by WholeFoodsvia twitter edited by WTOPLiving10/28/2014 5:05:13 PM
D.C.'s newest food truck is here for a limited time. The Four Seasons Food Truck is making its way down the East Coast on a 43-day, 1,037-mile trek, hitting nine cities along the way -- and it's in D.C. through Oct. 18.
The chef at each host city's Four Seasons designs a menu to highlight the best flavors of the region. Joe Palma, executive chef at Bourbon Steak, crafted the 10-item menu for the District. Dishes range from dime store Bourbon Steak burgers to fried Old Bay shrimp and grits, pulled pork, apple butternut squash cilantro slaw, truffled mac & cheese and more. Dessert-lovers don't need to feel left out: there's fluffernutters and shortbread lady apples too.
The truck has been in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore prior to D.C., and will head to Atlanta, Orlando, Palm Beach and Miami after Oct. 18.
Keep track of the Four Seasons truck using #FSFoodtruck or follow @FSWashington.
by WTOPLiving10/28/2014 5:05:10 PM
Update: Yep, someone's selling hot dogs at the Freddy's BBQ Joint building from House of Cards. Eventually: BBQ. ow.ly/CR21u
by New York Magazinevia twitter edited by WTOPLiving10/15/2014 1:21:10 PM
Cava Mezze Grill's new Chinatown location will open Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 707 H St. NW. To celebrate the new spot, Cava will offer lunch for free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an encouraged donation to one of the restaurant's local nonprofit partners MicroGreens and City Blossoms.
The new Chinatown Cava Grill will feature made-from-scratch Optimal Grains pita, local beer selections and wine on tap.
Courtesy Cava Grill Facebook
by WTOPLiving10/15/2014 11:52:39 AM
Monroe Street Market is adding another restaurant to its Brookland stretch.Hälsa, a globally-inspired, sustainably-sourced restaurant, will occupy a 1,500-square-foot space in the Portland Flats building. The restaurant -- which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner six nights a week -- is expected to open this fall.
What to expect on Hälsa'smenu:
Egg dishes, gluten-free coconut waffle, yogurt, quinoa and acai bowls
Continually changing market plates, which will feature a protein, side and fermented vegetables
Seasonal meat and vegetable burgers
Grab-and-go sandwiches, bento boxes and snacks
Courtesy Hälsa Facebook
by WTOPLiving10/13/2014 4:25:20 PM
Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn't mean you have to give up your patio seat at your favorite restaurant. Plenty of D.C. area eateries are getting their patios ready for fall.Bourbon Steak's patio season is extended through Nov. 1, and to make sure everyone is comfortable, the 100-seat outdoor patio will provide warm faux fur blankets and crackling fire pits.
Toro Toro, one of the city's newest restaurants from Richard Sandoval, is debuting a new quarterly barbecue series, starting this month. The goal of the new series is to develop new recipes and showcase Latin and Asian grilling elements from Mexico, Japan, Korea and Spain.
Courtesy Toro Toro
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 7:01:52 PM
Are you often faced with the ultimate fast-food decision of burrito or burger? California Tortilla is making the the choice easier with its limited-time cheeseburger burrito. The new menu item features lean ground beef, sliced avocado, fresh salsa, hot sauce, Romaine lettuce, jalapenos, Mexican rice and queso, all rolled in a flour tortilla. The cheeseburger burrito is available nationwide through Dec. 31.
Courtesy California Tortilla
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 3:28:01 PM
Oyamel is celebrating Day of the Dead for its eighth year from Oct. 20 through Nov. 2, and its kick-off event will take place Monday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the 7th Street NW restaurant.Tickets are $60.
Expect classic Mexican dishes and cocktails inspired by Mexico’s legendary luchador wrestler, folk icon and actor Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, widely known as El Santo.
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 3:26:12 PM
Oriole Park is known for its great food -- and now, its executive chef is out to prove it. John Distenfeld will compete on Wednesday night's ballpark edition of Food Network's "Chopped," The Baltimore Sun reports.
A barbecue sandwich from Boog's Bar-BQ is among varied fare available for fans attending the Baltimore Orioles game against Boston Red Sox, at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 2:39:54 PM
The Capital Area Food Bank is launching a new series of brown-bag lunches to help foster a conversation about hunger in the D.C. area. DC Council Member Carol Schwartz will kick off the first brown bag on Oct. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast D.C.
