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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm 1,050 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported an armed robbery around 9 pm, Monday, December 31, on the 1900 block of 7th Street NW, just south of Florida Avenue NW. Police reports say the man was wearing a ski mask.

From DC Police Alerts: “3061 CONFIRMED A Robbery while Armed in the 1900 blk of 7th St., NW LOF;B/M, 19-20, 6’1″, 185-190lbs, drk complexion, wearing a ski mask, drk jkt & pants DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120652946, Sent on: 12/31 21:01″

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery w/ Armed in the 1900 blk of 7th St., NW LOF;B/M, 19-20, 6’1″, 185-190lbs, drk complexion, wearing a ski mask, drk jkt & pants/ 5760”

Police Alerts, More Information

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,310 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Suntrust Bank branch on the south side of Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced an arrest in the bank robbery at the SunTrust Bank branch Friday morning. The suspect, 57-year-old Scott Lee Feuer of Southeast Washington, allegedly entered the branch located at 1369 Connecticut Avenue NW at about 10 am. According to police, he handed the teller a note demanding money and fled in the direction of the Dupont Circle Metro Station with an unknown amount of cash.

According to The Washington Post, MPD asked Metro Transit Police to hold all trains at Dupont just after 10am and the suspect was arrested by Second District MPD officers on a Silver Spring bound Red Line train. Feuer was charged with Robbery Fear.

MPD Detectives are investigating whether Feuer is involved in other recent incidents. A picture tweeted of Feuer in handcuffs exiting the Dupont Metro Station bears a strong resemblance to an image MPD released of the suspect in a Wednesday bank robbery of the SuTrust Bank branch in the 900 block of 17th Street NW, although the two cases have not yet been definitively linked.

Feuer (also known in some court records as Scott Lee Feuver) has a history of convictions for bank robbery. According to a U.S. Court of Appeals decision, Feuer was charged with six counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted robbery in 1996. He pleaded guilty to three counts of bank robbery in December 1996 and was sentenced to 115 months in prison and three years of supervised release in July 1997. According to Bureau of Prison records, he was released from federal prison in May 2005.

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Top 10 Environmental News-makers of 2012. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From John Shannon who writes about green energy, sustainable development and economics. Email him at john[AT]borderstan.com.

Good day, Borderstan readers, and please let me take this opportunity to wish you a safe, prosperous and happy New Year!

Well Borderstanis, it has been a spectacular year for progress on the green energy front and for the awareness of citizens around the world on the need to care for and conserve our shared planet.

With those sentiments in mind, I offer you my:

Top 10 Environmental Newsmakers for 2012

  1. President Barack Obama makes a huge commitment to renewable energy, dramatically changing energy policy – which will make the U.S. energy self-sufficient and the world’s largest oil producer and exporter by 2017.
  2. China approves legislation to spend more than $438 billion dollars over the next 3 years on conservation, utility-scale wind and solar power plants, mitigation of pollution by airborne particulates (soot) plus, a highly-successful NOx-reduction program. See: overview and here and here also.
  3. China has decided to install 40 Gigawatts of solar power by 2015 (eight times more than it’s initial 2015 target, set back in 2010).
  4. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has set firm policies and targets for renewable energy use in a nation which has been termed, “the world’s first major renewable energy economy“. Renewable electricity will supply 80% of German needs by 2050, for just one example.
  5. India passed legislation to allow building owners to lease their rooftop space to utility companies to install solar panels, for the purposes of selling power to the Indian electrical grid. For general info on the Indian grid, click here.
  6. India is building a solar power plant (not half-completed at this point) but is already the largest working solar power plant in the world at 214 megawatts, on its way to a Phase l total of 500 megawatts – ramping up to 1000 megawatts once Phase ll is completed.
  7. Saudi Arabia plans to spend $109 billion dollars on solar and nuclear power by 2016 — thereby allowing much more of its oil to be exported to the West.
  8. Under Dubai’s ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ plan, that city will complete construction of a 1000 megawatt solar power plant by 2030. (The plant is already producing electricity and as more panels are installed, each bloc of panels are connected to the grid). This is in addition to other green energy power projects the United Arab Emirates are building.
  9. The African Development Bank Group approved $800 million earlier this year to increase solar and wind power production in Morocco. The eventual goal is to help Morocco raise it’s installed renewable energy capacity to 42% by 2020, setting the stage for electricity exports to Europe.
  10. Denmark will have all of it’s energy needs met by renewable sources by 2050 and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent (compared to 1990 levels) before 2020. They have already met their 2020 solar power goals and are on-track to surpass others. Fully half of Denmark’s energy will come from wind turbines installed offshore.

