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Weekly Roundup: Beer Frenzy Edition


A reader made the Chocolate Guinness Oreos - and even sent me photographic evidence. Thanks Holly!

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.
  • The Arugula Files makes a deconstructed vichyssoise (i.e., leek, pototo, and gruyere) pizza. This is pure brilliance.

And in other Internet news:

  • 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.

Happy Friday!


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Back Next Week With Your Regularly Scheduled Roundup


Cherries from the McMinnville farmer's market in McMinville, Oregon.

Good morning Modern Domestic readers! I’m still getting over my jet lag, so I’ll be back next week with the weekly roundup. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the bloggers I met at the blogger happy hour for your weekend food-related reading.

This weekend I plan on seeing friends, helping Nonnka decorate her apartment, doing some writing, and making an Ikea run. I have a couple of cooking projects on the agenda too, but I’m not sure I want to tell you what they are just yet. I may not be able to find a key ingredient for one of them, so I’d rather keep mum than tell you I have an extravagant project in mind and not deliver.

So please, content yourselves with some more photos from my epic Northwest journey. Back next week with more baking recipes and pastry reveries. And happy Friday!

NW - Tomatoes

Tomatoes, also from the McMinnville's farmer's market.

I fell in love with McMinnville when my parents and I visited there. It’s in the heart of Oregon wine country, and the whole downtown is filled with picturesque shops, restaurants, and wine bars. My uncle just started teaching at Linfield College, so he and my aunt are in a good position to become experts on Oregon wine.

NW - Rogue

A sign from the Rogue pub in Portland.

God I miss living in a place where everyone drinks good beer. Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has become one of my favorite beers to drink in DC, because it’s one of the only Oregon brews I can regularly find on tap or in bottles.

NW - Thaiger Noodles

I miss these. A lot.

My beloved Thaiger Noodles from the Thaiger Room in Seattle. I ate these all the time in college – the wide rice noodles are covered in this savory sweet sauce that’s addicting.

NW - Boats


Sometimes I can’t believe that my old apartment was a ten minute walk from Lake Union in Seattle. Can you imagine being able to just walk down and see water like this in DC? No, I can’t. And no, the Potomac isn’t the same.

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