08/04/15 1:10pm


“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday I took my first walk along the tow path in Georgetown since moving to DC 8 years ago. I’m not sure why I never visited it sooner, but I was impressed with how clean the water looked and was kind of surprised at all the aquatic life I saw enjoying a warm summer day. But then like a screeching record, I spotted this (see attached pics).

There it was … a snakehead just chilling out. I have heard they’re incredibly invasive and can inflict significant damage in the waters where they live. I’m wondering what PoPville readers know about them. Is the canal infested with them? Can anything be done to get rid of them? Or are they just part of the ecosystem now and not anything to worry about?”


From the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders fact sheet:

Aren’t those “Frankenfish” in there?
Yes, there are Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) in the Tidal Potomac River. The Snakehead is a non-native species to this watershed, but so are Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass (introduced in 1854). Snakeheads are a blast to catch. They will take a well presented fly, fight hard, and make great table fare.

If I catch a Snakehead, what should I do?
There is no legal requirement to kill a Snakehead if you catch one. However, it is illegal to possess one alive. The laws require that you either release the fish or kill it on the spot if you are keeping it. While it is not illegal to release a Snakehead if you choose, the VDGIF, MDDNR, and the USFWS are still asking anglers to kill all Snakeheads caught in an effort to help control the propagation of this species. Please visit their respective websites for more details. If you catch a Snakehead bearing a USFWS tag, you are asked to kill the fish, retain the tag, and call the number on it. You will be asked questions about where it was caught, how it was caught, its size, and its approximate weight. Also, the USFWS may wish to collect the fish. For your efforts, you will be rewarded with a “Snakehead Control” hat, which is a coveted prize among TPFR members.”

08/04/15 12:45pm

This unit is located at 3615 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Exquisitely designed 2BR/2.5BA 2-story luxury penthouse w/a beautifully modern aesthetic. Light-filled open floorplan w/soaring ceilings & rear glass walls! Spectacular kitchen & baths! 2 master suites. Over 540 sf of outdoor space (huge private roof deck & 2 terraces)! Fully loaded smart home! On a quiet block, steps from hip 11th St. corridor & metro. 2-car pking. OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, 8/9, 2-4pm.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $824,900 ($265 monthly fee.)

08/04/15 11:40am


From a press release:

“Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is excited to present the return of the 18th season of Summer Restaurant Week – the week-long celebration of the DC region’s top restaurants featuring specially priced menus from some of the most acclaimed dining destinations. From Monday, August 17 – Sunday, August 23, 250 restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinner ($35) and/or three-course prix fixe lunch ($22) menus. Perfect for spending time with family and friends to end the summer in style, Summer Restaurant Week offers exciting dining destinations – classic restaurants, your favorite go-to spots, and must-try newcomers – for everyone to enjoy at an affordable price.

Reservations can be made at www.rwdmv.com where diners will see the full list of 250 participating restaurants. Mark your calendar and book your tables through the new URL to please your taste buds and for a chance to win incredible prizes.”

08/04/15 11:15am

3322 Georgia Ave, NW
3322 Georgia Ave, NW

The former Rita’s Carryout space officially opened as Esencias Panameñas (authentic Panamanian Cuisine) on Wednesday, July 22. Their website says:

“Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering, unlike a typical Latin cuisine with a Caribbean flair restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Each quarter we will feature a historic event, a holiday observed, or a tradition upheld in Panama. In addition, we will also feature a fruit, dish, or bake good in season during that quarter”

Anyone already take a taste?

08/04/15 10:45am

845 Upshur St, NW

Uphsur Street is officially the shit, as we you used to say back in the 90s. Do people still say that? Anyway, Upshur Street is the shit. On the far end Slash Run opened – joining the Hitching Post on the east end and the 800 block now features Domku, Petworth Citzen, Upshur Street Books, Willow, Crane & Turtle, my barber shop and the coming soon Slim’s Diner, Timber Pizza and Twisted Horn. Now we can add a new spot from @ChefAlexMcCoy who tweeted the big news yesterday:

“Friends, honored to officially announce that Upshur St NW in Petworth will be home to our newest concept!#petworth”

McCoy is coming to the former China American Inn space which closed back in Jan. 2014 and was rumored to be an Ethiopian/International cafe. Now plans are even more exciting. The Washington City Paper reports:

“McCoy is taking the idea of the expat bars he encountered while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and opening one up at home.

