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Try a Remixology Cocktail, Now on the Menu at Mandu


Several weeks ago, Y&H's Remixology column challenged Mandu bartender Phil Anova to dream up a cocktail using the savory spice sumac, and the result was a mind-bogglingly good drink that earned him 5 out of 5 on our improv points scale. The folks at Mandu must've been into the drink too, because it made the cut for their seasonal summer cocktail menu. The $11 drink has been dubbed "The Way Sumac Me Feel," and you can try it right now at Mandu's K Street NW location.

"I like how this drink kind of throws you for a loop. It's surprising how well these ingredients pair together," Anova said. "You can smell the sumac in the drink, but when you taste it, you get something refreshing and tart. This is a perfect cocktail for the adventurous drinker."

An extra reason to stop by Mandu's K Street location? The late-night Korean pop-up Anju is back tonight, and this time, chefs Jonah Kim, Kyle Bailey, and Tiffany MacIsaac will be helping out chef and owner Danny Lee in the kitchen. The snacky menu includes kimchi pickled oysters, tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) fries, soondae pork blood sausage, double fried chicken wings, and much more. Most dishes are $6 each or $15 for three. The menu—posted below—is available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. No reservations required. If you miss it, Anju will be back the first Friday of every month. Read more Try a Remixology Cocktail, Now on the Menu at Mandu

Ice Cream Jubilee Opens Along the Capitol Riverfront This Weekend


Beginning tomorrow, you'll be able to get your fix for banana bourbon caramel and Thai iced tea ice cream along the Capitol Riverfront. Ice Cream Jubilee will join Osteria Morini and Agua 301 in the "Lumber Shed" development in Yards Park. 

The ice cream shop comes from Victoria Laia former lawyer with the Department of Homeland Security who converted her ice cream hobby and blog into a full-fledged business. Ice Cream Jubilee started off as a monthly ice cream "subscription" delivered to customers via bicycle and expanded to local markets like Each Peach in Mount Pleasant and Glen's Garden Market in Dupont.

The menu will include at least a dozen ice cream and sorbet flavors, including mango habanero, blueberry pie, and Dark & Stormy, available in cups or cones. The shop will also serve drip and iced coffee from local roaster Zeke’s Coffee. In the coming months, look out for sundaes and other baked and frozen treats.

Ice Cream Jubilee’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Ice Cream Jubilee, 301 Water St. SE;

Photo courtesy Ice Cream Jubilee

The ’Wiching Hour: Compass Rose’s El Lomito


The Sandwich: El Lomito

Where: Compass Rose, 1346 T St. NW

Price: $15

Bread: Ciabatta roll

Stuffings: Pork roast, avocado, ’nduja, lettuce, tomato

Thickness: 4.5 inches

Pros: Inspired by the popular Chilean sandwich, the Lomito brings together juicy pork and creamy avocado in a haze of fatty richness that would surely lead to a food coma on its own. The bottom bun is slathered with ’nduja, a spicy spreadable Italian sausage that provides a fiery contrast to the cool veggies and salty pork. By itself, the ’nduja can come across a little strong, but when blended with less bold ingredients, it yields a pleasantly smoky taste. Read more The ’Wiching Hour: Compass Rose’s El Lomito

Brew In Town: Lost Rhino Bone Dusters Paleo Amber Ale

BrewLost Rhino Bone Dusters Paleo Amber Ale

Where in Town: Lost Rhino Brewing Company, 21730 Red Rum Dr., Suite. 147, Ashburn, Va.

Price: $8.50/14 oz.

Swamp Thing

You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard about Lost Rhino’s newest beer. Which happens to be where some of its ingredients came from. Named Bone Dusters, the beer was fermented with yeast swabbed from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil found in southeastern Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp. The project is a partnership between Lost Rhino’s resident brewing scientist Jasper Akerboom and Paleo Quest co-founder Jason Osborne, who used to work together doing biomedical research. Osborne’s goal, and the mission of his nonprofit organization, is to generate interest in paleontological sciences. The idea of drinking pre-historic whale beer is fun, but the yeast is most likely not ancient. (It’s probably a modern strain from the swamp.) Read more Brew In Town: Lost Rhino Bone Dusters Paleo Amber Ale

Last Night’s Leftovers: Meat on a Stick Edition


Where to find meat on a stick [Eater]

Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac to debut Buttercream Bakeshop. [Eater]

Five new Italian restaurants to try in D.C. [Zagat]

Vagabond DC is the city's latest avant-garde supper club. [Express]

Duke's Grocery launches late night happy hour [PoPville]

Vegetarian and vegan cafe Karu & Toast opens near Clarendon. [ARLnow]

Chef Samuel Kim in at 1789 Restaurant. Chef Anthony Lombardo moves to The Hamilton. [WBJ]

Jamaican cafe Unforgettable Flavors makes good on its name. [Post]

Photo of Roofers Union's corndog by Jessica Sidman

A Breakdown of GCDC’s Chilled Cheeses

GCDC’s cheese sandwiches are no longer limited to the grilled kind. The Pennsylvania Avenue NW spot, just a block from the White House, recently debuted fromage ice cream sandwiches. Or, as I’d like to call them, “chilled cheeses.” Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your tastes), the treats don’t incorporate anything so exotic as a stinky Stilton or Époisses in frozen form. GCDC instead uses a cream cheese base for flavors like chocolate and coffee, strawberry, and caramel apple. The summer treats are available for $7 each from 4 to 9 p.m. every day throughout the season.



