After raising more than $25,000 with a Kickstarter campaign, Crumbs & Whiskers, D.C.'s first cat cafe concept, is moving forward in its planning process.DCist reports that the cafe's founder, Kanchan Singh, received zoning approval and is on track for a summer opening.
In February, Singh talked to WTOP about plans for her Georgetown-based cafe, and her strategies for obtaining permits from The Department of Health.
Stay tuned for future updates, cat lovers.
People hang out with cats from North Shore Animal League during the adoption drive held at the Cat Café by Purina ONE on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in New York.
by WTOPLiving3/25/2015 8:59:31 PM
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If you can't wait for Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim's Japanese noodle bar Yona to open in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington later this spring, you don't have to. The concept is popping-up at Isabella's G on 14th Street through May 2, Wednesday through Saturday nights.
Three types of ramen are on the pop-up menu, including Miso Porky, Tonkotsu-Shoyu tare and Veggie, as well as a variety of plates, such as steamed pork jowl buns, dry-fried wings, crispy Brussels sprouts and Korean beef tartare.
WTOP's Samantha Loss recently dined at the pop-up and says the ramen is, by far, the star of the menu. She describes the Miso Porky ramen as "sweet, spicy and delicious." She also sampled the dry-fried wings ("not saucy; packed with Asian flavors") and the Brussels sprouts, which she reports are nicely charred and flavorful.
Reservations can be made by phone (202-234-5015) or online.
The Miso Porky ramen at Yona (Courtesy Samantha Loss)
City Tap House is celebrating Memorial Day with its inaugural "Shuckfest" on Monday, May 25. The event will include food, live blue grass music and cornhole on the restaurant's patio. In addition to serving its holiday brunch menu, City Tap House will cook up a variety of oyster specials, such as po' boy sandwiches, fried oyster benedict and grilled oysters Rockefeller.
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:35:46 PM
The Red Hen has made a splash among foodies since opening in 2013, and now the restaurant's co-owners are starting a second concept with the co-owners of it's Bloomingdale neighbor Boundary Stone.
The 2,500 square-foot restaurant, All Purpose, set to open on 9th Street in Shaw, will focus primarily on pizza. Bruschetta, antipasti, charcuterie and a list of entrees will also be available. The beverage program will feature American and Italian natural wines, regional beers and specialty spirits.
All Purpose will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday; Monday night and lunch service will follow shortly after opening.
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:18:24 PM
On Saturday, March 28, get a taste of International food and tradition at the first-ever Festival of Colors and Kites Holicelebration at Bull Run Park in Centreville, Virginia.
The festival's founder, Manish Sood, explains that Holi is a traditional Hindu festival, now held all over the world, that celebrates life, love and peace with the throwing of colored powder.
There will be plenty of color throwing at the Northern Virginia festival (so Snood suggests to wear a white shirt and expect to get colored), but there will be others things as well, including a variety of Indian and other international foods, dancing, live entertainment, kite flying and shopping.
The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m.; tickets are $5 and parking is free.
People partake in the celebration of Holi. (AP Photo)
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:18:21 PM
The "beer boom" in D.C. is not limited to the growing number of breweries popping up in the Metro area -- beer bars are part of the movement too. And one in Dupont Circle just landed on Zagat's national list for the 15 Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.
Beloved by locals for its roof deck, Sauf Haus has 15 beers on tap, as well as a menu full of sausages, Bravarian soft pretzels, sauerkraut and beef brisket sliders. And most nights of the week, patrons can catch live, local music at the beer garden.
Courtesy Sauf Haus Bier Hall
by WTOPLiving3/16/2015 3:01:07 PM
You know spring is just about here when the farmers markets are getting ready to open or go back to regular-season hours. And FRESHFARM Markets just announced the 2015 market schedule for its D.C., Maryland and Virginia Markets. Plus, the organization has a list out of the top 10 trends to look for at this year's markets.
2015 Market Opening Dates & Hours
Wednesday, April 1: Foggy Bottom FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 2: Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 4: Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 5: Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7: Crystal City FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9: FRESHFARM Market by the White House. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: H St NE FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 23: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Union Market FRESHFARM Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Annapolis FRESHFARM Market, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Tuesday, May 4: FRESHFARM Market at CityCenterDC, 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 7: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
by WTOPLiving3/12/2015 8:54:17 PM
Lots of big-name musicians are stopping in D.C. this year, but here's one tour we're especially excited about: The Capture Wine Tour, which makes its first stop in D.C. April 10-11 at Union Market's Dock 5.