And that isn’t even the half of it! There are so many ‘good-news’ green energy and sustainable development stories out there, that it is a full-time job to stay abreast of them.

On a personal note, it has been my pleasure to inform you about developments in the green energy sector over the past months. I warmly welcome comments and suggestions for future topics that you might like to see covered here at Borderstan.

Happy New Year to you!

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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The simple option for curing your hangover: scrambled eggs and beer at home or at a local diner. (Ashley Lusk)

From Ashley Lusk. Check out her blog, Metropoetrylis. Follow her on Twitter @arlusk or email her at ashley[AT]borderstan.com.

Let’s be real, people.

On New Year’s Day you’re not trying to pull out your best smoked prosciutto and cheese for the people who had an “accidental sleepover” at your place.

That’s okay: we here at Borderstan don’t judge, and that’s why we have collected a series of easy recipes that will help you replace all those nutrients you lost while you were chugging celebratory champagne.

Hair of the dog. Ever wonder about that term? If all else fails for your hangover,  there is always the beer or Bloody Mary option.

Keeping-it-Classy: Spinach and Cheese Strata

This dish is for the host who had the wherewithal to prepare for the next day before pre-gaming began. Thisstrata from Epicurious can “marinate” in the fridge for up to 24 hours prior to baking.

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1½ cups finely chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 cups cubed (1 inch) French or Italian bread (½ lb)
  • 6 ounces coarsely grated Gruyère (2 cups)
  • 2 ounces finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup)
  • 2¾ cups milk
  • 9 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Squeeze handfuls of spinach to remove as much liquid as possible, then finely chop.
  2. Cook onion in butter in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and nutmeg and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in spinach, then remove from heat.
  3. Spread one third of bread cubes in a buttered 3-quart gratin dish or other shallow ceramic baking dish and top evenly with one third of spinach mixture. Sprinkle with one third of each cheese. Repeat layering twice (ending with cheeses).
  4. Whisk together milk, eggs, mustard, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and pour evenly over strata. Chill strata, covered with plastic wrap, at least 8 hours (for bread to absorb custard).
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Let strata stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
  6. Bake strata, uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed, golden brown, and cooked through, 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Note: Strata can be chilled up to 1 day. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

What, exactly, causes a hangover? “Hypoglycemia, dehydration, acetaldehyde intoxication, and glutamine rebound are all theorized causes of hangover symptoms.” – Wikipedia

One for the Team: Hangover Pizza

Even though this hangover pizza from iVillage is simple enough already, we suggest taking it a step closer to simplicity by replacing the homemade pizza dough with that of the Pillsbury variety.

  • 1 can of pizza dough
  • 1 cup baby arugula 10 ounces Robiola cheese, rind removed, at room temperature (or combine 5 ounces of fresh mozzarella and 5 ounces of smoked mozzarella and 2 tablespoons of Pecorino Romano), all grated
  • 4 eggs
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of white truffle oil, or a drizzle of your favorite flavored oil

Directions

  1. Open pizza dough and spread on a large sheet of parchment paper; dust with flour. Roll out dough into a 10- to 12-inch rectangle. Using a fork, pierce dough all over. Slide pizza along with paper onto hot baking sheet. Bake according to directions on can until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Push down dough using back of spoon. Cook another 3 minutes.
  2. Remove pizza and spread or sprinkle cheese, salt and freshly ground pepper. Top with arugula. Carefully crack 4 eggs on top of pizza. Put pie back in the oven until eggs are cooked, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with truffle oil. Cut into squares and serve hot.

