Monthly Archives: June 2012

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Open Door Dining: A Brand New DC Dinner Club

The words “open door” require no explanation; they’re instantly warm, friendly, and inviting, imploring you to drop by at any time and see what’s going on. That’s exactly how Clementina Russo wants you to feel. Clementina is the brains – and everything else – behind Open Door Dining, a new dinner club in DC hosting its first meal this Friday night. The outgoing chef at Big Bear Cafe, Clementina chose the name “as kind of a throwback to my living situation in Maine, where the back door was always open which led into my kitchen.

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The Morning Roundup 6/21/2012

Only one deal today, but it’s a gem. Once again I hope you stay cool today and make sure you’re drinking enough water.

Must Buy: I love Kabab. There’s something about skewered meat and a good bread that makes for a perfect meal. It is often on the pricey side, despite how much food you get. That’s why today’s Scoutmob to Mayur Kabob House (1108 K St., NW) is perfect. With a max discount of $15 you’re going to get mighty close to a 2 for 1 entree deal. And with meat, rice, and naan you’re going to get quite the feast.

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Drinking It Up with American Summits’ Philip Lajaunie

Every year the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington puts on an annual awards show. The Rammys, as they’re known, is a night to celebrate the best in DMV dining. It will be a night to celebrate the best in DMV dining. The big names will be there, the food will be good, the drinks will flow. Every year the award show has countless sponsors and this year is no different. They are some big names at the top of the list: the governments of Chile, Spain, and Australia are all involved. And then there’s one near the top you might not recognize.

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The Morning Roundup 6/20/2012

Good morning and happy Wednesday. It’s going to be a scorcher out there, so be careful and make sure you’re staying hydrated.

Must Buy: Cheap pizza is cheap pizza is cheap pizza. A lot of it’s the same and mostly it’s not bad to good. But when you can get two slices, a salad, and a soda for $5 you can’t pass it up. Groupon has just that deal today to Washington Deli Pizza and Catering (5830 Georgia Ave. NW). Hurry on up to Petworth and chow down.

Fifty-Fifty/Avoid: File this one under deals I really wanted to like, but ultimately just couldn’t convince myself that it was worth it.

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Bargain Bites

Bloo Moo: Oh the Toppings

I love froyo. I’m going to go out on a limb and say I like it more than ice cream. Heresy, you cry! Madness, you scream! It’s true my friends. Give me a cup of tart yogurt over a cup of your finest cookie dough any day. This has nothing to do with health consciousness or my love(?) of probiotics. What this has to do with is straight up taste. I enjoy the crisp and refreshing flavor of yogurt on a hot summer day. One of the DC food fads that I’ve truly embraced, especially the DIY version that’s become so prevalent, frozen yogurt has quickly become one of my favorite desserts.

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The Morning Roundup 6/19/12

Only one deal today, but it’s a great one!

Must-Buy: The Capitol Deal’s $10 for $20 worth of Mexican food at Taqueria Distrito Federal is close to the perfect deal.  Taqueria Distrito Federal, with one location in Columbia Heights and one in Petworth, has a great reputation as one of the go-to spots in the District for authentic Mexican food, serving up tacos, burritos, tostados and more and selling Jarritos and horchata for you to wash it all down.  And for $20, you’re easily going to get a meal for two: you could even feed three if you weren’t particularly hungry.  

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Pulpo: Tentacular

We talk about Cleveland Park a lot here at Eat The District.  Maybe too much.  But the commercial stretch of Connecticut Avenue betwixt Porter and Macomb is truly a culinary gold mine.  Establishments such as Ardeo-Bardeo, Ripple, Medium Rare, and Palena would deter some restaurateurs from jumping into this packed culinary environment.  But just a few weeks ago, owner Dino Tapper (also of Logan Circle’s Floriana)  brought his newest creation, Pulpo, into the mix. I am happy to report that this Cephalopod focused Tapas spot does not disappoint.

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The Morning Roundup 6/18/2012

What a lovely Monday we have on our hands! After a wonderful weather weekend (that I hope you spent outside grilling) we’re back in action. We have a lot of good things coming your way this week here on ETD. We’ll start off the day with a few good deals and a few non-traditional deals.

Must Buy: If you love pig, then we have a very fascinating deal for you this morning. The Capitol Deal is offering a number of interesting packages from the Pig of the Month club. With a number of packages to choose from (all at great prices) you can really spice up your summer BBQ with great meat.

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The Morning Roundup 6/15/2012

Oh, it’s Friday! The end of the week. La fin de semana. The weather is beautiful today and the forecast looks great for the weekend. Do we have deals to send you on your way? You bet we do!

Must Buy: DC does Ethiopian food well. It’s one of our strongest international cuisines. Any social coupon to an Ethiopian restaurant will immediate pique my interest. Make it a good Ethiopian restaurant and I’m sold. Groupon’s $7 for $15 for lunch or $15 for 30 for dinner to Nile Ethiopian (7815 Georgia Ave.

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Drink the District: Church and State

Last week I wrote about The Liberty Tree, my favorite place on H Street to sit back, eat some fries, and drink a beer.  Today, it’s time to share my favorite place to go right after.  Almost every time I’ve eaten at The Liberty Tree, the night has continued a couple of blocks away at the speakeasy-style bar Church and State.  Located up a flight of stairs (directly above the bar formerly known as Fruit Bat, which will reopen soon in an undisclosed new format), Church and State mixes prohibition style drinks with flair.

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