Archive for August, 2012

Cocktail Guess: I Just Got Back From Vacation. Make Me a Drink.

Where: The Queen Vic, 1206 H St. NE Bartender Response: “All our cocktails are beer cocktails.” What We Got: A Cardiff Bluebird with Blackthorn cider, Stoli Blueberi vodka, and Sprite Price: $7.27 How It Tasted: Faintly fruity and sweet, reminiscent of many white wines. The aftertaste was bland, like the seemingly flat Sprite. Improv Points […]

Soy, Interrupted

Tofu used to be one of the only items on The Source’s menu not made in house. But two months ago, executive chef Scott Drewno began making his own spice- and herb-infused version of the soy-milk staple. “A lot of times when you get store-bought tofu, it just tastes like the packaging,” Drewno says. “Tofu […]

Eat Sense: How to Avoid Lousy Restaurants

Cheese Wiz: Meet Adam Smith, D.C.’s Own Champion Cheesemonger

Staring intently at a 20-something-year-old customer at Cowgirl Creamery in Penn Quarter, head cheesemonger Adam Smith winds up for a dance he’s done many times before. “Ma’am, what can I do for you today?” The woman says she’s planning a picnic. “Great. What kind of cheeses do you usually like?” As she offers a few details […]

Market Research: Padrón Peppers

This is the first season Mike James of Blueberry Hill Farm in Clear Spring, Md., has grown Padrón peppers. “I had to read up on how to cultivate. The first few didn’t turn out so well,” he says. The trick, he discovered, was picking them young, before they got too hot. The small, mild green […]

Brew In Town: Maine Beer Company/Lawson’s Finest Liquids Collaboration Time 1

Maine Beer Company/Lawson’s Finest Liquids Collaboration Time 1 Where In Town: ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW Price: $5.00/4 ounces Takes Brew to Tango Collaboration beers are like Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, the Blues Brothers—partnerships that range from masterly to ill-fated to ridiculous. (To say nothing of supergroup mash-ups from three or more breweries.) […]

Are You Gonna Eat That? Brains at The Pig

The Dish: Porchetta with pig brains Where to Get It: The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW; (202) 290-2821; Price: $12 What It Is: A hearty cross-section of roasted pork belly stuffed with brains and hazelnuts, served with greens and hog gravy. What It Tastes Like: A stroke of genius. Lush, succulent pork belly is complemented […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Table For One Edition

The best spots to dine solo [Eater] A peek inside Brazilian lounge Tropicalia at 14th and U streets NW [Thrillist] Genius or ridiculous? A pen that's also a fork [Zagat] Upcoming beer and wine festivals in the D.C. area [Post] Maddy's Tap Room hoping to open at 13th and L streets NW mid-September. [PoP] The man […]

3 Stars’ Growler Hours Are Nearly Here

D.C.'s newest brewery, 3 Stars Brewing Company, officially opens its doors to the public tomorrow. Every Saturday from 1-6 p.m., stop by for tastings and tours of its Takoma facility. Growler fill-ups will also be available for the brewery's three signature beers: Urban Farmhouse (a Belgian-style saison), Southern Belle (an imperial brown ale with toasted […]

What’s Going on With the Pyongyang Gang?

At the beginning of the summer, Michael Thompson launched the Pyongyang Gang, a Korean food pop-up inside Adams Morgan Irish pub The Blaguard. Y&H found the kimchi pork belly sandwiches and twice-fried sweet and spicy chicken wings to be a pleasant drunk-food alternative to mozzarella sticks and jalapeño bites. Thompson now tells Y&H he has […]