McCoy’s menu will feature “authentic regional dishes” from throughout Southeast Asia, but also things like an Australian burger with sweet chili sauce, grilled pineapple, and pickled beet root.”

If all goes well standby for an October opening.

Ed. Note: That would be a miracle but the sooner the better!

08/04/15 10:20am

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

This morning we discovered what looked to be a four-car team of FBI agents and Maryland sheriffs hanging out on our block (7th and Madison), not at all inconspicuously.

At around 6:15 we left the house for a run and there were two unmarked cars, parked and idling, facing east on Madison. Both cars had one guy in them, and at least one had Maryland plates. Both guys had vests on, one said Sheriff, I couldn’t see the other as well.

When we left for work at 7:15, the cars were still there plus two vans, one on 7th and one on Madison. The guys in one van were wearing full camo tactical gear (helmet included) looking more like soldiers than cops. Just hanging out, obviously waiting for something/someone. I didn’t take pictures for fear of pissing them off.

Our best guess is that it’s some kind of fugitive/bail jump situation, give the FBI involvement and MD plates–there was no visible MPD presence in the immediate area. I’m just curious if anyone else has reported something similar in the neighborhood or elsewhere or knows what they might have been up to. Obviously there was some kind of jurisdictional issue. This is probably unrelated, but this is just two blocks from where that house was shot last week.

Optimistically, I guess our house is on the safest block in DC today? But it was a bit unnerving.”

08/04/15 9:50am


From a press release:

What: ANXO, DC’s first cidery and pintxos bar opening in Truxton Circle in late 2015, presents diners with a taste of what’s to come at ANXO Sighting No. 2, a four-course dinner event at Boundary Road on Monday, August 17th, 2015. This follows July’s first ANXO Sighting event at the Dolcezza Gelato Factory, which sold out in less than two days.

ANXO is the child of five founders: Managing Partners Sam Fitz and Rachel Fitz, Executive Chef Brad Walker, Beverage Manager Tim Prendergast and Cooper Sheehan. The team focuses on strong relationships with its cidermakers, both locally and internationally, yielding a highly curated selection of cider. Its also home to DC’s first recipients of the Certified Cicerone® title (Fitz and Prendergast), and the fermentation process of ANXO’s house-made cider will result in an incredibly unique Mid-Atlantic cider. Executive Chef Brad Walker (of Boundary Road) “will honor the Basque culinary traditions of honesty, simplicity, and quality by showcasing local producers’ best efforts.” Chef Walker will be joined in the kitchen by Barcelona-born local chef Alex Vallcorba, currently at Obelisk and formerly at Asador Etxebarri, San Pellegrino’s No. 13 restaurant in the world.

photo credit: Farrah Skeiky

The night will begin with a pintxos hour with assorted fare such as Gilda (olive, guindilla pepper and anchovy)and Peperonata, all offered with a welcome cocktail and unlimited Basque and Austurian cider pours.

photo credit: Farrah Skeiky

The four-course family-style menu features items such as Mixed Lamb Barbecue with Sausages and Charred Greens, and Olive Oil Poached Lobster Mushroom with Great Northern Beans. Each course is paired with a different cider. As ANXO works with local farmers, fishermen, ranchers and of course mother nature, all ingredients are subject to availability and reality.

When: Monday, August 17th, 2015
7:00 p.m. – Pinxtos Hour
8:00 p.m. – Dinner

Where: Boundary Road
414 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Details: Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, August 6th at noon. They are $85 per person, all-inclusive of all food, beverage, tax and tip. Reservations are limited and must be made at here.”