At the event, taste more than 120 artisan wines, dive into chef-designed farm-to-table cuisine and sip on a few craft cocktails. Tickets are available for a variety of events, happening during the day and night on Friday and Saturday. Plus, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Capital Area Food Bank -- cheers to that.
Capitol Hill is now home to a new restaurant and bar. Stanton & Greene -- the latest venture from August Paro, Eli Hengst and Jared Rager (Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar) -- opens Thursday, March 12. The menu will feature a variety of classic American cocktails and dishes, including oysters Rockefeller, a seasonal vegetable market salad, brick roasted half-chicken, a lobster roll and more -- plus, a happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
Stanton & Greene at 319 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
by WTOPLiving3/11/2015 5:40:48 PM
Anxious to get a taste of spring? The D.C. Craft Beer Festival is back, Saturday March 21 at the Washington Convention Center.
More than 75 breweries will be on hand, pouring 150 beers, with an emphasis on limited release and seasonal selections. For information on times and tickets, visit the event's webpage.
A sure sign of spring is on the horizon! The Georgetown French Market is back to celebrate its 12th year, April 24-25. Throughout the weekend, Book Hill businesses will display their products in an open-air market, similar to the popular outdoor markets of Paris.
And be sure to show up hungry: The neighborhood's restaurants and cafes will set up curbside and serve French sausages, crepes, pastries and more.
14th Street will soon be home to another new restaurant.Provision No. 14 will soon open at 2100 14th Street NW (14th and V Streets) in late March.The restaurant will serve "creative American cuisine," along with small-batch beers and cocktails. The two-floor space will have a 57-seat dining room, two bars, and a 61-seat outdoor patio. Stay tuned for future updates.
by WTOPLiving2/25/2015 3:32:18 PM
If you choose Cheddar Bunnies over Goldfish and Kashi over Kellogg’s, you’re not alone. The demand for organic food is growing nationwide, and in D.C., that demand is even greater.
And while your typical, organic-crazed West Coast cities (eh hem – Portland and San Francisco) rank first and second, the East Coast is represented by a handful of cities, such as Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Philadelphia, and of course, D.C.
The rankings were based on a study commissioned by Campbell Soup Company and Sperling’s Best Places. The same study found that city-dwellers and West Coasters are more likely to include organic food in their diets.
by Bon Appetit Magazinevia twitter2/12/2015 2:37:57 PM
A taste of Brooklyn is coming to the nation's this winter with the first-ever Fatty Sundays pop-up.
Fatty Sundays, a popular chocolate-covered pretzel eatery in New York, will trek down to the District and set up shop at Union Market Feb. 5-8 and Feb. 13-15. Expect pretzel rods with flavors such as PB&J, salty toffee and birthday cake. Curious? You can also make your own varieties with "do it yourself" workshops at the pop-up.
Hours of Operation:
Feb. 5, 6, 7 and 8: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Feb. 13, 14 and 15: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Courtesy Fatty Sundays Facebook
by WTOPLiving2/6/2015 3:07:25 PM
The Year of the Sheep is upon us, and The Source has plenty of activities planned to ring in the Chinese New Year. Festivities kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 18, when Chef Peter Chang takes over the kitchen from 7 to 9 p.m. for an evening of dim sum specialties. The price is $50 and includes pours of beer from local brewery Atlas Brew Works.
Prior to the cocktail reception, The Source’s Executive Chef Scott Drewno will lead a dumpling tutorial and class from 6 to 7 p.m. The price for the class is $100 and includes entry to the cocktail reception.
The following evening, Feb. 19, The Source will transform into a Chinese night market. Expect lion dancers and food stations manned by some of the best local chefs. The Source by Wolfgang Puck is located at 575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
The Source is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
On Monday, Feb. 23, The Partisan will host its first spirits-focused dinner with Willett Distilling Company. The food menu (an Arugula Salad with Pedro Ximenez vinaigrette and grated jowl ham, whiskey braised pork belly with celery root puree with brown butter and roasted Brussels sprouts with apple and pecan paired with Bluejacket’s Bourbon-Barrel-Aged High Society Barleywine) will be paired with six whiskeys from Willett.
