by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]borderstan.com.

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Donna Khalife from SurpriseRide.com. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you’ve tried to entertain kids, you know learning to perform heart surgery in the dark with a hand tied behind your back may be easier.

Now there’s a DC-based startup, SurpriseRide, that wants to help adults keep kids entertained while teaching the little tikes.

“SurpriseRide sends 7- to 12-year-old kids fun activities in the mail every month,” said Donna Khalife, who founded the company with her sister, Rosy. “Activities are theme-based and cover a wide variety of subjects, from art and history to science and technology.”

Each package, or “Ride” comes with an activity, a challenge and some extras. The activity tends to be instruction based, like building a birdhouse, and the challenge more flexible, like “build a replacement to the rubber ducky bath toy,” according to SurpriseRide’s website.

Rides come in the mail with all the supplies kids need to complete the activity and challenge. And the company is seeing growth not just from parents. “Right now, we have a mix of parents, aunts, uncles, and older cousins,” Khalife said. “Buying the right gift for kids in this age group can be difficult and we’re finding that people take solace in gifting a SurpriseRide subscription.”

The inspiration for SurpriseRide came from the Khalife’s childhood experience of having no video games or expensive toys, and an artist father with a studio filled with supplies for them to use to create and experiment. Another spark that ignited the SurpriseRide fire was the Khalife’s experiences as aunts.

“We realized that our two nephews, like many other kids, have two full-time working parents,” Khalife said. “We wanted to help kids evolve through play, much like we did, and bring these educational and fun activities to the houses of busy parents everywhere.”

Early indications are that the Khalife’s are filling a need. Within an hour of taking their site live just to test and make sure it worked correctly, they received their first order.

“It was a real person that none of us knew,” Khalife said. “We hadn’t notified any friends or family yet, so I stared at the email for a good few minutes, wondering what kind of glitch was going on in the system. I did some digging and then realized it was actually our first order.”

Right now SurpriseRide is participating in a three-month accelerator in Providence called Betaspring, but Khalife plans on keeping the company based in DC.

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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

"Graham"

Councilmember Jim Graham. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) could have a challenging week ahead of him. The Washington Post reports that Council Chairman Phil Mendelson aims to strip Graham of his oversight of the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board as a public reprimand to the veteran DC politician; he was first elected in 1998.

Mendelson’s potential action comes after the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability found “substantial” evidence that Graham broke the code of conduct in a lottery contract bid.

On February 21 Graham released a statement to constituents:

The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability had no basis to issue findings and pronounce judgment against our client without granting him a chance to be heard, allowing him to review and challenge the evidence to which we were denied access, and conducting a full adversary hearing. The Board violated the law and its own rules. That is not the ethics process that the Council sought to put into place, nor is it one whose decisions are worthy of respect or weight. Today we filed for relief and are confident that the court will agree that the Board acted lawlessly and denied Councilmember Graham basic fairness and due process.

After the findings, Graham repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and told constituents he has no intention of resigning. Washington City Paper reports that Graham is filing a lawsuit to “seek a temporary restraining order against the ethics board, who Graham says violated his rights to due process by issuing a negative report without having a full hearing.”

Ward 1 Democratic candidate Brianne Nadeau released the following statement:

The residents of Ward 1 find ourselves today with a representative who is under scrutiny for his deeply troubling, ethically questionable behavior. Today’s vote results from the fact that he has not been willing to take responsibility for his actions or apologize to the people of Ward 1 for engaging in back-room deals when he should have been out addressing real issues in the community. This is not the Jim Graham we used to know.

Nadeau has already announced her candidacy against Graham in the 2014 Democratic primary for the Ward 1 Council seat. She is a former ANC 1B commissioner.

The council will take up the measure of reassigning the ABC Board responsibilities at a special meeting on Monday. Coincidentally, that same day, Graham will hold a public roundtable on rule making that will impact enforcement of alcohol sale to minors. The rule making would require and provide legal consequences for the failure of bars to check IDs of people who come in.

Graham first convened this public roundtable on January 24 and recessed it to provide additional time for testimony. The question for the day will not be the outcome of the roundtable discussion. The question is: Will this be Graham’s last ABC Board oversight meeting?

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments

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1920dc was temporarily closed after Saturday morning’s homicide in front of the venue on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier temporarily shut down 1920dc, a hip hop bar 1920 9th Street NW, following a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning. The shutdown went into effect late Saturday and lasts for 96 hours.

