Monthly Archives: April 2012

Bargain Bites

South China Restaurant

The neighborhood Chinese restaurant. We’ve all got one. You know the names: Dynasty, Mayflower, the Magic Gourd, Mr. Chan’s, the list goes on forever. The food at each is always vaguely similar. They fall somewhere on the Below Average/Average/Above Average scale. It’s a go-to when you want Chinese food, but you don’t necessarily want to make the trek to get the good stuff. Sometimes, though, your- neighborhood spot is the good stuff.

I discovered this recently at South China in Del Ray, a neighborhood of Alexandria, conveniently located within walking distance from my new office.

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The Morning Roundup

The Morning Roundup 4/23/2012

Slim pickings this morning, folks.  A couple of decent offers but nothing great, and a couple of definite avoids.  Here’s hoping the rest of the week looks better.

Fifty-Fifty: Today’s Scoutmob for Thai at Corner in Arlington is a pretty good deal if you’re looking for a quick dine-in lunch for one: you’ll end up with some fairly well-reviewed Thai food for only about $5.  If you’re looking for dinner for two, though, the deal’s value drops significantly, and nothing about Thai at Corner suggests it’s a location to go out of your way for.

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Check it Out

Will Work for Cooking Class

Photo courtesy of Yelp.com

Even if you only ate at Eat the District-certified Bargain Bites restaurants, both your bank account and your health would probably start to suffer eventually. Most people cook the majority of their dinners, and after a few years of the same 10 recipes recycled over and over, this can start to get a little tiresome. Luckily, this is why God invented cooking classes: to let those of us who can’t just “Julia and Julia” our way through a cookbook learn and practice some new recipes in a safe, supervised space.

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The Morning Roundup 04/20/2012

Happy Friday everyone. I wanted to take a quick second before I get to the deals to go on a quick tangent. I usually don’t participate in mourning celebrities. There’s always a million Facebook posts/tweets about Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, etc. but for the most part I never feel particularly moved by any of these tragic passings. Yesterday, however, was different. Mark Lavon Helm died at the age of 71. Better known as Levon, he was the drummer/singer for The Band. His death truly saddened me.

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Quit Your Job and Work for Facebook

“Go west, young man.” – Horace Greeley

So I have a confession to make. Contrary to popular belief I do not spend all my time working on perfecting Eat The District. I have a full-time job (pause to let that bombshell sink in). And as luck would have it early this week I was fortunate enough to get to travel out west for a meeting at Facebook HQ. I’m not going to talk about why I was there or what I learned, but I will tell you about how I ate. Don’t worry: I was assured that this was okay and not part of the NDA I signed.

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The Morning Roundup 04/19/2012

After a brief hiatus, I’m back on The Morning Roundup (I was out West, you’ll hear more about that later). And as if somehow the gods of the deal knew I was returning today, we’ve got some good ones for you:

Photo from The Capitol Deal

Must Buy: Capitol Deal’s $20 for $40 at The Cajun Experience features so many added perks it’s astounding. In addition to the money, it’s available for Sunday’s bottomless mimosa brunch AND if you go between Monday-Wednesday you get 50% off a bottle of wine.

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Food Trucks

Yellow Vendor: Truck Love

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I have been involved in my own private love affair with food trucks for quite some time now.  Our relationship is exciting and ever changing.  Yes, sometimes food trucks let me down, and of course we have problems just like everyone else.  But we always seem to bounce back and I frequently find myself returned to the warm embrace of the ever-welcoming food truck community.

My relationship with these rolling restaurants didn’t begin with Yellow Vendor, but since first having it a while back, the sparsely adorned bright yellow truck has sat on page one of my little black book.  

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The Morning Roundup 4/18/2012

To the deals!

Photo courtesy of Yelp.com

Fifty-Fifty:  H Street Country Club is a fixture on the Atlas District, and today’s Groupon can get you $20 for $40 for food, drinks, and games.  While the Mexican-style menu has received pretty good reviews, we wouldn’t recommend buying this just for dinner.  But if you’re interested in getting a burrito, a margarita, and playing some mini-golf, this deal may be too good to pass up.

 

Fifty-Fifty: Marx Cafe may call itself revolutionary, but today’s Scoutmob deal isn’t.  

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In Praise Of

The Joy of McDonald’s Breakfast

At some level, everyone acknowledges that McDonald’s is bad. It’s certainly not healthy for you, and it often leaves you feeling sick afterwards. We eat it at all hours because it’s cheap, it’s damn tasty while you eat it, and oftentimes it’s 3 am on a Friday night and nothing else is open while we’re heading home (among my friends we refer to this as going to McD’s on the backend).

After my rant about not liking chain restaurants in my Olive Garden post, this may seem a bit hypocritical, but today’s In Praise Of will focus solely on my favorite of McDonald’s offerings: breakfast.

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The Morning Roundup 4/17/2012

We have a couple of tough calls this morning.  And there is a whole lot to talk about, but, we can put another notch in the Scoutmob column today, as once again their deal reigns supreme.

Must-Buy: Today’s Scoutmob offers $5 for $10 at FoBoGro’s sandwich shop, located under their eclectic grocery on campus at GWU.  I know five dollars seems pretty small, but Scoutmob’s ‘no need to buy ahead’ formula makes this a no brainer.  The sandwiches here are big and memorable, especially the big fat Pauley, a big turkey number which has cooler ranch doritos on it, and The Famous McDougall, a buffalo chicken sub that will likely leave you with some leftover.  

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