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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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!

Peepdate by popular demand and other district news

Morning reader(s). So I have gotten some requests to see my peep-crazed friend’s entries from the peep show. I mentioned them in Tuesday’s post. Remember? She lost and was hardened and bitter and swore she would never compete but then did again and then lost but is now at peace with the  powers that be. Well, here are her entries, Peep Bloom 2009 & Snowpeepcalypse 2010:

Quite impressive no? She urges you all to click on the images (especially Peep Bloom) to see the detail and agree that she was robbed. So maybe she is not completely at peace.  I mean, many hours were lost. Anyways, for those not busy designing their own peep entries in their heads (the peeplic option, Peep-partiers, Hot Peep Time Machine), here is the weekly roundup:

Sign of the Whale in Dupont may be offering topless Thursdays. Way to class up the neighborhood (PoP)

Metro sent out a 14 car train (yes, that’s two trains fused together) and declares safety a priority. Yikes (DCist)

Metro may also cut all green line service on weekends, because apparently punishing poor people is the solution (14th&U)

Fenty misses deadly SE shootings because he was in Jamaica and didn’t tell anybody. I guess people don’t like mayors doing that (Washington Post)

DC ranked 2nd in the nation in energy efficient buildings! Take THAT San Francisco (The Examiner)

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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Peep show results are in. No, not that kind of peep show, far more sad

The winner. Ridiculous. Click for larger version

So. A certain friend of mine regularly competes in this annual DC contest where you make dioramas out of Peeps. Yes, the Easter candy. So what? Its not like you do super cool things in your spare time. Anyways, last year she spent more days than are socially acceptable to create an elaborate cherry – blossom – jefferson – memorial – peep – festival diorama only to be excluded from the slide show in favor of, what were in her opinion, far inferior entries (and i agree).

Hardened and bitter, she swore she would never spend time on peeps again. Well. Until this year. Armed with cotton balls, peeps, paint and resentment, she constructed “the snowpeepalypse” in a final vying run. And was she a finalist???

Sadly, no.

Once again she was spurned. But this time, she felt the competition was much stronger, and has gracefully accepted her place in the peep hierarchy. So, if you are looking to procrastinate at work, here is your answer:

the 2010 Peep Show winners brought to you by the Washington Post. Yes, the Washington Post. They are AMAZING! Enjoy!

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!!!)

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.

The White House Honors the Irish and Other District News

Green(ish) St. Patty's Day Fountain

In my mind, the biggest news was the Hoyas choking like none other last night, thereby ruining my March madness experience in a day. But in case you are interested in other things, here you go:

The Post reports that metro escalator outages are a problem, metro users say yeah, we know (Washington Post)

Top Chef is coming to DC. Time to start stalking the DC Hilton for snacks! (DCist)

German-American museum opens, gives 1/8 of Americans a sense of ethnic heritage (Penn Quarter Living)

I would actually go to church (well, maybe) if our services were like this (PoP)

Hamburgers may come to 14th St., as long as they’re not too noisy (14th&You)