Derek Spicer, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder while armed in the death of Joseph Hardin, 30 (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street Homicide). There are conflicting reports as to the events leading up to the shooting death of Hardin.

A manager of 1920dc told The Washington Post that Hardin had been in an argument in the bar earlier in the night but had left the premises. The manager said he went outside and saw a verbal dispute with Hardin and three other men. A gunman, who the manager claims had not been in the bar that evening, approached Hardin from across the street and shot him multiple times.

However, according to a report from ABC 7, both Hardin and Spicer had been in the bar and began arguing inside the premises before leaving. Based on that report, the shooting occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after both men left the bar.

According to a police report, an officer responding to the shooting saw Spicer running towards him wearing a mask. He was apprehended after dropping a handgun on the street.

Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge, Tabaq Bistro, Indulj and Tap & Parlour after violent incidents. All these establishments later reopened after hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 6:00 am 1 Comment

"Love"

One Love is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, One Love is by ekelly80. The photo was taken on February 14. The One Love sign was advertising a party in the neighborhood, and was taken at 17th and R Streets NW.

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 February 23, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0

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

"homicide"

Looking south on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (File photo, Luis Gomez Photos)

The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest in a homicide in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW early Saturday morning (Man Shot, Killed Early Saturday, 1900 Block of 9th Street NW).

MPD patrol officers located the suspect nearby and arrested 24 year old Cedric Spicer of Northwest DC. Spicer is charged with first degree murder while armed. It is not clear if police are searching for additional suspects as the initial crime alert about the incident mentioned two armed suspects.

The victim, 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria, was shot multiple times in the head just after 1 am.

When DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene, Hardin was unconscious and not breathing and he was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where he was pronounced dead.

According to some reports, the shooting occurred at 1920 9th Street NW, outside of hip hop bar 1920 DC. The investigation by MPD continues.

Homicides are rare in the Borderstan area. This was the first in 2013 and just one official homicide occurred in all of 2012 (DC Records Lowest Number of Homicides Since 1961).

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 February 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm 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.”

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.

Simon Vintage: “We offer Vintage Furnishings, Housewares, Toys and other Artifacts. Our cozy used furniture shop packs in a wide range from Art Deco Furniture to Mid Century Modern Furniture as well as lightly Used Contemporary Furniture.” At 1911 9th Street NW, just south of U Street.

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.

Patrick Mara 2013: “Politics as usual in DC is not working. I will help to break up the culture of cronyism that permeates the DC Council. I am your ethical and fiscal watchdog who champions education reform that puts our children first. I have been fighting for budget autonomy along with voting rights on the Hill for several years. I am asking for your support in the special election for DC Council on April 23.”

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.

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.

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

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Reality. Only better. Try our new Mobile App.”

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2013 at 9:05 am 4 Comments

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was shot in the head and died around 1:16 am Saturday, February 23, on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, according to DC Police. The lookout is for two men wearing ski masks and armed with guns.

The man was killed just south of U Street NW. DC Police confirmed the man’s death this morning; more details are expected today. Homicides are rare in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

The DC Police Alert: “SHOOTING 0116 HOURS 1900 BLOCK 9TH STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR (2) B/M’S, WEARING MASKS, AND DARK CLOTHING, BOTH ARMED WITH HANDGUNS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130083484, Sent on: 02/23 01:23”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “3D Shooting //1900 blk 9th St NW //Adult male shot in the head unconscious not breathing /LOF (2) B/M’s wearing mask armed w guns /6559”

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 February 23, 2013 at 8:42 am 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a gun robbery at 12th and U Streets NW around 4 am Saturday, February 23. The lookout is for one man wearing a gray hoody and green hat.

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Gun //12th & U St NW //LOF B/M, wearing a gray hoody, & a green hat //6559”

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 February 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

From Mary Burgan. Email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.

moviefanLast year when I made my predictions about the 2012 Academy Award winners, I was very cranky about the prospect that some really mediocre films would walk away with gold statuettes. I’m in a much better mood now because I think that most of the films I’ve seen in the past several months have been wonderful.

But I will be cranky about “the past several months” part of that statement.

I hate the fact that Hollywood holds back its Oscar contenders until the season after Thanksgiving in order to — what? Keep them fresh in voters’ memories? Cash in on holiday movie-going? Get publicity enough to make people pay the outrageous prices to see them? Thus, we have to wait all year for the really good films, and then consume such a surfeit of them that we can’t sort them out fairly.