No More Snoozing: Drunken Noodles

This is really for the person who isn’t hung over at all, but wants to nurse her bum friends back to health so that she can get them out of her house. What’s more ironic than this drunken noodles recipe from Epicurious?

  • 2 14-ounce packages of ¼-inch-wide flat rice noodles*
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 12 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Thai chiles*
  • 1½ pounds ground chicken
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ cup black soy sauce*
  • ¼ cup Golden Mountain sauce* or light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 large plum tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 4 Anaheim chiles or Italian frying peppers, or 2 green bell peppers (about 12 ounces total), cut into strips
  • ½ cup fresh Thai basil leaves* or regular basil leaves

Directions

  1. Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and Thai chiles; sauté 30 seconds. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add noodles, tomatoes, and Anaheim chiles; toss to coat. Transfer to large platter, sprinkle with basil leaves, and serve.
  3. *Available in the Asian foods section or produce section of some supermarkets, and at Southeast Asian and some Asian markets.

Hair of the Dog that Bit You: Hangover Smoothie

The only thing less appealing than putting more liquids down your gullet is the thought of putting anything solid down there instead. Buck up, champs, this hangover smoothie from Free People will have you feeling better soon.

  • One handful (approximately 1 cup) of washed spinach
  • 4 leaves of washed dinosaur kale
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup of soy milk
  • 4 to 5 drops of liquid B12
  • ¾ cup of chopped ice

Directions

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.

This story was originally posted on December 29, 2011. But seeing as how tonight is New Year’s Eve and a lot of you will be partying, we thought you might like to read it again. 

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,015 0

From Melanie Hudson. Follow her at @champagne_me or Email her at melanie[AT]borderstan.com. 

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Women entrepreneurs. (Courtesy Her Corner)

What’s missing from this great round up of creative and enterprising Borderstan entrepreneurs? Women. One group is helping to change the face of local business in 2013. Enter Her Corner, a new DC-based company helping to bring women business owners together through personal, face-to-face relationships to build, grow and support one another’s businesses.

Her Corner builds hyper-local and personal networks for women entrepreneurs who are committed to growing their businesses. Founded by Frederique Campagne Irwin, a local entrepreneur with an extensive background in management consulting and several startups of her own, Her Corner was originally begun two years ago as a resource for Irwin who sought greater opportunities for networking and peer support in her own career.

It quickly took on a life of its own, launching as a full scale enterprise in August and receiving more than 400 applications from prospective members in its first two weeks.

“It’s an opportunity to grow your business by meeting other women like you who are near you,” Frederique says.

Based around neighborhoods, groups have been formed in Georgetown, Cleveland Park, Arlington and Chevy Chase, among other places. For Borderstan women, Her Corner is launching a Dupont-centered group in January. There are also ample online opportunities and a bi-monthly speaker series held in partnership with American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Many of us are familiar with the numerous career networking events going on all over town – even ones geared specifically toward women. Her Corner is unique in that it is a network of and by women entrepreneurs, meeting in each other’s homes and dedicated to helping other women succeed in starting and growing women-owned businesses.

That intimate setting leads to a natural conversation – rather than a forced, aggressive, in-your-face exchange of business cards – about each member’s business, how group members can help, who they can introduce each other to, and how each member can become more successful. Irwin says much of Her Corner’s style comes from the differences between the way men and women network.

In her experience, women thrive in an environment that is naturally focused on mentoring and advising each other — without sharp elbows. These personal conversations lead to deeper connections and help build the social capital that many first-time women entrepreneurs lack. Frederique notes, “As women, we don’t build businesses for the same reasons or in the same way as men — we’re no less ambitious but just doing it differently.”

She is focused on growth for Her Corner as much as she is focused on growing each of her member’s businesses. She hopes to expand networking groups beyond DC to other cities in the near future. So, for all you women out there who run your own business, make your new year’s resolution worthwhile and get involved with a network of like-minded women. Here are three upcoming Her Corner events to check out:

  • January 3 at 8 pm: Dupont Circle information session. Her Corner’s founders will host a conference call for prospective members to share more details about the benefits and requirements of joining. Click here for more information.
  • January 4 10 am to noon: Her Corner open discussion and coffee. On the first Friday of every month, Frederique hosts an open coffee for current and prospective members and for any budding entrepreneurs who want to learn more about starting a new business. Click here for details.
  • February 7: Speaker series at AU’s Kogod School featuring Hulya Aksu, founder of Modern DC Business Magazine. Find out more here about the speaker series.

