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SATURDAY: 14th & Farmers’ Market Halloween Costume Contest


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The 14th & U Farmers' Market is Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

From the 14th & U Farmers’ Market… this is TOMORROW at noon. There is also a bake sale with proceeds benefiting Martha’s Table.

  • What: Halloween Party at 14th and U Streets NW
  • Where: 14th and U Streets NW, in front of the Reeves Municipal Building
  • When: Saturday, October 31 at noon

“Wondering where to wear your costume during the day on Halloween. Enter the 14& U Farmers’ Market Halloween Costume Contest with great prizes for kids and adults, kindly provided by:  Saint Ex, Cork Market, Pulp, Mid City Caffe, Biaggio, Adventures in Shaw. Judging by Amanda of Metrocurean and Diane of Cork at Noon on Saturday, October 31.  Plus, DC FoodBloggers Spooktacular Bake Sale to benefit Martha’s Table.”

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October 30, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, food, local business, on community, on events, U Street NW | , , | Leave a comment

Thursdays: Vermont Ave. Farmer’s Market, 3-7 PM


Fresh produce and fruits at the new farmer's market at 810 Vermont Ave. NW (between H and I Streets). (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Fresh produce and fruits will be at the new farmer's market at 810 Vermont Ave. NW (between H and I Streets). (Photo: Luis Gomez)

I’ve seen a number of postings and stories about a new farmers’ market coming to a location near The White House. ReadysetDC has a posting, which directed me to FRESHFARM Markets’ Web site to confirm it.

The new farmers’ market, which will be at 810 Vermont Avenue NW (between H and I Streets) will be open on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. It opens this Thursday the 17th and runs through October 29.

Love the evening hours. I live in Borderstan, but commute out to Fairfax County. So, if you live downtown, but don’t work downtown, this is a good weekday market option for you. Google Maps times the walk from the heart of Borderstan to 810 Vermont Avenue as taking about 15 minutes.

FRESHFARM Markets already operates eight farmers’ markets in the “Chesapeake Bay area,” including the Sunday Dupont market on 20th Street NW.

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, food, on the blogs | , , | 1 Comment

Happy Monday, Borderstan


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A cheesesteak by sweater weather would be nice. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Hope you enjoyed the weekend… yesterday was spectacular… Labor Day is just two weeks away.

Perhaps JJ’s will be open for cheesesteaks by the time it’s sweater weather. Luis took this photo yesterday of the location-to-be at 1939 14th Street NW, (just off U Street). There appears to be a bit of work left on the shop.

Not surprisingly, Wikipedia has an entry for cheesesteaks.

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, food, local business, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend August 22/23


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Sushi Taro, at 1503 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Sushi Taro, 1503 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Circa at Dupont, 1601 Connecticut Ave., NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Circa at Dupont, 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Sushi Taro at 1503 17th Street NW always had a reputation for the best sushi around, a place where the Japanese Embassy brought the country’s prime minister when he was in town. After having undergone a renovation that included its menu, the prices went up (it was never cheap). Sushi Taro was a place of no surprises but excellent dishes. That seems to have changed as the reviews are mixed, but give it a try.

Circa at Dupont at 1601 Connecticut Avenue NW is one of those perfect city places: a little bit of everything and everything is good… and good people watching just off Dupont Circle. Great atmosphere for a casual meeting, lunch or dinner. They also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

"1460 Wallmountables 2009" at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street, NW. (Image: DC Arts Center)

"1460 Wallmountables 2009" at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. (Image: DC Arts Center.)

"The Ceramics of Paquimé and Mata Ortiz: Tracing a Family Legacy ", at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street, NW. (Image: Mexican Cultural Institute DC)

"The Ceramics of Paquimé and Mata Ortiz: Tracing a Family Legacy," at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW. (Image: Mexican Cultural Institute DC.)

“1460 Wallmountables 2009,” is at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. It is a chance to experience DC’s art scene in a very different way, mingle with the artists and purchase some of the fantastic works for sale.

The Ceramics of Paquimé and Mata Ortiz: Tracing a Family Legacy” is showing at the Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th Street NW. “One town, five families, 46 artists, a revived centuries-old tradition: this is the story of Mata Ortiz. Located near the ancient city of Paquimé in northern Chihuahua, Mata Ortiz has gained an international reputation for exquisite pottery. The town’s artists place their individual stamps on methods, materials, and patterns developed at Paquimé and rediscovered by Juan Quezada. The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to welcome ancient pieces from Paquimé and modern pieces from Mata Ortiz to Washington.”