Is it Jennifer Lawrence who’s in Zero Dark Thirty or Jessica Chastain? Or Amy Adams? I wish the movers and shakers out there would let us see a few good films before November.

Best Picture

This year, though, my Oscar choices are almost as difficult as my predictions are iffy. I am clear that the Best Picture award should go to The Life of Pi. My second, sentimental choice would be Beasts of the Southern Wild. The award will probably go to Lincoln, and that wouldn’t be a terrible choice, whereas Django Unchained might make me think about jumping off the 14th Street Bridge.

I wouldn’t be tempted to jump, by the way, if any of the others got the prize. They are all exceptionally fine films, though for very different reasons.

Best Actor

For Best Actor, I must go with the front-runner, Daniel Day-Lewis, for his portrayal of Lincoln. Nevertheless, I get a sense of real genius working in Joachim Phoenix in The Master. Day-Lewis does everything right, but Phoenix seems to cast all calculation aside in acting the role of the drifter Freddie Quell. He gives off the aura of a strange, unsettled and unsettling personality. Again, the other nominees in this category would be sure winners in a weaker season.

Best Actress

For Best Actress, the Academy will probably go for Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, though more serious connaisseuses would give the Award to Emannuel Riva, who plays the dying piano teacher in Amour. I think I’ll have to side with the connaisseuses: The dignity that Riva gives to the agony of dying in that film is unforgettable. For the sheer joy of living, though, I’d vote for Quvenzhané Wallis’ Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Best Supporting Actress

My absolute top choice for Best Actress would have been Helen Hunt for her portrayal of a sex therapist in The Sessions. But then Hunt never got nominated in that category and was relegated, instead, to the Supporting Actress category — a real mistake in my estimation.

I don’t resent the fact that the Oscar will go to Ann Hathaway. She showed her acting chops in Rachel Getting Married (2010) and, besides, I wept buckets during her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in Les Mis. Sally Field does a fine, controlled piece of acting in Lincoln, and she could possibly win because musicals are not as respected as historical epics.

Best Supporting Actor

As for the Supporting Actor race, I have to make one pick and confess confusion and indifference for the rest. My choice would be Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln. He manages to create passion from underneath a preposterous wig, though one that seems true to the photographed appearance of the historical Thaddeus Stevens.

Best Director

And finally, there is the prestigious Oscar for Best Director. It’s clear that I favor Ang Lee, especially if The Life of Pi does not win the nod for Best Picture. The award will probably go to Spielberg for Lincoln, though; I think he’s the favorite this year. I would give the Directing award to Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild and let a new kid win one of the big ones for a change!

But I am content. There are too many good choices to quibble about the winners in 2013. (Except Quentin Tarantino, of course.)

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (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.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan February 22, 23 and 24.

Friday, February 22

  • Straight Up Go-Go featuring a performance by Rare Essence: Things might be dicy when it comes to the fate of the Lincoln’s management, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show at the historic theatre. On Friday night, learn about the history of go-go through a comprehensive video that traces the history and influences of the go-go sound. Tickets are $15, the show starts at 8 pm. For more information, visit the website.
  • Who in the Whatnow?: Catch a variety show at 9th & Beats on Friday, February 22. The evening will be a combination of standup, sketch, improv, gameshow and “generally foolish elements.” Tickets are $10, the show starts at 8 pm. For more information, visit the website.
  • American Sign Language Open Mic at Busboys and Poets: Busboys and Poets at 14th and V streets NW will host American Sign Language users and viewers for a night of poetry, jokes and short skits. There is a $5 cover. The event starts at 11 pm.

Saturday, February 23

  • Open House at Garrison Elementary: Garrison’s last open house for the lottery season is Saturday, February 23 at 9 am. The program will last about an hour and will include a Q&A session with the school’s leaders and educators. For more information, visit Garrison’s Facebook page.
  • Psychedelic and Brazilian Funk at Tropicalia: The early show is still guaranteed to bring in the noise. The show starts at 8 pm and includes a Brazilian percussion and vocal group. For more information, visit the website.
  • The Prince and Michael Jackson Experience: Imagine if Prince and Michael Jackson were to throw a dance party. That’s what’s pretty much going to happen on Friday evening at the Howard Theatre. The dance party tribute will start at 11 pm. Tickets at the door are $15. For more information, visit the event’s webpage.

