Posts Tagged ‘History’

Lingering Thoughts on Lincoln: Does History Ever Matter When You’re Hungry?

"You think anyone in there is thinking about history?" Civil War scholar Harold Holzer asked me recently as we exited downtown's crowded Lincoln restaurant after an evening of eating, drinking and critiquing the venue's historical bona fides for this week's Young & Hungry column. I later mentioned that parting comment to the restaurant's proprietor, Alan […]

The Olde Heurich Brewing Co.: Where Is It Now?

As we were sipping on beers at Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, Carrie pointed out the faded poster behind me. It promoted a brewery named Olde Heurich Brewing Co., which, according to its exquisitely detailed illustration, looks like it was located somewhere near Washington Harbor. Carrie thought it would make a good blog post. […]

Looking Back on D.C.’s Culinary History

Duke Zeibert's: Larry King's favorite place for roast beef hash. It's become fashionable to claim that D.C. has come into its own as restaurant town. I'm sure I've uttered something along those lines myself, but here's the problem with such a statement: It tends to ignore the past or at least assume D.C. didn't have […]

Velatis Caramels to Revive Its Past in Another Way: Sell Ice Cream

The original Velatis on Ninth and G streets (as opposed to the "Original Velatis," which just reopened in Silver Spring) was more than just a caramel shop. Consider former WaPo food writer Walter Nicholls' words from a 1999 story: 

The ‘Original’ Velatis Quietly Creeps Back into the Metro Area

The modest storefront on Georgia Avenue, next to the historic Silver Spring Post Office, tells the newcomer next to nothing about the company's past, even with "The Original"  descriptor mysteriously affixed to its name. As if there are numerous copycat Velatis caramel shops out there. No, you have to walk inside, stare at the two large vintage […]

Opening Day at Capital City Diner

The neon "OPEN" sign said it all: After months of headaches and delays and budget crunches (much of which Y&H will detail in tomorrow's column), Capital City Diner finally opened for business yesterday in Trinidad. It was packed with neighbors, well-wishers, reporters, and even a surprise out-of-town guest. After the jump is my brief snapshot […]

Thanksgiving Alternatives: Duck a L’Orange

Duck l'orangeKimberlée Anne – Marie Elisabeth | MySpace Video Given the wealth of proteins that may have been on the original Thanksgiving table, I'm not sure how we Americans ended up so obsessed with the turkey. I'm sure it had to do with some confluence of agri-business, Madison Avenue, and JFK's undying love for bronzed birds. (Insert […]

Capt. Crunch Offers a Detailed History of the Hamburger

The History of Hamburger – watch more funny videos Don't ask me why someone decided to make this video, but the guy playing Capt. Crunch is hilarious as he takes you through the history of the hamburger, from the raw to the frozen.

Random Foodie History: Why Waterford Crystal Was Founded in Ireland

If you haven't yet paged through James and Kay Salter's Life Is Meals, a sort of daily prayer book for foodaholics, do yourself the favor.  I was randomly flipping through it today and fell upon the entry for July 17, which details the founding of the company that would become Waterford Crystal in Ireland, of […]

Nearly 400-Year-Old Maryland Beer Finally Available in Stores

OK, technically, the beer is brand new. 1634 Ale is produced by Brewer's Alley in Frederick, which has brewed the beer exclusively from ingredients that were available to colonists in the early 1600s, when the province of Maryland was founded. The ale, created to celebrate Maryland's 375th anniversary, will be available in package stores on […]