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It may be the middle of the week– actually, it’s the middle of Bethesda Restaurant Week and Baltimore Restaurant Week– but there are still plenty of great food events, restaurant openings, great food reads and free smoothies to make this humpday a little more special. Repeat after me:
This week in BYT food:
- Remember how delicious BYT DonutFest was? We’re excited to announce COOKIES AND CREAM, our even sweeter follow up. Don’t sleep on those tickets!
- So far, 2013 has been a great year for new restaurants in DC, and it’s only getting better. Here’s our guide to our favorite new restaurants of 2013 (so far).
- We’ve only got two more weeks (if that) to enjoy squash blossom season, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you find them in DC. Eat up.
- Mike Isabella’s sandwich shop G opened last week, and we’re delivering some of our best ever sandwich porn to you.
- We taste tested Taco Bell’s new smothered burrito, so you never have to.
- Flat Iron Steak and Saloon opened in Alexandria, a Midwest-style bar and grill with some seriously great seafood, and we got a first look for you.
- Jardenea opens at the newly redesigned Melrose Hotel, and the food is just as pretty (or prettier than) the building that contains it.
- We Can’t Believe It’s Not Dairy: Sticky Fingers’ vegan donuts and milkshakes impressed us in every way.
- Last week, Eat Local First celebrated foraged cask ales at Meridian Pint, and we stopped by the party.
- As always, we’ve got your cheap drinking updates in our Happy Hour Hotline.
- Daikaya’s Izakaya now serves brunch, which means we’ve got some new drool-worthy photos for you (photo: Stephanie Breijo).
Upcoming food events:
- Take advantage of the new restaurants popping up just north of the district during Bethesda Restaurant Week, which is happening right now.
- It’s also Baltimore Restaurant Week, so make your way up to Charm City and discover a new favorite.
- Jaleo’s paella festival kicked off Monday 7/29 and runs through August 11, featuring new paellas by Chef Ramon Martinez.
- Tonight, Boundary Road hosts a delectable wine dinner, pairing 5 courses with Sicilian wines from Donnafugata.
- Tomorrow, the American History Museum’s Food in the Garden series continues with local grower discussions.
- Also tomorrow, Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Celebration takes place at the Hippodrome.
- On Saturday and Sunday, Pearl Dive will be doing special sidewalk sales, featuring pulled pork sandwiches served on their signature Addie’s rolls, house-made caramel popcorn ), and $1 oysters.
- This Saturday at 4:00 p.m., DGS Delicatessen hosts their final summer cooking class with “Slivovitz, Shrubs & Moving Beyond Manischewitz.”
- Next Sunday 8/11 is Hop Chef: the opening ceremonies and kickoff party to the 5th Annual DC Beer Week.
Everything else that’s fit to eat (and drink):
- Tom Sietsema dishes on dining etiquette in DC. Yes, you need to put your phone away.
- It’s no secret that Del Campo Chef Victor Albisu has been losing weight for the Fit For Hope DC Challenge. Learn more about his new routine.
- Iron Chef’s own Jose Garces has his sights set on DC, aiming to open an Argentinian steakhouse here by 2012.
- Jim Jefford’s of Evening Star Cafe reveals his coveted hot sauce recipe.
- Things you need: bars with great air conditioning. Lists that exist to help you find them: this one.
- FreshFarm Markets opens at Union Market, bringing local produce even closer.
- Yes, today is Free Jamba Juice Day. Stop by the Dupont or Union Station locations between noon and 6 to make today a little more bearable.
- You weren’t very kind to your body this weekend, were you? Here are 5 district juice bars to help you detox.
- Bacio in Bloomingdale finally (almost) has that great new patio, so you can enjoy some beer with your favorite pizza.
- The country’s 15 best fast food breakfasts: ranked. Because this is what happens when you decide against going to brunch.
- Wired has a simplified map to guide you through the country’s best microbreweries, in road trip format.