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 1:35:02 PM
The Metro is so much more than a way to get from Point A to Point B. Thanks to Thrillist, it's also a way to get to some of the city's best restaurants. The publication used WMATA's Metro Map to map out the best restaurant option in close proximity to each station.
District cheesesteak fans were devastated when Taylor Charles Steak & Ice (the cheesesteak hot spot from the guys of Taylor Gourmet) closed its H Street location. But there's good news -- Taylor Gourmet now serves cheesesteaks at all nine of its locations.
Here are the options:
Beef ribeye or chicken breast with American or Provolone cheese, grilled, served with onions or mushrooms.
Beef ribeye or chicken breast with American or Provolone cheese, cherry pepper mayonnaise, lettuce, Roma tomato and red onion.
Beef ribeye or chicken breast with American Provolone cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoncini.
The hoagie rolls at Taylor Gourmet are made daily by a local bakery.
(Courtesy Taylor Gourmet)
by WTOPLiving10/8/2014 1:30:07 PM
Port City Brewing will debut its limited edition black IPA on Friday, Oct. 17. The brew is called Long Black Veil; it will be on draft only at select area restaurants.
WTOP File Photo
by WTOPLiving10/1/2014 1:57:10 PM
by WTOPLiving10/1/2014 1:54:46 PM
Carla Hall, a D.C.-based chef who's known for her roles on "Top Chef" and "The Chew," announced Wednesday that she's opening her own restaurant called Carla Hall's Southern Chicken in New York. The restaurant will specialize in Nashville hot chicken, The Washington Post reports.
Hall launched a Kickstarter campaign for her new operation, which she hopes to open in 2015, followed by a second location in D.C. in 2017.
Carla Hall announces plans to open a New York restaurant. (Getty Images)
by Food & Winevia twitter edited by WTOPLiving9/25/2014 1:20:20 PM
The Fainting Goat is celebrating Oktoberfest with Bocktoberfest ("bock" means "goat" in German). From Sept. 22 to Oct. 5, get $5 German beers and grilled goatwurst (goat sausage) at the U Street NW restaurant.
by WTOPLiving9/25/2014 1:20:18 PM
Mari Vanna is launching its unlimited caviar bar on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. The $29 price tag includes bottomless servings of red caviar, stuffed and plain blinis, and salad. Plus, caviar bar participants will receive a complimentary shot of house-infused vodka.
The unlimited caviar bar will be available every Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Cesco Osteria's Co2 Lounge will host designer Tala Raassi for her Dar be Dar fashion show from 7 to 9:30 p.m. At the show, Raassi will showcase her 2014 resort swimsuit collection. Tickets are $20 and include passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
Do you want to show off your ping pong skills? Shake Shack at Tysons is launching its Table Tennis League tournament Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.
The tournament is free to enter and open to the public -- 16 slots are available. Shake Shack will provide the table, paddles and balls, and the winner will take home a $50 Shack Shack gift card. Stop by Shack Shack Tysons to register.
by WTOPLiving9/25/2014 1:09:06 PM
by WTOPLiving9/24/2014 1:03:07 PM
The Washington Post reports Indique Heights will not reopen its Chevy Chase location after an unsettled dispute with its landlord. The owners say they plan to bring the restaurant to another area of the city, although they are not sure where yet.
by WTOPLiving9/23/2014 6:53:28 PM
Want to learn how to make dumplings? On Saturday, Oct. 4, The Source by Wolfgang Puck will team up with Brightest Young Things and Tommy McFly to host a cooking class and dim sum brunch. The event, priced at $75 a person, will benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation's George Washington Mobile Mammography Unit.
The hour-long class, led by Executive Chef Scott Drewno, starts at 11 a.m. The bunch will follow. Call 202-637-6100 for reservations.
by WTOPLiving9/23/2014 6:19:44 PM
The Environmental Working Group published a new shopping tool to help consumers purchase seafood lower in mercury, higher in omega-3 fatty acids and sustainably raised. It's called the Seafood Calculator, and it offers personalized recommendations for more than 80 species of seafood. It pairs with EWG's Good Seafood Guide, which offers guidance on fish that is safe to eat.