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by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

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The plans and groundbreaking for the Louis apartment-residential complex at 14th and U NW was one of the most popular stories of 2012. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013.

All week, we have been counting down with the most popular stories of the year in each one of Borderstan’s content categories. Today, however, we present to you, the Top 25 most popular stories (overall) that appeared on Borderstan.com in 2012.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

The Top 25 Most Popular Stories of 2012:

  1. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. Hank’s Forced to Shut Half of Patio; Owner Seeks Community Support (Borderstan)
  3. 6:30 PM Monday Gun Robbery, 1400 Block of P Street NW (Cody Telep)
  4. Man Shot in Vicinity 17th and Corcoran NW Saturday Afternoon (Luis Gomez)
  5. How to Succeed at Chipotle Without Really Crying (Scott Thompson)
  6. Stabbing at Tabaq Bistro Early Saturday Leads to Temporary Closure (Cody Telep)
  7. Plans Unveiled for the Louis at 14th/U; Will Remake Famous Corner (Matt Rhoades and Luis Gomez)
  8. Food and Development: The Italians are Coming! (Luis Gomez)
  9. 10 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Graduated From College (Scott Thompson)
  10. Police Tips: Protect Yourself From Robbery, Assault (Borderstan)
  11. Batch 13 Liquor Store Coming to 14th Street (Borderstan)
  12. Why Do Ginkgo Tree Berries Smell Like Dog Poo? (Borderstan)
  13. Weather Closings, Delays Listed at WTOP.com (Borderstan)
  14. Bethesda Bagels: We are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Like, Ever. (Melanie Hudson)
  15. Where is DC’s Gay Neighborhood in 2012? The Winner is… (Borderstan)
  16. Update on 17th and Corcoran Shooting: Second Suspect Sought (Cody Telep)
  17. The Story Behind Bakehouse, Coming Soon to 14th and T (Rachel Nania)
  18. The Coffee Bar: Borderstan’s Newest Cafe (Jonathan Riethmaier)
  19. Beyond Neverland: The Art of (Finally) Growing Up in Washington, DC (Scott Thompson)
  20. Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW (Luis Gomez)
  21. 10:15 PM Shooting on Saturday, 1400 Block of R Street NW (Borderstan)
  22. Meridian Hill Park Getting a Face Lift (Luis Gomez)
  23. Update on Early Saturday Morning Shooting, 1100 Block U Street NW (Borderstan)
  24. 2 Victims in Early Sunday Morning Stabbing at 14th and U NW (Borderstan)
  25. New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U (Borderstan)

by Borderstan.com December 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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Wishing all a great 2013!  (Luis Gomez Photos)

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Fireworks was taken by Luis Gomez Photos. The photo was taken on December 18.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com December 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

The Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. Our restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique special events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics.”

Mary Snider / State Farm Insurance: “More than 20 years insurance industry experience. Personal service combined with coverage you can rely on.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Get down with the Up Bar.” Get more details. Located at 1624 Q Street NW.

Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

BodySmith Training Gym: “Your friendly neighborhood gym… your personal training studio. Opening special.” At 1622 14th Street NW and 2200 Wisconsin Avenue NW.”

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by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments

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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: A nice walk from  Bordertan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee is currently seeking those interested in volunteering for this year’s Inauguration activities, including crowd control and providing visitors with directions at the swearing-in ceremonies, parade and inaugural balls.

Interested volunteers can register online —  registration does not guarantee selection. The 57th Presidential Inauguration will take place on Monday, January 21.

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by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,012 0

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No. 3 on the list: The June 7 fire at 14th and P Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the News section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

Top 10 News Stories of 2012 on Bordertan

These News stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com.

