Category Archives: Express

There’s a lot that goes into the design of a DC Brau beer can

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Before their brewery opened its doors, DC Brau founders Jeff Hancock and Brandon Skall would sit in their kitchens and design cans as a pre-emptive “cheers” to the company’s future. Now, four years and nine different canned beers later, a new brew will soon hit the shelves of your local bodega — Brau Pils. And […]

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Guess the D.C. restaurant … emojis edition!

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When we learned that Food & Wine magazine had released a keyboard app — complete with a set of restaurant-inspired emojis like Momofuku’s birthday cake and a Cronut — we wanted in on the fun. Using the common emoji set found on your phone, we created these puzzles that spell out well-known restaurants in the […]

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Savor week events: Beer dinners, tap takeovers and the hop vaporizer

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Savor is the kind of event Washington craft beer fans dream about. The beer and food festival features breweries that are rarely, if ever, represented in the D.C. market, with many of the beers poured by the brewers themselves. Unfortunately, Savor sells out almost instantly, and this year’s event — at the National Building Museum […]

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Taco Choco alert: new strawberry version available Thursday at Paisley Fig

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When Paisley Fig announced it was offering a handful of house-made “Taco Chocos” last year, it sold out of them almost immediately. Then the bakery, which is adjoined to Room 11, brought them back for 4/20 with similar results. Now, in celebration of summer, Paisley Fig is giving the ice cream truck classic a seasonal […]

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Breweries and babies: a match made in Heaven?

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At 2:30 p.m. on a warm Saturday in April, 3 Stars Brewing Company is packed with the usual suspects: couples sipping beer samples, friends tearing into barbecued ribs and, at the front of the warehouse-turned-tasting room, a cluster of strollers arranged in a circle like a covered-wagon caravan. It’s not a rare sight in D.C., […]

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The owner of Daikaya shows you how to eat ramen — the right way

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  During my childhood in Tokyo, I loved ramen but I was also a bit scared of it. People seemed to eat it straightaway, and I always burned my tongue trying. Also, unlike with other dishes, everyone seemed to have the same rhythm and method for eating ramen. It was so cool to watch people […]

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One Eight Distilling’s Untitled No. 1 gets its sweetness from a sherry finish

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Squirreled away in the back of One Eight Distilling (1135 Okie St. NE) is a whole wall of barrels of whiskey that won’t see the light of day until next year. For now, though, there’s Untitled No. 1. The first release in the distillers’ spirit experiment series, No. 1 is a match made in booze heaven: […]

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Meat. On a stick. Where to find it around D.C.

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Skewering meat and grilling it over an open fire is perhaps one of the world’s oldest culinary traditions, and one that Del Campo chef Victor Albisu says is here to say. “There’s so many reasons for meat on a stick,” he says. Almost every culture has its own version, from the traditional shish kebab to […]

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Provision No. 14’s scallops are our dish of the week

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In a short time, this just-opened behemoth on 14th Street has become known for its communal cocktails served with chunks of fresh fruit in French press coffee pots. But what of the food? Dishes like short ribs served with a spicy apple slaw and melon with burrata and prosciutto are just as satisfying, if not […]

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Know before you go: Bar Civita, a new restaurant in Woodley Park

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Chef Liam LaCivita is a man of patience. The Pittsburgh native and lifelong cook (“I don’t know how to do anything else,” he says) spent a tiresome year and a half scoping out locations for Bar Civita, his Italian restaurant and first solo project. He inked a deal in Northwest, but then it fell through. […]

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Savory waffles to try around D.C.

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How versatile is waffle batter? Just ask Bart Vandaele, chef and owner of Belgian restaurants Belga Cafe and B Too. “We’ve had beef tongue waffles, waffles with cheddar cheese and fried quail, goat cheese waffles, waffles stuffed with crab and topped with saffron,” he lists. “We’ve been serving savory waffles for so long it’s not […]

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What to drink at ABV, an outdoor “libation festival” happening next weekend

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  Neighborhood Restaurant Group — the folks behind standbys like ChurchKey and The Partisan — is hosting ABV, an outdoor “libation festival” on May 16 from 3 to 8 p.m. ($20-$85, 1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, abvindc.eventbrite.com). The event will be sloshing with 20 wines, 35 craft brews and seven craft cocktails sourced globally. We […]

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Where to find Yemeni, Syrian, Iranian and Saudi Arabian food around D.C.

