by Tim Regan January 5, 2016 at 11:30 am 0

Duffy's, photo via does U Street like its chili? That contentious question will be answered next month at Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) during the neighborhood bar’s first-ever chili cook-off.

On Feb. 21, 10 members of the community will gather at Duffy’s to see who has the best chili. But chili con melee this is not, said Duffy’s namesake and general manager Andy Duffy. The idea is to bring neighbors together for a friendly competition.

“It’s just something i kind of thought up over the weekend while I was eating a little chili,” said Duffy, who prefers “plain old Texas chili with beans and ground beef.”

“It’s not for people that are [professional] cooks. It’s for people that live within a few blocks of Duffy’s,” he added.

The winner of the contest will receive two VIP tickets to the bar’s St. Patrick’s day celebration and a plaque on the wall proclaiming them to be “Duffy’s chili champion.”

Though the roster for competitors is full, locals can still visit the bar on the day of the contest for drink specials and free chili samples. And there are plenty of interesting recipes in store, Duffy said.

“I know one guy wants to do vegetarian chili, and I know one person is doing a chicken chili,” Duffy said.

Though this is the bar’s first foray into cooking competitions, Duffy said he’s like to make it a yearly event.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet people that live in the neighborhood, Duffy said. “That’s what Duffy’s is, the neighborhood pub.”

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by Tim Regan December 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0


Is there such a thing as a “D.C. Circulator party bus?” D.C.’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) says, actually, yes. And you can win a ride on one.

The city agency yesterday announced its new “Ride Play Win” contest, a game that prompts circulator riders to share selfies in a competition to get the most likes on Facebook.

From DDOT:

Show us why you ride the Circulator beyond your commute to work. Celebrate DC Circulator’s 10th year with our #RidePlayWin 10-day photo challenge.

During the first 10 days of December we’ll post daily photo themes to our Facebook page to inspire you to use the DC Circulator outside of your daily commute. Like us on Facebook and share your photo using #RidePlayWin for a  chance to win daily prizes and be entered into the drawing for our grand prize party bus.

That’s right, we’ll drive a special DC Circulator bus to you and have a pop-up party at your location!

DDOT will also award daily prizes from Nando’s, Studio Theater, Down Dog Yoga and DC Improv.

The contest ends Dec. 10.

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by Tim Regan October 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Pet Costume Contest, photo via Circle residents can soon dress up their pets for something other than Reddit karma.

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets will host its annual Dupont Circle pet costume contest in the dog park at at 17th and S St. NW on Halloween at 10 a.m. All pets are welcome to compete, and the event will occur rain or shine, said the event’s organizers.

Pets and their owners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to compete in three categories:

  • Best Costume
  • Fashion Pioneer
  • Pet-Owner Look Alike

Though the prize list hasn’t yet been finalized, winners will receive a gift worth roughly $100.

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