  1. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. Why Do Ginkgo Tree Berries Smell Like Dog Poo? (Borderstan)
  3. Fire at Mid City Deli Building, 14th and P NW (Luis Gomez)
  4. Meridian Hill Park Getting a Face Lift (Luis Gomez)
  5. New Citizens’ Organization Seeks Different Path for 14th and U (Matty Rhoades)
  6. Central Union Mission Moves Out, Condos Moving In (Rachel Nania)
  7. Take a Walk: City Dogs Rescue Has New Volunteer Opportunities (Matty Rhoades and Luis Gomez)
  8. Poll: Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC? (Borderstan)
  9. Reviving the Dream: Moving Forward on 17th Street (Guest Column)
  10. Car Going in Wrong Direction on 15th Hits Parked Car, Flips (Borderstan)

 

by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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The No. 1 F&D story was about the plethora of Italian restaurants coming to 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we will provide you with a list of the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the Food and Drink section.

The web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits a long time after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before (although that was not the case with following stories, all from 2012).

Top 10 Food and Drink Stories of 2012 on Bordertan

These Food and Drink stories were Top 10 most read last year on Borderstan.com. The most popular gives us a lot to look forward to in the New Year – a list of new restaurants coming to the area!

  1. Food and Development: The Italians are Coming! (Luis Gomez)
  2. Batch 13 Liquor Store Coming to 14th Street (Luis Gomez)
  3. Bethesda Bagels: We are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Like, Ever. (Melanie Hudson)
  4. The Coffee Bar: Borderstan’s Newest Cafe (Jonathan Riethmaier)
  5. An Elevated Summer: The Area’s Best Rooftop Bars (Rachel Nania)
  6. Alejandra’s Fabulous Goat Cheese Cheesecake (Alejandra Owens)
  7. EatWell’s Newest Venture: The Pig Opens Thursday (Luis Gomez)
  8. Five Places to Dine Out Without the Wait (Hopefully) (Rachel Nania)
  9. 1905 Restaurant’s Rooftop Deck to Use Garden Theme (Luis Gomez)
  10. Juice Bars Everywhere: DC Following the New York Trend (Laetitia Brock)

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by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

From Stephanie Willis. Follow her on Twitter @shaw_girl.

We all get it in our heads to host a festive New Year’s Eve party at least once in our adult life.  It usually starts with, “Wouldn’t it be fun to have the gang ’round to ring in the new year?”  Before you know it, a gathering of a few people has morphed into a bash that could rival Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve.

The inevitable panic of what to serve everyone can drive some to hit up the supermarket deli counter.  I cannot stress this enough: stay.away.from.the.deli.counter.

You can whip up some tasty eats that are party approved and easy to make. To get you started, here is a round-up of recipes from some of my favorite local foodies.

Deviled Eggs, Bacon Options

  • I love deviled eggs. Actually love may not be a strong enough word to describe my passion for this party staple. Zach and Clay over at The Bitten Word give it a sophisticated twist with this smoked salmon deviled egg recipe. You can make these ahead of time and pull them out to oohs and aahhs from your guests.
  • What better way to ring in the new year than with bacon? These bacon and leek mini quiches from Pete Bakes! use a crust that even the most kitchen-phobic host(ess) can master.
  • In case you are going for a bacon-themed party (which sounds like my kind of party), these asiago stuffed dates with bacon and smoked paprika are an instant party classic.
  • Speaking of bacon and cheese, these gruyere cheese and bacon cheesy puffs are a decadent way to ring in 2012.  Flaky, cheesy and with touches of pork? Who wouldn’t love ’em??
Circle Cheesy Puffs, Stephanie Willis

Circle Cheesy Puffs with gruyere cheese and bacon. (Stephanie Willis)

Wings, Brie, Pepper Crackers

  • The lovely Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s party wings were the talk of a DC Food Blogger event last January. And rightly so.  These Asian inspired wings are a delicate balance of sweet and salty on your tongue.  Bonus? They’re super easy to throw together.  The recipe calls for fermented black beans but if you can’t find them, don’t panic.  I have made this recipe without the aforementioned beans and they were amazing.
  • I love the look of these black raspberry brie-bites from Not Derby Pie. People will think you spent ages delicately putting them together but they are a breeze to assemble.
  • These savory parmesan black pepper crackers from Jenna over at Modern Domestic pack quite a tasty punch.  Pile them high in your favorite serving bowl for people to graze on as they toast their way into 2012.

