Birch and Barley, the new beer focused restaurant from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, finally opened this week, and the blogosphere has been set on fire. Well, at least all the folks on the DC Beer listserv. That, my beer ice cream extravaganza, and the excess of beer sitting in my fridge, has made this a beer-frenzied week.
Um, I kind of want a glass of wine.
Now, this week was a proud week for this food blog: someone actually made one of my original recipes – and sent me photographic evidence! The photo above is from a friend of my friend Holly – he made the Chocolate Guinness Oreos. And, apparently, they came out really well. I know that people have made my stuff before (friends have shared stories – and my friend Alice really is my resident recipe tester), but the Guinness Oreos were my invention, so I feel particularly tender about them. It feels pretty cool.
Recipes I want to try from this weekend’s Internet perusings:
- The Bitten Word makes cashew chicken – that actually looks like it could rival takeout.
- A luscious and seasonally appropriate pumpkin creme brulee from Capital Cooking.
- Beer Butt chicken (yes, really) from the Mansion Mogul.
- The Arugula Files makes a deconstructed vichyssoise (i.e., leek, pototo, and gruyere) pizza. This is pure brilliance.
And in other Internet news:
- Birch and Barley’s opening was the name of the game in the food blogosphere. Metrocurean, 14th and You, DC Beer, and Young and Hungry peek inside.
- The Dirty Radish needs help! With garlic planting.
- Gradually Greener wonders: why doesn’t DC have its own microbrewery?
- The Washington Post’s Tom Siestema releases his 10th annual dining guide.
- Obama visited Pete’s Apizza, which is actually right up the street in Columbia Heights. Young and Hungry investigates how the New Haven style pizza joint landed on the President’s schedule.