Summer is here and the temperatures have risen. Make sure you wear a hat and some skin protection as you head out this Saturday to the 14 & U Farmers Market. We are told that the list of summer produce is extensive:
- Sugar Snap Peas, Sweet Garden Peas, just dug baby Yukon Gold potatoes, Leeks, baby zucchini with their flowers, sweet Candy Onions, Spring Onions, Green Garlic and Shallot scopes, Spinach, Broccoli rabe, Green Kale, Toscano Kale, Redbore Kale, Baby Beets, Turnips, Sweet Hakurei Salad Turnips,
- The Northern Neck strawberries are slowing down but the Pennsylvania berries are taking their place — look for Sweet Charlies, Earliglows, Ovations and Chandlers. Asparagus too.And don’t forget the rhubarb
- Strawberry rhubarb, chocolate pecan pies, chard with roasted garlic and goat cheese quiche are at Whisked. Panorama has a double-decker table of Damien’s Breton and Parisian pastries and breads.
- Peonies, poppies, hanging baskets, hundreds of potted herbs and vegetables and summer flowers.
- Grillers: tons of steak at Pecan Meadow and lots of cuts of pork like Porterhouse and the Porcine version of New York Strip. (Ask Truck Patch). Sausages at both. Lamb, goat, rabbit, duck, Eggs from chickens, ducks and geese.
Market hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Saturdays only.
So there you have it. Enjoy the market and try to keep cool during this weekend.
From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
Congratulations! You made it through one of the longest short weeks of the year. Reward yourself with booze on wheels, free museums, and fried chicken.
Friday, May 31
- You haven’t lived until you’ve sipped champagne out of a trailer. Veuve Clicquot’s airstream will help you cross this off your bucket list tonight when it’s parked outside the W Hotel (515 15th Street NW) from 5 to 10 pm.
- It’s going to be HOT so if you prefer to stay inside tonight, I won’t blame you. Just make sure you have some delicious beverages on hand. The Post has a good run-down of not-so-difficult to make cocktail recipes from local bars in case you want to give Sam Adams the night off.
Saturday, June 1
- Score free admission to Dupont and Kalorama’s best museums and hidden gems, including the Phillips Gallery, Dumbarton House, Heurich House and the Textile Museum, from 10 am to 4 pm today (and 1 to 5 pm Sunday) during the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend.
- Get all the bikes, beer, and bands you can handle at The Yards Park (355 Water Street SE), which plays host to New Belgium brewing company’s traveling Tour de Fat from 11 am to 5 pm.
Sunday, June 2
- Dupont’s GBD (1325 Connecticut Avenue NW) has been satiating the masses with their donuts and fried chicken for the past few months, and now they’re winning the brunch scene with their newly launched menu, featuring breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, bottomless mimosas and rotating brunch punches.
- Eat dogs and help dogs at Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW), which is hosting a special hot dog BBQ today from 3 to 8 pm benefiting City Dogs rescue.
‘Tis the season for cookouts. And if you’re looking to bring something other than potato salad — while still trying to stick with the classics — you must try this recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookies. They’re sweet, they’re gooey… and best of all, they’re salty.
So the next time you get invited to a barbecue or the beach, fill your cooler with a batch of these (and a beer of choice, of course).
Rachel’s Summer Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 2 sticks butter
- ¾ cup of granulated sugar
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 bag of bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks of good chocolate, broken into small pieces
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter completely.
- Mix the brown sugar and the granulated sugar in with the butter and stir for a minute until chunks are dissolved.
- Then (once cool, please do not add to hot butter), add in the eggs and vanilla and continue to stir. Set aside.
- In a separate dish, combine the flour, the baking soda, the sea salt and mix.
- Add the chocolate chips and coat them with the dry ingredients (this helps to keep them from completely melting in the baking process). Then, combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
- Spoon the dough out onto a baking sheet and bake the cookies at 375 for 10-12 minutes (just keep an eye on them and test frequently).
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy.
