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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isobel Mohyeddin.

This weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample new food, get out of the District and hear some unique tunes.


Sinatra at 100 Exhibit
Start off your weekend with some jazz. In honor of the legend’s 100th birthday, the American History Museum is opening an exhibit of Frank Sinatra’s life and career entitled “Frank Sinatra at 100.” The display pays tribute to Sinatra’s contribution to the American music industry by showcasing iconic items and portrait photography highlighting the iconic singer’s achievements in jazz, pop, as well as his film career.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Get excited for Thanksgiving early with the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday. Travel out to Silver Spring, Md. this weekend to catch a parade full of massive balloons, floats and other marching groups (including the Washington Redskins Marching Band) in support of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Begins in downtown Silver Spring, Md. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place at 10 a.m.


U Street & Shaw Neighborhood Food Tour
Finish off the weekend with a trip around some of D.C.’s coolest areas. This culinary tour will take you through the neighborhood of U Street and Shaw. Along the way, you’ll learn about the culture and the history of the area all while sampling some of the local food.

Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. across from U Street Metro Station, exact address given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets range from $68 to $89.

Macy Gray
The five-time Grammy nominee is known for her raspy vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday. On hits like “I Try,” Gray mixes R&B, soul and pop. Her latest album “The Way” features uplifting tracks about female independence and overcoming drug addiction.

The Howard Theater. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $35.

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Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 12:56 p.m.

‘Eat mor chikin’ in the District

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Regina Park.

You don’t have to wait in line at food trucks for sweet tea and waffle fries.

The District got its very own taste of Southern comfort food on Wednesday with a new Chick-fil-A storefront located at the D.C. USA shopping center on 3100 14th St.

The Atlanta-based fried chicken fast food chain kicked off their expansion with a “First 100” promotion on Tuesday, which gave the first 100 people in line outside the restaurant one free meal per week for a year. The giveaway were strict, limited only to chicken-lovers with an eligible District zipcode who remained in their spots until the restaurant’s grand opening.

The Columbia Heights branch is the District’s second – the first is located within a Catholic University food court. Neighborhood magazine Forrest Hills Connection also reported that a third location is underway on 4422 Connecticut Ave.

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Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 4:42 p.m.

Momofuku Milk Bar opens in D.C.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Brigid Godfrey.

Crack pies and cereal milk have arrived in D.C.

Momofuku Milk Bar, the New York-based bakery known for its creative concoctions like $2 compost cookies – loaded with chocolate chips, pretzels and potato chips – and $4 birthday cake truffles opened on Friday, The Washington Post reported.

The eatery, which is located at the CityCenterDC development near Metro Center, announced on its Twitter page that it would be serving desserts daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

Momofuku will also offer seasonal treats, including a Thanksgiving-themed croissant that’s available on the menu until the endof November.

New menu items include breakfast parfaits made with ingredients like passion fruit jam, compost cookie crumble and Thai tea granola.

In addition to the pop-up cafe, Momofuku’s noodle bar, which serves up ramen and pork buns, is set to open at CityCenter at a later, unannounced date.

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Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 12:02 a.m.

Celebrate Day of the Dead at Oyamel

You can celebrate Day of the Dead with live music and authentic Mexixan cuisine at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana starting Oct. 19. Emma Hillman | Hatchet Photographer

You can celebrate Day of the Dead with live music and authentic Mexixan cuisine at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana starting Oct. 19. Emma Hillman | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sarah Jurinsky.

When you’re greeted by a server with an intricate painting of a skull on her face, you know to prepare yourself for a lively party.

For two weeks, José Andrés’ Mexican eatery, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, on the corner of 7th and D streets in Penn Quarter will host a festival celebrating Day of the Dead, which kicks off with a party on Oct.19. The festival showcases authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment for a cost of $49.

I went to a preview this week to see what it was like. The dim lighting and live music transforms the eatery to an evening in Mexico. A woman sitting near the entrance paints customers’ faces using an array of brushes and colors, a traditional custom from the holiday.

Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrating and honoring the dead. General Manager Jason Wiles said that the party “celebrates the things these people loved when they were alive.”

More specifically, this party honors Pedro Infante, an actor during the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. Formerly an amateur pilot, Infante died in a plane crash at the age of 39.

Wiles said that Oyamel integrates “the flavors of where he lived and where he passed” in the food and drinks served at the party.

Food available includes a variety of dishes including raw sea urchin, duck, quail, rabbit and staples like chips with fresh salsa and guacamole. One special dish available for the party is Tacos de Castacan – fried pork belly, liver and kidney tossed with cabbage and habañero salsa.

The homage to Infante is shown in a cocktail called “The Soldier,” named after Infante’s first recorded song, which consists of tequila, aperol, grapefruit and a kick of onion-infused honey – which Infante used to season his stews.

Another drink available for the festival is called “Funeral in Yucatán,” which consists of tequila, liqueur, espresso, cava and lemon espuma.

Chef Colin King described the food as being authentic and said that the food is not too spicy, but it has many spice variations instead.

“The flavor rotates,” he said. “It takes at least 10 seconds to experience the flavor.”