The Fresh Market will continue its expansion in Virginia with a new location planned for Falls Church. The store, which is expected to open in 2016, will be located at Tinner Hill Street and South Washington Street in The Reserve at Tinner Hill. The new store will be the company's fourteenth store in Virginia.
by WTOPLiving9/22/2014 2:50:45 PM
Move over Blizzards ... There's a new ice cream/candy combo in town. (Well, technically it's a gelato/candy combo.) During the month of October, Dolcezza will serve Halloween coppettas in three flavor varieties:
The Butterfinger: Black sesame gelato, crushed Butterfinger candy, toasted sesame seeds and sea salt
Caramel Apple: Honey crisp apple sorbetto, Michele's Granola and dulce de leche sauce
Peanut Butter Cup: House-ground peanut butter gelato, crushed Reese's peanut butter cups and a dash of sea salt
The Butterfinger Coppetta (Courtesy Dolcezza)
by WTOPLiving9/22/2014 2:39:13 PM
What are you making for Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish Food Experience has some ideas. The network collected recipes from D.C. chefs, featuring everything from whitefish salad on toasted bagel with Havarti cheese to tomato and basil quiche and smoked salmon pizza.
Have you ever been inclined to leave a bad Yelp review? Well, one California restaurant is encouraging diners to do so, The San Francisco Gate reports. Botto Bistro's owners are even offering 25 percent off any pizza for diners who leave a one-star review.
What's up with the bad publicity? The owners of the Italian restaurant say they're tired of restaurant review manipulation and advertising inquiries from Yelp. (The article points out that Yelp has long been accused of manipulating business-review ratings to sell advertisements, and a court recently ruled that there's nothing wrong with that.)
Owner Davide Cerretini says he wants to decide whether he's on the site and he wants diners to rely less on restaurant review sites. Since launching his campaign against Yelp, Cerretini says he's attracted better, more loyal customers. I guess a one-star review isn't so bad, after all.
by WTOPLiving9/22/2014 2:39:08 PM
Have you ever heard someone call Whole Foods "whole paycheck?" One woman says it doesn't have to be. On the blog Happy Strong Home she talks about how she feeds her family of four on $125 a week shopping at Whole Foods.Read her advice and grocery list breakdown.
by WTOPLiving9/18/2014 2:53:15 PM
Jeff Black's Republic in Takoma Park is launching a monthly "Yappy Hour," beginning Sunday, Sept. 28 on the restaurant's patio from 3 to 5 p.m. Republic's regular happy hour menu will be available and Salty Dog cocktails will be offered for $5.
And for the pups? Complimentary dog treats.
by WTOPLiving9/16/2014 3:29:11 PM
Cheers! Whole Foods launches a wine club
Whole Foods is launching a national wine club beginning in October, Forbes reports. The club will offer six hard-to-find wines from around the world. The wines, selected by Master Sommelier Devon Broglie and buyer Doug Bell, will be shipped to subscribers' homes four times a year. Each half-case shipment is $125.
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
by WTOPLiving9/16/2014 1:22:56 PM
On Saturday, Sept. 20, Marvin will host its annual Grilled Cheese Social -- an afternoon of specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, cocktails and music from DJ Jerome Baker. The party starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. -- no cover.
by WTOPLiving9/12/2014 5:46:00 PM
Gypsy Soul will host a Farm to Fork dinner on Sept. 21. The evening involves a seven-course dinner, prepared using food from local farmers and artisans. Farm-inspired cocktails and music will also be present at the dinner.
by WTOPLiving9/12/2014 5:35:19 PM
From Sept. 16 to Oct. 30, Trummer's on Main will transform into an Austrian wine tavern for TrummerFest. The Virginia restaurant will serve Austrian fare -- cakes, cheeses and sausages -- in honor of Oktoberfest. The pop-up will run Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
by WTOPLiving9/12/2014 5:30:20 PM
PAUL is opening its sixth location in the D.C. area, it's latest Metro Center shop opens in the Columbia Square Building on F Street NW Monday, Sept. 15.
by WTOPLiving9/12/2014 5:23:05 PM
The Chew's Carla Hall will be back in town this weekend to promote her newest book "Carla's Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World." On Saturday, Sept. 13, the former "Top Chef" contestant will be signing copies of her book at Capital Teas' Barracks Row grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Annapolis-based tea provider is opening its eighth store at 731 8th Street SE. Expect a full tea bar with hot and iced teas, as well as signature tea drinks. There will also be food (including Carla Hall's baked goods) and indoor and outdoor seating.
Courtesy Capital Teas Facebook
Carla Hall is a co-host on ABC's "The Chew." (AP Photo)