The price is $95 a person and reservations can be made by calling (202) 524-5322.
(Courtesy The Partisan Facebook)
by WTOPLiving1/21/2015 7:01:07 PM
On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Food Tank is hosting a reception and dinner celebrating sustainable food and Food Tank's second anniversary at Farmers Fishers Bakers from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Keynote speakers include Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan, celebrity chef Jose Andres, Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg, and more.
Dinner tickets can be purchased online; a $200 ticket includes admission to the reception, a three-course meal and a glass of wine. Reception tickets are $35 and include one glass of beer/wine and appetizers.
The event coincides with the 1st Annual Food Tank Summit, taking place Jan. 21-22 at The George Washington University. The summit is sold out, but sessions can be streamed online.
by WTOPLiving1/21/2015 7:01:05 PM
On Monday, Starbucks announced its newest drink: The Flat White. According to the coffee company, a Flat White is "an espresso beverage made with ristretto shots, topped with a layer of velvety steamed milk and finished with a latte art dot."
What are ristretto shots? According to Wikipedia, ristretto is a short shot of espresso that's made with a normal amount of ground coffee, but half the amount of water.
"An extra ristretto shot ensures that it’s bolder than a latte, yet steamed milk keeps it smoother than a cappuccino," Starbucks says on its website.
And while the Flat White is new to Starbucks, it's not new to the world of coffee. The Huffington Post reports the beverage is considered to be Australia's signature coffee drink.
Some D.C.-area restaurants are getting into the spirit of the season by offering that one thing everybody loves: free food.According to Zagat, eight different restaurants -- from Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons to Takoma Park's Republic -- are offering freebies to woo their customers.
Here are the freebies you can expect to find around town:
Bourbon Steak: Truffle butter rolls and trio of duck-fat fries with complementary sauces
Chuy's: Unlimited nachos
DC Harvest: Butternut squash chips
Degrees at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown: Butler-passed French toast s'mores
The Grill Room & The Rye Bar at the Capella DC: Roasted bone marrow with bread
Ocopa: A purple corn punch welcome drink, a snack of roasted and lightly salted corn and shortbread cookies, served after every meal.
Georgetown's historic Cellar Door, where artists such as Miles Davis, Jimmy Buffet and John Denver performed, will soon be home to Delaware-favorite Capriotti's Sandwich Shop.
The new location (3347 M Street NW) will open Monday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. The first 100 customers in line will get a free "Bobbie" sub -- the shop's most famous sandwich.
by WTOPLiving12/22/2014 4:20:14 PM
The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announces winter restaurant week:
Winter restaurant week will take place Monday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. More than 230 restaurants in the DMV will participate, offering a three-course prix fixe dinner ($35.15) and/or a prix fixe lunch ($20.15). You can find the full list of participating restaurants on RAMW's website.
by WTOPLiving12/16/2014 4:47:25 PM
100 Montaditos Is Now Open at The Yards
The Spanish fast-casual concept 100 Montaditos opened its first D.C. location Dec. 11 at The Yards in Southeast D.C. (It has two other area locations in Arlington and Bethesda.)
The restaurant's claim to fame is its montaditos, or tapas-sized rolls, filled with traditional Spanish ingredients. And yes, the menu has 100 different varieties --- from classics to premium and even dessert montaditos.
In addition to the sandwiches, the restaurant also serves salads and Spanish small plates -- such as calamari, croquetas, bravas potatoes and olives.
Like what you're hearing? To celebrate the opening, all montaditios are $1, Thursday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 14. The new location is also running a happy hour special for 100 days with $2 beers and sangria and $3 premium beer and wine.
Courtesy 100 Montaditios
by WTOPLiving12/15/2014 7:16:10 PM
Looking for a way to get through your holiday list and give back this season? Shop Salt & Sundry's new Logan Circle location on the evening of Wednesday Dec. 10, and 10 percent of the evening's proceeds will benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign that works to connect kids to healthy food they need, every day.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Punch from mixologist Adam Bernbach (2 Birds, 1 Stone) and small bites from Chef Haidar Karoum will be available.Salt & Sundry is located at 1401 S Street NW.