by August 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,302 0

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

"Missing dog"

Avoid leaving dogs tied up  outside businesses and in parked cars. (Luis Gomez Photos)

During these dog days of summer, we all must remember to keep our four-legged family members safe. This past week, a 17 year-old dog, Snoopy, went missing while tied up outside of the Whole Foods on P Street.

Unfortunately, this week’s case is not the first in the neighborhood, and the recent incidents have even prompted PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to intervene and urge residents to never leave animals outside shops and restaurants.

“Dog theft and other dangers should be taken very seriously,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It only takes a second for a dog tied up outside a store — out of your sight–to be abducted. Please never leave your animal companions alone outside stores, restaurants or anywhere else.”

Tied up dogs are subject to theft and random acts of cruelty from passing people and animals. Additionally, a bound animal can panic and slip out of its leash and run away or get hit by a car.

If you are out running errands with your pooch and need to stop somewhere, take your dog home first, to avoid leaving your dog outside. Also, make sure to never leave your dog in a parked car during the warm summer months – Even with the windows open, parked cars can reach deadly temperatures quickly.

If you have seen Snoopy, please respond to the lost ad.

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by July 18, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,048 0

Whole Foods

The P Street Whole Foods Market will host a butcher competition and rooftop party on July 21 from 6 to 9 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Do you keep your local butcher on speed dial, assemble a charcuterie board for every occasion or keep your grill constantly lit throughout the summer?

If you answered yes to these questions, don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to celebrate all-things meat and the skilled professionals that work to prepare it.

On July 21, the P Street Whole Foods Market (1440 P Street NW) will host “A Cut Above: Whole Foods Market Semifinal Best Butcher Competition.”

The carnivorous competition will take place on the store’s rooftop and will go from 6 to 9 pm. During the event, Whole Foods Market’s regional butcher champs will compete for a chance to attend the National Best Butcher Competition in New York City at Meatopia.

In addition to watching the butchers vie for the winning title, the event includes special guests, celebrity chefs, local brews, live music and, of course, amazing food.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at All proceeds from the event will benefit DC Central Kitchen.

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by June 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2,148 0

Beers Collage

Know how to pair your beer and music for the summer. (Dan Segal)

Borderstan welcomes new contributor Dan Segal. Email him at dsegalAT] and find him on Twitter @segaldg.

Summertime in DC means a few things: humidity, flocks of tourists and the yearly ambush of summer interns. It also means outdoor barbeques and the perfect chance to enjoy some lighter, brighter beers.

Below, I’ve listed five of my favorites. I’m going to mix it up a little, though. Instead of the overplayed food pairings (hint: barbecue tastes good with almost anything), I’m pairing beers with complimentary songs.

My Top 5 Summer Beers Playlist

  1.  M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” paired with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier: German beers are known for using simple ingredients (malt, yeast, hops and water) and creating something complex. This pale, wheat ale beer is easy to take in, provides bright flavors (tons of banana) and can be appreciated in bulk. M83’s entire album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming,” is the perfect companion. It’s pared-down electronic, taking simple sounds and harmonies and creating a perfectly blended melody. Like the Weihenstephaner, the next thing you know it’s 3 am and you’re still in the “dream.”
  2. The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio” paired with Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale: Lagunitas’ Wild Ale is dark, complex and surprising. It’s easily the heaviest beer on this list, but its flavor isn’t too overpowering to enjoy in hot weather. Equally dark and mysterious is the baritone voice of the National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger. This song seems heavy at first, but may end up becoming the indie anthem for your summer.
  3. Mayer Hawthorne “The Walk” paired with Bells Oberon: Mayer Hawthorne brings his native Detroit’s past and the golden days of Motown to the 21st century. Similarly, Bells Oberon is a classic, but somehow current at the same time. It goes perfectly with an extremely hot day and is my favorite summer ale. Take this beer and this song to your next summertime soiree and hit the dance floor.
  4. Chuck Brown “Bustin’ Loose” paired with DC Brau The Citizen: This pairing is all about keeping it local. Why not take in DC’s most famous musician (RIP Chuck Brown) while enjoying a Belgian pale ale from local brewery, DC Brau. In fact, have a few. The godfather would want it that way.
  5. Justine Bieber “Boyfriend” paired with Pretty Things American Darling: You might not want to admit it, but Justin Bieber is not a fad and will be sticking around for a long time. Why not match him with another young gun that’s here to stay. This seasonal beer from the gypsy brewery, Pretty Things, is a pale lager that might surprise you. It’s a beautiful golden brown and knows how to please you… Kind of like a good summer boyfriend (or girlfriend).

All of these beers can be purchased in the Borderstan area. I recommend checking out the local P Street Whole Foods, which is where I went to complete my “research” for this post. It has a great selection of microbrews and a ton of bombers (those large individual bottles that might be confused for a 40-ouncer).

So there you have it; a beer list and a playlist for your next summer event. Leave us your own best beer and song pairings in the comment box.

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by February 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,872 0

Moms in Logan Circle, Whole Foods, Borderstan

A pre-Valentine’s Day party for kids: Joelle Myers (left with daughter) and Evelyn Boyd Simmons (with daughter) helped organize the event at Whole Foods on P Street. (Borderstan)

A Saturday afternoon party for toddlers and kids on the mezzanine at Logan Circle Whole Foods brought out several dozen families from the Logan Circle area. From 11 am to 2 pm, they enjoyed refreshments, Valentine Card making, cookie decorating and face painting.

The event was organized by Moms in Logan Circle with help from the Logan Circle Whole Foods on P Street NW and the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA).

Joelle Myers of Moms in Logan Circle said, “Evelyn had spoken to Whole Foods after our Little Goblins Halloween Parade and they said they’d be interested in doing something again. So Evelyn and I worked together to put on this Valentine’s day event. Our guests were the children and  families of Moms in Logan Circle, of which we are both members.”

Whole Foods provided the venue, food, and beverages and sponsored the cookie decorating activity. LCCA and Mandy and David real estate team sponsored the face painter; Mandy and David  covered the crafts and decorations.

Several local officials also stopped by to help out and greet the families: ANC2F Chair Mike Benardo, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Ward 2 School Board Representative Mary Lord.

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