Sunday, February 24

  • Grab some brunch: Get your friends and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite places the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
  • Wandering Minds at Cause:  UDC Law Professor and author of “Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action” Andrew Guthrie Ferguson will lead an interactive discussion titled, “Are We A Country of Half-Assed Citizens?: A Discussion on Civic Engagement in America” at Cause Philanthropub. The event will take place from 3-5 pm; tickets are $9 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, visit the event’s website

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

"Fashion"

Dafna’s Fashion Friday, Santa Fe Edition. (Dafna Steinberg)

From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.

Howdy Borderstanis! I’m writing from the land of enchantment: New Mexico! Santa Fe, to be precise. Which seemed like a perfect reason to write about trend that just won’t quit and is really big for spring: Western wear.

Don’t worry. I’m not suggesting you start dressing like Roy Rogers and riding a horse named Trigger to work. Nor am I saying you should start going to line dance country bars (unless that’s already your thing). However, some elements of western fashion are very easy to incorporate into every day life and will give a little extra flair to your daily wardrobe choices. Here’s a list of a few items you can try out.

Bandanas

These make a great and easy introduction to rocking a western look.  Tie one around your neck or get creative! (I’ll  make a bracelet out of one or tie one around my calf) There are tons out there with great patterns aside from the standard paisley print. My recommendation, however, is go for ones made in the USA. Preferably vintage. The ones from China just aren’t the same.

Cowboy boots

Honestly, I’m a believer everyone should have at least one pair. I know I have two and would be more than happy to up that count. Cowboy boots are quite possibly one of the most comfortable kinds of shoes and most people I know who own a pair literally live in them. Some good brands to look into: Frye, Tony Lama and Wolverine.

Cowboy shirts

Great for men and women, these pearl snap button shirts are comfortable and flattering. They are cut a bit slim, which gives them a better fit to the body. They also come in a variety of styles: Plaid ones are great for casual, solid colors can be work appropriate. For women, dress one up with a cute skirt to the office or dress it down with a pair of reliable jeans. Men can wear one with a blazer (tie is optional as it would cover up the pretty buttons) or roll up the sleeves for a more casual look.

Bolo Ties

For the very daring, a bolo tie will dress up any outfit. Typically worn instead of a tie, they can make great necklaces on women who wear them loosely. Guys, rock them with a collared shirt for a different take on the regular “suit and tie” look.

I’m not going to discuss the contentious topic of “Navajo” print, even though it has come back into style a lot in the past few years (and I have a picture of it above). Here’s some info as to why it’s such a hot button fashion issue, and you can decide how you feel about wearing it.

For local shops that sell western style clothes, Federal has some great men’s wear, including great denim and lots of Pendleton. Ladies can find some western inspired pieces over at Redeem where guys can also find some great boots (not necessarily cowboy, but they do have Wolverines). Also in Redeem, check out Mutiny which has some great western products. Vintage lovers can shop at Dr. K’s, Blues Hard Goods, Ginger Root and Junction.

by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT]borderstan.com. Follow her on Twitter @aparnakris.

Awww shucks. Let's just have fun. Borderstan oyster happy hours. (Aparna

Awww shucks. Let’s just have fun at Borderstan oyster happy hours. (Aparna Krishnamoorthy)

Oysters have always been an elegant, complex, luxury treat in my book. But then again, there are some times when I just want to gorge on these beauties along with a few glasses of wine, and not have to sell a kidney to pay the resulting tab.

If you want to enjoy oysters at a reasonable price alongside a glass of wine or a cocktail, Happy Hour is clearly the way to go. Here are some reliable bets in Borderstan to enjoy these briny bivalves:

  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace: This popular 14th Street haunt needs no introduction. Its Happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 pm, includes two-for-one local oysters along with drink specials. Definitely shuck it out for a gluttonous, great time.
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar: A visit to Hank’s is a must for anyone who wants a good oyster deal. The happy hour is offered daily from 5 to 7 pm and late night from 10 pm to midnight, both of which are ideal times to take advantage of a good oyster special. Great atmosphere, $1 oysters at the bar, friendly service — Hank’s knows the way to my heart. It fills up pretty quickly most evenings, so get there early!
  • Urbana: I recently discovered the Happy Hour at this subterranean wine bar. $1 oysters and $8 pizzas, along with $5 sparkling, reds and whites make this a great deal. $1 oysters are even more delightful when accompanied by the bar’s oyster-friendly happy hour list of wine, beer and cocktails. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 pm daily. Urbana recently started a monthly oyster and beer happy hour on the first Friday of each month: $6 for six oysters and a pint of Port City beer. There is really nothing to think about here.
  • Black Jack: Okay, its happy hour is literally an hour each day Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 7 pm, which is a bit sad, but that just means more oysters crammed in less time, right? Black Jack has two-for-one oysters just like Pearl Dive, but here’s the best part: They have an all-day Happy Hour on Sundays from 3 pm to close. Stumble in after a bottomless brunch to continue Sunday Funday activities.
  • Tabaq: Did you know Tabaq has $1 oyster specials everyday from 5 to 7 pm and again from 10 pm to midnight along with Happy Hour cocktails? I did not, and hence I have not been to this one yet. If you have, what did you think?
  • Tel’veh: I know, this is not technically in Borderstan, but with $1 oysters and over 48 wines by the glass to choose from, this lesser known cousin of Agora a few blocks from Chinatown makes it completely worthwhile to step (not too far) out of Borderstan. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 4.30 to 7:30 pm.

So there you go, tame that oyster craving and quench that thirst without a huge dent in your wallet. Tell me in the comments if I missed your favorite!

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com

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ANC 2F discusses the proposed liquor moratorium on Wednesday night. (David McAuley)

In two separate public meetings Wednesday night, February 20, the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Committees of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) 2F and 1B discussed next steps on the proposed U Street liquor license moratorium. ANC 2F covers the Logan Circle area while ANC 1B includes a large bulk of the U Street area.

The area of the proposed moratorium would fall in both districts, as well as neighboring districts 2B and 6E.

At the ANC 2F meeting, ABRA Committee Member Christopher Dyer proposed and later withdrew a motion opposing the liquor license moratorium. In between the proposal and the withdrawal, committee members discussed various issues surrounding the moratorium and listened to opinions from members of the public.

Some committee members expressed opposition to the moratorium; others said that they wanted more public input first. ABRA Committee Member Kate Gordon said that she was against Dyer’s motion “because I want to hear what people have to say.”

Committee Member Matt Raymond (also Commissioner for ANC2 F-07 and chair of ANC 2F) noted that a joint meeting of all effected ANCs, which had been first proposed by ANC2F, was tentatively scheduled for March 20. The committee hoped that “maybe” there would be an opportunity to meet again after the proposed joint ANC meeting in March, at which time the committee could discuss and vote on a recommendation to the ANC as a whole.

Raymond also told the committee that Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance President Joan E. Sterling had to decline an invitation to speak at the ANC 2F committee, due to the conflicting ANC 1B meeting. When the floor was opened to comments, one other member of the public, a resident of ANC 6E, spoke in favor of the moratorium. A representative of the Logan Circle Community Association spoke against it.

At the same time, reports on Twitter indicated that ANC1B’s ABRA Committee was hearing testimony on the moratorium. ANC 2B Commissioner Kevin O’Connor tweeted from the meeting that a representative of the DC government did a “good presentation” about moratorium process and procedure.

Later, O’Connor tweeted that the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance presented their petition to the committee. However, no action or vote was taken by ANC1B’s ABRA Committee. O’Connor described the meeting as “a listening session.”

O’Connor is also the chairman of the ABRA Committee for neighboring ANC 2B.

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

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

"Doi Moi"

Doi Moi will be at 1800 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week, Washingtonian‘s Todd Kliman gave readers an in-depth look at a new Southeast Asian restaurant planned for 14th Street NW.

And while we think you should definitely go read all of the details in the original article, we thought we’d give you the breakdown of Kilman’s piece, so you have an idea of what to expect.

The Breakdown

  • The Name: Doi Moi.
  • The Location: 1800 14th Street NW (at S Street NW).
  • The Boss: Mark Kuller, the mastermind behind Proof and Estadio.
  • The Food: Dishes and flavors from Vietnam and Thailand.
  • The Plans: Scheduled to open early summer. The location will expand to two buildings, one of which is the old Whitman-Walker clinic. Griz Dwight of Grizform Design is designing the space.
  • The Details: The restaurant is inspired by Kuller’s eating tour of Southeast Asia. He is partnering with chef Haidar Karoum for the new venture.

Stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information. 

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"Electric"

Electric Hula is by DoctorJ.Bass from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Electric Hula is by DoctorJ.bass. The photo was taken on February 8. “Throwing light from the waist during Mardi Gras festivities at The Black Cat.”

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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