"Wanda Sykes" at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. (Image: Wanda Sykes)

Wanda Sykes is at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Image: Wanda Sykes.)

"Charles Covington, Jr" at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. (Image: The Kennedy Center)

Charles Covington, Jr. is at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. (Image: The Kennedy Center.)

Comedian Wanda Sykes” is appearing Saturday, August 22, at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. She has new material and a TV Show.

Charles Covington, Jr is playing Saturday, August 22, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Covington is “recognized as a virtuoso jazz pianist and jazz organist extraordinaire, enjoys a high reputation among performers all over the world.”

"Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police" at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. (Image: Woodrow Wilson Center Website)

"Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police" is at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Image: WWC Web site.)

"Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism" at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. (Image: Newseum Website)

"Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism" is at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Image: Newseum Web site.)

Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police” is showing at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. “The photo exhibition Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police features a selection of never before seen photographs and films of ‘subjects of interest’ taken secretly by the Czechoslovak State Security Service’s Surveillance Directorate during the ‘normalization’ era of hard-line socialist entrenchment which followed the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia.”

Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism” is at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. It “features rarely seen photographs and artifacts from the historic music event.” Woodstock “marked a moment when the news media first recognized music and entertainment as a cultural and commercial force.”

"United vs Galaxy" at the RFK Stadium, Saturday, August 22. (Image: DC United Website)

Galaxy vs DC United at the RFK Stadium, Saturday, August 22. (Image: DC United Web site.)

In sports, see the Galaxy vs DC United on Saturday, August 22, 7:30pm at the RFK Stadium. Enjoy a great soccer match this weekend.

August 21, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, food, local business | , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend August 15/16


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

French Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Ave. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

French Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW has become a morning stop for many locals… to get fresh croissants—plain, chocolate and pecan (think pecan pie on a croissant). Steam has an extensive menu with salads, crepes, pasta and paninis. Service is always friendly and it’s a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee outdoors. You can never go wrong with them.

French Bistro recently opened at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. In a city with so many restaurants it is hard to be a good “French Bistro” and it has received mix reviews, but it is worth a try. Good prices.

"Dirty Blonde" at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA (Image: Signature Theatre Web)

"Dirty Blonde" is at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington. (Image: Signature Theatre Web site.)

"Michael McDonald" at DC Improv located at 1140 Connecticut Ave NW.

Michael McDonald is at DC Improv at 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Image: DC Improv Web site.)

Dirty Blonde” is playing at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington: “Half celeb-bio and half examination of America’s fascination with celebrity, ‘Dirty Blonde’ is a smart, tough and tenderhearted comedy” (The New York Times). “It reveals the individual behind Mae West’s sexy celluloid façade and examines why lost souls like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess.”

Michael McDonald from MAD TV is at the DC IMPROV at 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW.

"The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates" at Irvine Contemporary located at 1412 14th Street NW. (Image: Irvine Contemporary)

"The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates" is at Irvine Contemporary located at 1412 14th Street NW. (Image: Irvine Contemporary Web site.)

"Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection" at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, at  Independence Ave & 7th St SW.

"Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection," at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue & 7th Street SW. (Image: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Web site.)

The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates” is at Irvine Contemporary in Borderstan, 1412 14th Street NW. It is a selection of works by eight artists: Jonathan Dankenbring, John Hill, Jr., Christopher LaVoie, Paris Mavroidis, Matt Sartain, Wayne Toepp, Yi-Hsin Tzeng and Stacey Lee Webber.

Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection” is at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Independence Avenue & 7 Street SW.

"Pretenders" at the Warner Theatre, Friday, August 14th. (Image: Pretenders Official Website)

The Pretenders play at The Warner Theatre on Friday, August 14. (Image: The Pretenders Web site.)

"Arturo Sandoval" at the Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (Image: Arturo Sandoval Official Website)

"Arturo Sandoval" is at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. (Image: Arturo Sandoval Official Website.)

The Pretenders are playing at the Warner Theatre, August 14, 7:30 p.m., 1299 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Start the weekend enjoying their new album “Break Up The Concrete.”

Arturo Sandoval plays at Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. He is a wonderful trumpeter… comfortable playing classic and jazz music and is true magic in live concerts. If you enjoy jazz, do not miss this concert.

