09/02/15 10:40am

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Just after 10am a reader witnessed:

“At least 6 police cars outside the Foggy Bottom metro. What’s going on?”

Another reader heard “Apparently a woman tried to steal a baby” and saw on twitter the following reports from @MattPaolillo:

“Someone just tried to steal a baby at the foggy bottom metro stop, I kid you not @wmata”

“Woman attempted to snatch the baby before arriving at FB. People tackled her, got the baby back, waited for police at the stop. @wmata”

09/02/15 10:10am

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A reader reports:

“I was walking to work yesterday and saw a sign for a new TCB in the Pillsbury building at 17, M and Rhode Island NW! I was sure that spot would be filled with the obligatory Starbucks, so I’m thrilled to see The Coffee Bar expanding. Yeah for locally-owned small businesses!”

Ed. Note: The Coffee Bar opened up their first location back in Dec. 2012 at 12th and S St, NW.

09/02/15 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

09/02/15 9:25am

Mei Xiang decided to eat some sugarcane and drink dilute apple juice the keepers left for her yesterday evening around 6 p.m. Two hours later, she left the den to urinate and defecate—only the second time she’s done that since giving birth. She put the cub down when she left the den and he was very quiet for the while she was gone. Over the next few weeks she will get more comfortable leaving him for increasingly longer periods of time to eat and drink. While Mei was away, our behavior watchers captured a fantastic view close-up of the cub! #PandaStory

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

From the National Zoo:

“Mei Xiang decided to eat some sugarcane and drink dilute apple juice the keepers left for her yesterday evening around 6 p.m. Two hours later, she left the den to urinate and defecate—only the second time she’s done that since giving birth. She put the cub down when she left the den and he was very quiet for the while she was gone. Over the next few weeks she will get more comfortable leaving him for increasingly longer periods of time to eat and drink. While Mei was away, our behavior watchers captured a fantastic view close-up of the cub!”

09/01/15 10:22pm

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1015 7th Street, NW

“Acclaimed Washington D.C. Chef Eric Ziebold will bring two new restaurants to the city come Winter 2015. Designed by Darryl Carter, Kinship, will be located on the first floor of 1015 Seventh Street NW in an historic building dating back to 1907. In the bi-level space, Métier, a second restaurant, will offer an intimate dining experience with partial views of the kitchen. Both restaurants will commit themselves to offer creative and contemporary American cuisine with a continued dedication to hospitality.

Kinship will be Chef Ziebold’s vision of what the modern American restaurant can be and will offer an à la carte menu celebrating the rich diversity of influences that have come to shape American cuisine. The restaurant will offer 70 seats plus a 15 seat bar with lounge area. Ziebold has described Kinship as a more relaxed version of CityZen, with a new menu.

Kinship and Métier are the restaurants of Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent. From September 2004 to December 2014, Ziebold was the Chef at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Throughout that time, the restaurant was awarded the coveted Washington Post Four Stars rating and was the only AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurant in the city. In addition to being named one of the Best New Chefs in the United States by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005, Ziebold took home the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” in 2008.

Partner Célia Laurent has worked with many celebrated chefs and restaurateurs including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Stephen Starr. Involved in the art of the table from a very young age in her native France, Laurent holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management and has been following her passion for hospitality ever since: caring for guests, helping create memories and mentoring a team is what is important to her.

A Washington D.C. native, Darryl Carter is a leader in the design world, recognized for his restrained, distinguished, and livable environments. Known for seamlessly mixing the modern with the classical, his design feels effortless, current and lasting all at once. Darryl and his team have played a key role in defining the personality of the restaurants from day one, making design elements intimately woven with the experience Eric and Célia wish to provide to their guests.”

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“Acclaimed Washington D.C. Chef Eric Ziebold will bring two new restaurants to the city come Winter 2015. Designed by Darryl Carter, the restaurants will be located in the Mount Vernon – Shaw neighborhood at 1015 Seventh Street NW in an historic building dating back to 1907. Accessible by private elevator, Métier will offer a unique and emotional dining experience revolving around a seven-course tasting menu influenced by seasons, travel, culture and history. With partial views of the kitchen and a private salon, Métier will feel intimate with only 36 seats. The restaurant will be opened Tuesday through Saturday for dinner.

Métier and Kinship are the restaurants of Chef Eric Ziebold and partner Célia Laurent. From September 2004 to December 2014, Ziebold was the Chef at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Throughout that time, the restaurant was awarded the coveted Washington Post Four Stars rating and was the only AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurant in the city. In addition to being named one of the Best New Chefs in the United States by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005, Ziebold took home the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” in 2008.”

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7th Street looking north towards the former Passenger location