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Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 11:18 p.m.

Taste of D.C. creates community around foond

Taste of D.C. filled five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue with live music, games and plenty of food from all over the city this past weekend.

More than 50,000 people came to snack and sip on some of D.C.’s most iconic dishes and drinks. Visitors could choose from classics like Ben’s Chili Bowl and newcomers like District Doughnut.

“Taste of D.C. definitely fosters a sense of community just in terms of everybody being brought together through food,” said Meaghan Kirby, an intern for Taste of D.C.

Video by Matthew Ley

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Customers can dine on empanadas, ropa vieja and alfajores at Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine on 19th and M streets.  “It’s very typical, traditional Cuban food,” said Carlos DiLaudo, general manager.

The restaurant, which opened October 2013,  is currently the chain’s only location outside of New York City.


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Updated: Sept. 28, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Marissa Kirshenbaum

On Saturday night, beneath white tents and twinkling lights in University Yard, dozens of alumni didn’t just gather to hear live music and have their portraits drawn by a caricaturist.

The main event was the Taste of GW festival, which brought together 16 food vendors and alumni to share refreshments from their various restaurants.

For seven years, the food festival has brought exposure to local establishments run by alumni. Lauren Walinsky, a member of the alumni relations staff, helped plan the event along with other Alumni Weekend festivities, said that a lot of thought goes into setting up Taste of GW.

“We work on it all year long to get the right vendors and the right events so that it represents the diversity of the alumni,” she said.

Some of these vendors include campus favorites like Tonic, a joint known for its tater tots just a few blocks from Thurston Hall. Among the other vendors were Hot Chocolat, a French-style bakery that sells artisan chocolates, and Potomac Pizza, a Maryland pizzeria chain that offers a Mexican pizza, loaded with refried beans, salsa and guacamole.

One business, Comic Cupcakes, was launched by two recent alumni who combined their loves of comic books and baked goods.

Another bake shop, CakeLove was started by law school graduate and former attorney, Warren Brown, who ditched courtroom discussion to pursue his love of baking. Brown, who makes everything from scratch, doesn’t just concoct regular cupcakes – instead he offers cake in a jar.

Brown said his customers would tell him they wanted two things in particular: “portability and cream cheese frosting.”

He added that he hopes to expand to a Foggy Bottom location one day.

“After the first year we started pushing it heavily and now, about two years in we’re getting a distribution chance,” he said.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Lauren Wallinsky is an alumna. She is a member of the alumni relations staff. We regret this error.

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 9:29 a.m.

H Street Festival celebrates 10 years

The annual H Street Festival celebrated its 10th year on Sept. 19.

It spanned 10 blocks in Northeast D.C. and featured food and entertainment.

“It seems like a massive block party,” sophomore Diehl Sillers said.

Some vendors like Shawn Theron, who sells his art out of his truck, have been coming to the festival for almost as long as it’s been around.

“I love seeing all the people,” Theron said.

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If you’ve ever walked into the blue building on the corner of 18th Street and Kalorama Road, you probably headed downstairs for Korean food and karaoke at Muzette. But upstairs is Himalayan Heritage, an Indian restaurant tastier and cheaper than Taj India in Georgetown.

The decor at Heritage restaurant is pretty, if not a little cheesy: Gold Buddha and Ganesh figures line the deep red walls, a thatched roof hangs over a few tables and white tablecloths and heavy silverware are disorienting once you realize nothing on the menu costs more than $20.

The entrees are the most expensive items, as usual: $15 chicken tikka, $16 chicken tandoori and lamb ko jhir – lamb marinated in yogurt and spices, grilled then sauteed – for the same price. My dates (two former roommates) ordered chicken masala and “sizzling” shrimp, jumbo shrimp marinated in honey mustard and cooked in a tandoor oven.

We sat down at 8:40 p.m. and waited about an hour for dinner, which felt a little too long in a restaurant that was two-thirds empty. Luckily, we had a lot to catch up on, but I couldn’t help noticing a few second dates around us who seemed to grow impatient. Instead, we had the two stars of the evening to preoccupy us: vegetarian mo and mojitos.

The mo, the Nepalese word for dumplings, were shaped like little volcanoes, steamed perfectly, stuffed with cabbage and carrot and served with a creamy chutney, which is like a curried take on Thai peanut sauce. For just $6, the serving was massive: We each ate four.

The mojitos ($8 each) were deceptively strong, topped with fresh mint and a cool way to relieve us of the spicy red sauce that came with the garlic naan ($3).

For dinner, I settled on two vegetable samosas ($5) and $7 stuffed chatamari, a flat bread made with rice flour and filled with with minced chicken, egg, tomato, cilantro and scallion. But I could have done without the chatamari– after the dumplings and samosas, I was just as stuffed as the doughy appetizers.

Himalayan Heritage is located at 2305 18th St. NW.

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More than 18,000 people gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend for Metro Cooking D.C., a culinary event featuring tasting exhibits and cooking demonstrations hosted by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri.

With two cooking stages, a tasting pavilion, book signings and cooking workshops, attendees had their choice of what to indulge in.

It was the ninth edition of Metro Cooking D.C.

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