12/12/13 10:22pm

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Wednesday’s talk about Milk Cult’s breakfast tacos got me thinking about breakfast options. With all the new spots around town, we last spoke about this in 2008, I figured it was about time to revisit. So once again, I’m not necessarily talking best proper brunch in town – rather when you have a hankering for breakfast food – where is your go to spot?

Yesterday The Inside Story Of The Plan To Send Hazardous Materials Straight Through The Heart Of D.C. was published:

“In the nation’s capital, commuter rails run underground and freight trains rarely stop so the risk of a serious hazmat incident due to a derailment is relatively low.

But that risk would significantly increase under a proposal by CSX which is currently being considered by the U.S. and D.C. Departments of Transportation. If approved, the company would dig a massive trench, and uncovered freight trains would carry crude oil and other hazardous materials in the open, less than 50 feet from the homes of families, children, and seniors and less than one mile from the U.S. Capitol building. A residential tree-lined block would be bowled over, dug out, fenced in, and would stay that way for at least five years.

The proposed open trench is part of a larger effort by CSX to reconstruct the Virginia Avenue Tunnel (VAT), an underground freight rail that extends from 2nd to 11th street in the historic Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhoods of southeast D.C.”

You can read the full story here.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office writes:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today wrote Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman or the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, requesting a subcommittee hearing on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. Norton said that while the tunnel affects her constituents, federal issues also are involved because the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency in the project. In her letter, Norton said, ”Although the project is an important component of the nation’s effort to add and update space for freight infrastructure, I do not believe there have been any oversight hearings.” Citing a meeting she held in the Capitol Quarter community in November, the Norton letter pointed to some of the outstanding issues involved in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) such as noise, air quality, and construction near homes and senior housing.

Norton’s community meeting heard presentations from CSX, FWHA, the D.C Department of Transportation, and questions and remarks from community residents. Norton said that at the meeting she and the community learned some information for the first time, but it became clear that many issues need federal oversight, including a proposed open trench during construction close to homes and senior housing, trains carrying hazardous material, rerouting during construction, and the experience of other districts where CSX has done similar work.”

Do you guys think CSX will be allowed to do this or do you think the neighborhood will be able to rally enough support to stop it?

11/28/13 10:22pm

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So I’m just curious – where did you go for Thanksgiving? What was your favorite food on the table this year? Funniest/craziest family fight?

I went to Rockville, Maryland and like every year I love the stuffing the best. Although a close runner up this year was a squash souffle that was insanely delicious. Hope everyone ate well!

11/21/13 10:22pm

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Kangaroo Boxing Club adding a second floor on 3410 11th Street, NW

Recenly we’ve learned of Maple’s expansion into Columbia Heights Coffee on 11th Street and just down the block KBC expanding into a second floor. Ed. Note: A liquor license amendment also says KBC will add a Summer Garden (Roof Deck) with 25 seats. Anyway, it got me thinking about other bars that would expand or even up open a second location. I’ve always wished Solly’s would open a second spot closer to where I live. Do you think it’s possible for bars to expand and keep the vibe that got you liking them in the first place? Same thing with opening a second location – do you think it’s possible for a bar to replicate it’s success?

What bar and/or restaurant would you like to see expand or open a second location?

11/14/13 10:22pm

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I’m stealing this question from a friend of mine who posted it on his facebook page because I think it’s a brilliant question. I studied political science but if I were in college today I think I’d study geography or architecture. I’m not sure I have the drawing skills for architecture but I think I’d find it fascinating. I’m also not sure what the job market is for a geography major but I can stare at maps for hours. Hmm, I guess I’d like to study more history too. You see this is a great question. What would you study? Would you study for the sake of finding it interesting or for the sake of getting a future job? Would anybody decide not to go to college?

11/07/13 10:22pm

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So with Sushiko and Cafe Japone closing plus Perry’s switching to sushi in Adams Morgan, well it got me thinking about sushi. While we’ve spoken a lot about Ramen lately with Taan, Daikaya, and Toki Underground well, I feel like we’ve been neglecting sushi. For this week’s Friday Question of the Day, I thought it was a good time to reassess the best sushi in the District? And if it’s really really good, best sushi inside the beltway?

Years ago when we spoke about sushi options in DC there were tons of fans of Sushi Taro at 1503 17th Street, NW. Still a lot of fans of Sushi Taro? I think I’m leaning towards Izakaya Seki at 1117 V Street, NW as my favorite. Where’s yours?

10/31/13 10:22pm

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A reader send me the photo above from Bloomingdale and it got me thinking about the most family friendly neighborhoods in the District. Then I remembered some discussions we’ve had where folks wish to avoid kids at all costs. So for this week’s question – which neighborhoods do you think are the most family friendly? Which neighborhoods are best/most fun for those without kids or those who simply want to avoid kids? Which neighborhoods truly cater to both sets?

10/24/13 10:22pm

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With all the new sandwich shops coming, Capriotti’s, Italian Gourmet Deli, The Best Sandwich Place and others – well I want to redo where to find our favorite sandwiches. So where’s your favorite from and what do you order? Ed. Note: If yours is from a Food Truck please let us know in the comments. I know I’ve probably left some off the list but following is a poll with the ones I hear about the most:

10/17/13 10:22pm

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This is something I always enjoy learning about when I meet people. So here goes – I was born in New York, New York and when a little kid lived in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn before moving to the Village of Rockville Centre on Long Island. I went to college in Ohio (Miami Redhawks represent) and I moved to DC in 1997 after living overseas for a year. How about you guys – where are you from originally? What year did you move to DC? For those who are from the District – what neighborhood did you grow up in?