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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Ever since the gas station at 15th and U screwed us by inexplicably replacing blue raspberry with mango, MANGO!?!?! I’ve been on the hunt. Miracle of miracles, I found it on our incredibly pleasant, prime slushie slurping weather day yesterday, Baruch Ha’Shem! Bless you Soapstone Market you will forever own a place in my heart. Also props for three flavor options – not messing around here! Also, for the very early word – the Reubens are excellent and the staff is incredible kind.

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4465 Connecticut Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“I heard the Obamas ate at Casa Luca last night on 11th St. NW. I saw tons of cop cars patrolling 11th and guys in bulletproof vests and a big suv leaving the scene.”

Confirmed:

sfoglina
4465 Connecticut Ave, NW (at Yuma)

And in other Chef Fabio Trabocchi, his new pasta house, Sfoglina, is officially open!!

Check out their menus here.

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From a press release:

Van Ness Main Street will host their first MADE IN DC Pop Up Shop Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.  This indoor marketplace will feature a rotating list of over 20 local makers featuring art, jewelry and accessories, fiber, home decor and packaged food.  

The pop up is a collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and the Van Ness Main Street. 

Van Ness is home to many artist and local makers. This is a pilot activation  highlights local makers and drives traffic to the neighborhood. “Van Ness Main Street is working to increase retail options for our many residents and students by supporting our local creative class right here in Van Ness.” explains Theresa Cameron, Executive Director of Van Ness Main Street.

Pop-Up Vendors include:

(more…)

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Sfoglina inside the Park Van Ness building at 4465 Connecticut Ave, NW (at Yuma)

Finally!! Sfoglina is the pasta house from Fiola’s (et al) owner and Chef Fabio Trabocchi:

“Food binds us to each other. From the hands that prepare it to the friends you share it with, we cannot wait to spread the love in Van Ness!

Reservations are live! Find your table beginning Tuesday, 12/13″

Check out their menus here.

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WAMU at 4401 Connecticut Ave., NW

From a press release:

“WAMU is thrilled to announce a new show for a changing America. 1A is a live two-hour daily national radio program hosted by Joshua Johnson, who brings to the airwaves a smart fresh voice with curiosity and empathy, convening a daily conversation about the most important issues of our time.

Distributed by NPR, 1A launches live on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. EST. Designed to succeed the iconic The Diane Rehm Show, and maintain the core values that made Diane’s show treasured by millions, 1A will provide deep conversation about the thorniest issues of our times delivered with insight, intimacy, and personality. 1A builds on Diane’s legacy of civil dialogue and analysis, while engaging with audiences when and where they choose, on the radio and in a daily podcast.

The show will take a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world. Johnson says, “My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service. This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It’s a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.” (more…)

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4434 Connecticut Ave, NW

From an email:

“This week’s pop up at Bread Furst (tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 am – 2 pm) is:

Pastrami, rye, mustard
Pastrami, gruyere, mustard, rye
Pastrami Reuben
Brisket, bread and butter zucchini pickles, rye, horseradish”

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Photo by Jai Williams