Author Archive for Andrew Beaujon

Cooking Like a Unabomber: Peanut Butter and Ketchup

The problem with ketchup is that Heinz, the only brand worth buying, is shot full of high-fructose corn syrup. This presents a problem for anyone who, like me, has two kids who eat, like, a gallon of ketchup per week. It's enough heartache to watch them dunk meticulously sourced, beautifully cooked food into it like […]

The Political Importance of the Half-Smoke

From Dave Jamieson's 2007 pre-Obama visit investigation of the importance of the half-smoke, and of Ben's Chili Bowl in particular. As New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller reportedly quipped while on the hustings in 1969, “No man can hope to get elected in New York state without being photographed eating hot dogs at Nathan’s Famous.” The […]

Ben Ali’s Son: “We’re All OK.”

Tim Carman is on his way down to Ben's. He called in to report a conversation he had with Nizam Ali, the late Ben Ali's son. The family is starting to gather together, Nizam tells Carman. Ben, he says, was at GW Hospital for about a week. He had congestive heart failure. GW Hospital, he […]

Avocado Concern Would Like Some Ideas on What to Do With Avocados

Avocados From Mexico, which sounds like a band I would have seen in Edinburgh in the mid-'90s, would like you to feature avocados at your next baseball party, which will take place Oct. 10. To this end, Avocados From Mexico would like you to apply to host an avocado-heavy baseball party at your house. 1) […]

DC Beer Week: The Unofficial Guide

Hey, you, beer nerd. I'm sure you're used to doing things by yourself. But DC Beer Week should not be like most of your lonely existence. That's why Tammy Tuck and Orr Shtuhl have written a guide to the week's events. It's not just the first-ever Beerspotter/Lager Heads collaboration, it's also really fun to read! […]

Tim Carman Selected for Best Food Writing 2009

Washington City Paper food critic Tim Carman's piece "How Not to Hire a Chef" (5/22) has been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing 2009. It is the second year in a row that Carman's work has been chosen for the anthology. Carman's piece examines, or maybe more precisely spatchcocks, local restaurateur Andy Shallal's Top […]

Beat THAT, Amsterdam!

I’m Gonna Eat the Crap Out of Richmond

Barring a miracle in which the Virginia Office of Vital Records gets its spit together and sends me the paperwork I requested a month ago, I'm heading to Richmond tomorrow morning. This is not entirely bad news. I used to live in Richmond, and while I don't miss much about it, I do think about […]

Kids’ Restaurant Week: A 4-Year-Old’s Take

Kids' Restaurant Week starts Saturday in D.C. For some, this will be a cue to avoid restaurants altogether (relax; the prix fixe menus are available only between 5 and 7 p.m.). For those of us with children, it's an opportunity to see them not eat in new and varied settings. At least that's what I […]

Weekend Feed: Bombay Curry Company in Alexandria

Bombay Curry Company 3110 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305 (703) 836-6363 British street food still hasn’t enjoyed the renaissance that British haute cuisine has enjoyed in the past decade—want fries with mashed peas on top? Nope, me neither—but damn do I miss me some onion bhaji. The palm-sized fritters, called pakoda by some, are—probably […]