- DC regulatory committee will recommend proposed food truck regulations be rejected. (DCist)
- Screen on the Green starts July 22. Come see E.T., Willy Wonka, and Tootsie. (The Washington Post)
- Cute overload. National Zoo’s newborn fishing cat is weighed in a tiny cup. (DCist)
- Sequestration? What sequestration? Despite cuts, DC area adds nearly 40,000 jobs. (WAMU)
- Population in the DC area continues to rise, but Metro ridership continues to fall. (Examiner)
- Fifty new restaurants and counting are opening in the District this spring. (Eater)
- Washington DC is better than NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago… in PCP arrests. (Washington Times)
- Well, it was good while it lasted. Wall Street Journal spells doom for LivingSocial. (InTheCapital)
- Home values in the District have tripled in the past 20 years. (BizJournal)
- NoMa is slated to receive a $50 million grant to create and update parks. (CityPaper)
- Robert Griffin III just bought a house in Loudoun County. It’s bigger than your house. (UrbanTurf)
- Housing booms around the country, but will there be a bust? (Gawker)
- Who didn’t see this coming? The Grumpy Cat movie is in the works. (CNN)
- The definitive guide to cities and their corresponding hot dogs. (ShortList)
- I admit it. I watch the Bachelorette. Here’s how to bet on the show. (BuzzFeed)
- RG3 plays DJ during the Redskin’s OTA sessions. Pumps Notorious B.I.G. and Outkast. (The Washington Post)
- Ryan Zimmerman hits three homeruns in one game, but the Nats fall to the Orioles. (Washington Times)
- I’m always happy to see Tyler Hansbrough get pushed to the ground. Birdman, Birdman. (USAToday)
- This is what happens when a brother and sister are caught on the Kiss-Cam. (DailyMail)
- Foul balls. (DCist)
Random Picks of the Week
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
It wouldn’t be Capital Pride Week without the Third Annual Stonewall Kickball DragBall. That’s right, it’s time for a matchup between “Stonewall kickball players in drag and DCs loveliest Queens in kickball uniforms.”
The game takes place this Sunday, June 2, from 3 to 6 pm at Stead Park (1625 P Street NW). Come cheer on your favorite team and players as they run the bases as fast as they can in their heels.
If that bit of entertainment isn’t enough to bring you out, know that the games are being staged to support and raise money for the DC Center and Capital Pride. Organizers are asking for $5 donations, which include entry, a raffle ticket, and access to the after party at Cobalt.
Click to see photos of last year’s tournament from Borderstan photographer Luis Gomez.
For more information or to RSVP, check out the Kickball DragBall Facebook page.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Depending on where you come from, weekend mornings are often all about going to brunch or going to church. Whether it’s locational or cultural, we each have our particular and fond memories of how those mornings played out.
Well now, one of our newest favorite institutions here in DC, Union Market, has found a way to blend the two (sort of). Starting this Saturday, Union Market will begin hosting a Gospel Brunch on the first Saturday of every month at 12:30 pm.
Some of the vendors that will be offering brunch include Buffalo & Bergen, Peregrine Espresso, Neopol’s Smokery and Border Springs Farm. The gospel choir comes from the Israel Baptist Church, an even older institution that has been a part of the community for over 20 years. This Saturday, June 1, the Youth Choir from the church will be putting on a performance for those in attendance.
A Refresher on Union Market
Union Market first opened back in September 2012 and is located in northeast DC, on Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Street. It is in operation five days a week (Wednesday through Sunday) and is home to artisans and vendors selling things from espresso and soup to oysters, cheese, spices and much more. Union Market is even one of the main reasons that DC was listed by the New York Times as one of the 46 places around the world that are worth visiting in 2013.
The addition of the Gospel Brunch is just one more reason that Union Market, and DC as a whole, has become a more exciting place to be. So come this weekend, you’ll no longer need to feel torn between whether you should go for that great brunch or head to church to hear the choir — it’s now all been put together for you.
DC MEETMarket is on this weekend, Saturday, June 1 . They will have more than 40 local vendors at the corner of P and 15th Streets NW in the Saint Luke Episcopal Church parking lot.
DC MEETMarket is a monthly outdoor market located in the heart of Logan Circle. Held on the first Saturday of every month from April to December.
Come out this Saturday from 11 to 5 pm. Enjoy the market and buy local.
Looking for advice on how to accomplish your goals and make changes in 2013? Email Chelsea at askchelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
I am trying to make business attire work for me. There are so many different opinions about what acceptable professional business attire is though. What makes sense for the modern young women? I know it can depend on your industry to an extent… But some basic guidelines would be nice — specifically for us women that do not like to wear pants everyday! I am tired of being told ‘a woman’s clothes shouldn’t be memorable! I want to wear dresses and skirts that I feel like myself in. Any advice?
Dress Me for Success
Dear Dress Me for Success,
This definitely depends on your industry, and to a great extent, the city you live or work in. Business attire can definitely vary greatly across the board, especially considering the age group you work with, too. Since I wear a nose ring and pretty much start Casual Friday on Thursdays, I completely sympathize with the desire for comfort and individuality.
However, certain wardrobe staples must populate your closet for those moments that require a degree of professionalism, and particularly if you seek to impress a client or your boss. A neutral colored pencil skirt suit with tan hose for the summer can suffice, which I personally pair with a tan pointed heel for some femininity. Flats, generally, are acceptable too so long as they are not scuffed or wildly patterned (patent leather works well). A white blouse or perhaps something with vertical stripes on top — clean and classic is what you’re going for, the point being that your attire should not distract from your ideas or work.
