Earth Day and other events in the District

Now I know I normally do not comment on events. It’s because I am NEVER aware of anything in time for people to actually plan for things. However, since it’s Earth Day on Thursday (go planet!) and the DC international film festival and I am sort of “between” jobs (cough), I figured I would help you plan your week. You know, list 4 things to check out and 4 things to miss….

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Food trucks and fish tacos in the name of journalism

Good morning readers. Figured I would start the terribleness that is Monday morning with a post about something delicious. Namely, gourmet food trucks.

So hot right now. For those that don’t know, these trucks roam around DC tweeting their locations, building hipster armies of followers with their witty foods and phrases. The most famous in DC is Fojol, i.e. the “traveling culinary carnival” or, as most people know them, the costumed Indian food truck guys. Many trucks have been in DC since early last year, but since tweet-following requires a degree of planning that I truly do not possess, I only finally visited one this weekend. It’s called Sauca and I ran into it by chance:

Sauca has only been open 2 months. It is owned by an former global investment banker, driven by a former international communications officer and it’s foods are inspired by different international cuisines. So, butter chicken from India, Pork Bahn Mi from Vietnam, and dessert waffles from Belgium, among others. The menu changes. In the name of investigative journalism, I ordered a Mexicali fish taco. DELICIOUS. It looked like this:

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Redeem Boutique, think Diesel but more interesting and eclectic

OK. So I haven’t really done a fashion post in awhile. Mostly because I haven’t really been BUYING things. Not enough benjamins at the moment. However, last week I did manage to snag these:

Cute no? The sandals I mean. They are gladiator, a blue and gray that is much more vivid than it appears via my canon elf. They are from Redeem boutique on 14th street. LOVE. Reminds me a good deal of Diesel but with more variety. Talked to the salesguy, he used to work at Diesel. Makes sense. A lot of zippers, draped tops, blue/black/gray/white/purple type of color palette, industrial, tailored jackets for the mens. Designers are from all over: New York, London, Korea, Canada etc.  Also, unlike other boutiques, this one is half menswear. Some beautiful shots:

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Oh KFC, just when you thought America couldn’t get any fatter

So in theme with my last post on the anti-obesity Obama Easter egg roll, I figured I would post this new addition to the KFC line up. It is set to drop April 12th. OK. Brace yourselves:

OH, yes. It is what you think it is. It’s the KFC new double down “sandwich” and has fried chicken for buns. FRIED CHICKEN. It also has cheese and bacon and a ‘special’ Colonel’s sauce, which (and I may be going out on a limb here) I am going to guess is mayo-based. Now I secretly (well, not so secretly) indulge in fast food now and then. It’s a road trip fave, even if my stomach disagrees. But in this case, I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t. This shouldn’t exist. We are too fat. TOO fat. As a nation we should reject it, for our health, our food industry and everything else. TOO much.

If you are interested in reading more about the double down and other depressing fatty trends, you can do so here. Thanks for the tip Jonathan!

Best of DC winners and some DCspy opinions

Ok kids. The Best of DC results are in. Now, last time some DC results were in (i.e. my James Beard post), I thought I would get all bloggery and say “hey readers, let me know your thoughts!!” You know, because that’s what blogs do.

Yeah. You all failed. Basically, none of you commented except for empire state elitist who did not comment on the restaurants at all and instead talked about how much DC food sucks. Way to snark up the comments section.  ANYWAYS, learning from my mistakes, I have highlighted some of the Best of DC winners, MY thoughts, and could effing care less if you comment. take THAT…

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Who says DC doesn’t have good food?

James Beard and Top Chef Bryan with chicken

Its been a good month for snacks in the District. First, news that Top Chef is coming, and now the James Beard nominees have been listed! The nominees are (thanks DCist): 

  • José Andrés, the small plates king (of Zaytinya and  Jaleo and Café Atlántico and Oyamel) for Outstanding Chef of the Year
  • Johnny Monis of Komi for Rising Star Chef of the Year
  • Amanda Cook from CityZen (in the Mandarin Oriental) for Outstanding Pastry Chef (finalist)
  • Bryan Voltaggio of Volt (Fredrick, MD), Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve (Alexandria) and Peter Pastan of Obelisk (DC) versus Philly folks (boo) for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef

Wonderful, no? Though I must admit, despite being a blogger, I have been to basically zero of these restaurants. Mostly because I make no money and am lazy. I have been to Zaytinya once and recall it being delicious, but god help you get a table on a weekend. They don’t take reservations. Yes, one of THOSE. 

