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Reminder: Food Blogger Happy Hour Tomorrow! 6pm at The Black Squirrel

Nov food blogger happy hour

Out of the internet, into the bar.

Beer. Bar food. Food Bloggers. Adams Morgan. It sounds like a recipe for a fabulous evening, no?

If you think so then you should definitely come out to the third monthly food blogger happy hour this Wednesday at 6:00. We’ll be at The Black Squirrel, which has an excellent beer list, laid-back vibe and, although I haven’t sampled it, good bar food too. Look for us on the second floor.

If you’re planning on attending, please leave a comment here, or on any of the “planning committee’s” blogs: The Arugula Files, Gradually Greener, Capital Spice, Capital Cooking, and the Beer Spotter.

November Food Blogger Happy Hour
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:00 pm
The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009


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November Food Blogger Happy Hour: Nov. 4, 6:00 pm at the Black Squirrel

Nov food blogger happy hour

Will you be there?

Next month, the Food Blogger Happy Hour moves even closer to my house – we’ll be meeting at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan, up on the second floor. I recently visited this beer-centric bar for the first time a couple weeks ago with Nonnka, and was really impressed with the place. The place has a great beer menu (as far as I can tell about such things) and a really nice laid-back vibe – which, believe me, is really hard to find in Adams Morgan.

Many thanks to The Arugula Files, Gradually Greener, Beerspotter, Capital Spice, and Capital Cooking for help plan. Please leave a comment on one of our blogs, so we can get a headcount!

November Food Blogger Happy Hour
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:00 pm
The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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Weekly Roundup: Home Cookin’ Edition


It's fall. Time for some home cookin.'

I don’t get out that much. Usually. Oh sure, I get out on weekends – it is DC, after all. But my life is much more often a constant flow of the gym, scrambled eggs, and my laptop, than it is a whirlwind of cocktails, bars and fancy restaurants.

That all changed in the past week, since my family was in town. No, they wanted to wine and dine in the Nation’s Capital. And wine and dine we did for a whole week. To top it off, I attended the second Food Blogger Happy Hour on Wednesday, which was tons of fun, but meant I was out chatting the night away for yet another evening.

So today . . . I’m tired. Very tired. And I’m ready to get back to some home cooking. Not that dining out isn’t wonderful – it is. But I’m really in the mood for vegetables. Maybe some roast chicken. I could go for some soup.

Recipes I want to try:

  • Moussaka, from Capital Cooking. That looks like some lovely home cookin.’
  • Bahn mi, from The LA Times. I crave these. Crave them. They’re another Seattle dish that I absolutely miss.

And in other news from the food blogosphere:

  • Dining in DC is calling on food bloggers to help raise money for Food and Friends, a local nonprofit that provides nutrition counseling and meals to individuals living with HIV in the DC area. Food and Friends is throwing an annual bake sale, Slice of Life, where you can purchase pies and support the organization (or, you can just make a donation). Learn more at Dining in DC, or purchase pies here.
  • For Octoberfest, the Young and Hungry Beerspotter asks, “how did you get into beer?”
  • Ben Ali, founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, dies at 82. A sad day for DC. Via DCist.
  • Christopher Kimball of Cook’s Illustrated, reflects on the demise of Gourmet and the rise of the “inexperienced” food blogosphere in a Washington Post op-ed. Let’s just say that he would not be a fan of this blog.
  • The New York Times profiles David Sax, whose new book, Save the Deli, chronicles the decline of the Jewish deli. He’s also speaking at 6th and I on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
  • Capital Spice reviews a selection of pumpkin beers. Their favorite? Pumking, from Southern Tier.

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Highlights from The Food Blogger Happy Hour


Moi, The Arugula Files, and Gradually Greener. (Photo by Amelia)

Folks, I had so much fun at the DC Food Blogger Happy Hour. And no, I am not just saying that. Usually I have a hard time getting over my shyness at networking happy hour things where I don’t know anyone, but everyone there was so easy to talk to, so welcoming, and so into food, that I calmed my nerves (the wine helped). There are whisperings that this should become a regular monthly event, and I couldn’t agree more. Here’s to getting out from behind the laptop screen and into the bar!

Top highlight: Meeting Amelia (Gradually Greener) and Mary (The Arugula Files) in person. They were lovely, fun, and very sweet. Hands down, top moment of the night.

Other highlights:

  • Getting to wax poetic about the Seattle craft beer scene with Orr, one of the Young and Hungry lager heads.

I know I met more people – if I forgot to name you, please forgive me for my space cadet tendencies and general awfulness with names. It was so much fun.

Also, I realized that I really need to get business cards with my name and email address on them. Next month!

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Get Your Food On: Food Blogger Happy Hour at Poste – 6:00pm, Sept. 2


Out of the internet, into the bar.

Our world is getting too virtual. Facebook status updates, blog comments, and retweets do not a friendship make. Anyone who’s run into an old friend from high school will know this – there’s nothing like an in-person meeting to make you realize that paying attention to someone’s status updates doesn’t mean that you know them.

No, I predict the future lies in face-to-face contact. Meeting people in the eye. Gossiping at the physical (rather than the virtual) water cooler.

This is why I am absolutely thrilled to be co-hosting a food blogger happy hour on Wednesday, September 2nd, along with Gradually Greener and The Arugula Files. Rumor has it that Capital Spice and Beets and Bonbons will be attending. If you want to join in the fun, please leave a comment over at the Arugula Files, so she can get a head count, or let me know.

I am even more excited that it will held at Poste Brasserie, which regular readers will remember as “the restaurant that will roast you an entire pig.” Not that I intend to get a roasted pig – I just have a high respect for establishments that will roast entire animals at your bidding. To me, roasted animals means that a restaurant really takes its food seriously.

So come. Exchange recipes face-to face. Share your tips on where to get the best olive oil. Get your food on.

Food Blogger Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
6:00 pm
Poste Moderne Brasserie
555 8th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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