Photos by Darrow Montgomery

No Photos Allowed at D.C.’s Newest “Speakeasy”


And you thought the “speakeasy” trend was on its way out? Not quite. This week, chef Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery and Bearnaise and Vinoda Basnayake of Kabin opened The Sheppard, the latest glamorized interpretation of a Prohibition-era drinking den. The Dupont spot gets its name from Senator Morris Sheppardwho authored The Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 that banned booze in D.C.

Fortunately, there's no secret phone number or password to get in the door. But like many a modern day watering hole appropriating the word "speakeasy," this one has rules. Well, really just one rule: no photos.

"It's a very small place, and I know some of the guests who are coming would like to have some privacy," Mendelsohn says. "And we just figured having no photography would be great. It's a really dark-lit place. We don't want a bunch of flashes going off."

Plus, Mendelsohn says, the selfies are getting out of hand. "We really want you to enjoy your cocktail, enjoy your time. Don't be on your phone. You have the rest of your life to be on your phone," he says. "That selfie's really not going to turn out anyway because it's too dark."

While you won't necessarily get kicked out for ignoring the rules, Mendelsohn says you may get a friendly warning from the staff. People who need to make phone calls are asked to do so in the downstairs lobby. Texting and "Googling," Mendelsohn says, are OK.  Read more No Photos Allowed at D.C.’s Newest “Speakeasy”

DC Brau Snags Gold Medals at International Beer Competition

20111221_dcbrau_257x386With so many competitions to keep track of last weekend—the World Cup, Wimbledon, Tour de France—there's one you may have missed. Winners of the U.S. Open Beer Championship were announced, and local brewery DC Brau won two gold medals.

The Public, DC Brau's assertively hopped American pale ale, dominated out of more than 100 submissions in the pale ale category. Meanwhile, The Citizen took top honors among Belgian pale ales, which had about 30 entries. This year was DC Brau's first time submitting beers to the competition.

Beers were judged in 81 categories by "blind" tasters over several days in Atlanta, and awards were given to the top three rated beers in each category.

Wormtown Brewing in Worcester, Ma., where founding Bluejacket brewer Megan Parisi now works, was named Grand National Champion with three gold and one silver medal. Other top performing breweries include California's Stone Brewing and Oregon's Deschutes Brewery.

The contest included more than 3,000 entries by 300 breweries from all over the world. That may sound like a drop in the pint glass compared to larger competitions like the World Beer Cup, which had nearly 1,500 breweries participate this year. But winning a medal in the U.S. Beer Championship can be just as competitive, especially in a category as popular as pale ales.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

Chaplin Cocktail Bar Introduces Boozy Dumpling Shooters


You've probably had an oyster shooter. Now, behold the dumpling shooter. You heard right: a dumpling sinking in alcohol, meant to be simultaneously drank and eaten. It's one of several booze-soaked food items that require an ID at Chaplin Cocktail Bar, which opened last night.

The shooter pictured above is the sole cold offering: a steamed shrimp dumpling semi-floating in a Pimm's Cup with a dash of bitters. There's also a warm twist on a whiskey sour with Japanese whiskey, a lemon emulsion, and a hot pork dumpling. Lastly, a hot beef dumpling is combined with Japanese whiskey, cherry brandy, and orange peel. Each of these creations is $9.

Perhaps this is just what happens when bartenders run a restaurant. The place, which is inspired by actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin, is owned by mixologist brothers Ari and Micah Wilder, along with Armin Amin and Adrian Williams. (The Wilders are also partners in Red Light, where you have to be 21 to order some of the boozy desserts.) Manning the kitchen of Chaplin Cocktail bar is Jeremy Cooke, whose resume includes Siroc, Elisir, and a brief stint at Toki Underground.

"I'm going against the conventions of normal cooking," Cooke admits, "because normally we cook the booze out."  Read more Chaplin Cocktail Bar Introduces Boozy Dumpling Shooters

Bangkok Golden Owner to Open Laotian Restaurant in Columbia Heights

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.16.43 AMBangkok Golden chef and owner Seng Luangrath will open Thip Khao, a sister spot to her Falls Church Laotian restaurant, in Columbia Heights this September. Luangrath doesn't want to reveal the exact address yet because another restaurant is still operating there.

"We do have a lot of customers actually coming from D.C.," Luangrath says. "When I started serving Lao food, I realized how people in D.C. are accepting it and like it. So I wanted to be doing more than Bangkok Golden."

Thip Khao translates to "sticky rice serving basket," a staple on any Laotian table. Unlike Bangkok Golden, which features both Thai and Laotian cuisine, Thip Khao will focus more on food from Luangrath's native country of Laos. The traditional family-style menu will have about 30 items, including a variety of larb (minced meat salad) and grilled items, plus some rotating specials. Fans of Bangkok Golden's crispy rice salad (one of City Paper's 50 must-try dishes) will be happy to know it will also be served at the District locale. Luangrath is also interested in launching a brunch.

Read more Bangkok Golden Owner to Open Laotian Restaurant in Columbia Heights