August 14, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, food, local business, Logan Circle, on community | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New England Holiday: Boston’s Little Italy


Hanover Street in Boston's Little Italy. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Hanover Street in Boston's Little Italy. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Luis and I are on vacation… a couple of days in Boston and now we are in Provincetown. We had dinner in Boston’s Little Italy on Monday night, then went back for breakfast on Tuesday.

I wish Washington had a fraction of the wonderful little places—delis, coffee houses and bistros—you find in Little Italy and other sections of Boston. And a lot of the places are cheap and authentic. I bought of a piece of ricotta pie (cheese cake, more or less) with a polenta crust for $2.50 at a bakery on Hanover Street. It was enough for a meal.

August 12, 2009 Posted by | food | , , , , | 4 Comments

Saturday: 14th & U Farmers’ Market


The 14th & U Farmers Market has produce, meat, flowers and baked good. (Image: Market page on Facebook.)

The 14th & U Farmers Market has produce, meat, flowers and baked good. (Image: Market page on Facebook.)

Remember that the Farmer’s Market at 14th & U NW is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check it out on Facebook

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August 12, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, food, local business, U Street NW | , , | Leave a comment

14th St Survey Says: Affordable Food, Please!


Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

Artist rendering of the development planned for west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann Streets. What kind of retail will grace the first floor? (Image: JGB Companies via DCmud.)

As of Tuesday evening, approximately 150 to 200 people had voted in the Borderstan poll, “14th St NW: What Do You Want More Of? This is an approximation as voters could select as many of the 12 choices as desired.

A total of 912 votes were cast for 11 choices plus Other to the question, What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.

My initial read on the results, below, of this very unscientific poll, is that respondents tend to want more food options in the affordable range (lower-priced restaurants and delis) along with places to hang (coffee houses). In addition, people would like to have more general shopping options, including clothing stores.

Noticeably, there was no excitement among respondents to this poll for more furniture stores, art galleries or clubs/lounges.

Here are the results:

  1. Lower-Priced Restaurants: 17% (155 votes)
  2. Delis & Food Stores: 16% (150 votes)
  3. Coffee Houses: 11% (103 votes)
  4. Apparel Stores: 10% (93 votes)
  5. General Retail: 10% (89 votes)
  6. Upper End Restaurants: 9% (79 votes)
  7. Theaters: 6% (58 votes)
  8. Clubs & Lounges: 6% (52 votes)
  9. Art Galleries: 5% (48 votes)
  10. Furniture & Home Stores: 4% (38 votes)
  11. Other: 2% (21 votes)

August 5, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on community, opinion poll, U Street NW | , , | 5 Comments

Dog Days Are Coming, August 1-2


MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

Put ’em down on your calendar… always good fun in Borderstan. The 10th annual MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk sale is next weekend, August 1 & 2.

From the MidCity Business Association:

August 1st and 2nd mark the tenth annual Dog Days of August sidewalk sale along and adjacent to the 14th and U Street corridors. MidCity shops, galleries and restaurants will take their wares to the sidewalk, feature performers and special events and welcome shoppers to one of DC’s most unique and dynamic retail zones.

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July 26, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on community, U Street NW | , , , , | 1 Comment

Food News: Good Cheap Eats Coming to 14th Street?


Are we finally going to get some good cheap food on the 14th Street NW corridor? Looks that way, hopefully. Nothing against the upscale places that have opened (or soon will) in Borderstan over the past few years, but we really can’t afford to drop $50 every time we don’t feel like cooking on a Tuesday night. (Yes, I am still waiting for a real Greek-owned diner… the type you find in Chicago or New York.)

Here’s the news from our friends at 14th & You:

“Devilish Burgers Headed to 14th Street.” Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the forthcoming bakery and wine bar next to Marvin (“I’ll have a loaf of cinnamon bread and a glass of your 2003 Malbec please”), 14thandyou has received this nugget of info: the space down adjacent to the bake-oenology place, located at 2001 14th Street, will in fact be a “top-shelf” burger joint owned by Policy’s Omar Miskinyar and David Karim, and featuring creations from Policy chef Brian Murphy. Read posting.

“More Info on “Table 14”; “World’s Best Philly Cheese Steak” Coming to 14th Street.” Metrocurean has an update today on the forthcoming establishment on 14th Street from the Local 16 guys… In other news, a quick peak inside the former 14U coffee shop seems to show renovations moving forward for the soon-to-arrive “JJs: World’s Best Philly Cheese Steaks“. Read posting.

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , | Leave a comment