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  Describing a dish as “Middle Eastern” is about as specific as describing a reality show as “that one where they all get in fights.” The catchall phrase includes plates of stewed meats, kebabs and grains combined with spices like cardamom, cinnamon and sumac. Beneath this umbrella term, there are subtle nuances based on the […]

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Drink from a personal booze-filled barrel at Bourbon and Toro Toro

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  Bottle service meets barrel service at two area restaurants where large-batch cocktials are aged and served to groups in mini barrels. Bourbon 2321 18th St. NW Groups of four or more can commit to a $100 miniature barrel of aged Manhattans at Bourbon. The classic cocktail is aged for up to four weeks in […]

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Women-owned Republic Restoratives Distillery coming to Ivy City

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  Ivy City — home to New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling and Atlas Brew Works — is getting another boozy tenant: Republic Restoratives Distillery. The new distillery is owned and operated by Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner, longtime friends with backgrounds in politics and sustainable natural resource development, respectively. The distillery, expected to open […]

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Showtime Lounge to offer pho, Natty Boh combo

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Showtime Lounge in Bloomingdale is best known for its cheap beer, free jukebox and boogie woogie grandma. Tonight, it’s adding pho to the mix. Neighborhood resident Jeff Franca (and drummer for Thievery Corporation) recently approached Showtime owner Paul Vivari about serving the Vietnamese soup at the dive bar. Working from a friend’s family recipe, Franca […]

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Local high school students reflect on the dishes that shaped them in “A Spoonful of 2016″

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  How does what you eat reflect who you are? That’s a question 11th graders at Capital City Public Charter School were asked for a recent writing assignment. Together with 826DC, students compiled their mini memoirs into “A Spoonful of 2016,” a collection of their fondest food memories ($7, available at 826DC or by emailing […]

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Local food writer Monica Bhide explores her culinary roots in “A Life of Spice”

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In her latest book (her sixth), local food and fiction writer Monica Bhide compiles a handful of her finest essays along with a few new pieces ($3.99 e-book, $10.99 paperback, amazon.com). Each of the stories is an entertaining look at ways food has helped, hurt and healed Bhide, including the time she attempted to bake […]

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Republic Kolache Co. to give out free kolaches on Saturday at Bardo

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  If you’re from Texas, you may need to take a seat before reading this. On Saturday, Republic Kolache Co. will be handing out free kolaches from 2-5 p.m at Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Road NE). If you’re not from Texas, you may be wondering what a kolache is. The semi-sweet breakfast pastry, traditionally given a […]

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What’s the deal with all of D.C.’s new hybrid cafes?

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  A slew of hybrid coffee shops have opened within the past month, each offering a little something extra alongside your cup of joe. Grab your laptop and head to one of the following new spots — though expect to be distracted by a friendly game of pingpong, some new tunes or a bicycle test-drive. […]

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Three food-focused road trips to take this spring

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    Visiting nearby mountain towns solely for the skiing is like eating just the whipped cream on an ice cream sundae: You’re not taking full advantage of everything within your grasp. Hilly landscapes make for year-round playgrounds thanks to scenic views, ample nature trails and slightly cooler temperatures than those found in D.C. during […]

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Bakers & Baristas’ butterkuchen is our dish of the week

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“How can this possibly taste so good?!” I wondered after biting into the butterkuchen at this new Penn Quarter cafe. Then I read the ingredient list. The buttery pastry is made with custard and toasted almonds and is “doused in pastry cream.” The German tray cake is doughy in spots and gooey in others, making […]

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How some Yelpers are holding restaurants hostage

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  If you want to make a chef or restaurateur bristle, just mention Yelp. Of the first 20-plus people contacted to discuss their opinions of the review site, not one was willing to open up, most likely out of fear of “poking the beast,” as one publicist put it. Then a light bulb went off: […]

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This restaurant has one of the worst Yelp ratings in D.C. We talk to the manager about it.

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  D.C. Yelpers have been exceptionally harsh to Pasta Italiana, a restaurant in Woodley Park with over 80 reviews and a one-star overall rating. The restaurant is located blocks from the zoo and has been open for five years. Manager Mohammed Renu agreed to discuss the sorry state of the restaurant’s Yelp page from his […]

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Four new Filipino restaurants to get excited about in the D.C. area

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  If new restaurants opening in the D.C. area this spring are any indication, Filipino food is trending. Despite having a similar flavor profile to popular Asian cuisines, Filipino fare has only recently entered the mainstream in the U.S. “The first wave of Filipino immigrants was mostly highly skilled workers,” says Alexander Orquiza, a food […]

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