Once you get a sense of who you’re working with, you can see how much you can play with this basic start. Perhaps in the right context, a more exotic blouse or some playful jewelry, or various pops of color (which seems to be the trend these days, but I’m no fashion expert). You will have an idea of what you can get away with and mix into your outfits after you have established yourself better among your colleagues and clients.
That being said, don’t ever show off too much leg or cleavage. When in doubt, don’t wear it.
Same goes for you too, boys: buy a suit that fits. Go to a tailor and get fitted for a suit. There is nothing worse than a man in a suit that does not fit him. Trust me.
Anyone out there have any other advice or suggestions? DC gets a lot of flak for dressing poorly–let’s prove them wrong?
Note to readers: Under DC Law, Chelsea Rinnig is not licensed to practice, and does not represent that she practices: psychiatry, psychology, social work or professional counseling of any kind. This column is written for entertainment purposes only.
DC Police reported a robbery with force and violence at 7:35 pm, Thursday, May 30, on the 2200 block of 11th Street NW; the block runs from W Street to Florida Avenue NW. The lookout is for four men; details are below.
From the Police Alert: “Rob F&V//1935 hrs//2200 block of 11th St, NW//4 B/F// (1) Susp was wearing a yellow shirt, no further info for add’l susp. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130261382, Sent on: 05/30 20:17.”
From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Confirmed Robbery Force&Violence//1935 hs.//2200 block of 11th St, NW//4 B/F (1) Suspect-wearing yearing yellow shirt, no further L/O.6173.”
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.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
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.
Check the listings below for full details on performances at six neighborhood theaters.
Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW
- Friday, May 31: Devorah Bond & Navasha Daya
- Friday, May 31: TempTation Presents: Jockz vs Nerdz
- Saturday, June 1: Artie Lange
- Sunday, June 2: Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir
- Check the calendar for more shows.
Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW
- “The Full Monty” runs through June 8. The Americanized musical stage version of the 1997 British film, “The Full Monty” boasts a book by Terrence McNally and a score by David Yazbeck and was nominated for nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, when it shimmied its way onto Broadway in 2000. Relocated to Buffalo, New York, “The Full Monty” follows group of unemployed steelworkers who are desperately seeking employment and a paycheck to support their families – until they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties, they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. Keegan bares all when this Broadway smash takes the Church Street Stage. (Keegan Theatre)
Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW
- View the schedule and purchase tickets online.
Source at 1835 14th Street NW
- Harold Night! every Tuesday night at 10 pm.
Spooky Action Theater at 1810 16th Street NW
- No events listed.
Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW
- The Real Thing opened May 22. “Full of wit and heart, ‘The Real Thing’ explores the tensions between marriage and writing, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity, high art and pop culture.” (Studio Theater)
- Baby Universe opens June 26.
Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW
- “The Hampton Years” runs through June 30. “It explores the development of great African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry of African American luminaries like Elizabeth Catlett reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African American students.” (Theater J)
With the advent of the iPhone, it’s hard arguing the art of photography hasn’t been lost to an impulsive urge to snap a pick and instagram.
Coming June 19 gallery plan b is exhibiting a slew of talented photographers — yes, their work still exists beyond our palm-sized screens — in the collaborative show, “Photography: Process and Perspective.”
The show features both national and local photographers who use a variety of techniques — printing on aluminum, abstract imagery and archival digital photography to name a few–in conveying their personal world view through the lens.
Amongst this talented bunch is photographer and New York University Professor Donna Cameron, who holds a U.S. Patent for her specialized cinematic paper emulsion process (CPE) and who’s work is in the permanent collection at the MOMA in New York City. Her pieces exude colorful texture and pattern while being deceptively flat to the touch (many are printed on aluminum, after all) and each one holds a narrative not easily recognized in a single passing view.
Kermit Berg, Charlie Gaynor, Marc Sirinsky and David Young are also exhibiting, all of whom are recognized for their unique contributions to the photographic world. Charlie Gaynor, a DC-native, is part realtor, part photographer who combines his two passions in creating images that largely abstract his subject and give the homes new life. David Young is a product of Birmingham, Alabama but a country boy at heart. He began photographing in 2005 as a means to stay outside, and his work reflects the passion and respect he has for the environment.
All five of these photographers’ works will be on display starting June 19 at gallery plan b on 14 Street. There will be an opening reception June 20 from 6 to 8pm and the show will run until July 21.
