Posts Tagged ‘Big Bear Cafe’

Market Research: Carrots

It’s the season of root vegetables, but the weather doesn’t always comport with a 400-degree oven. Carrots offer a compromise; They’re delightful cooked, but also work well in raw salads. We talked with Big Bear Café chef John Cochran about having the vegetable both ways. How to Buy: Look for firm, crisp roots. Don’t worry […]

Former Shaw’s Tavern Chef Lands at Big Bear Cafe

Chef John Cochran, whose brief stint at Shaw's Tavern was overshadowed by the eatery's liquor license debacle, has resurfaced in the kitchen of Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale. In his new gig, Cochran is helping to turn the coffeehouse into a full-service bistro with a veggie-centric menu in the evenings. A little background: Cochran, whose resume […]

Café Olé: How Counter Culture Took Over D.C. Coffee

On a recent Friday morning, Bryan Duggan is asking the dozen or so people assembled in front of him what they think the grounds of an Ecuadorian roast smell like. Self-professed coffee philistines and scruffy, plaid-bedecked twentysomethings I recognize as baristas at Filter Coffeehouse and Big Bear Café offer up “tamarind,” “sweet potatoes,” and “moss” […]

Big Bear Cafe Applies For Later Hours

Last call doesn't come quite late enough for the operators of Big Bear Cafe. The trailblazing Bloomingdale coffee shop and restaurant is asking city regulators to let it stay open into the wee hours like other D.C. hotspots. Big Bear currently closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. The restaurant now wants […]

We’re Honored! ‘Cocktail Guess’ Is Immortalized at Big Bear Cafe

If you haven't checked out our regular "Cocktail Guess" column, here's what you've been missing: our thirsty writers Alex Baca and Shani Hilton set out every other week to test the mettle of D.C.'s top mixologists by ordering drinks in either a specifically vague or just plain challenging manner. Then they rate the results on […]

Chefs Veg Out: Clementina Russo of Big Bear Cafe

Short ribs and baby octopus may dominate many menus in the city, but that doesn't mean local chefs can't find love in an acorn squash. In our ongoing series, Chefs Veg Out, we'll prove D.C.’s chefs can play with more than just meat. Name: Clementina Russo Title: Chef Restaurant: Big Bear Cafe Twitter: @bigbearcafe Cooking Since: […]

Cocktail Guess: ‘Make me a tequila cocktail with no citrus or peel’

Location: Big Bear Cafe, 1700 1st St. NW Bartender response: “You know almost everything has citrus in it, right?” What we got: Tequila with cherry juice and ginger beer How it tasted: Sharp, spicy and refreshing Price: $7 Improv points (1-5): 3. Cherry is a stone fruit, not citrus. Our bartender earns a point for […]

D.C. vs. Philly: A Barista Battle Royale!

Who pours the most artistically frothed latte? The talented baristas here in our nation's capital? Or their counterparts in the capital of Cheese Whiz? We're about to found out. On Oct. 20, java jockeys from D.C. and Philly will face-off in a live-streamed latte art competition. The local component of the contest begins at 8 […]

What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs: Cold Red Wine at Big Bear Cafe

Sometimes I just want what I want. And what I wanted on a recent muggy Saturday night was simple: cold red wine. I know what you're thinking. Tacky, right? It flies in the face of conventional vino wisdom. White wine is served chilled; red not so much. And yet, there are exceptions virtually every where […]

The Washington City Paper Beer Issue

The beer can above (*) is an original of the Olde Christian Heurich Brewing Co., the last production brewery to call D.C. home. The brewery closed in 1956 after 83 years in business, the victim of the major beer companies that were harnessing the power of TV to build their empires. But as Lagerhead Tammy […]

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