I have also been to Eamonn’s Dublin Chipper, which is basically a poor(er) man’s Restaurant Eve, also done by Cathal. Eamonn’s serves fish and chips and beer. It’s motto is “thanks be to cod” and its located right on the main drag of King Street in Old Town Alexandria. A convenient pun restaurant, that serves food like this: 

 

Like a moth to a flame. I went immediately and it was DELICIOUS. And last but not least there is Bryan Voltaggio. Bryan is the un-tattooed brother from Top Chef that cooked excellent food but was just SO BORING in terms of personality. Remember him? He was boring and winning but then started losing to his moody younger brother and became boring-angry for a bit, which was a little more interesting, until he ruined it by accepting his brother’s victory without malice and leaving looking happy. That’s him with the chicken. One of many livestock poses from Volt’s website, like this: 

Bryan Voltaggio in dramatic pastoral scenes

I know, I know. A bit Amish priest with a side of awkward sauce. But cut him a break, his food is nominated for a James Beard and we aren’t all gifted in pizzazz. Anyways. READERS, if any of you have gone to these restaurants please comment! I do love snack insights and let’s be honest, when am I going to go to Komi? 

(Oh and apologies for the article being old, I wrote this post last week and forgot to publish it!!!)

Paddles the Beaver and Other District News

Paddles the Cherry Blossom Mascot

You didn’t know the cherry blossom festival had a mascot? Yeah, neither did I. Not to mention beavers have absolutely nothing to do with cherry blossoms.  Or Japanese culture. I mean, Paddles might chop down cherry trees to add more branches to his (her? gender-neutral?) dam, but a cherry tree maiming mascot doesn’t seem appropriate. That being said, children will like Paddles, and they will like stuffed animal Paddles sold at marked-up prices at the National Mall even more. Can’t say the same for ‘branchy’ the stuffed cherry blossom branch. You can hang out with Paddles at the festival tomorrow. Details here.

In other news, Syracuse lost, adding another Big East abomination to the tournament, the caps choked, and I’m starting to see some green on the trees. Here is the weekly news roundup:

Politico Poll finds tea partiers to be Republican, white and dissatisfied with America. Yeah. Not sure that was worth the effort (Politico)

Does a pro athelete bringing 4 guns into the Verizon Center locker room warrant jail time? We’ll find out  today (WTOP)

Legislation to legalize medical marijuana will be introduced next week. Stoners  won’t notice (DCist)

Please, be nice in the comments section. Sensitive 14th St. wine bar owner threatens to sue U Street Girl for blog comments

New Eisenhower memorial design is Gehry interesting indeed. Oh yes, I did go there (Washington Post)

Yes, cupcakes are effing trendy CNN

The fabric of the cupcake lifestle

OK. So those that read my blog know my pro-pie stance on the cupcake obsession. If you don’t, read my please not another effing cupcake store post.

Basically, I advocate for minority desserts. Yes, cupcakes are delicious, but many other desserts are delicious too and deserve more representation. Trendy foods are irritating.  First those Pinkberry-type yogurt things, now cupcakeries.

However, unlike pinkberry, CNN is saying cupcake have transcended the trend category and are part of the American culinary landscape. Cupcakes are a “passion,” a lifestyle, a part of who we are (see article here).

Come ON. Cupcakes are trendy. Period. It doesn’t mean they are not delicious, it means that if cupcakes were not trendy we maybe wouldn’t have 6 (Yes 6!) cupcakeries within 10 miles of each other in a city that isn’t all that big. So please, dear pastry chef, avoid the hype. Open a bakery. Provide me with fresh delicious bread that I can ruin in my attempts to cook things. Or maybe a croissant. Or a piece of pie. Just not another effing effing cupcake.

So I don’t jump the shark on cupcake posts, this will be my last for awhile, but I just couldn’t pass up the article. It was just right there. Taunting me.

My idiot brother comes to town and health care passes

Idiot Brother and his Profession

So my idiot brother is staying with me for 10 days, which means posts may not be timely as usual. Just a heads up, dear reader. Only reader (thanks mom).

In other news, big weekend in the District. Health care passed last night. Dems are elated. Republicans are threatening to move places. I mean, I guess they are. Though I don’t know where they would move. Europe and Canada are basically axed. ANYWAYS, many Americans on both sides reacted strongly, despite not knowing what the bill actually contains. This is not a political blog, so I will not discuss the issue, but check any media outlet in any location at any time EVER and I’m sure you’ll find a forum.  

In other less important, but more blogworthy news: my BRACKETS. My brackets are, as a dear friend put it, Terri Schiavo’ed. Not technically dead, but I’m just about ready to pull the plug. Kansas choked, Nova choked, the Hoyas choked. WVU is my last lifeline. My last, terrible Big East dependent lifeline. Jesus.

Will post again today. In the meantime, read about the health care bill if you haven’t already. It does affect you and I know you have time if you are reading this.