Desserts

  • And to add a sweet cap to the evening, might I recommend hazelnut-chocolate chip blondies. Blondies are one of the easiest desserts to make and these have Nutella in them. NUTELLA!
  • If you’d like to be a bit more ambitious with your New Year’s Eve dessert, this chocolate bourbon pound cake is just the ticket. Not only is it delicious, it will look beautiful on your new milk glass cake stand.  I’m not the only one who asked Santa for one of those this year, am I?

So fear not, party host(ess) with the mostest! You can bang out phenomenal looking trays of appetizers in no time flat. Take a deep breath, plan out your menu and, most of all, enjoy yourself.

Have a safe and happy start to 2013, everyone!

This article was originally posted on December 23, 2011. But, it’s that time of year again, and we find that these recipes remain true throughout the years (and especially around the holidays). So get ready to eat and celebrate 2013!

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by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,140 0

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Happy New Year’s Eve! Here’s how you can celebrate around the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez.)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year!… But how? If you have yet to make plans for when the ball drops, there are plenty of ways to celebrate within the Borderstan borders. Here are just some ideas on what to do.

Where to Celebrate on New Year’s Eve in Borderstan

  • ArtJamz Glitter Ball: ArtJamz is offering DC-ers a unique and creative way to celebrate the New Year with its Glitter Ball. The extravaganza features music, hors d’oeuvres, blank canvas and wall space for paintings and a midnight neon champagne toast with lots of – you guessed it – glitter. Tickets range from $60 to $70 and can be purchased online. The event will take place from 10 pm until 1 am at the ArtJamz Dupont Studio located at 1742 Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • El Centro D.F.: Thinking of keeping it low-key, but still want some indulge in some good food and drink on New Year’s? El Centro (1819 14th Street NW) will have specials all day and night on December 31. From 11 am until 3 pm, the restaurant will feature a bottomless brunch (all you can eat and drink) for $35 per person. Then, starting at 5 pm, El Centro will host a three course prix fixe New Year’s Eve dinner, featuring a pre-dinner party, dinner and a DJ. For those who are less interested in food and more interested in a party, the rooftop gets going around 5 pm; there is no cover.
  • Masa 14: Masa 14 (1825 14th Street NW) will also focus on entertaining with food this New Year’s Eve and will have two different dining and party options. From 5 until 9 pm, diners can choose three small plates and a dessert for $50 per person. Those looking to stay all night can choose three small plates, edamame, dessert and a drink for $70 per person. A DJ will provide the entertainment after 10 pm.
  • Tropicalia: “From DC With Love” is how Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW) will celebrate New Year’s Eve. The groove and funk music venue will host Empresarios, the Fort Knox Five and a samba dance performance by Zezeh Brazil and her troupe. The first 100 people through the door will get a free Fort Knox Five CD as well as party favors, hats and noisemakers. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and admission includes three premium drink tickets. The event runs from 9 pm until 4 am. Advanced tickets cost $40, tickets at the door are $60. For more information, visit the website.
  • 9:30 Club: The Drive By Truckers will take the stage at the 9:30 Club on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $55 and are available online. The music starts at 7 pm.
  • MOVA Lounge: The countdown to the New Year at MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) will be one with the Divas; DJ Jason will keep everyone dancing. The first 100 people to RSVP will receive VIP entry and open bar from midnight to 1 am. Email infodc[AT]movalounge.com.
  • The Brixton: “The Get Down: A Mod New Year’s Eve” is the name of the party. Tickets are $50 and are available online. The band US Royalty will be playing live and Baby Alcatraz will be spinning all night long.

by Borderstan.com December 28, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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Through the Fog is by contributor DoctorJ.Bass from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Through the Fog was taken by DoctorJ.Bass. The photo was taken on December 17.

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