer at great prices. Pints such as their Rock Bottom IPA and Red Ale are only $1.50 and all appetizers will be running at happy hour prices all day. / Rock Bottom Brewery, 4238 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1256, Arlington.

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Hungry for Linkage: Swirl & Sip To Open in Merrifield + Tarver King To Leave Ashby Inn + National Filet Mignon Day Specials

Posted by / Monday, August 12th, 2013

filet mignon

By: Molly Jacob

Swirl & Sip is expanding from its online shop and opening up a location in Merrifield’s Mosaic District. [WBJ]

NoVA’s Mad Fox Brewing Company will expand to D.C. with a new taproom next year. [WCP]

Check out Bon Appetit’s ranking of the 10 best new restaurants in America. [BA]

Next month, Tarver King is leaving Ashby Inn in Paris, Virginia to become head chef at The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville. [WaPo]

It’s possible to make McDonald’s french fries at home. (This can only be bad news). [The Daily Meal]

Happy National Filet Mignon Day! Celebrate with special deals at Palm Restaurant in Tyson’s Corner and Morton’s The Steakhouse in Reston and Arlington. [Examiner]

The story behind the woman on the Sun-Maid box and other food packaging celebrities. [Thrillist] 


TONIGHT: The Whole Ox’s Beer Symposium Series Continues

Posted by / Friday, August 9th, 2013

the whole ox
Photo by Stefanie Gans

What happens when you mix an ancient Sumerian custom with craft beers and a local butcher shop? The Whole Ox, in The Plains, plans to find out tonight at 7 p.m. Their second beer symposium focuses on misleading labeling in food and beverages.

Local residents, beer lovers, deep thinkers and food industry members alike are welcome to participate in this round table discussion led by owner Derek Luhowiak and manager/”wine guy” Andrew Napier while sampling a few craft beers. 

“But unlike most tastings, it’s not really about the beer,” says Amanda Luhowiak, part owner of the shop. “We’re just trying to build community and create a culture of people who are like-minded and we want to get ideas going.”

The idea came to Napier after reading about the ancient custom in A History of the World in 6 Glasses.

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Hungry For Linkage: Taco Bamba Breakfast Menu + New Speedy Lunch At Blue Iguana + Drink Hot Cocoa For Your Health

Posted by / Friday, August 9th, 2013 Miguel Garcia Saavedra

By: Molly Jacob

This weekend: Taco Bamba in Falls Church is launching a breakfast menu with chilaquiles, cheese enchiladas and huevos rancheros. Expect muchos huevos fritos.

Using bugs to end world hunger. [Wired]

New owners, shop renovations and a new lunch menu (it comes out in 12 minutes or it’s free!) at Blue Iguana in Fairfax. [Eater]

Waku Chicken, a Peruvian restaurant, officially opened last weekend in Herndon. [Patch]

A new Thai food restaurant in Annandale, Thai Food, (you read that correctly) is offering a 20% discount during its inaugural month

What the caveman orders at Einstein’sa meat bagel. [Ditch The Wheat]

Well, if you insist: drink hot chocolate twice a day to improve brain function. [Now This News]


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