Bringing the Art in DC to you. – Shira Karsen
From Jane Alonso. Her passion for food and spirits leads her on frequent excursions into Borderstan’s land of bars and restaurants. Email her at jane[AT]borderstan.com
Memorial Day weekend officially marks the beginning of the season of backyard BBQs and rooftop dining, for those of us who live in city high rises. I have to admit I look forward to these events as an excuse to chow on foods that don’t make my usual daily menu. Juicy grilled hot dogs, sweet corn on the cob and tangy coleslaw are at the top of my summer feasting list.
But for those times I want to go a bit healthier (or just want to avoid getting in line at the grill), I make dishes in my kitchen and carry them to my roof. Below are several recipes I turn to for easy al fresco dining. Measurements and serving temperatures are forgiving, so you don’t have to worry about keeping the dish hot or cold on its way to your chosen location.
Sweet Ginger Salmon
Combine in a bowl:
- About ½ cup jam/preserves
- 1½ tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1½ teaspoons grated (or chopped) ginger
- About 1 clove of garlic, minced
- ½ tablespoon of low-sodium soy sauce
Amounts are approximate. You don’t have to follow these measurements exactly — it will come out well in just about any combination.
Mix well and pour over the salmon — bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
Carrot Ginger Soup
- 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 1 pound of carrots, chopped
- 1 medium sized onion, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 medium sized potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 box (about 4 cups) of chicken broth or stock
- 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, diced
- ½ teaspoon of white sugar (or 1 tablespoon of maple syrup)
- ½ teaspoon of ground cloves (can also use ground cinnamon or ground allspice)
- ground pepper
- sea salt
- 1 cup of orange juice
- In your soup pot, heat the oil, and add the onion. Saute until translucent, then add the celery and carrots. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, mix well.
- This is the flavoring base of the soup — let the mix “sweat” on low-medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add the ground cloves and ginger and cook for another minute or so.
- Add the chicken broth/stock, bring to a boil. Add potatoes. Add a bit more salt (to taste — be careful not to over salt). Turn down the heat and simmer (covered) for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then puree soup in batches in a blender or food processor (be careful about blending hot foods — it can cause an explosion in your blender! You can also use a hand blender and blend right in the pot).
- After soup is pureed, slowly swirl in orange juice with a spoon until flavors are mixed.
- Serve hot or cold.
- One tip — the soup tastes better if you let the flavors meld overnight. So make a batch ahead of time and keep on hand for your next dinner party.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
Don’t worry — this new development project isn’t taking place on 14th Street. In fact, it’s on the southeast side of Borderstan. This new project, being developed by Douglas Development, will be going up at 1000 F Street NW, at the corner of 10th Street NW.
Douglas Development just announced on May 21 that it had partnered with CBRE for the handling of the real estate that will include offices and retail space. Describing some of the building’s features, Douglas Development Principle, Douglas Jemal, said, “It will have top of the line amenities, including large terraces, high ceilings, a green roof, and a restored historic structure.”
Mixing Old with New
The new building at 1000 F Street will be 11 stories tall, take up approximately 93,000 square feet, and have 7,000 square feet for retail space on the ground floor. There will also be two floors of below grade parking, so with any luck, this new location won’t put too much of a burden on the parking scene. There will also be a terracotta façade and outdoor terraces.
All of this will be happening while the project also incorporates a two-story designated historic structure. Restoration is planned for those facades while the interior will be renovated and integrated.
Construction on this new building is expected to begin in late 2013.
From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
As of last night, Capital Pride Week is officially underway in DC. The opening events on Wednesday included the 2nd Annual Jewish Pride Happy Hour and the Heroes Gala, an annual event honoring those that have “helped to enrich the community and reflect the values and mission of Capital Pride.”
But don’t worry in case you missed out on these events. From now through June 9, there will be plenty of parties, town hall meetings, games and much more. And that’s all before the big events of the Pride Parade on the 8th and the Closing Party on the 9th. Open to any and all, for those within the LGBT community and/or those that support the LGBT community, Capital Pride Week is a great way to connect with your neighbors and neighborhood.
A Brief History of Pride Week
Capital Pride Week has existed in DC in one form or another for the past 38 years. In 1975, Deacon Maccubbin organized the first event, which was essentially a one-day block party and was held on 20th Street. Since then, the event has steadily grown to the point where instead of being organized by one individual, it’s now run by Capital Pride Alliance, Inc. Instead of being contained to one day and one city block, Pride Week now stretches close to two weeks with events taking place all around DC.
Volunteer or Stay Informed
If you enjoy celebrating and want to get more hands-on with making sure everything goes according to plan at Pride Week, it’s not too late to volunteer. Just head over to the registration page and become one of the many people that make this annual event run so smoothly.