by Borderstan.com January 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,030 1 Comment

15th Street NW, building fire, Luis Gomez Photos

There was a small fire on the rooftop of the condo building at 15th and R Streets NW on Thursday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

14th & U Boutiques Make National Media Splash

For the uninitiated into the world of women’s magazines, Lucky is a magazine that bills itself as the “magazine about shopping and style.” In their most recent issue, the publication featured a shopping guide for DC. As Washingtonian notes, the boutiques on 14th and U Streets NW got decent ink. They are curious as to what you think got left off the list, I am curious as to why Elizabeth Banks agreed to be photographed in that outfit. What are those Swan Lake like cutouts? If you missed our series on the perfect holiday outfit (for ladies), check out New Year’s Eve is Coming: Still Looking for the Perfect Outfit?

When is a Teahouse More than a Tea Shop?

Teaism is a great tea shop that happens to have delicious bento box lunches and salty oat cookies. It is apparently also the front line of a polite but heated feud between Tamils and Sinhalese from Sri Lanka. As the The Washington Post points out, while the city is a hotbed of public protests and demonstrations, it is also a home for many that must navigate political waters while shopping and drinking tea. The piece goes further into the number of foreign expatriates that practice advocacy and avoidance in the hopes of political goals at home and relative peace in their adopted home.

Cabdrivers Hate New Service, Uber

TBD reports that Uber was among the list of complaints aired at the Taxicab Commission meeting recently. Uber bills itself as “everyone’s private driver” and uses smartphones to reserve and snag a ride with their fleet. So is it a fancy cab service operating illegally, or is it a worthy competitor? I suppose the answer could be both.

Commissioner Linton declared they were operating illegally and without a contract; Uber says they are a private booking service, ergo not a cab service and entered into operations in DC after many discussions about their legality with policymakers. While the legal issues are hashed out, we can focus on the benefits. Greater Greater Washington penned a little love note to the service and the competition they bring to DC. Have you used them? Are they competition or just an upscale alternative for those who thumb their noses as taxicabs as transportation for commoners?

by Borderstan.com October 21, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,103 0

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There will be a pop-up Food Truck Festival at Franklin Square on Monday, October 24. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Ashley Lusk. Check out Ashley’s blog Metropoetrylis and find her on Twitter at @arlusk. You can email her at [email protected].

Whatever your politics, I think most people would agree that our food tastes better when you know it was grown and harvested in a sustainable and healthy manner. World Food Day, on Monday, October 24, celebrates just that, with events throughout the Borderstan neighborhood and around DC.

The Food Day movement strives to bring together all eaters — kids, schools, parents and work day professionals — to promote humane, affordable food choices. Food Day has an impressive list of advocates on their advisory board. They include Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, author Michael Pollan, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and Nora Pouillon, chef and owner of Restaurant Nora, in addition to a host of members of Congress (including the two co-chairs).

The day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (with a large number of partner organizations) and the movement has six principles, which are listed on their website.

So what’s happening with World Food Day here in DC and in the neighborhood? Some specials and events kick off this weekend.

This Weekend: October 22-23

  • Seasonal Pantry Celebrates Farm Fresh Eggs. Seasonal Pantry on 9th Street NW will have farm fresh eggs at a discount on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 from noon to 7 pm.
  • Ideal Food and Farming. On Sunday, October 23, Ideal Food and Farming is a public, outdoor educational event that will include speakers, large displays, videos, exhibitors, and food. The benefits of animal-free food and farming will be highlighted. The event is at at 1525 20th Street NW (Dupont Cirlce) and begins at 3 pm.
  • Double Matching Dollars at Dupont Farmers Market. For the week of October 24-30, FRESHFARM Markets, including the Dupont location, is increasing the amount of free Matching Dollars from a maximum of $10 to $20 for shoppers using SNAP (Food Stamps/EBT) or WIC/Senior FMNP coupons. The Dupont Farmers Market is open only on Sunday mornings.

World Food Day: Monday, October 24

  • Teaism in Dupont Circle. The R Street NW Teaism location will be offering a special food day dish starting at 11:30 am.
  • Pop-up Food Truck Festival in Franklin Square. Chef-inspired food trucks will surround Franklin Square to serve well-sourced, sustainable, delicious food for lunch, beginning at 11 am.
  • Sweetgreen stores in Logan Circle and Dupont Circle. These Sweetgreen locations will offer a Food Day menu item starting at 11:30 am.
  • Food Day Veggie Food Giveaway. Find some delicious meat-free samples at Dupont Circle’s south Metro exit, beginning at 11 am.
  • Benefit Concert in Honor of Food Day. Monument Productions presents Suckers, a Brooklyn-based band, at DC9 Nightclub. Proceeds benefit Common Good City Farm, music starts at 8:30 pm.

Six Principles of World Food Day

  1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods
  2. Support sustainable farms & limit subsidies to big agribusiness
  3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger
  4. Protect the environment & animals by reforming factory farms
  5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids
  6. Support fair conditions for food and farm workers

by Borderstan.com June 27, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,175 0

Dupont Festival, Cinema in the Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Cinema in the Circle showed the 1981 classic, “E.T.” on Friday evening in Dupont Circle. It was part of the Dupont Festival series of events. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

New York Same-Sex Marriage

Alright alright, it’s not about Borderstan, nor is it even about our humble District, but the big news this weekend came from a bit North and it seemed irresponsible to ignore it. After years of debate, New York is finally allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state in the country to do so. All but one Democrat and even four Republicans in the state Senate voted in favor of the bill, which passed by a slim 33 to 29 margin. New York becomes the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont — and of course, the District of Columbia. Check out the The New York Times for more information. Oh… if you live in Rhode Island or Maryland, those states will recognize your same-sex marriage from another state, but you cannot get married in either of them.

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by Borderstan.com June 22, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

The Aston, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Work is underway on The Aston at the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW. The building is slated to have 31 condo units plus ground-level retail. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

U Street Gets Upgraded Sidewalks…

While it may create some havoc, the project to repair some of the sidewalks and pedestrian areas along U Street is still welcomed by area residents. Greater Greater Washington has a good timeline of the project and some DDOT designs in their detailed piece today. Pay particular attention to that 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue redesign — as someone that used to play Frogger on that particular intersection, I particularly enjoy the idea of ‘plazas’ to avoid getting stuck in the middle of the road.

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