by Borderstan.com March 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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


Boqueria celebrates its first anniversary. (Kim Vu)

Boqueria (1837 M Street NW) is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week and the tapas restaurant is offering specials for its patrons.

Happy hour doesn’t have to end at 7 pm. On Wednesday, March 13, Boqueria will offer an all night happy hour from 3 pm until close. The happy hour includes $4 draft beer, $5 sangria and $6 cava, plus a selection of tapas dishes ranging from $4-$6.

On Sunday, March 17, Boqueria will offer a four-course dinner featuring wines from Perez Pascuas Viña Pedrosa. The dinner will kick-off with a tapas reception.

The menu includes roasted chicken croquettes with piquillo allioli, roasted wild mushrooms with garlic thyme, grilled squid, Chorizo Palacios, crispy artichokes and black pepper crusted pork, spring onions and hazelnut romesco.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling 202-558-9545 or emailing events[AT]boqueriadc.com.

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by Borderstan.com January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am 0


What’s in store for the Weekend Warrior? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different (yet, anyway). But I think 2013 is going to bring the awesome. The signs are all around. So let’s resolve to be even more warrior-like (warrior-ier?) in the New Year, and get to what we’re all here for: this weekend’s happenings.


Tonight at DC9, Monument Music & Arts is hosting an evening of music to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary featuring local headliner Justin Jones. Tickets for the 9 pm show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut PTA, which is helping to coordinate donations for the Newtown community. If you feel like gettin’ crafty for a good cause, organizers are also encouraging folks to make paper snowflakes, which they will collect at the show and ship to Newtown where they will be used to decorate the new school when students resume classes in mid-January.


Was one of your resolutions to have more 98° in your life in 2013? If so, I’m a bit concerned for you, but the 9:30 Club has got you covered tonight with its Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Boy Bands dance party. Things kick off at 8 pm and tickets are $15.


Get inspired by painting at the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which is in its final weeks, then get frustrated by painting and transition to drinking at Fun+Art+Wine’s class Inspired Pairings: Henri Matisse & Viognier.” The workshop, which is held at their studio in Penn Quarter (RSVP to get location details) runs from 2 to 4 pm and costs $85, which includes painting instruction, supplies to make your own masterpiece, and most importantly, lots of wine and snacks.


Resolve to expand your foodie horizons in 2013 and check out one of my favorite after-work spots Boqueria in Dupont Circle, which also serves a killer brunch. The menu features both authentic Spanish dishes like Tortilla Española and twists on American brunch standbys like eggs benedict, which they serve with either Serrano ham, Piquillo peppers or smoked Scottish salmon (all of which are preferable to Canadian bacon, which should be outlawed). And, best of all, they offer a $35 all you can eat and drink option, if you’re into that kind of thing (you are).

Monday Bonus: Pig Party!

If there’s one thing I like better than puns, it’s pork products. Borderstan’s very own house of hog The Pig offers both with its Oinkupy DC beer dinner tonight, which they’re hosting with Flying Dog brewery. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7 pm, are $70 without tax and tip, but that’s a small price to pay for a five-course meal with beer pairings (dishes include beer soup and pig head mole) and the chance to be among the first to try Flying Dog’s limited edition Chipotle Dark Ale.

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by Borderstan.com May 8, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,947 1 Comment

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Boqueria is a New York transplant in Dupont Circle. (Kim Vu)

From Kim Vu. He also has his own food blog, DC Wrapped Dates. Follow him at@dcwrappeddates or email him at kim[AT]borderstan.com.

Featured image by Kim Vu.

Want good tapas but not willing to wait through the crowds at 14th Street’s Estadio or the newly remodeled Jaleo? We dropped in to the not-even-two-months-old Boqueria to check out this viable alternative. (They’re at 1837 M Street NW.)

Like Carmine’s, Serendipity, and Shake Shack before it, Boqueria is a New York City import, based on two successful restaurants of the same name in SoHo and Flatiron. Located in the old Penang space above Chipotle on M Street, it is decidedly very… well, New York.

Where Boqueria’s tapas contemporaries in D.C. feature Moorish features and a brightly mod, avant-garde decor respectively, Boqueria is clean and sharp, with a white and birch and tan color scheme that covers the bricks and tiles and wood accents. The main space opens onto a central square bar similar to Estadio’s, but with more bar seating and bedecked in chalkboards.

Seating is pretty tight, save for the patio outside, and the noise level rises fairly quickly if the space fills. Overall, it’s an ideal spot for post-work drinks and quick bites.

But what about the food?

Boqueria’s tapas lineup contains a roll call of Iberian standards, but the hidden treasure is the rotating menu of specials, an extensive list of daily dishes where some of the more interesting bites appear. On this trip, the winner of the night was indeed from this group, red peppers stuffed with braised oxtail in a potato purée, with stringy-in-the-good-way oxtail and deep savory flavors mixing with some interesting textural shifts between the smooth mash and the crunchy onion topping. Boqueria also nails the classics, with sharp Valdeon cheese and almonds providing a rich centerpiece to the time-honored bacon-wrapped dates.

So for some good eats and a swank decor in a prime location, hit up Boqueria.

For a more in-depth review, visit DC Wrapped Dates.

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