Chef Huw Griffiths at Soapstone Market
Huw Griffith, Photo by FREDDE LIEBERMAN

And do not sleep on the slushies! While, I’ve mentioned the reubens, now I can also plug the pastrami with coleslaw on a toasted sesame bun. Get in my belly!! And if slushies don’t scratch your sweet tooth this oughta make you smile:

“Huw Griffith, a Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington “Pastry Chef of the Year” honoree, has been named executive pastry chef of Soapstone Market, a community marketplace located in the Van Ness area of Washington DC. (more…)

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4600 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Welp, I feel asleep at the wheel again! Tenleytown Main Street reports:

“Joining popular local chain District Taco, which brought casual Yucatan-inspired fare to Tenleytown last fall, are two other international-flavored, fast casual restaurants. SeoulSpice will introduce healthy Korean comfort food to the neighborhood, with a menu that includes classic rice bowls and Korean-style burritos. Next door, Muncheez will offer Lebanese street food ranging from shawarma to falafel to zaatar.”

And to work off those meals, TMS, reports an Orangetheory Fitness is coming too.

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1010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

“Complete Approach to Wellness.
Providing a service and unique environment where people of all ages can practice deep meditation, manifest creativity and foster rest to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.”

I’m intrigued:

“Float your way to better health. Dedicate time to shedding stress, lightening, time for you. Floating connects you with your calm and can teach you how to achieve it when you need it.”

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1331 4th St, SE courtesy Forest City

From a press release:

“Washington, D.C. chef Haidar Karoum, formerly the executive chef at D.C. favorites Proof, Estadio and Doi Moi, announces a fall 2017 opening for Chloe, his first solo restaurant project. Chloe will be a showcase of Karoum’s personal culinary journey, including his Lebanese roots and extensive travel around Western Europe and Southeast Asia, all grounded in and linked by the seasonal bounties of the Mid-Atlantic. The restaurant will be located in Arris, a newly completed building at 1331 4th St. SE in The Yards neighborhood.

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Chloe, named for Karoum’s eldest niece, as well as the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, will be open for dinner seven days a week with weekday lunch and weekend brunch service. The 103-seat interior will feature counter seating for 14 at an open kitchen with another 27 in the bar. An adjacent patio space will feature seating for 32 guests during warm weather months.

“While my cooking is heavily influenced by my Lebanese heritage and travels around the Mediterranean, it’s just as tied to seasonality,” Karoum said. “The food at Chloe will always reflect what’s regionally available from the farmers and purveyors I’ve been working with for the last two decades. I cook with instinct, and do my best to showcase the great work of these growers as simply and cleanly as possible. It would never occur to me to cook any other way.”

The Menu (more…)

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Former Holiday Inn at 35th and Wisconsin Ave, NW

Thanks to all who emailed the Washington Business Journal story “Trader Joe’s in talks to open in north Georgetown”.

Some commenters have been talking about this in the rant/revel and other posts so here’s a proper post for it. As to the North Georgetown/Glover Park name dispute? Why are you doing this to me God? Why?!?!? OK, sorry about that. Let’s officially start the clock for this Trader Joe’s watch.

Now keep in mind – the clock is still running for the Eastern Market and Union Market(ish) Trader Joe’s.

By the by – here’s how the Eastern Market (old Hine School) location is looking:

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Dear God was this good!!

From Manos de Maiz’s website:

“For us, corn is much more than just a commodity, for us it means family and tradition. At manos de maíz we source blue (conico) and white (bolita) heritage corn grown and harvested by Purepecha farmers. They have formed a network of 100 farmers whose families have worked the land for centuries and have passed their farming knowledge from one generation to another.

Taste tradition in a new way, try our maizope, a thick open faced tortilla made fresh by hand and served with our original recipes of seasonal toppings made with local ingredients. We have a rotating menu every week, please check our social media for updates.

BRISKET TINGA. Beef brisket, sweet chipotle, avocado, .
CHICKEN MOLE. Chicken breast, house almond mole, black beans, frisee.
BREAKFAST. Eggs, potato hash, green chili.
MUSHROOM. Wild mushrooms, charred poblano, crema.
CEVICHE. Tuna, lemon, habanero, corn, red onions.”

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Their Facebook says:

“Making maizopes with Mexican heritage corn. Find us every Saturday at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market and Sunday at Eastern Market.

Ed. Note: I’m pretty sure I was at Eastern Market on a Saturday but I think they said they’ll be switching back to the regular Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Sunday in Eastern Market schedule soon. I plan on stalking them regularly so I’ll be sure to update.

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781 7th Street, NW

Apologies for the delay in posting – and thanks to all who emailed and tweeted. I have no excuse except for the fact that I’m battling a bit of a fruit fly problem that is slowly driving me insane. But never mind that… Richard Sandoval’s Zengo closed last week and the Washington Business Journal reports:

“Circa, the neighborhood brasserie with several other locations around Greater Washington, will open in the Zengo space at 781 Seventh St. NW.”

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You can see Circa’s menus here.

And on their website they have a coming soon slot for a Navy Yard location too (99 M Street, SE.)

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25 Potomac Ave, SE

Not a bad weekend for it! Thanks to a reader for sending the big Bardo news.

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“750 seats. Beergarden. Brewery. Next to Nats stadium. On the river. The 2 acres at Bardo feature riverside seating outdoors, a designated dog park and hundreds of bicycle parking spaces.

After 5 years at our Trinidad location on Bladensburg Rd NE, we moved to Navy Yard.”